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Hardwell ‘United We Are’ – Album Review

With a full-length documentary film, five compilations and a sell-out tour under his belt, not to mention his two consecutive placings at the top of DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 poll, Dutchman Hardwell had already established his superstar status way before he announced his debut album, United We Are. But arriving six years after his breakthrough mash-up of Robin S’ “Show Me Love” and Steve Angello & Laidback Luke’s “Be,” […]

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Stolen or Just Similar? 7 Famous Music Plagiarism Cases

“Good artists copy; great artists steal.” –attributed to Pablo Picasso   It’s all over the music news sites this week: Chart-topping pop artist Sam Smith settled amicably out of court with rock icon Tom Petty over alleged music plagiarism, agreeing to share partial writing credit with Petty for the hit song “Stay With Me?” Why? Simple: the chorus (sort of) sounds like it was borrowed from Petty’s tune “Won’t Back […]

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Introducing: Shamir

Voted most likely to appear on the cover of Vogue by his high-school classmates, 20-year-old Shamir Bailey made it into the fashion bible just a year after graduating—but it’s his distinctive genderless voice, rather than his colorful 90s-inspired outfits, which has been grabbing most people’s attention lately. The likes of Prince, Grace Jones and a young Michael Jackson are just some of the names that have been bandied around in […]

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Mötley Cruë Are Really, Truly Breaking Up This Year (Really)

Have you heard? Mötley Cruë is breaking up. No, really. This week, the hair metal band who first rose to international acclaim in the 1980s announced what they swear will be their final tour dates ever—a 6-month-long trek across North America concluding with a final show in Los Angeles on December 31, 2015. Of course, this news isn’t really a shocker. After all, the band first announced their end game […]

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Chicane ‘The Sum Of Its Parts’ – Album Review

Having produced some of the most enduring trance anthems in the genre’s history during the first chapter of his career, veteran producer Nick Bracegirdle, aka Chicane, has been coasting as of late, and sadly, his sixth studio effort, The Sum of its Parts, adds further weight to the theory that his best days are behind him. The follow-up to 2012’s Thousand Mile Stare offers a few flashes of the brilliance […]

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A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Dead at 26

Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams and the founder of the famed New York hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, died Sunday, as confirmed by a statement from his label, RCA Records. He was 26. “All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams,” the label said in a statement. “As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams’ vision, humor […]

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Tupac Immortalized in Grammy Museum

Tupac is about to be institutionalized. In a good way. The Grammy Museum will celebrate the life and times of one of the most iconic figures in hip-hop history with a new exhibition named after his 1996 album: “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur.” The exhibit opens on February 2 and will cover Tupac’s entire career, from his Digital Underground days to his successful solo career.  All […]

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Introducing: Rae Morris

Scroll down the list of names she’s previously collaborated with, and you would probably expect 21-year-old Rae Morris to be the kind of twee indie-pop singer-songwriter typically favored by mobile phone commercials. But despite production from the likes of Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink and London troubadour Fryars respectively, her first few singles (“Don’t Go”, “Grow,” “From Above”) showed that Morris was a much more intriguing proposition. And […]

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Willow Smith Releases Spacey Mixtape ‘Interdimensional Tesseract’

Very few R&B/soul/hip-hop artists launch their acts by going to space.  Erykah Badu touches down on the zodiac, Andre 3000, and Janelle Monae from time to time, but it is a rarified bunch.  Well, Willow Smith, the zodiac’s newest member, has just joined the space age.  The 14-year-old prodigy of Will and Jada Smith recently dropped her three track mixtape called Interdimensional Tesseract.  Inter-what?  Exactly.  For those of you still […]

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Above & Beyond ‘We Are All We Need’ – Album Review

Following their attempt to take trance music upmarket with last year’s Acoustic (an unplugged collaboration with a 24-piece orchestra recorded at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre), trance legends Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamaki, aka Above and Beyond, return to more familiar territory for their fourth studio effort, We Are All We Need. Packed with skyscraping choruses, uplifting synth hooks and Balearic beats, the follow-up to Acoustic is unlikely to […]

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Dance and Electronica Albums to Watch for in 2015

2014 was a great year for dance and electronica music. After crowning Vic Mensa’s “Down On My Luck” and Caribou’s Our Love as the greatest single and album of 2014, respectively, we now switch our attention to the upcoming year. Here are some of the upcoming dance/electronica albums we have our eye on for 2015. Featuring an unlikely collaboration with Irish singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes, British trance trio Above and Beyond […]

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‘Dumb Sh*t’ Launches Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’

Smooth lover man Tyrese has been posting for months that he’s dropping his Last. Solo. Album. Ever. Black Rose.  It’s accompanied by a book and a documentary, A Black Rose That Grew Through Concrete, in which the singer/actor/author/model/motivational speaker remembers his hard-knock-live growing up in Watts.  Raised by a single mother, the young man was exposed to drugs, alcohol and nearly every other vice imaginable.  Before singing, his ultimate dream […]

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MIMO Top 40 Dance/Electronica Singles of 2014 (5-1)

And so, we come to the conclusion of our countdown of the best dance/electronica singles from the past year. (Links to all posts in this series can be found at the end of the article.) Here are the Top 5 electronic music singles from 2014. 05) Ben Khan – “Youth” The latest in a long line of enigmatic artists refusing to reveal little more than their name to the general […]

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Rapper Rawcus Makes ‘White People Crazy’

A man in a mask makes people feel scared, fascinated, intrigued.  A black rapper in a black mask with a hat that says, “White People Crazy,” is bound to make people feel all of the above – plus – a little crazy.  Such is the case with masked rapper Rawcus.  No one knows who this man shrouded in secrecy is, but his hit song, “White People Crazy,” is now a […]

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Guillermo del Toro Is Launching A Horror Film Contest

Guillermo del Toro. He’s one of the biggest names in the movie business. He writes, directs, and produces his films. He also produces other peoples films. Meaning he cherry picks brilliant works that wouldn’t be seen by a wide audience and he, through his fast connection network, is able to get them wider distribution. Well, now the man is taking his producer habits one step further. He’s launching a contest. […]

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Watch David Fincher’s New Gap Ads

David Fincher is one of the greatest living directors. He’s created masterpieces like Fight Club, Seven, and Zodiac. He also directed Alien 3. But that’s neither her, nor their. He’s a man who, with some regularity, creates some of our culture’s most talked about films. And on occasion he directs commercials. It’s a fairly common occurrence. Directors working in commercials allows them to make smaller films, with less risk, at […]

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Michael Fassbender Has Ideas For X-men: Apocalypse

Michael Fassbender is, arguably, one of the biggest stars on the surface of planet Earth, currently. He’s a leading man who can pull massive crowds into a theatre and simultaneously win numerous amounts of awards. We’ll have to wait till May 2016 to find out exactly what Fassbender, Kinberg, and company have in store for us. I, for one, am really excited to see what happens. I’m really into the […]

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Donald Glover To Play Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-man Cartoon

In 2010, the Amazing Spider-man was rumbling to life. People were saying that Sony was going to reboot the franchise and of course the topic of what actor could take over the role of Spider-man was an instant debate. One of the names the quickly became a source of heated discussion was Donald Glover. Fans of the actor-rapper-writer were convinced that he could play Peter Parker, while more conservative individuals […]

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Ridley Scott Talks Prometheus and Blade Runner Sequels

Ridley Scott has a line of projects that seems to circle the block. He’s wrapping up Exodus: Gods and Kings, then he’s moving on to The Martian, with Matt Damon, and then he’ll finally be getting around to the films that everyone wants him to make Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2. Scott recently sat down with EW and had a few things to say about each of the upcoming […]

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Bond 24 In Need Of A New ‘Iconic’ Henchman

Bond 24 is inching towards production. They have a script, they have a director and an established cast. What they don’t have is a cool new henchman, apparently. A casting call just went out for a man who is above 6’2”, age 30 – 45, and has a ‘ very unusual look’. What that means is they’re looking for someone who is taller than Bond, and has the capability to […]

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Parks and Rec Blooper Reel

Parks and Rec is inching towards completion. And as such interesting odds and ends from is sixth season are ending up online. Check out this hilarious blooper reel from the season. Needless to say, Parks and Rec has one of the most comedically gifted casts currently on TV. Watching Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, and Aubrey Plaza in these bloopers makes me almost wish the show was […]

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‘Young Ones’ Looks Absolutely Jaw Dropping

Young Ones is the second feature film from writer and director Jake Paltrow. It’s a futuristic western with an amazing cast that looks absolutely spectacular. The film appears to have gravitas and empathy in spades. Set in a futuristic dystopian world where drought has covered the United States, the film follows a family and their struggles to find equilibrium in this new unforgiving world. The cast includes Michael Shannon, Elle […]

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Men, Women, and Children

Jason Reitman is one of those directors that you always need to keep an eye on. He’s always in the background, doing interesting things. While other directors with his level of clout would be attempting to direct Transformers 16, he’s out making interesting, character based pictures. His latest effort is entitled Men, Women, and Children. What’s it about? The intersection of technology and the human condition.  

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Jackie Chan Needs To See A Script For Rush Hour 4

In the endless deluge of sequels, reboots, preboots, and remakes I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone say ‘Man, I wish there was another Rush Hour movie’. Well, apparently there are plans slowly rumbling to life. Somewhere there’s a studio executive who is attempting to breathe new life into the franchise. While promoting the Chinese Zodiac, Jackie Chan sat down with Jonathan Ross and answered some questions. One of […]

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William H Macy’s ‘Rudderless’ Looks Heartwarming

William H Macy is one of the few ‘that guy’ actors who has transcended character acting and become a household name. In films like Fargo, Magnolia, The Cooler and Mystery Men Macy has showcased his skills and verisimilitude at every turn. The man is an amazing talent. Well, now it looks like Macy is turning his skills to another aspect of filmmaking. Namely, being behind the camera.  

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The Revenge of the Green Dragons

Crime movies are released pretty regularly. They’re easy to make from a logistical point of view. They don’t require tons of special effects and high profile actors. But, let’s be honest, most of them aren’t earth shattering. They’re just not. Yeah, of course there are amazing crime films made. But let’s be real. They’re few and far between. Well, the godfather of crime films is executive producing a new one […]

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Guillermo del Toro Might Use TV’s Constantine For His Justice League Dark Film

Guillermo del Toro has been plugging away at his filmic ‘To Do’ list for a good while now. He’s slowly movie towards filming highly anticipated franchise installments Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and his Lovercraft love letter Mountains of Madness. However there’s one film that seems to still be lurking in the dark corners of Hollywood that has del Toro’s name still attached to it. Justice League Dark. With the […]

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How Winter Soldier Impacts Age of Ultron

The best thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that the films talk to each other. Sometimes that manifests in the characters from one film literally showing up in another. Sometimes it’s just the characters talking about events in other films. It’s wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. It’s everything I wanted when I was ten years old watching Superman The Motion Picture. Well, now we’re hearing some interesting news about how Cap […]

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