• Album Review: Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell

    Album Review: Sebastian Bach – Give ‘Em Hell

    By Jon O'Brien on Thursday, May 8, 2014

    Given his reputation for shooting his mouth off, Sebastian Bach’s claims that his fifth solo album Give Em Hell is comparable to his former outfit Skid Row’s essential sophomore Slave To The Grind, was understandably met with a certain amount of scepticism. Released via the Italian hard rock label Frontier Records, the follow-up to 2011’s Kicking and Screaming is unlikely to spawn a

  • Song Review: Tim McGraw – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”

    Song Review: Tim McGraw – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”

    By Todd Sterling on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    It has been over two decades since Tim McGraw released his debut single. In that time the singer-songwriter has placed more than 30 hits at the top of the charts and sold an astounding 40 million-plus albums. While most artists from the class of ’91 have long ago faded into obscurity, McGraw keeps on plugging, enjoying chart success (including last

  • Top 5 Pop Songs For Spring

    Top 5 Pop Songs For Spring

    By Jon O'Brien on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    5. Court Yard Hounds – “See You In The Spring” Joined by The Wallflowers’ frontman Jakob Dylan, Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and Emily Robison briefly reverted to a trio again for the highlight from their self-titled debut under the guise of Court Yard Hounds. Inspired by the latter’s real-life divorce, “See You In The Spring” sees the sisters’ effortless harmonies

  • Album Review: Disney – Dconstructed

    Album Review: Disney – Dconstructed

    By Amanda Crabtree on Monday, May 5, 2014

    In an unlikely pairing, Disney has teamed up with EDM greats — think Mat Zo, Avicii and Kaskade to name just a few — to release a compilation album featuring remixes of popular Disney songs as well as original tracks inspired by hit Disney movies. What first may appear to be Disney taking advantage of the latest trend in music

  • Artist Spotlight: Black Stone Cherry

    Artist Spotlight: Black Stone Cherry

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, May 2, 2014

    Compared to everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Nickelback, Black Stone Cherry have gradually established themselves as one of America’s loudest and proudest guitar bands thanks to a potent blend of Southern rock, blues-metal and post-grunge. Hailing from the small rural town of Edmonton, Kentucky, lead vocalist Chris Robertson and drummer John Fred Young first began playing together at high school

  • Throwback: Nero – Welcome Reality

    Throwback: Nero – Welcome Reality

    By Amanda Crabtree on Thursday, May 1, 2014

    One listen to  Welcome Reality, the debut album by Nero, and it’s easy to see why the talented members of the EDM group are highly sought-after musicians, producers and DJs. Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, the men behind the booth for Nero, began making music together as teenagers. Growing up in families where jazz and classical music were the norm,

  • Album Review: Ronnie Dunn – Peace, Love And Country Music

    Album Review: Ronnie Dunn – Peace, Love And Country Music

    By Todd Sterling on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Freedom: The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved (Oxford Dictionary). For singer-songwriter Ronnie Dunn the word freedom meant being released from the creative straightjacket of the major label system. Dunn, formerly one half of award-winning, multi-platinum duo Brooks & Dunn, parted ways with Arista Nashville in 2012 after the label failed to give the Oklahoma native’s self-titled solo album

  • Artist Showdown: Future Vs. T-Pain

    Artist Showdown: Future Vs. T-Pain

    By Amber McKynzie on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    When it comes to autotune in hip-hop, Future and T-Pain have managed to capitalize off an unknown void for the past nine years. The question here is who’s done it best?

  • Album Review: Neon Trees – Pop Psychology

    Album Review: Neon Trees – Pop Psychology

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, April 28, 2014

    Pop Psychology, the third studio effort from Utah quartet Neon Trees, is nothing if not aptly-titled. As its arresting brightly colored cover art suggests, the follow-up to 2012’s Picture Show holds no shame in boldly going straight for the pop jugular. Inspired by the voyage of self-discovery frontman Tyler Glenn embarked on following the cancellation of the band’s last tour,

  • Album Review: Black Label Society – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

    Album Review: Black Label Society – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, April 25, 2014

    Having turned down the volume for 2011’s covers-heavy The Song Remains Not The Same, and last year’s live acoustic album Unblackened, old-school metalheads Black Label Society now turn it back up to eleven on their back to basics ninth studio effort, Catacombs Of The Black Vatican. The Los Angeles quartet haven’t abandoned the stripped-back approach entirely, as evident by the world-weary

  • Throwback: Willie Nelson – Crazy: The Demo Sessions

    Throwback: Willie Nelson – Crazy: The Demo Sessions

    By Todd Sterling on Thursday, April 24, 2014

    Crazy: The Demo Sessions is a jaw-dropping collection
of songs penned by Willie Nelson while the legendary singer-songwriter was signed to Pamper Music Publishing from 1960-66. These original demos, thought to be lost long ago, were unearthed back in 1994 and made available to the public in 2005. According to the liner notes included in the CD booklet, legendary songwriter Hank

  • Album Review: ATB – Contact

    Album Review: ATB – Contact

    By Amanda Crabtree on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Andre Tanneberger, known as ATB to the EDM world, has been a main player in the electronic music scene since the ‘90s. In 1998 he released his first album Movin’ Melodies, with “9pm (Till I Come)” as its first single. The song immediately topped the UK music charts and is widely known as the UK’s first trance #1. The early 2000s brought

  • Artist Showdown: Eagles Vs. Linda Ronstadt

    Artist Showdown: Eagles Vs. Linda Ronstadt

    By Jon O'Brien on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Eagles Fusing folk, country and soft rock with close four-part harmonies, the Eagles’ distinct brand of Americana unarguably helped to define the ’70s West Coast scene. Yet the original line-up of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon only came together by accident when they were each hired to perform as session musicians for Linda Ronstadt’s eponymous 1971 LP.

  • Get In The Ring: Lil Wayne Vs. Drake

    Get In The Ring: Lil Wayne Vs. Drake

    By Amber McKynzie on Monday, April 21, 2014

    At some point, the grasshopper turns around and teaches the teacher. But when it comes to Lil Wayne and Drake, there’s no telling who’s teaching who, so we put ‘em in the ring!

  • Song Review: Ed Sheeran – “Sing”

    Song Review: Ed Sheeran – “Sing”

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, April 18, 2014

    From the poignant account of a heroin-addicted prostitute (“The A Team”), to the heart-breaking tale of a close friend’s miscarriage (“Small Bump”), Ed Sheeran worked his way up to three-time Grammy nominated status with a series of emotionally-charged acoustic ballads. Perhaps keen to remind audiences of his urban beginnings, the 23-year-old has opted to get his groove back for “Sing,”