Posts Tagged ‘blog’

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – Artists often belittle the effect they have on their fans. Other than U2, who supports the fight to end AIDS, are there any other prominent musicians dedicated to a cause? While people might think politicians have a greater impact on change, I believe musicians outweigh them. Representativ…

– By Michal Elizabeth Smith – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Lorde’s debut chart-topping EP, The Love Club is catchy and captivating. The New Zealand powerhouse will blow listeners’ minds to epic proportions, especially since the pseudonymous Ella Yelich-O’Connor is a mere sixteen years old. The five song EP contains a perfect co…

– 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 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 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…

– 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 Chris Whitehead – RATING: “PUSH PLAY” Punk rockers Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant have refined their signature sound on their 9th studio record My Shame is True, bringing back the raw aesthetic of their ’98 debut Goddamnit! while setting the standard for the next generation of punks.  The new album slam…

MAY 14TH—TREES (Dallas, TX) – By Jerry Rutherford “Fear Factory Back On Tour, and Back in Big D“ Los Angeles’ own Fear Factory will descend upon Dallas once again at Trees on Tuesday, May 14 for what will surely be yet another plunge into their dense, streamlined powersurge of weight-soaked chug, mechanized rhythm and…