Four young women stand together firmly in front of hundreds of trumpets as brass blares in the background.
The Maine has an empowering message for listeners: “You Are Ok.”
With the release of its seventh studio album, “You Are Ok,” alt-rock band The Maine put to rest the slow, emotional phase of its last era with this upbeat and cohesive set.
After Oakland-based punk-rock group SWMRS signed with New York City–based record label Fueled By Ramen and released its record label debut and overall third LP, “Drive North,” the band has returned to the punk scene with its follow-up, “Berkeley’s On Fire.”
The band itself initially got attention because of its drummer, Joey Armstrong — Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s son — but “Berkeley’s On Fire” combines eccentric tracks that blend together a multitude of punk, alt-rock and surf-rock elements, giving the band a separate, personal identity.
After the success of their previous album, “As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide,” in 2017, and after signing to Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts last year, Vancouver-based indie rockers Said the Whale are back with their sixth LP, “Cascadia.” Though Canadian magazines like “Exclaim!” and “Canadian Beats Media” have claimed this record to be one of the most anticipated albums of 2019, it fails to meet its high expectations, with bland vocals, confusing lyrics and cringey instrumentals.
In December 2017, Twitter user @weezerafrica posted a tweet tagging Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer of Grammy Award–winning rock band Weezer, with a simple request: “it’s about time you bless the rains down in africa.” Months later, the group finally did bless the rains by releasing a cover of Toto’s “Africa” in summer 2018, with the same tweet on the digital cover, and to much success.
English rockers Bring Me The Horizon initially came into the music scene as a death metal band, but almost 12 years after the release of their debut LP, “Count Your Blessings,” they are far from their heavier beginnings.
From the iconic ‘90s boy band that brought audiences timeless songs like “I Want it That Way” and “Everybody,” comes a new album called “DNA.” The Backstreet Boys has resurfaced into the mainstream music scene once again.
Apocalyptic but wistful, unsettling but eerily calm, Deerhunter’s eighth album “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” is a subtle but striking work of art.
In 2016, an undergraduate student at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University played a demo for Pharrell Williams, who was teaching a master class at the time.