The Top 15 Music-Related Films

There are so many music-themed films that are worth viewing. This list lacks documentaries, as all these films are related to music but not necessarily a factual documentation of musical events, times or places. All these films bleed music, it is coursing through their veins, and isn’t just distantly related to music- or features a main character that is a musician but little else music … Continue reading The Top 15 Music-Related Films


Grunge Revivalism: Why America’s Angriest Genre is Coming Back

The early 90′s were fun. Music fans wore ugly bloated flannel and punched the wall to the overtly aggressive sounds of the forerunners of the genre. It was a fun time for sure. Grunge music never really DIED per se. It was GOOD grunge music that died. When Kurt Cobain shot himself late 1994, just after releasing their widely considered best album In Utero, that could … Continue reading Grunge Revivalism: Why America’s Angriest Genre is Coming Back

Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks Review

Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” Review

I once considered Trent Reznor to be the defining artist of the 90′s. Unfortunately, many disagree, and Kurt Cobain’s death embattles my argument pretty heavily. But Reznor seems to be in a constant state of remaining relevant and sustaining the impression that he could not care less. And with that he has built a notable army of High Schooler’s who grew up with Nine Inch … Continue reading Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks” Review

Jack Johnson From here to Now to You Review

Jack Johnson “From Here to Now to You” Review

I apologize in advance to long time fans of Jack Johnson. He just seems so airheaded. Life is all about roses and pretty colors, man. You get the impression that all Jack Johnson thinks about is love, his wife, pretty walks through the woods, and surfing. This is all fine and super, but it is not exactly what we call reality. In reality, pain is present. … Continue reading Jack Johnson “From Here to Now to You” Review


Lou Reed “Metal Machine Music” Review

Metal Machine Music would be the worst album ever made if it was actually a conscious sincere attempt to make music. Interestingly, it hardly classifies as music. Considering music is, by definition, organized sounds, Metal Machine Music’s hour long industrial soundscape of noise, abrasion, brutal tedium, and feedback, made for one of the most alarming, distressing, and terrible musical experiences in history. As far as … Continue reading Lou Reed “Metal Machine Music” Review

Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Review

Panic at the Disco “Vices and Virtues” Review

Panic! at the Disco seem to have been all over the place musically over three albums and six years. Their debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, was danceable and likable- sweet and sugary with the pop sensibilities of the best “emo” acts in the scene. It was flamboyantly awkward lyrically, but had enough charm to appease the times. And just a few years later, … Continue reading Panic at the Disco “Vices and Virtues” Review

Nickelback "Here and Now" Review

Nickelback “Here and Now” Review

Nickelback never seize to amaze me. Their music has been so universally disliked, and so representative of a larger, more sinister beast (the mainstream music listener) that I find their longevity shocking but also oddly acceptable. There are a lot of bands like Nickelback that could be pinpointed, but Nickelback insist on continuing to make music, so why they sort of asked for it. I tried … Continue reading Nickelback “Here and Now” Review

Vampire Weekend "Vampires in the City" Review

Vampire Weekend “Vampires in the City” Review

Back when Vampire Weekend broke in 2008 with their eponymous self-titled debut, I was charmed by their inane sense of a hook. But what were they saying? I could not possibly relate to this waspy-whimsical contour waves of jangly rich-kid pop. But the hooks! They were so irresistible, despite my overall impression that they really didn’t have anything to say that wasn’t swashed in counter-intuitive bucklings of irony. But … Continue reading Vampire Weekend “Vampires in the City” Review

Killers Battle Born Review

The Killers “Battle Born” Review

Yawn. I’m sorry. That was a poor opening. I am a bit tired from bearing through The Killers latest album Battle Born for the fifth time. Not fifth time consecutively. I would kill myself. I’m just a little sleepy here…Hum. Um. Ok. Well, Battle Born isn’t some sleepytime album. It is a far cry from Radiohead’s Kid A or some post-rock balladry or something, not that it … Continue reading The Killers “Battle Born” Review

Leonard Cohen "Popular Problems" Review

Leonard Cohen “Popular Problems” Review

Leonard Cohen is an enigma. His raspy low-register voice has been ever-present since he debuted in the late 60′s with a batch of seedy cellar ballads about sex, doom, and meeting strangers that are lost and scared. So nearly 50 years later, and Cohen engages that dark synergy in all of us. That moment where mortality becomes more than just an afterthought but a serious … Continue reading Leonard Cohen “Popular Problems” Review

Ramones Rocket to Russia Review

The Ramones ‘Rocket to Russia” Review

I am a huge fan of the Ramones, so it seems about time I grace one of the most popular and widely accepted  albums the group ever put out. Trying not to recycle the same thing that people have said for decades now, The Ramones ended up being a lot more influential than anyone ever gave them credit for. Rocket to Russia seemingly exists in this perfect 5 trifecta- … Continue reading The Ramones ‘Rocket to Russia” Review

Muse 2nd Law Review

Muse “The 2nd Law” Review

Matt Bellamy is filled with cheese. His brain, his heart, every orifice is spewing little drips of Kraft cheese that replace typical human organs. This is the only logical reason for why Muse’s new album The 2nd Law is as infuriatingly and excessively cheesy as it is. The trio of Muse- Matt Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard- imbue cheese over every little synth hook, every vocal … Continue reading Muse “The 2nd Law” Review


Linkin Park “The Hunting Party” Review

Linkin Park has always carved their own path in music. Ever since their debut release about 15 years ago, the band championed nu-metal while simultaneously burning it to the ground. Those albums still somehow sound non-dated, a testament to their craft of universal appeal and brilliantly approachable songwriting. The Hunting Party finds this band seemingly reinvigorated with a heavier release than anything they have done since their mainstream opus, … Continue reading Linkin Park “The Hunting Party” Review

Tenacious D Rize of the Fenix

Tenacious D “Rize of the Fenix” Review

It really surprises me that Tenacious D is still a “thing.” For one, their last greatest achievement was with their 2001 self-titled album, which deliberately created egotistical rock power ballads and acoustic ditties, mixed among some hysterical back-crunching dialogue that was both brilliantly composed and written and oddly offensive. Yet since that record, they have dabbled in mediocrity, watered down riffs, and borderline self parody. The Pick of … Continue reading Tenacious D “Rize of the Fenix” Review


Indie Spotlight: Justin Levinson

Justin Levinson isn’t particularly a household name, but with his electric mix of hearth throbbing-infused aesthetics and country-tinged balladry, he would be right at home in a climate of top 40 melodic guitar rock. Justin Levinson is a few albums deep, and has just recently released his new record, This Side of Me, This Side of You, alongside his backing group, The Valcours. The album features ten new … Continue reading Indie Spotlight: Justin Levinson


AFI “Answer That and Stay Fashionable” Review

Very few bands make the conscious effort to move so far from their origins. Bands and artists have done it before, but it has taken decades. In contemporary music, it just isn’t something that happens at the frequency that would be wholly interesting. The sure intrigue that would occur if the Red Hot Chili Peppers were to release a metal album, or if Marilyn Manson would release a strongly influenced electro-goth record. Man, despite … Continue reading AFI “Answer That and Stay Fashionable” Review

Silverstein This is How the Wind Shifts" Review

Silverstein “This is How the Wind Shifts” Review

Silverstein’s galloping career has found them further solidifying the claim that they are, almost universally, the best post-hardcore group still active. As the band dives past their sixth LP This is How the Wind Shifts, fans and bystanders alike see a path of corpses, bands in the genre who have not made it through. This album acts as a sort of coda to those deceased … Continue reading Silverstein “This is How the Wind Shifts” Review


The Offspring “Days Go By” Review

Every music fan has that band they adored when they were young; puberty was just around the next turn or already amidst your daily troubles. You were easily influenced, grabbing for something to attach to. For me, these days involved Limp Bizkit, Eminem, System of a Down ‘Toxicity’ era, bouts of Donkey Kong on the Game Boy Color, and maybe a little surface punk rock. Among … Continue reading The Offspring “Days Go By” Review

Rise Against Endgame Review

Rise Against “Endgame” Review

Rise Against have gone through an interesting transformation since their inception in 1999, beginning as a band holding punk rock ethos tight and belting out political upheavals in the name of rock and roll. Being independent had its perks. Things like credibility, soul, and a following from the pits of punk rock standings. And now that they have blossomed into full-bloom mainstream acts, the sound is … Continue reading Rise Against “Endgame” Review