• Artist Spotlight: Cocteau Twins

    Artist Spotlight: Cocteau Twins

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, November 14, 2014

    Scottish trio Cocteau Twins barely made a dent on the charts during their turbulent 18-year career, but their blissfully ethereal dream-pop sound became a cornerstone of the ’80s indie scene, paving the way for everyone from shoegazers My Bloody Valentine to French dream-pop outfit M83 to Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros. Named after an obscure song from fellow Scots Simple Minds,

  • Song Review: Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

    Song Review: Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

    By Todd Sterling on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Has it really been ten years since Carrie Underwood won Season Four of American Idol? It seems like just yesterday the Oklahoma native was the toast of the Idol universe. Fast forward a decade, and Underwood is set to release her first ever hits collection. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 arrives just in time for Christmas and is packed with a

  • Album Review: Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions

    Album Review: Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, November 10, 2014

    Mary J. Blige is still the undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, but there’s a sense that she’s been coasting as of late. Blige’s series of enjoyable but lightweight festive and soundtrack albums (A Mary Christmas, Think Like A Man Too) screamed ‘contractual obligations.’ Turns out that all the nine-time Grammy winner needed to rediscover her mojo was a trip across

  • Song Review: Calvin Harris feat. John Newman – “Blame”

    Song Review: Calvin Harris feat. John Newman – “Blame”

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, November 7, 2014

    Scottish superstar DJ Calvin Harris’ last album 18 Months felt more like a Greatest Hits compilation than a conventional studio effort. The disc spawned five massive hit singles before it had even hit the shelves. Follow-up Motion is shaping up to be just as much of a commercial juggernaut. Indeed, already home to last year’s UK chart-topping hook-up with ’80s synth-pop revivalists Hurts and

  • Throwback: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction

    Throwback: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction

    By Todd Sterling on Thursday, November 6, 2014

    By the time Guns N’ Roses released their debut album in 1997, hard rock music was ruled by bubblegum acts that cared more about their appearance than the music. Bands like Motley Crue and Poison played the role of bad ass rockers, but their music was lightweight and contrived. When Guns N’ Roses dropped Appetite For Destruction, all bets were

  • Album Review: Taylor Swift – 1989

    Album Review: Taylor Swift – 1989

    By Jon O'Brien on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Named after the year she was born in, 1989 sees national sweetheart Taylor Swift entirely abandon her country roots and aim straight for the pure pop jugular with a record co-written with a who’s who of 21st Century hitmakers. Dubbed her first official pop album, Swift’s homage to the era when Jacko, Madge and Prince reigned supreme isn’t as radical a

  • Song Review: Toby Keith – “Drunk Americans”

    Song Review: Toby Keith – “Drunk Americans”

    By Todd Sterling on Monday, November 3, 2014

    The title of Toby Keith‘s new single might throw a few people at first, but after one listen any preconceived notions will fly out the window. Keith, the voice behind such burly anthems as “Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)” and “As Good As I Once Was,” is back in the mix with yet another drinking

  • Song Review: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora – “Black Widow”

    Song Review: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora – “Black Widow”

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, October 31, 2014

    2014 has undoubtedly been the year of Iggy Azalea. The Australian rapper has been breaking Billboard chart records left, right and center since the release of her debut album The New Classic, and its fifth single “Black Widow,” has shown she hasn’t finished yet. The collaboration with Kosovan-born pop diva Rita Ora has not only given the 24-year-old her third consecutive

  • Top 5 Eagles Songs

    Top 5 Eagles Songs

    By Todd Sterling on Thursday, October 30, 2014

    5. “Take It Easy” The song that started it off for the Eagles, “Take It Easy” was co-written by singer-songwriter Jackson Browne (who was a neighbor of Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey at the time). The song’s addictive melody helped it climb all the way to #12 on the Billboard Charts in 1972. Taken from the band’s self-titled debut, the track

  • Album Review: Billy Idol – Kings & Queens Of The Underground

    Album Review: Billy Idol – Kings & Queens Of The Underground

    By Jon O'Brien on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Fast approaching his 60th birthday, it is perhaps understandable that one-time champion sneerer Billy Idol currently appears to be in something of a nostalgic mood. The veteran rocker has not only just published a candid autobiography detailing his rise from the snot-nosed punk movement to the MTV screen, and of course, his subsequent fall into irrelevance. His first album of original material in

  • Song Review: Billy Currington – “Don’t It”

    Song Review: Billy Currington – “Don’t It”

    By Todd Sterling on Monday, October 27, 2014

    With such catchy #1 singles as “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “People Are Crazy” and “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” Billy Currington is as reliable a hit maker as fellow country acts George Strait and Alan Jackson. Like Strait and Jackson, Currington rarely deviates from his signature sound. The happy-go-lucky singer-songwriter’s most recents hits, “Hey Girl” and “We Are Tonight,”

  • Song Review: Three Days Grace – “I Am Machine”

    Song Review: Three Days Grace – “I Am Machine”

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, October 24, 2014

    One of Canadian rock’s biggest success stories, Three Days Grace appeared to suffer a major setback last year when frontman Adam Gontier announced he was moving on for the sake of both his health and his creativity, admitting that his heart hadn’t been in 2012’s Transit of Venus. But having found the perfect replacement in Matt Walst, the lead vocalist

  • Throwback: Randy Travis – Passing Through

    Throwback: Randy Travis – Passing Through

    By Todd Sterling on Thursday, October 23, 2014

    After spending the previous five 
years focusing on his country-gospel career, a period that
 brought fans the exceptional Inspirational Journey, Rise And Shine (an album that spawned the #1 single “Three Wooden Crosses”) and Worship & Faith albums, Randy Travis made a triumphant and welcome return to hardcore country soil in 2004, with Passing Through. Passing Through may have been

  • Album Review: Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes

    Album Review: Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes

    By Todd Sterling on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Florida Georgia Line‘s everything and the kitchen sink approach to music has made them the top duo in country music. Singer-songwriters Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly mix pop, hip-hop and rock with a bit of twang. Traditionalists hate them, but the new generation of country listeners love them. In just two years the twosome have sold millions of albums, millions

  • Artist Spotlight: Ariana Grande

    Artist Spotlight: Ariana Grande

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, October 20, 2014

    Miley Cyrus needed a foam finger, a nude latex two-piece and a twerking session with Robin Thicke. Selena Gomez had to play a gun-toting party girl in Spring Breakers. But former Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande has managed to shed her tween idol past by simply letting her music do the talking. The 21-year-old, who shot to fame as the sweet-natured