Album Reviews
a.f.i., Burials: Album Review

a.f.i., Burials: Album Review

  On afireinside’s ninth long-player, Burials, the band properly shows us why goth-emo-punk was better in small doses and the rest better off left for dead. It would seem that once a band like a.f.i. got a taste for arenas (much light Twilight vampires get a taste for teenage blood) it became hard to put that cat back in the bag.  The band has chased that cat heavily on 2006′s decemberunderground and 2009′s Crash Love – wearing Joy Division, Duran Duran [...]

Monster Magnet, The Last Patrol: Album Review

Monster Magnet, The Last Patrol: Album Review

The space lords from Red Bank, NJ have returned.  They are a band that has survived into the 21st Century, are in their 24th year together and have just released their 10th, and possibly best, studio album to date. The Last Patrol, while not as trippy and psychedelic as earlier works, is every bit the signature stoner-mixed-with-classic-rock sound they’ve created their own niche for.  The standard album is a taut nine songs of pure ‘Power Tripping.’ The album begins on [...]

K-Ci & Jojo's My Brother's Keeper: In 300 Words Or Less

K-Ci & Jojo’s My Brother’s Keeper: In 300 Words Or Less

Somebody say “ooh yeah!”

Tired Pony, The Ghost of The Mountain: Album Review

Tired Pony, The Ghost of The Mountain: Album Review

Right place, right time sometimes when it comes to discovering music these days.  So it was late night about a week ago when I discovered Tired Pony – a supergroup of sorts.  The group is made up of Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey (REM), Jacknife Lee (producer), Richard Colburn (Belle & Sebastien), Iain Archer and Troy Stewart.  The Ghost of The Mountain was released two weeks ago and is actually the groups sophomore album. As its pastoral album cover [...]

More Good Than Not: A Review Of RJD2's More Is Than Isn't

More Good Than Not: A Review Of RJD2′s More Is Than Isn’t

One bad-ass multi-hyphenate has returned.

Paul McCartney, New: Album Review

Paul McCartney, New: Album Review

16 solo albums and 50 years into an incredible career, Paul McCartney aims for the middle again with the not-so-new sounds of whatever this latest one is called.

Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt: Album Review

Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt: Album Review

I hate to break it to you, but Pearl Jam’s 10th album is both a beautiful – and disjointed – mess. Let’s face it – any band that makes it to 10 studio albums deserves the title of ‘legacy act.’  As such, the pressure to make the album that befits the pedigree of such a widely accepted rock band is gargantuan in nature. Another pitfall of a legacy album is that you’re generally only a good as the last two [...]

Metal Monday Volume 143 (10.14.13)

Metal Monday Volume 143 (10.14.13)

With Meshuggah-sized riffs, Devildriver-style grooves, and two ladies behind the mic that parallel Maria Brink and Angela Gossoow with their ferocity and finesse, L.A.’s Butcher Babies is anything but a one trick pony. On their debut release, Goliath (Out now through Century Media), the quintet deliver a punishing eleven tracks of unbridled mayhem. “I Smell A Massacre” sets the tone immediately with drummer Chrissy Warner utilizing a metronome-like precision on the opener and throughout Goliath while Henry Flury’s razor sharp [...]

Note For Note: A Complete Guide To The Music Of Justin Timberlake (Part Two)

Note For Note: A Complete Guide To The Music Of Justin Timberlake (Part Two)

Part Two of our look at the music of Justin Timberlake…with a playlist of his biggest and best!

Re-Cycle: Jermaine Jackson's Let's Get Serious

Re-Cycle: Jermaine Jackson’s Let’s Get Serious

Coming Around Again is back…with Jermaine and Stevie.

Note for Note: A Guide to the Discography of Justin Timberlake (Part One: *NSYNC)

Note for Note: A Guide to the Discography of Justin Timberlake (Part One: *NSYNC)

Paying tribute to the career of Justin Timberlake, and remembering the early, awkward years.

Sleigh Bells, Bitter Rivals: Album Review

Sleigh Bells, Bitter Rivals: Album Review

Alexi Krauss and Derek Miller are now into the third album of the discography for their noise pop/rock duo known to the general public as Sleigh Bells.  I’m personally waiting for them to hit the five album mark so I can simply cherry pick the singles for a ‘best of,’ collection. This band finds its roots in others like The Raveonettes, The Pixies and Andrew WK.  While they take the collective wisdom of those precursors…they have not proven to string [...]