Few albums have blown me away first listen the same way this album has. Aside from being the album that put Steve Vai on the map as a fantastic guitar player, it pushed the musical boundaries of instrumental guitar music. There weren’t many seven string players during this time, and with some of his tunes using a 7, Passion and Warfare was on it’s way to be a classic. Continue reading Album Of The Week- Steve Vai- Passion And Warfare
The Dave Brubeck Quartet are known for their groundbreaking album “Time Out”, an album that changed the landscape of music in 1959. Odd time signatures, captivating melodies and infectious rhythms riddled the album and it put the entire quartet on the map. In the three years following the iconic release, the group released fifteen projects. One of which that stood out was Brubeck’s “Bossa Nova U.S.A.” . Continue reading Album Of The Week- Bossa Nova U.S.A.
Run The Jewels is what you would get if BIg K.R.I.T. and Trent Reznor hooked up, and if Trent could rap. Their second album, Run The Jewels 2 is a bombastic record filled with zippy one liners, earth shattering beats and friendship. Killer Mike and El-P not only created an album that is sounds sonically better than their first project, but they did it the way they wanted to. They released their music for free on their site, and garnered the respect of publications and MC’s everywhere. Without further ado, this weeks’ album is RTJ 2! Continue reading Album Of The Week- Run The Jewels 2
Progressive rock band Intervals, spearheaded by guitar player Aaron Marshall, announced their new album The Way Forward. The album is due to release on December 1, 2017. The band also released their first single, “Touch And Go”. For those who signed up to be a part of Aaron’s Jamplay event back in September heard this song performed on stream. The band is riding the success of their 2015 release of The Shape Of Colour, their first instrumental album. The Way Forward will also be an instrumental, and based on one or two of the other songs the band has teased from live shows and the stream, it certainly is a step forward. Continue reading Intervals’ Release New Single, Announce New Album
There are very few albums that I distinctly remember exactly where I was/what I was doing when they dropped. Rise Against’s sixth studio album Endgame was one of those few times. I was on a school trip the day it dropped, and I remember needing to get home to check out the album. When I got home and listened to it, I was absolutely floored. The album was a step forward and addressed some of the hardest hitting topics the band had every spoke on. The riffs were heavier, the content held more weight, the bass chunkier, it was everything I wanted. Without further ado, let’s get into the album of the week! Continue reading Album Of The Week- Rise Against- Endgame
Ann Arbor, Michigan based band Vulfpeck released their second single “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” from their upcoming album Mr. Finish Line. This single falls in line with the vibe of their other single “Birds Of A Feather“. The album releases their third official album on November 7th, be sure to check it out.
For the uninitiated, Vulfpeck are a funk-rock/ R&B group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They released a couple EPS, and two albums, Thirll Of The Arts and The Beautiful Game. Thrill Of The Arts was my introduction to the group and I fell in love with the catchy single “Back Pocket“. The group is a revolving door of musicians, but some notable mainstays have been bassist Joe Dart, Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman and Woody Goss.
Aside from hip-hop, no genre has grown more in the past ten years than electronic music. House, trance, EDM and synthwave are just a few of the genres that are growing in the internet age. One genre that made a resurgence is synthwave, with artists such as Perturbator, Carpenter Brut, GosT, and Dance With The Dead at the forefront of this movement. On September 28th. my friends and I decided to go to NYC to catch Perturbator along with Das mörtal and Protector 101. While I enjoyed the headlining act, the opening acts left a little to be desired.
Continue reading Concert Review: Perturbator at (Le) Poisson Rouge
Hip-hop groups have always been popular since the birth of the genre back in 1973. From Grnandmaster Flash And The Furious Five to NWA, Wu-Tang Clan, and Odd Future, groups have always created some very diverse music. Maybe it’s because of the variety of voices, or the addition of new creative idea, but I’ve always personally been interested in the content groups release. One of the most popular groups that has gained a lot of traction this year is BROCKHAMPTON, a self proclaimed boy band based in Los Angeles but primarily from Texas. And I think they’re the future of hip-hop Continue reading Is BROCKHAMPTON Paving The Way For New Hip-Hop
2017 is a big year for Clifton, NJ based alternative rock band Ambary Lake as they release their debut album Red Sky Above. An album two years in the making, the band hyped up this album with the release of their first single “Clancey” almost a year ago to the album’s release date of January 13, 2017, followed by “Nostalgia Drive” last month. Continue reading Ambary Lake Album Review
The New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album So Far
In a week, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will release their eleventh album, The Getaway. This will be the second album the band has released with their most recent addition to the band, guitar player Josh Klinghoffer. The first single they released off of their new album was “Dark Necessities”. Continue reading What We Know So Far about the New Red Hot Chili Peppers Album
Over the years, I have delved into various genres of music. Jazz and hip hop have become to staples in my daily music listening. This is a sharp contrast to the hard rock and metal days of high school where I could be found listening to Rage Against The Machine or Iron Maiden at any given time. Although I have looked into various genres of music, I find that the one that I go back to the most is video game music. Before I discuss my passion of video game music, let me delve a little bit into the video game music, hereby referred to as VGM, that I was surrounded by as a child.
In the past ten years there has been a large resurgence in vinyl records. Yes, those old discs that your parents probably have stored in an attic are making a massive comeback, but why? What is so great about vinyl records, and why are the making a comeback? Continue reading Let The Needle Drop – The Vinyl Resurgence