New Wave

KennyHoopla: Reviving Alternative Rock on “ESTELLA//” Featuring Travis Barker

Photo Credit: Press/via YouTube KennyHoopla gained popularity from singles like “Lost Cause” and “How Will I Rest in Peace If I’m Buried by a Highway?” This new age musician is bringing a sense of thoughtfulness to indie rock with his songs. The Wisconsin-based artist expresses his emotions in a manner that relates to listeners. Kenneth… Read more

The Killers – ‘Imploding The Mirage’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Robert Ascroft Beginning with their 2004 debut album Hot Fuss and the classic singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside”, the Killers became among the few actual rock bands who were launched in the twenty-first century to establish a major presence in popular culture and then more-or-less maintain it. The ‘80s influence was… Read more

The Aces – ‘Under My Influence’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Red Bull Records In 1967, a song called “New York Mining Disaster 1941” was released to radio stations but did not list the artist. The DJs listened to it, assumed it was the Beatles, and thus put it into heavy rotation. Even when the actual artist was revealed as a new band called the Bee Gees, people still believed that… Read more

5 Seconds of Summer – ‘Calm’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Andy DeLuca Following their colossal success with Youngblood in 2018, 5 Seconds of Summer have produced something with this latest effort that is intended to cement their position within the music industry. Their new album Calm is a collection of songs, while being fun and fresh, also target a demographic in a way… Read more

The Aces: Utah’s Indie Rock Explosion

Photo Credit: Red Bull Records If you’re playing poker, four Aces is a pretty winning hand. That remains the case when it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, as evidenced by the Provo, Utah all-girl alternative band the Aces, which is comprised of Katie Henderson (guitar), McKenna Petty (bass) and sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez (lead… Read more

The Strokes – ‘The New Abnormal’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jason McDonald When the twenty-first century began, the garage band revival spearheaded by bands like the White Stripes looked to become the defining rock trend of the moment. Unfortunately, the Seattle grunge scene of a decade earlier had left popular culture somewhat (and needlessly) obsessed with geographic centralization, so because the garage rock… Read more

The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Nabil Elderkin The Weeknd’s latest album After Hours is quite a thrilling ride. The album is intentionally introduced by The Weeknd’s character of the night (A suave, diamond stud rocking, red suit wearing playboy) featured in a storyline of videos that make up the LP. Things begin as you see the Canadian crooner… 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

Remembering Ric Ocasek: The Car That Never Slowed Down

Photo Credit: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images If you lived or worked in New York City in Nineties or after, chances are you spotted Ric Ocasek on the street at least once. It was probably harder to miss the Empire State Building: well over six feet tall and exhibiting the same lanky physical frame, longish hair and sad/curious facial features that had defined his appearance through his four decades as a public figure,… Read more