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Matchbox Twenty: North

Rob Thomas and company earn a moral victory by merely showing up, but not much else.

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Serj Tankian: Harakiri

In which we ask "Does America really need a third Serj Tankian solo album?" and America responds, "There was a second Serj Tankian solo album?"

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Reprise/Serjical Strike

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Childish Gambino - 30 April 2012 - Sayreville, NJ

Personable, funny, as good a singer as he is a rapper, Childish Gambino is likely here to stay, and probably only get bigger.

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Bamboozle Gets Caught in Between: 19 May 2012

Bamboozle was in a lovely setting, but it wasn't a controlled environment like the Meadowlands provides, so everything tended to be a bit up and down.

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Bamboozle: The Alternative to Alternative Festivals (18 - 20 May)

With a relocation back to Asbury Park and a chance to see bands along the shoreline of New Jersey, there's no reason not to completely ignore my advice and go find someone, or something, completely new at Bamboozle.

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Pennywise: All or Nothing

The California mainstays' first album with a new lead singer spends too much time in the past without creating a viable future for the new lineup.

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The All-American Rejects: Kids in the Street

The reliable hitmakers return and attempt to deviate from the script, with unsatisfying results.

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Say Anything: Anarchy, My Dear

Emo's schizophrenic Poet Laureate loses his mind, pretentions on Say Anything's best record since ... is a Real Boy.

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The Menzingers: On the Impossible Past

Literate Pennsylvania punks go for more emotion, gut-punching heartbreak on their best album yet.

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: The Magic of Youth

The Boston ska legends return for a set of chilled-out versions of the template they used to achieve one-hit wonder success in the mid-90's.

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Big Rig

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Four Year Strong: In Some Way, Shape, Or Form

Boston hardcore softies edge closer to bro-dom on second album in 18 months.

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Childish Gambino: Camp

Community's Donald Glover ups the ante, production-wise, on the debut physical release from his musical alter ego, Childish Gambino.

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Decaydance/Motown


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