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The Devil Wears Prada refuse to play it safe with ‘The Act’—review
The Devil Wears Prada refuse to play it safe with ‘The Act’—review
After announcing The Act, the Devil Wears Prada said the new album would be pushing the boundaries of their sound, and they’ve done exactly that. Although a sharp directional shift can often be detrimental to a band at this point in their career, the Devil Wears Prada didn’t want to make a safe record, and the experimentation has breathed new life into the quartet.  Oftent...
blink-182 made ‘NINE’ a pop-punk record for the next generation—review
blink-182 made ‘NINE’ a pop-punk record for the next generation—review
In 2011, blink-182 bassist-turned-superdad Mark Hoppus joined a panel of punk pillars in the cast of The Other F Word. The documentary showcased the lives of rock stars who assumed the exact position they railed against: fathers. blink’s highly anticipated ninth release, NINE, carries the same energy of a slightly younger Hoppus describing family life. A...
Sleep On It turn pain into art with ‘Pride & Disaster’—review
Sleep On It turn pain into art with ‘Pride & Disaster’—review
There are many who believe pop punk has been played out. Nowadays, there seems to be an expectation to push the genre where it’s never been while maintaining that nostalgic feel. In a world where fans crave a brand-new sound with each release yet ultimately want you to remain the same, Sleep On It have created an album that proves what every band should strive for—growth.  There’...
Starset deliver a metallic sci-fi experience on “Divisions”
Starset deliver a metallic sci-fi experience on “Divisions”
“Manifest,” the first real song (after the spoken-word piece “A Brief History Of The Future”) on sci-fi modern-rock outfit Starset’s new album, is both a call to adventure and a mission statement. Frontman Dustin Bates' vocal prowess is richly melodic and in the present without having to resort to going alien Cookie Monster on us. But it’s the ugly detuned ri...
Melanie Martinez returns to ‘K-12’ for an even grander life lesson—review
Melanie Martinez returns to ‘K-12’ for an even grander life lesson—review
Melanie Martinez had some big expectations to fill off the release of her 2015 debut, Cry Baby. The alt-pop songstress constructed a whole world around the titular character—a version of herself reimagined. While Cry Baby focuses on the internal struggle of family life and troubling romance, K-12 kicks the front door down to show there’s a whole outside, one that's equally as fucked up. Setting...
Phinehas’ ‘Dark Flag’ is cohesive, striking and beautiful
Phinehas’ ‘Dark Flag’ is cohesive, striking and beautiful
Phinehas Dark Flag Phinehas’ new concept record, Dark Flag, contemplates the horrendous assaults on human rights that reportedly occur in North Korea under the Kim regime. While the band do not take a political stance, the record focuses on the pain of human liberties being stripped away and the frustration that no one is taking responsibility. As a ...

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