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Avril Lavigne’s ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ to be Released March 8th — Acoustic Pop ‘Til You Drop

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March 7, 2011
Avril Lavigne’s ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ to be Released March 8th — Acoustic Pop ‘Til You Drop

The latest effort from Avril Lavigne is the very acoustic pop driven Goodbye Lullaby, produced by ex-husband Deryck Whimbley of Sum 41 fame. The  first song, short and bittersweet, is most likely about him. “Black Star” has a memorable melody and is a very fine start. “Push” sets the tone for the rest of...
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Noah And the Whale’s ‘Last Night On Earth’ to be Released March 8th, 2011: A Review

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March 4, 2011
Noah And the Whale’s ‘Last Night On Earth’ to be Released March 8th, 2011: A Review

“Life is Life” starts Noah and the Whale’s new album ‘Last Night On Earth’ (scheduled to be released March 8th) out with a booming bass beat, a catchy melody, and chanting background vocals at the end. This gets things started with a bang! “Tonight’s the Kind of Night” has a snappy beat that moves this...
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Dropkick Murphys’ New Release ‘Going Out In Style’ Delivers Five Guinness Rating

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February 28, 2011
Dropkick Murphys’ New Release ‘Going Out In Style’ Delivers Five Guinness Rating

From the title track “Going Out In Style” on through, the latest release from Dropkick Murphys continues to deliver more and more. I hoped this would be good. I was stunned at the reality that this is a classic. All the songs here are Five Star classics. I was not only not disappointed, but stunned...
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Celtic Thunder’s ‘Heritage’: Ordering a Guinness and Getting a Bud Light

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February 24, 2011
Celtic Thunder’s ‘Heritage’: Ordering a Guinness and Getting a Bud Light

Celtic Thunder is a Dublin, Ireland vocal group comprised of Emmet Cahill (replacing Paul M. Byrom who has gone solo), George Donaldson, Ryan J. Kelly, Keith Harkin, Damian J. McGinty, Jr., and Neil Byrne. The song “The Dutchman” sets the tone on Celtic Thunder’s new release ‘Heritage’, more like light rain rather than thunder....
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Yuck Releases Self-Titled Debut: A Review

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February 17, 2011
Yuck Releases Self-Titled Debut: A Review

The debut release from London’s Yuck lives up to its name on only one song. The long, droning “Rubber” has weak vocals by Daniel Blumberg (guitarist) that are lost in a quagmire of mediocrity. It really doesn’t come close to justifying a seven minute plus length. I am glad I continued to listen past...
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Thompson Square Releases Self-Titled Debut: A Review

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February 16, 2011
Thompson Square Releases Self-Titled Debut: A Review

The single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” is a good song and in heavy rotation on country stations. Don’t make an assumption based on this one song. The husband/wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson are considerably deeper than this song suggests. Sure, it’s the kind of song we get on the...
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The Grammy Award Winners

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February 13, 2011
The Grammy Award Winners

The Aretha Franklin tribute was a huge part of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards tonight. With a star studded tribute and a cameo appearance by The Queen Of Soul, the Grammys deliver old school heaven. Arcade Fire’s ’The Suburbs’ was a huge surprise as Album of the Year. I have to admit I thought this...
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The Instantly Interesting ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’ From Crowbar Released February 8th, 2011

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February 8, 2011
The Instantly Interesting ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’ From Crowbar Released February 8th, 2011

Instantly interesting is ‘Sever the Wicked Hand’, the latest release by Crowbar from New Orleans, Louisiana. Being a fan of slower heavy music, I find the songs “Liquid Sky and Cold Black Earth” and “Echo an Eternity” simply marvelous. “Symbiosis” is also in this vein, intermingled with faster parts, and a strong track. If...
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Social Distortion — ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’: Polished Without Compromising the Edge

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January 25, 2011
Social Distortion — ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’: Polished Without Compromising the Edge

Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes finds Social Distortion, the long time Punk Rock group, in fine form. The group was formed in Fullerton, California in 1978. The single “Machine Gun Blues” is a fine example of how catchy Punk Rock can be. The song “Bakerfield” is slower, yet hard driving, with a stellar guitar....
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The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards to Air on CBS February 13th, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET

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January 24, 2011
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards to Air on CBS February 13th, 2011 at 8:00 PM ET

To be perfoming at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards are The BBC favorite Justin Bieber (yeah right), Bruno Mars, B.o.B., and all five Album Of The Year nominees Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Eminen, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire. I’m pulling for the dark horse Arcade Fire on this one. More performances are Usher with...
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The Decemberists’ New Album ‘The King Is Dead’ Released January 18th, 2011

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January 18, 2011
The Decemberists’ New Album ‘The King Is Dead’ Released January 18th, 2011

The single “Down By The Water” from the Decemberists’ new album The King Is Dead has an obvious single feel to it, that and it is simply just a darn good song. The two bareboned songs “January Hymn” and “June Hymn” have a drowsy feel to them. “Don’t Carry It All” instantly reminded me of...
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Avril Lavigne’s New Single “What The Hell” Released Jan. 11th

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January 11, 2011
Avril Lavigne’s New Single “What The Hell” Released Jan. 11th

If you just can’t wait until March 8th to hear Avril Lavigne’s new album ‘Goodbye Lullaby’, the new single “What the Hell” is available right now. Right away this song emits a good girl gone bad attitude. This is a real good example of the sound we are getting here and now. The unusual keyboard...
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Wire Releases ‘Red Barked Trees’ on January 11th, 2011

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January 10, 2011
Wire Releases ‘Red Barked Trees’ on January 11th, 2011

The alternative band Wire’s latest release ‘Red Barked Trees’ shows why the band, formed in London in 1976, has stayed in the music business so long. Taking long breaks and staying fresh, rhythm guitar/vocalist/music writer Colin Newman, bassist/lyricist Graham Lewis, guitarist Bruce Gilbert, and drummer Robert Grey are in fine form here. If you like...
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