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Kenna, "Relations": The Singles Bar Review

Kenna, “Relations”: The Singles Bar Review

“Relations (An Ode To You & Me)”, the latest single off the highly anticipated next chapter of Kenna’s Land 2 Air Chronicles EP series sounds exactly like the description on the Soundcloud page: David Byrne meets Rick James! It’s a low-key little funk blast that sees Kenna doing his best Talking Heads/Byrne impression and succeeding. If this is an indication of the direction the next EP is going in then expect more ’80′s-inspired jams like this instead of the sonic [...]

Lady Gaga, "Applause" - The Singles Bar review

Lady Gaga, “Applause” – The Singles Bar review

What, Lady Gaga getting naked in a promotional video for some new agey mind and body exercise wasn’t enough for you? FINE. Here’s here new single, rushed to radio following a rash of leaks over the weekend. “Applause” is the first single from Gaga’s forthcoming ARTPOP album, due November 11th. “Applause” is unfortunately more of the same from Gaga, and could just as easily be a leftover from 2011′s enjoyable but tepid Born This Way. Like that LP, “Applause” is a competent but fairly by-the-numbers dance [...]

Metal Monday Volume 135 (8.12.13)

Metal Monday Volume 135 (8.12.13)

If the first offering off Pelican’s upcoming Forever Becoming (Due October 15th on Southern Lord) wasn’t to your liking then you might wanna dust off the turntable for the just released Deny The Absolute 7″ from The Mylene Sheath. Featuring the title track (Which will be the second track on FB) and non-album track “The Truce”, this is probably the easiest decision you’ll make all year on a vinyl purchase. First up is “Deny The Absolute” which is easily the [...]

Deathpoint, "Sinister": The Singles Bar Review

Deathpoint, “Sinister”: The Singles Bar Review

With riffage as technically proficient as Fear Factory and a melodic tone in the vein of Flaw, Canadian heavies Deathpoint is an amalgamation of extremes. With former Odium vocalist Tom Emmans now in tow for their forthcoming album, Deathpoint release the title track “Sinister” and show how much they’re continually growing. Emmans, especially, is a force behind the mic with a range that borders on death metal growls at times growing to a Maynard James Keenan-style croon and is easily [...]

A First Peek at Muppets Most Wanted

A First Peek at Muppets Most Wanted

Following the Muppets’ return to the big screen in 2011, the gang is setting out for another cinematic adventure. This one appears to have some international intrigue, and features headliners Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Ty Burrell. 2011′s The Muppets brought the ragtag puppet troupe to a new generation; will Muppets Most Wanted maintain that momentum? Disney released a teaser today – let us know what you think! Muppets Most Wanted will be in theaters March 21, 2014. Muppets Most Wanted Teaser Trailer on Disney Video

Vista Chino, "Barcelonian": The Singles Bar Review

Vista Chino, “Barcelonian”: The Singles Bar Review

Given the recent legal issues between the band that is now known as Vista Chino and Josh Homme, is it an insult to describe VC’s latest song, “Barcelonian”,  off their upcoming Peace album as sounding like Queens of the Stone Age? Because it does. It’s that pure QOTSA that shared a split with Kyuss before their debut full-length. Comparisons aside, though, it’s awesome. Bruno Fevery definitely holds his own and it’s nice to see the young guitarist really let loose [...]

Mazzy Star, "California": The Singles Bar review

Mazzy Star, “California”: The Singles Bar review

It’s been 17 years since Mazzy Star’s last full length LP, 1996′s Among My Swan. 2011 gave us the first new tracks from Hope Sandaval and the gang via the “Common Burn” / “Lay Myself Down” single, with news of an LP to be released in 2012. The promise of a new Mazzy Star LP was enticing given the length of the group’s absence, and doubly so based on the strength of “Common Burn” / “Lay Myself Down.” But the [...]

Popblerd's New Release Report 7/16/13

Popblerd’s New Release Report 7/16/13

I’m doing this. I really am! This is Big Money’s deal but I’m taking over the “New Release Report” for a little while because, frankly, I miss it. But enough rambling, onto the new releases… We’re in the middle of July meaning…nothing is coming out. For the most part. First, there’s the solo outing from ex-Pantera/current Down frontman Phil Anselmo. I didn’t like it. A lot. You can go here to read why. On the other side of the spectrum (And [...]

Metal Monday Volume 130 (7.8.13)

An album I thought I would have not much interest in initially, the debut solo album from Jason Newsted has easily climbed to the top of my most anticipated heavy albums of 2013 list on the strength of the Metal EP released in January and “Heroic Dose”, the first offering from Heavy Metal Music due on August 6th. I said it before but this is the album Metallica really wanna make in the 21st century. It’s earnest, honest, and definitely [...]

Mickey Gloss, "Are You Happy?": The Singles Bar Review

Mickey Gloss, “Are You Happy?”: The Singles Bar Review

Wall Of Voodoo meets Devo meets Arctic Monkeys with some manic psychedelia thrown in for good measure, Mickey Gloss is a genre-bending outfit from Australia now based in London who make the kind of music your ears will automatically drift towards. The vocals are mesmerizing, the chorus is hypnotic, and the breakdowns are raging! What more could you ask for in a raucous two and a half minute little ditty like this? Single “Are You Happy?” will be released on [...]

Bloc Party, "Ratchet": The Viewfinder Review

Bloc Party, “Ratchet”: The Viewfinder Review

Well, that was quick! Less than a year after their genre-defying comeback album it looks as if Bloc Party are going on the dreaded “indefinite hiatus” once again. Don’t fret just yet, though, as the band have one last batch of new songs to release before they go their separate ways.  Slated for release on August 12th in the UK, The Nextwave Sessions could very well be Bloc Party’s swan song but if songs like first single “Ratchet” are indicative [...]

Metal Monday Volume 129 (7.1.13)

Metal Monday Volume 129 (7.1.13)

Shoot has been a long time coming and while I’d rather have a full length in my hands right now instead of an EP, I’ll take whatever I can get when it comes to new material from American Head Charge. Over eight years since The Feeding and six since Can’t Stop The Machine, if Shoot proves anything it’s that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that like a fine wine some things only get better with age. Is this [...]