Folk Rock

Arcade Fire – ‘WE’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Michael Marcelle The husband-and-wife fronted Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire recently celebrated 20 years as a band. Already with their debut album – 2004’s Funeral – they managed to make an impression on pop culture, and their legacy grew even bigger as they continued to release an impressive three-streak album run with 2007’s Neon Bible 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

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

Father John Misty – ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ward & Kweskin At a time of rampant ’80s nostalgia in music, trust Josh “Father John Misty” Tillman – never one to blindly follow trends – to take it a step further and look to the big band sound of the 1950s that has thus far been left largely untouched by contemporary musicians…. 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

MMM Top Ten: 10 Artists on the Rise in 2022

With Coronavirus receding and the world slowly opening back up, the last year has allowed musicians to finally get back in the studio and record new music. Combine this with a pandemic’s worth of soul-searching and you find an entire generation of new talent making urgent music that meets this moment. From soul-searching singer-songwriters to… Read more

John Mellencamp – ‘Strictly a One-Eyed Jack’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bryan Lasky One thing that’s impossible to deny, for better or worse, is that John Mellencamp’s voice is not what it once was. On his twenty-fourth studio album, Strictly a One-Eyed Jack, the veteran rocker’s singing sound deeper, rougher, and considerably more gravelly (part of this could be just aging, but probably has more… Read more

Big Thief – ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Michael Buisha It’s hard for the listener to know after only about a week which tracks will remain in your playlist rotation over time from an 80-minute, 20-track mega album such as this. Similarly, it can be hard for a songwriter to know the difference between a charming throwaway and a stunning little… Read more

Mitski – ‘Laurel Hell’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz Laurel Hell was never meant to exist. In June 2019, Mitski Miyawaki announced that a September show in Central Park would be her “last show indefinitely.” “Indefinitely”, she assured fans, did not mean forever, but privately, she had already decided she was quitting the music business. However, she later realized, her recording… Read more

MMM Top Ten: The Top 10 Most Memorable Rock Cover Songs

In the rock era alone, there have been many, many cover versions recorded and released. From live-only interpretations to deep album cuts, to #1 hits (even the Beatles, who we’ll get back to in a minute, started as a cover band). In some cases, artists’ cover songs are well-known just because the original already proved… Read more