Album Reviews
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 [...]

Metal Monday Volume 142 (10.7.13)

Metal Monday Volume 142 (10.7.13)

Did you miss Pelican as much as I did? As much of a fan as I was of last year’s Ataraxia/Taraxis EP I’d rather a full-length so the announcement of Forever Becoming being released, Pelican’s fifth full-length, definitely caused some dancing around the Popblerd offices (On my part at least). Speaking of the EP, it was a great indicator of what was coming as Forever Becoming is all around a little looser production-wise (With What We All Come To Need’s [...]

Korn, The Paradigm Shift: Album Review

Korn, The Paradigm Shift: Album Review

It would seem odd to anyone with as varied tastes as mine that I’m reviewing the second artist today on their 11th album.  In this case, the little nu metal band from Bakersfield, CA that in essence started its very genre, is also into its 20th year together in recorded music. Korn have made headlines recently by welcoming back one of it’s founding members – guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch.  This makes for an interesting footnote in the review of the [...]

Hold On, We're Going To Review Drake's Nothing Was The Same

Hold On, We’re Going To Review Drake’s Nothing Was The Same

Mehhhhhhhhhhhhh…

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Review - Twerk Miley, Miley Twerk

Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Review – Twerk Miley, Miley Twerk

Monnie goes track-by-track on Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz. Amidst all the attention craving, might it actually be a decent pop album?

Soulfly, Savages: Album Review

Soulfly, Savages: Album Review

I am not sure whether Max Cavalera is at a point in his career where he feels he can rest and let his sons carve their own paths as they ‘guest,’ on his Soulfly albums or if he’s honestly just taking a piss these days?  I mean, I feel like a fish trying to swim upstream only to die when listening to Soulfly albums since 2005′s Dark Ages.  Each album since has had a couple highlights but have mostly been disappointing. [...]

Moby, Innocents: Album Review

Moby, Innocents: Album Review

Richard Melville Hall (aka Moby) is back with his 11th album and continues his deft broad stroke artistry utilizing electronic music as the backdrop for his tales.  For this album he’s enlisted a some interesting choices for guest vocals.  Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) and Cold Specks are just a few of the names to drop by. He has a script and sticks to it.  The album opens with an echoed/syncopated set of notes that [...]