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Various Artists | The Classic Christmas Albums: Pop & Hard Rock (Legacy)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:37

cd classic-xmas-pop“Carol of the Bells” is my favorite classic Christmas song, so although I have multiple renditions of it, adding another is a pleasure.

 

Johnny Marr | Unparalleled

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:03

prof Johnny-Marr_75It’s Johnny Marr, so your expectations should already be high—but even so, they’ll be blown from the first note.

   

Sonny Vincent and the Spite | Spiteful (Ultramafic)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:11

cd sonny-vincentVincent’s announcement is simple: This ain’t history; this is rock and fucking roll.

 

Various Artists | Christmas at Downton Abbey (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:55

cd downtown-abbeyOne could easily envision any one of these songs as the backdrop to the forthcoming Christmas episode.

   

Tears for Fears | Songs from the Big Chair Deluxe Edition (Island)

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Written by Jim Ousley Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:52

cd tears-for-fearsThe band’s sophomore effort succeeded in replacing “me” with “us,” putting the listener into the world instead of orbiting outside of it.

 

Chris Brown | X (RCA)

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Written by Ashley White Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:48

cd chris-brownBrown’s life to this point seems engulfed in the superficial and uncertainty of the twenties.

   

Xerxes | Collision Blonde (No Sleep)

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Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:44

cd xersesIt would be prudent for the band to define and hone in on its true sound, because if this is it, it leaves much to be desired.

 

Bad Suns | Sum of Four Parts

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:15

bad-suns cdArt is subjective; that’s what makes the experience of falling in love with a band so uniquely personal.

   

Davey Suicide | The Nation’s Leader

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Written by Marc Farr Friday, 24 October 2014 18:50

daveysuicide sqHe is real and potent. He is “Generation Fuck Star.”

 

Lelahell | Glacially Musical

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Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 24 October 2014 18:46

prof LelahellAl Insane, which means ‘the human’ in Arabic, is talking mainly about the insanity of humans.”

   

Jason Derulo | Talk Dirty (Warner Bros.)

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Written by Ashley White Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:54

talkdirtyderuloDerulo is one of those artists who is able to make music for everyone, using every genre, from hip-hop to pop and R&B.

 

The Funeral Portrait | For the Dearly Departed (Revival)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:51

forthedearlydepartedWith everything from acoustic guitars to backing strings, The Funeral Portrait may just carve themselves a niche in the metal community.

   

Dark Blue | Pure Reality (Jade Tree)

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Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:40

darkblueThis is not a bad album; however, the overall sound of the album is schizophrenic and all over the map.

 

We Were Promised Jetpacks | Unravelling (Fatcat)

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Written by Mike Koehler Saturday, 18 October 2014 11:08

unravellingThis is a wonderful album that further expands on WWPJ’s sound of guitar swells and pop hooks.

   

Marianne Faithfull | Give My Love to London (Dramatico/Naïve)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 29 September 2014 21:38

live FaithfullVocally, Faithfull has aged like a fine wine.

 

Girl Talk | Broken Ankles EP (s/r)

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Written by Bruce Matlock Monday, 29 September 2014 16:26

cd John-MellencampIn short bursts, you might go between hearing pieces and bits of Jimmy Eat World, Ray Charles, and the Ying Yang Twins.

   

John Mellencamp | Plain Spoken (MCA)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:31

cd John-MellencampThese songs bear a sound that lacks the harder, pop-oriented edge of past releases.

 

Night Club | Black Leather Heart (Gato Blanco)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:30

cd Night-ClubLusciously produced and mixed, Black Leather Heart is a nice trip down electronic memory lane.

   

Lenny Kravitz | Strut (Roxie/Kobalt Label)

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Written by Marc Farr Monday, 22 September 2014 18:28

cd Lenny-KravitzWith rock, pop, neo-soul, psychedelia, and hard rock, Strut shines like a lighthouse through a foggy night.

 

Melted Toys | Melted Toys (Underwater Peoples)

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Written by Alex Wilking Monday, 22 September 2014 12:17

Melted-Toys 75The instrumentation was what kept me coming back, but the vocals are going to turn away a lot of new listeners.

   

Gulp | Season Sun (Sonic Cathedral)

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Written by Alex Wilking Monday, 22 September 2014 11:57

Gulp 75

I mean it when I say the bass is loud and fuzzy.

 

King Diamond | Still Haunted after All These Years

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Written by Jim Ousley Sunday, 21 September 2014 18:52

prof king-diamond_smWas it ever difficult not to cross the line between playing his character and becoming his character? His answer is immediate: “It’s not hard at all.”

   

Young Rising Sons | s/t (Dirty Canvas/Interscope)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 12:42

cd youngrisingsonsYou can’t listen to Young Rising Sons and not feel happy; it’s impossible.

 

Take 5 with Capital Cities

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 12:38

prof capitalcitiessmCapital Cities has many fans, among them Perez Hilton and Katy Perry.

   

Christian Burghardt | Fate Has a Way

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 19 September 2014 09:35

prof christian-burghardtO_75I was afraid of working my life away in a job that I didn’t love, and that fear turned into courage to chase after this dream.

 

Sixx:A.M. | Modern Vintage (Eleven Seven)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:59

SixxAMNo less than stellar, this disc rages with emotion from the opening chords.

   

Sebadoh | Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:27

Sebadoh 75Good music from a band that may still hit their stride...if they stay together long enough.

 

Sebadoh | Defend Yourself (Joyful Noise)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:27

Sebadoh 75Good music from a band that may still hit their stride...if they stay together long enough.

   

Siftercide | “Self-Titled” (Nailjar)

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Written by Nik Cameron Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:13

SifterCideAs the tracks progress quickly, the listener hears more than the growling vocals, high gain guitars (and bass!)…there’s something else. 

 

Maroon 5 | V (Interscope/222)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 05 September 2014 14:31

cd Maroon5VV pushes the band toward new ground, even as M5 sticks to the catchy pop sound on which it’s built a solid reputation.

   

Erasure | The Violet Flame (Mute)

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 03 September 2014 23:01

cd ErasureThis is an album of high-energy synth-pop, complete with undeniably catchy melodies.

 

Adam Marsland | Westward, Ho

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Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:24

prof Adam-Marsland“The ‘changing clothes in the bathroom thing’ has gotten old.”

   

Ace Frehley | Space Invader (eOne Metal)

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Written by Nik Cameron Wednesday, 03 September 2014 22:21

cd Ace-FrehleyThere is no substitute for the Spaceman’s dangerous playing and subpar singing.

 

Million Hits | Taking Over the World, One Hit at a Time

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Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 03 September 2014 21:46

MillionHits sqDon’t wait for your hipper-than-you friends to clue you in on how good these guys are.

   

Kelley Deal/The Breeders | Close Knit

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Written by Jim Dunn Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:00

breeders sq“Look,” she said, “I’m not an idiot. I am a huge fan of Kim. Anytime you have an opportunity to play with somebody like Kim, you do it."

 

The Bad Things | After the Inferno (Silent City)

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Written by Nik Cameron Friday, 29 August 2014 16:27

cd bad-thingsThe singer croons, the drummer swings, and the album delivers jazzy rockers and slow and methodical jazz style blues tunes.

   

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