Posts Tagged ‘review’


REVIEW: Ceres – ‘I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here’

Artist: Ceres
Album: I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here
Genre: Alt Rock, Emo
Label: Hobbledehoy Records

Emerging from somewhere among the hidden laneways, hipster cafes and Gothic architecture of Melbourne, alternative rock quartet Ceres have ridden their finely crafted tales of inner city life from the status of little known but revered local favourites all the way to the main stage of the renowned Soundwave festival and a position of prominence in the Australian independent scene.

Fittingly for a band named after the Roman goddess of agriculture, this growth has been of an organic nature, achieved not by …

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REVIEW: Say Anything – ‘Hebrews’

Artist: Say Anything
Album: Hebrews
Label: Equal Vision Records

A few years ago, my father told me a story about a concert that he had attended before I was born. Neil Young was playing unplugged at a relatively small venue, choosing the majority of his setlist from the latter half of his enormous discography. Irritated by the fact that very few old, “classic” Neil Young tracks were in rotation, an angry concert-goer screamed out and commanded the legendary singer-songwriter to “play something we’ve heard before.” Young allegedly looked up, smiled, and said “okay” before playing the first song on the …


REVIEW: Beartooth – ‘Disgusting’

Artist: Beartooth
Album: Disgusting
Genre: Metalcore, Hardcore
Label: Red Bull Records

There’s been a lot of build-up leading to the release of Beartooth’s first full-length record, Disgusting. Thanks in part to a trickling, day-by-day promotional campaign, the Caleb Shomo-fronted quintet has gained a ferocious fanbase faster than most bands can tune their instruments, and now seem poised for world domination as they gear up for an extensive run on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Like most, I first became acquainted with the Columbus outfit through their debut EP, Sick, which made landfall back in 2013, and immediately made …

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REVIEW: The Front Bottoms – ‘Rose’ EP

Artist: The Front Bottoms
Album: Rose EP
Genre: Indie punk
Label: Bar/None Records

The Front Bottoms aren’t really bringing anything new to the table, but that doesn’t keep this record from kicking my ass. I mean, there’s been a lot of guitar-drum two-pieces, yeah, so what’s the big deal with these guys? How do you explain the rapidly growing fan base? How the hell did they open for Brand New? My friend has a diagram explaining why TFB are a ‘good band’ and deserving of all the praise and accolades they’ve been given since their self-titled found the internet (it’s …

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REVIEW: The Word Alive – ‘Real’

Artist: The Word Alive
Album: Real
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Fearless Records

Over the years The Word Alive have slowly carved themselves their own unique place in the metalcore scene. With each release the group’s sound has changed as they discover new techniques and grow as musicians.​ Though they have been together since 2008, they didn’t really gain any mainstream notoriety until the release of their debut full-length, Deceiver.​ They are known for the energy they put behind their music as well as the passion they display on stage. When most fans think of the band in concert they will …

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Candy Hearts Stream ‘All The Ways You Let Me Down’

Pop punk outfit Candy Hearts have made a full stream of their new album available ahead of the record’s June 10 release date.

All The Ways You Let Me Down is the result of time spent growing up with the world passing by outside a van window. Over the course of eleven tracks the band share stories of love, loss, insecurity, sleepless nights, friendship, and learning to understand one’s self set to infectious three and four chord jams that keep you coming back for more. You can stream the album, in full, over at Alternative Press.

Candy Hearts have …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

Film: Edge Of Tomorrow
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Directed by: Doug Liman

Though it falls short of its potential, Edge Of Tomorrow is as good as blockbuster science fiction will likely get in 2014.

Tom Cruise is Major William Cage, an officer in the army who has managed to make it his entire career without spending a single day on a battlefield, despite the fact mankind has spent the past several years embroiled in a war with an extraterrestrial force that we do not fully understand. After speaking out of line to a high ranking military official, however, Cage …

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REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’

Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Jagjaguwar

Sharon Van Etten is a rarity among musicians. The New Jersey native will step onstage and squabble with her three-piece backing band, combining nervous jokes with a half-snort laugh that would probably get a kid bullied in middle school. She’s a bit clumsy, somewhat outspoken, and always innocently honest. It’s been five years since she began twirling around the music scene, cutting herself open again and again for her songs, yet despite the continual applause she’s gotten onstage and off, Etten has always …

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VINYL REVIEW: Tigers Jaw – ‘Charmer’

Artist: Tigers Jaw
Album: Charmer
Label: Run For Cover Records
Release Date: June 3, 2014

I was admittedly late to the game on Tigers Jaw. “Hum,” their single from late last year, was my first real experience with the band, and from the moment that track finished streaming, I immediately began kicking myself. I ventured back and listened to their past three albums, various splits and singles, and their excellent contribution to Will Yip’s Off The Board compilation. I was hooked, and as a result, I was eagerly awaiting Charmer to drop this month.

I pre-ordered the album as …


VINYL REVIEW: Marc Maron – ‘Thinky Pain’

Artist: Marc Maron
Album: Thinky Pain
Genre: Comedy
Label: Comedy Central

Roughly a year after partnering with Netflix for his latest special’s video debut, Marc Maron and Comedy Central have collaborated to bring the critically-acclaimed Thinky Pain to vinyl with a limited edition 2-disc, 180gram release that is guaranteed to wow.

Beginning with the recording itself, which we have covered a handful of times over the last year, Thinky Pain continues to be one of the most interesting and enjoyable new hours of comedic material released in recent memory. Maron’s casual storytelling style lends itself well to repeat listens, due …

The Amity Affliction

REVIEW: The Amity Affliction – ‘Let The Ocean Take Me’

​Artist: The Amity Affliction
Album: Let The Ocean Take Me
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Roadrunner Records

It may be hard to believe, but The Amity Affliction have been together since 2003. They didn’t release their first studio album until 2008 though, and they didn’t really pick up in popularity until their third album Chasing Ghosts came out in 2012. In that short amount of time though they have earned themselves a huge, passionate fan base. Even if you hadn’t heard of them before 2012, you probably did after Chasing Ghosts came out. If you still aren’t familiar with them, then that …


Free Album: Sammy Adams – ‘Wizzy’

Sammy Adams, otherwise known as Boston’s Boy, has released a new and completely free album titled Wizzy.

The first material to surface from Adams since the release of the Homecoming EP in 2013, Wizzy finds Sammy balancing his pop and rap influences across eleven brand new tracks. The EDM sound that dominated his early work has almost entirely disappeared from this release, and if we’re being completely honest I think it is the best decision Adams could have made for his career. You can stream and download the album at the end of this post.

Adams famously signed a …