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Zedd ‘True Colors’ – Album Review

A virtual unknown at the time of his 2012 debut, German-Russian producer Zedd has since won a Grammy Award, been invited to work his magic on records by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, and become an unlikely tabloid favorite thanks to his relationship with former Disney tween-queen Selena Gomez. Expectations, therefore, are much higher for his second album, True Colors. Adhering to the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach, the follow-up to Clarity follows […]


Introducing: Shura

The daughter of a Russian actress and English documentary filmmaker who first began writing songs during a six-month stint working in the Amazon rainforest, Aleksandra Denton, aka Shura, arrives equipped with a slightly more interesting back story than most of this year’s hotly-tipped newcomers. However, the string of 80s-indebted synth-pop gems she’s released over the past twelve months proves that the English literature graduate can grab the public’s attention with […]

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Blues Legend B.B. King: Dead at 89

The King of Blues is gone. After an iconic career spanning nearly seven decades that influenced countless musicians after him, B.B. King passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday evening at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Raised in poverty in the Mississippi cotton fields, Riley B. King learned to sing in church, and reportedly learned to play guitar from a great uncle. His signature […]

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Paul Van Dyk ‘The Politics of Dancing 3’ – Album Review

A decade on after his last concerted attempt to unite people through the power of trance, German dance legend Paul Van Dyk returns to his The Politics of Dancing concept for a third volume of high-energy floorfillers. Unlike the 2001 first chapter in the series and its 2005 follow-up, this latest collection is a proper studio effort rather than a compilation of other artists’ work, meaning that the 43-year-old takes […]


MG ‘MG’ – Album Review

The driving force behind the world’s most enduring synth-rock band, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has recently had to share songwriting duties with frontman Dave Gahan, which perhaps explains why the 53-year-old has now revived his brief solo career for an eponymous second effort released under the guise of MG. A completely different beast from that of his ’03 covers album Counterfeit, this belated follow-up is an entirely instrumental affair which […]

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Ben E. King, R&B Legend, Dead at 76

R&B legend Ben E. King, best known for his early ’60s hit “Stand By Me,” passed away Thursday at the age of 76, according to the singer’s publicist. The exact cause of death has not been released at press time. King got his start in music in the 1950s singing with a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns, but rose to fame when George Treadwell hired him, along with several […]

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The May 2015 Dance/Electronic Playlist

From Diplo and co.’s latest star-studded single to the welcome return of the Big Beat scene’s pioneers, to an underrated UK vocalist’s rebranding, here’s a look at the finest dance/electronica singles making waves this month. Major Lazer feat. Ellie Goulding – “Powerful” Following on from their hit collaboration with MØ, the usually chaotic supergroup Major Lazer continue to tone down their hyperactivity by teaming up with another European synth-pop songstress. […]

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Passion Pit ‘Kindred’ – Album Review

The first Passion Pit record since Michael Angelakos severed all ties with his one-time bandmates, essentially reducing the Massachusetts quintet to a solo vehicle, Kindred sees the falsetto-voiced frontman once again combine effervescent synth-pop with cathartic confessionals. It’s an intriguing contrast which has already seen his pet project rise from cult heroes to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts – predecessor Gossamer peaked at No.4 back in 2012 – […]


Introducing: Tourist

South East London producer Will Phillips, aka Tourist, has yet to release a full-length album, but he has already picked up a Song of the Year Grammy thanks to a co-writing credit on Sam Smith’s ubiquitous ballad, “Stay With Me.” The prestigious accolade isn’t the only thing the 28-year-old has in common with the man labelled the male Adele. He’s also signed to the label fronted by Disclosure, the deep […]

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Pale Blue ‘The Past We Leave Behind’ – Album Review

Hot on the heels of Johnny Jewel’s score for Ryan Gosling’s much-maligned directorial debut, Lost River, New York producer Mike Simonetti (the other co-founder of Italo-disco label Italians Do It Better) returns to the fray under the guise of Pale Blue for his first album, The Past We Leave Behind. Named after the Pale Blue Dot term used to describe the photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space […]

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Murder Threats

It would appear that in the midst of their comeback tour, Aussie rock icons AC/DC are experiencing another personnel change. Remember last November when their drummer, Phil Rudd, was arrested in New Zealand on murder-for-hire charges, then the charges were dropped for lack of evidence? As is usually the case, that wasn’t all there was to the story. There were other charges to be addressed, including drug possession and threatening […]


Introducing: Blonde

Having become the toast of the deep house scene with a Justin Bieber-sampling affair recorded before they had even met, it’s fair to say that British duo Jacob Manson and Adam Englefield, aka Blonde, didn’t exactly have the most conventional of starts to their promising career. Inspired by artists as varied as Mount Kimbie, James Blake and Stevie Wonder, the Bristol-based pair’s partnership began in 2013 when fledgling producer Manson […]

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Shlohmo ‘Dark Red’ – Album Review

Four years after his debut album Bad Vibes saw him hailed as the next Flying Lotus, Henry Laufer, aka Los Angeles producer Shlohmo, finally returns with his long-awaited follow-up, the suitably-titled Dark Red. Following remixes for Laura Mvula, Flume and Lianne La Havas, production work on Banks’ Goddess, and last year’s collaborative E.P. with R&B lothario Jeremih, the 25-year-old hasn’t been entirely missing in action, but there’s still a sense […]

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Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dead at 74

We’ve all heard his signature voice singing his signature song. On April 14, soul singer Percy Sledge—best known for his 60s smash hit “When a Man Loves a Woman”—passed away in his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after a battle with liver cancer. He was 74. His was the storybook tale of an artist being discovered. Growing up in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge grew up working in the cotton fields, then […]

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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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘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 […]


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.  


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 […]


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.  


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 […]


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 […]


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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