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Midlake Antiphon

Midlake “Antiphon” –Album Review

Bella Union (2013)

Imagine you’re an indie rock band with several critically acclaimed albums under your belt. You embark on a new project, you spend months writing, rehearsing and preparing, and in the middle of recording…your frontman and primary songwriter leaves the band. It’s truly a do-or-die moment, because your band basically has to undergo a heart transplant in order to survive—let alone measure up to the bar set by your previous work. […]

Lady Gaga Applause

Lady Gaga Reportedly Parts Ways With Manager

On the cusp of the much anticipated of her ARTPOP album on November 11, reports are surfacing that Lady Gaga has parted ways with her manager of the past six years, Troy Carter. Neither side has officially confirmed the split, but Showbiz411, which first broke the story, gives the reason as “creative differences.” Gaga and Carter began working together in 2007—Gaga controlling most of the creative aspects of her career, […]

Eminem MMLP2

Eminem’s Stellar Sequel “Marshall Mathers LP2″–Album Review

Shady/Aftermath/Interscope (2013)

By now, you should have been served notice that Eminem is back. Over the weekend he both managed to win an award from YouTube and to be criticized for a lip-synced performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Needless to say, the dichotomy is something that the Detroit rhymer probably relishes, considering that it comes on the eve of the release of his seventh studio album Marshall Mathers LP 2 (abbreviated […]

YouTube Music Awards

First YouTube Music Awards: Awkward but Endearing

In its ongoing attempt to fill its ever-growing shoes and be seen as a legitimate music access outlet (which it really is, by the numbers), last night YouTube held its first-ever music awards show, streamed live from Pier 36 in New York City. As can be typical with first attempts, the show was filled with awkward moments and missteps, both from lack of experience and from the flawed execution of […]

Huey Lewis Power of Love

Rock Rewind: Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”

By the mid-1980s, pop-rock act Huey Lewis and the News were already well on their way, riding a growing wave of popularity with their third album Sports (1983). But when they were tapped to record “Power of Love” for the soundtrack of the 1985 film Back To the Future, they took a quantum leap into international fame. The film, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was a blockbuster success, […]

Nadezhda kolokonnikova

Imprisoned Pussy Riot Member Reportedly Missing

From outward appearances, it would seem the Russian government is weary of all the negative publicity still being generated worldwide by punk feminist collective Pussy Riot in general, and outspoken imprisoned member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in particular. Reports are surfacing that Tolokonnikova has gone off the grid during a transfer out of the penal colony where she was serving time. Family members told Buzzfeed that they have not known of her […]

Say Lou Lou

The November Electronic Music Playlist

From an inspired cover of this year’s classiest R&B hit to a welcome return from the electro-funk scene’s most playful duo to the latest in a long line of Swedish synth-pop starlets, here’s a look at five dance tracks you need to hear this November. Mausi – “Body Language” Featuring a wave of stop-start Gallic house synths, a chant-led chorus which you won’t be able to get out of your […]

Kanye West

Kanye West Postpones Tour Dates Due to Damaged Equipment

Meanwhile, West and Kardashian sue YouTube co-founder over marriage proposal video

A 60-foot custom made screen used in the stage show of Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour has been damaged beyond repair when the truck carrying it was involved in an accident, prompting West to postpone the Vancouver stop of his tour for the second time, as well as subsequent tour dates in Denver and Minneapolis. “This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative […]

Anna Calvi One Breath

Up-and-Comers: Anna Calvi

It seems quite odd to classify Anna Calvi as an up-and-comer, considering that she’s already a chart success in Europe with two albums to her credit, and that she’s been both a nominee and a judge for the Mercury Prize in her UK homeland. But here in the States, technically, we’re just getting to know her. And I have a feeling that with her sophomore album One Breath, released earlier […]

Chris Brown

Chris Brown Enters Rehab for Anger Issues

Continuing to follow the unfolding story stemming from Chris Brown’s arrest last weekend over alleged assault…without implying any admission of wrongdoing, it would appear that Brown is getting tired of getting into trouble. After his release from jail on Monday when his charges were reduced to misdemeanor simple assault, representatives for Brown say the singer has opted to enter rehab to deal with anger issues, according to Billboard and the […]

Mat Zo Damage Control

Mat Zo “Damage Control” – Album Review

Anjunabeats (2013)

Arguably one of the biggest shocks of this month’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll was the lowly No.93 ranking of Mat Zo, the in-demand British producer who many believed could possibly be a future winner. Released via Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label, his first studio effort, Damage Control, only further highlights just how hopelessly misplaced his position was. The shimmering Gallic electro-house of “Only For You” and the robotic […]

Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This

Thomas Rhett “It Goes Like This” –Album Review

The Valory Music Co. (2013)

If you are already familiar with the midtempo love song “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett, that’s no accident. While Rhett’s first two singles “Something To Do With My Hand” and “Beer With Jesus” flew mainly under the radar—the first because he was an unknown, and the second because the title belied the song’s meaning—his third single is now fighting Luke Bryan for the Number 1 slot on the […]

Arcade Fire Reflektor

Arcade Fire “Reflektor” –Album Review

Arcade Fire Music (2013)

The Beach Boys had their Pet Sounds. Michael Jackson had his Thriller. Radiohead had Kid A. U2 had The Joshua Tree (or Achtung Baby, depending on your preference). And now, Arcade Fire has their Reflektor. As a reviewer, I listen to albums all the time, and typically I’m not just looking for good music from the artists I listen to, but I’m also trying to place their music within the […]

Lou Reed

Lou Reed Dead at 71

ADDENDUM 10/28: Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic, who treated Lou Reed’s liver condition, confirmed that the cause of death was liver disease, as the New York Times reported today.   Lou Reed, one of the most influential musicians of the rock & roll era, died Sunday morning. He was 71. Best remembered for his contrarian attitudes, decadent rock-star lifestyle, unflinching lyricism and innovative musicianship, Reed first gained attention […]

Michael Jackson This Is It

Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson Estate for $10 Million Plus

Claims unpaid royalties, credit for posthumous versions of his work

It never reads well in print when a living icon sues a dead one. Nevertheless, on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, legendary music producer Quincy Jones filed a $10 million lawsuit against the estate of King of Pop Michael Jackson relating to alleged unpaid royalties from several projects released after Jackson’s death, as first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. As is usually the case, the business agreements behind the […]

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