Neil Manning

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Cage The Elephant: Social Cues Album Review

By Neil ManningMusic Journalist Artist: Cage The ElephantAlbum: Social CueRelease Date: April 19, 2019Label: RCA Records Cage The Elephant (CTE) has released Social Cues, their first full album of new music since 2016. Their last album, Unpeeled, had live versions of their songs along with some new covers. Social Cues goes back to some of their earlier sounds, while still maintaining the steps of the more pop route they have […]

todayMay 7, 2019 1391

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Del Water Gap: Don’t Get Dark Album Review

By Neil ManningMusic Journalist Album: Don’t Get DarkArtist: Del Water GapRelease Date: April 12, 2019 Del Water Gap released Don’t Get Dark, an EP that consists of six songs and is about 26 minutes in length. This is their first EP in two years. They released 1(646) 943 2672, an EP with a name that comes from a phone number fans were able to call and leave messages for Holden […]

todayApril 24, 2019 229

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White Denim: Side Effects Album Review

By Neil Manning Music Journalist Artist: White Denim Album: Side Effects Release Date: March 29, 2019 White Denim, a band based out of Austin, recently released  their second album within a year’s time. Side Effects was released only seven months after Performance. Both albums are about 30 minutes in length, and feature nine total tracks. Side Effects has a mix of different genres like most of White Denim’s discography. Impressive […]

todayApril 10, 2019 18

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Five Songs Under Two Minutes

By Neil ManningMusic Journalist Short songs can be both satisfying and disappointing. There are times where I hear a short a song, and it feels like a perfect song nicely wrapped, while other times it leaves me wanting more. I have created a playlist of five songs, all under two minutes, to add to any playlist to help create a little break in between your favorite songs, and that can […]

todayMarch 30, 2019 138

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Weezer (Teal Album): Album Review

By Neil Manning Music Journalist Artist: Weezer Album: Weezer (Teal Album) Release Date: Jan. 24, 2019 Weezer's latest album, consisting entirely of covers, caught fans by surprise in late January. The only hint before the drop were covers of “Africa” and “Rosanna” by Toto, both released at the end of May 2018. “Africa” made it as the opening track of this album, while “Rosanna” didn’t quite make the cut which […]

todayFebruary 15, 2019 79

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Sure Sure Interview

By Neil Manning Music Journalist The band Sure Sure and I discussed their music, past and future, along with what makes the band unique. They are coming to Austin on October 16 at Barracuda on their second official tour. Don’t forget to also check out their latest single “Lie Lie Lie." Featured image courtesy of Danger Village.

todayOctober 15, 2018 79

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A Look Back on Pretty. Odd

By Neil Manning Music Journalist Earlier this year, Panic! At The Disco’s (P!ATD) sophomore album, Pretty. Odd had its 10 year anniversary. This album compared to their first is very obviously jarring. Looking at Pretty. Odd in the whole context of their current discography is somehow even more out of place. P!ATD’s first album, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” is mostly emo rock or punk rock mixed with some elements […]

todaySeptember 21, 2018 2491


Concert Review: Soccer Mommy

By Neil Manning Music Journalist Soccer Mommy took the stage in her overalls and cheetah print tank with a Fender in hand. As Antone’s was still filling up behind me the band began to play. The band began to play with a few older songs while mixing in some from the yet to be released album. On the song, “Last Girl,” Sophie Allison’s vocals carried the song. The vocals made […]

todayFebruary 28, 2018 65


Sure Sure: Sure Sure Review

By Neil Manning Music Journalist Artist: Sure Sure Album: Sure Sure Release Date: January 12, 2018 Website: Debut albums are always a great experience for everyone involved. A band is finally releasing an album’s worth of their creative input and sharing it with the world. Followers of the band are finally getting more than just singles and a whole new array of people are going to discover this band […]

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