Archive for January, 2016

Worth Taking – Hangman

Hangman

When I write music reviews, especially for rock albums, I often describe the energy I receive from the tracks. I am overjoyed when one song can wake me up, lift my spirits, and get me moving. It is an incredible feeling, but I never knew that feeling could affect both the listener and the artist. […]

Black Friday Death Count – Front Toward Enemy

Black Friday Death Count

What kind of music do you get from a middle-aged dad whose curt sounding punk songs can be heard coming from a barn in Pennsylvania? You get Black Friday Death Count from Line Lexington, Pa. The trio released its latest EP Front Toward Enemy in June 2015, making it the fourth EP release from the […]

Plastic Animals – Picture from the Blackout

Plastic Animals

Sludge rock is a genre often overlooked in the mainstream of music and while the name may suggest grime and unpleasantness, the sounds that come out of it are the exact opposite.

The Town Heroes – Small Towns, Influences and New Music

The Town Heroes

The Town Heroes are a two piece band from a tiny island (Cape Breton) in Nova Scotia, Canada. They’re self-described as “the most noise two Cape Bretoners can make,” and they certainly deliver on that. By listening to their albums, Please, Everyone is their newest, you’d never know that it’s only two guys – Mike […]

Actual Rocker Eats at Hard Rock Cafe and Live-Tweets It

Worth Taking

What will Beanie do next? Advances in technology have placed our heroes in our palms. Through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, bands can directly connect with fans, blurring the line between ”I met him after a show once,” and “O.M.G. Less Than Jake replied to me on Twitter.” We are reminded once more that the celebrities […]

Imperial Highway

Imperial Highway

What is a lo-fi band?  This was my first thought upon receiving the assignment to review the self-titled album from Imperial Highway, a San Francisco based musical outfit which markets itself under that same description. 

Bands to Watch in 2016

Playlist 2016

With 2015 behind us, it’s time to get excited about what the new year has to offer. Unlike many others, when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st, I don’t think “new year, new me,” I think, “new year, new music!”  Following all of the “Best of” lists leading up to New Year’s Day, there […]

Civil Engineer – Thank You, Siberia!

Civil Engineer

In a world where so much music is pumped up and lively, causing us to dance, clap, and sing along, it is nice to slow down every once in a while. Sometimes, we just need to sit back and slow down our heartbeat. Classical music is a great way to do this, through piano and […]

Back Up Jackson …Makes Another Record!

Back Up Jackson

Ska reached prominence in the early to mid 90s and has since become a genre of the past, but the guys in Back Up Jackson have something to say about that. 

2016 Preview Playlist

2016 Preview Playlist

2015 came and went faster than you could drop the needle on your fresh copy of “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Even though we’ve got 12 months with this new year, 2016 has a lot to live up to in comparison to 2015, musically anyway.