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REVIEW: Flyleaf – Who We Are (2013)

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December 5, 2013

I was heartbroken when Lacey Sturm announced her departure from Flyleaf late last year. I believe it was late in 2005 when I heard the band via the American station 103.3 The Edge (I was working twelve-hour night shifts close to lake Ontario and could listen if my car was parked in the right place). I seem to… Read More ›

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Spotlight on Dream Theater, Part II

The nearly legendary progressive metal machine known as Dream Theater didn’t simply appear overnight, ladies and gentlemen. Thus, I have decided to take an album-by-album stroll through the band’s history in a series no shorter than three parts long. In the previous article, I ran through the history following the band’s founding in 1985, and toured their first… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: UMMAGMA

How much more fitting could it be for a love affair to blossom at an outdoor acoustic guitar concert between two musicians? Comprised of Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon, Ummagma is a dynamic Canadian-Ukrainian duo, founded in Moscow in 2003, where Kretov and McLarnon met coincidentally at an acoustic concert. The relationship between the two… Read More ›

No Lies: Spotlight on Scene

Every once and a while, absolutely fantastic new music comes straight out of nowhere and lights a signal fire to remind me that the future of music isn’t all that bleak. The feeling of excitement I get when this happens is what reinforces my faith and keeps me passionate about music. I mean, one can… Read More ›

Five Alarm Funk is Funky: Rock the Sky

In a sea of homogenous pop music that blurs together so seamlessly that each new song on the radio seems to blend in with the last, Five Alarm Funk is a beacon of funkadelic light beckoning us to the shore. With multiple melodic horns accompanied by a barrage of percussion driving the band’s one-of-a-kind jazz/salsa/funk/metal… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: Sam Pinkerton

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sam Pinkerton has released three songs, all of which are available to download from her website. Her formula is simple: guitar, voice, feeling. It is amazing how much the pick of guitar can make you feel, especially when it is paired with a perplexingly calming voice – a voice with such a peculiar… Read More ›

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: Spotlight on Dream Theater, Part I

More than likely, even if you’re mainstream out the arse, you’ve heard the name Dream Theater bandied about before. This band’s success is mystifying to me as they’ve been afforded a kind of legendary treatment despite having almost no mainstream exposure. I’ve put off writing about them in any great detail, mostly because some of what I’ll have… Read More ›

SONG REVIEW: Rowland S. Howard’s cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Nothin'”

Hopelessness is probably the most arresting sentiment to pull across in a song. Usually undertaken alone, it must bleed through in prose, mood, and the overall structure of your discontent. This need to document despondency, and ultimately throw it out upon the common culture, is an attempt to exorcise emotion and offer it up to… Read More ›

And When They Sing: Spotlight on Neverending White Lights

I’m as much a sucker for one-man projects as I am for subtle, brooding atmosphere, and those two aweinspiring elements come together as one in Neverending White Lights. The sad truth is, a lot of people don’t appreciate how very hard it is for one man to put together an entire musical project. There are many who would… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Camel – Moonmadness (1976)

It is very difficult to select just one record to cover from such a fantastic and underrated band, but we’d be here till the second coming if I were to go through all of Camel’s fourteen studio albums in detail. Instead, I’d have you take a look at the first one I ever picked up, and the… Read More ›

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