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Pop Rewind: Jim Croce “I Got a Name”

Today, September 20, marks the 41st anniversary of the death of singer-songwriter Jim Croce in a plane crash, traveling between two shows on the same day. He had just finished recording his album I Got a Name the week before his death. The title track of the album was scheduled for release as a single the following day. While Croce’s talent as a songwriter is now considered iconic, Croce’s life in […]

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Chris Brown ‘X’ – Album Review

I’m just going to assume that Chris Brown’s latest effort, X, is totally about his ex, Rihanna. This collection of sad, reflective, as well as upbeat dance songs gives you two sides of the embattled singer – his somber Dr. Jekyll and his bouyant Mr. Hyde. Jail has apparently humbled and matured the 25-year-old. First, we see a sensitive young man trying to reshape his image and move past his […]

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Forget the Haters: U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’ Is Really, Really Good

Last week, iconic rock band U2 did the unthinkable. It was apparently quite a dastardly act. So despicable, in fact, and ruffled the feathers of so many so-called music lovers, that Apple had to create a special button on iTunes so people could undo what U2 had done. What was this atrocity that evoked so much hatred? They gave away their new album Songs of Innocence for free to half […]

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Robin Thicke? What the Crap?

Well, I guess we have to give the guy credit for his honesty. Even if it does come a little late. And under oath. “Blurred Lines,” the breakout summer hit of 2013 by R&B singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell, has been nothing if not controversial—and the controversy only continues. First, there was the nudie video that got banned from YouTube, but still accomplished its purpose of generating interest. Then, […]

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Lights “Little Machines” – Album Review

Canadian synth-pop songstress Valerie Poxleitner, aka the slightly more showbiz-named Lights, has cited such ground-breaking female artists as Kate Bush, Patti Smith and Bjork as inspiration for her third studio effort, Little Machines. Despite the involvement of Mark Stent, the man who helmed Bjork’s 1997 opus Homogenic, the follow-up to 2011’s mainstream breakthrough Siberia actually has little in common with the Icelandic banshee’s work, save for the gorgeously glowing electronica […]

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Soulful New Songs Leaked for Chris Brown’s Upcoming Album ‘X’

With only a couple of days until Chris Brown’s highly anticipated sixth album, X, drops (September 16), several soulful singles have appeared, providing insight into the possible state of Chris Brown’s own soul. Officially, we have “New Flame,” featuring Rick Ross and Usher. Unofficially, we have “Autumn Leaves” and “Drunk Texting” featuring Jhené Aiko. In “New Flame” Usher and Breezy are dressed in snow white finery, surrounded by a pool of fine […]

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Rock Rewind: Fiona Apple “Criminal”

Happy Birthday to Fiona Apple. Not only does the alternative piano-rocker turn 37 today (Sept. 17), but this week also marks 17 years since her biggest hit single “Criminal” was released, garnering Apple a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and catapulting her debut album Tidal to triple-Platinum sales. While “Criminal” ended up being Apple’s first (and so far, only) single to break the mainstream Top 40 in the […]

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Simian Mobile Disco “Whorl” – Album Review

Never afraid to embrace the unconventional, James Ford and Jas Shaw, aka analogue masterminds Simian Mobile Disco, not only recorded their fourth LP, Whorl, in front of 900 fans on the outskirts of the Joshua Tree National Park before sprucing it up in the studio, they also entirely abandoned their usual racks of gear in favour of just one synthesiser and one sequencer each. Unsurprisingly, the London duo’s unusual choice […]

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Lecrae “Anomaly” – Album Review

Okay, guilty as charged. I had never heard of the superbly talented spit-fire Christian rapper Lecrae, but after listening to his album, I wonder how I missed this boat (being a Christian and all!). Well, wait, I know how. Some “Christian rappers” fall into the category of powerful content but not so powerful delivery, so I usually write them off. But Lecrae has shattered my (ahem, judgmental) stereotypes with his […]

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U2 Drops Surprise Album “Songs of Innocence” Free on iTunes

Ever since Beyoncé surprised the world with a complete, previously unannounced full-length album last December, different artists have been trying to top the feat. Whether they were trying or not, it looks like U2 finally did it. Yesterday, at Apple’s much-touted big-reveal press conference announcing iPhone 6 and the new Apple iWatch, U2 was announced as a surprise musical guest. After they played a new song “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” […]

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Odesza “In Return” – Album Review

Named after a relative’s sunken ship, Odesza, aka Western Washington University graduates Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, stick to the familiar waters of starry-eyed electronica on their second studio album, In Return. The follow-up to 2012’s Summer’s Gone, a record which instantly positioned the duo as the much-needed antidote to the EDM fratboy crowd, might not push the boat out in terms of its production, with the majority of its […]

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Eminem Makes the Guinness Book of World Records

The latest 2015 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is set for release this week, and as it turns out, Eminem has set yet another record. He’s now the world record holder for the Most Words In a Song for his tune “Rap God,” which clocks in at 1,560 words in only 6 minutes! In “Rap God,” Mr. Mathers spits bars at lightning speed on everything from inducting […]

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5 Tips for Increasing Your Music Sales

Okay, okay. As musical artists (or any other artist, for that matter), we often like to try to tell ourselves, “It’s not about the money, it’s about the art.” In a perfect world (or in Star Trek), that would certainly be true. Most musicians I talk to (including myself—yes, I talk to myself sometimes, don’t you?) tell me they wish they had the freedom just to create without worrying about […]

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The September 2014 Dance/Electronica Playlist

The latest YOLO anthem, a chillwave pioneer’s clubbier alter-ego and a potential mainstream breakthrough for a veteran DJ all appear in our monthly guide to the hottest new dance/electronica releases. Charli XCX – “Break The Rules” Having finally achieved that long-awaited mainstream breakthrough with The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack cut “Boom Clap,” Tumblr-pop hit-maker Charli XCX looks set to consolidate her success with this latest taster from her forthcoming […]

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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. Interestingly, he’s been chatting with Simon Kinberg about the newest X-film. And apparently he’s got some ideas as to where the story could go. “Yeah, I mean, I haven’t got a script or anything yet, […]

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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 Real

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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The Emmys Don’t Matter

The Emmy’s have long been the strange, slightly gangly, socially awkward cousin in the award show family. They don’t really matter. They’re there. They’re at the table. They’re frequently seen around at family functions. But most people don’t like them. They’re certainly not the Oscars. The pride and joy of the family. The accomplished and good looking favorite child. They’re not even the Golden Globes, the stocky, slightly less accomplished […]

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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. Too broad a synopsis? […]

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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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Stallone Ramping Up Rambo V

The Rambo Franchise has been through numerous ups and downs. From the cartoon to the three sequels, with decades sometimes passing without a new entry, and then of course there’s the failed live action TV show. Well, not too long ago, Rambo V was announce. Some people rolled their eyes and said ‘sure, we’ll believe it when we see it’.   Well, apparently things are heating up. At wrap party […]

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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. The official blurb […]

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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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