Alt Rock

MMM Thoughts: Where is the Future of Rock Music Headed?

Photo Credit: Chuck Berry via Universal Attractions (artist management) “Hail, hail rock and roll // Deliver me from the days of old.” – Charles Edward Anderson Berry Rock and roll always had a problem orienting itself from the beginning. It is the musical product of a dozen styles of American music blended through time and… Read more

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2022 Concert Review

Photo Credit: BBC (All Photos) The final night of the Radio 6 Festival begins with a brief performance from Evangeline Ling and David Wrench – the duo who blend pop, House, and post-punk to create truly distinctive music. While their stage presence is low-key, and young vocalist Ling seems understandably nervous at the start of… Read more

Fontaines D.C. – ‘Skinty Fia’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Filmawi The deer has always had a peculiar position within Celtic mythology and is often associated with spirituality and the supernatural. In Ireland, the ghost of the now-extinct Irish giant deer still gallops across the barren landscape and continues to transfer its mythical symbolism to new generations. Therefore, it is not surprising that… Read more

The Mysterines – ‘Reeling’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Steve Gullick To paraphrase Fyodor Dostoevsky’s observation in Anna Karenina, bad music is always bad in its own unique way, and good music is always alike. The Mysterines’ debut album Reeling proves this repurposed aphorism beyond a shadow of a doubt, but we’ll explain what we mean. The Mysterines formed in Merseyside in 2017 and the… Read more

Eddie Vedder – ‘Earthling’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch “I’m still alive,” a 26-year-old Eddie Vedder sang on Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten back in 1991. In 2022 – as Vedder turns 58-years-old – that’s still a reality, unlike many of his alternative rock contemporaries who broke through in the lyrically ominous wave of grunge. Vedder has always seemed like one of… Read more

Jack White – ‘Fear of the Dawn’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Paige Sara Back in 1999, as we were just on the brink of the new millennium, Jack White seemingly came out of nowhere (actually Detroit) to save rock ‘n’ roll. Or at the very least, strip it down to its basics, as in his band the White Stripes he used only an electric… Read more

Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Unlimited Love’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Red Hot Chili Peppers via Twitter It’s hard to believe that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have now been around – just on record – for thirty-seven years. Not only that, but 2021 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the album which made the band superstars, Blood Sugar Sex Magick. Their new studio release Unlimited Love outwardly reflects… Read more

Remembering Taylor Hawkins: The Foo Fighters’ Drummer and Anchor

Photo Credit: Richard Dobson/Newspix After nearly three decades, the Foo Fighters, sometimes called “the Last Great Band,” experienced their first-ever casualty on March 25th when longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead at age fifty in Bogota, Colombia, where the band had been scheduled to play the Estero Picnic Music Festival as part of a… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Alternative Rock Bands You Should be Listening to in 2022

Mark Josephson, Executive Director of the New Music Seminar said back in 1988 that “alternative music has real strength, real quality, real excitement, and it has to be socially significant, as opposed to Whitney Houston, which is pablum.” That’s a great explanation of what started during the late-‘70s to early-‘80s as college radio features like Dead Kennedys… Read more

Dashboard Confessional – ‘All the Truth That I Can Tell’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos “I’m living in your letters // Breathe deeply from this envelope // It smells like you and I can’t be without that scent.” Its lyrics like these that made Dashboard Confessional’s 2000 debut The Swiss Army Romance such a seminal, incisive record – one whose ability to capture the seismic pain of young heartbreak… Read more