Album Review - The Melvins, 'Basses Loaded'

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 10:10 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Basses Loaded (Ipecac) is not the strangest thing the Melvins have ever recorded. In their 33-year, 25-album domination of the sludgy underground, they’ve come out with fart-joke gems like Hold It In (2015) and Everyone Loves Sausages (2013). But there’s something so cathartic, so entirely disenchanted about King Buzzo and Dale Crover’s melting-crayon metal that it truly speaks to American heritage. And what’s more American than baseball?   The prickly rock duo take that concept and run... READ MORE

Album Review: Broken Guru - Bent Up Halo

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Tia Scott

  Music The New York-based garage/psychedelic rock trio Broken Guru present their debut album, Bent Up Halo. Blending a collective sound of punk, soul and alternative rock, the band successfully crafted a raw, in-your-face breakout project that sets the tone for their mellow but gritty image and feel. Throughout Halo, killer guitar riffs and upbeat, hard-hitting drums are in abundance as the frontman, Rich Guerzon, belts out potent and often provactive lyrics from the gut. Songs that stand out include "28... READ MORE

With Time, Best Coast Show Their True Selves

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Stef Preston

  Music        After almost a month of listening to Best Coast's third full-length album, California Nights, I've come to this crazy realization... I totally love it! When I first heard it, I was very disappointed. Most of the record is very slow paced and I thought the lyrics didn't have a lot of variety or substance. As I kept playing the songs on my iTunes shuffle or in the car, I discovered the album's vivid, idealistic... READ MORE

Album Review: Fall Out Boy - "American Beauty/American Psycho"

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Stef Preston

  Music      In “This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race,” Patrick Stump starts off with, “I am an arms dealer/Fitting you with weapons in the form of words/And don't really care which side wins/As long as the room keeps singing/That's just the business I'm in." And for Fall Out Boy, for a while, that was true. It didn't really matter what they did; they were Fall Out freakin' Boy, gods of “the scene,” and they could... READ MORE

Album Review - Catfish and the Bottlemen, 'Balcony'

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Catfish and the Bottlemen are four lads from Wales with sex on the brain. One could say any young fellas worth a scrap from anywhere have sex on the brain, but these cats couple that lust with razor-sharp hooks and anthemic vocals.   Balcony, their full-length debut on Island/Communion, squishes 11 taut tantrums into one consumable box. Bastille fans will foam at the shuffling “Sidewinder,” with its persistent beat and Van McCann’s pub-doused singing. There are the... READ MORE

Album Review - My Brightest Diamond, 'This Is My Hand'

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music My Brightest Diamond This Is My HandAsthmatic Kitty Otherworldly, regal and mesmerizing— this is Shara Worden. And with her latest album under the guise of My Brightest Diamond, Worden has revealed the goddess within. This writer was first exposed to the songstress’s powerful alto on the Decemberists’ theatrical The Hazards of Love (Capitol, 2009). She portrayed a vengeful queen so convincingly, it wouldn’t be absurd to think she stepped out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Worden carries that... READ MORE

Album Review - Just Walden, 'High Street Barton Blues'

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 7:16 PM
Tia Scott

  Music Just WaldenHigh Street Barton BluesWalden Records After releasing the single “Romie Knows” that seems to be garnering much attention, the band Just Walden gears up to release their debut album, High Street Barton Blues. Based in Austin, TX, the quartet is fronted by singer/songwriter Danny Ferraro, who ended up leaving his job at Goldman Sachs to try his hand at music full time after having reoccurring dreams of rocking out with the band, creating a contagiously... READ MORE

Album Review - Ships Have Sailed, 'Someday'

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Tia Scott

  Music Ships Have SailedSomedaySelf-released With the lead single, “Midnight,” currently making waves, Los Angeles-based band Ships Have Sailed are gearing up to release their debut 6-track EP entitled Someday. For this EP, the band whisks between elements of alternative rock and pop, dishing out thought-provoking subjects and endearing lyrics to complement them. The acoustics and vocals on the lucid “Clouds” are soft and dreamy, while “Better Off” picks up in tempo and throws a little spice into the... READ MORE

Album Review: Maxine Ashley - MOOD SWINGs EP

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Tia Scott

  Music After garnering a successful buzz from her cover version of Portishead’s “Glory Box” and pulling in more than 9 million views on her YouTube channel, songbird/songwriter Maxine Ashley releases her debut EP, MOOD SWINGs. For this exclusive EP, the Bronx, N.Y., native delivers nine infectious tracks with whimsical vocals over imaginative, experimental production by the likes of Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Zeke MacUmber, The Outsyders and the one and only Pharrell Williams. With MOOD SWINGs, Maxine doesn’t fail to... READ MORE