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Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

by Louise October 30th, 2013| Album Review
bangerzFor better or worse, lately all eyes (and ears) in the pop world have been on reborn artist Miley Cyrus.  Cyrus has shed her Hannah Montana Disney persona in favor of a sound and image that she claims to finally identify as her own. 2010's Can't Be Tamed was a hint to the direction that Cyrus would be taking after officially leaving Disney, but in all honesty pales in comparison to the spectacles that have followed it. In fact, Cyrus considers Bangerz, released October 4, to be her debut album and shuns all of her previous work, from which she feels immensely
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I Can See the Future

by J Frazzetta October 21st, 2013| Artist Review, Featured Artist, Music Opinions
wtAfter the commercial failure of The Fragile, when the touring was finished, Trent Reznor quietly slipped out into the ether for a few years.  There were no new Nine Inch Nails projects during most of my college tenure and for a while I seemed to forget that he was on some kind of break.  Reznor would say in interviews that he took the time to clean up, take stock of himself and focus on making music.  When you think about it, Avid Reader, the 90’s were a crazy decade for Reznor trying to make sense of his new
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iTunes Festival London 2013

by Jason Lightner September 3rd, 2013| Music Opinions
ipodiTunes Festival London 2013 kicked off this past Sunday with a performance by Lady Gaga, featuring a song from her upcoming new album, ARTPOP. A month-long extravaganza featuring 59 of the most appreciated musicians, performance artists, and bands, iTunes Festival London is an annual event that always delivers. The extra-groovy bit about the festival? For folks who aren't there to see it in person, it's totally free to watch both live and on-demand.

Music fans the world over can see the shows by using the official iTunes Festival London app on their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, on
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Beck, State Theatre, 8/1/13

by J Frazzetta August 5th, 2013| Concert Review
beck concert“Since we don’t get up here too often, we’re going to do things a little different tonight” and the crowd went crazy.  Three songs into the night and Beck decided to let us know that the band he was touring with helped him record Sea Change so they would spend the first set playing tunes from that era, then take a break and come back for some fun.  Did I mention there was no opening band and he hit the stage around 8:20?  They played for an hour, had a twenty minute break, played for another hour and then
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Kanye West, Yeezus, 2013

by J Frazzetta July 19th, 2013| Album Review
yeezusStark, intense, confrontational, intimate and confusing are all words that I’ve used to talk about the latest album from Kanye West.  When West broke out on the scene almost a decade ago I liked the fact that he used soul music samples and beats for his songs, then he added more arrangements as time went on, and in 2013 he stripped everything away to create this haunting 40-minute sucker punch.  By that I mean, if you are a looking for the old West then you just got punched, sucker.  After watching his SNL performances  I waited a bit
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Weezer, Hampton Beach, 7/8/13

by J Frazzetta July 16th, 2013| Concert Review
weezer concertThe moon was shining on the beach that night and I got a chance to see it after Weezer brought their energetic brand of rock to New Hampshire’s coast.  When it comes to seeing a show on a Monday, I avoid them at all costs but it was tough for me to pass up one of my favorite groups at such an intimate location about 45 minutes from where I live.  All signs pointed to me checking out this show, Avid Reader, and it was a lot of fun.  For the month of July, Rivers, Pat, Scott and Brian will be
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Foo Fighters: Establishment of Rock

by Jason Lightner July 15th, 2013| Artist Review, Featured Artist
iyhAfter a decade of showing the world how to do great rock music, Dave Grohl thought it best to break new ground with the Foo Fighters' next album. At a time when the group was arguably at the height of their run, this was as good a time as any.

In Your Honor

Released as a double album in 2005, In Your Honor featured a selection of hard rock songs in addition to a selection of acoustic tracks. The aggressive punch of the first disc, combined with lyrical themes of observation and expression, made for a more accessible sound
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She & Him, Volume 3, 2013

by J Frazzetta June 28th, 2013| Album Review
s n h v3Just in time for summer weather, the latest installment from Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, or She & Him, is out and it harkens back to the days of AM Gold Radio.  If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, Avid Reader, and for this duo I’m glad they stick with the same formula.  I will admit that after hearing their first album part of me felt they were some kind of novelty nostalgia act, but their second release proved to have more chops and this one seems to have some muscle behind it too.

At first listen you might
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The Postal Service, Mann Center, 6/18/13

by Jason Lightner June 25th, 2013| Concert Review
thepostalservice_manncenterThe evening began rather quietly. The crowd, spanning a wide range of ages and folks from all walks of life, shuffled through the front gates of Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts in orderly fashion. Seated in the terrace, I felt like I was miles away from the stage. As luck would have it, however, there was a rather large display situated at my 1 o'clock which, along with a steady stream of Yeungling Lager, kept me company throughout the night.

The Postal Service may have but one album to their name, but their influence on the
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The Meat Puppets

by J Frazzetta June 21st, 2013| Album Review
rfWhen some folks like to talk about the early 80’s hardcore scene you’ll hear Husker Du, Black Flag, the Minutemen or the Replacements being thrown around; however, the Meat Puppets are often removed from the picture.  True, they were on one of the first punk/hardcore labels of the time, SST, but their sound was much more sonic than their punk brethren.  The notion with punk rock, Avid Reader, is that it needs to be fast, bratty and anti-establishment to be considered punk.  Well what happens if you mix country, folk, psychedelica and then add punk?  Hailing from Arizona the
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Keepin’ People Calm

by J Frazzetta June 18th, 2013| Artist Review, Featured Artist
ratm 3Summer 1999 was a long time ago but I still have vivid memories of going to see The Matrix on a Saturday afternoon with a friend.  You’d hate to sit next to me in movies, Avid Reader, since I like to talk or make comments throughout, but I can remember sitting silent during the entire movie.  I was 16, had my license, a job for the summer and nothing could stop me.  The final scene of the movie was my favorite: as Neo tells the audience on the other end of the phone to free their minds, hangs
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Chris Gordon — The Summer Circuit

by Jason Lightner May 21st, 2013| Album Review
tscoglI've been listening to a lot of self-produced music lately and there's one I'd like to share with you that I feel really deserves some attention due to its delightful sound and artful presentation.

The Summer Circuit is a 9-track offering by Philadelphia's own Chris Gordon, a brilliant young musician who possesses a quiet enthusiasm and passion for the act of audible artistry. Whether it's electronic or acoustic, Gordon has demonstrated a willingness and ability with his music to both entertain and charm.

Released last year, The Summer Circuit draws inspiration from Gordon's life events and a personal struggle. The
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