Album Reviews

Album Review: Artificial Agent-Brain Grenade (Score=100% )

By Alexis Simpson We first saw this band perform when opening for Steel Panther. Since then, we’ve spotted Derek enjoying rock shows at venues such as Small’s and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Also, you may have spotted his brother on Instagram with a deluge of photos of his new bride-Congrats! They released their new CD a few months ago, so […]

Album Review: Stars In Stereo Self Titled Album (Score=82%)

By Alexis Simpson We stumbled across the band “Stars In Stereo” when they opened for Drowning Pool and Flyleaf at St. Andrew’s Hall earlier this year. New female-fronted rock bands are fairly rare, and we wanted to support and share today’s new release of  Stars In Stereo. Click HERE to stream. This is a good […]

Album Review-Jamaican Queens-Wordfood (Score-111%)

Genre-Alt/Indie Rock, INdie Electronic, Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia My biggest critique of this album is that I wish there were a few more tracks. MORE! I WANT MORE! Jamaican Queens, when not touring, are out on the town checking out fellow Detroit musicians’ sets. (Read their Twitter HERE, it’s entertaining:) Their sound is indeed their own, […]

Album Review: Ghost Vapors “The Valley of Ashes” (Score=91%)

By Alexis Simpson Ghost Vapors is a musical project formed by Brad Jendza and Steve Swanson. Brad was kind enough to send me a copy of their album, The Valley of Ashes, and I am quite pleased that he did. Overall, I really enjoyed the album and added it to my mass of music that […]

Album Review: The Rose Cult “Welcome to the Rose Cult” (Score=100%)

By Alexis Simpson The Rose Cult band reached out to me to check out some of their new material, and I’m so glad I did! They too, like my current obsession, Jamaican Queens, possess that crazy-cool Detroit vibe that makes me want to head downtown and vibe with the city. I love their sound, and […]

Album Review: Hell Or Highwater Premiere New Album, “Begin Again” (SCORE 86%)

Hell Or Highwater was in Detroit January 25th, when they opened for The Darkness. We got the chance to preview their new album, Begin Again, and wanted to share our first impressions of each track. For those that don’t know, Hell or Highwater was founded by Brandon Saller, the drummer/vocalist for Cali rock band, Atreyu. […]

Review: Bassnectar in 2012 (Score 91%)

Last week we were supposed to attend the Bassnectar show in Detroit, but got assigned to cover Madonna last minute so we figured we would take photos after the Madonna show. Security wouldn’t let us bring our cam in that late so we were bummed, but judging from all the drunk people outside of the […]

Album Review: Aaron Lewis “The Road” (Score 90% )

Aaron Lewis, frontman of Staind has made a significant impact in the alternative rock space. All signs point towards a successfully leap into the country realm as well. His 2011 debut EP made it to spot #1 of the Billboard’s Country Sales Chart. Debut single “Country Boy” went gold and earned him multiple award nominations. His […]

Album Review: Larry and His Flask “Hobo’s Lament” (Score 92%)

By Mitch Planamento At first glance, the cover of Larry and His Flask’s six songs EP, Hobo’s Lament, looks like Jack Nichloson is flipping you off—which would be hilarious if it was actually him. Moving past that, half of this six song EP is made up of older songs (“Closed Doors”, “My Name is Cancer” […]

Check Out Slightly Stoopid! (Concert Photos & Album Review) Score 81%

Slightly Stoopid drew us in when they opened for 311. They played a long set that impressed the laid back and fun-loving Detroit crowd. They are a groovy group of white boy reggae masters with an impressive backup band. Their performance made us want to check out their new album. Here are our first Impressions […]

Incubus HQ Live Album Review and First Impressions (Score 98%)

This live cd was recorded in a storefront space that was renovated into a high-tech arty performance space.  For six nights, Incubus performed the tracks that makes up this album for their most loyal fans. This year Incubus celebrates their 20th anniversary as a band. This Wednesday they will be performing at The Palace of […]

Album Review: Fun. “Some Nights” 2-21-12 (Score 100%)

By Alexis Simpson Genre: Rock Members: Nate Ruess Jack Antonoff Andrew Dost Fun. has grown immensely in popularity due to a heavy touring schedule, word of mouth, and Glee’s cover of “We are Young.” They remind us a lot of the voice of Mika with the theatricalness of Queen. The album […]

Album Review: First Aid Kit “The Lion’s Roar” 1/19/11 (Score 82%)

By Alexis Simpson It’s interesting how Noize favorites, Jack White and Conor Oberst, both chose to work with First Aid Kit this year. Conor Oberst toured with them, and Jack White produced and released a 7″ record featuring First Aid Kit on Third Man Records. Jack and Conor were obviously on to something! First Aid […]

Album Review: Steve Aoki “Wonderland” 1/10/12 (Score 81%) I adore Steve Aoki. I got the chance to see him live this summer at the Identity Fest and loved his presence. He’s a star-the hippest of the hip. I also am a fan of several of his well-known tracks such as: “Misfits” “Wake Up Call” and “New Noise.” I’m excited to see […]

Album Review: Young Jeezy “TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition” (Score 83%)

Genre: Hip Hop / Rap / Hardcore If you want something hardcore, this is the album for you. Young Jeezy is all about sex, weed and guns. I can’t see myself listening to this album on a daily basis because it’s so hard. Young Jeezy must not like recording alone because he has […]

Album Review: Real Estate’s “Days” 10/22/2011 (Score 81%)

Kevin via The New Jersey band Real Estate has just released it’s second full-length album, “Days.” On this follow-up the band continues to combine meditative lyrics and relaxing guitar-pop to create a simple and atmospheric sound. Real Estate is very good at using guitars to create a relaxed ‘beach-wave’ sound. Much of this is […]

Album Review: Evanesence’s ‘Evanesence’ 10/12/2011 (Score 82%)

Loud, crunchy guitars: check Resplendent piano arpeggios and corresponding string arrangements: check Crisp studio production: check Soaring, haunting Goth-queen vocals: check This can mean only one thing: a new Evanescence album. After listening to the band’s third studio album, simply titled Evanescence, one is immediately reassured of one thing: you know exactly what you’re getting. […]

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