Seether Seether: 2002-2013 Wind-Up Records One can’t deny that South Africa’s Seether has had quite a ride on rock radio, and never is this more evident than by taking a listen to the first disc of the trio’s latest release, a 2-disc compilation of Greatest Hits and unreleased demo recordings in the form of Seether: 2002-2013. The first cut, 2002’s life saving debut single “Fine Again,” from the group’s debut […]

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Alter Bridge Fortress Universal Onto album number 4, Alter Bridge’s latest effort, Fortress, is a jumbled progression from 2010’s ABIII disc. While many salute the band for trying to develop a signature sound recognized as all their own, Fortress does just that – it tries. From the band’s debut effort One Day Remains, the band has basically been a heavier version of three fourths of the band members other band, […]

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Halestorm ReAniMate 2.0 : The CoVeRs Atlantic Records It’s nice to give fans a voice in what they’d like to hear, and that’s just what the band does as they showcase their dynamic ability to cover any song chosen by fan input and requests on ReAniMate 2.0 The CoVeRs. It’s no secret Lzzy Hale has one of the most powerful female voices in rock today, only improving with time.  Hale […]

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Scott Weiland Purple To The Core Tour Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FL Saturday, August 24, 2013 Dear Scott Weiland, Though I applaud you for performing songs that haven’t been played live since the mid-nineties such as “Kitchenware and Candybars,” “Meatplow” and “Unglued” from 1994’s stellar Purple album, I now fully understand why your former STP band mates want nothing to do with you and hired a new vocalist after seeing […]

Shinedown The Warner Sound Atlantic Records Live EP’s can be cool sometimes if you have never experienced a band live, or just can’t stand the oftentimes horrible sound of cell phone shot videos on YouTube. Shinedown take a different approach with this digital only release, The Warner Sound as a fairly stripped down affair basically capturing the band performing in a rehearsal space. The five tracks capture 4 tunes from […]

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Jimmy Eat World Damage RCA Two and a half years after the release of the moody Invented, Jimmy Eat World has returned with Damage, an album that the band has been quoted as saying is an ‘adult break-up album.’ So if you thought that the lyrical subject matter on Invented was heavy, this disc is apparently taking it a step further as the band grows up with their fans. Damage […]

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Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience RCA Justin Timberlake’s long awaited follow up to Future Sex/Love Sounds makes perfect sense. The infusion of modern dance beats with a retro feel is sexy, enthralling and will melt even the cynical against mainstream music. Timberlake expertly applies vintage sounds to updated beats to produce catchy pop hits that are simply lovely. When the first single, “Suit & Tie” was released, one could only […]

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Atoms for Peace Amok XL Atoms for Peace’s debut, Amok, serves more as a Thom Yorke solo follow up to 2006’s The Eraser than as a full-band collaboration – electronic sounds abound within a live set up. Joey Waronker’s drumming sounds more or less like beats off a laptop than coming from an actual drum kit, while Flea delivers nimble bass lines help build the rhythms on the songs but […]

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The Band Perry Pioneer Republic Nashville The Band Perry returned recently with their sophomore effort, Pioneer. The 12-track album is by far one of the best new releases I’ve heard in recent months. After hearing Pioneer’s first single, “Better Dig Two,” I was eager to hear more. Their sound is wonderfully harmonizing, strong and fun. The lyrics are full of heartfelt emotions and vocalist Kimberly Perry shows her vocal strength […]

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The Civil Wars The Civil Wars Sensibility Recordings When I first heard the Civil Wars debut album, Barton Hollow, I was instantly hooked. Their perfect sound of harmony and melody captured my imagination and interest. When I heard about their sophomore album, Civil Wars, I eagerly anticipated its release. Now that the album is out, I am certainly not disappointed. The album opens with the tune The One that Got […]