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Billie Joe Armstrong, Norah Jones Tease “Foreverly”

On paper, it looks like the most unlikely pairing of voices in the most unlikely of genres for the most unlikely approach to a tribute record we’ve ever heard of. But it’s actually these unlikelihoods surrounding Billie Joe Armstrong’s teaming with Norah Jones on Foreverly that might just make it work. In the late 1950s, the Everly Brothers were established hitmakers, making their mark on the burgeoning rock scene by […]


Roy Harper

Folk Icon Roy Harper Charged With Sexual Assault of a Young Girl

UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, a noted folk/rock singer with over 30 albums to his credit and cited as an influence by many artists, has been accused of nine counts of sexual assault of a child, the BBC reports. Harper is due in court to answer the charges on Monday, November 18. The crimes, according to police, are said to have occurred between 1975 and 1977 in Herefordshire, and all relate […]


Passenger

Up-and-Comers: Passenger

The story of Passenger is almost as compelling as his music; it’s a riches-to-rags-to-riches story, at least musically speaking. Started in the UK by Michael Rosenberg and Andrew Phillips ten years ago, Passenger was initially a five-piece band with a major label backing it. Shortly after the release of their debut album Wicked Man’s Rest in 2007, however, Phillips left, and the band subsequently scattered. Undeterred, Michael Rosenberg, the only […]


The Yellow Dogs

Yellow Dogs, Free Keys Release Statement Concerning Murder-Suicide

Gunman killed three bandmates in Brooklyn Tuesday, then himself

In the aftermath following the brutal murder on Tuesday morning of two members of Brooklyn-via-Tehran indie rock act the Yellow Dogs, along with a friend and collaborator—followed by the suicide of the gunman himself—the music community has both struggled to understand what happened, and to learn more about the bands affected by the tragedy. The three murder victims were brothers Saroush and Arash Farazmand of the Yellow Dogs, and 35-year-old […]


Erasure Snow Globe

Erasure “Snow Globe” – Album Review

Mute (2013)

Considering their “camp as Christmas” reputation, it’s surprising that it’s taken synth-pop stalwarts Erasure nearly thirty years to embrace the festive season. However, their fifteenth studio effort, Snow Globe, is far from the party starting-affair you might expect. A mixture of original compositions, traditional carols and mid-20th Century standards, the follow-up to 2011’s Tomorrow’s World starts brightly enough with the kind of floaty electro-pop the duo are renowned for on “Bells Of […]


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NMPA Targets 50 Lyrics Websites with Takedown Notices

Music piracy doesn’t just apply to illegal downloads; it also applies to lyrics. This point was made clear yesterday as the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) announced it has sent takedown notices to 50 unlicensed lyrics websites for copyright infringement. The move was largely based upon the research of David Lowery, a University of Georgia researcher (also a founder of bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker), whose findings indicate that […]


Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe

Blood Orange “Cupid Deluxe” – Album Review

Domino (2013)

Almost impossible to pigeonhole, the chameleon-like Dev Hynes began his career as one-third of short-lived dance-punk trio Test Icicles, but has since gone on to release two albums of nu-folk under the guise of Lightspeed Champion, become the producer of choice for a whole host of hipster-pop starlets (Sky Ferreira, Solange, MKS) and revive the late night 80s glamour of his adopted New York hometown with electronic side-project Blood Orange. […]


The Yellow Dogs

Gunman Kills Three Band Mates in Brooklyn, then Self

In an act of violence that has rocked the indie music community, a gunman shot and killed three members of Brooklyn-based post-punk band The Yellow Dogs in a three-story building in East Williamsburg early Monday morning before turning the gun on himself. Details of the act have remained sketchy, but here is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting: the victims were brothers Saroush and Arash Farazmand (27 and 28, […]


Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am

Kellie Pickler “The Woman I Am” –Album Review

Black River Entertainment (2013)

Despite her good looks, an endearing personality, a captivating story to tell, and the open embrace of the country music community, it seems like Kellie Pickler has always flown somewhere in the middle of the flock, barely visible. After finishing sixth in Season 5 of American Idol, she’s seen only modest success after three records with 19 Records/Sony Nashville, and high chart placement has continued to elude her. Even 2011’s […]


Lady Gaga ARTPOP

Lady Gaga “ARTPOP” –Album Review

Interscope (2013)

“The devil whispered behind the leaves, ‘It’s pretty, but it is art?’” –The Conundrum of the Workshops You gotta hand it to Lady Gaga; she’s nothing if not creative and ambitious. You never know from moment to moment what she’s going to do, say, look like, or wear; in a sense, she’s turned keeping-people-guessing into an art form in itself. Her long-awaited, much anticipated effort ARTPOP springs from a self-proclaimed […]


Lady Gaga ARTPOP

Lady Gaga to Live Stream ARTPOP Album Release Party

So, it’s kind of like New Year’s Rockin’ Eve…only it’s just Lady Gaga. The pop singer is set to release her new album ARTPOP on iTunes at midnight, November 11. According to Billboard, one-half hour prior to the release, at 11:30 p.m. EST, the pop singer will host a special “artRave”—a release party at an undisclosed location in New York—to be live-streamed over Vevo.com. The event will feature Lady Gaga […]


Nadezhda kolokonnikova

Pussy Riot Inmate Believed “Transferred” to Siberia

In an update to a story we shared last week in which imprisoned Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was reported “missing” within the Russian prison system…while the Russian government is still giving no official word as to her whereabouts, Tolokonnikova’s husband Piotr Verizlov is saying he has reliable information that she is en route to a penal colony deep in Siberia. Verizlov wrote on Twitter that Tolokonnikova is being transferred […]


Kanye West

Kanye Enters Not Guilty Plea in Battery Charge

In response to misdemeanor charges of battery and attempted grand theft brought last month, rapper Kanye West entered a plea of “not guilty” yesterday, according to Reuters. The rapper did not appear at Los Angeles Superior Court; instead, West’s attorney, Blair Berk, entered the plea on his behalf. The charges pertain to a scuffle caught on camera at LAX Airport in July, in which West is seen accosting photographer Daniel […]


CMA Awards 2013

Highlights From the 2013 CMA Awards

George Strait wins Entertainer of the Year

During last night’s broadcast of the 47th CMA Awards on ABC, live audio difficulties throughout the evening were the only real snafu in a 3-hour show that went off pretty much without a hitch otherwise. After a respectable opening performance by Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took to their typical opening comic banter, which was entertaining as usual, if not a little campy. […]


Gesaffelstein Aleph

Gesaffelstein “Aleph” – Album Review

Parlophone (2013)

Plucked from relative obscurity by Kanye West to co-produce two tracks (“Black Skinhead,” “Send It Up”) with Daft Punk for his recent sixth album, Yeezus, French techno wizard Gesaffelstein, aka Mike Lévy, isn’t likely to disappear back into the underground any time soon, judging by his full-length debut, Aleph. Indeed, the majority of its fourteen tracks possess the same uncompromising spirit which defined the hip-hop egomaniac’s recent US chart-topper, none […]


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