Review: Michelle Branch Is Reborn On Long-Awaited Comeback ‘Hopeless Romantic’

At the beginning of the century, you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing a Michelle Branch song blasting through the speakers. Songs like "Everywhere," "All You Wanted," and a Santana collaboration called "Game Of Love" were pop rock staples that appeared, well, everywhere, from MTV to popular romantic comedies. But Michelle left that all behind…

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Review: The Weeknd Shines Bright On ‘Starboy,’ One Of The Best Albums Of 2016

The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) is one of those rare talents that seemingly comes out of nowhere before entrancing you with his original and consistently striking music. He suddenly appeared on the music scene in 2010 with a series of mixtapes - eventually packaged as the compilation Trilogy in 2012 - before releasing his first studio album,…

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Review: Bruno Mars Trades In Charm For Riches On ’24K Magic’

Bruno Mars has had an enviable career so far. After writing songs for other artists as he struggled to be taken seriously as a performer himself, he took the world by storm with his debut album, Doowops & Hooligans. “Just The Way You Are” was a stellar first single that showed both quality writing and…

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Review: Metallica ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’: Thrash Is Back!

Hardwired... To Self-Destruct is arguably the most anticipated metal album of 2016. It’s been 8 years since Death Magnetic came out, and Metallica has some good excuses for the long gap. They founded their own record label, released a full length album with Lou Reed, released a self-produced movie, and of course toured around the…

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Review: Alicia Keys Navigates Personal & Social Issues Earnestly On ‘Here’

Ever since Alicia Keys burst onto the music scene 15 years ago, she's had important things to say with the inspired music to back them up. Although her last two albums have felt a bit predictable and safe, her latest record brings back some of her early spark. Her sixth album, Here is Alicia's biggest statement…

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‘Liberman Live’ Is Vanessa Carlton’s First Live Album

Vanessa Carlton has finally come out with her first ever live album. Liberman Live was released on October 21st. Liberman Live is a beautiful showcase of Vanessa's siren-like voice and soft, earthy melodies. The intimacy of her small performance can be heard through the speakers, as if you were there with her. Liberman's hypnotizing music is conveyed perfectly in…

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Review: Banks Boasts Vulnerability & Defiance On Dazzling ‘The Altar’

Banks emerged quietly yet suddenly, impressing with her 2014 debut album, Goddess. It followed a series of EPs the year before, taking songs from those while adding some new ones in, too. Goddess wasn’t just one of the best debut albums of the year; it was one of the best albums of the year, period. And…

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Ghost Releases Eclectic ‘Popestar’ Covers EP

Ghost just released their third album, the Grammy-winning Meliora, one year ago. Now the Satanic band is back with their second EP, Popestar. The five new songs are also included in the newly-released deluxe edition of Meliora. As with their 2013 If You Have Ghost EP, Popestar is comprised mainly of eclectic covers. And as…

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Review: Simple Plan’s ‘Taking One For The Team’ Perfectly Blends Familiar Pop Punk & New Experimentation

Simple Plan's new album, Taking One For The Team, has been long in the making. The band first started writing for it in 2014, and after premiering "Boom" live at the end of the year, they kicked off 2015 by entering the studio to officially begin recording. Since last spring, Simple Plan has released a…

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Top 15 Albums Of 2015

While most entertainment publications rushed to release their year-end lists by the first of December, we decided to wait until all the year's albums had actually been released before making our final ranking. It's good that we did, too, because one of our favorite records was released right around the time kids were getting out of…

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Stream Vanessa Carlton’s New Album, Liberman, Ahead Of Official Release

Vanessa Carlton's new album, Liberman, will be released in one week. Although it's been a long wait - the album was ready a full year ago - Vanessa has kept fans happy with a constant supply of new songs throughout 2015. After sharing a non-album track called "Young Heart" last spring, Vanessa released the four-song…

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Listen To Ghost’s Entire New Album ‘Meliora’ Now

The moment you've been waiting for is finally here: Ghost is now streaming their new album, Meliora, four days ahead of its August 21 release. You may already know their thunderous single "Cirice," or the equally pounding tracks "From The Pinnacle To The Pit," "Majesty," and "Absolution." But some more treasures await you in the new record: The strummy…

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Review: ‘Drones’ Is Muse’s Best Album In A Decade

Muse has spent the last decade growing ever bigger and more grandiose. From humble beginnings in the south of England, the trio transformed from a simple three-piece rock band to a world famous group known for pushing boundaries into uncharted territory, incorporating dubstep, orchestras, synths, and suites of thematic tracks. Muse's last album, 2012's The 2nd…

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Ghost Offers Thunderous New Single “Cirice” From Upcoming Album ‘Meliora’

Our favorite Swedish metal band, Ghost, is finally back. After just announcing that their third album, Meliora, will be out on August 21st, the band also released a clever ad informing us that Papa Emeritus III is getting ready to take over the group, replacing the "bitter, old" Papa Emeritus II. It is the start…

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Hilary Duff’s New Album “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” Will Be Out June 16th!

Hilary Duff has spent nearly 2 years working on her new album, and finally it has a name and release date! The record is called Breathe In. Breathe Out., and will be released on June 16th. Hilary even revealed the album cover: You can pre-order Breathe In. Breathe Out. on MyPlay now. With only a…

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Muse Announces New Album “Drones” Out On June 8th

Muse has been busy working on their 7th studio album since last October, and the months of studio time have paid off. Muse has just announced that their new album, Drones, will be released on June 8th! In the United States, this will probably be June 9th. https://www.facebook.com/muse/photos/a.120134033724.102653.8762738724/10152885785048725/?type=1&theater To kick things off, Muse is also…

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Review: Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece”

It's been a bit since Kelly Clarkson released a full pop album. While it's been nearly four years since her last record, the Grammy-winning Stronger, was released, Kelly has kept plenty busy. In 2012 we got her Greatest Hits: Chapter 1, and then in 2013 she released her first ever holiday album, Wrapped In Red. And…

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Review: Periphery’s “Juggernaut: Alpha” & “Juggernaut: Omega”

Periphery's concept album Juggernaut has been long in the making. It started as guitarist Misha Mansoor's plan for an extended composition made up of different sections. Eventually, this plan turned into a whole album - a double album, that is. The concept album known as Juggernaut was supposed to come out a few months after…

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Review: Fall Out Boy’s “American Beauty / American Psycho”

The wait is finally over! Fall Out Boy's new album - their 6th - is out today, and it's something all of their fans can enjoy. American Beauty / American Psycho has a similar sounds to the band's previous album, 2013's Save Rock And Roll, but there's also the feeling of old school Fall Out Boy in there…

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Review: OK Go’s “Hungry Ghosts”

OK Go is band that changes with every album. For the last decade they've been known primarily for their unique, one-take videos, but their music is also pushing boundaries. On their last album, 2010's Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, OK Go moved away from the raw sound of Oh No and went instead…

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Review: “Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness”

Andrew McMahon is one of those artists that isn't afraid to reinvent himself. And not just once - he's transformed his sound and moniker a few times now. Early fans were lucky to see him as the pop punk leader in Something Corporate in the early 2000s; a few years later, he unveiled a new…

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Review: Amy Lee’s “Aftermath”

The moment is finally here: Amy Lee has just released her first solo album, Aftermath. The music was written for and inspired by the independent film, War Story, and as such, it is quite the departure from Amy's work with Evanescence. This record shows another side of Amy - a side that isn't afraid to experiment…

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Hear the New Green Day “American Idiot” Tribute Album

Ten years ago, in September 2004, Green Day released one of the biggest albums of the year - and the decade. American Idiot revived Green Day's career and changed the face of rock music in the years that followed. It was an instant classic, and remains an iconic album in rock music ten years later.…

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