Day 5: J-Rock > K-Pop

Alright, it’s not really a competition. Even as a rock music fan, I can admit to listening to the occasional K-pop track. But pinning people against each other gets the clicks and I gotta be honest — I could use some. K-pop is certainly sweeping the globe, with groups like BTS and EXO quickly becoming household names, even in English-speaking countries, and it’s clear to … Continue reading Day 5: J-Rock > K-Pop

Day 3: Throwback Thursday

Welcome to Alternative Echo’s “31 Days of Songs.” For the entirety of October, we will be tackling a different theme each day in an effort to spread appreciation for some of our favorite tracks. I miss the days when listening to the radio was something you enjoyed, instead of a consolation prize for when your Spotify isn’t working. Back when guitar solos and pop-punk ruled … Continue reading Day 3: Throwback Thursday

31 Days of Songs: An intro for an intro

Welcome to the Alternative Echo 31 Days of Songs Challenge. For the entirety of October, we will be tackling a different theme each day in an effort to spread appreciation for some of the best tracks out there. What better way to start this adventure than with our first prompt: an intro track that perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the album. An … Continue reading 31 Days of Songs: An intro for an intro

Review: Bastille stray from norm on Doom Days

“Aren’t we all just looking for a little bit of hope these days?” What a daunting task it must be to create a concept album — writing 50 or so minutes of music structured around one theme. But that’s what makes them incredible. Sure, there are plenty of good LPs with no thread between tracks, but something so magical happens when a collection of songs, … Continue reading Review: Bastille stray from norm on Doom Days

Doom Days are coming. Hear Bastille’s newest release now

“When can we expect the third album?” “Soon.” For those who follow Bastille’s Dan Smith on Twitter, this has become a borderline-annoying response with no known definition. “Soon” can mean anything from months, to weeks, to days, according to Dan. But I come bearing good news. Ladies and gentlemen, soon is here. Doom Days are coming. The title track off their third LP, Doom Days, provides … Continue reading Doom Days are coming. Hear Bastille’s newest release now

Simple Creatures releases trippy video for “Strange Love”

Mark Hoppus (blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth’s (All Time Low) supergroup, Simple Creatures, rolled out its second single in the form of a psychedelic music video on Thursday. This comes after last month’s surprise release of “Drug,” dropping the same day as their formation announcement. The two pop-punk all-stars are feeling a little more pop with these releases, proving Simple Creatures is truly a side project … Continue reading Simple Creatures releases trippy video for “Strange Love”

Weezer drops surprise album of covers, sparks Twitter debates

Weezer’s running out of colors. We all knew Weezer’s Black Album was coming this year, but we certainly weren’t expecting this. You’ve heard their cover of “Africa,” and maybe even “Rosanna,” but now the nerdy alt-rockers are coming in strong with a 10-track album of covers, all nicely wrapped in the color teal. The Teal Album features covers of Michael Jackson, TLC, Tears For Fears, … Continue reading Weezer drops surprise album of covers, sparks Twitter debates

Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth team up for Simple Creatures

Like father, like son. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and his protégé Alex Gaskarth (of All Time Low) are making waves in the music world today with the announcement that they’re once again collaborating, but not just as a feature on a song. The two pop-punk heavyweights may have entered the recording studio as just friends, but they left as bandmates. (And no, Alex isn’t coming in … Continue reading Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth team up for Simple Creatures