Reviews

Bleachers – ‘Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Matt Salacuse When Bleachers released their 2017 album, Gone Now, the band was still relatively undiscovered. The band had a taste of widespread success with one of their first singles, “I Wanna Get Better”, and followed it up with a strong debut and sophomore album that was well-received by both fans and critics. After… Read more

Clairo – ‘Sling’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Adrian Nieto Following up a massively successful debut album is no easy feat, and Claire Cottrill, professionally known as Clairo, has stepped up to the plate with her sophomore album, Sling. Produced by Jack Antonoff, Sling takes a more low-key approach than the bedroom pop of Immunity. Maintaining that intimate feel, Clairo brings listeners into a world… Read more

Switchfoot – ‘Interrobang’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Erik Frost An interrobang is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a punctuation mark designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question” – in layman’s terms, it’s the combination of an exclamation point and a question mark. An interrobang, in many ways, feels like the collective response to the events of… Read more

The Killers – ‘Pressure Machine’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch In late 2019, The Killers announced their follow-up to 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful was on its way. That album, Imploding The Mirage was The Killer’s best full-length work to date, a daring leap of sonic ambition that also happened to be hugely enjoyable. Brandon Flowers and company, however, had no way of… Read more

The Maine – ‘XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Guadalupe Bustos Hailing from Tempe, Arizona the fivesome consisting of John O’Callaghan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jared Monaco (lead guitar), Garrett Nickelsen (bass guitar), Kennedy Bock (rhythm guitar) and Patrick Kirch (drums), recently released their eighth studio album titled XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time. Leaning into their pop side a… Read more

jxdn – ‘Tell Me About Tomorrow’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jaden Hossler Tik Tok star and former Sway House member Jaden Hossler is the latest to make the transition from the popular video app, to releasing music under the moniker jxdn. He follows in the footsteps of other Tik Tok influencers such as Addison Rae, Dixie D’Amelio, and Chase Hudson (Lil Huddy). Hossler… Read more

KennyHoopla – ‘SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//’ Mixtape Review

Photo Credit: Alondra Buccio The current release by Cleveland, Ohio musician Kenny La’ron, who goes by the stage name KennyHoopla (yes, one word) is fraught with more than its share of baggage. The six-song offering is being presented as a “mixtape,” although it’s a bit unclear just how that label applies. The full title is… Read more

H.E.R. – ‘Back of My Mind’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Shane Adams Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, who goes by the stage name H.E.R. (pronounced “her”), has been releasing singles and individual tracks going as far back as 2014, thus it’s a bit surprising that she’s just now coming out with her first full-length release. If making up for lost time was any part of… Read more

DMX – ‘Exodus’ Album Review

Photo Credit: @shotbyjacques The posthumous album as a memorial is a concept that has played out in public several times over the last two years. DMX was prolific and well-connected, but hadn’t released a proper album in nine years at the time of his death at 50-years-old. Exodus was executive-produced by Swizz Beats who collaborated… Read more