BØRNS Captivates on Spirited Debut ‘Dopamine’ (Review)


BØRNS • Dopamine • Interscope • Release Date: October 16, 2015 It’s difficult to breakthrough in 2015. That’s not an excuse, but it is the truth. Who can’t release an album these days with the power of recording right in the hands of a computer at home? Because prospective artists have increased and sales have…

Review: Lykke Li, ‘I Never Learn’


 Lykke Li third album, I Never Learn, brilliantly captures heartbreak  Lykke Li • I Never Learn • Atlantic • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 Love and heartbreak are a universal topic, regardless of what place or walk of life you come from. Crafting the perfect or near-perfect heartbreak album, then, shouldn’t be a difficult…

Review: Neon Trees, ‘Pop Psychology’


Neon Trees do neo-new wave up right on third LP Pop Psychology  Neon Trees • Pop Psychology • Mercury • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 “Sleeping With a Friend” was the first thing that caught my eye about alternative band Neon Trees’ third LP, Pop Psychology.  The cover of the latest album didn’t hurt,…

Review: The Chewers, ‘Chuckle Change And Also’


 On Chuckle Change And Also, The Chewers show the beauty of being ‘off-kilter’ The Chewers • Chuckle Change And Also • Cimmerian Shade  The Chewers are: Travis Caffrey & Michael Sadler Sometimes, when you hear something wild and whacky in life, you find yourself looking in bewilderment like WTF? My friends, after listening to the…

Review: Against Me!, ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’


 Against Me! delivers one the year’s most honest and captivating albums  Against Me! • Transgender Dysphoria Blues • Total Treble • US Release Date: January 21, 2014 On their latest album, Against Me! tackles difficult subject that isn’t exactly your everyday family conversation piece.  Front woman Laura Jane Grace takes rock music where it has…

Review: The Killers, ‘Direct Hits’


Direct Hits reminds us how great The Killers have been and are… The Killers⎪ Direct Hits ⎪Island⎪⎪ US Release: November 11, 2013 Is it just me, or does it seem that artists and bands release their greatest hits compilations (or sometimes a holiday album) when their careers are at a transitional point?  For The Killers,…

New Music Spotlight: The Wyld, ‘Abstract (EP)’


New Zealand trio The Wyld impress on their debut EP Abstract The Wyld⎪ Abstract (EP) ⎪ Fontana North ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 29, 2013 The Wyld are: Mo Kheir: Sudanese poet, lyricist, rap wizard Joe Pascoe: Kiwi guitarist & producer Brandon Black: American vocalist & producer Like my homeboy Drizzy says, “[I’mma keep] it…