New Politics Releases Fifth Studio Album ‘An Invitation To An Alternate Reality’

Just two weeks before their North American "3 Dimensional Tour" with The Mowgli's and Plain White T's, Danish alt-punk/rock band New Politics (vocalist/keys David Boyd, bassist/guitarist Søren Hansen, and drummer Louis Vecchio) dropped their highly anticipated fifth album An Invitation to an Alternate Reality (Big Noise Music) the follow-up to their 2017 album Lost In Translation. The album is definitely an early present for the new month as November marks the band's tenth anniversary since they formed in 2009. The record, produced by John Feldmann, which his work comprises of Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink- 182, All Time Low, and

PHOTOS: Suwanee Hulaween 2019

Suwanee Hulaween sets the bar high for all arts and music festivals After four days inside a magically eerie forest, it is hard to imagine a better Halloween Festival than Suwanee Hulaween. The enormous Florida swamps decorated by mossy oak trees, beautifully border the Suwannee River creating a naturally spooky setting. Intricately adorned campgrounds and RVs by visitors enhanced the Halloween atmosphere. During the day time, campers were able to swim and canoe in the river, ride around bikes trails and dance around the park. At night, all the costumes came out as the hocus pocus began. The music and arts festival

ALBUM REVIEW: Illenium’s Newest Album “Ascend”

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Illenium's popularity increases with every album and EP he has released since he began his career in 2013, having recently won the award for "Best Male Artist" at the 2019 International Dance Music Awards. His previous two albums, Ashes in 2016 and Awake in 2017, have reached #6 and #3 respectively on the US Billboard Top/Dance Electronic Albums chart. At every music festival, it is now common to see fans wearing his signature baseball jerseys and hats. On August 16th, Illenium released his much-anticipated third album, Ascend. In the track, "Take You Down", it has tranquil vocals that accompany light guitar strumming

ALBUM REVIEW: Clairo – ‘Immunity’

Clairo has come a long way from producing music videos from the comforts of her bedroom. The Atlanta-born singer-songwriter launched into viral stardom after she released a music video titled "Pretty Girl" in 2017 on YouTube which as of this writing, has garnered over 36 million views. Shortly after the video's release and popularity, Clairo attracted interest from major record labels such as Capitol, RCA, and Columbia. Last year, Clairo had released her debut EP titled Diary 001, which led to positive reviews and gave proof that she was more than a "one-hit fluke". On August 2, 2019, Clairo released

ALBUM REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club – “False Alarm”

Two Door Cinema Club has released their fourth studio album, False Alarm, on June 21, 2019. It is the first album from the Northern Irish indie-rock band since the release of their third album, Gameshow, three years ago. On February 11, the band released a teaser video on their social media accounts with the caption, "Album 4 - who's ready?" and they soon released the album's first single, "Talk", on March 18 and their second single, "Satellite", on April 24. Shortly after, the band released two extra singles before the album's release, "Dirty Air" on May 21 and "Once" on June 19. False Alarm

ALBUM REVIEW: AURORA – “A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)”

On June 7, 2019, Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer AURORA released the second chapter of her second studio album titled, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2). It is the sequel to the album's first chapter, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), which came out on September 28, 2018. Aurora continues making a name for herself in the electro-pop scene since 2015 when she released her debut EP, Running with the Wolves, which preceded the release of her debut studio album in 2016, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. AURORA confirmed the release of A Different Kind of

ALBUM REVIEW: Vampire Weekend – ‘Father of the Bride’ Uplifts, Heightens Positivity

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For the first time since the release of their third studio album in 2013, "Modern Vampires of the City", Vampire Weekend has released its fourth studio album today. Titled 'Father of the Bride', the album has 18 tracks and involves contributions from other artists such as iLoveMakonnen, Danielle Haim, and Vampire Weekend ex-member Rostam. Some notable tracks from 'Father of the Bride' include "Harmony Hall", "Sunflower", "Flower Moon", and "Unbearably White". To emphasize, the album's tracks discussed various topics that are affecting today's society, ranging from the rise of populist politics to the omnipresence of social media. In "Harmony Hall", the song

ALBUM REVIEW: Simple Creatures – ‘Strange Love’ EP

In the midst of a post blink-182 tour depression, Mark Hoppus decided he needed to self medicate with some collaboration. What he had intended to be a project involving multiple friends from bands he had worked with in the past, quickly turned into a new band all in of itself. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low was the first to come over to jam, and the two knew they had stumbled onto something special. And so gave birth to Simple Creatures. The band released their first single "Drug" a few months ago, and it was the perfect introduction to the tight

ALBUM REVIEW: Billie Eilish – “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Seventeen year old wunderkind Billie Eilish wastes no time stomping her foot down on her debut full length "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" After a brief vocal track of her declaring she has removed her invisalign, the creeping bass of "bad guy" seeps into your ears with a menacing bounce that will make you wanna get up and dance. This song really sets the tone for the album, a beautiful, bass driven collection of goth-pop songs that feel sometimes like the music we would've gotten from Lorde, or Taylor Swift had they grown up listening

ALBUM REVIEW: Taali – ‘I Am Here’

"We have strong women in the family no question about it" states Taali's grandmother in the recorded track "For Michal"(about her great- great- great grandma's holocaust death) off the debut album I Am Here. A powerful statement that inform listeners what we need to know about Jewish contemporary pop singer Taali. New York native/L.A based songwriter and engineer shows she's an authentic artist as she incorporates her traditional Judaic culture, lineage, and identity into her work. The fifteen-track album itself is a spiritual journey of storytelling through inspiring lyrics. Her opening song "Release" is the right introduction that hooks an audience in

ALBUM REVIEW: The Japanese House – ‘Good at Falling’

Amber Bain - a.k.a. The Japanese House, has been not so quietly making a name for herself over the past 4 years. With an impressive collection of EP's and singles already under her belt, Bain has finally released her debut full length Good at Falling. The album continues to showcase the sound Bain has used the past four years to hone in on, a mix of synth and guitar that blends into a trance like indie pop that's impossible not to get lost in. Bain takes on the bulk of the songwriting weight for the Japanese House, but does get some

INTERVIEW: White Lies -Five Questions About ‘Five’

British synth-rock trio White Lies (Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave, & Jack Lawrence) have been recording and touring for the past decade. They've had their own share of supporting acts and headlining at venues. They have gained much love from all over as fans sing along their older hits to new favorites. Their fifth album Five is out now and B-Sides got the chance to chat with frontman Harry about the new album and the thrill performing it live. Harry you lived in San Francisco for awhile.  Did the new living environment on the West Coast or exposure to American life influence any

ALBUM REVIEW: Nina Nesbitt Impresses With Debut, ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’

The twenty-four year old Scottish pop singer, Nina Nesbitt, has blossomed since her debut album Peroxide and is proud of her sophomore record The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change from her new label Cooking Vinyl. The title is from her last track on the album, which the idea came from walking in London where she lived. Nesbitt explains the philosophical meaning behind the name; "It reminds people everything in life is temporary-- whether good or bad. Just be aware. It'll change." Nesbitt shares her latest creation to the world this month embarking on her next tour. Nesbitt describes her album

Top 10 Albums of 2018

It wasn't hard to find good music in 2018 as there were many artists pushing the boundaries in pop, hip-hop and rock. In a year of the "algorithm" artists, many artists sought inspiration from both the classics and the traditional approach to songwriting, to the modern use of technology for collaboration and taking advantage of the advances in technology to create sounds that were never-before heard. New artists made strong debuts in 2018, some of which made our year-end list, demonstrating that once again showed that the full-length format is not only just as strong as it was in the

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Given the amount of critical acclaim, and hype that has surrounded Courtney Barnett, it can be a little startling to realize her newest release "Tell Me How You Really Feel" is only her sophomore solo album. Her breakthrough 2015 debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit," dazzled fans and critics alike with her profound penchant for wordy, verbose lyricism, compared to none other than the king lyricist himself Bob Dylan. She followed it up in 2017 with a joint album alongside Kurt Vile, but her newest release see's her back in the driver seat, alone.

ALBUM REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’

Since their last release almost five years ago, Franz Ferdinand return with a slightly altered lineup on Always Ascending, released February 9th.<!—more—> Not quite fifteen years since Franz Ferdinand made their international breakthrough with the catchy single “Take Me Out”, the band finds themselves in a much different musical atmosphere trying to catch the attention their debut attracted.  The danceable pop rock of the early 2000s, with its clean and crisp guitars and nerdy aesthetics, has certainly evolved into a more electronic territory as many bands from that era spent the last decade meticulously blending the genres with few enjoyable results.

ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’

London based rock band Wolf Alice released their romantic and noisy second album Visions of a Life September 29th, displaying growth as a band and a step in the right direction from their 2015 debut, My Love is Cool. <!—more—> My Love is Cool debuted the quartet’s distinct sound as a mixture of pop rock and melodic folk style songwriting, but the band has fine tuned the sound and added a deeper contrast of many styles.  The two years between releases were used wisely by the band, intensive touring, organizing charity gigs for refugees, and also performing at a concert protesting the

ON-RADAR: The Begowatts – Grand Charade

I love good, midwestern rock n roll. Like really love it, almost as much as I love Iron Maiden, Snoop Dogg, or The Sex Pistols. There is just something inherently good about a John Mellencamp song, Ryan Adams lullaby, or Tom Petty (sob) cut. I also found that same Midwestern charm in bands like Husker Du and The Replacements. Just all around great songwriting with no pretensions. 15629

ALBUM REVIEW: The Killers – Wonderful, Wonderful

The Killers burst onto the scene in the early 00s with a fresh sound and approach with a hint to the past. Hot Fuss was a magical ride of 80s inspired pop riffs with a swanky songwriting ability that caused earworms in the brain. Sam’s Town went a little darker, a little deeper, but still with songs that cut to the core. Day and Age and Battle Born came and went, and now here we are still looking, I think, for that next Hot Fuss, which is most likely never going to happen. With a debut album as big as

ALBUM REVIEW: Odesza – ‘A Moment Apart’

Electronic duo Odesza stray little from their comfort zone with their third studio album A Moment Apart, and indeed continue to make comfortable, chill tracks.  Released September 8th, A Moment Apart offers insight into the experience and success that Odesza has gained since their 2012 debut. 15589

ON-RADAR: Junkyardfieldtrip

Lord knows that I am a sucker for sappy, heartfelt, acoustic, Americana. There is something about riding down a two-lane, winding, highway somewhere in bum-fuck Ohio that intersects small towns, villages, and lands with single stop lights for miles. Where there are still hardware stores not called Lowe’s or Home Depot, corner stores that sell bins of tootsie rolls and lollipops, and an actual church at the center of the main street. These towns are few and far between anymore, but there are still many that offer that longing of nostalgia that we all feel from time to time. People

ON-RADAR: Lunar Hand – ‘Magic Hour’ EP

Finding really truly unique pop music is becoming increasingly hard to do with many just taking a shock value angle rather than a musical one. Many are going back in time to the 50s and 60s for musical inspiration, but while unique to this time and place, is really just paying homage to things that have already been done. However, even with that slant on earlier forms of rock n roll, there are still bands that can put their spin on things. One such group is Lunar Hand, a trio of Southern California garage rockers that make moving, jumpy, and

ALBUM REVIEW: Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club

As a human of the world, I really love music. All music… it doesn’t matter. If it has a pulse, and breathes life into something, I am hooked. Unfortunately, this has proved harder and harder to accomplish the older I get. Maybe I am turning curmudgeon, but much of the newer music I listened to lately lacks true soul, sounds tinny and limp, and doesn’t kick you in the balls the way I remember. There is nothing like Axl Rose’s growl, Ice Cube’s snarl, or just anything Lemmy or George Clinton related. For me anyway, music in 2017 is full

ALBUM REVIEW: Arcade Fire – ‘Everything Now’

Since 2001, Arcade Fire has risen from little known indie band to an arena filling household name.  All along this ascension the band has transformed musically in a dramatic fashion, adding noisy complexity and ambitiously fusing genres.  Everything Now, released July 28, is a continuation and exploration of this same process. 15480

ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey has managed to carve herself out a spot in pop culture that might put the “cult” in pop culture. On her fifth album, “Lust For Life,” she seems to be attempting to reach outside of her circle, but not too far. While her vocals maintain the cool, buzzed lounge singer croon she’s been toting since she debuted on Saturday Night Live, the tracks on this album incorporate more modern tones, with hip-hop driven beats, and guest appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, and more. 15461

ALBUM REVIEW- Sheer Mag: ‘Need To Feel Your Love’

The heavy riff of a guitar, a singer with powerhouse lungs, and hearts that beats for rock and roll. All things that have become less and less frequent in today's technological world. Thankfully, Sheer Mag was born to prove that retro-rock is not only alive, but thriving. The Philadelphia born quintet is like a deep breath of crisp, hard-earned air to those who have been longing for something like this. 15402

ON-RADAR: FerrariLover – ‘Seventh Sky’

I have forever been a staunch ally of ambient music. Whether it was my first foray into Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music For Airports, his work with David Bowie, the Aphex Twins' Selected Ambient Works 85-92, or even the metal assault, but ambient march of ISIS (the band), all of it painted landscapes of extraterrestrials, vast oceans, cosmic dreams, and lost worlds. Music that opened something else, not fixated within three minute pop songs, but music that moves on past its sound. It always fascinated me. 15246

ALBUM REVIEW – HAIM – ‘Something To Tell You’

Casually glance at the track listing for HAIM's Something To Tell You and it's obvious this is an album full of breakup songs and lost love.  Titles similar to "Want You Back" and "Kept Me Crying" foreshadow the record's content.  Personal growth through heartbreak aside, their second full length album strays little from 2013's Days Are Gone and its dance-inducing, infectious pop sound. 15226

ALBUM REVIEW: Kacy Hill – ‘Like A Woman’

Followers and fanatics of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music label will surely have had their eye on Kacy Hill in the recent past.  With the  release of her singles "Like a Woman" and "Hard to Love" earlier this year in May, Kacy has turned the ears of music lovers and critics alike, leaving them in anticipation of this full album, released June 30th. 15209

ALBUM REVIEW: Wednesday 13 – ‘Condolences’

Let me preface by saying, Wednesday 13 has a heavily defined style of songwriting and vocal delivery that's been uniquely crafted and sculpted in gory greatness. It's completely unmistakable regardless of his efforts to add more minor chords and depressing harmonies to each album throughout the years. Wednesday's probably more well know for his work in the band Murderdolls, back in 2002, where he joined forces with Joey Jordison, the ex-drummer of Slipknot. 15191

ALBUM REVIEW- Suffocation – ‘…Of The Dark Light’

New York death metal pioneers Suffocation have dropped a bombshell of an album after just over four years of waiting in the dark. “Effigy of the Forgotten”, their first record, was released back in 1991 and, shortly after, metal fans were rocking “Jesus Wept” tee's to every underground show they could find. This is the band that helped forge the path for millions of metalheads across the globe to start writing 'Slam' style riffs, see how low they can tune their guitars before the strings started clanging together, and compare the brutality of how slow your breakdown was compared to

ALBUM REVIEW: Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get so Dark?’

Back in a 2012 interview, Dave Grohl commented on the state of rock n' roll, claiming the current musical climate was not unlike it was in 1991, right before Nirvana broke through. Three years later, the type of band he's talking about would be opening for him on a stadium tour across America. The band I'm talking about is Royal Blood and they're here to remind everyone what rock n' roll is all about. The sophomore slump is a dreaded curse for musicians and fans alike. The stress of following up an incredibly debut with something equally impressive, if not more,

ALBUM REVIEW: Paramore “After Laughter”

Paramore waste no time setting the tone on their newest album After Laughter, hopping into their audible Delorean, and punching it to 88 miles per hour, and turning the clock to 1985 with lead single "Hard Times." This album pushes forward on the path the band began to forge on their 2013 self-titled effort, that path being in line with the current pop music trend of throwing it back to music you would've heard on the radio 30 years ago. The thing that sets Paramore apart from the crowd in pursuing that sound is that they do it much better

ALBUM REVIEW: COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try

COIN arrived with their debut self-titled album two years ago, bolstering an infectiously catchy single with "Fingers Crossed." Two years later, and these fellas have really honed in on the sound they had started to craft on that album. "How Will You Know If You Never Try" opens with the pulsing "Don't Cry, 2020," a track that feels akin to Vampire Weekend if they were a little more into synth-pop. The track is filled with upbeat and dancy, retro-influenced jams like this. Lead single "Talk Too Much," has a chorus so big, you'll be singing it by the second time

ALBUM REVIEW: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Acclaimed singer-songwriter/notorious internet troll Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) has an inclination towards daring statements. His unpredictable antics are the antithesis to the intricate craft of his songwriting. Listeners everywhere, please disregard his interviews and have a listen to what he really has to say through his music. In his latest record Pure Comedy, Father John Misty finally acknowledges the weight of his persona, and makes some bold pretensions regarding our consumerist obsessions. 14852

EP REVIEW: The Shapes by Miami Horror

Melbourne’s Miami Horror have been selling their slick and fashionable “indietronica” since the release of their 2010 debut Illumination, a staple in modern electronic pop. Their second record, 2015’s All Possible Futures, was more mellow and meditative, demonstrating a refreshing new color in the group’s sonic palette. Their latest EP, titled The Shapes, is a more playful effort, adorned with assorted 80’s pop elements and funk flair. 14734

On Radar: Vaureen – Violence EP

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  Vaureen is a trio from Brooklyn, NY, and they are pretty good. But that’s not the point. The point is that as I sit in my back patio, I notice that the guitars on their three song EP Violence, scrape a little lower, the vocals soar a little higher, and the drums punch a little harder. And then I realize that Vaureen is the band that I want to hear. I miss that 90s sound… the sound of the air covered with a wet blanket, the sound of tangible gravity, when pop met metal and you found yourself humming “Pretend We’re

On Radar: Miss Ohio – White Hot

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Miss Ohio finds itself in esteemed company. Some have compared them to the alt-country of Wilco without the artiness. They can jangle like Pavement, without the quirkiness, and the band have been straddling this Jersey grit / Americana line for 10+ years. The band now has a “best of” record entitled White Hot - The Best of Miss Ohio which is good enough to be in the same breath as those two bands above, but never received their fair chance. White Hot - The Best of Miss Ohio is exactly what it says. 12 really great examples of songwriting that

ALBUM REVIEW: Thirsty – Albatross

UK’s Thirsty puts out really good music. When you mix former members of the notorious rock band The Quireboys, with renowned Russian lyricist and poet Irina D, and members of Squeeze and Saint Jude, something interesting happens. Thirsty formed in 2014 and released their self-titled debut shortly after to critical fanfare. The band typically writes songs based on the three-minute rule of 50’s rock, and the mantra of less is more, but the band’s cool mixture of rock and blues is cut from the same cloth as the Rolling Stones, Faces, or Lou Reed rather than the 80’s bands where

ALBUM REVIEW: Green Day – Revolution Radio

Little did they know it then, but Green Day would eventually give birth to a new genre of music dubbed “pop-punk”, and with it have spawned snot-nosed, nasal vocal, dye-jobs that pale in comparison to the originals. Green Day have ridden a wave from punk darlings, to multi-platinum success, critical acclaim, street-cred, and eventually the likes of Broadway never really straying to far from the formula of loud guitars, catchy hooks, and skinny ties. Their last project, 2012’s Uno, Dos and Tres were noted missteps without a real narrative. Revolution Radio comes at a time when rock n roll is having a

Album Review: Phantogram – Three

Phantogram released a new album named "Three." The name suits the duo perfectly as the name Phantogram is derivative of the word describing two-dimensional images that appear three dimensional. Fun factoid for the name three as the title is only called Three however it may have ties to the origins of their performance name. 14303

Album Review: Tycho – Epoch

It’s very hard to find a good ambient, downtempo album that you can sit back and unwind. In 2014 Tycho released the album Awake, which was an addictive album to listen to. It’s the perfect background music for a task or meditation. Tycho fans were not ready for a random surprise of their new album Epoch. 14287

ON RADAR: Almanac Mountain – Cryptoseismology

Almanac Mountain is an extremely remote peak in the forests of Maine. It is also the moniker of a band fronted by one, Chris Cote. The progressive-pop sounds of the band, mirror the loneliness of the mountain itself and is translated on their new record Cryptoseismology. Recorded in the depths of a long New England winter, a cold, knife-like, uncomfortable, and isolated  sound permeates the record and brings a chill to the music. Lush, and vibrant with a monotone reserved for Depeche Mode, the record forces to be listened to with undivided attention to pick up the nuances that give

ALBUM REVIEW: Beach Slang – A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

Beach Slang is a punk band from, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. The band brings an energetic mix of punk rock ruckus, melodic dissonance, and anti-pop. They have strung together a list of EP's and compilations with one full length record, 2015's The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us, to critical acclaim. The band has regrouped,  after what seemed like a continuous touring cycle, to record their follow up A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. The record follows in the footsteps of it predecessor with smart, loud, and aggressive pop-hooks, driving guitars, with the fingerprints of nostalgia

ON-RADAR: dINMachine – The Opposite of Unity

diNMachine is a collective of musicians hailing from the musical bio dome of New York City. Driven by composer Michael Schumacher, and a bevy of musicians with world class pedigrees ranging from the Julliard School of Music to the Jazz Conservatory in Vienna, they put aside their classical chops in favor of a trip into electro-pop, and avant-garde dance music. The result is The Opposite of Unity an ambitious and challenging record full of interesting,  but good,  uses of the word dance. 14216

ALBUM REVIEW: Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

Glass Animals has a unique blend of styles which across many genres. One of their most influential undertones is Trip-Hop and Rock with How To Be A Human Being they create a precise blend of the two. When you listen to their newest album, you become engulfed by the sound as well lyrics. Trip-hop is a subgenre that originated in the 90s time frame and attributed to being created in the UK. The first mainstream duo to gain traction was Massive Attack. Moving forward artist like RJD2 and Nightmares on Wax paved the way for bands like Glass Animals to gain

ON-RADAR: The Grand Undoing – Sparks Rain Down from the Lights of Love

I love music that sets open spaces on fire. David Bowie would do that. He would take something completely original and make it even more original, and then make it just fucking weird, and then would set it on fire. I think what I mean by that is he would take a concept that was avant-garde, and way on the fringes, and make it mainstream….. essentially setting it ablaze. While many would think that an abomination, Bowie was so fucking cool, that avant-garde would gravitate toward him, and not the other way around. Springsteen was like that too, and The

ON-RADAR: The Tigerlillies – 123456 EP

Garage Rock is alive and well in Ohio. The Tigerlillies bring their post-punk anthems of cotton candy with bloody stems and feedback to light on their new EP 123456. The band brings a mash up of The Kinks, The Beach Boys, and The Buzzcocks that is hard to ignore, with hooks that would make any teeny-bopper, producer turn their heads. The Tigerlillies offer a smashing live show; amassing a cult following touring with the likes of Joan Jett, Paul Weller, and Guided by Voices. 14124

ALBUM REVIEW: ZHU – GenerationWhy

Hot off the press! ZHU has dropped his debut album called GenerationWhy. Who is Zhu? He’s a Chinese-American electronic genius that signed to Mind of a Genius label back in 2014. GenerationWhy is his debut album, and ZHU did not fall short of his expectations. Working with huge names like Kaskade and Skrillex he is definitely in the right crowd. As intellectually amusing as the GenerationWhy album's title is the music is ever wittier. When you first drop the needle on the Intro, you feel like you are in some femme fatale nightclub scene where it’s about to go down. The

ALBUM REVIEW: DINOSAUR JR. – GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT

When people think of the pioneers of alternative and indie rock they tend to focus their energy on Sonic Youth or Radiohead. While debatably they are considered great bands it leaves much to be desired because of the over hype and excessive play. The are many times that you hear a song from a band that’s overplayed, and you become extremely uninterested and possibly bored. If you find yourself in that position, you may need a different band to keep it fresh. Dinosaur Jr. arrived on the scene around the same time as Sonic Youth. However, they are rarely backlogged when bringing

ALBUM REVIEW: Shura – Nothing’s Real

Most debut albums are produced without any artistic restriction from major record labels. Without corporate control, the artist can create music with more freedom. Thankfully, Shura was able to show her true talent with Nothing's Real. The album is lyrically genius to the likes of Joni Mitchel's Blue and modernly energetic to the feel of Yelle. The first song on Nothing's Real is "(i)" or what could be the entrance song to a planetarium. Upon entering the exhibit, you embrace the humble, warm, and welcoming tones of Shura's music. You immediately sense the emotion, love, and her tender feelings as you

ON-RADAR: Chace Releases Debut EP

If you are looking for something fresh that your friends haven't heard of, here's your gem- Destination. Destination is the debut EP by DJ, producer, drummer Chace, a 17 year-old from China, but you'd never know of his young age by listening or watching him perform. Chace grew up in a musical environment with his touring musician father and started learning how to drum at 
2 years old. He took drumming and audio engineering courses in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for 7 years and worked on acapella covers. Exposure to the music of Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia inspired

ALBUM REVIEW: MSTRKRFT – OPERATOR

The Canadian duo MSTRKRFT certainly outdid themselves with their newest album Operator. Since 2005, Jesse Keeler and Al-P, the creators of MSTRKRFT have been creating a great hybrid electro-dance-punk house sound. This album is under an hour long but tends to play out as if it was longer. 13994

ALBUM REVIEW: Dreamers – This Album Does Not Exist

Brooklyn, New York’s Dreamers are here to make your day brighter. The trio play smart, sunshiny, pop, and are unapologetic about it. Their debut LP This Album Does Not Exist is way more than their notion of “three minute tunes to perk you and make you shake”, and it’s spectacular. There are times in life when everything, even music, seems so damn heavy, and this band certainly understand that. I think Dreamers could make the next great indie record, but instead said “fuck it” and made a great pop record, just the type of record they wanted too….. And the

ALBUM REVIEW: The Hunna – 100

When a band shuts themselves from the world to spend time together honing their craft and sound they can create excellent music that you can't help but feel completely engaged and connected too. Since before October 2015, a 4-piece band from the UK have to work steadily to create their masterpiece first debut album. In August of 2016, The Hunna will release an album entitled "100." Here are some reasons why you should experience this album as soon as it is released:   13951

ON-RADAR: Dan Lipton – Breathing In

Dan Lipton’s nomadic wanderings are the heart and soul of his new record Breathing In. The album was recorded in various intimate settings, mostly cabins in the woods, throughout the Eastern US. The singer songwriter has drawn comparisons to Ray Lamontagne but with this new record has branched off that line to come into his own as an artist. Breathing In runs the gamut of emotions from the fun and whimsical, to the downtrodden and sullen. His voice is inviting and warm and sounds at home in front of a fireplace with a blanket and a bottle of wine. 13945

ON-RADAR: Wonky Tonk – Stuff We Leave Behind

Country and Punk Music are natural cousins, however unnatural that sounds. Both come from an underground, rebellious, music of the people. The Clash knew this, as do, Ryan Adams, and Social Distortion. There is a soul in both genre’s that are fueled by angst, sorrow, and attitude. Unfortunately, new-age country is mere pop-music with the occasional banjo, but there are saviors of the old sound including Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, and Kentucky born Jasmine Poole who goes by the name Wonky Tonk. 13936

ALBUM REVIEW: Bat For Lashes – The Bride

The Bride by Bat For Lashes is the newest theatrical concept album, set to be released on July 1, 2016. Bat For Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, recently had an interview with Rolling Stone on her perspective of the Brexit. Little does she know that Bat For Lashes has her very own "Brexit" from the norm of her indie alternative and electronic scene. Concept albums are nothing new and you may already know this, especially in the progressive metal scene. What are some reasons you should care about another concept album you might call as yourself? Part of the

ALBUM REVIEW: Gooch Palms – Introverted Extroverts

Gooch Palms are all about dichotomy. Two homes: Necastle, Australia and Los Angeles. The band is made up of one man, Leroy, and one woman, Kat. Punk and pop dominate their sound. Their latest album, Introverted Extroverts, is an oxymoronic duality of sorts. But anyone who’s even glimpsed Gooch Palms knows they’re too multifaceted to simply be divided in halves. The band is kooky. Leroy wears a lot of midriff shirts, dons a sharp mullet, and often plays completely nude. Kat has bright hair, dresses in clashing prints, thrashes on stage. Their promo photos are silly, fun. Their videos are slapstick.

ON RADAR: Told Slant – ‘Going By’ Album Review

  Told Slant comes from the mind of Felix Walworth who lovingly refers to the band’s music as “bedroom punk", I have no idea what that means, but I love it. I also like to think the group comes from a select pedigree of minimalist, melodic, drone-pop straight from beautiful New York City. The new album, Going By comes out of left field and is a very challenging listen, which is why I love music in the first place. This record forces the listener to actually listen. Told Slant is not something to put on in the background while you are washing

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There is not much more one can say about The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their sound is like no other taking snippets of funk, metal, rap, and punk and combining them effortlessly into something that is only described as “Chili-Pepper “like. They have influenced numerous bands to dive deep into their own influences and comb the music for new inspiration. They have been hit with tragedy, but came back with a more melodic and mature sound that still pays homage to the funk. And…they made socks really cool. Their 11th album “The Getaway” was released on June 17th, but we felt

ON RADAR: Ships Have Sailed – Whispers EP

Ships Have Sailed are known for their pop savvy earworms unleashed in epic force on 2015’s record Moodswings. The Los Angeles duo has since then taken their songs and won numerous awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, as well as showcased at varied locations including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and NPR. It is clear that the two major players, Will Carpenter (guitar, vocals), and Dan Hange (bass), know how to write really good tunes, and it is refreshing to hear those songs stripped down to acoustic guitar and bare-bones production on their new 5 song EP Whispers. The EP begins

ALBUM REVIEW: KRISTIN KONTROL — X-Communicate

Kristin Kontrol is the latest incarnation of Dee Dee—aka Kristin Welchez—of Dum Dum Girls. Her current identity recalls the decade of excess: the budding goth clubs, synthesizer-heavy songs, and eyeliner that teeters between punk rock and art project. Her voice echoes the best female icons of the ‘80s. Think the silverly sounds of Terri Nunn, the melodic darkness of Siouxsie, and the etherealness high pitches of Kate Bush. Kontrol doesn't stray far from Dee Dee. Dum Dum Girls weren't afraid to thread synth-layers between their actual instruments. X-Communicate’s pacing existed in Dum Dum Girls’ “Coming Down.” 13796

ALBUM REVIEW: Catfish and The Bottlemen – The Ride

Remember the term Brit-Pop….. OK, I’m not a fan of that term, however, the bands and songs that came from the 2nd wave of the British Invasion were timeless. Bands consisting of Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Stone Roses, etc, they pulled you in so hard you felt like you were a part of the gang. They made you vulnerable at every chord progression, romantic during each verse, and majestic at each chorus. There have been few records that have reached that pinnacle in the past 20 years, Catfish & The Bottlemen’s 2nd effort The Ride comes extremely close. Catfish & The Bottlemen couldn’t

ALBUM REVIEW: Tacocat – Lost Time

  April 2016 was an exciting month for Tacoca fans! Not only was their newest album Lost Time released they also had their world debut of the new Powerpuff Girls theme song. Lost Time was certainly a two for one taco special! TacoCat made sound waves in 2014 with their album NVM. Fans all over the world fell in love with their tunes. NVM was at the top of college charts which helped them schedule the United States and Europe tour. It has been two years since NVM was released and fans had great anticipation for Lost Time. 13714

ALBUM REVIEW : Ephemera by Little Green Cars

When Little Green Cars released their debut album Absolute Zero in 2013, audiences fell hard for the band’s catchy harmonies and melancholy dark lyrics. Overall positive reviews for the album, as well as their live performances, set Little Green Cars up for the dreaded momentum and expectations for a strong follow-up. The realities of life, however, took over as personal experiences from a death in one of the band member’s family and other issues took precedence and also influence on their approach to the new album. The result is Ephemera, which was released on March 11, 2016

Album Review: Untitled Unmastered by Kendrick Lamar

All around, fans of hip-hop rejoiced on March 3rd, 2016 when Kendrick Lamar surprised everyone with the release of the follow-up album to his hugely successful and insightful To Pimp A Butterfly.  The eight track project features no album name or track names, but, however, does bring in a few key features on the project even though they are not listed on the track list. Many of the songs seem to be demos and or throw away tracks from the To Pimp a Butterfly recording sessions and the similar sound and subject content ring true throughout. 13345

Album Review: In My Mind by BJ The Chicago Kid

“She say she wanna drink, have sex and do drugs tonight, but I've got church in the morning," sings the soulful voice of BJ The Chicago Kid on his hit single, "Church" featuring fellow Chicago artist Chance the Rapper. The track is featured on BJ’s latest album, In My Mind, which is his very first release to the legendary Motown record label and will be released on February 19th, 2016.  The album features a ton of personal insight into the young singer’s mind and expresses some of the struggle that not only BJ, but everyone, is constantly fighting between good

10 Year Anniversary of AFI Album Decemberunderground

2006 introduced many great new bands and provided a lot of great albums ranging from the debut of Arctic Monkeys to Black Holes and Revelations by Muse, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me by Brand New, Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs and Decemberunderground by AFI. Decemberunderground was the follow-up to AFI’s breakthrough album, Sing The Sorrow and catapulted the band’s profile to the mainstream.  13123