36 Crazyfists: Time & Trauma

2014 marked the 20th anniversary of metal band 36 Crazyfists. Originally formed in Anchorage, Alaska, the quartet have recorded their seventh studio album, Time & Trauma. With a four-year break from their last album release, the group has come back packing quite a punch. Frontman Brock Lindow’s intense vocals …

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Battle Beast: Unholy Savior

In today’s industry, a band’s image is just as important as their music, but Battle Beast have nothing to worry about. They have their image, and that’s one of a lion-like humanoid warrior fighting through a Hellish world of fire and robots. Unholy Savior, their most recent album, continues …

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Semicircle: Blown Breeze, Grown Grass, And We Are Part Of The Earth

The Georgia-based band Semicircle has an inception story that entails the effort of one founding member who followed his curiosity and pushed for members to come together. Four years later the band is still intact and making new music, the next installment on their story of growth and resilience. Their …

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Blue & Gold: In My Head

There’s something about a band with multiple vocalists that’s just entrancing; two singers whose voices complement and contrast the others. One such band is Blue & Gold, a Brooklyn-based foursome looking to make waves in the music scene. Fronting the band are guitarist/vocalists Chloe Raynes and Alex Kapelman, who play …

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The 1975 @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ — In support of their self-titled debut album, English rockers The 1975 performed at Starland Ballroom alongside opening bands Young Rising Sons and CRUISR.

The 1975’s set included songs from their self-titled debut album as well as their four EPs, Facedown, Sex, Music For Cars, …

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Stars @ 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Stars is a really weird band.

First, they’re incredibly organized. I’ve never seen the 9:30 Club stage look so clean; not only did each band member have their own designated spot on stage, but there was barely a wire in sight. I suppose after 15 years of touring, a …

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Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies/Exodus @ Wellmont Theater

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MONTCLAIR, NJ—Thrash legends Slayer performed an aggressive set with some incredible support from Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Nov. 29, 2014. The thing that absolutely floored me the most was simply seeing Steve Zetro fronting Exodus for the first …

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Tame Impala @ Beacon Theatre

NEW YORK, NY — Tame Impala has enjoyed a relatively high profile since the release of 2012’s landmark album, Lonerism, including a Grammy nomination and mountains of critical acclaim.

Despite this, the band had remained somewhat quiet in the past year. Though the group had no new release to …

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The Birthday Massacre: Superstition

With the announcement of The Birthday Massacre’s new album, Superstition, I had a moment of delight. I was instantaneously brought back to the moment when I was introduced the band: my freshman year in high school. Usually a time of exploration in an adolescent’s life, I credit this year …

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Within Temptation: Let Us Burn

Within Temptation’s recent release of Let Us Burn is a promising live compilation of 34 tracks from several of their previously released albums. The female-fronted symphonic rock/metal band chose to feature multiple songs from two of their most favored shows, Elements and the Hydra world tour. Recorded on two separate …

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