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Nov 11, 2009

Let it Rock: Same Thing, Different Album

I often ignore live and "best of" albums. Even from artists I love. What's the point, right? I have all their music already - how many different versions do I need? But this week I decided to live on the edge a little bit and listened to both a live album and a "best of" album. And ZOMG, I'm so happy I did!

Nov 4, 2009

Let It Rock: The More Ridiculous, The Better

Do you ever listen to music that's completely ridiculous? (Editor's Note: Does Miley count?) To the point that you start feeling ridiculous and maybe even hide the fact that you listen to other people? (Editor's Note: Miley definitely counts.) Or just sorta wonder what's going on in the artist's head?

Oct 28, 2009

Let It Rock: Do You Like Surprises?

The great thing about new music is that you never really know what you're gonna get. Sorta like life. And a box of chocolates (thanks, Forrest!). Sometimes albums totally and completely surprise you. And sometimes they don't at all. Sometimes surprises are good, and sometimes they're a huge letdown. Sometimes all you want is your favorite band just the same as always, and sometimes a little change makes them all the better.

Oct 14, 2009

Let It Rock: Music Makes Me Happy

All the artists this week make me happy. Even when the songs are sad, I'm happy. And I think that's a sign of a truly great artist; they can sing about the saddest things in love and still put a smile on my face. And sometimes you just need music to comfort you and make you feel good. Like during midterms after spending 6 straight hours at the library and you're only a third of the way through your reading.

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Sep 30, 2009

Let It Rock: More Like, Let Me Down

Wow, this week was a bit of a bummer. So much anticipation and a whole lot of disappointment. You're probably thinking I deserve it. After all, I got my hopes all up about Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez, so what did I really deserve, right?

Let It Rock: Flashback!

I feel like I'm having a major flashback this week. Like Wayne and Garth are running by me in my bedroom waving their hands in the air screaming "Do do do do. Do do do do." And then everything gets all jumbled and I'm ten years younger and wearing something completely ridiculous.

Let It Rock: Off Again, On Again

This has been a crazy week. Jay-Z came back! Scarlett Johansson came out with an album with Pete Yorn. (Hey, it's gotta be better than The Hoff's singing, right?) Oh, and Mason Jennings came out with something new..though everything he does is new to me.

Let It Rock: They’re Back!

None of the artists with new releases are new to me this week. I've loved them all in the past and now I'm coming back for more. Actually, they're coming back to give me more and I'm taking it all with wide open arms. And I'm pretty psyched to hear some new stuff from some of my old favorites. It makes me feel at home and right where I belong. I'm so happy to have my old friends back again!

Sep 2, 2009

Let It Rock: Something Old, Something New, Something Blue

My sister is getting married and I've had weddings on the brain, so this week I'm dedicating this review to her and doin' the something old, something new, and something blue routine. It doesn't just apply to brides, you know. I didn't borrow any of my music this week (I'm not good at giving back), so I had to leave that one out.

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Aug 26, 2009

Let It Rock: Girls Rock!

You know, boys aren't the only ones who get to rock every week. In fact, this week no boys rocked at all; it was all about the ladies. I was excited to see three very special lady musicians coming out with new albums this week. They are all women I really like and respect and am genuinely excited to hear what they've got.

Aug 19, 2009

Let It Rock: I’ve Been Waiting For You

Sometimes I love a band so much, I just sit and wait for them to come out with something new. Well, I don't literally sit and wait, but I do get really excited when I know a release date is near. And this week, my long and painful wait was over.

Aug 12, 2009

Let It Rock: Pleasant Surprises

This week's new releases left me pleasantly surprised. From an album by an artist I had never heard of, to one I thought I knew very well, to one I resisted listening to for oh so long. Sometimes you need to open up a bit and take a few risks in order to find joy, and that goes for music, too.

Aug 5, 2009

Let It Rock: Sometimes I Surprise Myself

This week might be the most random mix of reviews ever. Seriously, ever. I even surprised myself a bit. I was ready to love who I already loved and hate who I wanted to hate, but that's not at all what happened. The one album I was most excited for fell flat. And the one I barely even wanted to listen to, well, I kinda liked.

Jul 15, 2009

Let It Rock: Which Way Do You Love It?

Chris Daughtry I love in a good-boy rocker kind of way. Jack White I love in a creepy weirdo fascination kind of way. And the 500 Days of Summer I love in a Zooey Deschanel kind of way. I love music in lots of different ways and this week is a prime example of how much my love can vary.

Jul 8, 2009

Let It Rock: Loving The Men

This week was all about men and, what can I say? I love me some men. With guitars. Who make good music. (That last one is key.) Yup, I had a big, beautiful music orgy this week and I just want more. Bring on the boys!

Jun 24, 2009

Let It Rock: It’s About Time

Do you ever feel like you've heard so much about an artist that you don't even bother to listen to them? Maybe it's just that I like to discover music on my own, but if someone over-talks a band or a musician, I sometimes feel like I know them and don't take the time to listen to them.

Jun 10, 2009

Let It Rock: Songs of the Summer

Call me crazy, but I truly believe you can put a season label on most albums. I mean, think about it - certain songs are best for snuggling under lots of blankets during a snowstorm. And some songs are just perfect for sitting in the sun or cruising with the top down (if you happen to be so lucky to own a car in which the top can come down).

Jun 3, 2009

Let It Rock: DMB Knows Who They Are

Sometimes I think the toughest part about being a musician isn't all the fans throwing their undies at you on stage or all the money you make from's got to be be finding yourself in such a giant industry. Out of all the possible genres and sounds, you need to pick the one that's best for you and stick to it.

May 27, 2009

Let it Rock: Make New Friends But Keep the Old

This week was all about utilizing what I learned in Girl Scouts all those years ago. No, not building a fire or navigating my way out of a forest, but that whole "make new friends but keep the old" adage.

May 20, 2009

Let it Rock: I Almost Forgot About You

You know those artists that just seem to disappear all of the sudden? One minute they're in your life (and in your head) and the next, you don't really know where they are and you spend your days wondering if they took some office job somewhere.

May 13, 2009

Let it Rock: Summer Music Festivals Worth The Road Trip

Who doesn't love a good summer road trip? Especially if that road trip involves music. And I'm not just talking about turning up some old-school Madonna and rocking out in the car; I'm talking about days and days of awesome live music once you reach your destination.

May 6, 2009

Let it Rock: Mix It All Together and Call it Suicide

Remember when you were a kid and you mixed a bunch of different flavors of soda together and called it “suicide”? That’s kind of what this week’s new music releases are like. A mish-mash of randomness. I mean we have the lead singer of Bright Eyes, a former American Idol contestant, and an R&B girl sensation.

Apr 29, 2009

Let it Rock: Music I Can Sing Along To

I like music I can sing along to. Even better is music I only have to listen to once before I start singing along. Sometimes I find myself singing along before I even know the lyrics. Other people get annoyed at my mixture of mumbles and hums, but I can't help myself.

Apr 23, 2009

Summer 2009 Must-See Music Tours

Ah, summer. It’s so close I can taste it. And hear it? Days on the beach, drinks on patios, and BBQs with friends. And music, lots of music. One of the very best things about summer is going to outdoor concerts. And there are so many amazing tours this summer, I have a feeling I’m going to be at a concert pretty much every single week.

Apr 15, 2009

Let it Rock: I Listen to Whatever the Internet Tells me to Listen to

When the Internets talk, I listen. Really. Think about how easy the Internet makes it to discover new music. Almost as easy as it is to find porn. Sometimes when I’m bored, I just browse the Internet to discover new bands and I’m constantly shocked by how many artists and bands I’ve never heard of until I see or hear them online.

Apr 8, 2009

Let it Rock: Positively Unstoppable This Time

And this week I learn how easy it is to write about music I’m crazy obsessed with. I was so beyond-words excited about the new releases this week that I basically wanted to tell you about every song, transcribe all the lyrics, and somehow hum the tunes onto the computer screen so that you’d get the full effect. But I tried to restrain myself a little bit.

Apr 1, 2009

Let it Rock: I’m Back For More

Ooh, the anticipation! Some of my most-liked bands are back with new releases this week. And considering I’m already a fan of them, they all have a lot to live up to. So, will they make me remember why I love them so much or will they crush my hopes?

Mar 25, 2009

Let it Rock: A Little Bit of Everything

I have pretty eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I’ll give most anything a chance and find myself loving everything from Kings of Leon to Escape the Fate to Rascal Flatts to Kelly Clarkson. You get the point. So, I was especially excited this week when I saw how crazy different each of the new releases were.

Mar 18, 2009

Let it Rock: The Anticipation is Killing Me

One of the most frustrating things is when one of my favorite artists or bands takes absolutely forever to release...

Mar 11, 2009

Let it Rock: Welcome Back, Kelly Clarkson!

All the musicians featured in this week’s Let it Rock have been on the music scene for quite a while....

Mar 4, 2009

Let it Rock: U2 is Back! But Wait, There’s More!

If you pay attention to music news at all, then I’m pretty sure you’ve got one thing on your mind:...

Feb 25, 2009

Let it Rock: Pack Your Bags, We’re Traveling

This week we’re going to do some traveling. Whether it’s back in time, to another country, or just down South;...

Feb 18, 2009

Let it Rock: Let’s Hear it From the Boys

This week is all about the boys. Cute ones at that. Between Jason Isbell, M. Ward, and Sam Roberts, you’ll...

Feb 11, 2009

Let it Rock: Music to Get You Through Valentine’s Day. Laughing All the Way.

One thing this week’s new music releases have in common is that they’re engaging. Seriously engaging. I laughed. I cried....

Feb 4, 2009

Let it Rock: An Idol Debut as Two Return for More

I’m not gonna lie: I was super excited for this week’s latest releases. Not because I love The Fray (though...

Jan 28, 2009

Let it Rock: The Bird, the Bee, and the Boss

Another week, another new pile of CDs to sift through. I don’t know what it is about 2009, but this...