Album Review: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Wrecking Ball’

The hardest part about considering an album like Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball is that it’s nearly impossible to listen to without any preconceived notions. Springsteen’s a living legend, one of rock music’s most recognizable torchbearers, and he’s had a long career with almost as many lows as highs. Throughout the 1970’s, Springsteen and the E Street Band sounded young and raucous, crafting arguably the most powerful records of...

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Album Review: The Magic Math Humbly Suggest Living is a Miracle

“And I tried so often to recapture what I felt coming through my stereo.”- The Magic Math, Abracadabra The best brand of magic is the simple kind: while you gaze in wonderment, there’s a part of you that believes it is real…and that you can do it too. I experienced this type of simple magic when I clicked on a Soundcloud of “Abracadabra” from The Magic Math Humbly Suggest Living is a Miracle, EP one...

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Album Review: Cursive – ‘I Am Gemini’

As most of the world knows by now, rock operas are pretty polarizing works of music. Though some bands are able to string an album-long story together well (The Who’s Quadrophenia is probably one of the most fun listening experiences you can have, if you’re in the mood for it), even more aren’t. Crafting a rock opera has become a fairly popular form of music making throughout the past few years, and the revived trend has led to some...

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Album Review: Sleigh Bells – ‘Reign of Terror’

When Sleigh Bells dropped Treats in 2010, they showed the world that loudness still matters.  Taking heavy guitar riffs to their extremes, Derek Miller positioned a heavy rock aesthetic within the canon of indie in a way that really hadn’t been developed yet to that extent.  And then there’s Alexis Krauss, the girl that used to sing for Nickelodeon advertisements, singing in her overtly feminine style behind a wall of bass, drums, and...

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Album Review: Andrew Bird – ‘Break It Yourself’

I remember reading somewhere that one of Andrew Bird’s first musically inclined jobs was as a strolling minstrel in a Renaissance fare. Whether or not this is true, it certainly would make a lot of sense: Bird is a highly skilled violinist, more than capable of handling technically challenging classical pieces, with an ear for traditional music. His earliest albums, including his largely forgotten debut Music of Hair, are heavily...

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RIP Michael Davis of MC5

On Saturday, February 18th, Michael Davis, bassist for the highly influential punk band MC5, passed away due to liver failure. He was 68. Davis was a talented musician, as well as a celebrated producer and painter. Our thoughts go out to his wife and four children. Watch see clips of Davis throughout his career...

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