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Interview and Album Review: Cory Wells ‘The Way We Are’

Cory Wells’ debut full-length album, The Way We Are was released via Pure Noise Records on Nov. 15. Throughout the twelve song album, Wells traverses through the whole gamut of emotions, delivering powerful screams, lush acoustic guitar, and even a soaring falsetto. Four years in the making, The Way We Are faces topics like understanding, acceptance, and perseverance. The album’s opening track, “Distant” is a brief, but blunt warning, and feels anything but far away, or disconnected at merely 2:10 long. Stay away from me / The devil’s got the…

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Album Review: Hearken ‘Help Me, I’m Alive’

Two-piece Pittsburgh grunge rock punk outfit, Hearken, released their debut record, Help Me, I’m Alive, June 27th. The band was described to me along the lines of ‘Sonic Youth meets Nirvana – super raw, super authentic, great songs.’ with influences like Hole, Death From Above, Queens of the Stone Age, Teagan and Sara, Brand New, Screaming Females, Interpol, and Julien Baker, Hearken sheds light on dark subjects like depression, addiction, and relationships. Lead vocalist Donny Donovan also produced the record, and played all instruments except for drums. Donovan spoke about…

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Album Review: The Futureheads ‘Powers’

While it might feel like the last few years have really changed the country, the globe, and the world as we know it — the one thing we hadn’t heard from in awhile was UK indie post-punk group, The Futureheads. Friday, August 30th marked the release date of The Futureheads‘ sixth studio album, Powers, via Nul Records. The last time we heard a studio album from the fourpiece, it was 2012. Solo records, and acapella releases made for a different sound than the frantic British guitar hysteria harmonies fans were…

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PHOTOS: LÉON+Morgan Saint

LÉON hit the road in March for her Euro/North America Tour. With a handful of sold out dates under her belt, as well as a recently dropped debut album, the Swedish artist has chill vibes and a sultry vocal range that is one to keep an eye on. She stopped in Phoenix during the last week of tour with fellow female singer songwriter Morgan Saint. Check out the photos below and keep up with both artists on social media. Morgan Saint: Facebook – Instagram – SpotifyLÉON: Facebook – Instagram –…

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Live Review: Snow Patrol

Thankfully, Michiganders didn’t have to brave any cold temperatures or snowy conditions to make it out to the Snow Patrol concert on Saturday, May 4th at Royal Oak Music Theatre. The band’s live performance showed off the masterfully crafted pieces, along with some new songs by the Northern Ireland fivepiece. After a seven year hiatus, their live show full proved Snow Patrol is not feeling too weathered to play those fan faves and familiar radio hits of yesteryear. The night provided two openers, first up was Ryan McMullan, also from…

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Album Review: Jon Fratelli ‘Bright Night Flowers’

Anytime someone mentions Roy Orbison, Tom Waits, and Glenn Campbell, I’m all ears. There’s something to be said when someone lists off influences who just so happen to be prolific, timeless singer-songwriters. Call it street cred, kudos, or just plain old ‘knowing their stuff,’ it definitely gets brownie points in my book. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and front man of the Fratellis, John Fratelli knows the greats, and it’s evident, especially on his latest record. His second solo record, “Bright Night Flowers” is being released on Friday, Feb. 15 via Cooking…

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Album Review: William Ryan Key ‘Virtue’

Virtue: behavior showing high moral standards. William Ryan Key‘s Virtue album: auditory collection showing high musical standards. The six track EP, Virtue will be released via Lone Tree Recordings on Nov.30, following the release of his debut solo EP Thirteen in May. This follow-up shows growth, adding layers that the first acoustic, stripped-down release didn’t exhibit. The first track, “The Same Destination” unveils Virtue as a soft, melancholic feel — less high-octane, shredding violins (that Yellowcard fans grew fond of), more contemplative lyrics and a sense of growing older; more introspective. Being a piano-driven instrumental…

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PHOTOS: Hovenweep

Arizona local band opened up for Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals and Child Bite on their Mesa, AZ tour stop. Take a look at the pictures below! Please follow and like us:

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PHOTOS: Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals

Philip H. Anselmo hit the road with his band The Illegals this month for a 15 city tour alongside Child Bite. Playing a mix of new song and Pantera favorites, the mix of fans was one of the most diverse crowds I’ve ever seen. Take a look at pictures below from their stop in Mesa, AZ. Facebook, Website, Spotify Please follow and like us:

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LIVE Review: Justin Courtney Pierre

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hates the term ‘frontman’ any more than Justin Courtney Pierre does. That being said, you’d also be hard pressed to find a more genuine front man than the perfectly disheveled Pierre. Regardless if fans had attended the show to catch another glimpse of Pierre singing familiar Motion City Soundtrack tunes, or were there to hear his debut solo record live, they left the Detroit show at The Shelter Nov. 2 entertained. Frontmen can be cocky — it’s almost expected. They can be…

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