The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue is a recurring excuse for me to talk about songs or albums in short form. This week I examine a catchy Head Automatica track, my slow-growing love for Canadian pop star Lights and a great finale from Michelle Branch. Let’s investigate. Head Automatica – "Laughing at You" Head Automatica's 2004 debut Decadence is, [...]

The Guilt of Bad Albums

The Guilt of Bad Albums

By the time Third Eye Blind released Ursa Major in 2009 it had been six years since the band's last album (2003's Out of the Vein) and nine years since the band's last substantial hit ("Never Let You Go"). The only people who cared about Ursa Major were the people who cared about Third Eye [...]

Stress Listening: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Secret Machines’ Ten Silver Drops

Stress Listening: Third Eye Blind’s Screamer and Secret Machines’ Ten Silver Drops

Like a lot of you, I often turn to music for escape when I'm stressed. I'm less interested in the science of why we do this than I am in the choices we make of what to listen to. Broadly speaking, classical music should offer the most stress release but—even though there are a handful [...]

Shelter in Place, Pt. VI: Violent Joy’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is the New Envy on the Coast Record I Wanted

Shelter in Place, Pt. VI: Violent Joy’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is the New Envy on the Coast Record I Wanted

Until the COVID-19 pandemic altered the entire global landscape, I had planned to post this quick album review on March 19th but then this novel coronavirus began to take over my corner of the world and I had some strong opinions that needed venting. Needless to say, the concert discussed in this review has long [...]

Hallucinations is a Somber, Exciting Turn for PVRIS

Hallucinations is a Somber, Exciting Turn for PVRIS

One of the certainties of writing year-end retrospectives—or decade-end ones, if you happen to share my particular brand of lunacy—is that, as soon as you've published your hard-wrought work, you'll find several albums that warrant inclusion on your list but that, for one reason or another, you missed. Maybe you had meant to listen to [...]