Katy Perry, MTV Unplugged, EMI, Capitol

MTV Unplugged was recently dusted off and started showcasing modern pop and rock acts again. They have certainly chosen an eclectic list which includes one Miss Katy Perry. It is always refreshing to watch a pop artist such as Perry try to reshape theirmaterialtofit an acoustic format. Tracks (more…) Read More

Carlos Santana, Guitar Heaven, Arista

Carlos Santana sure knows how to pick ‘em, having Chris Cornell cover Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Love”, Indie Arie and Yo Yo Ma guest on “While my Guitar Gently Weeps”, Chris Daughtry cover Def Leppard’s “Photograph” all work surprisingly well. However,having Chester Bennington cover “Riders on the Storm” and Nas (more…) Read More

Slowcoaster, Darkest of Discos, Indie

On Darkest of Discos (DoD) Cape Breton’s Slowcoaster has put together a solid follow-up to their well received previous effort Future Radio. While DoD strays a bit from the reggae and funk elements that made previous albums so enjoyable, it is not to say that this is any less of (more…) Read More

Hooded Fang, Hooded Fang Album, Indie

Hooded Fang Album is a slice of hipster-heaven from the Toronto-based seven piece collective Hooded Fang (and their laundry list of guest players). While the band itself is very capable of hitting the studio and cranking out an album that comes loadedwithpraisefrom some trusted critics, it just fails to reach out (more…) Read More

Nas, Illmatic, Sony Music

1994 marks the 10th anniversary of Nas’ debut album Illmatic. Nas emerged quietly alongside the debut of Bad Boy records (featuring the debuts of both Notorious BIG and Puff Daddy). While Biggie and Puffy did their thing, Illmatic went on to become an instant classic without the same fanfare. (more…) Read More

N.E.R.D., Fly Or Die, Star Trek,Virgin

2004 is year of the N.E.R.D.,or so says Pharell Williams. N.E.R.D. (Chad Hugo and Shay Haley being the other 2/3’s), have dropped Fly Or Die, the follow-up to the hugely successful (and overplayed) In Search Of…. An intimate album that is better suited to a pair of headphones, rather than (more…) Read More

Orgy, Punk Static Paranoia, D1 Records

Dark, ominious and lurking somewhere between Korn and Marilyn Manson, is Orgy, who have returned with their follow-up to 2001’s ill-received Vapor Transmission. Punk Static Paranoia is sharper, more melodic and seemly more focused on their craft, rather than focusing on gimmicky crap such as Marilyn’s theatrics and Korn’s faux-anger. (more…) Read More