With progression, Atmosphere flourishes

Posted on April 29, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

The underground hip-hop community has many shining stars, and for the last decade Atmosphere has been a front runner in the scene.  MC Slug and producer Ant have consistently provided hard hitting hip-hop for their fans, and their new album, “The Family Sign,” is no exception. The album differs greatly from its 2008 predecessor “When […]

‘No Devolución’ has Thursday evolving once again

Posted on April 21, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

In Spanish, the phrase “No Devolución” means “no returns.” As the title of Thursday’s newest album, that is exactly what they promise. Since the release of their first album, the post-hardcore classic “Waiting,” Thursday have evolved musically into what feels like an entirely different band, though the majority of members have stayed intact. Over the […]

Khalifa rolls up the soundtrack to your party with ‘Rolling Papers’

Posted on April 13, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

Ultimately, Khalifa will do well commercially, giving him financial success. He certainly has the ability to write great songs, he’ll just have to decide between staying commercially successful or trying to to delve deeper within himself and find something more worthy of credible success.

Fiasco was right: ‘Lasers’ disapoints

Posted on April 07, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

Lupe has long been recognized as a front runner in today’s hip-hop world due to his lyrical skill and delivery, yet even the best artists run into trouble. It isn’t fair to call this album “bad,” but this is a prime example of what happens when a talented artist finds themselves backed into a corner by contracts and label complications.

The Strokes from a different angle

Posted on April 02, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

When a band releases three well received albums in a span of only six years, one has to wonder where they’ll go next.

With anticipation through the roof, The Strokes took a much needed break in 2006 after the release of their second album, “First Impressions of Earth.” Now, a few solo albums and plenty of vacation time later, the Strokes are back with the release of “Angles,” their first new album in over five years.

Former-Chiodos frontman returns with new D.R.U.G.S.

Posted on March 12, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

  In the 2004-2006 post-hardcore boom, Chiodos was a big deal.  Their ability to combine operatic orchestration with metal guitar riffs set them apart from other bands, and their vocalist Craig Owens was an outlier in this otherwise very generic scene. Since his departure from Chiodos, fans have been eagerly waiting to hear something new from […]

Radiohead is back and brilliant as ever

Posted on March 07, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

Radiohead is playing with my emotions. In 2009, always cryptic front man Thom Yorke nearly brought me to tears after mentioning that Radiohead probably wouldn’t release another full length album. Apparently, he just meant that they were focusing more on releasing shorter EPs. This Valentine’s Day,  it was announced that a new album, entitled “The […]

Slaughterhouse provides sample of the future

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

In the hip-hop world, the trend is that if Eminem vouches for you, you’re up next. See 50 Cent or the success D-12 had in the early 2000s. And now newcomer Yelawolf, who already has a massive independent following, is starting to blow up.  At the same time, hip-hop group Slaughterhouse have dropped a new […]