CD Review: Shinedown — Amaryllis; Playing Project Cinco at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, May 6

Shinedown Amaryllis Atlantic By Ellen Eldridge Shinedown may sound like a guilty pleasure for fans afraid to admit they enjoy mainstream music, but with its fourth studio release, Amaryllis, Shinedown brings more than catchy melodies and contagious vocal lines. The fast-paced introduction with “Adrenaline” proves Shinedown is not merely a pop band, and though the […]

CD Review: Staind — Staind

Staind Staind  Atlantic/Roadrunner (for 9-13-11 release) By Ellen Eldridge The turn of the century laced listeners’ ears with the sounds of Staind from its debut Dysfunction in 1999 to the band’s 2001 release, Break the Cycle, that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200. Shortly thereafter, Shades of Grey (2003) and Chapter V […]

CD Review: Death Cab for Cutie — Codes and Keys; Playing Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, August 11

Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys Atlantic By Al Kaufman Thanks to iTunes and other sites, the concept of the album is all but gone. Bands still release CDs, but they are just afterthoughts. They put their “reach out and grab you” song first, usually something a bit different as the third or fourth […]

CD Review: Lykke Li — Wounded Rhymes

Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes Atlantic By Al Kaufman Sweden’s Lykke Li’s first CD, 2008’s Youth Novels, was nothing more than sugary girl pop.  Some of that remains on Wounded Rhymes (“Rich Kid Blues” springs immediately to mind). But Li has done a bit of growing up since then. Wounded Rhymes is full of want, desperation and […]

B.o.B Releases “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” Today

B.o.B. (Bobby Ray) released The Adventures of Bobby Ray today, Tuesday, April 27. The local Atlanta rapper, signed to T.I’s Grand Hustle, under Atlantic, was originally scheduled to release his debut full-length in late May, but because of the commercial success of his song “Nothin’ on You” the release date was pushed up a month. […]

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