Author Archive: Ellen Eldridge

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CD Review: Anthrax – Anthems; Drops March 19th

CD Review: Anthrax – Anthems; Drops March 19th

[ 0 ] March 18, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge I’ll be the first to admit that my love of Anthrax and Scott Ian stem from Ian’s appearance on The Simpsons more than does it for my indulging in the band’s discography. Not that I ever had anything against Anthrax; I just didn’t get too into any of the albums minus […]

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CD Review: Shooter Jennings – The Other Life, Releases March 12th

CD Review: Shooter Jennings – The Other Life, Releases March 12th

[ 0 ] March 11, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge   If Waylon Jennings hadn’t given his seat up on the famous flight Buddy Holly chartered in 1958 that crashed on the “day the music died,” son “Shooter” would never have lived to combine the psychedelic influence of Pink Floyd with the earthy soul of outlaw country music.   His 1979 arrival […]

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CD Review: Helado Negro – Invisible Life

CD Review: Helado Negro – Invisible Life

[ 0 ] March 5, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge Shoe-gazing, dancing alone in a crowd while wearing headphones, mumbling in the rain and dreaming in a foreign language all touch on the feelings contained within the first track on Helado Negro’s Invisible Life. Roberto Carlos Lange fuses synthetic elements and samples with Spanish lyrics. “Lentamente” slowly moves from “Llumina Vos,” which […]

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CD Review: Buckcherry – Confessions

CD Review: Buckcherry – Confessions

[ 0 ] February 19, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge Fans on the bus with Buckcherry know the band for its rock appeal; the down and dirty life one would expect from a fast-soloing, hard living group of guys. And I may have always been running behind the bus unsure if I wanted on or not. I’ve seen Buckcherry open for […]

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CD Review: Big Wreck – Albatross

CD Review: Big Wreck – Albatross

[ 0 ] February 19, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge   A thick band of power chords grinds out early in the opening track, “Head Together,” on Big Wreck’s Albatross, effectively introducing the band’s first new album in ten years. For fans unfamiliar with Big Wreck, comparisons to Soundgarden and Led Zeppelin are fair considering Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice […]

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CD Review: Atlas Genius – When it was Now

CD Review: Atlas Genius – When it was Now

[ 0 ] February 18, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge Atlas Genius managed to do what almost every band wants to do and what very few achieve: buzz. Before the release of the band’s debut full-length, with only an EP, Atlas Genius generated quite a bit of well-deserved buzz. “Like an invitation you weren’t expecting to get, Atlas Genius knocks on […]

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CD Review: Puscifer – Donkey Punch the Night EP

CD Review: Puscifer – Donkey Punch the Night EP

[ 0 ] February 18, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge   I get nervous with my Puscifer CDs because I know I will want them around to comfort me when I need a pick me up song full of boldly layered lines and powerfully dynamic vocals. Many Tool fans assume Puscifer is frontman Maynard James Keenan’s bastard child; a joke band […]

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CD Review: Sandra McCraken – Desire Like Dynamite, Releases 2/14

CD Review: Sandra McCraken – Desire Like Dynamite, Releases 2/14

[ 0 ] February 13, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge Like watercolor mixed with wine, Sandra McCracken’s smooth voice resonates like an artist’s paintbrush pulling color through grey on a canvas. “Fire cannot burn the same place twice,” in the first track’s chorus confirms that sensory detail introduces and collates the songs on Desire Like Dynamic. “Go” is one of three sneak […]

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CD Review: Foals – Holy Fire, Released Today 2/12

CD Review: Foals – Holy Fire, Released Today 2/12

[ 0 ] February 12, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge The cover art for Holy Fire stands out like a battle call for a new British invasion. The third Foals album follows two gold releases and solidifies the group in a similar fashion to a small business that outlives its first few years. Truth be told, I haven’t heard the band’s […]

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CD Review: Pissed Jeans – Honeys

CD Review: Pissed Jeans – Honeys

[ 0 ] February 11, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge Punk rock and glam metal drove two divergent paths into the forest of music, so, when I hear about a band with a name like Pissed Jeans coming out of Allentown, Pennsylvania, with ‘80s hardcore punk influences I wonder if this is a group of basement dwelling geeks or a project to […]

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CD Review: Lost Animal – Ex Tropical

CD Review: Lost Animal – Ex Tropical

[ 0 ] February 4, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge Getting lost is one of the most attractive aspects of music. Concept albums and stacked up songs that let you lose and then find yourself layer by layer aid in catharsis as much as in solidifying an identity. Who would we be without those songs that sealed our first kisses and […]

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CD Review: Phinehas – The Bridge Between

CD Review: Phinehas – The Bridge Between

[ 0 ] January 23, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge Once again, I find myself trying to explain that fine and shrinking line between gratingly abrasive and heart-poundingly cathartic—the kind of music that lets you unleash a day’s worth of intolerable bullshit from an unrelenting boss or a lifetime’s worth of oppression and misunderstanding. Granted, I less often feel the need for […]

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CD Review: Resolution 15 – Svaha, Released Today, Jan. 15

CD Review: Resolution 15 – Svaha, Released Today, Jan. 15

[ 0 ] January 15, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge Enticed by the promise of a twist on the same old metal, I opened up Resolution 15’s Svaha with low expectations, but an open mind. Unsure whether or not the description of violins replacing guitars in blistering thrash, punk and hardcore-influenced music could be accurate, I waded through the first three […]

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CD Review: The Romans – Coldest Weather

CD Review: The Romans – Coldest Weather

[ 0 ] October 22, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge The Coldest Weather debut introduces The Romans as empathetic to indie rock while immersed in influences from wider sources. Atlanta acts as a melting pot for music; so many genres and influences inspire the music from our city’s bands and The Romans belly up to the bar bringing a warm nostalgic […]

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CD Review: Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky, Released September 18th

CD Review: Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky, Released September 18th

[ 0 ] September 25, 2012 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge Though Dinosaur Jr. and J. Mascis have long been revered as Seattle scene icons, I didn’t get a chance to catch the wave until much later. In fact, the first time I spent a great deal of time with Mascis’ work was his solo release, Several Shades of Why, that I […]

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