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Who Is One Direction, and Why Should You Care?

Who Is One Direction, and Why Should You Care?

Just when you thought boy bands had gone the way of the dinosaur…there’s Up All Night, the debut recording from One Direction. One Direction, the UK’s latest incarnation of the N-SYNC-esque version of boy-band pop (complete with the occasional New Kids On the Block falsetto riff), would seem at first glance to be an unlikely pick to start off at the top of the US sales charts. In my humble […]


Jimmy Page Releases Rare “Exhumed” Instrumental Work with “Lucifer Rising”

Jimmy Page Releases Rare “Exhumed” Instrumental Work with “Lucifer Rising”

Serious classic rock aficionados and collectors have been “tipped off” by the Internet buzz surrounding the release of some rare instrumental recordings by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page [http://www.jimmypage.com]—an album featuring the never-used soundtrack for the short film Lucifer Rising. The record, titled Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, is a collection of instrumental tracks recorded in the 1970s in Page’s home studio. The album’s featured track was originally slated […]


“Birdy” Spreads Her Wings

“Birdy” Spreads Her Wings

Birdy is a name many people don’t know yet in the United States, but gauging from the response of people in the UK, it’s only a matter of time before she’s a household name. Birdy (known to friends and family as Jasmine van den Bogaerde) is not yet 16 years old, but her piano-based folk pop has already won over many fans across the pond. Her rise to fame began by […]


With Stronger, Kelly Clarkson Hits Her Stride (Again)

With Stronger, Kelly Clarkson Hits Her Stride (Again)

The pop-star journey for vocalist Kelly Clarkson (American Idol’s first winner) has been a roller-coaster ride, to put it mildly. After seeing some initial successes with hits like “Breakaway,” “Because of You” and “Since U Been Gone,” it started to feel for awhile that the idol’s veneer was starting to fade. Even though Clarkson continued to chart with singles like “Never Again” and “I Do Not Hook Up,” there was this […]


Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville—Album Review

Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville—Album Review

The music of UK indie-pop dance duo The Ting Tings is basic. Simple. Redundant. Uninventive. Predictable. Redundant. (Oh, wait, I said redundant already, didn’t I?) Oh. And it’s also some of the catchiest stuff on the market. The Ting Tings (a.k.a. Jules de Martino and Katie White) seem to have capitalized on the concept that sometimes less is more. They’ve basically combined jangly guitars, a solid dance beat, and Katie White’s […]


Kaiser Chiefs’ “Start the Revolution Without Me” (Sort Of) Lives Up to Its Name

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Start the Revolution Without Me” (Sort Of) Lives Up to Its Name

Brit indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs, perhaps best known for their hit “Ruby” from the album Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), recently released their latest effort Start the Revolution Without Me amid much fanfare and buzz—and to highly mixed reviews. My first impression of the record is that the record’s name is hauntingly suited to it. In fact, far from being revolutionary, the songs on Start the Revolution basically sound like […]


The Rolling Stones Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour to 2013

The Rolling Stones Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour to 2013

So…will it be a “51st” Anniversary Tour? Rolling Stone Magazine (how fitting) is reporting that The Rolling Stones have opted to push back their 50th Anniversary Tour from 2012 to 2013. The official story is “We’re just not ready,” but according to Rolling Stone, inside sources are confirming guitarist Keith Richards’ health is a point of concern—which may affect how concert dates are scheduled when the show actually does go […]



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With ‘Some Nights,’ fun. Takes Off

If you’ve watched any television at all the past few months, or listened to the radio, you’ve probably heard the almost annoyingly catchy anthem “We Are Young” by indie-pop/rock outfit fun.—the first single off their new release Some Nights. The single, which features a cameo by Janelle Monae, [URL: http://www.jmonae.com] recently enjoyed placement on a Chevrolet Superbowl commercial, and the cast of Glee recently covered it, as well. Not to […]


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Why We Shouldn’t Write Off Lana Del Rey (Just Yet)

So Lana Del Rey is a name being tossed around a lot lately—and not in the best way. Like many modern performers, Lana Del Rey (the stage name/femme fatale alter ego of singer Lizzie Grant) has been building a major fan base the past few years via the Internet. But the January 2012 release of her record Born to Die has received tepid reviews so far from the critics, who seem […]


Bruce Springsteen 'Wrecking Ball': The Boss Takes the Podium-Again

Bruce Springsteen ‘Wrecking Ball': The Boss Takes the Podium-Again

One thing’s for sure: no one can accuse Bruce Springsteen of not having an opinion. As he’s done numerous times before in his legendary career, with his 17th release Wrecking Ball, “The Boss” has taken dead aim at the most critical issues of our day—in this case, most predominantly, economic inequality, Wall Street corruption, and their effects on the American Dream. This is certainly not new territory for Springsteen; reviewers are […]


The Cranberries “Roses”—Same Band, Only Older (album review)

The Cranberries ‘Roses’—Same Band, Only Older (album review)

Roses, the long-awaited new studio album from Irish alt-rock band The Cranberries [http://www.cranberries.com/], marks the band’s first studio album in a decade, and the first since they took a six-year hiatus so bandmates could work on their solo careers. First impressions of the record: Meh. Don’t get me wrong—Roses is a good record, and certainly existing Cranberries fans should love it. The opening tracks “Conduct” and “Tomorrow” are probably the […]


Foo Fighters Back-to-Basics Approach wins Five Grammys

Foo Fighters Back-to-Basics Approach Wins Five Grammys

It’s been a great year for rock band Foo Fighters. Wasting Light, the band’s seventh studio album (and their first in four years), has sent several singles to the top of the Billboard rock charts. And at last month’s Grammy Awards, the band won in five of the six categories in which they were nominated, including Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance. They only lost Album of the Year, […]


Adele's Grammy Sweep

Adele’s Grammy Sweep Sends a Message

This was a tough year to win a Grammy Award, if you were not Adele. Thanks to her record breaking sophomore release 21, Adele swept this year’s awards, winning in every category in which she was nominated, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and three others—six in all. Although these weren’t Adele’s first Grammys (she won two in 2009, including Best New Artist), […]


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