Reviews

HAIM – ‘The Steps’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Nicole Mago The 2013 debut album Days Are Gone from Haim – sisters Este, Alana and Danielle Haim – was musically nothing short of a small miracle, a near-perfect symmetry of production, composition and performance which utilized influences ranging from the classic rock of the Eagles and Pink Floyd to the Eighties pop/R&B of… Read more

Silverstein – ‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wyatt Clough Ten studio albums in and Alberta, Canada’s Silverstein have yet to achieve any notable commercial success. Their 2015 release I Am Alive in Everything I Touch did go Top 20 in their native land (and Top 40 in the US), but otherwise the world has been slow in taking notice of the band. Part of it could be a degree of name… Read more

Four Year Strong – ‘Brain Pain’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos On the track “Get Out of My Head” from their seventh album Brain pain, Worchester, Massachusetts band Four Year Strong sing: “You want me to burn out but I’d rather fade away.” It takes more than just a bit of chutzpah to paraphrase a lyric (“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”) with so much… Read more

COIN – ‘Dreamland’ Album Review

Photo Credit: David O’Donohue The first side of COIN that we’re exposed to on the band’s third album Dreamland is a solid but overall unspectacular cluster of synth-rock tunes, enjoyable and bouncy but largely interchangeable with pretty much any of the similar music sounds out there. “Into My Arms,” in particular, is also unhelped by… Read more

The Last Four Years – ‘A Rock Noir Romance’ Book Review

Photo Credit:  Anwar Hussein / Getty Images It seems as though the Who have traded in their magic bus for a bookmobile, as each of the four members of the band’s original line-up is currently the subject of a published work: lead singer Roger Daltrey’s memoir and guitarist Pete Townshend’s debut novel were both released… Read more

Lil Wayne – ‘Funeral’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ramona Rosales Lil Wayne’s thirteenth official studio album titled Funeral is more comparative to a shooting guard’s perfected mid-range jumper, opposed to expecting a triple-double every game. For example, like the pronounced skillset of James Harden, over the fluidness of LeBron (In fact, he makes reference to the Houston Rockets star, but we… Read more

Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Ordinary Man’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok Other than “Elvis,” there’s probably only one other first name in rock which when spoken by itself is shorthand for not just a musical genre but also an entire subculture. Of course we mean (cue echo and deep voice): Ooooooooozzzzzzzyyyyyyyy. At the beginning of the Seventies, Mr. John Michael Osbourne and his band Black… Read more

Green Day – ‘Father of All Motherf*ckers’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Pamela Littky “Rock ‘n’ roll tragedy // I think the next one could be me,” longtime Green Day guitarist and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sings on “Junkies on a High” from the band’s lucky thirteenth studio album, Father of All Motherf*ckers. By this point, Armstrong should probably have just a bit more confidence in both his… Read more

Stone Temple Pilots – ‘Perdida’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Michelle Shiers It’s been a long, bumpy and inconsistent flight for Stone Temple Pilots. Making their debut in the early Nineties, the San Diego band at first sounded so much like Pearl Jam that some were tagging them Clone Temple (or Stone Goddard) Pilots. Still, there proved to be enough audience support to… Read more

Selena Gomez – ‘Rare’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Matt Baron / Shutterstock Former Disney starlet Selena Gomez is beloved for everything she is, and everything she’s not. So much so, that her diehard fans dubbed the release of her latest solo album in over four years #Rareday. Short for the project’s official title, Rare. Battling everything from lupus, a kidney transplant,… Read more