Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts

MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Most Anticipated Releases of 2023

Several music veterans in various genres – including rock, punk, and hip-hop – will return (or at least hopefully return) with new full-length albums in 2023 after a long absence, and a few more recent bands will with any luck continue their winning streak. Here are ten new releases to look forward to in the… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

2022 was another interesting and relatively lucrative year for music. Not much of particular note happening in the way of rock’s oldest active veterans (i.e. those who began in the ’60s or ’70s), but a few major ’90s and 2000s came back to show that they’re still determined to move forward artistically. One 2010s starter… Read more

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Paul Elledge During the early and mid ’90s, the Smashing Pumpkins (hailing from Chicago) became probably the most popular and influential band to come out of the alternative music boom who were not from (or connected to) the Seattle grunge scene. Lead singer/multi-instrumentalist/principal songwriter Billy Corgan dissolved the Pumpkins in 2000, but after… Read more