The Best Albums of 2011: #14

Foo Fighters: Wasting Light

Whatever you think of the Foo Fighters’ music, you gotta’ admit they’ve had one hell of a run. These dudes (Dave Grohl in particular) have pretty much done it all in a career that has spanned 17 years. While they’ve chosen to take a more subtle approach on their last two albums, Wasting Light is a shift back to doing what they do best: heavy, anthemic, arena-ready alternative rock.  Even after several months of playing this album to death, I can still say that Wasting Light is the band’s best album since their 1999 release There is Nothing Left to Lose.

Select Cuts: Alandria, These Days,  A Matter of Time

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Lollapalooza: The Schedule is Out!

The Schedule for the 20-year Anniversary of Lollapalooza (June 5-7) is out. Based upon what I heard the day that the initial lineup was release, reactions today will be undoubtedly mixed. On one hand, there are some real titans amongst the headliners (Eminem, My Morning Jacket, Coldplay, Muse, and Foo Fighters). On the other hand, the bands that fall just below headliner status mostly lack the sort of buzz we’ve seen in years past. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on some of the bands to check out. Continue reading

Album Review: Foo Fighters [Wasting Light]

Rating: 8.1

Whatever you think of the Foo Fighters’ music, you gotta’ admit they’ve had one hell of a run. These dudes (Dave Grohl in particular) have pretty much done it all in a career that has spanned 17 years. While they’ve chosen to take a more subtle approach on their last two albums, Wasting Light is a shift back to doing what they do best: heavy, anthemic, arena-ready alternative rock. After several listens I’m happy to say that Wasting Light is the band’s best album since their 1999 release There is Nothing Left to Lose. Continue reading