The biggest surprise of 2013 came from The Queen Bee herself when, at the very last minute, she casually dropped an entire album with videos to accompany each song onto iTunes and blew all of our minds. Bey has – at least up until 2011’s 4 – never really been an album’s artist. 4 showed incredible potential, but on this self-titled affair the growth is leaps and bounds ahead of anything she’s done before. 14 spectacular baby-making tracks that finally give King B the kind of material somebody of her stature deserves.
Lead guitarist Greg Hetson has parted ways with Bad Religion for personal reasons. Filling in from this point on is John Dimkich from The Cult – interesting choice; let’s see how it pans out! Local alt-rock heroes ODD have a huge one coming up at the Barwon Club this Friday night (February 7th, to be exact!) with headliners SONS OF STEREO and hardcore punks HOPES ABANDONED opening. This will be Hopes Abandoned’s first show in Forte territory in almost two years. Get there early, it’s gonna be a doozy!