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Studies in Grandiosity, Courtesy of Hit-Boy

Studies in Grandiosity, Courtesy of Hit-Boy

Southern California producer Hit-Boy is only five years into his career, but in that short time he has made himself into one of the most well regarded hit-makers in the hip-hop world. After being discovered on MySpace (remember that thing?) in 2007 by Polow da Don, Hit-Boy embarked on a meteoric rise that culminated with his signing to Kanye West’s [http://kanyewest.com] G.O.O.D. Music collective. Hit-Boy (yes, the hyphen is necessary) […]


Lionel Richie Does Country?

Lionel Richie Does Country?

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit tired of country music being used as pastureland for aging artists from other genres. The latest grazer in said pasture is apparently Lionel Richie, who this week released Tuskegee, a countrified collection of his greatest hits. What do I mean by that opening statement? Okay, let’s start with The Eagles, pioneers in rock & roll. Their 2007 release Long Road […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks

Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks

Welcome to Weekly Mixtape, where we handpick the week’s best tracks for your auditory enjoyment. No need to thank us, it’s cool. Meek Mill, “Lean Wit It” This one isn’t exactly hot off of the presses, but Meek Mill has dressed his latest bit of swagger in an impressive negligee of grayscale filters and dirt bikes, so it’s at least worth a second look. Like everything Meek Mill has ever […]


Why The Band Perry May Be the Future of Country

Why The Band Perry May Be the Future of Country

With the buzz currently going on in country music circles over The Band Perry, you might think they had just come on the scene. But although this all-sibling group is young (the youngest is a scant 21), it’s actually been a slow ride to the limelight for them. The Band Perry officially formed in 2005, when Kimberly Perry was 21, and brothers Reid and Neil were both still in their […]


Wiz Khalifa, “Taylor Allderdice”: Album review

Wiz Khalifa, “Taylor Allderdice”: Album review

Wiz Khalifa’s largely self-constructed reputation as a party hound has persisted through three studio albums and at least as many mixtapes without so much as a chink marring its heavily hot-boxed armor. While Taylor Allerdice doesn’t exactly torpedo this notion, it at least begins calling it into question, which makes the mixtape one of Khalifa’s most interesting releases to date. If you’ll recall, we last left Khalifa in 2011 when the Pittsburgh-based […]


How Did Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” Break the Top 10? Oh—THAT’S How

How Did Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” Break the Top 10? Oh—THAT’S How

If you just look at the Billboard charts in late March, you’d think fans simply haven’t had enough of Guns N’ Roses yet. Their Greatest Hits CD recently hit the Number 3 spot for record sales, according to the Billboard 200 chart. What? How the h-e-double-hockey-sticks does a band top the charts with a greatest hits compilation? But look a little deeper, and you’ll find out how. (And you’ll also find […]


Who Is One Direction, and Why Should You Care?

Who Is One Direction, and Why Should You Care?

Just when you thought boy bands had gone the way of the dinosaur…there’s Up All Night, the debut recording from One Direction. One Direction, the UK’s latest incarnation of the N-SYNC-esque version of boy-band pop (complete with the occasional New Kids On the Block falsetto riff), would seem at first glance to be an unlikely pick to start off at the top of the US sales charts. In my humble […]


Album Review: The Shins “Port of Morrow”

Album Review: The Shins “Port of Morrow”

Port of Morrow, the latest effort by Portland-based indie-rockers The Shins, might very well take its place among the band’s best works—at least, until the next one comes along. 🙂 It’s been about five years since the last Shins album, Wincing the Night Away, was released, during which time frontman James Mercer teamed up with Brian Burton (a.k.a. “Danger Mouse”) to form the more spacey sounding Broken Bells. This sparked […]


OurLabel: An Innovative Concept in Fan Funding

OurLabel: An Innovative Concept in Fan Funding

Well, I suppose it was going to happen sooner or later. With crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter growing exponentially in popularity, OurLabel in Chicago is taking the natural “next step” by creating a record label based entirely on fan funding. The site is still in beta stage, so it’s likely there will be kinks to be worked out, but the short version of the concept is that where other crowd funding sites only […]


Album Review: “Delta Spirit” by Delta Spirit

Album Review: “Delta Spirit” by Delta Spirit

Typically, when a band releases a self-titled album after already releasing several records, that band is making a musical statement of identity, a statement of who they are as an artist. If this is true of Delta Spirit, then this band is telling us we don’t know them at all—that they are not who we think they are. Although basically an indie-rock band, Delta Spirit has been sort of lumped […]


Cheat Sheet: Del the Funky Homosapien

Keeping tabs on all the great hip-hop artists out there can take some time. To help you out, Cheat Sheet is a regular feature in which we give you the quick facts on some of today’s hottest and most influential artists. This week’s Cheat Sheet is on Del the Funky Homosapien. Who: To say Del the Funky Homosapien is the weird cousin of West Coast hip-hop is both literally and […]


Jimmy Page Releases Rare “Exhumed” Instrumental Work with “Lucifer Rising”

Jimmy Page Releases Rare “Exhumed” Instrumental Work with “Lucifer Rising”

Serious classic rock aficionados and collectors have been “tipped off” by the Internet buzz surrounding the release of some rare instrumental recordings by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page [http://www.jimmypage.com]—an album featuring the never-used soundtrack for the short film Lucifer Rising. The record, titled Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, is a collection of instrumental tracks recorded in the 1970s in Page’s home studio. The album’s featured track was originally slated […]


Bruce Springsteen Is The Boss of SXSW 2012

Bruce Springsteen Is The Boss of SXSW 2012

“And when you walk onstage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it’s all we have. And then remember it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.”—Bruce Springsteen, SXSW keynote address Lots of things are going well for Bruce Springsteen these days. Not only did his new release Wrecking Ball recently topple Adele from her long-standing run atop the Billboard Top 200, but The Boss’s presence literally dominated this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, […]


“Birdy” Spreads Her Wings

“Birdy” Spreads Her Wings

Birdy is a name many people don’t know yet in the United States, but gauging from the response of people in the UK, it’s only a matter of time before she’s a household name. Birdy (known to friends and family as Jasmine van den Bogaerde) is not yet 16 years old, but her piano-based folk pop has already won over many fans across the pond. Her rise to fame began by […]


Legend Bob Dylan Reportedly Preparing 35th Studio Release

Legend Bob Dylan Reportedly Preparing 35th Studio Release

The Guardian recently reported that singer/songwriter legend Bob Dylan, 70, is currently recording his 35th studio album in Los Angeles, and that the record could hit store shelves as early as late 2012. Never at a loss for creativity, and always eager to explore new directions, Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Dylan is rumored to be collaborating with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on the new record, which is likely to have […]