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Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out

February 24th, 2015 9:33am EST
Big Sean Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
It’s another new week and you know what that means? New music releases to infuse life into the Billboard 200 of course! Last week, a lift to the charts itself came by way of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. As far as new album releases, the crown jewel from last week came courtesy of Imagine Dragons’ sophomore album, Smoke and Mirrors. Who’s the crown jewel of this week’s new releases? How about I.D.F.W.U. MC Big Sean, who drops Dark Sky Paradise? Here are six new albums to check out this week!

1) Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam)...
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Taylor Swift Makes It 10 Weeks On Top: This Week In Music

February 5th, 2015 10:39am EST
Taylor Swift Makes It 10 Weeks On Top Of The Charts
Did you miss her at the top of the charts? Well, no need to worry as Taylor Swift returns to her perch atop the Billboard 200. 1989 is on its 10th week in the driver’s seat – nonconsecutive of course. Swift returns after Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy killed her vibe, keeping her in the bridesmaid spot otherwise known as second place. Apparently, Smith’s extended stay upon the Billboard 200 is “kind of a big deal.” Swift just won’t stop. Still when the sales of 1989 are considered outside of the streams used to compile the chart, well, Swift sold modestly – 71,000 copies.

If Tayl...
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Fall Out Boy Tops The Billboard 200: This Week In Music

January 29th, 2015 10:44am EST
Fall Out Boy
As unbelievable as it may be, for a second straight week, Taylor Swift is NOT sitting at number one. That statement is enough for all to utter a collective gasp of shock. Swift’s slippage is definitely Fall Out Boy’s gain, as the uniquely titled American Beauty/American Psycho scores FOB another number one album.

Fall Out Boy were previously in the penthouse for Infinity On High (2007) and Save Rock and Roll (2013). In sales alone, American Beauty/American Psycho outperformed their previous effort, delivering more robust January sales totals to the tune of 192,000 copies. Wonder wha...
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Review: Fall Out Boy ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’

January 25th, 2015 3:30pm EST
Review: Fall Out Boy Keep The Hits Coming On ‘American Beauty/Am
Every new Fall Out Boy album is “kind of a big deal” – yep. Face it – the boys who are now men have hit it big with hits like “Sugar We’re Going Down,” “This Ain’t A Scene,” and “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” just to name a few. And why shouldn’t their sixth studio album be highly anticipated? Led by surefire hit “Centuries” and sporting some of their fiercest artwork yet, American Beauty/American Psycho just screams, “listen to me!” Well maybe not literally, but those who partake of album ‘numero seis’ won’t be disappointed.

American Beauty/American Psycho opens with an “I...
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Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out

January 20th, 2015 8:15am EST
Fall Out Boy Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
The first week in January was so-so as far as album releases. The second week was enthralling thanks to sensational efforts courtesy of Meghan Trainor, Jazmine Sullivan, and Mark Ronson. Now the third week in January has some more captivating efforts to partake of. None may be bigger than the new Fall Out Boy album. Still, there are six others worth checking out as well.

1) Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (Island)

Fall Out Boy return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2013 album, Save Rock and Roll. Save Rock and Roll gave Fall Out Boy their second nu...
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12 ‘Dark’ Songs

November 1st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
12 ‘Dark’ Songs
The key to this list – every song title must feature some form of the work dark. The results of searching all songs with the word dark in it – epic, eclectic, and nothing short of captivating.

1) Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Prism, 2013)

One of the best tracks from Katy Perry’s Prism, “Dark Horse” has a gangsta beat not to mention the fact that she collaborates with gangsta/dirty south rapper Juicy J. This #1 hit is dark and infectious.

2) Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side” (Stronger, 2011)

Kelly Clarkson’s words speak true on her spectacularly ‘dark’ single “Dark ...
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CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'

October 25th, 2014 8:25pm EDT
CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'
On their latest EP soiree This Past Year, pop-punk merchants A Failed Apology are, at times, more punk than pop (“This Past Year...,” “Say It, I Love You”) thanks to punchy guitars and driving rhythms, though there are instances when the pop outweighs the punk (“Keep Your Head Up,” “The Way I Think Of You”) due to severe bouts of call-and-response vocals and unavoidably catchy hooks (the Knuckle Punk and Real Friends shout out in “Keep Your Head Up” is just the icing on the cake). Just as the band did with “Goodbye” on their previous EP The Weekend, A Failed Apology turns down the lights an...
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CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'

October 20th, 2014 7:13pm EDT
CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'
Let It Happen’s Cause + Effect will make you remember why you fell in love with the powerpop/pop-punk genre in the first place – The Starting Line, Something Corporate, Further Seems Forever – their lasting influence can be felt throughout Cause + Effect, an album that offers a gorgeous combination of saccharine hooks, endearing melodies and heart-on-sleeve songwriting (“Burst and Bloom,” “Spent”). Cause + Effect is mature for a debut – believe it or not this is the band’s debut – with introspective lyricism rife with memorable lines (“Sinner/Saint’ - ‘We’re all waging war/But I’m a raging ...
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CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)

October 20th, 2014 7:10pm EDT
CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)
Artifex Pereo’s, culled from a quote from Roman Emperor Nero, Time In Place is avant-garde, dynamic and truly unique. This album is a veritable aural melting pot, evidenced by album opener “No Stranger To Worry,” combining evolving, unpredictable time signatures, progressive vocals, a fondness of theatrics, and layered, fluid guitars. Chances are the end product is something totally different from everything else you’re currently listening to. “Hands of Penance,” which presents what the rest of the album doesn’t – discernable song structures, stands as a straight forward beacon, a buoy, amo...
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Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'

October 13th, 2014 2:16pm EDT
Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'
After a four-year hiatus (say it ain’t so!), alternative pop/rock band Weezer return with their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Calling Everything a ‘return to form’ in the purest sense is overreaching slightly, but the album does feel more Weezer-like than the band’s previous two albums. It’s not perfect, but there are some absolutely terrific moments from Rivers Cuomo and company.

“Ain’t Got Nobody” is predictable thematically, as the title suggests. It leaves little to the imagination – particularly initiating the album – but Cuomo and company is rock soli...
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