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‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’: Quirky pirates create witty film

By | May 2, 2012

Arrrgh, maties! A new pirate adventure from the creators of “Wallace and Grommit” offers up a surprisingly witty and snicker-worthy story, made possible by its quirky characters and captivating visuals.

‘Changed’: Country band keeps on track

By | Apr 25, 2012

After a series of hit records, Rascal Flatts has once again delivered with an impressive eighth album. The new release, “Changed,” offers 11 new tracks true to the country band’s roots. The album begins with a somber tone in the song “Changed,” which serves as the band’s confession that it needed to change. The heartfelt…

‘Eight and a Half’: New indie-rock supergroup crafts balanced first album

By | Apr 25, 2012

With its debut self-titled album, Eight and a Half, a Canadian indie supergroup that pulls members from acts like The Stills and Broken Social Scene, melds the styles of former projects to create a beautiful auditory experience.

‘Kill For Love’: Wavy synths electrify album

By | Apr 18, 2012

Listeners may be familiar with Chromatics after their track “Tick of the Clock” was incorporated into the stellar soundtrack of the film “Drive.” With their latest album, “Kill For Love,” the band sings and strums their trademark disco-pop sound to perfection. Throughout the album, Chromatics specialize in creating dreamy atmospherics in which listeners can get…

‘Vulnerable’: Alternative group trades in angst for maturity

By | Apr 18, 2012

The Used’s developed sound in their fifth studio album, “Vulnerable,” has certainly come a long way from the raging days of their self-titled debut to their current, more mature sound. For some, the more contemporary rock feel of the album is a refreshing change from their previously ruthless sound. However, the change may not impress…

‘Anarchy, My Dear’: Revolution for Anything

By | Apr 11, 2012

With Say Anything’s most recent release, “Anarchy, My Dear,” the indie-punk band changes up the pace from older compilations with more screaming vocals and ballads, but it may leave listeners craving the band’s past work.

‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’: Rap princess reloads sound with wannabe pop tracks

By | Apr 11, 2012

The bright colors, eccentric wigs and the layers of spandex all seemed to decorate the path to a new, more clearly defined era for Nicki Minaj, the undisputed chart-topping champion of pop-driven hip-hop hierarchy.

‘Port of Morrow’: Shins shine in album

By | Apr 4, 2012

After remaining dormant for half a decade, indie rock darlings The Shins have released their new album, “Port of Morrow,” at long last. On the highly anticipated album, James Mercer and company draw from their typical mix of indie ballads and sensitive slow jams. Listeners are treated to a healthy dose of eccentric instrumental elements,…

‘MDNA’: Glamorous mega pop star fades with lackluster album

By | Apr 4, 2012

If the title of her new album, “MDNA,” is any indication, Madonna wants her fan base to really know what she’s made of. One spin of the album is enough to know that the answer is apparently glitter, leather and outdated fads that reveal an unsightly fork in the road in the career of one…

‘Happy to You’: Swedish trio spices up sound

By | Mar 28, 2012

It’s been nearly three years since Swedish synth masterminds Miike Snow dropped its self-titled debut album in June 2009. With the release of “Happy to You,” the group takes a step back to delve deeper into their emotions.

‘The Hunger Games Soundtrack’: Artists soften folk-pop style in soundtrack

By | Mar 28, 2012

If the books and the newly released film have not fully rounded out the complexities of the message in “The Hunger Games” franchise for viewers, fans should look no further than the soundtrack. Contributed by various artists, the album features interpretations of the films themes of rebellion, disillusionment, corruption and war.

‘Up All Night’: Boy band finds the right track

By | Mar 21, 2012

Proving to be the ultimate comeback kids, One Direction is breaking out onto the boy band scene with their high-energy album “Up All Night.” Hitting the radio waves with their smash hit “What Makes You Beautiful,” the floppy-haired X Factor contestants are wasting no time with their in-your-face pop tracks. With catchy melodies, heartfelt lyrics…