music review

REVIEW: Major League – ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Me’

Artist: Major League Album: There’s Nothing Wrong With Me Label: No Sleep Records Genre: Rock Seeing the name Major League pop up on iTunes when I click to listen to the band’s new record feels wrong. As long as I’ve been familiar with the band, Major League has represented that weird, pubescent period for hardcore-tinged […]

REVIEW: Weezer – ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’

Artist: Weezer Album: Everything Will Be Alright In The End Label: Republic Records Genre: Rock A while back, Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem mentioned in an interview that Weezer’s “Hash Pipe” is his least favorite song ever. Like many other Weezer fans, I was confused by his choice. Why not “Ice Ice Baby” or “Who […]

REVIEW: The Dollyrots – The Dollyrots

Artist: The Dollyrots Album: The Dollyrots Genre: Pop-punk/pop-rock Label: Arrested Youth Records Four albums in, it’s business as usual for pop rock duo The Dollyrots on this eponymous release. The band’s sound is clinically breezy and spirited as always; the album laden with feelgood, suitably infectious anthems and odes to carefree living. It’s a populist […]

REVIEW: Just Like Vinyl – Black Mass

Artist: Just Like Vinyl Album: Black Mass Genre: Rock, progressive, experimental Label: Superball Music I made a mental note as I was listening to this that perchance this is what Avenged Sevenfold sounded like to people who didn’t like them. You know: a certain throwback element and lots of greasy solos combined with gravelly vocals. […]

REVIEW: Sixpence None The Richer – Lost In Transition

Artist: Sixpence None the Richer Album: Lost in Transition Genre: Pop Label: Credential Recordings Sixpence None the Richer have been on the go for so long that it seems they’ve perfected the art of the tastefully inoffensive. Far from pushing the boat out with Lost in Transition, they’ve scuppered a rather exciting and evocative opening […]

REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon

Artist: Two Door Cinema Club Album: Beacon Genre: Indie, alternative Label: Kitsuné/Glassnote Records Two Door Cinema Club have exploded in my neck of the woods (they are my countrymen) over the past couple of years, although they’ve never figured very prominently on my mp3. Moreover, the incessant use of their music on hipster telephone ads […]

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Snoop Dogg – Rollin In My Malibu

Helping keep hopes for a good Monday alive, Snoop unleashes a never-before-heard jam for your late night cruise. “Rollin In My Malibu” is yet another track for those already halfway through their first smoke or drink of the evening. The beat is smooth, but the flower is smoother. Click past the jump to stream, download, […]

REVIEW: Hit The Lights – Invicta

Artist: Hit The Lights Album: Invicta Genre: Pop Rock/Alternative Label: Razor & Tie 2012 has already proven to be an exciting year for music. From the reunion of two of the scene’s most influential bands, to the disbanding of many others, it is safe to say anything is possible this year. Those needing further evidence […]

REVIEW: From Atlantis – Echoes And Answers EP

Artist: From Atlantis Album: Echoes and Answers EP Genre: Hardcore/electronic/metal Label: InVogue Records Providence six-piece From Atlantis show immense promise on their debut EP Echoes and Answers. A dynamic and exhilarating work, it’s ambitious and majestic and hints at real, unique visionary potential. The band demonstrate a pleasing tendency to add a little bit of […]

REVIEW: William Control – Nouvus Ordo Selcorum

Artist: William Control Album: Nouvus Ordo Selcorum Genre: Wil Francis Label: self-released Now over a decade into his career, Wil Francis has traversed a vast musical landscape. From his early punk days of scene glory with Aiden on Nightmare Anatomy, to his sonic journey of self discover that flooded Conviction, and the later releases which […]

REVIEW: Down With Webster – Time To Win Volume 2

Artist: Down with Webster Album: Time to Win Volume 2 Genre: Rap/rock Label: Universal Music The second full-length album from Canadian band Down With Webster is a whole world of fun. It’s a cool and exciting marriage of rap and rock, full of life and energy and guaranteed to leave you reeling in the aisles. […]

REVIEW: Rihanna – Talk That Talk

Artist: Rihanna Album: Talk That Talk Genre: Pop Label: Def Jam Not that I’d ever hop on the ‘oh won’t someone please think of the children’ bandwagon, but Rihanna’s influence on the younger peeps actually concerns me. Even more so now I’ve had to listen to a whole album at once.