Music Times writers share an office area of roughly 45 sq. ft, which makes having face-to-face conversations totally impossible. Junk Mail is these millenials' attempt to discuss and review the week's hottest album releases... without needing to look at each other. This week: Carolyn Menyes, Kyle Dowling, and Caitlin Carter email back and forth about 5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled debut album.
On Monday, Weezer shared its new single "Back To The Shack," a riffy power pop tune that seemed to promise a return to the band's mid-90's glory days. Though the song isn't the worst thing Weezer's done in the last ten years, it still isn't anywhere close to the band's best material, and its desperate nostalgia is largely to blame. If Weezer truly wanted to find its groove again, it shouldn't be writing a stupid song about it. Instead, the band should be taking these steps...
The Bayreuth Opera Festival in Germany might have gotten off to a rough start, so Music Times figured it would try to help by offering a tribute of its own to Richard Wagner, the key honoree of the annual opera fest. Thanks to the epic nature of the instrumental charge, the theme has been used over and over again in popular television and film. Some of the best, most renowned (and most loathed) examples are listed.
Lenny Kravitz has shared his latest single “Sex,” which you can listen to below. The song is the first single off of Kravitz’s upcoming album Strut, which will be out on September 23 through Roxie Records. Strut will be Kravitz’s tenth studio album, his first since 2011’s Black and White America. Read this
The joke that MTV doesn't dabble as much in music videos as it used to is kind of passé. Although the video is far from old fashioned, the network is looking to adapt with the new wave by taking to streaming. Vicacom—which owns MTV, VH1 and Country Music Television—entered into a marketing partnership with Spotify as a further method of curating music. Read this
Lily Allen's photo prank went all wrong and Australian police are now investigating. Read this
If this album was for real, it would've been worth well more than the price of a typical compilation album. However, it wasn't real. Portland musician Kasey Anderson was sentenced to four years in prison for convincing investors that he had assembled a superb set of acts for a charity album, and thus robbed them of more than $600,000. Read this
Rihanna's stalker is behind bars after hand-delivering threatening letters to the pop star in New York. Read this
One Atlantic City resort is having big financial troubles and one of the world's premier nightclubs may face closure as a result. The Revel Casino, home to the well-regarded HQ Club, is facing a second round of bankruptcy but the city's mayor has revealed that six potential buyers have shown interest in purchasing the troubled property.Read more »
Opera festivals rarely raise eyebrows outside of the cities in which they are staged but this year's version of the Bayreuth Opera Festival has gotten off to a rough start. The yearly event, which is held at the titular German city, is dedicated entirely to the works of composer Richard Wagner, a native of Leipzig. The festival allows for experimentation to be conducted with the classic compositions and narratives, which is where our story begins.Read more »
Bose challenges Beats with a lawsuit claiming patent violations.Read more »
The offers and deals continue to pour in for Unlocking The Truth, the trio of Brooklyn youth who started a metal band and became a sensation. The newest project in the band's future will be a documentary released under Black Label Media and SeeThinkFilms.Read more »
British indie rockers The Horrors have suddenly pulled out of its 2014 North American tour dates, releasing a statement to fans on July 25.Read more »
If this album was for real, it would've been worth well more than the price of a typical compilation album. However, it wasn't real. Portland musician Kasey Anderson was sentenced to four years in prison for convincing investors that he had assembled a superb set of acts for a charity album, and thus robbed them of more than $600,000.Read more »