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This album is everything The Used fans have been waiting for. Armed with some of the most loyal fans in music, The Used has been able to stay relevant over the years despite some arguably less than favorable releases as of late. Vulnerable marks the first album in which the band has 100% creative control, an album the group calls their best record ever. While I may not completely agree with that, it is definitely their best effort since 2004’s In Love And Death.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I stumble into an Irish pub 30 minutes before last call, the night tends to unfold in a certain, spectacular order. With a pint in each hand, it’s customary for me to rant, roar, and shamelessly hop around the dance floor to a slew of Irish drinking songs. If you can’t relate, don’t fret. Take a listen to Damion Suomi and The Minor Prophets’ debut Go, And Sell All Of Your Things and imagine yourself in this exact scenario – essentially, it emits the same feeling.

The Used are back and better than ever. After a bit of time off, almost 3 years to be more precise, the band has returned rejuvenated and I Come Alive is the result. This is an extremely catchy, extremely infectious tune that really gets up under your skin.

Take a dash of punk, add a shot of electronic and a pinch of pop and you have yourselves the insane Enter Shikari. Enter Shikari are 4 young gents from England who have made something completely unique and captivating with their music. They just finished a tour supporting The Devil Wears Prada on their Dead Throne Tour along side Whitechapel and For Today. They are looking forward to the new year and the release of their newest record, A Flash Flood Of Colour.

Samiam just recently celebrated its twenty-third anniversary as a band together with the release of their latest record, Trips, in September. The CD comes a full five years after the release of the group’s last record Whatever’s Got You Down, another long hiatus that Samiam fans have had to endure.

The Wonder Years just celebrated their sixth anniversary as a band and in that time have already released three studio records and several EPs and split EPs with other artists. The group released its third record Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing in June to much critical and commercial success and are also one of the biggest featured bands on this summer’s edition of the Van’s Warped Tour.

When Damion Suomi (Sue-me) stands before you on a slightly elevated stage you will find yourself wondering where exactly you heard the songs before that night, there is just something familiar about them; like they have always been inside you, but you never heard them actually sung before. Damion takes the stage as a nomad who just found his home again and will fight to stay in it as long as possible, empty and half empty beer bottles will surround him like a protective fence.

Sean Mackin, violinist and vocalist for the pop punk/alternative rock band Yellowcard, recently took some to answer a few questions about the band’s new album, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes. This disc is chock full of unbelievably catchy, hook-driven Pop-Rock/Alternative tunes that offer up nothing but a good time. It’s a solid, rocking disc that is absolutely worth checking out and I would recommend it without reservation. Here’s what Mackin had to say.