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Brand New Unveil Brand New Song ‘Don’t Feel Anything’

It really says something about a rock band’s grass-roots popularity when they’ve all but gone off the grid for six years, with very little but rumors about a new album to go on, and when they play a new song at a show with no introduction, the fan video goes viral. This week, the Interwebs lit up when punk/alternative band Brand New gave concertgoers a foretaste of their long-anticipated upcoming fifth […]

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Rock Rewind: Fiona Apple “Criminal”

Happy Birthday to Fiona Apple. Not only does the alternative piano-rocker turn 37 today (Sept. 17), but this week also marks 17 years since her biggest hit single “Criminal” was released, garnering Apple a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and catapulting her debut album Tidal to triple-Platinum sales. While “Criminal” ended up being Apple’s first (and so far, only) single to break the mainstream Top 40 in the […]

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The New Pornographers “Brill Bruisers” –Album Review

Matador (2014)

Someone ought to look this up, but it seems to me that The New Pornographers might hold some sort of record for longest-lasting supergroup, or at least deserve to be on some list of that sort. All of the bandmates are in other functioning bands, four are solo artists…it’s amazing these folks have time to do anything together, let alone continue making music together for as long as they have. […]

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Kimbra “The Golden Echo” – Album Review

Warner Bros (2014)

New Zealand chanteuse Kimbra’s contribution to Gotye’s Grammy-winning global number one, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” may have only lasted one minute. But as proven by her second album, The Golden Echo, not only did it propel the virtual unknown into the public’s consciousness, it also appeared to have enamoured virtually everyone on the alternative scene. Featuring various members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta, Queens Of […]

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Rock Rewind: R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”

Sometimes, the band is right and the label is wrong. When alternative rockers R.E.M. were preparing to release their seventh studio album Out of Time, their choice for a first single off the album was “Losing My Religion,” a wandering, rambling, minor-key song that basically emerged out of guitarist Peter Buck’s recorded attempts to learn to play the mandolin. Lacking anything that Warner Bros. Records could consider to be a […]

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Rock Rewind: Johnny Cash “Hurt”

It might seem odd to feature a country singer in the Rock Rewind, but then again, Johnny Cash was “crossover” before crossover became a thing.  He’s always appealed to the counter-culture in some way, and when he released his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” in 2003, it was an indelible moment in music history that can’t be overlooked. Already in failing health while recording his American series of albums, […]

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Rock Rewind: The Verve “Bitter Sweet Symphony”

The signature repeating orchestral line of British alt-rock band The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” is instantly recognizable today by millions of music lovers around the world. Ironically, this musical motif that forms the foundation for this band’s only Top-40 U.S. hit also provided their greatest source of controversy—for you see, it wasn’t really theirs. The orchestral line in question is something of a “cover of a cover,” sampled from the […]

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Stream Jack White’s “Lazaretto” a Week Before Release

As was the case with his previous solo record Blunderbuss, Jack White fans have the opportunity to preview his new record Lazaretto in full, as it is currently available to stream via iTunes Radio.  The stream will be available until the record officially drops next week. Even while digital technology makes this live streaming possible, White (who is known for his love of lo-fi and vintage technology) is giving die-hard […]

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Coldplay “Ghost Stories” –Album Review

Parlophone/Warner Bros. (2014)

Long awaited. Much anticipated. Well worth the wait. Few bands have built a stronger career on mastering the art of understatement than Coldplay. It’s an irony of the modern rock era that a band could sell out stadiums across the world with the less-is-more approach, when most of their peers draw crowds by doing exactly the opposite: louder, harder, faster.  But don’t mistake understatement for sleepiness: there is pure energy […]

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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 […]

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Check Out First Aid Kit’s New Video “Cedar Lane”

Sweden has definitely proven herself a leader in the electro-pop market these days, but Americana?  That’s for, you know, Americans.  Right? Think again. Johanna and Klara Söderberg, the Swedish siblings performing under the moniker First Aid Kit, have spent the last few years building a reputation for giving the American Americana artists (say that five times fast) a run for their money, proving that when the passion is there, “foreigners” […]

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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 […]

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Manchester Orchestra “Cope”—Album Review

Republic (2014)

To state the obvious—Manchester Orchestra’s new album Cope is loud. Really loud. Front to back. And that’s exactly how they planned it. If you’re a fan of Manchester Orchestra, you need to know this up front because if you’re looking for a repeat of the dynamic variation found in 2011’s Simple Math, you’re bound to be disappointed.  For Cope, Andy Hull and crew have eschewed their more introspective side for […]

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Beck “Morning Phase”—Album Review

Capitol (2014)

Let’s get this part out of the way:  Beck aficionados will not be able to listen to his new album Morning Phase without immediately associating it with 2002’s Sea Change.  They are cut from the same cloth: slow-paced, highly introspective, somber, hangover-infused songs with an appropriate tip-of-the-hat style-wise to Laurel Canyon and Neil Young. The two records are sisters in that they sound very like each other, and very different […]

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Rock Rewind: Foo Fighters “The Pretender”

By the time Foo Fighters released their single “The Pretender” in 2007, they were already well established within the alt-rock arena, winning a huge fan base with their raw sound and snagging several Grammys in the process.  But something about the quiet, melancholy stringed-instrument-tinged intro, followed by a driving rock riff opening up into the raw rage and passion of Dave Grohl’s raspy voice, struck a new nerve with audiences.  […]

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