High Five! Five for Fighting Sings For Hawaii Five-O

Photo/Jeremy Cowart John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting has the unique ability (and sensibility) to move people to tears with his music. His songwriting and melodies can cut through you faster than a Danny Trejo machete and could probably move the The Grinch to tears and I’m talking pre-Cindy Lou Who revelation. In any event, ..

Right at “Home” with the Cold War Kids

In 1986, Regina released the pop hit “Baby Love,” but while that sound was catchy (so damn catchy), her career quickly went the way of the dodo because she sounded like a carbon copy of Madonna. It happens far too often: a singer sounds so much like another singer that they end up in the ..

A “Fired” Up Flyleaf

It’s documented in everything you read about Flyleaf this month, this year, last year, and probably the year before that. The hard rock act has a new singer and are currently on tour supporting a new album. So the gist is this: Longtime lead singer Lacey Mosely has been out since 2012, and Kristen May ..

Four from CMJ – Featherface, Somebody’s Darling, The Future Laureates, and Nabiha

October is a lot of things. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s Halloween decorations. It’s Pumpkin Spice everything. And in New York for the last 34 years, it’s meant the start of the CMJ Music Marathon. The fest features information industry events, parties, and above all, over a thousand performances over nearly 100 venues throughout ..

Get “Wild” with Vacationer; Go “Crazy” with Scars on 45

It’s raining in New York. It’s cold. I’m wearing a cardigan, and downing a Pumpkin Creme Brulee latte from Dunkin’ Donuts. Autumn can be beautiful, but it’s not today. That’s why I chose these two specific bands for today’s A-Sides post. Vacationer not only has a sunny band name, but their music instantly can brighten ..

Switchfoot “Come Alive”; DMC Makes Comics

In 1989, my parents took me to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. My dad had hyped up the show, noting right off the bat how it started with a chandelier falling from the ceiling. The show didn’t disappoint but I had a huge obstacle standing in the way of my theatrical experience. ..

Kill Hannah’s Mat Devine Unleashes His Inner Wrongchilde

The press release (or pitch rather) for Wrongchilde’s debut album Gold Blooded started out by saying it sounds “like a John Hughes soundtrack for Donnie Darko.” Well, you had me at John Hughes. The spot-on (and awesome) opening lines for the solo debut by Killing Hannah front man Mat Devine (he opted to go as ..