AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CURRENTS/THE WAY IT ENDS

Metalcore is a genre that combines elements of Extreme Metal and Hardcore Punk. When listening to Metalcore, you’re likely to experience the pummeling audio experience of violent Metal yet the lyrics tend to be based [...]

By | July 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KHRUANGBIN/MORDECHAI

Formed in Houston, Texas in 2009, Khruangbin is composed of bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer, and drummer Donald ‘DJ’ Johnson. The band’s origins reach back to 2004 when Speer and Johnson met while playing [...]

By | June 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NEW FOUND GLORY/FOREVER + EVER X INFINITY

While melodic Pop-oriented Punk has existed since the late ‘70s, the term ‘Pop Punk’ (or ‘Punk Pop”) wasn’t widely used until bands like The Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, and Blink-182 brought the genre to the mainstream, selling millions [...]

By | June 19th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NEW FOUND GLORY/FOREVER + EVER X INFINITY

Congratulations to AMPED’s own Dean Tabaac for being named a 2020 Indie Power Player by Billboard Magazine!

'Dean Tabaac Head of AMPED Distribution Proving the vitality of physical music in a market with fewer places to sell it is a challenge that keeps Tabaac motivated. “I’m most proud of the combined tenacity [...]

By | June 16th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on Congratulations to AMPED’s own Dean Tabaac for being named a 2020 Indie Power Player by Billboard Magazine!

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DESTROYER/HAVE WE MET

Throughout the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, American Rock critics found it necessary to treat the Canadian music scene like a bad joke. When, where, why, and how Canada become a punchline for music journalists remains a mystery, but our northern neighbors have had the last laugh. In the last two decades alone, bands like The New Pornographers, Arcade Fire, Bran Van 3000, Death From Above (1979), and Broken Social Scene have achieved great success in the U.S., both critically and commercially. The older music journalists that once roamed the halls of Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, and other magazines have slipped away into the shadows, replaced by a new legion of critics who no longer have an aversion to Canadian music makers. The times they are a-changin’! […]

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DESTROYER/HAVE WE MET

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PET SHOP BOYS/HOTSPOT

In the Pop Music industry, longevity is a rare thing indeed. Most big-selling acts are in the spotlight for two to five years before sliding off the radar and fading into the shadows. Some acts split up and are never heard from again. Others lose a few members and spend the rest of their careers playing county fairs. And then you have and act like Pet Shop Boys, a British duo that formed 39 years ago and have been crafting hit records since 1985. And thankfully, they show no signs of abandoning the music world anytime soon. And for that, we should all be grateful… […]

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PET SHOP BOYS/HOTSPOT

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIAN SIMPSON & STEVE OLIVER/UNIFIED

On paper, musical collaborations always seem to work. In the studio or on the stage, not so much. The intentions might be good, but ultimately, the music is uninspired and forgettable. From Rock to Jazz, Hip Hop to Country, collaborations are normally inspired by mutual respect between artists. However, bad chemistry, ego, or record label interference can sink the ship faster than a torpedo from a nuclear submarine. On the other hand, there are some collabs that exceed expectations. When magic happens, we really need to pay attention. Thankfully, UNIFIED, the 2020 release from Brian Simpson and Steve Oliver is a grand success! While this isn’t their first walk in the park together, it is a reminder that two talents can come together as one and create something new and exciting. […]

By | January 17th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRIAN SIMPSON & STEVE OLIVER/UNIFIED

OSCAR Update: “Stand Up” – from the HARRIET soundtrack – receives an Academy Award nomination!

TERENCE BLANCHARD HARRIET (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) NEWSFLASH: “Stand Up” – from the highly-acclaimed HARRIET soundtrack – has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song! While not billed as a ‘super hero’ movie, HARRIET most certainly deserves that designation. Based on the life of slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the movie tells the story of a woman whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, HARRIET stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman alongside Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe. A film about Tubman has been rumored in Hollywood for years and has now finally made its way to the big screen. […]

By | January 13th, 2020|Categories: News|Comments Off on OSCAR Update: “Stand Up” – from the HARRIET soundtrack – receives an Academy Award nomination!

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FINNEAS/BLOOD HARMONY

You’ve heard Finneas without realizing that you’ve heard Finneas. The L.A.-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has performed on Saturday Night Live, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and produced and co-wrote the #1 album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO. With all that going for him, it’d be OK if you are not quite familiar with his name. You see, his sister is Billie Eilish – you know, the enormously popular Pop singer – and hers is the name linked to all the aforementioned achievements. However, Finneas deserves a nice chunk of the praise being thrown in Billy’s direction because theirs is a truly collaborative relationship. […]

By | December 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FINNEAS/BLOOD HARMONY

NEW ENGLAND/Archives Box, Vol. 1 review!

Nobody can quite figure out why Boston-based rockers New England didn’t become massively successful back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. They had it all – the sound, the songs, the looks, the musicianship, the right producers (Mike Stone, Todd Rundgren, Paul Stanley), major label support, etc. For some reason, it just never happened. On the other hand, New England never quite fit comfortably into any genre. With early support from KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, NE wasn’t exactly KISS proteges, musically or visually. Touted as a Hard Rock band, New England was far more melodic than 90% of their Rock contemporaries. Their melodic hooks were tailored made for the Power Pop kids but the band rocked a little too hard to share bills with 20/20 and The Knack. Obviously, New England had EVERYTHING going for them… except a good marketing angle. Sadly, a band that ignored the rules of the game were ultimately doomed to sit on the sidelines while lesser players made it all the way to MTV. The irony is that, 37 years after their split, people are still talking about New England while a majority of the bands that became more successful are long-forgotten. […]

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Comments Off on NEW ENGLAND/Archives Box, Vol. 1 review!