Music Review: Devotion by Anberlin

When a band issues a special edition of an album a number of months after the regular edition comes out, I usually bristle. It just seems like a cash grab, or a way to stick it to your “day one” fans – those who have already purchased the album in question. When I found out more »


Music Review: Icon for Hire

When artists face criticism, they can do one of two things: they can wave a middle finger to critics and continue on, or they can take the criticism to heart and try to reinvent themselves in the future. Icon for Hire, a female-fronted rock band from Illinois, faced (largely unfair) allegations of being just another more »


Music Review: Asymmetry by Karnivool

My first thought upon listening to Karnivool’s  was, “Wow! These guys must be really good at math.” After the ambient opener, “Aum,” the track “Nachash” kicked in and I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. The band seemed to be playing different songs, layered over each other, but somehow it coalesced into music. more »

PSB Speakers Debuts New Models at CEDIA EXPO

PSB Speakers is looking to take care of your special speaker needs with new additions to its family, fresh from CEDIA EXPO 2013. To begin with, PSB is releasing the SubSeries 100, a small, yet powerful subwoofer, perfect for your desktop system. If you’re like me, your computer desk is a jumble of computer hardware, more »

Music Review: Out of Reach by Lizzard

One of my favorite things ever is discovering a new band that rocks my entire face off. Recently, I received an e-mail from my friend, Dave, who included a link to the music video for “The Orbiter,” from French band, Lizzard. For the record, this is the same friend who introduced me to Twelve Foot more »

Bose Introduces QuietComfort 20 Headphones and SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

I love music. I listen to it almost constantly. Combine rather non-traditional musical preferences with the fact that I work in an office, though, and most of my music listening is done on a pair of Bose IE2 earbuds. I get very decent sound and, as long as I keep the volume at a reasonable level, more »

The All-Sweden Double Album Double Review — Freak Guitar: The Smorgasbord by Mattias “IA” Eklundh and The Living Infinite by Soilwork

As a value-conscious consumer, I have a responsibility to spend my entertainment dollars wisely. If I can get 20 songs for the price of 10, that’s a good thing, right? That thinking, and some happy coincidence, led to this review. Since I’m always on the prowl for new music, I was perusing the Amazon MP3 more »

Integra Debuts DTR-30.5 Network AV Receiver

At some point in the future, I would like to have a man-cave. You’re almost certainly thinking, “Duh. What man doesn’t?”, and I’ll allow it. One of the decisions that will have to be made is whether to put it together myself, or have a custom installer do the job. While I’ve been daydreaming, Integra more »


Music Review: The Folks Below

I grabbed The Folks Below‘s debut album as a blind (or is it deaf?) purchase to support my good friend/ridiculously talented photographer, Ray Larose, who did the cover and liner photography for the album. I ordered the CD version, in order to have my very own copy of said photography, which generously came with a more »

Music Review: Everything I Want to Say by The Material

The day my review of the new Paramore album went live, a friend of mine tipped me off to the fact that The Material also had a new release out. One with the same release date, in fact. Since I was already in a girl-rock sort of place, I went ahead and picked it up. more »

Music Review: Paramore by… Paramore

I have a small confession to make before I dig into this review: there is a part of my psyche that is a 12-year-old girl.  It may not be a big part, but it’s there. Before you go screaming for my man-card, I think that a lot of you men — if you’re really honest more »


AfterShokz Gives Us the Bluez

As an enthusiastic-yet-not-terribly-accomplished runner, I can appreciate the inherent safety benefits of AfterShokz headphone line (the original of which Dennis reviewed here). Their bone induction technology basically pumps the music directly into your skull, while leaving your ears wide open to be able to take in the environmental sounds. Being able to rock out while more »