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Brand New – Daisy

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 by Eric Loose

It’s hard not to have a strong opinion on Brand New”s brand new release, Daisy. The colossal wave of hype surrounding this album wasn”t replicated by any other band this year. Jesse Lacey and the rest had their destiny decided for them. Because of the expectations, Daisy was going to be a massive hit or a disappointment. Please excuse me for thinking that it doesn”t live up to either of these labels. Daisy, first and foremost, is what Brand New does best- progression. From the pop-punk of Your Favourite Weapon, to the emo-tinged Deja Entendu, to the masterpiece The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, Brand New have managed to adapt and improve their sound while still remaining appealing and interesting.
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Touche Amore – …To The Beat of a Dead Horse

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 by Eric Loose

Touche Amore”s … To The Beat Of A Dead Horse, is a record to take seriously. One look at the ominous cover can tell you that. A harrowing black and white cover complete with trite symbolism in the form of a foreboding rain cloud certainly displays a feeling of danger, ominousness, and even foreboding doom. Touche Amore are just one of the many recent bands to integrate emo and hardcore music. The most striking aspect is that no song hurdles the 3 minute mark. Short and pithy, … To The Beat is a screamo-influenced modern hardcore record with a melodic twist. Too much genre?… my apologies, but … To The Beat Of A Dead Horse really is a superb blend of genre-bending qualities. (more…)



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Top 40 for the Week of 3.22.10

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues

This week, Dan Black remains at #1, while Frightened Rabbit and Shooter Jennings see big debuts into the Top 40. Who knows how long Dan Black will retain the coveted number one position! This week’s chart is inspired by Northern Iowa’s Ali Farokhmanesh and his ability to destroy NCAA brackets. I’m losing money over this guy! Who the hell does he think he is? I guess I should stop betting, but that would be logical. (more…)



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New Releases for the Week of 3.22.10

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues

This week’s new release features the new live album from the White Stripes as well as a new album from the Disco Biscuits and the Drive By Truckers. If you’re looking for something new to enjoy, check out this list. We’ve got a wide range of music on the list, so make sure you take it all in. Take a listen, folks! (more…)



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The Disco Biscuits – Planet Anthem

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Planet AnthemA Philly jam-band with an energetic live show, The Disco Biscuits transcend the live setting surprisingly well on Planet Anthem. The album is an interesting fusion of electronic and rock music overflowing with effects and a two-sided atmosphere. Rather than centering Planet Anthem around single material, Disco Biscuits choose an interesting concept for their sound- an album that works together as a whole. Ultimately, it’s this decision that makes Planet Anthem worth a listen and perhaps a little more likable than it should be. While listen one and listen two might have you expressing some surprise over how enjoyable you find Planet Anthem, it’s not until multiple listens that the Disco Biscuits’ latest really reveals itself. As Shrek would say, Disco Biscuits are “like an onion.” They have layers. They may be a little stinky at some points, but Planet Anthem is a surprising success if only for the fact that it’s better than your first judgements may indicate. (more…)



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Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 by Ryan Nisley

After a five-year period following the release of “Demon Days” in 2005, let me say: “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach.” The Gorillaz, everyone’s favorite virtual band, has finally created a new album that has been highly anticipated. The album is packed with sixteen tracks that incorporate the usual range of genres from Hip Hop to Electronica and Alternative/Pop Rock. One aspect of the Gorillaz that catches listeners’ attention is the various artists featured on each song. For instance, the song “White Flag” features two rappers and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music, all on top of a simple electronic piano loop. What is interesting to me is that somehow all of those parts fit together to make a very unique song. Meanwhile, the song “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach” features Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble presenting this new realm that the Gorillaz have created. The album art effectively brings the listener into another world, especially with the cover. (more…)



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Top 40 for the Week of 3.15.10

Monday, March 15th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues

This week’s Top 40 sees Dan Black take over the top spot. We also see big debuts from Alkaline Trio, Cedar Avenue, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, as well as the Gorillaz. This week’s Top 40 is brought to you by the shattered World Cup dreams of David Beckham. It’s okay, big guy. Like I always say, there’s always next year! Or, maybe there isn’t… (more…)



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New Releases for the Week of 3.15.10

Friday, March 12th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues


This week’s new releases feature new albums from Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Shooter Jennings and music from the upcoming Joan Jett film, “The Runaways”.  Check ’em out! (more…)



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La Verite – Elephant

Monday, March 8th, 2010 by Eric Loose

No matter how extensively I listen to purely instrumental music, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being surprised at how resonating an effect wordless music has on me. I’ve always been a sucker for lyrics. They often make matters simple, providing a context for me to spill my reactions and feelings. To say that instrumental music provides a little more freedom would be an understatement. Elephant is the proof. Upon constructing a musical soundscape both devoid of and teeming with life and energy at disparate points, La Verite have proven themselves to be surprising masters of their domain, providing the first not-so-subtle post-rock behemoth of 2010. (more…)



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New Releases for the Week of 3.8.10

Monday, March 8th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues

Here are this week’s new releases.  UK cartoon band Gorillaz are back with their first new album since 2005 and Serj Tankian releases his first live album. Enjoy! (more…)



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