Alternative Rock

Coldplay – ‘Everyday Life’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Tim Saccenti Nearly four years of “everydays” have passed since the release of Coldplay’s last full-length studio album A Head Full of Dreams in 2015, so it might be easy to assume that with sixteen tracks clocking in at nearly an hour, the band’s new album Everyday Life is on some level an effort to make up for lost time. Either way, this new record is time well spent, as it’s got emotion, quality, diversity and,… Read more

The Replacements – ‘Dead Man’s Pop’ Album Box Set Review

Photo Credit: Paul Natkin/Wire Image Leave it to the Replacements to use what’s probably their least-liked record as the centerpiece of their most elaborate and ambitious re-issue release to date. The new sixty-track behemoth Dead Man’s Pop is chiefly an attempt to breathe new life into their sixth studio album Don’t Tell a Soul, which when originally released in 1989 was if only by default a bright spot in an era dominated by hair metal, monotonous… Read more

The Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Miracle Pill’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bob Mussel When we think of celebrities that people typically like to do impressions of – Humphrey Bogart, Howard Cosell and John Wayne come to mind, just for starters – Dennis DeYoung is generally not one of them. Still, in a 1996 Saturday Night Live sketch, Will Ferrell played the former lead singer and keyboardist of Styx in a commercial parody for a fictitious album called Songs that Ruined Everything,… Read more

Third Eye Blind – ‘Screamer’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Twitter @ThirdEyeBlind When Third Eye Blind debuted with their self-titled album in 1997, they were in some ways a giant conundrum. While sounding unmistakably like a good-time party band, the Bay Area five piece addressed such as issues as suicide (“Jumper”) and crystal meth addiction (“Semi-Charmed Life”) in their lyrics. They presented this idiosyncrasy right out of the box, not waiting to… Read more

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Facebook @JimmyEatWorld “It’s gonna seem so hard // It’s gonna feel so hard // Until you want the work more than the reward,” Jimmy Eat World sing on “Love Never,” one of the best tracks from their tight and formidable new album Surviving. These lyrics may well be a reflection of the band’s own situation, since a half-dozen full releases later Jimmy Eat World have yet… Read more

Bayside – ‘Interrobang’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Megan Thompson As rock and roll approaches its seventh decade, one might imagine that there are fewer and fewer “firsts” to be claimed (i.e. first band to play a particular place, first group to record an album in such-and-such way, etc.). However, New York’s Bayside has probably clinched a unique rock first on their new album Interrobang. The opening cut – which… Read more