Pop Rock

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

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

Grace Potter: ‘Daylight’ Tour 2020

Grace Potter at The Fillmore 1/24/2020 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Website: www.gracepotter.com Photography By: Steve Trager

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 12/11/19 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lizzo     5 Seconds of Summer Niall Horan Monsta X Lewis Capaldi Website: www.iheart.com/jingle-ball Photography By: Steve Trager

Coldplay – ‘Everyday Life’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Tim Saccenti Nearly four years of “everydays” have passed since the release of Coldplay’s last full-length studio album A Head Full of Dreams in 2015, so it might be easy to assume that with sixteen tracks clocking in at nearly an hour, the band’s new album Everyday Life is on some level an effort to make up for lost time. Either way, this new record is time well spent, as it’s got emotion, quality, diversity and,… Read more

The Goo Goo Dolls – ‘Miracle Pill’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bob Mussel When we think of celebrities that people typically like to do impressions of – Humphrey Bogart, Howard Cosell and John Wayne come to mind, just for starters – Dennis DeYoung is generally not one of them. Still, in a 1996 Saturday Night Live sketch, Will Ferrell played the former lead singer and keyboardist of Styx in a commercial parody for a fictitious album called Songs that Ruined Everything,… Read more

Third Eye Blind – ‘Screamer’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Twitter @ThirdEyeBlind When Third Eye Blind debuted with their self-titled album in 1997, they were in some ways a giant conundrum. While sounding unmistakably like a good-time party band, the Bay Area five piece addressed such as issues as suicide (“Jumper”) and crystal meth addiction (“Semi-Charmed Life”) in their lyrics. They presented this idiosyncrasy right out of the box, not waiting to… Read more

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Surviving’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Facebook @JimmyEatWorld “It’s gonna seem so hard // It’s gonna feel so hard // Until you want the work more than the reward,” Jimmy Eat World sing on “Love Never,” one of the best tracks from their tight and formidable new album Surviving. These lyrics may well be a reflection of the band’s own situation, since a half-dozen full releases later Jimmy Eat World have yet… Read more

Simple Creatures – ‘Everything Opposite’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Upset Mag Promo Simple Creatures, which is comprised of Mark Hoppus (who continues to front Blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (who continues to front All Time Low) is an almost all-synth offering in which the guitars mostly remain zipped up in their gig bags. The duo’s new EP Everything Opposite opens with the track “Special,” which sounds an unmistakable lot like Lorde’s “Royals”. While that song is not exactly… Read more