Rating: 4.5/5 This track is infectious. But, not in the traditional bubblegum-pop can’t-help-but-sing-along way. It’s the Ted Bundy of music: it’s eerie and haunting, but also charming, warm, and inviting. Palo Santo is a natural wood incense used by the indigenous people of the Andes to cleanse and purify spirits and to purge evil. As a UK-based […]Read More YEARS & YEARS — PALO SANTO
Rating: 2.5/5 The band that brought you “Cough Syrup” is back with a track that is, indeed, simpler than their past works. “Simplify” pales in comparison to the band’s past rock-heavy tracks. While Young The Giant has never been “hard,” they usually push their beats towards exciting, and “Simplify” sounds like they threw some chords together […]Read More YOUNG THE GIANT — SIMPLIFY
GRADE: A Being 23, I like Santana, but I’m not invested in his music like so much of the older generation. I’m a fan of “Smooth,” (holla @ my boy Rob Thomas); that song he did with Michelle Branch was good for its time (“The Game of Love”); I (ironically) love anything Chad Kroeger does, […]Read More SANTANA — FEBRUARY 2 AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES, LAS VEGAS
GRADE: B- I’ve been with Maroon 5 ever since Songs About Jane. Arguably their best album, their earliest work is a far cry from Red Pill Blues; SAJ triumphs because it departed from the usual — because it flipped the pop world on its head with jazzy riffs and smooth vocals. RPB isn’t BAD by any means, but it […]Read More RED PILL BLUES (Deluxe) — Maroon 5
Grade: D+ Honestly, how did we get here? How did we get from “you’re the reason for the teardrops on my guitar” to “I wanna be your end game / I wanna be your first string / I wanna be your A team?” I need to preface this by saying I honestly and truly think […]Read More END GAME — Taylor Swift
GRADE: B – Josh Ramsay has one of those voices that just shakes me to my core. From Mariana’s Trench’s 2006, much punkier debut, “Fix Me,” to their latest 2015, full-on boyband pop, 17-track “Astoria,” they’ve never disappointed. While definitely pop, MT seems to be able to somehow make bubblegum music with incredible harmonies, unexpected […]Read More RHYTHM OF YOUR HEART — Mariana’s Trench
Grade: A Everything Everything is a little-known British band, but I get the feeling they’re going to blow up, and It’s incredible to be on the front lines of that. With four albums in seven years (and two of those in the past two years), they’re pushing hard to hone their craft and make it […]Read More Everything Everything — OCTOBER 11 AT THE TERAGRAM BALLROOM, L.A.