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CD Review: The Hotelier - 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' (Tiny Engines)

April 7th, 2014 9:10pm EDT
CD Review: The Hotelier - 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' (Tiny En
Perhaps it’s the new album or the new label (Tiny Engines) or maybe it’s the new name, but the Hotelier, former The Hotel Year, have never sounded better than they do on their sophomore release Home, Like Noplace Is There. And that’s really saying something considering how strong, and utterly criminally underrated, their debut album, 2011’s It Never Goes Out, truly was. Though the subdued but thoroughly aptly titled opener “An Introduction To The Album” is a bit off-putting in terms of initial impact, what the track lacks in punch it makes up for in emotional output, spewing forth mainly fr...

DVD Review: Various Artists - 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert'

March 23rd, 2014 10:48pm EDT
DVD Review: Various Artists - 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Conce
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert is a tour de force; a clinic in the sheer healing power of music. It’s also a testament to just how much Freddie Mercury meant to Queen, music and the entire world really. So it should be no big surprise that the music world that Mercury’s worked every day to enrich showed up in spades to join the surviving members of the band - Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor - and thousands of screaming fans to hold a tribute concert to their deceased front man.

Among those to show up and take the stage were Seal (“Who Wants to Live Forever”), Robert Plant (“C...

DVD Review: Peter Gabriel - 'Peter Gabriel Live In Athens 1987'

March 23rd, 2014 10:45pm EDT
DVD Review: Peter Gabriel - 'Peter Gabriel Live In Athens 1987'
It should without saying how incredibly talented Peter Gabriel is as a performer. Honestly, c’mon. You shouldn’t need much reassurance of that fact, but if you do, Live In Athens 1987 is more than enough of said reassurance.

This concert release finds Gabriel at the literal top of his game and it seems the man only gets better the larger the crowd in front of him gets. Here thousands upon thousands of adoring fans laud Gabriel during a brilliant performance filmed in Athens, Greece during the apex of his “So” tour in 1987. As you’d imagine, all of the staples are here, from “Shock the Monk...

DVD Review: Pink Floyd - 'The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moon'

March 23rd, 2014 10:42pm EDT
DVD Review: Pink Floyd - 'The Making Of The Dark Side Of The Moo
Pink Floyd’s absolutely seminal and necessary The Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best records ever released and remained on the Billboard 200 for a staggering 741 consecutive weeks. There’s not much to top that, unless you’re able to peel back to curtain, go behind the scenes and hear from all four members of the band - Roger Waters, Richard Wright, David Gilmour and Nick Mason – regarding the making of each and every song on the record.

Well, The Making of Dark Side of the Moon gives fans that opportunity.

Released to coincide with the album’s 30th anniversary, The Making of Dark Si...

The New MTV #26: King the Kid, Avatar, A Breach Of Silence

March 23rd, 2014 9:13pm EDT
The New MTV
King The Kid - "Beat It" (Michael Jackson cover)

File Under: Pop Punk

Avatar - "Hail the Apocalypse"

File Under: Metal

A Breach Of Silence - "Night Rider"

File Under: Metal

The New MTV #25: A Failed Apology, Six Days 'Til Sunday, The Relapse Symphony

March 23rd, 2014 1:38pm EDT
The New MTV #25: A Failed Apology, Six Days 'Til Sunday, The Rel
A Failed Apology - "C4"

File Under: Pop-Punk

Six Days 'Til Sunday - "Disease"

File Under: Hard Rock

The Relapse Symphony - "Panic (Time's Running Out!)"

File Under: Rock

The New MTV Hopeless Records Edition: Taking Back Sunday, The Used, We Are The In Crowd, Bayside

March 6th, 2014 1:22am EST
The New MTV
Taking Back Sunday - "Stood A Chance"

File Under: Rock

Bayside - "Time Has Come"

File Under: Pop-Punk

The Used - "Cry"

File Under: Rock

We Are The In Crowd - "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)"

File Under: Powerpop

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The New MTV #22: Peace Mercutio, Deathpoint, Bleached

February 20th, 2014 1:44am EST
The New MTV #22: Peace Mercutio, Deathpoint, Bleached
Peace Mercutio - "(And That's How) Good Charlotte (Got Famous)"

File Under: Pop-Rock

Deathpoint - "Between the Lines"

File Under: Metal

Bleached - "Guys Like You"

File Under: Sunny Indie Pop

DVD Review: Black Label Society - 'Unblackened'

January 8th, 2014 2:23pm EST
Black Label Society
If you have ever wanted to see Black Label Society in a different light, then there’s has perhaps been no better chance than their Unblackened release, a quasi-acoustic release that showcases just another facet to Zakk Wylde’s already loaded musical arsenal.

This is as laid back as you’ll ever find the normally burly and bearded hard rockers, a lengthy, stripped down, symphonic setlist that harkens all the way back to the band’s 1999 release Sonic Brew (“Spoke in the Wheel”) and 2000’s Stronger Than Death (“Rust”), though the staples are here, reimagined for all to see (“The Blessed Hellri...

CD Review: City Riots - 'Sea of Bright Lights'

November 6th, 2013 2:18am EST
City Riots
Nearly a year after releasing it in their native land of Australia, City Riots have brought their latest album Sea of Bright Lights stateside. And truth be told, the indie scene in the states is better off for it.   

Sea of Bright Lights is in large part comprised of dream pop mired in a fog replete with jilted, jangly guitars laid atop a bed of fuzzed out harmonies and hazy hooks (“Wait for You,” “Take You There”), though deep undercurrents of sensual bass rise to the surface on occasion (“Turn,” “In This Space”). Sea of Bright Lights is captivating and engulfing, a record truly full of l...