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REVIEW: PARAMORE: PARAMORE

It’s old news by now: during December of 2010 two of Paramore’s founding members, brothers Josh and Zac Farro, quit the Nashville, Tennessee-bred band, shocking fans who had no idea that they were even having trouble. Initially, it was said to be an amicable split, but Josh eventually blogged his version of the...
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REVIEW: WAVVES: AFRAID OF HEIGHTS

Although Wavves new album has been released on Mom + Pop records in affiliation with Warner Bros., whom I’m assuming are handling the distribution, there was no record company involvement in the making of this record. The group, which now consists solely of guitarist/vocalist Nathan Williams and bassist Stephen Pope, hired producer John...
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REVIEW: RILO KILEY: RKIVES

“Let it be printed, let it be known, I’m leaving you, I’m going home, and all you can do is watch me go” — those are the appropriate opening lyrics from “Let Me Back In,” the first song — and one of the strongest tracks — on the late band Rilo Kiley’s cleverly...
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REVIEW: AEROSMITH: MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION

Aerosmith’s new album, their first of new material in 8 years, Music From Another Dimension is a welcome addition to their catalog. There are many positive things to say about it which will encourage old fans and new ones as this is one of the more consistent efforts at a return to the...
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REVIEW: THE VACCINES: BAD MOOD EP

The Vaccines’ Come of Age was one of my favorite albums of 2012. I never reviewed it because I felt like it was too far to the left of what I normally listen to for me to accurately write about it. Their songs are a mix of lo-fi and punk and I’m not...
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REVIEW: BON JOVI: WHAT ABOUT NOW

There was a song on Bon Jovi’s last album, The Circle, called “Work For The Working Man.” It found Jon Bon Jovi aligning himself with the blue collar worker. “I lost my pension, they took my I.D.,” he sang and fans, well, they didn’t like it. The consensus was that Jon was too...
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REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE: THE NEXT DAY

The cover art for The Next Day is the cover of Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes with a white box that simply reads “The Next Day” in the center, concealing 90% of the original cover art by Masayoshi Sukita. This obscured album cover comes courtesy of Jonathan Barnbrook, who also designed the art for...
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REVIEW: KATE NASH: GIRL TALK

Kate Nash’s new album, Girl Talk, couldn’t be any further removed from her 2007 debut, Made of Bricks. But those who liked the new direction she took with her 2010 album My Best Friend Is You, which featured raw songs like “Kiss That Grrrl” and “Do-Wah-Doo,” will likely appreciate it. If not, well,...
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REVIEW: FRIGHTENED RABBIT – PEDESTRIAN VERSE

  Four years ago, I found myself in a strange accident. Somewhere in a concert venue in downtown Dublin, my leg snapped at a sharp angle and my entire cartilage was completely destroyed. It was in march 2009, and when I left the emergency room that night with my headphones in my ears,...
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REVIEW: IMAGINE DRAGONS: THE ARCHIVE EP

Las Vegas indie rock darlings Imagine Dragons have recently re:released their stunning 2012 debut, Night Visions, in a deluxe edition which now comes with five bonus tracks, known collectively as The Archive EP. The EP is available to be purchased alone on iTunes. “Round & Round” starts off with electric and acoustic guitars...
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REVIEW: PLACEBO: B3

This 5 song E.P. was released digitally last November. It was also released physically, though the CD is a limited edition collector’s item. (I actually just saw the CD on Amazon for less $$ than the download, so I’d recommend grabbing that.) The Amazon product description states, “While not a reflection of the...
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REVIEW: BLOOD RED SHOES: WATER

Last year Blood Red Shoes, the duo consisting of Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, released one of the year’s very best albums in the form of In Time To Voices. Why they stopped promoting that and released a new 3 song E.P. is beyond me, but I’ll take all of the tunes from...
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Skunk Anansie – Black Traffic Review

Skunk Anansie was formed in 1994 and gained notoriety with their powerful rock hit “Selling Jesus”. I was hooked right away and bought it on cassette. Lead singer (Skin) has a captivating voice that can be both terrifying and beautiful over the scope of a few lines. The album challenged issues of sexism,...
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