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Weekly Mixtape Mini-Reviews: Pusha T, Slum Village, CyHi Da Prynce

Having trouble keeping up with all the rap/hip-hop mixtapes coming available? We’re here to help keep you up to speed. Here are a few mini-reviews of some of the more noteworthy mixtapes fresh on the market.   Wrath of Caine by Pusha T –Pusha comes back with a short-but-definitely-sweet serving of “dope” music on this highly anticipated mixtape. He hops onto a bevy of great production that helps him deliver […]


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CBS Goes Proactive To Prevent Grammy Skin Mishaps

Grammy 2013 Preview

This Sunday night at the 2013 Grammy Awards, to be broadcast live on CBS, you’re likely to see less of your favorite stars. As in, they will (hopefully) be wearing more clothes. At least, if they want to be on television. Apparently, the television network, which has been dogged by an unfortunate history of FCC violations with their live telecasts, wants to make sure things are completely within bounds this […]


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2013 Festival Line-Ups Begin To Take Shape

The rumours about which acts are appearing where begin to circulate virtually the minute the festival season is over, but while the summer still seems light years away, many of the big-name festivals have already started to announce their line-ups for 2013. Widely touted to headline America’s most hipster-friendly festival Coachella this year, Daft Punk were notably absent from the Californian event’s official roster of confirmed artists. But there are […]


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Up-And-Comers: Veronica Falls

If you’re a fan of retro rock—particularly of the sixties Brit or surf varieties—you’re going to want to give Veronica Falls a listen. This London-based four-piece began making a name for themselves with their 2011 self-titled release, and their momentum continues with their sophomore effort Waiting For Something To Happen, which dropped this week in the UK, and will be available next week here in the states. The cool thing […]


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Coheed and Cambria “The Afterman: Descension”- Album Review

The saga continues…and continues. Seeking to fill in the gaps in their long-running band persona storyline, concept prog rockers Coheed and Cambria this week released The Afterman: Descension, the “part 2” to The Afterman: Ascension released last year. Let’s face it: creating a concept band around a fictional narrative can get complicated. First of all, the longer the story behind the band moves forward, new fans have to invest an […]


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What’s Coming Out Next, El? – Upcoming Rap/Hip-Hop Releases (February Edition)

The month of love and overpriced chocolates is going to be overshadowed by a lot of good rap/hip-hop. February is highlighted with new joints by Joe Budden, Curren$y and (hopefully) Big Sean. Lesser known but equally dope mixtape/album drops are coming courtesy of Jae Millz, Brotha Lynch Hung, Killah Priest and LL Cool J. Open your ears and your bank accounts ‘cause you’re going to be spending a lot of […]


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Tim McGraw “Two Lanes of Freedom”- Album Review

Big Machine Records (2013)

Five years sober (as he recently revealed), and free from a two-decade relationship with former label Curb Records, country icon Tim McGraw is understandably in a mood to celebrate freedom on a variety of levels. That jubilation comes out clearly in his new release Two Lanes of Freedom, both in its overall atmosphere and in McGraw’s frequent explorations with the boundaries of his genre. Of course, McGraw has never been […]


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Josh Groban Flirts With Pop/Rock on “All That Echoes”

Reprise (2013)

About 12 years ago, Josh Groban formed an instant niche for himself in traditional pop music: a young, handsome, slightly geeky man with a smooth operatic voice, singing songs in a musical style dating well before his time. He went on to become one of the top-selling American vocalists in the twenty-aughts, his first four records going multi-platinum, as he became the poster boy for a subgenre nicknamed “popera.” Now, […]


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Modestep “Evolution Theory” – Album Review

A&M Records (2013)

Hoping to take dubstep to the same metal masses as the now defunct Pendulum did with drum ‘n’ bass, London quartet Modestep make Skrillex appear like a shrinking violet on their adrenaline-charged debut album, Evolution Theory. Any concept of subtlety may have been thrown out of the window, but packed to the rafters with gargantuan bass wobbles, splurging synths and brutal industrial beats, this record’s fifteen tracks are indeed just […]


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Frightened Rabbit “Pedestrian Verse” – Album Review

Canvasback/Atlantic (2013)

Let me start by saying that in my humble opinion, Frightened Rabbit are one of indie-rock’s best-kept secrets, in that those of us who are fans know they should be reaching a much wider audience. It’s also my humble opinion that their fourth album Pedestrian Verse is set to change all that. At the very least, these Scottish rockers have carved out a solid niche for themselves, with a fan […]


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Love & Soul: Upcoming R&B Projects You Should Know About

2012 was kind of a down year for R&B. Frank Ocean and Miguel may have presented most of the best music the genre had to offer, but they didn’t have much help from their melodic peers. Now that 2013 is here, we’ve already heard some glimmers of hope. Thank God that Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake entered people’s timeline’s and iTunes libraries with new music. Now that the R&B year […]


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Rock Rewind: The Smiths “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

Given that Morrissey’s physical ailments have caused him to be in the news lately (he’s getting better, by the way), I thought it was a good excuse for this week’s Rewind to pull out a gem from Morrissey’s early days as lead vocalist for UK alt-rockers The Smiths. The Smiths are one of those acts who saw limited commercial success during their run, but who have garnered a loyal cult […]


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Music News Week In Review (Feb. 2 Edition)

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a “week in review” piece, but as 2013 kicks into gear, there seems to be more of a call for it. To enhance your Saturday morning reading, here are a few of the more pithy music news headlines you might have missed during the past week.   DUDE LOOKS LIKE A (REALLY UGLY) LADY This week on American Idol, a nagging question was answered […]


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The MIMO Interview: Shout Out Louds

Stockholm-based indie-rock band Shout Out Louds have been steadily building a following across the world over the past decade, touring with such acts as Kings of Leon and The Strokes, and having key song placements in popular films and television shows such as How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. They are currently preparing to release their fourth full-length album, Optica, due to […]


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Introducing: Bastille

Like fellow British dance mavericks The Streets and Metronomy, South London outfit Bastille began essentially as a solo vehicle, namely for Dan Smith, a singer-songwriter previously signed to Elton John’s management company, before expanding to a more traditional bass-guitar-drums line-up. Despite the influence of lone troubadours Antony & The Johnsons, Regina Spektor and Bat For Lashes, Smith’s intriguing blend of folk, electronica and indie-pop meant it was little wonder that […]


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