Music Monday: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

Album: The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance

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The Black Parade

Released: October 23rd, 2006

Band Info:
My Chemical Romance was a rock band from Newark, New Jersey that was active from 2001 to 2013. The band’s line-up was made up of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryer. Founded in the wake of 9/11, My Chemical Romance released their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002 that was followed by Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge two years later, which led to their commercial success. The band topped their previous releases with the 2006 concept album, The Black Parade, which gained a decent amount of critical acclaim and led them on to an arduous touring schedule. The band’s final release, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, was also a concept album that had more pop sentiments and received positive reviews despite alienating some fans. My Chemical romance broke up in 2013 and have since released a greatest hits album in 2014 and a tenth anniversary reissue of The Black Parade in 2016.

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My Chemical Romance dressed as The Black Parade in 2006.

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Music Monday: Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Leaves

Album: The Family Tree: The Leaves by Radical Face

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The Family Tree: The Leaves

Released: March 25th, 2016

Band Info:

Radical Face is the stage name of musician Ben Cooper who released his first official studio album in 2007. His music is noted for the use of acoustic guitar, soft and layered vocals, and storytelling within the lyrics. He has released four studio albums, all of which carry concepts within their songs and the last three are part of a single story called The Family Tree. An independent artist, Radical Face primarily tours outside of the United States due to the popularity of his music in the rest of the world; however, he does play some isolated shows and went on a more extensive North American tour in 2013. His most recent work has been on a film score, another full-length record, and a series of EPs.

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Music Monday: Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Branches

Album: The Family Tree: The Branches by Radical Face

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The Family Tree: The Branches

Released: October 22nd, 2013

Band Info:

Radical Face is the stage name of musician Ben Cooper who released his first official studio album in 2007. His music is noted for the use of acoustic guitar, soft and layered vocals, and storytelling within the lyrics. He has released four studio albums, all of which carry concepts within their songs and the last three are part of a single story called The Family Tree. An independent artist, Radical Face primarily tours outside of the United States due to the popularity of his music in the rest of the world; however, he does play some isolated shows and went on a more extensive North American tour in 2013. His most recent work has been on a film score, another full-length record, and a series of EPs.

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Ben Cooper a.k.a. Radical Face

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Music Monday: Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Roots

Album: The Family Tree: The Roots by Radical Face

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The Family Tree: The Roots

Released: October 4th,  2011

Band Info:

Radical Face is the stage name of musician Ben Cooper who released his first official studio album in 2007. His music is noted for the use of acoustic guitar, soft and layered vocals, and storytelling within the lyrics. He has released four studio albums, all of which carry concepts within their songs and the last three are part of a single story called The Family Tree. An independent artist, Radical Face primarily tours outside of the United States due to the popularity of his music in the rest of the world; however, he does play some isolated shows and went on a more extensive North American tour in 2013. His most recent work has been on a film score, another full-length record, and a series of EPs.

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Ben Cooper a.k.a. Radical Face

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Music Monday: Radical Face – Ghost

Album: Ghost by Radical Face

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Ghost

Released: March 1st, 2007

Band Info:
Radical Face is the stage name of musician Ben Cooper who released his first official studio album in 2007. His music is noted for the use of acoustic guitar, soft and layered vocals, and storytelling within the lyrics. He has released four studio albums, all of which carry concepts within their songs and the last three are part of a single story called The Family Tree. An independent artist, Radical Face primarily tours outside of the United States due to the popularity of his music in the rest of the world; however, he does play some isolated shows and went on a more extensive North American tour in 2013. His most recent work has been on a film score, another full-length record, and a series of EPs.

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Ben Cooper a.k.a. Radical Face

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Music Monday: Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Album:When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold by Atmosphere

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When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Released: April 22nd, 2008

Band Info:
Atmosphere is an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group consists of rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) and has released eight studio albums since its formation in 1989. Well known within the Twin Cities rap and hip hop scene, Atmosphere is a founding act from the record company Rhymesayers, which is also based in the Twin Cities. The duo came to critical success after the release of their 2008 album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, which features varying samples and instrumentation as well as strong storytelling within each song.

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Ant and Slug of Atmosphere

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Music Monday: Closure in Moscow – Pink Lemonade

Album: Pink Lemonade by Closure in Moscow

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Pink Lemonade

Released: May 19th, 2014

Band Info:
Closure in Moscow is an Australian progressive rock band from Melbourne, Victoria that formed in 2006. Comprised of guitarist-singer Mansur Zennelli, guitarist Michael Barrett, drummer Salvatore Aidone, bassist Duncan Millar, and lead singer Christopher De Cinque, Closure in Moscow are noted for their vivacious live performances and eclectic use of differing styles of music. They have released two studio albums and their most recent, Pink Lemonade, was released in 2014.

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Closure in Moscow circa 2014.

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Music Monday: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

Album: Emperor of Sand by Mastodon

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Emperor of Sand

Released: March 31st, 2017

Band Info:
Mastodon is a progressive metal band from Atlanta that was formed in 2000 from the ashes of two disbanded acts. The group has had the same lineup since its formation which consists of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums to date; four of these have been concept albums. Initially known as a stoner and sludge metal band that used growling vocals, Mastodon has sought to expand their musicianship and genre with each record. Each musician brings a masterful and unique style to their instrument and Mastodon is noted for having three vocalists (Sanders, Hinds, and Dailor). Though the band that recorded on 2017’s Emperor of Sand sounds very different than the one which released Remission in 2002, the same four amazing musicians continue to persevere and carve their own unique place in music history.

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Mastodon circa 2017.

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Music Monday: Mastodon – Crack the Skye

Album: Crack the Skye by Mastodon

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Crack the Skye

Released: March 24th, 2009

Band Info:
Mastodon is a progressive metal band from Atlanta that was formed in 2000 from the ashes of two disbanded acts. The group has had the same lineup since its formation which consists of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums to date; four of these have been concept albums. Initially known as a stoner and sludge metal band that used growling vocals, Mastodon has sought to expand their musicianship and genre with each record. Each musician brings a masterful and unique style to their instrument and Mastodon is noted for having three vocalists (Sanders, Hinds, and Dailor). Though the that band recorded on 2017’s Emperor of Sand sounds very different than the one which released Remission in 2002, the same four amazing musicians continue to persevere and carve their own unique place in music history.

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Mastodon circa 2009.

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