Alternative Rock

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

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Songs of 2021 (So Far)

The Top Ten Best Songs of 2021 (So Far) #10. “ACTION” — CHAI Photo Credit: Yoshio Nakaiso “ACTION” finds CHAI rejecting all the weight of self-seriousness (not that the band had much of that to begin with). Black Lives Matter protests inspired the Japanese quartet to think about what a call to action would look… Read more

Rise Against – ‘Nowhere Generation’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wyatt Troll Rock audiences seem to have clearly risen in favor of Rise Against, since the Chicago punk band’s last five studio albums all went Top 10 in the US, and that commercial success at least will probably continue unabated with the band’s new release. Yet the title alone sort of spells trouble:… Read more

Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mason Castillo Scaled and Icy is the seventh studio album from alternative duo twenty øne piløts. The album is the fourth in a continuing narrative that began on the 2015 Blurryface album. Blurryface is a character that was presented as a personification of insecurity. Trench delved into the story deeper and fans learned… Read more

Weezer – ‘Van Weezer’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Brendan Walter Barely three months after their last full-length studio release, OK Human, Weezer have already put out their next one (some of this apparently has to do with making up for time lost during the pandemic). Although originally reported (or maybe just rumored) to be an album comprised entirely of Van Halen… Read more

2000s Throwback Gallery: Vans Warped Tour 2003

Vans Warped Tour at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey The All-American Rejects Bowling for Soup Rancid Simple Plan The Ataris Photography by: Steve Trager

2000s Throwback Gallery: Q102 ‘Q Concert 14’ 2003

Q102 ‘Q Concert 14’ at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Bowling for Soup Daniel Bedingfield Fabolous Ginuwine Jewel Lillix Lisa Marie Presley LL COOL J Third Eye Blind Tyrese Wayne Wonder Photography by: Steve Trager

The Offspring – ‘Let the Bad Times Roll’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Daveed Benito Although they’re called the Offspring, the Orange County, California band are in fact the begetters of a movement which has spawned both massive commercial success and nearly as much controversy in rock since the mid-90’s. With their 1994 radio hit “Come Out and Play” (which has always been more commonly referred… Read more