The Gods Themselves | Pink Noise (s/r)

Written by Marc Farr Tuesday, 24 November 2015 19:25

cd gods themselvesWith a decadent stir of the psychedelic soup, the members of the Gods Themselves have made a niche for themselves.


Saxon | Battering Ram (UDR Entertainment)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 13 November 2015 12:47

Saxon-Battering-RamGuitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt trade riffs and solos with grace mixed with rage.


Julien Baker | Sprained Ankle (6131)

Written by Willie Edward Smith Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:25

cd julien-bakerBaker sings with the confidence of someone who understands the evocative power she possesses and wields masterfully.


The Neighbourhood | Wiped Out! (Columbia)

Written by Willie Edward Smith Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:22

cd neighbourhoodLead single “R.I.P. 2 My Youth” is a mid-tempo tour-de-force of melody and melancholy, capturing the band and this album in a nutshell.


Vanessa Carlton | Liberman (Dine Alone)

Written by Ashley White Tuesday, 20 October 2015 18:16

cd vanessa-carltonI enjoy the keys and easy melodies, but would prefer to listen to them in yoga or piyo class than in my car.


Horrendous | Anareta (Dark Descent)

Written by Marcus Mercer Tuesday, 20 October 2015 17:51

cd HorrendousMy love for this band grows ever so much deeper.


Annabelle’s Curse | Worn Out Skin (s/r)

Written by Adam Robinson Thursday, 15 October 2015 19:02

cd annabelles-curseAnnabelle’s Curse sets out to stir some kind of emotion inside of you, take you down a trip with them and leave you craving more.


New Order | Music Complete (Mute)

Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:39

musiccomplete sqThe songs blend quite well into each other, creating a danceable, yet methodical track progression.


Slayer | Repentless (Nuclear Blast)

Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:35

slayer-repentless-album-cover-artWhile different metal trends have come and gone, Slayer stays, well, Slayer.


Ursa Major | L’appel Du Vide (n/s)

Written by Livie Hall Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:54

Ursa 75Ursa Major is a group to keep an eye on, without a doubt.


Hamsas XIII | Encompass (s/r)

Written by Matt Gleason Friday, 18 September 2015 12:57

cd hamsas-xiiiThe album gives you a sense of going on a mind-altering and awakening journey through lyrical mysticism and tantalizing instrumentation.


Kurt Vile | b’lieve i’m goin down… (Matador)

Written by Michael Koehler Wednesday, 09 September 2015 22:32

BlieveimgoindownOverall, this is a focused but chilled out album that grows with each listen.


Ghost | Meliora (Loma Vista)

Written by Marc Farr Tuesday, 08 September 2015 20:28

cd ghostWhether their image is real or simply a gimmick matters not.


Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | s/t (Stax)

Written by Brian Kenney Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:28

Rateliff sqThis disc bellies up to the bar, hits the bottle hard and never lets up until long after last call.


Allen Stone | Radius (Capitol)

Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 28 August 2015 17:39

cd allen stoneNo disrespect to the legend, but Stone’s songs could stand alongside some of Stevie Wonder’s best.


ZZ Ward | Love and War (Hollywood)

Written by Ashley White Friday, 28 August 2015 14:13

cd zz-wardTwo inferences can be made here: She has to work so hard either because she has yet to marry, or because she didn’t marry well—you be the judge.


Caustic Casanova | Breaks (Retro Futurist)

Written by Marcus Mercer Friday, 21 August 2015 20:51

causticcasanova breaks_75It’s amazing to hear a band that can manage to pack all of these different influences within just a single album, and in an original manner.


The Bird and the Bee | Recreational Love (Rostrum)

Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 11 August 2015 22:40

bird-and-bee 75It’s the songwriting and execution of the material here that makes it a sweet set of summertime jams.


Simon and Garfunkel | The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (Sony BMG Legacy)

Written by Marc Farr Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:41

Simon-and-Garfunkel 75Beautifully packaged with a chimerical sound, fans will feast on this set.


Myrkur | M (Relapse)

Written by Marcus Mercer Sunday, 09 August 2015 12:04

myrkur 75M has the classic formula and understands its roots, but builds off that in an original and awe-inspiring way.


Man Overboard | Heavy Love (Rise)

Written by Emily Van de Riet Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:40

Man-Overboard-heavy-Love 75Every song on the album is well-written, and really gives the notion that the band members write from the heart.


Teen Daze | Morning World (Paper Bag)

Written by Emily Van de Riet Wednesday, 22 July 2015 21:23

teendaze 75There is just something that’s missing from the music. I’m left wanting more passion.


Set It Off | Duality: Stories Unplugged (Equal Vision)

Written by Emily Van de Riet Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:48

SET-IT-OFF 75It’s obvious that the band members put as much passion into their acoustic songs as their traditional songs.


Ancient Warfare | The Pale Horse (Alias)

Written by Marc Farr Saturday, 18 July 2015 23:44

ancient-warfare 75The album is a highly-charged collection of dark tracks, full of sincerity and raw feelings.


311 | 25th Anniversary ARCHIVE Box Set (Legacy)

Written by Adam Robinson Friday, 17 July 2015 22:40

311 75This is a definitive box set and a must-have item for any 311 fan.


Beautiful Bodies | Battles (Epitaph)

Written by Emily Van de Riet Sunday, 12 July 2015 22:04

Beautiful-Bodies 75The band has said its music comes down to one thing: energy.


Miguel | Wildheart (Bystorm Entertainment/RCA)

Written by Ashley White Friday, 10 July 2015 13:27

miguel 75They say third times a charm, and well, that seems to hold true for Miguel.


Hilary Duff | Breathe in. Breathe out. (RCA)

Written by Samantha LaBat Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:59

cd Hillary-DuffThis has been a long time coming; she’s obviously worked very hard on it for years.


Adam Lambert | The Original High (Warner Bros.)

Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:52

cd Adam-LambertIt’s official: Adam is back.


Reina del Cid | The Cooling (s/r)

Written by Marc Farr Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:06

Reina-del-Cid 75The album starts off warm and never really cools down.


Billy Joel | Streetlife Serenade (Columbia/Audio Fidelity)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 05 June 2015 17:19

cd billy-joelWith radio hits not far off, this album provided a good basis for his burgeoning career.


Golden Eels | Periscopes in the Air (s/r)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 05 June 2015 17:18

cd golden-eelsSome tracks wail in desperation, while others satisfy the more mundane expressions of joy, love, and despair.


Girlschool | London 1980 (Cleopatra)

Written by Marc Farr Friday, 29 May 2015 17:24

cd girlschoolLondon 1980 reminds us where the new wave of British heavy metal began—and it began with bands like Girlschool.


Jethro Tull | Minstrel in the Gallery (Chrysalis/Parlophone)

Written by Marc Farr Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:15

cd jethro-tullEncompassing four discs and an 80-page booklet sealed in book form, this is a magnificent set.


Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard | Django and Jimmie (Legacy)

Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 22 May 2015 13:41

cd nelson-haggardThe road-worn cowboys refuse to give up that mischievous glint in their eye that lights the way to the next good time.


Jamie Foxx | Hollywood: Story of a Dozen Roses (RCA)

Written by Samantha LaBat Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:29

cd jamie-foxxThe entire album is flowing with emotion.


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