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Mumford and Sons Hopeless Wanderer

“Hopeless Wanderer”: Um, Wait, Those Aren’t Mumford & Sons….

The new video for Mumford & Sons’ “Hopeless Wanderer” starts out pretty much the way you’d expect: a rickety piano set in a grassy field, clips of the (supposed) band mates hauling out their various folk instruments for a meaningful jam session in the great outdoors where no one would ever bring a piano (but it’s alright, ‘cause it’s a music video, and that’s how we roll with music videos). […]


The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars Live In the Tension on New Self-Titled Album (review)

sensibility recordings/Columbia (2013)

For the record, Joy Williams and John Paul White (known collectively as The Civil Wars) are still not getting along. In fact, last month Williams admitted to the Associated Press that she and her bandmate aren’t even speaking right now. When the duo unceremoniously and abruptly called off their tour last fall citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition,” it was unclear whether we’d ever hear from them again. […]


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Album Sales Hit Record Lows—What It Means

Okay, so summer is typically a slow time of year for record sales, but few expected it to be this slow. According to Billboard, album sales have hit a new record low, selling less than 5 million units per week for five weeks straight. This has never happened since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking record sales in May 1991. What is more, the past two weeks in themselves have seen historically […]


Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” To the Top: Can They Stay There?

Few would dispute the notion that country duo Florida Georgia Line is currently the hottest act going in country music right now. Their hit song “Cruise”, according to Billboard, recently broke the record for consecutive number of months on the Hot Country Songs chart, sitting comfortably in that slot for the last 22 weeks. Not to mention that since “Cruise” was released, the whole get-a-hot-girl-into-your-pickup-truck theme has become a “thing” […]


Lady Gaga Artpop

Lady Gaga Divulges “ARTPOP” Album, App Details

It’s a simple case of supply and demand. The fewer details released about Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP, the more precious the information becomes, and the more people pay attention when anything is said about it. Up until recently, the Gaga camp has been fairly tight-lipped about the album’s progress. But yesterday, the popstar took to Twitter for a bit of Q&A with her fans, during which she revealed just […]


Randy Travis

Randy Travis Released from Hospital, Heads for Physical Therapy

Good news yesterday for Randy Travis fans: after three weeks in the hospital due to congestive heart failure, followed by a stroke, the 54-year-old singer has been released from The Heart Hospital Plano in the Dallas, Texas area. His next stop is an undisclosed physical therapy center where he will undergo extended treatment. Travis was admitted to the hospital on July 7 for what was described as “complications from recently […]


The Naked and Famous In Rolling Waves

The Naked and Famous Release “Hearts Like Ours” Single, Video

Sophomore album “In Rolling Waves” due out September 16

I don’t know about you, but I was completely hooked the first time I heard “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous on the radio. Their unique blend of electro-pop with post-punk revival (combined with Alisa Xayalith’s passionate vocals, especially) just scratched an itch in my psyche. I couldn’t get enough of that song. A lot has happened since this New Zealand act released that single. Their debut album Passive […]


Backstreet Boys In a World Like This

Backstreet Boys Act Their Age “In a World Like This” –Album Review

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It’s now safe to say the era of the “boy band” is experiencing a revival. With young whippersnappers like One Direction now dominating the charts on one end, and long-goners like New Kids On the Block trying to regain relevance on the other, a pop landscape once void of boy bands now finds a full array of testosterone-laden attempts to make the tween girls swoon. It’s also safe to say […]


Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” – Album Review

Star Trak/Interscope Records (2013)

“Robin Thicke is a brotha.” That was a timeline post last week from one of my Facebook friends – who happens to be African-American –and in many ways, it effectively pinpoints the artistic and career merits of Canadian actor Alan Thicke’s son. Known as much for his marriage to stunning actress Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has found a rabid fanbase for his brand of R&B, in the vein of DeBarge, […]


JJ Cale

“After Midnight” Songwriter JJ Cale Dies at 74

JJ Cale, the singer-songwriter who penned such hits as “After Midnight,” “Call Me the Breeze” and “Cocaine,” died Friday in a La Jolla, CA hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 74. Born in Oklahoma City in 1938 and raised in Tulsa, as a young musician Cale was part of a group of musicians who were instrumental in developing what is known as the “Tulsa Sound,” a blending of […]


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American Idol Sued by Ten Former Contestants

Suit alleges racism, reinforcing of black stereotypes

This week, ten former American Idol hopefuls filed a lawsuit against the Fox Network, its corporate sponsors and former executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, alleging that the show is racist, as reported by Entertainment Weekly and the LA Times. The lawsuit alleges that the ten plaintiffs, all African-American males appearing between Seasons 2 and 9 of the show, were forced out of the competition, publicly and unfairly disqualified, because they were […]


Bruce Hornsby and the Range The Way It Is

Pop Rewind: Bruce Hornsby and the Range “The Way It Is”

As the music of the 80s began to evolve and take shape, piano-driven music gave way to synthesizers and electronic keyboards. For several years, piano pop barely made it on to the radio. Then there was this song. When Bruce Hornsby and the Range came out with breakthrough single “The Way It Is” in late 1986, there was literally nothing on the market that sounded anything like it. It was […]


30 Seconds To Mars

30 Seconds To Mars Ask Fans to Tattoo Themselves, Stir Controversy

“YES, THIS IS A CULT.” Anyone familiar with the fan base of 30 Seconds to Mars (known collectively as “Echelon”) will recognize this as a popular catch phrase for fans (it appeared several times in the comments of my recent less-than-stellar review of the band’s record LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS). But inviting fans to effectively brand themselves for said cult might be a bit over the line. This week, […]


Fiona Apple Hot Knife

Fiona Apple Releases Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video “Hot Knife”

It’s been a year since Fiona Apple released her latest record The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Since her tour last summer, we haven’t heard much from her, but I’d be surprised if her newly-released video of “Hot Knife”, directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, Magnolia), doesn’t renew interest in the […]


The Lumineers

The Lumineers Unveil New Track, Prep Deluxe Edition Release

Well, I was hoping for a brand-new full length from indie-folk sensations The Lumineers, but perhaps they’ve been so busy keeping up with their meteoric rise to fame that this is the best they can do for now. On August 20, the band’s label Dualtone plans to release a special deluxe edition of The Lumineers’ self-titled breakthrough Platinum album. The new print will reportedly contain five bonus tracks (so that’s […]


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