Pop Rock

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

Nickelback – ‘Get Rollin’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Richard Beland Since their debut in 1996, or at least certainly since their multi-platinum 2001 breakthrough Silver Side Up, Nickelback has generally been perceived as an unfortunate bi-product of the early ’90s Seattle grunge sound. However, on their tenth album Get Rollin’, Nickelback seems to have more common with the dominating rock genre… Read more

Remembering Christine McVie: Fleetwood Mac’s Irrespressible Songbird

Photo Credit: Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Christine McVie, the longtime keyboardist, and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac died on November 30th at age seventy-nine. The first of her three non-consecutive tenures with the band lasted for a quarter-century beginning in 1970, which made her the first woman to join, and a few years later an integral part of… Read more

Ethel Cain – ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Helen Kirbo Surely you haven’t heard a more ambitious album concept in 2022 than this: a 105-minute concept album – the first installment of a trilogy – that traces the journey of a character escaping a fundamentalist home only to meet a gruesome end at the hands of a cannibalistic psychopath. All of… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Rejected Musicians Who Became Successful

Like everyone else living on this planet, successful artists also know what it’s like to be rejected – some better than others. Here are ten musicians rejected by record labels, the Army, classmates, and audition juries. #10. Tori Kelly Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miranda The Californian singer auditioned on season nine of American Idol back in… Read more

Remembering Aaron Carter: America’s Beloved and Embattled Former Child Star

Photo Credit: Michael Bezjian The indelible public image of Aaron Carter, who died on Saturday, November 5th at age 34, will be that of the smiling child with bleach-blonde hair standing either next to his brother Nick (of Backstreet Boys fame) or next to Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan (his relationships with them as a… Read more

Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Complete Collapse’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ashley Osborn When future music history books cover the current revival of pop-punk and pop-rock, the lion’s share of credit will likely go to artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Olivia Rodrigo, and Willow – all of whom have found surprising chart success with their respective forays into the genre this decade. But perhaps… Read more

The 1975 – ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Samuel Bradley In 2020, The 1975 attempted to take their music to new heights with an expansive, experimental double LP. Whereas many of their peers – from Taylor Swift to Fiona Apple – gained acclaim for branching off in new directions that year, The 1975’s Notes On A Conditional Form proved divisive; one… Read more

Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘The Loneliest Time’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Meredith Jenks Back in 2012, online dating and sharing cell phone numbers were still relatively new things, so there is no wonder that Carly Rae Jepsen’s ridiculously infectious guilty pleasure “Call Me Maybe” would go on to become the best-selling single of the 21st century by a female artist and one of the… Read more

Charlie Puth – ‘CHARLIE’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kenneth Cappello Of the over 13,000 albums on the database of Metacritic – the review aggregation site – Charlie Puth’s debut Nine Track Mind holds the unfortunate distinction of having the 7th lowest critic’s score; Spin labeled it an “inoffensive dross,” while Q Magazine said that it “whimpers like a sad kitten.” With… Read more