Music

Album Reviews:

Dame D.O.L.L.A. – The Letter O

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On his first studio project, The Letter O, this NBA superhero reveals his poetic alter ego, Dame D.O.L.L.A., showing a surprisingly polished lyrical edge with inspiring tales of humble beginnings before basketball stardom and the paycheck that came with it.

Release Date: October 21st, 2016

 

Kings of Leon – WALLS

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The fruit of a band’s search for the inspiration that once propelled their fuzzy, slightly southern take on alternative rock, 2016’s WALLS continues Kings of Leon’s trend of producing safe, yet very solid work on their way to an enjoyably L.A. translation of their Nashville-born sound.

Release Date: October 14th, 2016

 

Green Day – Revolution Radio

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That’s right, in 2016’s Radio Revolution, the legendary pop punkers seem to have gotten at least most of the pretentiousness of the last decade out of their system by scaling back the theatrics and emphasizing the fast-paced excitement that stems from simplicity in an effort to get in touch with their underground radio roots, which revived a genre and defined a generation.

Release Date: October 7th, 2016

 

The Pixies – Head Carrier

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While we may never again hear the raw and raging surf rock fuzz that influenced band’s like Nirvana and the Strokes, these underground heroes have taken a solid step in that direction with their second album since returning from an 11-year absence.

Release Date: September 30th, 2016

 

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

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After a five year stretch in which we’ve heard nothing from the experimental indie-folk giants, they’ve revealed a rather groundbreaking new creation in 2016’s 22, A Million, a glitchy mashup of robot folk that dabbles in airy interludes, electronic jazz, and industrial noise-pop.

Release Date: September 30th, 2016

 

Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component

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In his first studio album, The Healing Component, Mick Jenkins shows that he is not just your average hip-hop artist with an honest and self-conscious lyricism, which is hard not to appreciate, and slow, melodic instrumentals that draw you in and capture your imagination.

Release Date: September 23rd, 2016

 

Usher – Hard II Love

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In Hard II Love, Usher is back at it again with a made-to-order mix of computerized poppy instrumentals, cliché love lyrics, and random features that have very little involvement in the actual song structure, a desperate grab for attention from a former pop chart regular.

Release Date: September 16th, 2016

 

Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine

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Mac Millers latest work, The Divine Feminine, is a combination of sappy love songs and extravagant instrumentals. From beautiful vocals to bars of lyrics from Miller himself, this album is quite interesting, and not your average hip-hop album to say the least.

Release Date: September 16th, 2016

 

Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die

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In a misguided attempt to rejuvenate its sound, folk rock band, Dawes, releases its sprawling fifth studio album, We’re All Gonna Die, an unfortunate hiccup in the band’s thus far promising development.

Release Date: September 16th, 2016

 

Okkervil River – Away

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With seemingly endless elegant layers of delicate instrumentation and a variety of alternating tempos, the long and picturesque songs of Okkervil River’s seventh studio album, Away, tell fluid stories of life, loss, and ever long persistence in the name of happiness.

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

 

Jack White – Acoustic Recordings: 1998-2016

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Rock n’ roller, Jack White’s newest compilation, Acoustic Recordings: 1998-2016, is an encompassing collection of cult favorites, which plays like a career-spanning greatest hits album that’s been buffed down to an acoustically matte finish.

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

 

The Head and the Heart – Signs of Light

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The Seattle-based band fully embraces mainstream by producing the polished and relatable Signs of Light, which sees them tap into a new market while retaining much of the rootsy folk aspects that elevated them to prominence.

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

 

Local Natives – Sunlit Youth

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In their major label debut, California’s Local Natives take a big step forward with their third, and most expansive record to date, Sunlit Youth, which twists and bends its melodies into a lush dreamscape that’s remnant of the band’s relaxed coastal upbringing.

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

 

Wilco – Schmilco

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As other big name bands who’ve delivered time and time again over the last 20+ years, circle the poker table that is 2016 and push their resurgences to the center, Wilco places its bets on the acoustic Schmilco, a chord-fueled train that chugs calmly down its track list toward its destination, spewing melancholy vibes and apathetic wisdom from its exhausted smokestack along the way.

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

 

Grouplove – Big Mess

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After exploding on the scene with their 2011 debut, Never Trust a Happy Song, and reaching number 21 on the Billboard 200 with its 2013 successor, Spreading Rumors, Grouplove has once again littered the airwaves with upbeat, off-the-wall, and downright catchy tunes, the likes of which combine to create an equally impressive third installment that they titled Big Mess.

Release Date: September 9th, 2016

 

Kaleo – A/B

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After impressing Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese enough to have their song, “No Good”, featured in the HBO series, Vinyl, as well as receiving positive attention on the American airwaves with “Way Down We Go”, Icelandic band, Kaleo, released an international debut album, A/B, which lives up to their early acclaim and validates industry-wide anticipation with a multifaceted showcase of their extraordinary range and stadium-sized rock and roll music.  However, this impressive piece of art has somehow, despite its positioning as number 16 on the Billboard 200, gone a bit overlooked since its release.

Release Date: June 22nd, 2016

 

Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being

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In their second full-length, Glass Animals breaks through the cocoon and spreads forth the wings of How to Be a Human Being, a clear musical evolution for the band, and a trip-hop treat for listeners with a taste for something sweet.

Release Date: August 26th, 2016

 

Butch Walker – Stay Gold

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Using a blend of some legendary folk-rock inspiration and a proven song-writing ability, Butch Walker releases an easy-to-like record in which he connects to his roots as well as his listeners.

Release Date: August 26th, 2016


 

Live Shows:

Kaleo and Bishop Briggs – October 3rd, 2016

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Elton John – September 23rd, 2016

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KISS – September 1st, 2016

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Craig Thatcher Band – August 13th, 2016

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