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Why George Strait Keeps Selling Records

Why George Strait Keeps Selling Records

The long career of George Strait, the undisputed reigning “King of Country,” is a perfect example of the extreme loyalty of country music fans. After more than 30 years playing “old school,” western-swing country music, Strait still packs out major venues and sells plenty of records, and his singles are still consistently hitting near the top of the country charts. (Last year’s release Here for a Good Time was Strait’s […]


Cheat Sheet: Big K.R.I.T.

Cheat Sheet: Big K.R.I.T.

Who: Big K.R.I.T. (born Justin Scott) is a Mississippi-based producer/rapper whose credits include work for Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Ludacris. In addition to supplying tracks for these established players, K.R.I.T. has maintained a healthy solo presence, releasing a series of free mixtapes that recently culminated in his signing to Def Jam Records. With a Def Jam debut imminent, Big K.R.I.T. just released what will be his final free mixtape […]


Fiona Apple Gives a Taste of New Music at SXSW

Fiona Apple Gives a Taste of New Music at SXSW

It’s been a long time since Fiona Apple has released any new music—seven years, in fact—and almost as long since anyone outside L.A. has seen her perform live. So fans at this year’s SXSW in Austin got a double-whammy treat, not only in seeing a rare live performance by the eclectic singer-songwriter, but also in hearing three brand-new tunes from her upcoming release! The new record, which should drop this June, has […]


With Stronger, Kelly Clarkson Hits Her Stride (Again)

With Stronger, Kelly Clarkson Hits Her Stride (Again)

The pop-star journey for vocalist Kelly Clarkson (American Idol’s first winner) has been a roller-coaster ride, to put it mildly. After seeing some initial successes with hits like “Breakaway,” “Because of You” and “Since U Been Gone,” it started to feel for awhile that the idol’s veneer was starting to fade. Even though Clarkson continued to chart with singles like “Never Again” and “I Do Not Hook Up,” there was this […]


Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville—Album Review

Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville—Album Review

The music of UK indie-pop dance duo The Ting Tings is basic. Simple. Redundant. Uninventive. Predictable. Redundant. (Oh, wait, I said redundant already, didn’t I?) Oh. And it’s also some of the catchiest stuff on the market. The Ting Tings (a.k.a. Jules de Martino and Katie White) seem to have capitalized on the concept that sometimes less is more. They’ve basically combined jangly guitars, a solid dance beat, and Katie White’s […]


Fanfarlo “Rooms Filled with Light”: Indie-pop With a Euro Twist

Fanfarlo “Rooms Filled with Light”: Indie-pop With a Euro Twist

Rooms Filled with Light (Feb. 2012), the latest release by UK-based indie-pop outfit Fanfarlo, takes the band in a fresh direction, migrating more from a straight indie sound to a Euro-influenced new wave/Europop sound without sacrificing their identity as a band. It’s a transition that is surprisingly smooth, and somehow feels very right. Fanfarlo is a prime example of an indie band using modern, out-of-the-box methods to make a name […]


Kaiser Chiefs’ “Start the Revolution Without Me” (Sort Of) Lives Up to Its Name

Kaiser Chiefs’ “Start the Revolution Without Me” (Sort Of) Lives Up to Its Name

Brit indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs, perhaps best known for their hit “Ruby” from the album Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007), recently released their latest effort Start the Revolution Without Me amid much fanfare and buzz—and to highly mixed reviews. My first impression of the record is that the record’s name is hauntingly suited to it. In fact, far from being revolutionary, the songs on Start the Revolution basically sound like […]


MTV Attempts to Harness the New Music Revolution with New Website, Artists.MTV

MTV Attempts to Harness the New Music Revolution with New Website

When MTV launched its first video music channel in the early 1980’s, it was a bold, innovative move that revolutionized the whole music industry at that time, changing it from a strictly “audio” industry to an “audio-visual” industry. Ironically, nowadays, it seems MTV is running to keep up, trying to manage and navigate existing trends rather than starting new ones. Their latest effort is a soon-to-be-launched website, Artists.MTV, which was unveiled […]


The Rolling Stones Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour to 2013

The Rolling Stones Postpone 50th Anniversary Tour to 2013

So…will it be a “51st” Anniversary Tour? Rolling Stone Magazine (how fitting) is reporting that The Rolling Stones have opted to push back their 50th Anniversary Tour from 2012 to 2013. The official story is “We’re just not ready,” but according to Rolling Stone, inside sources are confirming guitarist Keith Richards’ health is a point of concern—which may affect how concert dates are scheduled when the show actually does go […]



WZRD “WZRD” (self-titled): Album Review

WZRD “WZRD” (self-titled): Album Review

WZRD, a collaboration between Kid Cudi and longtime producer Dot da Genius, owes a debt both to the MGMT school of vowel removal, and the L’il Wayne academy of inadvisable rock albums. There was a strange moment halfway through Kid Cudi’s [URL: http://www.kidcudi.com] 2010 LP Man in the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager wherein Cudi decided to ditch this whole “rap” thing for a minute and try his hand […]


John Altman with Monty Python

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No matter where I was, if I heard that collection of notes sung in that way it could only mean one thing. I was being greeted by George Harrison. Let me explain. Late in the 1970s it was my great good fortune to find myself a working member of an extraordinary team of people. At the core were the geniuses we now know as ‘the Pythons’ – six masters of […]


Things Andre 3000 Is Doing Instead of Making Music

Things Andre 3000 Is Doing Instead of Making More Outkast Albums

If we’re not counting the 2005 soundtrack to Idlewild (and I’d really rather not), then it’s been seven years since Outkast released an actual album. I’m not laying this hiatus strictly at the feet of Andre Lauren Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000), but Dre’s finicky attitude toward the grind of live performance certainly had a hand in the duo’s moving on to non-Outkast pursuits. In interviews, Big Boi and Andre 3000 […]


Anya Marina Lays It On the Line with “Felony Flats”

Anya Marina Lays It On the Line with “Felony Flats”

Actress. Radio DJ. Blogger for the Huffington Post. Singer/songwriter/indie artist. Anya Marina has done all of it. But with Felony Flats, Marina is laying it all on the line, showing music to be her passion. This isn’t Anya Marina’s first jump into the music arena; Felony Flats is her third full-length recording. After she self-released her debut recording Miss Halfway, indie label Chop Shop Records signed her and released her sophomore […]


Good Old War “Come Back As Rain”: Album Review

Good Old War ‘Come Back As Rain’: Album Review

If you haven’t heard Good Old War, then you should. Soon. This Philadelphia-based acoustic indie folk/pop act has been gaining momentum since they started out about three years ago, recently touring with acts like Heartless Bastards, The Gaslight Anthem and Alison Krauss. Their new record Come Back As Rain should spread their growing fame even farther. The first two things that will grab you about this band are their contagious […]