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“Fine Tuned: The Downfall of Linkin Park” (

So it appears that Linkin Park is back on the scene for the first time since Transformers become ‘cool’ again. Linkin Park always sets in a certain feeling of nostalgia for me. I remember sitting in my room as an angst-ridden young 7th grader assembling my first stereo system, anxious to put in my first CD- Hybrid Theory. From the second I closed that six-disc changer I was blown away by the flawless combination of turntables and charged alternative rock. Aside from everyone’s auditory wet dream, In the End, Points of Authority quickly became my favorite teenage jam. Something about the concept of a “Hybrid Theory” just worked for them. Of course the 90’s had been heavily saturated with other rap/rock counterparts, but Linkin Park hit the nail right on the head. And yes, despite what anyone tells you, Reanimation was an awesome album. Soon after, the much anticipated follow up, Meteora, hit the scene. Another flawless release in my personal opinion. In this album they utilized the individual talents of both Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington more extensively on separate tracks. That disc was a solid cover-to-cover listen that stayed planted in my Walkman for a strong few months.



“Lil Wayne: Death or Rebirth?” (

Lil Wayne

Love him or hate him, Lil Wayne has permeated almost every aspect of hip-hop and pop music. It seems that you can’t turn on the radio anymore without hearing one verse by the strange and distinguishable rap star. Trademarked by his raspy voice, unusual rhymes, and long dreadlocks, Lil Wayne has been the talk of the hip-hop/rap industry for some time now. However, that was not enough. Last year, the eccentric rapper announced the beginning of his recording of a rock album.


“Faces of a Faceless Artist” (


Most musicians tend to possess a certain distinct style of playing. Some melt faces with heart-pounding riffs, while others serenade the masses with acoustic melodies. Some of these musicians may also possess a certain persona. This persona may be the tendency to lay paparazzi flat on the concrete, on-stage spandex and big hair, or even a charitably aware citizen. No matter what persona and style a musician may possess, it usually remains pretty solid throughout their career.


“From Whines to Wails” (

Story of the Year

Every modern-era college student can remember back to when “Anthem of Our Dying Day” was another song in the soundtrack to the after-school detention halls and two week relationships that epitomized middle school. The swinging pop-punk melodies and pubescent whining was a widespread adolescent addiction. However, you can kiss the days of Paige Avenue good-bye.


“Jonny Craig Continues Vocal Excellency In His Solo Release” (

Jonny Craig

In today’s music, it is very rare to see a truly talented vocal musician. The prominence of auto-tuned spews of sexual innuendo and four-word choruses have overshadowed and hidden the truly talented vocalists in the modern music industry. The ongoing trend of solo albums from former front men has also been a topic I have been extremely skeptical as of late. These two grievances were shattered when I came across the new album by singer Jonny Craig.


“Battling The Blues” (

John Mayer

Throughout the years, I had never thought of John Mayer as anything more than a commercialized pop star that caused teenage girls to go ga-ga. With his older hits never really striking a musical chord with me, I never payed much attention to his other work. However, this summer my good friend turned me on to his work in the John Mayer Trio. This completely opened my eyes to Mayer’s skills as a jazz/blues guitarist and I grew a new appreciation for his music. Upon hearing of the Nov. 17th release of his newest album, Battle Studies, I decided I had to check it out. Mayer continues to pleasantly debunk my previous views.


Album Review – Monty Are I “Break Through The Silence” (

Monty Are I

It isn’t very often that I feel I can listen to an album straight through and actually enjoy every track. However Monty Are I certainly breaks that trend with their newest album “Break Through The Silence,” which was released on Sept. 22nd. Monty Are I was a band started and based in Cranston, RI under their first name, Monty’s Fan Club. At the start, they were a popular ska band in the local music scene. As their name grew, they were eventually signed as Monty Are I by Island Def Jam Records and released their first official major label CD, “Wall of People,” in 2006.