REVIEW: Sorority Noise – ‘It Kindly Stopped For Me’

Artist: Sorority Noise Album: It Kindly Stopped For Me EP Genre: Acoustic, Indie Label: Topshelf Records In these four songs lie a very modest ancillary of Sorority Noise – one we saw emerge out of their last record Joy, Departed. That portion speaks largely from the backburner end of lyricist and frontman Cameron Boucher’s psyche; […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Jungle Book’ is much more than just a bare necessity of life

Film: The Jungle Book Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Idris Elba “Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you, too.” It may be a bit hard to believe that an orangutan singing this line to a man-cub could speak lengths as to how director […]

REVIEW: Poly-Math – ‘Melencolia’

Artist: Poly-Math Album: Melencolia Genre: Post-Rock, Math I have always found it difficult to assess deep work, so when given the chance to listen to Poly-Math‘s new album, Melencolia, the three-track, near-thirty-five-minute epic seemed like a daunting task. But, once fully embraced by the tantalizing musicianship, Poly-Math made the journey that of a breeze. Opener […]

REVIEW: Deftones sustain their hot streak with ‘Gore’

Artist: Deftones Album: Gore Genre: Rock, Metal Label: Reprise Records Many headlines were made in regards to the tensions within the Deftones camp and the creation of their eighth full-length, Gore. Most of the writing was done with guitarist Stephen Carpenter largely on the sidelines. They also switched things up in the producer’s seat, working […]

REVIEW: ‘Junk’ is M83’s newest masterpiece

Artist: M83 Album: Junk Label: Naïve Records, Mute Records Genre: Synthpop I still remember when I first heard “Midnight City.” It was the end of August 2011, and I was just starting college. I was in my dorm room, and someone across the hall had the song on. I couldn’t hear it very well, and […]

REVIEW: Amon Amarth – ‘Jomsviking’

Artist: Amon Amarth Album: Jomsviking Label: Metal Blade Genre: Death metal While there are a number of bands out there that blend metal and their Nordic heritage, you would be hard-pressed to name one who has done so as consistently well as Amon Amarth. By eschewing the traditional folk music influences and committing to the […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is flat out bad

Film: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Directed by: Zack Snyder Starring: Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Affleck If I were to take Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s text verbatim, then I’d be led to believe that a group of people with supernatural capabilities hold the power to defending the world from annihilation. Well, […]

REVIEW: O’Brother – ‘Endless Light’

Artist: O’Brother Album: Endless Light Label: Triple Crown Genre: Rock Get your ice packs ready, because you’re about to headbang relentlessly into the night. O’Brother return with their third LP, Endless Light, an album that is toned down from the abrupt heaviness of Disillusion and mixed with a little more light and air to make […]

REVIEW: Brian Fallon – ‘Painkillers’

Artist: Brian Fallon Album: Painkillers Label: Island Genre: Folky, Americana-tinged rock Let’s start with a bold claim, just so we all know where we stand: The Gaslight Anthem’s broken-hearted 2014 LP, Get Hurt, is their best record. For some reason, a lot of critics disagree with that; Get Hurt is not exactly a popular choice […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Animated Short Films’ is the Oscars’ most low-key stacked category

Scrambling to catch up on all things Oscars? The big categories are easy: Mad Max should win but won’t. Leo shouldn’t win but will. The little people will be played off and someone will be just insufferable. We’ve been over all that time and again. What doesn’t get as much love are the smaller categories—your documentaries, shorts, and […]

REVIEW: The Starting Line – ‘Anyways’ EP

Artist: The Starting Line Album: Anyways EP Label: Downtown Records Genre: Pop-punk One thing I’ve always admired about The Starting Line was their willingness to evolve as musicians and make new and exciting pop-punk music, despite the majority of their MTV-emo peers sinking and flailing between member changes, awkward “mature” releases, and stagnation in the […]

REVIEW: Basement – ‘Promise Everything’

Artist: Basement Album: Promise Everything Label: Run For Cover Records Genre: Rock Basement return from a hiatus that lasted shorter than most people imagined, thankfully, with their third full-length, Promise Everything—a powerhouse rock record that continues the band’s deep roster of solid tunes, even if it feels a little less alluring than 2012’s Colourmeinkindness. Beginning […]