Pop Rock

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

VHS Collection: Appreciating Independent Fame

Photo Credit: Marcus Maschwitz VHS Collection is an indie rock band that is composed of three members: Conor Cook, James Bohannon, and Nils Vanderlip. Hailing from New York City, this band is creating a name for itself by utilizing the power of resources. The independent band has a manager that oversees their bookings, and with… Read more

Bastille – ‘Doom Days’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett The London four-piece band Bastille certainly started out promisingly enough a couple of years ago, with their debut album Bad Blood (they even beat Taylor Swift to the use of that title), punctuated by the refreshingly terrific single “Pompeii,” which deservedly went Top Five in the U.S. and achieved triple… Read more

The Maine – ‘You Are OK’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dirk Mai The Maine is an alternative pop-rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007, John O’Callaghan and company signed with Fearless Records and recorded their debut EP Stay Up, Get Down. Following lineup changes, the band eventually finalized its roster, releasing their first LP, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, in 2008. Eleven years… Read more