‘Blunderbuss’ a mediocre release

The White Stripes may have never had a bassist, and a lot of people aren’t big fans, but don’t lie; you’ve probably caught yourself...

Hawthorne Heights returns with ‘Hope’

The Ohio-based alternative band Hawthorne Heights is back with the second installment in their announced EP trilogy. “Hope” follows the dark and angry “Hate”...

Discover “The Bright Side” of this summer with Meiko

“The Bright Side” is one of those little gems that make you smile whenever you listen to it. Meiko’s sophomore album (which is also...

Soundtracks have the unique responsibility of helping to immerse listeners into whatever it is they represent, whether it be movies, television shows or even...

‘The Strange Case of’ a great release

There are some songs that you can’t help but headbang to at stoplight and play the air drums (or guitar) to while hiding in...

The Shins latest album steps away from indie roots

This week, we’re going to take a look at The Shins’ new album, “Port of Morrow.” The Shins are an indie band originally from...

Continually raising the bar

This week we reviewed the new Andrew Bird album "Break It Yourself," and for all you indie heads out there that were fortunate enough to see him perform live over at the PAC back in November; this album screams you.

Sleigh Bells offer both familiar and new sound

Nearly two years ago, Sleigh Bells came on to the scene with their highly acclaimed “Treats” album. The outcome was a loud, distorted and noisy (yet surprisingly refreshing) pop sound that suddenly made Sleigh Bells an overnight sensation.

Taylor Swift chosen for The Hunger Games

Taylor Swift has been center stage in contemporary country music for roughly five years now. Originally a Myspace music phenomena, Swift skyrocketed to fame...

Top 5 albums of 2011

  You no doubt listened to music this year, and there were a lot of good albums out this every genre, but only few just...

Florence and the Machine’s new album: Easy to tune out, worth the ceremony

“Florence + The Machine” are an interesting band that mixes opera, blues, orchestral music, and pop from the 60s. And harps. Lots and lots...

Overtones of others in ‘Great Escape Artist’

“Jane’s Addiction” has a new album called “The Great Escape Artist.” It’s a great little record that sounds like “Cage the Elephant,” “Bjork,” and...

Goth rock band Evanescence gives strong comeback

Gothic rock group Evanescence is back with a new, self-titled album. The album, titled “Evanescence,” is more of their usual introspective piano fueled music,...

Hawthorne’s newest

Motown wants to come back, badly. The chief proprietor currently is Mayer Hawthorne, a 31-year old virtuoso that can speak to the heart of...

‘Family Guy’ creator releases ‘Music is better than Words’

Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has released a jazz album. The arrangements are pretty good, and it’s really difficult not to tap your toe...

‘Green Naugahyde’ an uncertain release

After nearly ten years, Primus is back and weirder than ever. With their trademark sing-song vocals and funky bass infused sound, infections grooves lie...

Beirut continues to evolve in third album, ‘The Rip Tide’

Named after the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut has been a member of interest in the indie rock community since it was formed. Originally...

Peter Case a hit to music-lovers

The life experience of an artist will often times be the determinate for the quality of their work. Many art mediums from literature to...

Antlers and Menomena: One show, two reviews

Two Indie rock bands 'The Antlers' and 'Menomena' performed at the Wendy Williamson on Monday September 12. Two Northern Light writers, Matt Caprioli and Leroy Polk, attended and had competing takes on their shows. Read more to find out just exactly what their opinions differed on.

Puddle of mediocre

Some artists release a cover in their album buried as a hidden track, but rarely do they release a full album of covers. Puddle...

“Throne” gilded with auto-tune, lacks kingly lyrics

With two huge main-stream names packed in one album, you would expect that the artists would put more of an effort into their work....

‘Union Black’ unifies styles

This isn’t a review, it’s a lament. Skindred’s stellar album, “Union Back,” has been out since April in the UK. As of this publication,...

All Time Low’s newest album an all time low

This is All Time Low’s first mainstream album, and they sold out. Two years ago, they were really good, quirky, funny and insightful with their story telling. Now, it just seems like subpar background music. They took what made them great, and then destroyed the magic.

Lady Gaga returns to center stage with new album ‘Born This Way’

With the advent of the 21st century and lack of creativity, along comes Lady Gaga, a woman who really doesn’t care what goes on...

UAA students accepted to Warped Tour

If you follow the Warped Tour and live in Anchorage, you’ve probably heard of PJ Franco & The Burnouts. And if you don't follow...

Seether jumps on bandwagon

eether’s gone soft. And it’s ok. All the artists are doing it these days; it’s a sort of trend. Kid Rock lost his vicious wit, Linkin Park did a complete 180 after their fantastically raw “Minutes to Midnight” by releasing the over-processed and tame “A Thousand Suns,” Godsmack took a massive chill pill and now Seether has jumped onto the bandwagon.

‘The Family Sign’ a sign of growth and musical maturity

Indie hip-hop super group Atmosphere has been on a roll of album releases lately, with a double EP a few scant months ago, and...

‘Crysis 2’ avoids catastrophe

“Crysis” was released in 2007, prompting people to upgrade their PCs to become even worthy of the game’s ambitious medium setting. So here we...

‘The Unforgiving’ a musical temptation

Within Temptation seems to have that near-perfect blend of Goth and classic rock with a female lead singer. Which is hard to do, as...