Lorde, Pure Heroine

by Louise October 1st, 2015
Electropop singer-songwriter Ella Yelich-O'Connor, stage name Lorde, is making huge waves in her home country of New Zealand, and the effects are starting to reach the U.S. It's not every day that a kiwi artist makes the American Top 40 charts, but there's also nothing too "everyday" about Yelich-O'Connor. Yelich-O'Connor,
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Serj Tankian

by Jason Lightner September 24th, 2015
Wild, curly black locks, a thick and bushy goat patch, piercing eyes, and a smile that's as friendly as it is sinister hide one of the most powerful vocalists in all of rock and metal. Serj Tankian has become somewhat of a voice to a generation of the disenchanted who are seeing the political and economic structures of our world in a very negative light. Activist, singer, songwriter, composer, instrumentalist, Tankian's abilities are seemingly endless, and his unique
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Repave by Volcano Choir

by Elizabeth Gunto September 17th, 2015
Justin Vernon takes a break from being Bon Iver by joining forces with Wisconsin's post rock Collection of Colonies of Bees to create Volcano Choir. Repave, Volcano Choir's second album, dips its toes into electronic experimentation, but it never gets in past its feet. Volcano Choir knows when less is more. The synths are there, but Repave is not at its heart an electronic album. Vernon's vocals keep the squeaky charm that make Bon Iver's and, don't forget, Kanye
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  • Bosnian Rainbows, S/T, 2013

    by J Frazzetta September 9th, 2015
    Two weeks ago I told you about an album I picked up at my local record store when I needed to restock my pile of new stuff -- and here is the other album I happened to grab.  An interesting cover design, an odd name and the fact that it was put out by Rodriguez Lopez Productions were a few pieces that led me to this purchase.  To clarify
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  • Bite the Apple

    by J Frazzetta September 3rd, 2015
    In June 1983, three friends took their small punk band from Missoula, Montana, to Washington in order to break into the music scene.  Seattle seemed like a good place to start for Bruce Fairweather, Sergio Avenia and Jeff Ament.  In time, Ament would make acquaintances with some local Seattle boys, Stone Goassard and his buddy, Mark Arm.  They decided to form a band centering around punk speed and the
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  • Avenged Sevenfold

    by Jason Lightner August 27th, 2015
    As the very definition of a transformative musical outfit, Avenged Sevenfold is one of the biggest names in contemporary heavy metal.

    What started as an effort in metalcore and loud screaming quickly gave way to more melodic songwriting and composition. Avenged Sevenfold was formed in 1999 out of Huntington Beach, California, and quickly gained notoriety for their gritty sound. After their earlier years and the releases of both
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