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5 Seconds of Summer

What Is 5 Seconds of Summer Doing Right?

And seemingly out of nowhere…they appear.  Just two years ago, no one outside of their native Australia knew who pop-rock act 5 Seconds of Summer were. A few million YouTube views later, they get a shout-out from boy band One Direction, followed by an invite to tour—and whammo! Their debut album sells nearly a quarter million copies in its first week, topping the Billboard 200. Suddenly, 5SOS are the new […]

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

It’s Official: Christine McVie Is Rejoining Fleetwood Mac

After months of speculation and “rumours” (pardon the pun), it was confirmed on Tuesday that Christine McVie will be officially rejoining Fleetwood Mac. The news first came from Mick Fleetwood himself, onstage before a crowd in Maui last weekend, as Billboard reports. Band publicist Liz Rosenberg confirmed the news on Tuesday, adding that a tour with the now fully reunited band was possibly in the works. Christine McVie first joined […]

HAIM Days Are Gone

HAIM “Days Are Gone” –Album Review

Columbia (2013)

So the wait is finally over. The worldwide buzz generated over the past year by LA-based sister act HAIM, fueled by a slew of singles, festival appearances and tour dates with Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine, has finally been punctuated with an oft-talked-about, much-anticipated debut album, Days Are Gone. To be sure, HAIM have earned every bit of the acclaim they’ve received so far. Their feel-good blend […]


The Hanson Dilemma: Can “Anthem” Save Them?

3CG Records (2013)

In the music business, there are inherent pitfalls in becoming too big, too quickly. This is something that bro-band Hanson know all too well. In the 1990s, these cute, long-haired Okie teens had a whole generation of tweens “MMBopp”-ing along, their posters plastered across the bedroom walls of almost every young girl in America. But eventually teen heartthrobs grow up, and when the Hanson boys outgrew their teen sensation persona, […]


Fleetwood Mac Release “Extended Play” EP

With relatively little fanfare or forewarning, iconic pop/rock act Fleetwood Mac have released their first new music since 2003’s Say You Will. Granted, it’s only four songs. But still. Simply titled Extended Play, the four-song EP contains three brand-spanking-new tunes penned by Lindsey Buckingham, plus a lost Steve Nicks tune from the Buckingham/Nicks era, “Without You.” The band decided to resurrect the tune officially after an early demo of the […]


Up-And-Comers: Free Energy

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, rock outfit Free Energy has been making waves and building a strong fan base since they started out in 2008. Their debut album Stuck on Nothing was released in 2010, and garnered them honorable mentions from Rolling Stone, Spin and Pitchfork. They even made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, and they also toured as Weezer’s opening act for awhile. Unlike a lot of […]