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Katy B Little Red

Katy B “Little Red” – Album Review

Sony (2014)

One of the few viable pop stars to emerge from the dubstep scene, Katy B appealed to both clubbers and homebodies alike with a strikingly self-assured debut pitched perfectly between the charts and the London club scene. But no longer the teenage party girl, her second studio effort, Little Red, is a much more introspective affair which largely abandons her bass-heavy roots in favour of a shimmering electro sound, bringing […]

Eric Church The Outsiders

Eric Church “The Outsiders” –Album Review

EMI Records Nashville (2014)

Despite his previous album Chief going Platinum and scoring top hits like “Springsteen” and “Drink In My Hand,” it seems as though Eric Church has continued to skirt the edges of country superstardom, fighting to be seen past the huge shadows cast by Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line. With his new release The Outsiders, however, Church is prepared to blast right through those shadows to carve out […]

The Beatles

The Beatles’ Grammy Salute Does Justice to Fab Four

Sunday night on CBS, The Recording Academy hosted a special “Grammy salute” concert event called “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,” in commemoration of 50 years to the day that The Beatles first performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Let’s be honest here: to ask a bunch of current musical celebrities to cover The Beatles in front of the two surviving Beatles is a daunting prospect in […]

The Beatles

Rock Rewind: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The big news this weekend (no, not the Olympics, the other big news) is that February 9 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 during their first trek to the United States.  Many mark that appearance as the beginning of the British Invasion for rock & roll, and certainly a moment that affected the musical landscape in this country. The music […]


“The X-Factor” Cancelled in the U.S.

Simon Cowell will reportedly return to UK version of the show

After The X-Factor tried in vain for three seasons to capture a consistent audience, the executives at Fox have decided not to try a fourth time.  The network has announced that Simon Cowell’s answer to American Idol will not return to the lineup this fall, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Because the talent competition had been largely successful in the UK (yielding such popular acts as One Direction), Fox […]

Feathers (band)

The February 2014 Electronic Music Playlist

From one of 2014’s first superstar collaborations to a return-to-form from one of the EDM scene’s biggest male vocalists, here are five tracks you need to look for this February. Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige – “F For You” Capitalising on their unexpected but entirely deserved Grammy nomination, the Lawrence brothers now continue their bid to crack the States by teaming up with one of its undisputed modern R&B legends. […]

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot Distance Themselves from Released Inmates

Anonymous open letter stresses Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are no longer with the band

The whole Pussy Riot thing just got a little more interesting. Even as former Pussy Riot members and released Russian prisoners Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are in the midst of a human rights media tour of the United States—which has included appearances on The Colbert Report and at an Amnesty International concert—the feminist punk collective that first put the pair in the global spotlight are now attempting to distance […]

Pandora Logo

Pandora Now Accepting Digital Submissions from DIY Artists

If you’re an indie musician wanting to get your music out there, one of the most important places to do that is on Pandora. Unfortunately, many DIY musicians have been disqualified from the submission process because Pandora has only accepted submissions from artists who have a hard-copy CD with a UPC code, available on Amazon. That is, until now. Today, Pandora announced that it is leveling the playing field by […]

Clay Aiken Congress

Clay Aiken For Congress?

American Idol finalist throws his hat in the ring

He came in second place to Ruben Studdard on American Idol Season 2. He came in second to Arsenio Hall in Celebrity Apprentice Season 5. Now singer Clay Aiken hopes to reverse that trend with a run for Congress, according to a video posted on his campaign website. Running in North Carolina’s second congressional district, Aiken will run as a Democratic candidate hoping to unseat incumbent Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), for […]


Introducing: Eyedress

While most bedroom DJs’ back-stories border on the mundane, 23-year-old Filipino Idris Vicuna, who’s been stirring up buzz over the past two years with a series of spellbinding witch house tracks recorded under the guise of Eyedress, has quite the past. Born in the ghetto of Quezon City, Metro Manila in 1990, the producer moved to Arizona and then California (when his animator father landed a job at 20th Century […]

Pussy Riot Colbert Report

Pussy Riot Members Visit Colbert Report: Watch

First trip to U.S. as human rights ambassadors

The two members of Pussy Riot recently released from prison in Russia (Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, to be specific) arrived on U.S. soil this week to talk about human rights issues, giving many Americans their first glimpse of the real people behind the story that has captivated the global music community regarding the issues of free speech and human rights. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are two of three […]

Bombay Bicycle Club So Long

Bombay Bicycle Club “So Long, See You Tomorrow”—Album Review

Universal Island Records (2014)

Over the years, London-based indie-rockers Bombay Bicycle Club have developed an interesting reputation in that the one predictable thing about them is their unpredictability. We buy records from our favorite other bands because we pretty much know what to expect, but we buy BBC records for the opposite reason—because we don’t know what they’re going to sound like this time, but we have to find out. It’s a risky prospect […]

Above and Beyond Acoustic

Above & Beyond “Acoustic” – Album Review

Anjunabeats (2014)

Following on from their triumphant sold-out shows at London’s Porchester Hall and Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre last year, trance veterans Above & Beyond now continue their unlikely love-in with all things unplugged for their fourth studio album, Acoustic. Renowned for its thumping four-to-the-floor beats and soaring hands-in-the-air synths, the British trio’s genre of choice seems an unusual fit to receive such a stripped-back treatment. But the group have always placed […]

U2 Invisible

U2’s “Invisible” Raises $3M for (RED)

“Sneak preview” of new album, Bono says

Within the first hour of its release during Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast, U2’s new song “Invisible” was downloaded from iTunes one million times, Bono recently told Zane Lowe during a phone interview on BBC  Radio 1. During the following 35 hours the tune was available as a free download, over 2 million additional downloads were logged—and with Bank of America donating $1 per download via the nonprofit (RED) toward the […]

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars Shines at Super Bowl Halftime

Red Hot Chili Peppers not too shabby, either

In case there were any doubts as to Bruno Mars’ superstar potential, those doubts were effectively put to rest as the star-on-the-rise put on one of the most flawless Super Bowl halftime shows in recent memory. For Denver Broncos fans, the brief but power-packed halftime show of Super Bowl XLVIII was the single bright spot in an otherwise long and painful night. For Seattle Seahawks fans, it was simply more […]

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