Not Enough Breakdowns: Album Reviews

Haley Williams – FLOWERS for VASES/descansos Label: Atlantic Records Genre: Singer-songwriter, pop Following up last year’s ambitious but scattered debut solo album Petals for Armor was always going to be a challenge for the Paramore frontwoman, but she certainly has done an admirable job.  While Petals for Armor can be viewed as a more experimental…

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Not Enough Breakdowns: Album Reviews

Portrayal of Guilt – We are Always Alone Label: Closed Casket Activities Genre: Screamo, post-black metal, punk On their second full-length album, We are Always Alone, Austin-based band Portrayal of Guilt continues to develop their genre-bending sound.  There is a lot to unpack here; at its core is a hefty dose of early 2000s screamo…

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The 100 Albums I Plan on Introducing to My Daughter

Be forewarned, this is really more of a self-serving article than anything else. Two weeks ago, my wife gave birth to my beautiful daughter and throughout the pregnancy, I was looking forward to the plethora of things I am going to do with her or show her. One of those things is music. It’s no…

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Brand New Announces Fifth Album

Long Island-based alternative outfit has announced “LP5,” their first album since 2009’s “Daisy.” In typical Brand New fashion, the announcement was made in a fashion what was neither clear nor descript post across their social media platforms. Along with the announcement for the album, a presale for the album’s vinyl was made available, which sold…

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The Spill Canvas Announces New Record, Upcoming Tour

On this day 10 years ago, The Spill Canvas released their fourth full-length album, No Really, I’m Fine. Today, the band decided to celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary with a pair of major announcements. The Spill Canvas last album, Gestalt, was released in 2012. Since then, the band has been relatively quiet. Singer Nick Thomas…

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Circa Survive Announces New Album, to Release Single Tonight

Sumerian progressive outfit Circa Survive announced the release date for their sixth album, “The Amulet,” today on Instagram.   Very excited to announce that our new album #TheAmulet will be released on September 22nd! Check out the first song “Lustration” & pre-order now at: smarturl.it/circasurvivemerch [link in bio] A post shared by Circa Survive (@circasurvive)…

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The Juliana Theory to Reunite, Record New Album

After being broken up for 11 years (minus a pair of shows performed in 2010), the Juliana Theory announced today that they will fully reunite and record a new album. The announcement comes months after they announced their 20 year anniversary tour. Because of the reunion and desire to record new material, the band has…

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“Baby Driver” Blends High-Speed Chases with Great Music

Twenty-one years ago, Baby Driver writer and director Edgar Wright was living in North London, broke and quite possibly on rock bottom when he had an epiphany while listening to “Bellbottoms” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. It was at that moment that he decided that the track would be perfect in a car chase for a…

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letlive. Announces Breakup

Self-described “soul punx” letlive. have announced via Facebook that the band will have “no further activity in the foreseeable future.” Although the band formed in 2002, it wasn’t until 2010 that the band finally broke through with their album “Fake History.” A year later, they were signed to Equal Vision records, where they re-released “Fake…

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“X-Men: Apocalypse” Falls Short of Expectations

Coming off of the heels of one of the best films of the X-Men franchise in “X-Men: Days of Futures Past” Director Bryan Singer and co. failed to deliver in the latest installment, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” The films explores the origins of mutants as En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) is resurrected from a near…

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