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Grammy Awards 2014 Preview

It’s upon us again—the biggest night of the music industry. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be telecast live on Sunday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with awards for current hitmakers and performances from some of the biggest names in music, both past and present. The year in music has been an interesting one, to say the least, marked by stellar comebacks (Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk) set […]


Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami for DUI, Drag Racing

Pop star Justin Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning in Miami after being pulled over for allegedly drag racing in a rented yellow Lamborghini and subsequently failing a field sobriety test, according to local authorities. Confirmation of Bieber’s arrest first broke just before 5:00 am local time via the Miami Beach Police Twitter account: #BreakingNews confirming @justinbieber has been arrested for DUI & Drag Racing more info & press release […]


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Freed Pussy Riot Members to Appear at Brooklyn Concert Event

Scheduled to speak at Amnesty International concert at Barclay’s Center Feb. 5

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the two members of Russian art collective Pussy Riot who were recently freed from prison, are scheduled to make an appearance at a human rights concert in Brooklyn, according to a press release from Amnesty International. The human rights organization says the pair will be appearing at a special concert event dubbed “Bringing Human Rights Home” at Barclay’s Center on February 5, where they will […]


Warpaint

Warpaint “Warpaint”—Album Review

Rough Trade (2014)

In the four years since all-girl indie-rock outfit Warpaint released their debut album The Fool, they’ve experienced a slow burn of increasing popularity not entirely unlike their atmospheric musical style. By putting the music out there and letting it simmer, they’ve gone from being a name known only to the most dedicated of underground indie-ers to being the band the whole indie scene seems to be watching for cues—and with […]


Young the Giant Mind Over Matter

Young the Giant “Mind Over Matter”—Album Review

Fueled By Ramen (2014)

“This is where I come from / This is where I belong,” sings Young the Giant frontman Sameer Ghadia in his signature warbly vibrato on “Crystallized,” the second advance single from their sophomore effort Mind Over Matter. If there’s a line in the song that encapsulates the feeling of this album, to me, it’s this one. After a debut album that yielded two radio-friendly hits but little else, the band’s […]


Pharrell Happy

Four Hip-Hop/Rap Albums To Watch For in 2014

A fresh new year upon us means the arrival of exciting new music. 2013 was a great year for the hip-hop/rap genre with a slew of chart topping hit albums, including Jay Z’s Magna Carta, J. Cole’s Born Sinner and Kanye West’s Yeezus. So far, 2014 looks to be just as promising. Here are four upcoming hip-hop albums I think should be on your radar this year.    Pharrell, untitled […]


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Why All the Hype About Beats Music?

The new Dre/Iovine streaming music service releases tomorrow. Should you care?

Tomorrow, January 21, yet another streaming music service will start competing for market share with Spotify, Pandora and others. (Really? Another one?) And while each new entrant tends to create some boot-rattling, this one seems to be making more waves than others. Beats Music, the latest installment in the Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine audio franchise, promises a whole new music listening and music discovery experience that, if it does what it […]


Robin Thicke

Partial Settlement of “Blurred Lines” Copyright Lawsuit (analysis)

But Robin Thicke is not off the hook yet

In the highly complex and often emotion-filled copyright dispute between the Marvin Gaye family and Robin Thicke over the latter’s hit tune “Blurred Lines,” the playing field was somewhat simplified this week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, in what seems to be typical big-corporation wash-your-hands fashion, Sony/ATV has settled with the Gaye estate for an undisclosed amount, thereby removing itself as a defendant in the copyright infringement lawsuit. Robin Thicke, […]


I Break Horses Chiaroscuro

I Break Horses “Chiaroscuro” – Album Review

Bella Union (2014)

Largely abandoning the My Bloody Valentine influences of their debut – perhaps as a result of the real thing finally returning from a 22-year-absence last February – Swedish duo I Break Horses now gravitate towards a different sound from their youth for their second studio effort, Chiaroscuro. Named after the Italian for light/dark, the follow-up to 2011’s Hearts is as reverb-laden as its predecessor. But instead of shoegazing guitars, it’s […]


Morrissey

Morrissey Signs with Harvest Records/Capitol Music Group

New album expected in 2014

For once, it seems the former Smiths’ frontman Morrissey is in the news for actual, music-related reasons. After 2013 was fraught with news about tour cancellations over a slew of health issues, beefs about…um…beef, and controversy surrounding his Autobiography, MusicWeek reports that Morrissey has inked a 2-record deal with Harvest Records, an imprint of Capitol Music Group, and will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014. Plans for recording […]


Fleetwood Mac Rumours

It’s Official: Christine McVie Is Rejoining Fleetwood Mac

After months of speculation and “rumours” (pardon the pun), it was confirmed on Tuesday that Christine McVie will be officially rejoining Fleetwood Mac. The news first came from Mick Fleetwood himself, onstage before a crowd in Maui last weekend, as Billboard reports. Band publicist Liz Rosenberg confirmed the news on Tuesday, adding that a tour with the now fully reunited band was possibly in the works. Christine McVie first joined […]


Jennifer Nettles That Girl

Jennifer Nettles “That Girl” –Album Review

Mercury Nashville (2014)

Let’s start here: forget what you thought you knew about the female half of Sugarland. In her solo debut, That Girl, Jennifer Nettles takes a complete left turn, ventures off the beaten path into introspective territory, and shows us a whole other dimension to her powerful voice. In other words, this isn’t Sugarland 2.0. This is Jennifer Nettles, an artist who can’t be defined by the band she happens to […]


OutKast

OutKast Announce More Than 40 Concert Dates

OutKast fans got the surprise of a lifetime when Andre 3000 & Big Boi announced that the hip-hop duo would reunite to headline Coachella and The Governor’s Ball. Now, OutKast has created even more excitement by announcing via their Facebook page that they will go on a “full festival run of over 40 dates to celebrate 20 years since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” Big Boi released a statement following the news via OutKast’s […]


Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes” –Album Review

Columbia (2014)

Perhaps one mark of an iconic musical artist is when even the leftovers can come together to make a good record. As Bruce Springsteen’s long-awaited hodgepodge album High Hopes drops this week, fans are likely to be surprised at how well the album ties together the loose ends of the previous decade of the Boss’s career. Of course, Springsteen openly admits he had a little help with this one. Guitarist […]


Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill

Rock Rewind: Alanis Morissette “Ironic”

After releasing two modestly successful dance-pop albums in the early 1990s in her home country of Canada, singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette changed direction, moving more into a post-grunge alternative vibe infused with a healthy dose of sarcasm. The resulting project, Jagged Little Pill, not only launched Morissette onto the worldwide stage, but also snagged the record for best-selling international debut ever, selling a whopping 33 million copies–a record that still stands […]