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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WATERPARKS/FANDOM

Celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, California-based label Hopeless Records has been at the forefront of the modern Punk movement since their inception in 1994. With a host of Pop Punk, Hardcore, and Post-Punk acts on their roster, the label has been one of the most influential on the scene. With releases by All Time Low, Sum 41, Neck Deep, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Yellowcard, Anarbor, Taking Back Sunday, Silverstein, We Are The In Crowd, Bayside, The Used, The Wonder Years, The Human Abstract and Enter Shikari, Hopeless has always embraced the energy of modern Punk and releasing albums that have helped shape the genre. Through it all, the label has earned the respect of the Punk Pop/Emo kids and that is what is most important. […]

By | October 11th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE MENZINGERS/HELLO EXILE

Regardless of what the Billboard charts might insinuate, Pop Punk – AKA Punk Pop – was not born in the mid- ‘90s. The roots of the genre first came to prominence in the late ‘70s thanks to bands like Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Dickies, and The Undertones. The blending of the raw power of Punk Rock and soaring, sing-a-long melodies reignited the Indie scene and made Punk more -for lack of a better term – consumer-friendly. The term ‘Pop Punk’ wasn’t widely used until bands like The Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, and Blink-182 brought the genre to the mainstream, selling millions of albums in the process. MTV and radio embraced this new movement that was as hook-filled as it was loud and aggressive. It is hard to tell whether Pop Punk was a reaction against the slick Pop and smooth R&B that filled the charts at the time or a full-on musical revolution but whatever happened, happened. […]

By | October 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE MENZINGERS/HELLO EXILE

AMPED™ 2019 Issue 38 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Menzingers David Cassidy Dr. John Lightning Dust Sutherland Brothers & Quiver

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AMPED™ 2019 Issue 37 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Dead Kennedys Ice Cube Iggy Pop Pinback The Wiggles

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRUCE COCKBURN/CROWING IGNITES

Artists and their art evolve. The youngster that strummed their first chord into a four-track recorder decades ago has matured in so many ways since then – physically, emotionally, and artistically. However, without realizing it, their audience refuses to let the artist grow – they want them to stay the same as when they first connected with them. While we all know better now, there was a time when teens all over the world were dismayed when The Beatles grew facial hair and served up “Strawberry Fields Forever” to the masses in 1967. The kids wanted the same band that Ed Sullivan introduced them to three years earlier. Thankfully, audiences quickly adapted to the Fabs’ growth as a band. The same can’t be said for so many other artists over the years. Audiences can be so fickle sometimes… […]

By | September 20th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRUCE COCKBURN/CROWING IGNITES

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KXM/CIRCLE OF DOLLS

For decades, Rock supergroups have been embraced by music fans and derided by critics. In general, the whole idea of a supergroup has been misunderstood.  Sure, there are those that come together strictly because it makes financial sense for each of the band members… and their management team. However, there are still plenty of supergroups that do it for the right reasons – artistic expression. Just because musicians are in successful bands doesn’t mean that they are always able to funnel all their ideas and energy onto their main band’s records. Sometimes, they have to turn to solo or side projects in order to release creative steam. In the process, they call on their musician friends and, before they realize it, they are a supergroup. This phenomenon has been going on for decades – including legendary jams by The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell) and commercially successful bands like Asia and The Traveling Wilburys. You can add KXM – featuring Dug Pinnick, Ray Luzier, and George Lynch – to that list… […]

By | September 13th, 2019|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: KXM/CIRCLE OF DOLLS

AMPED™ 2019 Issue 36 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Bruce Cockburn Five Finger Death Punch King Crimson Vanilla Ice The Mekons

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AMPED™ 2019 Issue 35 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From KXM Modern English Patsy Cline Lee Hazlewood Robyn Hitchcock & Andy Partridge

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AMPED™ 2019 Issue 34 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Bat For Lashes Ted Nugent Chris Squire / Billy Sherwood Yankee Doodle Dandy! (OCR) LCD Soundsystem

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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAT FOR LASHES/LOST GIRLS

Before the collapse of print media, every kid in the UK followed music rags like NME and monthly magazines like Q and Record Collector. However, British music critics took great pleasure in building an artist up before pulling the stool out from under their feet and watching them fall from grace. It seemed to happen almost monthly – a band’s debut single was voted ‘best song of the year’ and by the time their first album was released, the critics would savage it before moving on to the next victim. Thankfully, by 2006, their critical power wasn’t as strong because the internet was giving the audience more choice and more power. It was then that both critics and music lovers became enamored by Bat For Lashes, a new artist that appeared – fully formed – seemingly out of nowhere. For once, everyone seemed to agree that this artist was something unique and special. […]

By | September 6th, 2019|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BAT FOR LASHES/LOST GIRLS