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Missing SXSW? Stream (Some) Live Performances on VEVO

South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s world-renowned “indie” music/film/interactive festival, is growing larger and more dominant every year. While the music portion of the festival has been drawing hundreds of indie bands (and a few bigger acts) every year, this year’s debut iTunes Music Festival at SXSW is putting the event squarely in the mainstream spotlight, with scheduled shows from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull, Soundgarden and Coldplay, among many […]


Wilson Phillips

Pop Rewind: Wilson Phillips “Hold On”

When the song “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips first started hitting the airwaves in 1990, the typical reaction of listeners was something like, “Wow. Who’s THAT?” The catchy melody with gorgeous, tight female harmonies floating over those rapid-fire lyrics was different from anything else on the radio at the time. The debut single from the vocal trio was an instant hit, shooting to Number 1 on the Billboard charts. Most […]


U2 Invisible

U2 Reportedly Push Album, Tour Back to 2015

There was never actually a release date set for the new U2 album—hell, we didn’t even know the name of it—so the label insists this is not a “delay.”  But as Billboard reported exclusively yesterday, several sources are confirming that the album release and tour are being pushed to next year. No official statement has been made thus far, but it’s hard to believe this was part of the plan.  […]


Pharrell Girl

Pharrell Should be Happy About “G I R L”—Album Review

Columbia/Black Lot (2014)

It’s the hat. It’s gotta be the hat. Maybe that oversized mountain hat is a good luck charm on Pharrell Williams’ latest album G I R L. His latest effort oozes charm, throwback soul grooves, symphonic strings and well… joy. Lyrics are light, thankful, generally uncomplicated, sometimes awkward, and often quirky. It just makes you “Happy” – like his worldwide smash hit. “Happy” (from the film Despicable Me 2), which […]


Bright Light Bright Light Elton John

Electronic Music Playlist March 2014

From a British pop legend’s surprise foray into electronica, to a return-to-form from a largely forgotten Mercury Prize winner, to a debut from the latest producer-turned-artist, here’s a look at five dance tracks to look out for this March. Bright Light Bright Light and Elton John – “I Wish We Were Leaving” Previously signed to Elton John’s management company, melancholic synth-pop maestro Bright Light Bright Light now teams up with […]


Linkin Park Guilty All the Same

Shazam! Linkin Park Surprise Users with New Track

On Tuesday, Linkin Park officially announced a series of summer tour dates at a Hollywood press conference with tour mates 30 Seconds to Mars. On Wednesday, users of the mobile app Shazam got an extra surprise when a new Linkin Park track called “Guilty All the Same” became available for listening. The six-minute track, which features rapper Rakim, is billed as a foretaste of LP’s upcoming sixth studio release, which […]


Lea Michele Louder

Lea Michele Enters the Battlefield with “Louder” –Album Review

Columbia (2014)

There’s a gorgeous piano ballad called “Battlefield” on Lea Michele’s debut album Louder that is perhaps more apropos than even she realizes—because truly, in so many ways, she’s dropping this record into one.  A battlefield, that is. Before we get into the songs themselves, let’s start by taking a look at the field, and just how much was working against Lea Michele before the album even came out of the […]


Nicki Minaj Lookin

The “N-word”: From Malcolm to Minaj

We are pleased to welcome our new hip-hop/R&B writer Deborah Jane.  Check out her debut post below. –Ed. Nicki. Nicki. Nicki. Most recently, the reigning queen of rap lit up the blogosphere with her use of an iconic photo of Malcolm X to promote her new single, “Lookin’ Ass N***a.” While she meant it as a statement of feminist power, it ultimately sparked outrage. “Ms. Minaj’s artwork for her single […]


Metronomy Love Letters

Metronomy “Love Letters” – Album Review

Because Music (2014)

From the glitchy instrumental electro of debut Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe) to the follow-up nu-rave concept album Nights Out to the avant-garde pop of the Mercury Prize-nominated The English Riviera, experimental quartet Metronomy have built a career on wrong-footing listeners at every turn, thanks to their penchant for the gloriously wonky. Recorded at Hackney’s all analogue Toe Rag Studios, their fourth album, Love Letters, is no less […]


Cashmere Cat

Introducing: Cashmere Cat

Hailing from Halden, a small Norwegian town with a population of just 29,000 “who gets every trend five years later,” Magnus August Høiberg’s background might not have been the obvious starting point for a career in boundary-pushing dance music. And yet under the guise of Cashmere Cat, he has now joined the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and Submerse at the forefront of a new weird and wonderful hybrid of […]


Coldplay Midnight

Check Out Coldplay’s Unusual New Track “Midnight”

When Coldplay released their album Mylo Xyloto, it raised concerns among some long-time fans that the band might be getting too “poppy” for their own good.  Last fall, their song “Atlas” from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack was a breath of fresh air, a clear step back toward their brooding, piano-rock roots. Now, with the surprise release of their new single “Midnight”…well, let’s just say a lot of us […]


Neneh Cherry Blank Project

Neneh Cherry “Blank Project” – Album Review

Smalltown Supersound (2014)

An astonishing 18 years have passed since Swedish pop trailblazer Neneh Cherry last released a solo album. But the predecessor to M.I.A., Santigold and every other genre-bending female artist of the last two decades certainly hasn’t spent the gap relying solely on the royalties from “Buffalo Stance.” As well as guesting on records by 1 Giant Leap, Gorillaz and Kleerup, Eagle-Eye’s sister joined the experimental jazz outfit inspired by her […]


Tim Lambesis

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying Pleads Guilty to Plotting Murder

On Tuesday, Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the metalcore band As I Lay Dying, entered a guilty plea to the charge of solicitation for murder in a Vista, California courthouse, after previously denying the charge, Rolling Stone reports. Lambesis was initially arrested in San Diego in May 2013 after allegedly handing $1000 to an undercover police officer posing as a hit man named “Red”, along with directions to his estranged […]


Beck Morning Phase

Beck “Morning Phase”—Album Review

Capitol (2014)

Let’s get this part out of the way:  Beck aficionados will not be able to listen to his new album Morning Phase without immediately associating it with 2002’s Sea Change.  They are cut from the same cloth: slow-paced, highly introspective, somber, hangover-infused songs with an appropriate tip-of-the-hat style-wise to Laurel Canyon and Neil Young. The two records are sisters in that they sound very like each other, and very different […]


KISS

KISS Decline to Perform at Rock Hall of Fame

(editorial)

For the second time in three years, the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction has generated controversy and drama due to questions over band lineup.  Two years ago, it was Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses. This year, it’s KISS. Rather than just regurgitate the news reports, let’s put the thing in plain English as best we can.  KISS will be inducted this year into the Rock Hall […]