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Tim Lambesis Receives 6 Years for Murder Plot

As I Lay Dying singer entered guilty plea in February

In a San Diego courtroom Friday, Tim Lambesis, frontman of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying, was officially sentenced to six years in prison for attempting to murder his estranged wife Meggan, Radio.com reports.  The singer entered a guilty plea to the charge back in February of this year. The sentence is three years less than the possible maximum of nine years, and includes credit for 48 days already […]

The Cranberries No Need to Argue

Rock Rewind: The Cranberries “Zombie”

In Warrington, Cheshire in 1993, two boys (Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry) were tragically killed during an IRA bombing. The event moved Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer for up-and-coming Irish alt-rock act The Cranberries, to write a song to honor the boys’ memory and to make a statement about the ongoing horrors of war that had plagued her homeland.  The result was “Zombie,” which appeared on the band’s sophomore album No […]

Lily Allen Sheezus

Lily Allen “Sheezus” –Album Review

Parlophone/Warner Bros. (2014)

One thing about Lily Allen—you have to take her for who/what she is. If you try to approach her latest release Sheezus from the perspective of—I dunno, artistry—you’re going to find a lot to complain about, and some critics have already done so.  Don’t get me wrong—I’m not saying it isn’t art (I’m not saying it is, either).  I’m just saying you have to take it as you find it, […]

Tom Petty Full Moon Fever

Rock Rewind: Tom Petty “Free Fallin’”

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the greatest impact.  Sometimes three chords are all you need. “Free Fallin,’” the opening track from 1989’s Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty’s first solo effort without his band The Heartbreakers), was not only the simplest of three-chord rock songs, but it was also written and recorded in two days.  But while Petty had already experienced years of success (including several No. 1s on […]

Michael Jackson Xscape

Listen to Michael Jackson Posthumous Single “Love Never Felt So Good”

It’s been nearly five years since we lost Michael Jackson, but a team of producers headed up by Timbaland and executive producer L.A. Reid have been hard at work helping keep his memory alive, most notably with an upcoming posthumous album Xscape, a collection of “contemporized” unreleased tunes reportedly mined from about 40 years’ worth of demos. During last night’s broadcast of the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, L.A. Reid officially […]

Goo Goo Dolls Iris

Rock Rewind: Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”

Alt-rock act Goo Goo Dolls had been plugging away for years in their local Buffalo, New York music scene before finally getting some modest success in the broader rock market with their single “Name,” off their fifth studio album A Boy Named Goo.  Even so, frontman/guitarist John Rzeznik had found himself at an impasse, suffering from writer’s block and considering ending the band for good. Then some filmmakers asked Rzeznik […]

Coldplay Ghost Stories

Coldplay to Reveal “Ghost Stories” in NBC Special

Special to air Sunday, May 18 on NBC

Prime-time television has long been a venue to promote major album releases (most commonly with guest appearances on existing shows), but Coldplay has become the latest act to land their own TV special to get the word out.  As The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports, the band recently announced they will be airing an hour-long special on NBC on Sunday, May 18, one day before the release of their sixth studio […]

Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out

Ingrid Michaelson “Lights Out”—Album Review

Cabin 24/Mom+Pop Records (2014)

By today’s popstar image standards, Ingrid Michaelson’s popularity is sometimes a bit of an anomaly. Flying in the face of current tactics such as overused autotune, overloud mastering, controversial fashion choices and provocative public behavior (whether on or off stage), Michaelson has built a persona based on understatement, maintaining a girl-next-door look and publicly downplaying her own talent.  And yet, ask almost any aspiring singer-songwriter today (particularly of the female […]

The Black Keys Turn Blue

The Black Keys Unveil New Track “Turn Blue”

New album of same name due to drop 5/13 on Nonesuch

After the monumental success of  2011’s El Camino, which went on to earn The Black Keys a whopping four Grammys,  bandmates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are back to try again with a much anticipated new release titled Turn Blue.  This week, the duo dropped the title track of the album as a teaser. Two things intrigue me about this track.  First of all, it’s got a steady-but-chill midtempo groove […]


Not So Fast: AC/DC Not Calling It Quits

For the past 48 hours or so, the rumor mill (i.e., the Internet) has been churning with speculation that Aussie hard rock act AC/DC were on the verge of retirement due to a “serious illness” of one of the bandmates.  However, in a recent conversation with The Telegraph, frontman Brian Johnson refuted those rumors, stating that the band were still planning to get together to record new material. “We are […]

Coldplay Magic

Coldplay Release New “Magic” Video

In keeping with their apparent new bent toward the electro side of soft rock, this week Coldplay released their new single “Magic,”  accompanied by a music video that is every bit as captivating as the song itself. Similar in its repetitive nature to their earlier single “Midnight,” “Magic” has a slightly more upbeat drum loop, as well as much stronger pop sensibilities.  The result is a singable, ear-wormy deal that […]

The Killers Hot Fuss

Rock Rewind: The Killers “Mr. Brightside”

It’s been barely a decade since Vegas-based alt-rockers The Killers released their debut album Hot Fuss.  Four albums later, they are hailed by many as one of the vanguards of the post-punk revival and one of the best bands of the 2000s.  “Mr. Brightside” is the song that started it all. The debut single off their debut album, “Mr. Brightside” had already put The Killers on the map in the […]

Christina Perri Head or Heart

Christina Perri “Head or Heart”—Album Review

Atlantic (2014)

There are very few indie artists out there who don’t dream of that smash single that propels them to the top—but the truth is, it’s a double-edged sword when it happens. Instant fame comes with a huge set of expectations for musical maturity that the uninitiated aren’t always prepared for—and too often, they just can’t keep up.  Ever since Christina Perri found that instant fame with “Jar of Hearts” a […]


Unraveling the KISS Rock Hall Of Fame Fiasco

*Sigh.* You have to wonder whether the folks over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ever regret their choices, or if they ever get tired of the drama involved with dealing with rock and rollers who never grew up. Let’s see if we can get the story straight.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voted to induct 70s glam-rockers KISS this year—a decision many applauded in itself, […]

Shakira self-titled

Shakira “Shakira.” –Album Review

Ace Entertainment S.ar.I. (2014)

Let’s be honest from the start—it’s hard to say anything negative about Shakira because, well, she so darn likeable.  In her two seasons as a coach on NBC’s The Voice (Christina who?), the international superstar has shown America her personal side, shown us that behind those swiveling hips that don’t lie, there’s a down-to-earth girl whom everyone wishes they could just go have a froyo with, and ask her questions […]