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Music Review: Neil Young breaks out the orchestra

This CD cover image released by Reprise Records shows "Storytone," by Neil Young. AP

Attention rock stars: No matter how much you want to, resist at all costs orchestrating your songs.

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Album Review: ‘Ultrablessed’ by Sponge Cola

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For a local mainstream band like Sponge Cola to be able to release four consecutive studio albums that were all commercially successful and which garnered back to back hits are not only highly impressive but also speak well of their lasting appeal. Those are the two reasons I have decided to do a proper album review of their fifth studio-release “Ultrablessed”.

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Linkin Park: Remembered, Reinvented and ‘Recharged’

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LINKIN Park vocalists Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington drove the audience over the edge.  Magic Liwanag/Contributor

I will always hold Linkin Park in high regard. Even now when I listen to my old CD of ‘Hybrid Theory,’ I still find that debut album from the band to be very impressive even by today’s standards. But beyond the nostalgic hold that piece of music has on me, it is a reminder of how much the music of Linkin Park has changed through the years.

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The Killers release ‘Direct Hits’—a compilation of their best work

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How time flies… The Killers are at the pinnacle of their careers—so much so that a Greatest Hits album is definitely in order for them. While some may think it might be too soon for the band to do this, I don’t think it would have been a good idea either to wait another couple of years more to finally release one.

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Album Review: ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons was already a seasoned band even before most of us had heard of their Alternative-Pop hit “It’s Time” being played in numerous radio stations, movie trailers and even portions of it used in commercials. The band itself has been actively gigging in the Indie circuit and releasing independently produced EP’s since 2008.

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