Beck Odelay Portrait

The Master on the Miracle Mic

written by: Charlie Woodman on April 18, 2011

Every song has a twist, each corner hides a surprise, yet it never seems like gimmickry. After the initial shock of each surprise wears off, there are a million reasons to come back for more

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Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill album cover

You Oughta Remember

written by: Jason Radford on March 31, 2011

The first 30 seconds of Jagged Little Pill preface the entire album ingeniously.

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Social Distortion Self-titled Album Cover

A Different Breed of Punk

written by: Cody Prentiss on March 21, 2011

The energetic spirit of punk lives well in the music, and front man Mike Ness writes simple songs with high energy and gusto. One would feel more sympathy for his woes if he didn’t make such enjoyable music from them.

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The Metal Gods Need Therapy

written by: Cody Prentiss on March 16, 2011

The problem with St. Anger comes in long hauls where the intensity sags. In those moments it sounds as though old age slipped in the back door and became Metallica’s fifth member.

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Straylight Run self-titled album cover

The Only Difference …

written by: Tyler Remmert on March 11, 2011

In the wake of the fallout surrounding Taking Back Sunday in 2004, one would expect John Nolan to use Straylight Run as a way to unleash his anger. And he did, just not in the way everyone expected him to…

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Modern Life Is War - Witness Album Cover

Not Just Another Fuck You

written by: David B. Anthony on February 22, 2011

Hardcore punk band Modern Life Is War got a lot of praise during its short existence, and every ounce of it was fully deserved.

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Stevie Wonder - Talking Book album cover

Thunder Hit Wonder

written by: Jason Radford on February 4, 2011

Talking Book still holds a place in the hearts of many baby boomers, as well as great musicians today who chose to take inspiration from their forefathers, so to speak.

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Brand New Your Favorite Weapon Album Cover

Brand New Missed Their Shot

written by: Tyler Remmert on February 2, 2011

Brand New’s debut, 2001’s Your Favorite Weapon, is exactly the record a band coming out of the Long-Island-Post-Hardcore scene didn’t want to make: simple, meandering and containing only about 65 percent good ideas.

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Red House Painters - Self Titled album cover

Red House Painters Still Cornerstone of Originality

written by: Justin Scro on January 26, 2011

From album opener “Grace Cathedral Park,” through the epic “Katy Song” and sobering “New Jersey,” the songs of Red House Painters deal with moving on, being left behind and sorting through the gray areas of life as they happen.

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Discovery LP Album Cover
Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds large album artwork 1972

A Soundtrack Seldom Heard for a Movie Never Seen

written by: Craig Bechtel on January 8, 2011

Sonically it serves as a bridge from their youthful psychedelic impulses of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and the mature blues-rock of the Dark Side. However, Obscured By Clouds is superior to the former: It exhibits evolution from their ’60s playfulness and preferable to the latter in that it never dissolves into histrionic self-importance.

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