• 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

  • Album Review: Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach

    Album Review: Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, October 17, 2014

    It has been six years since veteran singer-songwriter Jackson Browne released a studio album. His work rate may have slowed down since he entered his sixties, but his 14th LP Standing In The Breach proves his dedication to his cause remains as strong as ever. Indeed, its powerful cover art, a striking photo of the devastating destruction caused by the 2010 Haiti earthquake, certainly

  • Album Review: Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt

    Album Review: Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt

    By Todd Sterling on Thursday, October 16, 2014

    “Burnin’ It Down,” the first single from Jason Aldean‘s sixth studio album Old Boots, New Dirt, set the tone for what might be the country superstar’s best album yet. The lustful track, a well-crafted number washed in a hip-hop beat and an arena rock production, quickly soared to the top of the Country Charts. Aldean, at that pivotal career point

  • Album Review: Steve Aoki – Neon Future I

    Album Review: Steve Aoki – Neon Future I

    By Jon O'Brien on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Steve Aoki may be just as renowned for throwing cream cakes into the audience as his speaker-blasting brand of EDM. But judging by his second studio effort Neon Future I, the 36-year-old now appears keen to position himself as the thinking man’s superstar DJ. It’s difficult to picture the long-haired party animal winding down after one of his wild Las Vegas

  • Song Review: AC/DC – “Play Ball”

    Song Review: AC/DC – “Play Ball”

    By Todd Sterling on Monday, October 13, 2014

    Like an elite athlete working past their prime in an effort to stave off the inevitable, AC/DC is playing out the string in its final days. With the heartbreaking news in mid 2014 that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was no longer part of the legendary band due to his struggles with dementia, it seemed as if the mighty rock machine

  • Throwback: TLC – Crazysexycool

    Throwback: TLC – Crazysexycool

    By Jon O'Brien on Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Arson, rehab, financial difficulties, health problems – by 1994, TLC were in danger of becoming more renowned for their wild and unpredictable private lives than their music. However, celebrating its 20th anniversary next month, the group’s second album thankfully switched the focus back to their CrazySexyCool blend of R&B, hip-hop and soul. Building on the promise of their 1992 debut Ooooooohhh…

  • Album Review: Blake Shelton – Bringing Back The Sunshine

    Album Review: Blake Shelton – Bringing Back The Sunshine

    By Todd Sterling on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    When you’re hot, you’re hot, and right now Blake Shelton is on fire. Thanks in part to his role as coach on hit NBC singing competition The Voice, Shelton is one of the hottest artists in the country music format right now. The Oklahoma native has enjoyed a dozen #1 singles in a row and seven of his studio albums

  • Song Review: The Who – “Be Lucky”

    Song Review: The Who – “Be Lucky”

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, October 6, 2014

    Nearly half a century after Roger Daltrey first uttered that immortal line, “I hope I die before I get old,” The Who are still very much alive and kicking. Indeed, the mod icons may be two original members down, approaching their 50th birthday and gearing up for a tour described as “the beginning of a long goodbye,” but the group’s new single

  • Album Review: Lenny Kravitz – Strut

    Album Review: Lenny Kravitz – Strut

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, October 3, 2014

    Once pilloried for his resemblance, in both sound and image, to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Prince, Lenny Kravitz can now be considered a classic rock icon himself, with his tenth studio album Strut arriving a quarter of a century after his first. Apart from the absence of his signature dreadlocks, not much has changed in the 25 years since 1989’s

  • Throwback: Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name”

    Throwback: Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name”

    By Amber McKynzie on Thursday, October 2, 2014

    It has been 15 + years since the original four members of Destiny’s Child recorded their Gold-selling single, “Say My Name,” but true DC fans and general ’90s music lovers will say the pop and R&B-inspired melodies from the quartet-turned-trio only got better with time. Originally recorded in February of 1999, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett

  • Album Review: Clean Bandit – New Eyes

    Album Review: Clean Bandit – New Eyes

    By Amanda Crabtree on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Just about anyone can throw together a few beats and call it electronic dance music. But what really allows artists to stand the test of time, gain international fame and grow a loyal fan base is their ability to infuse musicality and creativity into each note of every track. Fairly new to the EDM scene, Clean Bandit is the perfect

  • Album Review: Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival

    Album Review: Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival

    By Todd Sterling on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    On his 15th studio album, singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney sticks to the well-worked formula that has made him a superstar. Despite the hype leading up to the disc’s release – it seems all new releases must be touted as the best and most unique in an artist’s career – The Big Revival is Chesney being Chesney, and that’s not a bad

  • Song Review: Nick Jonas – “Jealous”

    Song Review: Nick Jonas – “Jealous”

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, September 29, 2014

    It seems fair to say that few were expecting anything particularly remarkable from the Jonas Brothers’ solo careers following their rather abrupt split on the eve of their world tour last October. Joe Jonas’ reinvention as a Justin Timberlake-esque sex god had been greeted with pretty much total apathy, despite the fact that his 2011 debut album Fastlife was far better than