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Albums To Check Out This Week

April 14th, 2015 8:30am EDT
Tyler, The Creator Leads Albums To Check Out
Ah, another week which means new music to sink one’s teeth in. Much like last week, the cupboard isn’t exactly full – there’s few notable newbies. Even so, a few is better than none and this week that few includes an underground rapper, an up-and-coming Canadian teen pop sensation, a veteran country artist, and a hard rock band. Here are four albums to check out this week.

1) Tyler, The Creator, Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)

Underground rapper Tyler, The Creator returns with a surprise fourth studio album, Cherry Bomb. Cherry Bomb follows Tyler’s 2013 album Wolf, which debuted at #3 on ...
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This Week In Music

March 31st, 2015 9:52am EDT
Wale And Ludacris Lead Albums To Check Out
Ah, March 31st is turning out to be quite a big new release day – by no means is March ending like a ‘lamb.’ Arguably, there is not a surefire juggernaut release the likes of Kendrick Lamar dropping this week, but there is a healthy dose of big names ending March on a high note. Led by Wale and a comeback album by Ludacris, here are seven newbies to check out this week!

1) Wale, The Album About Nothing (Atlantic)

Wale returns with his fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing. Nothing follows up Wale’s 2013 LP The Gifted, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The Album About...
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15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'

February 22nd, 2015 2:00pm EST
15 Songs Worth The 'Wait'
What qualifications does it take for a song to be ‘worth the wait?’ Does a selected song that’s ‘worth the wait’ require lofty anticipation or a host of bells and whistles to make it distinct from the rest? Actually No – negative. A song ‘worth the wait’ according to our rubric just requires one word – wait, waiting, waited – you get the picture! Here are 15 songs hence that are worth the ‘wait.’

1) Kings of Leon, “Wait For Me” (Mechanical Bull, 2013)

“Wait For Me” endears itself from its signature instrumental introduction throughout it simple, yet touching concept. Among the most u...
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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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5 Takeaways From Marilyn Manson’s 'The Pale Emperor'

January 28th, 2015 1:00pm EST
5 Takeaways From Marilyn Manson’s 'The Pale Emperor'
What comes to mind when you hear the name Marilyn Manson? Crazy, satanic, atheistic, odd, left of center? All those adjectives are fair game for one of music’s most shocking musicians/bands, period. Manson had parents shivering back in the 1990s, and the controversies surrounding him during the period of the ’99 Columbine High School shootings will never be forgotten.

But that was then and this is now, and Manson’s shocking peak has been far behind him and his collective. That said there’s still that sense of fear, rebelliousness, and hellishness when one partakes of a Marilyn Manson...
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Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out

January 27th, 2015 9:48am EST
Ne-Yo Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
January 2015 has been a ‘louder’ musical month than anticipated. Music listeners have been bestowed more audio gifts than an usually available, so give a slow music industry credit. Hey, what would January 2K15 be without the “No Flex Zone” of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd (Sremmlife), the “Uptown Funk” of Mark Ronson (Uptown Special), or “Lips Are Movin” courtesy of Meghan Trainor? Think about it!

This week isn’t nearly as dynamic as last week, but that doesn’t mean there are no interesting or notable albums to partake of. In a ‘slower’ week than last, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is definit...
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CD Review: The Paramedic - 'Diary Of My Demons' (Bullet Tooth)

December 1st, 2014 7:22pm EST
CD Review: The Paramedic - 'Diary Of My Demons' (Bullet Tooth)
With Diary of My Demons, The Paramedic has just put the entire scene on blast. The album’s devastating opening triumverate (“Have a Nice Day,” “Who I’ve Become,” “Proud”) levels the battlefield immediately via lion-sized barks and throat shredding screams, hyperactive guitars, frantic riffs, manic drumming, which combine to create an immersive sound. Lead vocalist Mike Luciano delivers one of the year’s best vocal performances - reminiscent of …An Ocean Between Us-era As I Lay Dying. “Make Me Feel,” one of the only tracks on Diary of My Demons that is out of place, sounds like a The Bunny T...
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CD Review: If I Were You - 'The Sleepless' (Manifest Records)

November 29th, 2014 3:14pm EST
CD Review: If I Were You - 'The Sleepless' (Manifest Records)
The Sleepless really hits its stride with single “Memories,” a stunning offering that puts the very best of If I Were You on display – combining explosive, spastic riffs and guttural barks with soaring vocals and driving, angular melodies, all laid atop a bed of non-offensive synth-led electronics. This formula continues to shine as The Sleepless progresses (“Moving On,” “Finding Home”), though the album is far better of when the band focuses on the lighter side of the coin (“Fading Away” feat. Shannon Egan), because when stray too far the other way (“Made New”) they just end up sounding li...
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Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 30th, 2014 10:31am EDT
Slipknot Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music
As prognosticated, popular masked metal band Slipknot debut ‘at the penthouse’ on the Billboard 200 selling 132,000 copies of their latest album, .5: The Gray Chapter. The Gray Chapter is Slipknot’s first new album since 2008, where All Hope Is Gone also landed at the top spot. Of course, like everyone else, Slipknot’s numbers were down – over 100,000 copies down to be exact. Still 132,000 copies is sound in an age where few albums are selling particularly well.

ATL rapper T.I. had a respectable week, selling 80,000 copies of Paperwork. The reason it’s respectable isn’t because of hi...
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10 Darkest Musical Personalities

October 25th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Darkest Musical Personalities
No matter how warm and fuzzy a song like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” makes everyone feel on the inside, not all musicians have the same optimism and ‘good vibes’ of the multifaceted musician. Some find their best inspiration in dark things – blackness, the grotesque, and sometimes the hellish (cue the sound effects now!). The definition of ‘dark’ is broad, and all 10 of the ‘darkest’ musicians that grace this list possess their own style. What they all have in common is, they are known for their intensely dark musical personalities.

1) Marilyn Manson

Boy, oh boy! Phew, could anyo...
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