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The Blue & Gray Press | June 15, 2019

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The Frights release new album and begin nation-wide tour

October 4, 2018 |

Staff Writer
With the release of their most recent album “Hypochondriac,” which came out on Aug 24, The Frights have stretched from their consistent surf punk sound to encompass a grungy and rather clear studio sound.Read More

VA Vibes: Artist Erik Phillips releases new album “One”

February 8, 2018 |


Contributing Writer

On February 3, I sat down with Erik Phillips at Hyperion Espresso. The Fredericksburg native now lives in Richmond, but still comes back most weekends.Read More

Meshuggah's 'Koloss' is a Brute of an Album

April 18, 2012 |

I defy you to find a melody in a Meshuggah song. Whatever melodic tendencies the Swedish death metal outfit has on their 1991 debut “Contradictions Collapse” had been crushed and thrown to the wind long before the release of … Read More

‘Camp’ a Dynamic and Satisfying Debut Album

December 7, 2011 |


Think back to your most memorable summer camp experiences. What do you think of? Telling ghost stories by the bonfire? Hikes in the woods? Catching fireflies? As a kid, camp was a place you went to … Read More

Drake's Latest a Diverse Gem

November 30, 2011 |


I usually don’t have enough money to download an album from iTunes, but the Nov. 15 release of Drake’s sophomore album “Take Care” seemed worthy enough to purchase. I’ll admit I’m not very knowledgeable when it … Read More

New Rihanna Album is All "Talk"

November 30, 2011 |

It’s the end of another year, and for those of you that are top-40 radio listeners, you know that means one thing: time for a new Rihanna album.

Her latest effort is “Talk That Talk,” a dance-heavy follow-up to … Read More

New Justice Album Painfully Close to Fulfilling Expectations

November 16, 2011 |

“I would follow Justice anywhere.” That’s what I told my roommates when “Civilization,” the first single from Justice’s new album, “Audio, Video, Disco.” dropped back in March.Read More

Opeth’s New Album is Far Beyond Metal

September 28, 2011 |

The content of your average metal album is predictable enough: punding drums, monster voices and guitars galore, but Opeth’s latest album, “Heritage,” throws all of these expectations aside. It should certainly be noted that if you only enjoy Opeth because they play death metal and you like loud noises, then you will more than likely hate this album.Read More

New Thursday Album is a Welcome Change

April 20, 2011 |

While it would certainly be a stretch to single out Thursday as the definitive purveyors of post-hardcore over the past decade, it would be equally unrealistic not to single them out as one of the more interesting ones. After … Read More

Adele's Turns '21' and Makes a Fantastic Album

March 24, 2011 |


Anyone who loves a powerhouse voice probably got into Adele’s first album, “19”, but her new album, “21” also panders to those with an appreciation for the well-crafted instrumental.

When “19” dropped in 2008, it featured a … Read More

Radiohead's Surprise Album is an Expected Delight

March 16, 2011 |


With only a few days’ notice to the public, Radiohead released their eighth studio album, “The King of Limbs,” on Feb. 18.

After almost four years of “blogosphere” rumors from Thom Yorke and company concerning the much-anticipated … Read More

Of Montreal Proves That Change is Good

September 22, 2010 |

Change does not have to be for the worse, something that of Montreal has proven from square one. Of Montreal has been an active band for fourteen years, releasing nine other albums prior to “False Priest.” New albums are hardly … Read More

'Plastic Beach A Thought Provoking New Effort by Gorillaz

April 7, 2010 |


Their third studio album since 2005, Gorillaz released “Plastic Beach” in early March, to mixed reviews and little splash here in the states.

With numerous guest artists like Snoop Dogg, Mos Def and Bobby Womack, Gorillaz deliver … Read More

Local Band ‘Green Boys’ Debut Album a Polished Work

March 24, 2010 |

Local alt-country band The Green Boys will release their first CD at a free show at Bistro Bethem Friday, April 2. The band has been playing almost constantly since forming as a duo in 2007. In the intervening three years, … Read More

Tegan and Sara’s Emotional Ride

March 17, 2010 |

by Matt Blakley

Produced by Chris Walla and Howard Redekopp, Tegan and Sara’s sixth album “Sainthood” dropped in late 2009 boasting the same organized sound that they’ve grown to perfect. The two sisters have given us 13 more songs of … Read More

'Transference' by Spoon: A Gem

February 18, 2010 |

Just a few months ago,, the granddaddy of all criticism sites that traffic in decimal-point rankings, compiled a list of the best artists of the decade by taking every reputable music review published during the past decade into account.  … Read More

New Beach House CD Most Accessible

February 11, 2010 |

by Kyle Shearin

The indie rock duo Beach House returns once again with their latest album, “Teen Dream.” Anyone familiar with the duo’s previous albums will feel right at home.

The … Read More

Los Campesinos! Anthing But Boring

February 4, 2010 |

by Kyle Sharin

It has only been 14 months since the last Los Campesinos! album, “We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed,” unexpectedly outdid it’s 8-month-old predecessor, “Hold On Now, Younger.” With such a rapid and consistent follow-up, it is not … Read More