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TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #11: PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL – PLECTRUMELECTRUM…

This year was a great one for Prince fans. After waiting and being told for about a year that a new album was coming, Prince stepped up and delivered two instead. One of these was PLECTRUMELECTRUM with his new all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL. So why did I rate this one lower than the other, Art Official […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #12: MACY GRAY – THE WAY…

One album that really stood out from the rest this year was Macy Gray’s latest release The Way. Pop charts be damned, time after time Macy proves that the knows how to do it right. The album is full of catchy but heartfelt feelgood songs, ballads that pull at your heart strings, and above all […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #13: JACK WHITE – LAZARETTO…

Lazaretto. Italian for “I’ll put any style of music I want to on my album, dammit, and who’s gonna stop me?”. Actually, no. Lazarettos were quarantine stations used to house severely ill sea travelers, mainly in the 1800s. This was in attempt to keep diseases like the plague from spreading. But I’m going to go […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #14: BLEACHERS – STRANGE DESIRE…

Most side projects of popular bands tend to get released and fizzle, with the exception of the die-hard fans of their original band paying attention. But in this case, Fun’s Jack Antonoff proves that he has lyrical and musical chops aside from just being the guitarist and backing vocalist of Fun. In fact, some of […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #15: FOXY SHAZAM – GONZO…

I can’t say it was all that much of a surprise when Foxy Shazam recently announced their indefinite hiatus from music. Despite releasing some extraordinary albums, they just couldn’t seem to catch a big break. And it was really clear from the lyrics of Gonzo that lead vocalist Eric Nally was feeling the pain of […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #17: you+me – rose ave….

This fall, P!nk released a new album sort of under the radar. This project is rose ave. For this album, P!nk formed a duo called you+me with Dallas Green, a Canadian singer-songwriter also known under the moniker City and the Colour. She met Dallas through her husband, and planned a collaboration track that turned into […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #18: FOSTER THE PEOPLE – SUPERMODEL…

This year Foster The People released their second album, Supermodel, which was in some ways a complete left turn from their near-perfect debut Torches. Instead of electronically driven pop hooks and catchy layered harmonies, this album contains… well it still contains layered harmonies, but not as catchy this time. Instead, Mark Foster looks inward and […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #19: KIMBRA – THE GOLDEN ECHO…

One of this year’s most exciting and adventurous pop albums this year came from Kimbra, with her second album The Golden Echo. There are catchy songs, dense songs, songs that are way out of the normal pop realm that push the musical envelope, but all of them are full of an exciting forward-thinking mentality. In […]

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #23: THE BLACK KEYS – TURN BLUE…

I have a feeling that Turn Blue will top several peoples’ lists this year. The Black Keys is one of those critics’ darlings bands that always seems to make the lists. So why is it on mine? Is it warranted? I’m more of a newcomer to the band. I started listening at El Camino, long […]

FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: GREEN DAY – WOODSTOCK 1994…

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of Green Day’s landmark album Dookie. The album was their breakthrough and their first on a major label, which forever brought up the question, “Does a band sell out if they move to a major label?”. Regardless of the debate, Dookie was an album full of teenage angst and questioning […]