Album Review: High Noon (Arkells)

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Artist: Arkells Label: Dine Alone Records Genre: Indie Rock Year: 2014 Grade: B Hamilton’s hot shots are back again with an album that is very much in keeping with their trademark loud, Motown-influenced brand of rock. As political and edgy as it is catchy and innocent, High Noon proves that Arkells still have a lot […]


Vegas Lounge Lizard – Three Thousand Realms

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Artist: Vegas Lounge Lizard Album: Three Thousand Realms Label: Indie Genre: Alternative Rock Year: 2014 Grade: A I have been familiar with local band Vegas Lounge Lizard almost since their beginning. It amazes me how much they have grown as a group. Their first full-length album, Three Thousand Realms, has more than exceeded my expectations. Although I have […]


Waterfront Fire – Self Titled

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Artist: Waterfront Fire Album: Self-Titled Label: Indie Genre: Rock Rating: B In retrospect, we often find something special in a band’s first recordings. Sometime later, they may hold some influence over our present considerations of their work. It could be that we are provided with an insight into just how much their sound has changed […]


Harlan Pepper – Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Artist: Harlan Pepper Album: Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest Label: Six Shooter Records Genre: Folk Year: 2014 Grade: B- The worst thing about Take Out a Twenty and Live Life to the Fullest isn’t anything it does, but everything it fails to accomplish. The latest album from the Hamilton, Ontario […]


Carleton Stone – Draws Blood

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Artist: Carleton Stone Album: Draws Blood Label: GroundSwell Music Genre: Folk/Rock Rating: C By David Maher Carleton Stone is hard to pin down. The Cape Breton artist has worked with two major names in Canadian music, Howie Beck and Jason Collett, to produce his third album. Draws Blood is something of an exploration of the […]


AndrewLIVE – Live from the 32 Floor

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Artist: AndrewLIVE Album: Live from the 32 Floor Label: Independent Genre: Hip-Hop Rating: B AndrewLive can sing. Boy, can he sing. His voice is clear, crisp, fluid, and he uses it to great effect on Live from the 32 Floor, his first solo release. His incredible voice is complimented by the musicianship and programming of […]


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire album was released on November 19, 2013 to coincide with the release of the film of the same name. The album features a plethora of bands and artists including Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, of Monsters and Men, and Ellie Goulding, to name a few. The album is a fantastic mix of […]


Lady Gaga – Artpop

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Artpop was released on November 6, 2013. It is the fourth album by Lady Gaga. “Applause” and “Do what you want” have been released as the promotional songs for the album. I was not sure how I felt about the album when I first listened to it. There were some songs I immediately liked such […]


Switchfoot – Fading West

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Artist: Switchfoot Album: Fading West Genre: Alternative rock Label: lowercase people/Atlantic Grade: A Released on January 14, 2014, Fading West is Switchfoot’s ninth full-length album. One would think that after nine albums and over fifteen years of playing and producing music, a band would begin to lose its momentum. Switchfoot seems to be doing the […]


Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album, Reflektor, came out in late October of 2013 and had been has a staple to my listening rotation ever since then. Although the album itself is rather long (two CD’s), they have created a collection of songs that command your attention from start to finish. After having won the Grammy […]