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Los “Becoming King” (Mixtape Review)

Bad Boy Records (2013)

One good quality about Bad Boy Records is that the Diddy-helmed label has managed to reinvent itself over the years, constantly rejuvenating itself with new talent. Evidently, it’s part of Diddy’s business model. The problem with this approach is that artists’ tenures on Bad Boy tend to be tumultuous, as the expectation for megahits comes with the territory. These days, Bad Boy’s hallmark is having a diversified roster, uncharacteristically led […]


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The Neighbourhood Says “I Love You” (Album Review)

Columbia Records (2013)

Put this one in the where-did-these-guys-come-from? category. LA-based alt-rock act The Neighbourhood are certain to turn heads with I Love You., a record that sounds way too epic in scope to be a debut album. There’s always a bit of risk involved when a band comes on the scene in a “big” way, because it can create a false sense of hype that it’s impossible for a new act to […]


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Major Lazer “Free The Universe” – Album Review

Mad Decent (2013)

A virtual unknown outside the dancehall community at the time of Major Lazer’s 2009 debut, Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do, Diplo has since become one of the world’s most in-demand producers, contributing to records by Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Chris Brown whilst also earning a Grammy nomination for his work on Usher’s glorious electro-soul ballad “Climax.” Follow-up Free The Universe, the first record under Diplo’s other pseudonym since the […]


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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell “Love Has Come For You” –Album Review

Rounder Records (2013)

The first line of the first song on bluegrass album Love Has Come For You gives us a clue as to who is behind it: “When you get to Asheville / Send me an email.” Yup. It’s Steve Martin. The comedian/Renaissance man has put out another fantastic bluegrass album, this time pairing up with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell (aka Mrs. Paul Simon). It’s an unlikely collaboration, to be sure—but it works […]


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Phoenix “Bankrupt!” – Album Review

Glassnote (2013)

In a way, the story of French alt-rock-turned-synth-pop outfit Phoenix parallels the mythical creature from where they derive their name. After a decade wallowing in the ashes of relative obscurity, the band rose from said ashes to international stardom with their fourth studio album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in 2009. But that kind of success is a double-edged sword, because it puts the band in the position of having to produce […]


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Folk Legend Richie Havens Passes Away

For the second time this week, the music community has lost a key figure in its history. Richie Havens, a folk singer known for his soulful spin, his political leanings and as the leadoff act for Woodstock, passed away from a heart attack in his New Jersey home on Monday, April 22. He was 72. Havens first came to prominence in the folk revival scene of Greenwich Village in the […]


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will.i.am “#willpower” – Album Review

Interscope (2013)

You get the feeling that the socially-conscious hip-hop version of will.i.am that arrived in the late 90s would have been ashamed if he saw what he was to become just a decade later. Not content with dragging The Black Eyed Peas down to the lowest common denominator level with a string of mindless ‘fun in the club’ anthems, the 38-year-old is also now inflicting a second wave of trash-pop with […]


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Divinyls Frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett Dead at 53

Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer for Australian rock outfit Divinyls, succumbed on Monday to a battle with breast cancer, passing away in her sleep in her New York home, Billboard reports. She was 53. While the Divinyls were essentially one-hit wonders in the U.S. with their controversial 1991 single “I Touch Myself,” the band (co-led by Amphlett and Mark McEntee) were a staple in their home country of Australia, having many […]


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Rock Rewind: Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey, Joe”

In case you hadn’t heard by now, today is Record Store Day, and independent record stores the world over will be holding special events and sporting exclusive releases. One of those exclusives is a 1966 mono recording of “Hey, Joe” by Jimi Hendrix, released on 7” vinyl. It seems like a good segue into remembering Hendrix himself, and this song in particular. While “Hey, Joe” is notably one of Hendrix’s […]


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Record Store Day 2013: Seven Gems to Look For

Record Store Day 2013 is here! First of all—what are you still doing sitting there? Go find your local independent record store from this search menu, and go buy some music from them. But since you are still sitting there—let us help you out a bit. There are literally hundreds of special edition releases that are going to be available today at record stores all around the world, many of […]


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Rush, Heart and Others Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

In an evening with thankfully far less drama than last year’s Axl Rose/GNR feud/fiasco, 2013’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was nevertheless eventful, as progressive rock band Rush, girl rockers Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and others were officially honored as this year’s Rock Hall of Fame inductees. If last night’s festivities could be given a theme, it would be, “It’s about time.” Indeed, after years of […]


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Up-and-Comers: Family Of the Year

Sporting an indie-folk vibe with a distinct West Coast flavor, Family of the Year is one of those DIY bands that has been building a solid following with little more than hard work, lots of touring…and most importantly, some really, really good music. In fact, chances are you’ve already heard them. If you watch any television, you’ve likely seen Advil commercials, and heard the catchy “La-la-la-la-la” chorus in the background. […]


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Can Daft Punk Save Dance Music?

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine this week, Daft Punk claimed that electronic music had failed to move an inch from its comfort zone, questioned the recent tendency for artists to record material in airports and hotel rooms, and argued that the whole scene was in the midst of an identity crisis. Bold words indeed; but unlike many of the motormouth superstar DJs that have emerged during their absence, […]


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New Twitter #Music App Released

Fans of the music discovery website We Are Hunted (which used technology to track Internet buzz and create charts based on the data) noticed a few weeks ago that the website had gone offline. It was known that We Are Hunted had been working on a music app based on its current format. Last week, it was announced that Twitter had acquired the website and its assets, and would soon […]


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Snoop Lion Is “Reincarnated” (Album Review)

Over the past year or so, Snoop Dogg and his camp have been working diligently behind the scenes to rebrand the 40-year-old legendary gangsta rapper into Snoop Lion, a nebulous, Rastafarian persona whose only parallel to Snoop Dogg could be found in an affinity for marijuana. As the story goes, Snoop Dogg experienced a cathartic awakening on an impromptu trip to Jamaica – “the spirit called me,” according to the […]


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