Mike Shinoda’s ‘Post Traumatic’ Album is Exactly the Musical Catharsis He – and Linkin Park Fans – Need Right Now (Review)

Mike Shinoda’s ‘Post Traumatic’ Album is Exactly the Musical Catharsis He – and Linkin Park Fans – Need Right Now (Review)

Music has a special power to be cathartic. For years, Linkin Park (fronted by Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington) amassed a global fan base of extremely dedicated listeners, the band’s profile seeming to grow larger with each release, their music and Bennington’s presence appealing to fans’ inner frustrations and personal struggles in an affecting way. […]

Fantastic Negrito Returns with the Soulful, Funky and Poignant New Album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ (New Music Friday)

Fantastic Negrito Returns with the Soulful, Funky and Poignant New Album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ (New Music Friday)

Fantastic Negrito earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for his album The Last Days of Oakland — his soulful funk/rock striking a chord with those who like music with a raw, earnest and vibrant energy. Today, the man otherwise known as Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz released a new record, Please Don’t Be Dead. Titled after and featuring album […]

Flashback to When a Bewildered ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Performed ‘Eat It’ on a Japanese TV Show with Sumo Wrestlers and a Giant Lobster

Flashback to When a Bewildered ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Performed ‘Eat It’ on a Japanese TV Show with Sumo Wrestlers and a Giant Lobster

“Eat It” was a career milestone for Weird Al Yankovic — one that helped his career explode on a global level and help set in place the decades of parodies and irreverent material that would come. Back in the mid 1980s, Yankovic was big on self-promotion, as all artists are. The particular attention being given […]

Robert DeLeo on Stone Temple Pilots’ Resilience, New Album and New Singer, Jeff Gutt (The Interview)

Robert DeLeo on Stone Temple Pilots’ Resilience, New Album and New Singer, Jeff Gutt (The Interview)

Stone Temple Pilots have been an alternative rock institution for going on 25 years. Their 1992 debut Core celebrated that big anniversary with a  reissue package in the fall, and their latest self-titled album is out on March 16. Of course, one cannot think of Stone Temple Pilots without visualizing longtime vocalist Scott Weiland or the […]

Andrew W.K. Wants You to Know ‘You’re Not Alone’ in the Search for Life’s True Meaning (Q&A)

Andrew W.K. Wants You to Know ‘You’re Not Alone’ in the Search for Life’s True Meaning (Q&A)

Andrew W.K. has been many things over the years — he can count jubilant hard rock vocalist and piano player, motivational speaker and political movement founder among his job descriptions. But it all started with the music, specifically his 2001 debut album I Get Wet, a barrage of riffs and energy that exploded with the […]

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