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Parkway Drive Ire

REVIEW: Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’

Artist: Parkway Drive
Album: Ire
Label: Epitaph

There is still hope for (hard) rock and roll.

Parkway Drive have long proven themselves to be an international force for the continued betterment of the hard rock and metal music scenes. Having first risen through the ranks of their native Australia, the five-piece quickly earned a global following with their unique brand of unabashed brutality, with vocalist Winston McCall pouring his life through the microphone. The band’s storytelling evolved as their sound matured, but by 2012’s Atlas the band had reached something of a plateau. The anthems of brotherhood and self-improvement were …

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REVIEW: Lydia – ‘Run Wild’

Artist: Lydia
Title: Run Wild
Label: 81twentythree
Genre: Indie-Pop, Rock

Lydia‘s music–from their debut album in 2005 to this year’s Run Wild–defies being put in a box. All five records aren’t given enough justice with an “indie rock” label. Their music is an uncommon art form; one that contours around the unique and easily identifiable vocal timbre of their singer Leighton Antelman and is shaped by the electronic and bluesy rock instrumentals of Matt Keller and Justin Camacho.

Run Wild, the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Devil, is a stellar record perfect for the Fall. Opener “When …


REVIEW: Bring Me The Horizon – ‘That’s The Spirit’

Artist: Bring Me The Horizon
Album: That’s The Spirit
Genre: Rock

Having cocooned themselves in the studio following a very successful touring cycle for Sempiternal, Bring Me The Horizon have emerged with a new sound and direction that is both challenging and exciting all at once.

That’s The Spirit is very much the point of no return for Bring Me The Horizon. After years spent developing their sound in the worlds of metal and hardcore, the UK-based band have fully embraced the alt-leaning, mainstream rock and roll-inspired sound that was first teased with the release of “Drown” …


REVIEW: Rick Ross – ‘Black Dollar’

Artist: Rick Ross
Album: Black Dollar
Label: Maybach Music Group

Blurring the lines between albums and mixtapes, Black Dollar is the Rick Ross release fans have been waiting to hear.

The last few years have been wild for the leader of Maybach Music Group. In addition to a string of solid singles and lackluster albums, Ross has found himself being shot at, arrested and questioned over his supposed wealth. It seems as if the one-time prison security guard has finally begun to embody the persona he first thought to develop prior to Port Of Miami hitting the streets in 2006, …

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REVIEW: Halsey – ‘Badlands’

Artist: Halsey
Album: Badlands
Genre: Pop

Throughout my first listens of Badlands, I don’t know if I would call it an album in a traditional sense. Yes, albums take you through a variety of emotions even with a structure in some cases, but Badlands is a different monster. These are eleven writings within a slightly torn composition book; the journal you find as you get older, slightly unkept and discolored. Many, at face value, would likely try to group Halsey into any other category, but with blue hair in all, that’s not the case. We get a glimpse into …


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 …

Melanie Martinez

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


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 …


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


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 …