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

Vaureen, Violence

  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

Miss Ohio

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