Category: CD Reviews

Ten Story Relapse releases ‘Boxes’: Long-time fans explain passion

Ten Story Relapse releases ‘Boxes’: Long-time fans explain passion

[ 1 ] January 5, 2016 |

  We humans store things in boxes. We take what we can’t hold onto or use at the current time and we stuff it into a box. People, places and things all fit into boxes. Ten Story Relapse titled it sixth album Boxes to illustrate this idea. But the band’s story started earlier, sketched out […]

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CD Review: NLX – Luxury of Failure

CD Review: NLX – Luxury of Failure

[ 0 ] November 10, 2015 |

I wouldn’t have called her “Trent Reznor with tits,” but the description piqued my interest enough to listen NLX’s “Burn,” the single off Luxury of Failure, the songwriter’s fourth album. “Burn” includes the elements that draw me to music: the song is dynamic in its structure and still uses simple melodies that give the lyrics […]

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Brace yourself, Puscifer ‘Money Shot’ releases Oct. 30

Brace yourself, Puscifer ‘Money Shot’ releases Oct. 30

[ 0 ] October 29, 2015 |

A band’s third album tells a lot about its career and whether or not the musicians will cave to pressure to write popular songs, wander off in a weird direction or write lethargically about life on a tour bus. Maynard James Keenan, singer and songwriter for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, contradicts himself for […]

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CD Review: Michelle Malone — Stronger Than You Think; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 5/30

CD Review: Michelle Malone — Stronger Than You Think; Playing @ Eddie’s Attic 5/30

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

Michelle Malone Stronger Than You Think SBS Records By Al Kaufman “Mature” is a tricky world in the music business. It’s often code for “losing your edge,” or “quietly slipping off into adult contemporary oblivion.” Michelle Malone’s last two albums, 2012’s Day 2, and 2014’s Acoustic Winter could both be considered “mature” albums in the […]

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CD Review: Will Kimbrough- Sideshow Love

CD Review: Will Kimbrough- Sideshow Love

[ 0 ] April 5, 2014 |

By Al Kaufman Like his friends Todd Snider and Hayes Carll, Will Kimbrough is a man who can tell a magical story about everyday people doing everyday things in four minutes or less.  Sometimes the story is funny, sometimes it is sad. Sometimes it is both. But it is always insightful. It is always clever […]

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CD Review: “Tomorrow’s Hits” by The Men

CD Review: “Tomorrow’s Hits” by The Men

[ 0 ] March 5, 2014 |

By: Rosie Judd Tomorrow’s Hits may not be the most original record from Brooklyn’s The Men, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not packed full of ear candy. This record provides a great balance of pop sensibilities, garage-rock boogie and classic rock homages. Opening with the jangly, minor-key rocker “Dark Waltz”, Tomorrow’s Hits immediately puts you […]

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CD Review: Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

CD Review: Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes

[ 0 ] January 14, 2014 |

By: Emily Jackson  Bruce Springsteen’s newest compilation of songs sounds like a sonic scrapbook of sorts. That’s because it is. For his eighteenth album, the Boss has taken his most recent years of touring, reinventing and sometimes writing and corralled them together under the wishful title “High Hopes.” The album officially came out today, January […]

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CD Review: People’s Blues of Richmond, Good Time Suicide

CD Review: People’s Blues of Richmond, Good Time Suicide

[ 0 ] December 22, 2013 |

By: Emily Jackson  A sip of PBR evokes images of sticky dive bars, red bandanas, ironic mustaches and hazy Instagrams. Its nostalgia-inducing white can (and, let’s face it, its affordability) has made it the drink of choice for the thrift store combers, the facial hair groomers, the tattooed and the irreverent among us. Another Great […]

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CD Review: Billie Joe + Norah, Foreverly

CD Review: Billie Joe + Norah, Foreverly

[ 0 ] November 27, 2013 |

By: Molly Segers On paper Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones’ new record Foreverly, a re-recording of the Everly Brothers’ record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, from 1958, doesn’t exactly add up. The punk rock guy and jazz singer dueting on folk/Americana classics just doesn’t scream obvious. All that said, the resulting album is so […]

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CD Review: Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die

CD Review: Panic! At The Disco – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die

[ 0 ] October 8, 2013 |

“This is gospel for the fallen ones…” These eight little words open Panic at the Disco’s new album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, out today, and sets the tone for the record while easing fans into the sonically dark record with a song that’s reminiscent of 2011’s Vices and Virtues. From there […]

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CD Review: Dream Theater – Dream Theater

CD Review: Dream Theater – Dream Theater

[ 0 ] September 23, 2013 |

Review by Ellen Eldridge   Don’t laugh at the fact that the self-titled album comes as the band’s 12th release. Instead, take it as a signal that Dream Theater has reinvented itself. “We felt like this is a period in our career where the music we are making is so right for who we are […]

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CD Review: The Band of Heathens — Sunday Morning Record; Play Vinyl October 27th

CD Review: The Band of Heathens — Sunday Morning Record; Play Vinyl October 27th

[ 0 ] September 19, 2013 |

The Band of Heathens Sunday Morning Record BOH Records By Al Kaufman The name Band of Heathens conjures up images of boys in overalls playing one string basses and banging on wash basins and other assorted metals while downing some blinding moonshine. The actual Band of Heathens have never lived up to their name in […]

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CD Review: Ministry – From Beer to Eternity

CD Review: Ministry – From Beer to Eternity

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge   Calling the thirteenth Ministry release schizophrenic implies that Jourgensen’s work isn’t grounded in reality. From the chaotic beats and frenzied samples to the intermittent bursts from Jourgensen himself, From Beer to Eternity sounds off about the world. From the astounded “Holy cow!” introducing “Hail to His Majesty (Peasants)” through “Punch in […]

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CD Review: Pop. 1280 — Imps of Perversion; Play 529 September 19th

CD Review: Pop. 1280 — Imps of Perversion; Play 529 September 19th

[ 0 ] August 5, 2013 |

Pop. 1280 Imps of Perversion Sacred Bones Records By Al Kaufman Beware those who listen to Pop. 1280. They make the type of music that makes moms everywhere think their kids are on drugs and sacrificing the neighbor’s cat. The Brooklyn noise-punk band, which derived its name from a Jim Thompson pulp fiction novel, gleefully […]

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CD Review: Misery Loves Chachi – Long Live the Lazy Choir

CD Review: Misery Loves Chachi – Long Live the Lazy Choir

[ 0 ] June 11, 2013 |

By Ellen Eldridge Nathan Sadler, the musical voice behind Misery Loves Chachi, spent more than three years experimenting and commiserating among his keyboards to compose 25 songs, of which four tracks representing the lighter and more hopeful side of displacement and unemployment emerged. These four songs are being released today (June 11) as the debut […]

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