Billy Talent: Hits

Billy Talent have been a band for a little over 20 years now, however, the first 10 years were under a different name. Pezz, as they were originally known, were a punk outfit playing small shows around Toronto and Mississauga, Canada. After legal issues in 1999, they changed their name …

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Sugar Candy Mountain: Mystic Hits

Sugar Candy Mountain’s new album, Mystic Hits, wants to give you a lesson on the last 40 years of American rock music; it’s just not the history that you expected. Instead, Sugar Candy Mountain describes an alternate sonic universe in which The Beatles are still playing in the ’80s, …

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Drone: Drone

Thrash metal band Drone have provided nothing but hardcore consistency throughout their self-titled album, Drone. Founded in 2004, the German quartet began to create fierce sounds. Their fourth studio album is a project created with character. While mandatory in any metal band, the heaviness Drone created is phenomenal. The …

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The Dreaming: Rise Again

Stabbing Westward’s lead vocalist Christopher Hall and programmer/keyboardist Walter Flakus have been reinventing themselves as The Dreaming since the demise of the parent band in 2002. Three EP releases, a video, a track for the movie Elektra and live performances on the West Coast have kept them busy since the …

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Voices Of Destiny: Crisis Cult

Female-fronted gothic metal band Voices Of Destiny have created their third album, Crisis Cult. Formed in 2004, the German-based group has had several different members throughout the past decade. The current quintet has collaborated to generate something that captures their distinct sounds. Crisis Cult contains intense instrumentation that provides …

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Kids: Rich Coast

Moving mountains with a captivating delivery that follows in the similar footsteps of groundbreaking artists like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and Of Monsters And Men, the Ft. Lauderdale-based quartet Kids finally ring in the New Year with Rich Coast, a breathtaking effort that brings justice to their simplistic, …

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Cat Stevens @ The Tower Theatre

UPPER DARBY, PA—At his first concert in the USA since the ’70s, Cat Stevens—who also goes by the name Yusuf these days—took on his catalogue, a new album and the controversy that has dogged him ever since he took on Islam. It was a magical night in celebration of the …

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Joseph Arthur @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—Raised in Akron, Ohio, Joseph Arthur began writing and playing music in his early teens, after inheriting an electronic keyboard from his aunt and taking piano lessons. While in high school, at age 16, he played bass in a blues band. Days after graduation in 1990, he moved with …

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Amniac: Infinite

Hailing from Piraeus, Greece, Amniac have placed a unique footprint on the metal scene. Formed in 2010, the quartet recently recorded their first full-length album, Infinite. Within the seven tracks, Amniac provides heavy, yet hauntingly melodic music. There’s almost an ebb and flow in the songs that works incredibly …

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Derek Grant: Break Down

Derek Grant has lent his musical talents to many groups and projects. He is noted most for his role as the drummer in Alkaline Trio, but to his credit, Grant has many more talents beyond what his claim to fame has led many to perceive. His abilities have allowed him …

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