ALBUM REVIEWS

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

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Ours revisits their early sound on their new record Ballet the Boxer 1, and it’s a welcome homecoming. The band has kept their fans waiting since 2008’s Mercy, Dancing For The Death Of An Imaginary Enemy for a new release, but the wait has not been in vain. The album starts wi…

– By Dustin Blocker – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Twelve years deep into their indie rock careers, Brooklyn’s The National continue to mix the despondency with despair to striking effect on their eighth studio record Trouble Will Find Me. Matt Berninger’s storied baritone languidly floats amongst intricate guitar arrangements,…

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” A prominent contributor to the London folk scene, Laura Marling has just released her fourth full studio album Once I Was an Eagle. The artist’s first three records were met with critical praise, and now at age 23 her latest effort echoes the same poignant lyricism and…

– By Chris Whitehead – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Venomous Rat Regenerator Vendor is the most powerful full length from Rob Zombie since 98’s Hellbilly Deluxe.  With the B-rated porn and horror film soundbites the record harkens to original White Zombie. The additions of guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish to Piggy D’s t…

– By Chris Whitehead – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” After his hardcore punk band Million Dead split in 2005, England’s Frank Turner continued on as a singer-songwriter with a back-to-basics mentality.  Fueled by a DIY spirit he has successfully went from playing small pubs to headlining a sold-out show at Wembley Stadium in 201…

– Ray Stephenson by Brandon Callies – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Ray Stephenson’s quiet voice comes through loud and clear on his newest release Freedom. For those that enjoy mainstream country music with a twist, this is the album for you. Freedom is laced with good songwriting, and there is an overall upbeat feel to the alb…

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” She & Him’s third album, Volume 3 is by far their best work yet. Together, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward created a refreshing and light-hearted album. Whimsical songs such as “I’ve Got Your Number, Son” and “Somebody Sweet To Talk To” are encased with dynamic lyrics and m…

– By Brandon Callies – RATING: “DON’T PUSH PLAY” If there were a book of metal “dont’s,” OTEP would be the star. The band can’t seem to pull themselves out of the early 2000’s and seems to embody all that is wrong with heavy music. OTEP’s newest offering Hydra has no real dynamics. There is an overwhelming feeling of h…