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AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SUFJAN STEVENS & TIMO ANDRES/THE DECALOGUE!

One of the most critically-acclaimed singer/songwriters of the millennium, Sufjan Stevens is also entirely unpredictable. From lo-fi Folk to shimmering Electronica, Stevens has crafted a series of releases that allow him to continually refine his craft while keeping his audience intrigued and, ultimately, delighted. Regardless of what instrumentation he chooses to use for each album, his unique songwriting and his approach to haunting layered vocals makes each album distinctly his own. Ever since he broke out of ‘cult status’ with albums like SEVEN SWANS and ILLINOIS, Stevens has been able to chart his own musical course without repeating himself. It doesn’t hurt that he’s won plenty of awards along the way as well as being nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar (amongst others). […]

By | December 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MÖTLEY CRÜE/DR. FEELGOOD (30th ANNIVERSARY)

Mötley Crüe began life as just another Hard Rock band playing the dingy clubs in Los Angeles. Now, 38 years after forming, they are Rock ‘n’ Roll icons. What happened between then and now is legendary. From drugs and debauchery to tragedy, triumph and the firing and rehiring of their vocalist, the four members of Mötley Crüe – Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums), Mick Mars (guitar), and Vince Neil (vocals) – have survived to tell the tale. Anyone that has read their book THE DIRT knows that the band never held back as they enjoyed the splendors of their fame and fortune. They were proof that you shouldn’t really enjoy success without at least a little excess… […]

By | December 2nd, 2019|News|0 Comments

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TERENCE BLANCHARD/HARRIET (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

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 | November 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TERENCE BLANCHARD/HARRIET (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK)

AMPED™ 2019 Issue 46 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Motley Crue Exo Midnight Oil Judy Collins Grant Green

By | November 21st, 2019|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2019 Issue 46 New Release Digital Magazine

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JULIANA HATFIELD/SINGS THE POLICE!

Juliana Hatfield has remained an unpredictable artist during her 30+ year career. Since the formation of Blake Babies in the late ‘80s, straight through her most recent solo work, she has surprised critics and fans with her many musical projects. Since Blake Babies’ original demise in 1991, she’s formed her own band Juliana Hatfield Three as well as getting involved in many other projects including Minor Alps (with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf), The I Don’t Cares (with Paul Westerberg), The Lemonheads, and more. Along the way, she’s been involved in a few Blake Babies reunions while continually movie forward as an artist. […]

By | November 15th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JULIANA HATFIELD/SINGS THE POLICE!

AMPED™ 2019 Issue 45 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Harriet OST Bad Religion Richard Buckner Deerhoof Eric Gales

By | November 12th, 2019|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2019 Issue 45 New Release Digital Magazine

AMPED™ 2019 Issue 44 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From Juliana Hatfield No Depression Pet Shop Boys Dead Kennedys Robby Krieger

By | November 12th, 2019|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2019 Issue 44 New Release Digital Magazine

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS/GHOSTEEN

Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is a music industry veteran and Rock icon. He’s been releasing albums for 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down, creatively. And after years of success, failure, tragedy, and triumph, Nick Cave remains a survivor. From his early days fronting The Boys Next Door through their transformation into The Birthday Party, Nick Cave became one of the most infamous Post-Punk musicians of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  When The Birthday Party split, he formed Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, gravitating towards a sound that was more atmospheric and less abrasive. For 35 years, Cave has become of the most respected songwriters and performers of his generation. In fact, his songwriting is now compared to greats like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. And looking back over his catalog, those comparisons are well-deserved. […]

By | November 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS/GHOSTEEN

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 1

In a time when most bands prefer to stick to a proven formula, Cold War Kids continue to break new ground while forging their own musical path. Although they don’t make drastic changes, they push the boundaries by experimenting with new musical ideas and adding new layers to their sound. From Post-Punk to Soul, Cold War Kids are not afraid to take chances.  Integrity intact, they’ve been critical darlings and achieved commercial success as they’ve navigated their way through an ever-changing musical landscape. […]

By | November 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 1

AMPED™ 2019 Issue 43 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases FromMike Zito & FriendsNick Cave & the Bad SeedsBooker T. JonesPet Shop BoysNatalie Cole

By | October 29th, 2019|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2019 Issue 43 New Release Digital Magazine