Albarn sparks social message through ‘Robots’

Through the course of music history there have been numerous accounts of artists taking their acts solo, to differing success. English singer/songwriter and pop icon Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz did just that recently with the release of his new ... Continue Reading →

Reviews: Elephant’s ‘Swimming,’ Incident’s ‘Head’

Elephant: ‘Sky Swimming’ The melodies rise, paced and strong yet delicate, in a finely crafted tone. An echoing mezzo-soprano joins in. When the vocals and instrumentation drift together, the music plays out with synthesizer, which create a haunting ... Continue Reading →

Album Reviews: ‘Pop Psychology,’ ‘Life Imitating Life’

Neon Trees, “Pop Psychology” When it comes to Neon Trees’ new album “Pop Psychology,” listeners can expect more of the same radio-ready songs the group is known for. The band’s 2012 album “Picture Show” produced hits like “Everybody ... Continue Reading →

Ziggy Marley lets reggae ‘Fly’ on new album

In the history of Jamaican roots reggae music, one family stands out as the genre’s pioneer: the Marleys. In 1981, the world lost Bob Marley, one of the most influential musicians to walk the planet. However, his love and passion for music and the world ... Continue Reading →

Woods expands their prism

For listeners looking for a more delicate sound, the band Woods provides a more subdued shine. Theindie-folkgroupproducesmusic of various textures, with each album varying in complexity. Their seventh album, “With Light and With Love,” released ... Continue Reading →

Michaelson’s ‘Light’ sickly sweet

For the vast majority of radio listeners, Ingrid Michaelson will sound familiar — If not for her name, then by the popularity of her songs. “The Way I Am” is one of those songs. It’s from her 2006 debut album “Girls and Boys” and the song ... Continue Reading →

Teebs experiments once again with “E S T A R A”

The songs from recording artist Mtendere Mandowa, better known by his professional moniker Teebs, often use seemingly random objects such as tape to achieve an experimental sound. And if peeling tape to create music doesn’t help in revolutionizing the ... Continue Reading →

‘Range of Light’ shines

Though he might be better known as a drummer and backing vocalist for Bon Iver, vocalist Sean Carey has a spectrum of his own music. Carey’s solo work began with the 2010 album “All We Grow.” Critics met it with rave reviews focused on the glowing ... Continue Reading →

The Hold Steady overindulge on ‘Teeth’

American rock band The Hold Steady has clenched its musical jaw. The band’s sixth studio album, “Teeth Dreams,” is a lyrically dense album with a heavy emphasis on storytelling. Losing teeth is a common recurring dream and is often interpreted as ... Continue Reading →

Animals can churn metal

Since 2007, American metal band Animals as Leaders have been performing its melodic symphonies with orchestral style. On March 25, the band released its third studio album “The Joy of Motion.” The music is composed with a metallic façade over jazz ... Continue Reading →

Country music’s Man in Black will never Cash in

The country music world lost one of its most beloved sons in 2003. Johnny Cash left an everlasting impression on how stories are told through music. Fans of the man in black’s work now have an opportunity to hear untold stories through his new album ... Continue Reading →

Taking Back Sunday ‘Happiness’

Rock band Taking Back Sunday’s “Happiness Is,” is their first effort since 2011, and remains true to the sounds of the group’s earlier releases. The album opens with an introduction, entitled “Prelude,” consisting of scratched staccato from ... Continue Reading →

311 is ageless on ‘Stereolithic’

After more than 20 years, the five-man band known as 311 can still jam. 311 fuses hard rock, reggae, funk and rap and has done so since forming in 1990. The group’s new album, “Stereolithic,” follows along this intercepting path of musical genres ... Continue Reading →

Heap “Sparks” electronic music

The majority of albums released by Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap can be described as ambient electronica, compositions of synthetically orchestrated, dream-like pop sounds. Heap’s fourth album, “Sparks,” was recently pushed to April, but many ... Continue Reading →

Wild Beasts play wild beats

When it comes to staying in the moment, Wild Beasts has it covered with their new album “Present Tense.” The band has built a positive reputation from producing the melodic atmosphere of a dreamscape. Their success became clear in their 2009 album ... Continue Reading →
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