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REVIEW: Eden The Cat – Live In A Basement Apartment

Artist: Eden The Cat
Album: Live In A Basement Apartment
Genre: Folk, Acoustic

The best music hits you like a drug. It rolls over your body with a sensation that can only be compared to the first drag on a much needed cigarette or the first sip of that whiskey you’ve been thinking about since lunch. You get high off great music. A high, I might add, that no amount of liquor, weed, smoke, or pills is ever going to replace. Great music puts you in a state of intoxication so entirely satisfying you don’t need anything else to be …

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REVIEW: Melanie Martinez – ‘Cry Baby’

Artist: Melanie Martinez
Album: Cry Baby
Label: Atlantic Records
Genre: Indie-Pop

Your Halloween spooks are coming a bit early this year with a touch of addictive pop and powerful lyrics thanks to Melanie Martinez. The Voice’s third place winner proved that she’s first place material after her breakout hit single “Carousel” gave chills to the audience of American Horror Story, following it up with her exceptional Dollhouse EP. Now that her debut concept album Cry Baby is out, we take a journey with Martinez’s creepy alter ego as she battles her demons and obsessions.

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REVIEW: Miguel – ‘Wildheart’

Artist: Miguel
Album: Wildheart
Label: RCA
Genre: R&B, Soul

Kaleidoscope Dream from 2012 set the bar very, very high for Wildheart. Grammy-award winner Miguel was on the verge of continuing to champion for the R&B/neo soul sub-industry alongside the likes of D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. In this new record, Los Angeles was his chosen cynosure and commercial-sounding R&B was not an endgame. He divulges his inner eccentric–more so here than in All I Want Is You from 2010–and steers clear of the generic. For those acclimated to the complex retro workings of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, Wildheart

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Miguel’s New Album Demands To Be Your Sex Soundtrack

If you’ve found yourself on this page I assume it’s either because you love Miguel or, like so many people around the world, you enjoy regularly updating your sex soundtrack. Don’t be shy. We’re all friends here and the fact you’re making the existence of your sex soundtrack (or sex playlists) known is the first step toward really knowing yourself.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the music that accompanies their bursts of passion–be they one night stands with strangers or sensual encounters between lifelong partners–but no matter where you fall in the vast spectrum of active …

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REVIEW: Sudden Suspension – ‘There’s A Bigger Picture Here’

Artist: Sudden Suspension
Album: There’s A Bigger Picture Here
Label: Bad Timing Records

This is the sound of growing up.

For their third EP, Indiana natives Sudden Suspension have tasked themselves with encapsulating what it feels like to grow up in 2015, along with all the challenges one encounters along the way. From getting over heartache, to learning to love yourself, there is something here for everyone who has found themselves making the often painful transition from child to adult, and it’s all conveyed through infectious pop punk too good to resist.

If the world can thank Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell …

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REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurryface’

Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Blurryface
Genre: Pop, Rock

When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the national stage in 2013 with their major label debut, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to think of the Midwest duo who have since become akin to alternative music royalty. Though the album was far from perfect, there were more than a handful of anthemic singles that helped propel the group into the underground pop stratosphere. Venues were packed, digital downloads were sold, and for a while everyone thought that a potentially game-changing new voice had emerged.

James Shotwell is the

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REVIEW: Silverstein – ‘I Am Alive In Everything I Touch’

Artist: Silverstein
Album: I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
Genre: Rock

If any of us outlast Silverstein in the music business then there truly is no God and we are all doomed.

Having survived over a decade in the scene, not to mention the coming and going of numerous musical trends, Silverstein have once again reaffirmed their place atop the hard rock hierarchy with I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Both heavy and soft, the album offers a diverse showcase of the seasoned band’s proven chops, as well as a smattering of new ideas to keep things …

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Sleeping With Sirens Share “The Strays” Music Video

One of the catchiest songs off Sleeping With Sirens‘ most recent album release now has a music video all its own.

When I reviewed Madness at the beginning of March I was quick to point out the immediately infectious nature of a track titled “The Strays.” The first of multiple ballads on the record, the song is essentially an anthem for those who feel outcast or that they otherwise do not fit in with mainstream society. Like many songs in the SWS catalog, its aim is to be a positive message for those who feel left out. The video …

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REVIEW: Alesana – ‘Confessions’

Artist: Alesana
Album: Confessions
Genre: Post Hardcore
Label: Revival Recordings

I have been listening to Alesana since high school. I’ve had their songs in my music library for nearly as long as they’ve been a band. While my music taste has changed over the years, Alesana still hold a special place in my heart. As an angsty teenager I absolutely loved their sound. As I grew up, I continued to listen to them, and found that their new songs were just as enjoyable. When The Emptiness was released, I fell in love with it and was instantly hooked. Knowing it …

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REVIEW: Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Instant Gratification’

Artist: Dance Gavin Dance
Album: Instant Gratification
Genre: Rock, Pop, Experimental

I typically hate reviews and editorials that begin with quotes, but when attempting to begin discussing the latest release from Dance Gavin Dance there was one quote that stuck in my mind like the hook of “Stroke God, Millionaire” will soon stick with all of you: “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.”

Stephen Sondheim will probably never be found sitting at the back of your local Dance Gavin Dance concert, but I cannot help thinking the legendary composer and lyricist would, at the …

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REVIEW: Everclear – ‘Black Is The New Black’

Artist: Everclear
Album: Black Is The New Black
Genre: Rock

Twenty years after turning the rock world upside down with release of Sparkle & Fade, Everclear have delivered a solid mix of new and old with Black Is The New Black.

I thought all hope was lost for Everclear. After a string of hits between So Much For The Afterglow and the lesser-appreciated Songs From An American Movie series, the California rock outfit spent a good portion of the 2000s struggling to find a sound that fans, including myself, wanted to hear. Starting with Slow Motion Daydream, …

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REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Madness’

Artist: Sleeping With Sirens
Album: Madness
Label: Epitaph Records

Having long secured their position atop the alternative rock genre, Sleeping With Sirens have truly outdone themselves with Madness. As the fourth full-length album from the band in just five years, the album perfectly channels the band’s numerous influences into one big, hook-heavy rock record that is as catchy as it is dynamic.

Opening with a shotgun blast of angst-laden pop rock akin to The Used’s placement of “Take It Away” at the top of In Love and Death, “Kick Me” welcomes listeners to Madness with a bang. It’s …

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