Review: Amy Lee’s ‘Dream Too Much’ Is A Sweet Family Adventure

If you want to turn into a pile of mush, Dream Too Much may be just the album for you. Amy Lee first hinted at the new project, inspired by her two-year-old son, Jack, early this year, when Amy started sharing photos and videos on social media showing her recording new music. After much guessing by the…

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Review: Gavin DeGraw Finds Perfect Balance On ‘Something Worth Saving’

Since he first came out in 2003, Gavin DeGraw has made music that is timeless. He somehow combines relatable, guy-next-door ease with cool, city-boy charm. He's romantic and sensitive one minute, random and joking the next. Even with his first album, he'a always seemed familiar, like an old friend. His newest release, Something Worth Saving, is…

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Review: Garbage’s Dark ‘Strange Little Birds’ Is Their Best Album In Years

In 2014 Garbage began working on their sixth studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback record, Not Your Kind Of People. They slyly shared pictures of their whiteboard full of song titles, and it seemed that the album was almost ready to be released. Instead, 2015 was dominated by a 20-year anniversary of their…

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Review: Gwen Stefani Confesses Love & Loss On Superb ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like’

After a few tumultuous years, Gwen Stefani is back with her first solo album in a decade, This Is What The Truth Feels Like. It follows her hugely successful 2004 debut, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., and its 2006 followup, The Sweet Escape. Those two dance-pop records were a big change for the No Doubt frontwoman,…

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Review: Simple Plan’s ‘Taking One For The Team’ Perfectly Blends Familiar Pop Punk & New Experimentation

Simple Plan's new album, Taking One For The Team, has been long in the making. The band first started writing for it in 2014, and after premiering "Boom" live at the end of the year, they kicked off 2015 by entering the studio to officially begin recording. Since last spring, Simple Plan has released a…

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Review: Lana Del Rey Masterfully Balances Old Cinema & Other-Worldly Opulence On ‘Honeymoon’

Lana Del Rey's last album, Ultarviolence, came out only a year ago. It showed depth and a clear evolution in her sound, and Lana wasted no time getting started on her next record. She was inspired and motivated, and by early 2015 we were hearing about Honeymoon. Lana has mentioned that Honeymoon would be more…

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Review: Ghost Is Better Than Ever On Grandly Vintage New Album ‘Meliora’

Ghost is back with their third album, Meliora, a name which tellingly means "the pursuit of something better." As with their first two albums, Ghost continues to recreate the past while pushing new boundaries, and have crafted an album that gets better with each new listen. Ghost has always drawn on vintage inspirations. Their first album, Opus…

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Review: Hilary Duff Makes Strong Pop Comeback With ‘Breathe In. Breathe Out.’

Hilary Duff has been out of the game for a while. Once a teen queen of cheery pop songs, Hilary put her career on hold after releasing her last album, Dignity, in 2007. Dignity represented an impressive shift in sound for Hilary: While her prior albums had fit neatly into the teen pop and pop rock…

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Review: ‘Drones’ Is Muse’s Best Album In A Decade

Muse has spent the last decade growing ever bigger and more grandiose. From humble beginnings in the south of England, the trio transformed from a simple three-piece rock band to a world famous group known for pushing boundaries into uncharted territory, incorporating dubstep, orchestras, synths, and suites of thematic tracks. Muse's last album, 2012's The 2nd…

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Review: Periphery’s “Juggernaut: Alpha” & “Juggernaut: Omega”

Periphery's concept album Juggernaut has been long in the making. It started as guitarist Misha Mansoor's plan for an extended composition made up of different sections. Eventually, this plan turned into a whole album - a double album, that is. The concept album known as Juggernaut was supposed to come out a few months after…

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Review: “Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness”

Andrew McMahon is one of those artists that isn't afraid to reinvent himself. And not just once - he's transformed his sound and moniker a few times now. Early fans were lucky to see him as the pop punk leader in Something Corporate in the early 2000s; a few years later, he unveiled a new…

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Ghost In Lima – One Of The Best Concerts I’ve Ever Seen

Discoteca Céntrico, Lima Thursday, August 28, 2014 Last night I saw Ghost for the first time. I've been obsessed with them for the last year, and was thrilled to discover they'd be here in Lima, Peru while I'm here. For the last week I've had their music on repeat, and finally the big day arrived.…

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Review: Amy Lee’s “Aftermath”

The moment is finally here: Amy Lee has just released her first solo album, Aftermath. The music was written for and inspired by the independent film, War Story, and as such, it is quite the departure from Amy's work with Evanescence. This record shows another side of Amy - a side that isn't afraid to experiment…

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