Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Posted September 02, 2015in Sound Check

Motorhead “Bad Magic” UDR There is an old saying that goes, “Once you have listened to one Motorhead album, you have listened to every Motorhead album.” It’s not completely without merit. But part of the reason why Motorhead has managed to survive 40 years and 22 albums is because it’s

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Posted August 26, 2015in Sound Check

Bon Jovi “Burning Bridges” Mercury “Burning Bridges” is, at its very heart, a bit of a lazy cash grab. As the band members get set to formally move on without guitarist Richie Sambora, they have cobbled together this “fan album” of unfinished tracks and long-disposed-of, failed B-sides. Ostensibly, this is

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Posted August 19, 2015in Sound Check

Dr. Dre “Compton” Interscope Dr. Dre is officially an old man ranting at clouds in “Compton,” his first album in 16 years. But, like most everything else Dre has done in his career, he makes being a ranting old man sound absolutely amazing. “Compton” features Dre’s opinions on modern clothing

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Posted August 12, 2015in Sound Check

MarKaus “White Mans Burden” Independent “I’m graded at what I’m made of/I’m the realization of what Reagan was afraid of.” So goes the opening line of verse three in the track “Down to Earth.” It may be the seventh track off “White Mans Burden,” but “Down to Earth” serves as

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Posted August 05, 2015in Sound Check

Titus Andronicus “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” Merge Let us start with the most glaringly obvious: “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” is long. Stupid long. Twenty-nine tracks, 93-minutes long. It is so long, track 14 is nothing but a one-minute-and-17-second-long oasis of silence appropriately titled “Intermission.” As one might expect from a

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Posted July 29, 2015in Sound Check

Kasey Chambers “Bittersweet” Warner “Bittersweet” is Australian-born Kasey Chambers’ first solo album in four years, and her first music of any kind since splitting with husband Shane Nicholson in 2012. One would expect such an album to be fraught with the emotion of nostalgia and heartache. Well, you may be

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Posted July 22, 2015in Sound Check

Lamb of God “VII: Sturm und Drang” Epic Lamb of God has been a bit snake bitten of late. Most notably, there was vocalist Randy Blythe’s legal troubles in Prague, Czechoslovakia, after a fan died at a 2010 show. Through that, bassist John Campbell was sidelined for much of 2013

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Posted July 15, 2015in Sound Check

Veruca Salt “Ghost Notes” El Camino Sonicly, there has not been a lot that has changed about Veruca Salt during the past two decades. The guitars are not quite as crunchy as they once were, but the overall feel of a Veruca Salt song has remained more or less the

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Posted July 08, 2015in Sound Check

Bilal “In Another Life” Entertainment One It almost seems like Bilal does not want people to like him as much as they should. Back at the turn of the 21st century, Bilal was coyly flirting with R&B while popular musical tastes were anywhere but. He has always been a talented

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Posted July 01, 2015in Sound Check

Meg Baird “Don’t Weigh Down the Light” Drag City The element that is responsible for perhaps the biggest influence on Meg Baird’s newest solo effort does not come in the form of an instrument or a producer. Rather, it is a city. After her last album, Baird moved from her

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