Author: Shannon Shumaker

James Vincent McMorrow The Less I Knew

The Less I Knew is the first of two albums that Irish singer-songwriter-producer James Vincent McMorrow is set to release this year, and with these eight easygoing, heartfelt songs kicking off the year, it’s clear that there’s nothing that he can’t do. From the stark, stripped down sounds on his early releases like Early in the Morning and Post Tropical, McMorrow has certainly bloomed over the years, leaning heavily into sounds of pop, hip-hop and R&B with last year’s Grapefruit Season, and The Less I Knew finds him fully realizing these sounds in a way that simply feels easy, never…

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Alexisonfire Otherness

Arriving thirteen years after the release of their last full-length album, Old Crows / Young Cardinals, Alexisonfire’s long-awaited new album, Otherness proves that time has done absolutely nothing to dull the band. If anything, it finds them returning bolder and better than ever. Over the years, the members of Alexisonfire have stepped in and out of other projects and found influence in a wide array of sounds, and the result is clear on Otherness, which feels like a more matured and melodic, but no less explosive and gritty version of the band that many fans fell in love with two…

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Pollyanna Slime

Carried by high energy guitar work, blunt lyrics and catchy as fuck choruses, it would be easy to write Pollyanna’s latest album, Slime off as just yet another fun to listen to punk record, but it’s so much more than that. Comprised of twelve incredibly vulnerable, personal and honest songs, Slime finds vocalist Jill Beckett exploring the painful process of getting out of an abusive relationship with someone else, finding self-love and accepting the world for the fucked-up place that it is. From start to finish, Slime will take you on a cathartic lyrical journey that is made even stronger…

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Moodring Stargazer

In 2022, it’s hard to find an artist, album or even a song that can withstand the test of time. Do just a little digging, though, and you’ll find bands like Moodring. With a dynamic sound that perfectly reflects what their name suggests, Moodring are an outlier in today’s constantly changing music scene, having managed to establish themselves with a timeless sound akin to that of Deftones at times, but versatile enough to hook you within just a couple of songs. With their debut full-length album, Stargazer, the band – comprised of frontman Hunter Young, guitarist Sean Dolich, drummer Lindy…

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The Wrecks Sonder

Larger than life and filled to the brim with catchy as hell, incredibly relatable bangers, The Wrecks’ new album, Sonder is some of their best work yet. Driven by vulnerable lyricism, there are no two songs on Sonder that sound the same, but emotionally, they all hit hard. From massive pop-punk leaning anthems like the opener, “Sonder,” (which will have you singing along before it comes to an end) and the angsty “I Love This Part” to songs like poppy “Where Are You Now” featuring girlhouse, which leans towards Pixies “Where Is My Mind?”, to the guitar driven ballads like…

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Lubalin whose love

There’s nothing out there quite like Lubalin’s latest genre-defying project, whose love. Difficult to predict and impossible to categorize, whose love finds the daring singer, songwriter and producer exploring feelings of longing, love, loss and regret with nine new tracks, with no two sounding alike (including the final two songs, which are reworks of “paint me a picture” and “never gonna let it”). Driven by glitchy, emotive vocals and absolutely spectacular production, whose love draws influence from R&B, pop and electronic music, but manages to mesh different aspects of these genres in a way that hasn’t quite been done before.…

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Limp Bizkit Loveland Review

Limp Bizkit made their triumphant return to Colorado during the final few dates of their Still Sucks tour this month, proving that – despite what their latest album title may suggest – the band is back and better than ever. With an eclectic lineup comprised of openers Wargasm UK, Dying Wish and Yung Gravy, who all seemed to strangely fit the bill despite their varying sounds, and a set consisting mostly of fan-favorite tracks from Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water, Limp Bizkit spent most of the night paying homage to their past while ensuring that fans felt that…

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Jukebox The Ghost Cheers

Jukebox The Ghost are proving that they still have plenty of tricks up their sleeves with their sixth full-length album, Cheers. Spanning thirteen creative, theatrical and emotionally vulnerable songs, Cheers finds the band flexing their songwriting abilities once more and delivering fresh-sounding songs that will excite longtime fans. Cheers is not only the band’s sixth full-length album, but it also marks their first self-produced and self-recorded release. For many artists, choosing to self-produce can either make or break the album – sometimes, another party can help to refine sounds or push the band to explore new ones – but in…

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