ALBUM REVIEWS

Album Reviews “New Releases and Artist-on-Artist” by ON TOUR MONTHLY

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Euphoria to the ears, the Brandon Callies Band release their latest EP, Life Is Still Good. Spellbinding riffs and indelible lyrics will captivate you from the beginning. Instrumental and lyrical dexterity thrive among their melodic creations. The band has genuinely enc…

– By Chris Whitehead – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Let me start off by saying this is a much better album than their last LP Coaster. NOFX isn’t a band for everyone, but for those that have grown up over the last 25 years with them, you know what to expect. There’s well placed humor, Mike’s political and religious views, and a…

– By Austin Reed – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” First things first: When it comes to Kanye West, inference is useless. Over the span of his six-album tenure, the gamut has been run with little left overlooked. Inaugural full-length The College Dropout launched in 2004 just as quickly as West could remove himself from the hospit…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Black Sabbath fans can breath a collective sigh of relief. The band is back with their original lineup (minus Bill Ward) and new album 13,  and they are making it count. 13 is very reminiscent of early Black Sabbath. The band kicks off like a juggernaut with “End of the Beginn…

– By Austin Reed – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Critics and loyalists alike have been quick to deliver very polarizing reviews on French-based electro-funk forefathers Daft Punk’s latest LP, Random Access Memories. And it seems like a 50/50 split, either receiving venerated praise for igniting the revival of live-action dance m…

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – RATING: “DON’T PUSH PLAY” Thirty Seconds to Mars’ fourth studio album, “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” is a minimalist effort and relatively similar to their “This Is War”. The album is entirely radio friendly which is why it is disappointing; not to mention, the lyrics are nothing new.  Avid f…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Paramore’s creative take on mainstream music makes them a mainstay in the eyes of their fans and the music industry. Big choruses run rampant on the band’s new self-titled release. Hayley Williams’ words and melodies soar, in a manner that would make Freddie Mercury proud, on…

– By James Villa – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” El Paso’s supergroup Bosnian Rainbows self-titled release is not for anyone expecting Omar Rodriguez-López’s fearless guitar heroics (The Mars Volta), or singer Teri Gender Bender’s predilections for punk (Le Butcherettes). Instead the mood is much more refined, and just as impres…