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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Beach Fossils “Clash the Truth” Review

During the rise of chillwave, circa 2009 and 2010, many bands that were high on the wistful atmosphere of the genre started up a burgeoning dream-pop scene that has survived to present day. Of...

Matt Costa “Matt Costa” Review

Occasionally we come across people who were born in the wrong era. In Matt Costa’s case, he was off by a few decades. His past works already emit a very psychedelic aura that is...

Foals “Holy Fire” Review

Full of ambient experimentation, hard jams and slightly removed vocals, the band Foals has created one of the most engaging albums of 2013. “Holy Fire,” the band’s third release, captures all sides of the...

Harry Connick, Jr.’s “Smokey Mary” Review

Harry Connick, Jr. transports listeners to the Mardi Gras parade with his latest album “Smokey Mary.”  Its release is timed perfectly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his Krewe of Orpheus. This group is...

Tegan and Sara “Heartthrob” Review

It’s not like Tegan and Sara did something wrong, or composed an album of terrible songs, but the twin sisters’ latest effort isn’t quite that good either. Quite frankly, it’s just bland. “Heartthrob” features...

Andrea Bocelli “Passione” Review

Renowned vocalist Celine Dion once said, “If God could sing, He would sound like Andrea Bocelli.” “Passione,” the latest addition to Bocelli’s internationally recognized repertoire, further proves his complete grasp of classical opera. The...

Shugo Tokumaru “In Focus?” Review

Shugo Tokumaru is one freakishly gifted multi-instrumental/bedroom-pop composer who is able to magically pile his copious instrumentals on top of each other in an arrangement that looks outrageous on paper, but ultimately works in...

Yo La Tengo “Fade” Review

Just close your eyes and listen—actually, don’t close your eyes. You might fall asleep, albeit in the coolest way possible, to legendary indie band Yo La Tengo’s “Fade.” Their latest album—also, their first since...

Christopher Owens “Lysandre” Review

The troubadour was a figure of lyrical poetry that became very popular during the Middle Ages. Christopher Owens seems to embody this role in the 21st century. After the breakup of his debut band...

Black Veil Brides “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones” Album Review

Prior to listening to their 3rd and latest album, “Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones,” Black Veil Brides seemed to me like a band whose gimmick heavily relied on an overabundance...