REVIEW: German rock legends The Scorpions release MTV Unplugged in Athens on Bluray, DVD, and CD

When it comes to making immaculately crafted acoustic sets that warrant repeated listens, MTV Unplugged has a nearly unparalleled track record. For a program and recording series that has spanned more than twenty years, and seen such a wide and disparate cast of talents, the show has become a cornerstone for acoustic sets. From Alice … Continue reading REVIEW: German rock legends The Scorpions release MTV Unplugged in Athens on Bluray, DVD, and CD

REVIEW: Easy Company release their rocking new EP Hello World

Easy Company, a modern rock outfit based out of New Jersey, pack a solid rock punch on their EP Hello World. While far from the much used first line of code used by computer programmers to test out or teach a new program (i.e. the hello world program), the title aptly fits the band state … Continue reading REVIEW: Easy Company release their rocking new EP Hello World

Iconic Post-Rock outfit My Education to release a vinyl remaster of their debut album “5 Popes” on February 4th

In a genre like Post-Rock, where bands are about as divergent and vaguely dissimilar as genre descriptions themselves, it can be difficult for groups to gain momentum and notoriety. What’s more is a group’s ability to stand the test of time among the every-changing torrent of new music, even in the most obscure genres. My … Continue reading Iconic Post-Rock outfit My Education to release a vinyl remaster of their debut album “5 Popes” on February 4th

REVIEW: Sultry vixen of Betty Black seduces your ears on Bad Weather and Fatality of Love

Betty Black, brainchild of multi-talented singer/songwriter and musician Sylvia Black, is a force to be reckoned with. At first glance, Betty Black is steeped in intrigue and history through name association alone. While this is only the surface, and the music itself delves deep into the sonic realms of electro, break-beat, downtempo and trip-hop, the … Continue reading REVIEW: Sultry vixen of Betty Black seduces your ears on Bad Weather and Fatality of Love

REVIEW: Brutal death metal release from Indian based Gutslit is turning heads

Tagged as “Brutal Death Metal”, the ferocious act known as Gutslit is a four-piece crusher hailing from… Mumbai, India? That’s right, India. But make no mistakes here folks; location is no factor in the sheer pummeling force of these emerging metal makers. Quickly gaining notoriety in metal circles, these boys are kicking teeth in with … Continue reading REVIEW: Brutal death metal release from Indian based Gutslit is turning heads

REVIEW: AWOLNATION’s Limited Edition Deluxe release of Megalithic Symphony out November 19th

On October 29, 2013, AWOLNATION announced they will release a newly expanded 2-CD Limited Edition Deluxe package of their blockbuster debut album Megalithic Symphony on November 19, 2013 via Red Bull Records. The Megalithic Symphony Limited Edition Deluxe package features 32-tracks and couples the original studio album on disc one, with disc two containing rarities like … Continue reading REVIEW: AWOLNATION’s Limited Edition Deluxe release of Megalithic Symphony out November 19th

REVIEW: Xiu Xiu’s compelling tribute album NINA provides new perspective on a jazz legend

So what can be said of a group, led by the ever prolific Jamie Stewart, named Xiu Xiu doing a cover album of one of the most influential, stand out female jazz vocalist of all time, namely Nina Simone? Let me tell you, while a dark, experimental avant-pop group like Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoo-shoo, or … Continue reading REVIEW: Xiu Xiu’s compelling tribute album NINA provides new perspective on a jazz legend

REVIEW: New hip-hop album “Zero Gravity” from CeasRock shows potential

Canadian based rapper CeasRock’s new album Zero Gravity (free download) show his ability to lyrically stretch in different directions, but more importantly it shows a lot of potential. Zero Gravity, produced and mixed by 514IndoRecordz, starts out of the gates with the ascending title track that strikes of the higher dimensional, elevated hip-hop the likes of … Continue reading REVIEW: New hip-hop album “Zero Gravity” from CeasRock shows potential

REVIEW: Swedish Metal act In Solitude release the darkness on their new album “Sister”

On In Solitude’s latest release on Metal Blade Records, “Sister”, the Swedish retro-metal act has created an eclectic group of songs that stay focused in a style and sound while still coloring outside of the lines.  As the Goth-Rock and Post-Punk-esqe opening track “He Comes” winds on, you get a sense of the way the … Continue reading REVIEW: Swedish Metal act In Solitude release the darkness on their new album “Sister”

REVIEW: New metal comp from Sly Productionz brings the variety

The new compilation from the Chicago based Sly Productionz titled “Sly Productionz Volume 1” brings a variety of emerging metal bands into focus. This first release from Sly Productionz hosts a wide range of acts, totaling at 17 tracks from 17 different acts. The tone of a lot of this album treads into the Alternative … Continue reading REVIEW: New metal comp from Sly Productionz brings the variety

REVIEW: Swedish groove metal act The Quill show their rock determination on “Tiger’s Blood”

Remember how alternative (whatever the hell that means) music used to rock? Not the crap that is “radio-friendly”, but the stuff that used to really kick ass. Like all the nineties powerhouses, especially the grunge guys when they were still trying to make it, and the “indie” bands that rocked and didn’t really know they … Continue reading REVIEW: Swedish groove metal act The Quill show their rock determination on “Tiger’s Blood”

REVIEW: Female fronted NYC progressive rockers Eye Ra Haze release their brooding EP Eye Of The Storm

Modern progressive music is somewhat of a boys club. With the exception of a few bands that surfaced between the mid-90’s and now, the female gender has been primarily absent from the world of progressive hard rock and metal. Finally, the wait ends now with the introduction of New York City alternative/progressive quintet EYE RA … Continue reading REVIEW: Female fronted NYC progressive rockers Eye Ra Haze release their brooding EP Eye Of The Storm

REVIEW: Thrash champions Suicidal Tendencies release 13 – their first release in 13 years!

Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one…Diet Pepsi? Well for anyone who was listening to those early Suicidal recordings, the “All I wanted was a Pepsi” reference being an all-to-famous line from the 1983 track “Institutionalized” (check the video above), you certainly remember that the pure 'cyco' style that was … Continue reading REVIEW: Thrash champions Suicidal Tendencies release 13 – their first release in 13 years!

REVIEW: Victory’s debut album “Victory Is Music” brings a little neon VHS retro to the party

'Victory Is Music' Track Listing: 1. Bad Man 2. This, That or This 3. Play It 4. Woman 5. Soothing Me So 6. Straight Line 7. Lazy Art 8. System Strange 9. Records 10. Dirty Jeans Victory is the music project of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Fleming who produces new songs that are at once fresh, familiar and focused.  … Continue reading REVIEW: Victory’s debut album “Victory Is Music” brings a little neon VHS retro to the party

REVIEW: The new Eric and Magill release Two Travelers is a testament to beauty in global collaboration

Globetrotters Eric and Magill have created an interesting new collection of music on their new EP Two Travelers. Ryan Weber and Eric Osterman are a testament that distance is no barrier to making beautiful music. Weber is in the Peace Corps in Kenya, while Osterman is settled in Brooklyn. With little more than Wi-Fi and laptops, they’ve developed a collaborative relationship across … Continue reading REVIEW: The new Eric and Magill release Two Travelers is a testament to beauty in global collaboration

Day Joy’s “Go To Sleep” Will Let You Do Anything But

Florida based duo Day Joy have just released a new LP titled Go To Sleep, Mess.  My only advice is not to fall asleep too quickly. While the tone and mood of this debut work is gently mellow and calming, it is absolutely riddled with delicate production nuances and rich textural harmonies. A midst the swooning … Continue reading Day Joy’s “Go To Sleep” Will Let You Do Anything But

Hatchet Releases “Fall From Grace” Single Announces New Album Details Dawn Of The End Out March 5th On The End Records

'Dawn Of The End' Tracklisting 01. After The Dark 02. Silenced By Death 03. Screams of The Night 04. Fall From Grace 05. Revelations Of Good And Evil 06. Signals Of Infection 07. Dawn Of The End 08. Sinister Thoughts 09. Welcome To The Plague 10. Vanishing Point Click Here To Pre-Order Exclusive 'Dawn Of … Continue reading Hatchet Releases “Fall From Grace” Single Announces New Album Details Dawn Of The End Out March 5th On The End Records

Fatboy Slim To Release Big Beach Bootique 5 CD/DVD Out February 19th On The End Records

1. Fatboy Slim: Right Here Right Now 2. Fatboy Slim: Praise You 3. His Majesty Andre: Clubs The Black & White Brothers - Put Your Hands Up Fatboy Slim: Fucking In Heaven 4. Chuckie: Who Is Ready To Jump? 2Symmetry: Lollipop (New Thomas Mix) 5. Firebeatz : Where's Your Head John Dahlback - Grunge 6. … Continue reading Fatboy Slim To Release Big Beach Bootique 5 CD/DVD Out February 19th On The End Records

Fear Of Men Announces New Singles Compilation Early Fragments Out February 12th On Kanine Records

Brighton based Fear of Men is set to release a compilation of singles on marbled vinyl 12” and as a digital set under the title “Early Fragments” on February 12, 2013 via Brooklyn based indie Kanine Records. To date, Fear of Men has released singles on various UK labels, and they are excited to have … Continue reading Fear Of Men Announces New Singles Compilation Early Fragments Out February 12th On Kanine Records

Reverend And The Makers Announce New Album @Reverend_Makers Out March 5th On The End Records

@Reverend_Makers' Tracklisting 01. Bassline 02. Out Of The Shadows 03. Shine The Light 04. Depthcharge 05. Warts N All 06. Yes You Do 07. The Wrestler 08. 1 + 0 09. Noisy Neighbour 10. What Goes Around Click Here To Pre-Order '@Reverend_Makers' It takes a special talent to make magic out of the kitchen sink, … Continue reading Reverend And The Makers Announce New Album @Reverend_Makers Out March 5th On The End Records

Krokus Announces New Album Dirty Dynamite Out March 5th On The End Records

'Dirty Dynamite' Tracklisting 01.  Hallelujah Rock’n’Roll 02.  Go Baby Go 03.  Rattlesnake Rumble 04.  Dirty Dynamite 05.  Let The Good Times Roll 06.  Help 07.  Better Than Sex 08.  Dög Song 09.  Yellow Mary 10.  Bailout Blues 11.  Live Ma Life 12.  Hardrocking Man   Well let me tell you, on Dirty Dynamite Krokus keep … Continue reading Krokus Announces New Album Dirty Dynamite Out March 5th On The End Records

Veronica Falls sophomore release Waiting For Something To Happen in stores February 12th

VERONICA FALLS are set to release their aptly titled sophomore album Waiting For Something To Happen on the Slumberland/Bella Union label February 12th.  Waiting For Something To Happen is a good summation of the feel of this album that explores themes of the wandering twenty-something existence in all of its starry-eyed glory.  It’s a coming … Continue reading Veronica Falls sophomore release Waiting For Something To Happen in stores February 12th

Western Medicine’s Debut EP Painted World due out January 29th

Dark, brooding, and relentlessly chomping along, WESTERN MEDICINE have come to musically kick you in the shins.  Hailing from Nashville, TN, these post-punk rockers mean business. As front man Justin Landis puts it, Western Medication is "the remedy against the epidemic of uninspired rock that has been pumped out for years." While staying true to … Continue reading Western Medicine’s Debut EP Painted World due out January 29th

My Gold Mask’s Debut Album Leave Me Midnight Due Out February19th

                  MY GOLD MASK, a duo hailing from Chicago, have come out of the gates running with their debut album Leave Me Midnight due out in stores on February 19th. At times the album is stark, minimal, intimate and enchantingly haunting, while at others pulsing, energetic and … Continue reading My Gold Mask’s Debut Album Leave Me Midnight Due Out February19th