Author: Shannon Shumaker

LS Dunes Past Lives

What started as a Covid-era passion project of riffs and song ideas sent back and forth between friends has turned into something truly remarkable for the members of L.S. Dunes. Comprised of vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive/Saosin/The Sound of Animals Fighting), guitarists Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria) and Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and Thursday’s Tucker Rule (drums) and Tim Payne (bass), the band certainly has the combined resume to create something spectacular, but it’s not their experience or past accomplishments that makes Past Lives great – it’s their undeniable passion. The eleven songs that make up Past Lives are…

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Jesse Gold If Not Now

Toronto R&B-pop artist Jesse Gold has tapped into something truly magical with his new EP, If Not Now. Dripping with emotion and swagger, the six-track EP rides the line between nostalgic R&B and dreamy modern pop in a way that is both timeless and fresh. Carried by warm acoustic guitar and a simplistic beat, “Go Mode” is the perfect opener for the EP, which will make you long for warm summer afternoons spent outside. The songs that follow simply build off of these melodic tones, too. “All Over Again”, for instance is carried by playful vocal runs and groovy bass,…

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Magnolia Park Bakus Revenge Review

Baku’s Revenge, the new album from Florida-based Magnolia Park, is the epitome of a great modern pop-punk album. Carried by relatable, vulnerable lyrical content, catchy as hell vocal melodies and choruses and larger than life instrumentation, Baku’s Revenge hits hard from start to finish and will have you singing along in no time. In comparison to the band’s Heart Eater EP, which was recorded within the span of a week, Magnolia Park had much more time to work on Baku’s Revenge, and it shows. The result is an album that flows with ease, that’s packed to the brim with massive…

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Ocean Alley Low Altitude Living Review

Ocean Alley’s newest album, Low Altitude Living couldn’t arrive at a more perfect time. Filled to the brim with soaring vocals, fuzzy guitar, warm bass and timeless melodies, this album is sure to keep you warm as fall gets into full swing and you find yourself longing for summer once more. Complete with twelve songs that flow effortlessly into one another, Low Altitude Living clocks in at just under an hour, during which time you’ll find yourself easily immersed in Ocean Alley’s world. It’s clear, within just the first few tracks, how much care went into crafting the track list…

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Nessa Barrett young forever

Rising artist Nessa Barrett is taking pop music to the next level with her emotionally vulnerable debut full-length album, young forever, out today. Comprised of thirteen confessional, personal tracks, young forever finds the twenty year-old looking inward and dissecting the music scene while she balances growing up while being thrust into stardom. Further bridging the gap between pop, alternative, rock and emo music, Nessa Barrett has perfectly established her place in the scene and proven her diversity with this release. Opening with the blunt “tired of california”, Barrett quickly expresses her frustration with the empty friendships and vanity that comes…

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LOKRE Interview

Spiritually grounded R&B singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, LOKRE has had an exciting year so far with the release of her ambitious debut album, ELIZABETH last month. After ten years in music, it’s safe to say that the album has been a long time coming, and it was well worth waiting for. Co-produced with Adrian X (Drake, The Weeknd, Doc McKinney), the project is a reflection on identity and an homage to her ancestral ties, with the title serving as a nod to the name that her mother gave her while showcasing a new incarnation of her artistry, paving the…

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My Chemical Romance Review

Anticipation for My Chemical Romance’s return to Denver had been building for two and a half years by the time the band finally took the stage at Ball Arena on Friday night. After multiple postponed and rescheduled shows due to the global pandemic, it came as no surprise to find fans literally wrapped around the building, lining up long before the doors opened. The die-hards were donning homemade Helena-themed dresses, Party Poison and Fun Ghoul jackets, X’s across their eyes or even just classic red eye shadow, proving that, even nine years since their breakup, My Chem still has the…

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