U2 Lack Vintage Magic on ‘Songs of Innocence’ 


U2 • Songs of Innocence • INTErscope • US Release Date: October 14, 2014 U2 is easily one of the most popular rock bands, easily. Led by ubiquitous front man Bono, the Grammy-winning collective have played a gargantuan role in shaping rock music. Since their last big Grammy-winning album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, the…

10 Urban Joints To Close September


September has come to a close boys and girls… sorry, thought I was still teaching my music classes. Got your attention, right? Well September is concluding, and there were some notable urban albums and songs that were unleashed upon the world. Sure, everyone is crying over their album sales, but at least there a good…

The ‘Birthday’ Album: Celebration Playlist


So… two years ago, I composed a post that was titled Three Songs With The Word “Birthday” In Them To Celebrate My Birthday. Now two years later, also on my birthday, I’m celebrating with an expansion of that brief playlist. Call this the ‘Birthday’ Album – a playlist comprised of 14 songs celebrating my birthday. Some…

Review: Caleb Johnson Shows Off Mad Pipes on ‘Testify’


Caleb Johnson • Testify • 19 Records • US Release Date: August 12, 2014 There was once a time when winning American Idol was prestigious and could elevate a dreamer’s record career to reality with respectable results. Unfortunately, like Nelly Furtado once sang, “why must all good things come to an end?” Caleb Johnson became…

Review: Godsmack, 1000hp


Godsmack • 1000hp • Republic • US Release Date: August 5, 2014 “Turn that shit up louder / make it all go faster…take it to 1000 horsepower” That’s what Godsmack asserts on the chorus of the “1000hp,” the promo single for the album of the same title. 1000hp marks the metal band’s sixth studio album,…

‘Scissor Sisters’ Shines 10 Years Later


10 years ago, Scissor Sisters debuted with their debut pop/rock album, Scissor Sisters. The name of the band itself is incredibly risqué; ‘scissor sisters’ is slang for a lesbian sexual position. Given the flamboyance as well as the gargantuan amount of energy and enthusiasm exhibited throughout the band’s music, the band name seems to fit….

Review: Bleachers (Jack Antonoff) Delivers on ‘Strange Desire’


Bleachers • Strange Desire • RCA • US Release Date: July 15, 2014  “I didn’t know I was lonely, ‘til I saw your face.” With alt-pop band Fun. working on a new material, member Jack Antonoff releases his side project, Bleachers.  Where Nate Ruess serves as the front man of Fun., Antonoff handles those duties…

Music Shopping List: Albums to Consider Purchasing June 10th, 2014


Last week, the music world received new offerings from the likes of Miranda Lambert (Platinum) and a comeback from 50 Cent (Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win). This week, June 10th, 2014, the sole gargantuan offering comes from former White Stripes front man Jack White, who releases his second solo album Lazaretto. Otherwise, new release…