Author: Mike S.

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The Best Albums of 2012: Mike S.’s Top 10

Mike S. picks his favorites for the year, with a couple of bonuses he couldn't bear to not talk about....

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Green Day, ¡Tré!: Album Review

Green Day just doesn't have it with this bunch. At least we can make our own albums with the songs....

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Kid Rock, Rebel Soul: Album Review

Detroit rocker Kid Rock unleashes his "Rebel Soul" to the world. Is his latest album worth your investment?...

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Note for Note: A Guide to the Discography of Chris Cornell (Part Two: Audioslave, Solo Work, and the Triumphant Return)

In the wake of the triumphant return of Soundgarden, the PopBlerd crew looks back at the career of its most visible member. (1999-2012)...

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Spin Cycle: How to Destroy Angels, An Omen

Two EPs in, How to Destroy Angels is showing no signs of living up to the duo referenced by their name....

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Spin Cycle: Green Day, ¡Dos!

Finally, two months after ¡Uno!, we get to some good stuff....

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Spin Cycle: Mike Doughty, The Flip is Another Honey

The Flip is Another Honey is less a "covers album" than "another Mike Doughty album"....

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Spin Cycle: James Iha, Look to the Sky

2004: “The truth of the matter is that guitarist James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins. Not me, not drummer Jimmy Chamberlin,...

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Spin Cycle: David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love This Giant

Love This Giant never quite reaches the potential suggested by such a powerful collaboration....

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Spin Cycle: Ben Folds Five, The Sound of the Life of the Mind

Folds. Sledge. Jessee. Together again, doin' what they do and doin' it well....

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Spin Cycle: Animal Collective, Centipede Hz

Centipede Hz mixes the joy of sound with honest-to-goodness singable songs....

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Spin Cycle: Swans, The Seer

The Seer is about everything Swans ever were, are, and perhaps will be....

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Spin Cycle: Owl City, The Midsummer Station

Adam Young's confidence is growing. Is his music suffering as a result?...

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Spin Cycle: Antony and the Johnsons, Cut the World

Antony's catalogue, recontextualized....

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Spin Cycle: The Smashing Pumpkins, Pisces Iscariot (Deluxe Reissue)

What do you get when you give a collection of odds 'n sods the deluxe treatment? Odder and sodder....

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The Singles Bar: Green Day, “Oh Love”

Green Day's latest is a slow, obvious single that offers none of the thrills they're capable of....