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HAIM – ‘The Steps’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Nicole Mago The 2013 debut album Days Are Gone from Haim – sisters Este, Alana and Danielle Haim – was musically nothing short of a small miracle, a near-perfect symmetry of production, composition and performance which utilized influences ranging from the classic rock of the Eagles and Pink Floyd to the Eighties pop/R&B of… Read more

Queensrÿche & John 5: ‘The Verdict’ Tour 2020

Queensrÿche & John 5 at The Keswick Theatre 2/19/2020 Glenside, Pennsylvania Websites: www.queensrycheofficial.com & www.john-5.com Photography By: Steve Trager

Silverstein – ‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wyatt Clough Ten studio albums in and Alberta, Canada’s Silverstein have yet to achieve any notable commercial success. Their 2015 release I Am Alive in Everything I Touch did go Top 20 in their native land (and Top 40 in the US), but otherwise the world has been slow in taking notice of the band. Part of it could be a degree of name… Read more

Four Year Strong – ‘Brain Pain’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos On the track “Get Out of My Head” from their seventh album Brain pain, Worchester, Massachusetts band Four Year Strong sing: “You want me to burn out but I’d rather fade away.” It takes more than just a bit of chutzpah to paraphrase a lyric (“It’s better to burn out than to fade away”) with so much… Read more

COIN – ‘Dreamland’ Album Review

Photo Credit: David O’Donohue The first side of COIN that we’re exposed to on the band’s third album Dreamland is a solid but overall unspectacular cluster of synth-rock tunes, enjoyable and bouncy but largely interchangeable with pretty much any of the similar music sounds out there. “Into My Arms,” in particular, is also unhelped by… Read more

The Last Four Years – ‘A Rock Noir Romance’ Book Review

Photo Credit:  Anwar Hussein / Getty Images It seems as though the Who have traded in their magic bus for a bookmobile, as each of the four members of the band’s original line-up is currently the subject of a published work: lead singer Roger Daltrey’s memoir and guitarist Pete Townshend’s debut novel were both released… Read more

Lil Wayne – ‘Funeral’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ramona Rosales Lil Wayne’s thirteenth official studio album titled Funeral is more comparative to a shooting guard’s perfected mid-range jumper, opposed to expecting a triple-double every game. For example, like the pronounced skillset of James Harden, over the fluidness of LeBron (In fact, he makes reference to the Houston Rockets star, but we… Read more

Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Ordinary Man’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok Other than “Elvis,” there’s probably only one other first name in rock which when spoken by itself is shorthand for not just a musical genre but also an entire subculture. Of course we mean (cue echo and deep voice): Ooooooooozzzzzzzyyyyyyyy. At the beginning of the Seventies, Mr. John Michael Osbourne and his band Black… Read more

ROLE MODEL: Oh, How Perfectly Imperfect

Photo Credit: Clare Gillen Tucker Pillsbury uses his voice as a means to express issues he has faced. With the combined efforts of quality production and heart-felt lyrics, ROLE MODEL jumps into issues such as relationships, self-doubt, and depression. From Portland, Maine, Tucker adopted his stage name from Paul Rudd’s part in Role Models. Originally… Read more

070 Shake: An Emotionally Vulnerable Debut

Photo Credit: Dan Regan Known for her high-profile guest appearances, 070 Shake has created hip-hop music for a new generation of listeners. While new to the music scene, 070 Shake keeps true to her feelings and the highs and lows of life. The artist utilizes her creativity through artistic expression. Danielle Balbuena was born on… Read more