Weezer’s ‘Black Album’ is an Underwhelming Attempt to Sound Fresh

Last summer, I left a Weezer show early because not only was it the absolute worst concert I’ve ever been to, but I thought to myself, “If I wanted to see a middle-aged man have a midlife crisis, I could just go home and see my dad dreaming of owning a motorcycle.” A show mostly … More Weezer’s ‘Black Album’ is an Underwhelming Attempt to Sound Fresh

How Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’ Became an Unusual Masterpiece

An in-depth look at one of the strangest, but most innovative rock ‘n’ roll albums of all time.  “A squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag Is fast and bulbous, got me?” Captain Beefheart’s acclaimed 1969 double LP Trout Mask Replica isn’t as good as some might think. Regardless of it being ahead of its … More How Captain Beefheart’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’ Became an Unusual Masterpiece

Interpol Returns with Their Best Album in Years with ‘Marauder’

Let’s face it, Interpol hasn’t been the same band since their key founding member and bassist, Carlos Dengler, left the band in 2010. Since then, Interpol has released a couple of mediocre albums, including their atmospheric dark self-titled album in 2010 and the safe “returns-to-form” El Pintor in 2014. However, given the sound of their … More Interpol Returns with Their Best Album in Years with ‘Marauder’

Talking Heads’ Strange Transition on ‘Fear of Music’

After two quirky, but prominent and slick new wave albums, Talking Heads wanted change. Their third album Fear of Music would be a more serious take on experimenting compared to their 1978 dance-oriented album More Songs About Buildings and Food in 1978. Unlike the record that was made for 28-year-olds, the grooves on Fear of Music … More Talking Heads’ Strange Transition on ‘Fear of Music’

Adrian Belew’s Solo Venture on ‘Lone Rhino’

After seeing David Byrne this past weekend, I listened to every Talking Heads album I owned on vinyl. Hearing the quick-paced, choppy guitar riff in “The Great Curve” off the innovative “Remain in Light” (1980), reminded me of the guitarist playing “Stay” alongside David Bowie in 1978, on the German television program, “Musikladen.” When looking … More Adrian Belew’s Solo Venture on ‘Lone Rhino’

Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Bad Witch’ is a Strong Effort, But Not For an LP

It’s disappointing after releasing two excellent EPs (Not the Actual Events and Add Violence) that Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor leaves us with a thirty god damn minute “full length” album entitled Bad Witch (Halo 32) that feels more like another EP than an actual album. I have never been critical of Reznor really … More Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Bad Witch’ is a Strong Effort, But Not For an LP

The Crust Brothers’ Buried Live Album ‘Marquee Mark’

At a show at the Crocodile Cafe, in Seattle, WA, on Dec. 5, 1997, former Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus teamed up with another indie rock and lo-fi band Silkworm. It isn’t surprising Malkmus collaborated with Silkworm back in 1997, since his group and Silkworm had a lot in common. They were both signed with Matador … More The Crust Brothers’ Buried Live Album ‘Marquee Mark’

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Unfold and Shine on ‘Sparkle Hard’

The fact that Stephen Malkmus has remained relevant than his ’90s contemporaries is pretty unbelievable. You would think an indie musician of such prominence and considered by some to be the Lou Reed of the 90’s, would eventually become irrelevant decades later. However, Malkmus has always been progressive with his music and has been active via … More Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Unfold and Shine on ‘Sparkle Hard’

Naked Giants Are a Wrecking Ball of Unchained Rock ‘n’ Roll on ‘SLUFF’

Naked Giants’ band logo may look a bit like throwback Nickelodeon show or that popular holographic Finnish band Binky in that episode of “Arthur,” but they are very much the opposite. This quirky Seattle power trio playing catchy garage punk have already established an aggressively compacted guitar driven and that classic California fuzz-style that can resonate … More Naked Giants Are a Wrecking Ball of Unchained Rock ‘n’ Roll on ‘SLUFF’

Jack White Abolishes the Music Standards on ‘Boarding House Reach’

Let’s just get it out of the way. Jack White’s highly anticipated third solo studio album, “Boarding House Reach,” is bizarre. Very bizarre. This is far from what we all expected, right? He shedded his skin of traditional blues rock and developed a whole new layer of music that is mystifying and beyond the rules. This … More Jack White Abolishes the Music Standards on ‘Boarding House Reach’

The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ – The Final Goodbye to a Perfect Career

In February of 1969, the Beatles went into Abbey Road studio to record the last sessions the group would ever record together. Let It Be may be the last album released by the Beatles, but Abbey Road is truly their last album. On Abbey Road, the Beatles incorporated blues rock (“Oh! Darling,” “You Never Give … More The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ – The Final Goodbye to a Perfect Career

Franz Ferdinand Reinvent Themselves on ‘Always Ascending’

The most recent from the Scottish-rockers, Franz Ferdinand, proves that the band has not yet lost their edge in music and are one of the greatest bands to come out of 2000’s – who are still balanced and relevant to this day. We last heard from them in 2016, when they took aim at then-Republican … More Franz Ferdinand Reinvent Themselves on ‘Always Ascending’