May 3rd, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues
This week…..we get new music from Keane, Deftones, and reunited (and it feels so good) punk rockers…the Get Up Kids. And without further a due..your moment of musical sensation. Read the rest of this entry »
May 3rd, 2010 by Eric Loose
Trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack are back with a not so massive attack, a 4 song EP titled Splitting the Atom. Short and pithy, Splitting the Atom is a nice snack, just enough to remind the music community that Massive Attack are still in the kitchen and brewing something, delicious or possibly disastrous. It’s deﬁnitely not a full meal, but Splitting the Atom will have trip-hop fans and non-fans alike tongues dripping with anticipation due to the illustrious line-up of Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey (Elbow), and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio). Unfortunately, Splitting the Atom doesn’t turn out to be nearly as appetizing as it appears. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1st, 2010 by Eric Loose
You haven’t heard this before. You may have heard sprawling soundscapes carefully executed. You may have even had the pleasure of hearing a wave, no, a tsunami of furious guitar envelope songs until all that’s left is furious riffs of gargantuan noise. Calculated and technical screamo has been done before. Maths isn’t the ﬁrst band to provide listeners with caustic riffs and shrill screams that will make your hair stand on end until the next breath of fresh air, in relaxing instrumental form, grants you relaxation. Nor is this probably the ﬁrst time you’ve heard hardcore that you ﬁnd yourself hopelessly lost in, with enough dips and dives to leave you disoriented and dizzy. But let’s get one thing straight here: none of those other bands were Maths. Following a split with fellow English screamo outﬁt, Throats, Maths gathered enough praise to garner a “who’s who” of bands on the rise by a feature in NME. The natural stage of progression would be for Maths to start touring more regularly, reap more publicity, and basically move up in the business, right? Wrong. Maths drop their label in favor of honing their sound and recording a DIY record it themselves. The result is an enticing, and quite stunning output, Descent. Read the rest of this entry »
April 29th, 2010 by Eric Loose
Savor it. Soak it in, because like the crisp, golden rays of sun on a harsh wintry day, this is golden and warming. Seasons In Verse is a splendid mixture- one part emotional vocals, one part post-hardcore instrumentation. Sound interesting? Well, add that to the fact that Seasons In Verse was La Dispute’s (Michigan post-hardcore extraordinaires) favorite releases of the year. Unencumbered by long-running anthems and instead concentrating on a more reﬁned and niche-focused grand design, My Heart To Joy’s full-length debut is a successful and uplifting testament to the up-and-coming band from Connecticut. And for what it lacks for in variation and originality it certainly makes up for with more aesthetic qualities like beauty and cohesiveness. Read the rest of this entry »
April 29th, 2010 by Eric Loose
Familiar with those cheesy VH1 help-me-find-’love’-on-a-reality-TV-show-because-there’s-no-other-possible-way-for-me-to-find-it shows? These reality shows incorporate the washed-up stars whose 15 minutes of fame lasted 15 minutes too long, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy their unfulﬁlled need for constant attention: Flavor Flav, Bret Michaels, New York, Hulk Hogan, Scott Baio, the list goes on. While these mind-numbing forms of entertainment are absolutely tasteless and offensive, they do please a certain demographic - most likely 13 year old boys who tune in for a chance to see breasts or a catﬁght, guys sitting on the couch too blazed to change the channel, or people who love television yet have reception that only allows them to view VH1. You may be familiar with one of the latest shows, Daisy of Love, one of the many tasteless offshoots. Coincidentally, Morningwood provides the theme song, “Best of Me.” Sadly, the connections between these two uppermost forms of art do not end there. The previously mentioned demographics are presumably three of the top results that came up on the corporate board meeting drawing board where Morningwood’s latest, Diamonds and Studs, was conceived. Where else would a band with a hot singer, thinly laced sexual references, a witless mildly humorous band name, and talentless music ﬁnd each other? Read the rest of this entry »
April 27th, 2010 by Eric Loose
Losing Feeling – how appropriate. Listening to No Age’s latest EP, I can’t help but think that this title is very telling. Have the “lost feeling?” that attitude that made Teen Creeps such a hit? I certainly hoped not going into their new EP. The No Age I’ve come to know through to full-length albums is one with the layered guitars and stripped down punk inﬂuences, most often compared to Sonic Youth, except with the vocals shouted nonchalantly as to say “I don’t give a f*** what you think.” To tell the truth, despite their lofty predecessors, No Age have done a ﬁne job at ﬁlling these gargantuan shoes. Growing out of the LA art scene, No Age recently toured with Dan Deacon and Deerhunter on the No Deachunter tour. It’s a bit sad in some ways, but Losing Feeling is No Age growing up and maturing. Read the rest of this entry »
April 26th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues
Ahhhhh! Riding off of their recent “SNL” performance, MGMT takes over the #1 spot from the Gorillaz. Two Door Cinema Club and Taylor Hawkins also make big splashes onto the countdown. This week’s chart is brought to you by Tim Tebow. Welcome, to the NFL buddy. Have fun riding the bench…cause you definitely won’t be playing QB anytime soon. Read the rest of this entry »
April 26th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues
Ahhhhhh! This week, we get new releases from hip hop artists Murs as well as from up-and-coming indie rockers Minus the Bear. Bust out the boombox and start rockin, y’all!!!!
April 25th, 2010 by Eric Loose
Listening to music rather extensively, it’s natural to develop some bad habits. Personally, I have a habit of holding certain bands to higher standards, especially based on past releases or albums I’ve heard. This became pretty obvious to me with some recent releases. Daisy, by Brand New, was always lingering in the shadow of The Devil And God…, Ursa Major was hard for me to separate from Third Eye Blind’s self-titled. Is this healthy? I’m not sure, but it’s struck me once again with Park, pop-punk extraordinaires.
Let me clarify, Park was a rare, lucky ﬁnd for me. I can’t take credit for it; it was a recommendation, but I immediately fell in love with the sharp vocals, dark lyrics, and impeccable riffs on It Won’t Snow Where You’re Going. Eventually, I felt content enough with Park to move onto the rest of their discography. Building A Better ______ , their curiously titled 2006 release, was next on my list. Would it have the same effect on me as It Won’t Snow? Well, let’s ﬁnd out… Read the rest of this entry »
April 23rd, 2010 by Christa Constantine
That’s right… Loyolapalooza, this Sunday 4/25! Starting at 2 p.m., we’ll be providing music before the concert and in between sets until 8 p.m. Come brave the weather with us!