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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everly’ Will Kick Your Ass

Film: Everly
Starring: Selma Hayek
Directed by: Joe Lynch

With bullets and creative flare to spare, Everly ushers in a new age of cool for its lead, as well as its director.

Joe Lynch hasn’t made a feature-length film that made it to audiences with his vision in tact since Wrong Turn 2. In the time between, Joe has contributed to various film projects (Chillerama, for example), starred in a sitcom (Holliston), and even made a movie that was taken from him and cut to shreds by a third party who then completely mishandled the …

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REVIEW: Marilyn Manson – ‘The Pale Emperor’

Artist: Marilyn Manson
Album: The Pale Emperor
Genre: Goth Rock, Alternative, Metal
Label: Hell, etc.

“The past is over.”

That line says it all. This is not your older brother’s Marilyn Manson. And if you spend about fifty-five minutes with The Pale Emperor–or even just five–you’ll know it.

But let’s not be hasty with that statement. The dark and evil-natured frontman is still dark and evil. But more purposeful. This is less “on-your-sleeve,” and instead with more intention, as well as metaphorical. There are so many instances where Manson dwells on the inherent evil and corrupt nature of …

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Nina Corcoran’s ‘Best of 2014′ in Music

If there’s anything to be certain of when it comes to music, it’s that you can’t control when it strikes you. In a year filled with violence, racism, disease, and political stumblings, our brains were in overdrive trying to do the right thing. For most, music serves as an escape. It articulates emotions and brings events to life, painting the world in colors we simply don’t have physical copies of, transforming the way we experience life. That level of control keeps us from finding out how music is meant to best illustrate our lives. We have to give songs another …

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REVIEW: Author – ‘Of Brighter Days’

Artist: Author
Album: Of Brighter Days
Genre: Indie, Alternative
Label: Unsigned

Minneapolis’ Author have been riding a wave of praise since the release of their debut EP, People Are Alike All Over, a lush offering that left alternative music fans weak in the knees and hungry for a follow-up. Now, two years later, the four-piece is back with a well-rounded LP that not only meets, but exceeds all expectations.

Carefully crafted from start to finish, Of Brighter Days is a record defined by details. From the glassy opening of “Fiction” to the tender closing of “Find The Words,” every …

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The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …

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Here’s Why It’s Okay To Think That Fall Out Boy Song Isn’t All That Great

This James Shotwell-opposing diss track began as a joke and gradually got a little heated. I was heckling him about his swooning over Fall Out Boy’s newly-released “Fourth Of July.” He gave me the title and suggested I write an anti-piece based on things I said. So here I am, probably more scathing and critical (and nonsensical) than I truly intend to be. Regardless, shots fired.

I’m not opposed to change. At all. In fact, I encourage and often embrace it. For the sake of this article, in terms of music, I’ll throw out recent examples like Pianos Become The …

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Here’s Why Fall Out Boy’s “Fourth Of July” Is The First Great Song Of 2015

We’re essentially halfway into the first month of 2015 at this point, and I think it’s fair to say there have not been many game-changing singles or albums released just yet. Not that we should expect such, of course, but aside from Kanye surprising everyone while they were busy celebrating the new year not a lot of recently released music has been given much hype. Maybe it’s because everyone has been too busy getting back into the flow of work and school to pay much attention to the music being shared, or maybe – just maybe – the world has …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Taken 3′ Is A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: Taken 3
Starring: Liam Neeson
Directed by: Olivier Megaton

Seven years after first saving his daughter from an underground prostitution ring, Bryan Mills is back once more with a story that lacks the heart, grit, and fun that previously set the Taken franchise apart.

The setting is Los Angeles, and for the first time since he and his wife were abducted abroad in Taken 2 Bryan Mills is finally living the life he always wanted. He’s close with his daughter, Kim, and he’s managed to remain close with his ex-wife, Lenore. It’s clear the horrors of previous years no …

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REVIEW: Corpus – ‘The Sliding Scale Of Morality’

Artist: Corpus
Album: The Sliding Scale of Morality
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Indie

Sydney duo Corpus have been causing quite the ruckus down under over the last three years with their unique brand of indie-tinged post-hardcore and riotous live shows, earning them dizzying acclaim from some of the scene’s most discerning ears (including Sydney resident and frontman of The Used, Bert McCracken). If the band’s latest release, The Sliding Scale of Morality, is received the way it seems destined to be, then the volume of those voices of acclaim is going to become deafening.…

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It May Be Impossible To Resist Kid Rock’s “First Kiss”

Say what you will about the career of Kid Rock, but over the better part of the last two decades the Michigan native – who once dominated the rap rock arena – has delivered a steady stream of hits that are hard to forget. From “Cowboy” and “American Badass,” to more laid back fare like “Picture,” Rock has long proven himself more than capable of writing infectious songs with huge hooks. His latest, which just so happens to be the first song off his next studio album, may be his biggest hit in …

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REVIEW: Tyler Carter – ‘Leave Your Love’ EP

Artist: Tyler Carter
Album: Leave Your Love EP
Label: Rise Records

The Internet has been demanding a Tyler Carter solo album since 2010, if not longer. Several songs surfaced in 2011, including the popular “Side To Side,” but no release ever came together. Demand returned following the rise of Carter’s latest project, Issues, and now we’re kicking off 2015 with a new collection of solo tracks that prove Carter could easily have an entirely different career in music.…

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REVIEW: The Answer Page – ‘The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal’

Artist: The Answer Page
Album: The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal
Genre: Indie, Shoegaze
Label: Unsigned

Let me tell you a story. I used to blog about very independent bands that are the hidden gems of the internet. The ones that make great music, but just don’t have the resources to get recognized – or haven’t yet acquired them. Or they just like to write. Whatever, that doesn’t matter. But one of my biggest inspirations for that niche that I cornered myself in was The Answer Page, for a lot of reasons. Reasons that I won’t go into.

Instead …