St. Vincent creates bold sound with latest album

After streaming her new album for free the week prior to its release, Annie Clark, or St. Vincent, debuted her fifth studio album Feb. 25. The 11 tracks from the self-titled album vary significantly in their instrumentation and emotion, but still come together to create one cohesive work. Clark released… Continued

Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ achieves distinct sound

Two years ago, people were saying, “Who the f— is Arcade Fire?” after the Canadian band’s album “The Suburbs” won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Now the band enjoys widespread praise for being one of the greatest indie bands of the 2000s. After three critically acclaimed albums, Arcade… Continued

Rockie Fresh revs up for ‘Electric Highway’

As an up-and-coming rapper, imagine this nine-month stretch: Release a highly regarded mixtape; get signed to Rick Ross’ label, Maybach Music Group; perform in front of 42,000 people at the first annual Made in America festival; have a music video from your mixtape premiered on “106 & Park”; and go… Continued

Green Day tames sound on ‘Uno!’

To promote an upcoming album, some bands do press junkets, make television appearances and star in Target commercials. But that’s not very rock ’n’ roll compared to say a massive meltdown during an iHeartRadio set in Las Vegas. That’s what Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong decided to do when his… Continued

Neon Trees’ sophomore album has plenty of funk

The music industry just got a lot funkier and wavier with the sophomore album “Picture Show” by Neon Trees, released April 17. The band gave a preview of what to expect when it released the album’s first single “Everybody Talks” Dec. 10. Neon Trees made its debut March 10, 2010… Continued

You Should Be Celebrating

The classic status of an album can be based as much on its influence to future generations as its own musical merit. That statement may sound unfair to you, but it’s true. The Beatles sure wrote fantastic songs their entire career, but their importance is greatly diminished if future bands… Continued