All posts by Alanna McAuliffe

Alanna is a twenty year old New Yorker studying journalism and political science. Even though she is technically an adult, she owns an inordinate number of socks with tiny pictures of cats on them. She is strangely okay with this. She’s a collector of odd facts and figures and a proponent of quirks, oddities, and eccentricities. Powered by caffeine and an inability to sit still, her hobbies include reading, writing, manically playing air guitar while belting out off-key renditions of classic rock songs, and penning slightly awkward, self-deprecating biographies in third-person.

Album Review: The Decline – Resister

Have you ever found yourself violently thrashing around your bedroom, shaking your limbs in a vaguely rhythmic fashion as you toss your hair into a bird’s nest all to the tune of some raw angsty voices, a killer drum beat, and some serious shredding?

If you answered no to the question above, you probably have never received a noise complaint from a neighbor. Congratulations. But you’re also seriously missing out. And if you’re looking to forge the perfect mid-afternoon one-person pit, you might as well start with Australian punk band The Decline’s latest release Resister.

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Album Review: The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Deluxe Re-Release)

The year was 1971. Richard Nixon was Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, a gallon of gas cost forty cents, a humble little resort called Walt Disney World opened up in Orlando, Florida, and a group of five eccentric, rough-and-tumble rock-n-rollers from across the pond released their eleventh American studio album.

Fast forward forty-four years and the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers is back with the same bite and twang that kept listeners glued to their 8-tracks, this time comprised of remastered editions of original tracks alongside previously unreleased recordings and live bonus material.

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Sleater Kinney Announces Additional 2015 Tour Dates

After a ten year hiatus following their seventh studio album The Woods, punk rock trio Sleater Kinney filled the void in our hearts with the release of their ferociously anthemic No Cities to Love in January of this year. In celebration of their return, the riot grrls have spent the entirety of the past year hopping from state to state and they show no signs of stopping.

In addition to two upcoming musical festivals, the band just announced eleven new dates to cap off their tour, a sort of victory lap that has left fans delighted.

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Spotify and the Infinite Sadness: Smashing Pumpkins’ Frontman Billy Corgan Latest to Critique Streaming Service

In November of last year, pop songstress and all-around American sweetheart Taylor Swift made headlines for pulling her entire discography from Spotify, condemning free-of-charge streaming media sites for disregarding the artistic integrity of musicians. Swift’s argument, which balanced on the inequity of compensation for musicians, went on to encourage artists to recognize their worth and ensure their creative ventures are being valued.

This month, the torch of the to-stream-or-not-to-steam debate was passed onto alt-rock icon William Corgan, who ignited a firestorm in the industry as he took to the web to slam the site, calling into question the latest assertions made by Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek who claimed complimentary online streaming services would be the salvation of the music industry.

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