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Record Rewind: ISIS – Panopticon

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

With their sophomore release, 2002’s Oceanic, post-metal quintet ISIS established the basis for what would become their signature sound – heavy, distortion and reverb-laden guitars juxtaposed with periods of quiet and delicate melodies, and vocals...

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Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues for the Red Son may have been the album that launched a thousand bands and put Palm Desert quartet, Kyuss, on the sonic map, but for my money Welcome to Sky Valley stands as...

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Back in 2006, I entered my local record store to find myself some new tunes, and I expected to leave the shop with some new alternative or heavy metal. But the guy behind the counter...

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Album Review: Walker Hayes – boom.

December 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thirty-seven-year-old Walker Hayes has certainly lived the grind of the music industry. Hailing from Mobile, Alabama, Hayes and his wife moved to Nashville in the mid-2000s with an eye to establishing a career in country...

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Album Review: Eminem – Revival

December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two decades ago, when he first rose to prominence with The Slim Shady LP, rapper Eminem – aka Marshall Mathers III – attracted as much attention for his darkly comic characters and personas as for...

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Album Review: Cindy Wilson – Change

December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even if the name Cindy Wilson doesn’t ring any bells for you it is still fairly likely that you’re somewhat familiar with her work. After all, she has spent her four-decade-long music career as a...

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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Experience

December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Too big to fail” usually refers to financial institutions which are so large and entwined that their failure would have drastic consequences on the broader economy, but the phrase could easily be applied to the...

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Album Review: Björk – Utopia

December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a duration of nearly seventy-two minutes, Björk’s Utopia stands as her longest studio album yet. And, if the Icelandic singer’s ninth album seems somewhat abstruse and self-indulgent, that’s because it is. That’s not a...

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Album Review: Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being four, fully clothed middle-aged men, Fake Nudes is the perfect title for a Barenaked Ladies album. Personal preference will dictate whether you scold the Canadian group for taking three decades and fifteen studio albums...

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Album Review: Sia – Everyday Is Christmas

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even as a child I was never big on Christmas – much to the chagrin of some members of my family – and as an adult and burgeoning curmudgeon greetings of ‘Merry Christmas’ see me...

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Marshall Mathers III – better known as Eminem – is no stranger to shocking audiences with his music. With Walk on Water, the first single from his forthcoming ninth studio album Revival, the shock isn’t...

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Album Review: Seal – Standards

November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking at album sales and chart positions, it would be easy to conclude that British singer Seal peaked in the mid-nineties when Kiss from a Rose surged up the charts a year after its initial...

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Despite the country’s reputation for being polite, friendly, and generally likeable, Canada has managed to produce musical acts that attract commercial success and public derision in roughly equal measure. We’re looking at you Bieber and...

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