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

Occur's Favorite Music of 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music U2 invaded our iTunes, everything came up butts and Taylor Swift became the first musician since ... herself to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in its debut week. Underneath the publicity stunts and sonic 180s (not just the Sonic Highways), 2014 provided some memorable surprises musically. Dig in and see what we dug this year.   Album image courtesy Republic   FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End In... READ MORE

10 Dream Double-Header Tours

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Despite my penchant for all things '90s, I'd never seen Nine Inch Nails or Soundgarden in concert. Sure, I'd attended gigs by Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels and Chris Cornell's Audioslave, but neither band could match the unadulterated fury of those artists' star-making endeavors. So imagine my fangirl glee when I scored tickets to the joint NIN-Soundgarden gig at the Hollywood Bowl! Tears will be shed; panties might be thrown. It got me... READ MORE

Luck of the Irish - Bands!

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 5:02 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Erin go bragh, everyone! On this St. Patrick's Day, we hope you're celebrating responsibly (go easy on the Shamrock Shakes, green beer and corned beef, people!) and, you know, maybe educating yourself on what the holiday is all about. Like most holidays, this festive occasion has some ace music to accompany it. Popular music-streaming programs such as Pandora and Spotify have created Irish-tinged playlists to commemorate the day, and here are some... READ MORE