Green Day “UNO!” REVIEW: A Modern Classic of Power Pop Perfection

Green Day UNO!

With their ninth studio album, Green Day have finally achieved power pop perfection…

No Doubt ‘Push and Shove’ REVIEW: The 90s supergoup reunites to create their own “Chinese Democracy”

No Doubt - Push and Shove

After all these years, No Doubt returns to create an overwrought, joyless mess…

Ben Folds Five ‘The Sound of the Life of the Mind’ REVIEW: The Piano Man Comes of Age with a Stunner

Ben Folds Five The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Ben Folds Five haven’t seemed to have lost a step in the THIRTEEN years since their last release….

The Killers ‘Battle Born’ REVIEW: Springsteen by way of Mike + the Mechanics

The Killers - Battle Born

The Killers spin their wheels on their latest venture; stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey

Grizzly Bear ‘Shields’ REVIEW: The Brooklyn Boys Deliver Their Masterpiece

Grizzly Bear - Shields

With “Shields”, the Grizzlies have delivered an album that builds on their successful formula and in most ways betters it.

Noel Gallagher’s ‘High Flying Birds’ REVIEW…a soaring effort!!


With the release of his first full-length solo record, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher breaks a two-year silence and, in doing so, finally joins his brother Liam in the post-Oasis sweepstakes.

R.E.M. ‘Collapse Into Now’ REVIEW…welcome back we missed you!!


While the esteemed Athens, GA band’s new album, Collapse Into Now, doesn’t hit streets until March 8, NPR is currently streaming the album in its entirety.

Beady Eye ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ REVIEW… Noel WHO? Liam Gallagher delivers an album for the ages


Noel who? Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eyes deliver one of the most exciting debut albums of the last decade with ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’

The Strokes ‘Angles’ preview REVIEW…could this be their MASTERPIECE?


The new Strokes album ‘Angles’ is due out in 20 days, however, iTunes has put up 30 second previews of all their new tunes. I don’t really get the whole ‘preview’ deal, to me it’s a total ‘ear tease’. Still, at the risk inflicting myself with a bad case of ‘blue ears’, I’m going to play the role of an old school A&R man and attempt to divine whether or not I smell ‘gold’! After all, 30 seconds is generally all you need to decide if a song has got the stuff to hold your interest…no?

Yuck ‘Yuck’ review…uneven in the best possible way!


My comfort zone is actually quite small. In reality, I hate most music. I appreciate almost all music, for all its merits and all that, but the music I actually willingly listen to in my free time is safe. It’s music with guitars, almost exclusively of an indie rock/alternative rock variety. It’s what I enjoy, so I don’t deny that despite the guilt I feel for never listening to hip hop or dance music or electronica. There’s music critic world and there’s the world I live in, which is soundtracked by distortion and sweet guitar riffs and fuzzy vocals. And that’s why I love Yuck’s eponymous debut.