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MMM Top Ten: 10 Incredible Debut Rock Albums

To have something important to say and to know how to say it – that’s the art of succeeding with your debut album. Some debut albums have such an important message that they change the world forever. Some of them are just incredibly well executed, burning with the energy of a new artist who finally… Read more

Beyoncé – ‘Renaissance’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole for Parkwood Entertainment The story of house music is one of liberation; of marginalized communities carving out a space where they could unapologetically be themselves. As a genre, its roots are radical – its formation can be credited to Black and Queer individuals who refused to conform to a society that… Read more

Jack White – ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ Album Review

Photo Credit: David James Swanson Jack White – formerly of The White Stripes – has had a productive 2022. Besides excessive touring across the globe with side acts such as Men I Trust, Chicano Batman, Natalie Bergman, Larkin Poe, Yard Act, and most recently Mdou Moctar, he has released two full-length LPs. The pulsating, ferociously… Read more

Muna – ‘Muna’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Isaac Schneider Muna’s self-titled third album starts out by touching several bases right away. The first few seconds of the opening cut “Silk Chiffon” introduce a subtle synth intro before an acoustic guitar and vocals that suggest that what we’re in for is mainly a singer-songwriter vibe. Then, less than a minute in,… Read more

Girlfriends – ‘(e)motion sickness’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Matty Vogel Girlfriends is a musical group composed of Nick Gross, co-owner of Big Noise Records, and solo artist Travis Mills, both of whom are veterans of the MySpace musical period. Upon the death of a good friend and collaborator Lil Peep, Travis Mills made the decision to channel the grief he felt… Read more

VHS Collection – ‘Night Drive’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Grant Spanier Having debuted in 2015, it’s just a bit odd that New York City synth-rock outfit’s new album Night Drive is only their second full-length release, so perhaps not surprisingly the band is still relying largely on what they’ve already become known for. Despite its title, the opening cut “The Dark” brings to light… Read more

Harry Styles – ‘Harry’s House’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lillie Eiger Harry Styles sees himself as the next great rock legend; he covers classics from the idols he seeks to emulate, and he subverts gender norms by wearing dresses on magazine covers – drawing, for better or for worse, comparisons to the late Kurt Cobain. Styles’ solo debut single “Sign of the… Read more

Simple Plan – ‘Harder Than It Looks’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jordan Kelsey Knight Harder Than It Looks is veteran Canadian emo rockers Simple Plan’s first new album of all-new material in six years (it follows 2016’s Taking One for the Team, which in turn was their first new album in five years), and starts with what’s probably the shortest musical psych-out in recent memory: there’s a brief… Read more

Jack White – ‘Fear of the Dawn’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Paige Sara Back in 1999, as we were just on the brink of the new millennium, Jack White seemingly came out of nowhere (actually Detroit) to save rock ‘n’ roll. Or at the very least, strip it down to its basics, as in his band the White Stripes he used only an electric… Read more

COIN – ‘Uncanny Valley’ Album Review

Photo Credit: COIN via Facebook While the pandemic was a time of pause and reflection for most musicians, it marked the most productive moment for Tennessee-based COIN, which has released a steady stream of music across the last two years. Now, on their third album, the band who broke out in 2016 with the song… Read more