ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Retrograde’ by Crown The Empire

Concept albums are a stray from the usual path for most bands; just look at The Devil Wears Prada, whose Zombie and Space EPs are two of the most creative yet underappreciated releases in their discography. A band making an entire career out of concept albums is especially out of the ordinary, yet Crown The … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Retrograde’ by Crown The Empire

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Let Me Win Your Hearts And Minds’ by Rough Hands

The best art stems from passion, particularly in music. Contrary to what the business and media moguls would have you believe, the most emphatic and long-lasting response comes to an act whose output is a lot more believable and real in terms of emotion and intent. Which is why it’s strange that a large majority … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Let Me Win Your Hearts And Minds’ by Rough Hands

EP REVIEW: ‘Beautiful Disaster’ by Acid Tongue

Acid Tongue sound like they spend every day of their lives sitting on the beach, getting stoned and bashing out rough chords on an acoustic guitar. It wouldn’t be a surprise if that’s how this EP came to be, actually – Beautiful Disaster is the sort of thing that would soundtrack a hazy midsummer afternoon … More EP REVIEW: ‘Beautiful Disaster’ by Acid Tongue

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Never Look Back’ by 3 Pill Morning

For all the hate fired at Nickelback, they’re not that bad. They’ve got some pretty agreeable songs, and they’re not short on big, straightforward hits that everyone knows every word to. The reason that Nickelback get so much backlash is probably because of the number of imitators they’ve spawned, bands who think they can reach … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Never Look Back’ by 3 Pill Morning

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ by Descendents 

It seems to be a common theme that, over the passage of time, it tends to be more underground bands that have a higher watermark of quality when it comes to new music. While the likes of Def Leppard and KISS will put out anything with the knowledge they can survive on inertia, the acts … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’ by Descendents 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dirty Heads’ by Dirty Heads

In theory, it makes sense for the Dirty Heads to be releasing a new album in mid-July. After all, this is a band who were once the spiritual successors to Sublime, peddling chilled-out reggae-rap fuelled by weed and the omnipresent California sun. At least, they were, up until 2014’s appropriately titled Sound Of Change saw … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Dirty Heads’ by Dirty Heads

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘We’re All Somebody From Somewhere’ by Steven Tyler

If Steven Tyler had announced his debut solo album a couple of years ago, there would’ve been some cause for concern. As well as using his position on the American Idol judging panel to promote early singles, the Aerosmith frontman had also expressed an interest to work with producers like Skrillex and deadmau5 on his … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘We’re All Somebody From Somewhere’ by Steven Tyler

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Youth Authority’ by Good Charlotte 

The irony of Good Charlotte’s first major hit being Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous has been discussed before, but never has it been more poignant than now. In the interim between their last album, 2010’s so-so Cardiology and now, the band have been living the same celebrity lifestyle that they initially chastised, especially the … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Youth Authority’ by Good Charlotte 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Baby, I’m A Runaway’ by Rob Lynch

2014’s All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Life established Rob Lynch as somewhat of a new voice within the clutch of singer-songwriters beget by Frank Turner’s reign. There was something a lot warmer about him, with the tracks on that debut stripped down for a poppier dynamic. Nevertheless, as nice as it … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Baby, I’m A Runaway’ by Rob Lynch