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Kascade Atmosphere

Kaskade “Atmosphere” – Album Review

Ultra Records (2013)

As a 42-year-old teetotal practicing Mormon in a genre renowned for its youthful hedonism, Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, certainly isn’t afraid to embrace polar opposites. His eighth studio album, Atmosphere, continues in that vein, flirting with everything from high-pitched trap music to brooding post-rock on thirteen ambitious tracks which immediately distance him from his superstar DJ peers. Indeed, the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Fire & Ice is the kind of […]

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV) Arrested on Drug Possession Charges

Days after finally announcing a firm release date for her debut album Night Time, My Time, pop songstress Sky Ferreira has found herself in the news for the wrong reasons. According to numerous reports, on Friday night she and DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith were pulled over by police in Saugerties, NY and consequently arrested on a number of drug-related and other charges. The bulk of the charges were levied […]

Jack Johnson From Here

Jack Johnson “From Here To Now To You” –Album Review

Brushfire (2013)

Confession: I’m probably not the best person to review a Jack Johnson album. He’s one of these guys whose talent I can definitely respect, but his relaxed, understated surf-folk vibe is something I personally can’t get into—not song after song, album after album. It’s not bad music—it just doesn’t give me much to get excited about. So listening to From Here To Now To You, Johnson’s sixth studio effort, I’m […]

Ylvis The Fox

Have You Seen Ylvis’ “The Fox?”

This one falls under the category of I-can’t-believe-this-is-a-YouTube-hit (well-yeah-I-can-kinda-see-why). In the ten days since two Norwegian brothers collectively known as Ylvis posted their video for “The Fox” on YouTube, it has already generated over 30 million views (that’s an average of 3 million a day, for you math people), prompting many to label it the next “Gangnam Style” sensation. The thing is, while “The Fox” is definitely synth-dance-pop, Ylvis are […]


Introducing: Breach

Fans of the acid-jazz sound pioneered by the likes of Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies may already be familiar with classic house revivalist Breach even if they’re unlikely to make the connection instantly. The 32-year-old Amsterdam-based producer first attracted attention with two albums of silky smooth soul recorded under his real name, Ben Westbeech, before switching his focus to the dancefloor. Released through Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, 2007 debut […]

Kanye West

Kanye West Charged in Paparazzi Scuffle

Kanye West has a knack for being in the news for just about everything except his music. Reuters is reporting that the rapper has been officially charged with battery and attempted grand theft, stemming from a confrontation with a member of the paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport back in July. According to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the LA City Attorney’s Office, West allegedly accosted a photographer on July […]

The Police Synchronicity

Rock Rewind: The Police “Every Breath You Take”

Over the years, “Every Breath You Take” has arguably become the song most people identify with British rock group The Police—the band often credited with bringing New Wave to the mainstream. “Every Breath You Take” was the best-selling song from their best-selling album Synchronicity (1983)—which, ironically, was also their last. While every one of The Police’s five albums had done well since the band formed in the late 1970s (all […]

Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira Changes Upcoming Album Title and Release Date—Again

Man, this has to be setting some sort of record. (Pun intended.) After several years of announcing a debut album, only to postpone said debut and release an EP instead, synth-pop chanteuse Sky Ferreira has actually managed to surprise us by moving her elusive release date forward a few months. The last we heard over the summer, the album formerly titled I’m Not Alright had been changed to I Will, […]

Hip Hop: The New World Order

Muhammida El Muhajir Speaks on ‘Hip Hop: The New World Order’ Documentary

The MIMO Interview

Hip-hop culture was birthed some 40 years ago in the Bronx as economically disadvantaged youth developed breakdancing, emceeing, deejaying and graffiti to express themselves. The culture has spread worldwide since, but how it’s perceived and practiced in various cities around the world is an elusive concept either to qualify or to quantify.  Enter Muhammida El Muhajir, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker with a science background. She attended Sundance Film Festival for inspiration […]

Ray Dolby

Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies at 80

Ray Dolby, a pioneer of surround sound and the man largely responsible for the quality of modern digital audio, has died in San Francisco. He was 80 years old. Dolby first got started in technology as a teenager working on the development of video recording at Ampex Corporation in Redwood City. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Stanford, and ultimately a PhD from Cambridge University, before establishing […]

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

University of Edinburgh Bans Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

Well, any publicity is good publicity—right? Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” is certainly no stranger to controversy—from the topless models in the unedited version of the music video to the song’s provocative lyrics directed towards women, to the recent allegations that the song borrows too much from Marvin Gaye. Now, as NME reports, the song has been officially banned from student buildings at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland—not by […]

Hot Natured Different Sides of the Sun

Hot Natured “Different Sides Of The Sun” – Album Review

Warner Music UK (2013)

Following on from Disclosure’s chart-topping Settle, supergroup Hot Natured are the latest act from the new class of British house music to test their skills over the course of an entire studio album with Different Sides Of The Sun. A much more blissed-out affair than the Lawrence’ brothers hyperactive take on the genre, the majority of the album’s fifteen tracks appear to have been designed with the Ibiza poolside in […]

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi Drummer Tico Torres Has Emergency Surgery

Band postpones tour dates in Mexico, South America

  Bon Jovi can move on without longtime guitarist Richie Sambora, but apparently they can’t do without their drummer. The band was forced to postpone their scheduled show in Mexico City while drummer Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday. Jon Bon Jovi posted an explanation to the band’s Facebook page yesterday: “Last night Tico Torres underwent an emergency appendectomy. Thankfully, the operation was a success and Tico is […]

2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II Metime

2 Chainz “B.O.A.T.S. II: #METIME” –Album Review

Def Jam Records (2013)

On one hand, 2 Chainz is the butt of jokes about how low hip-hop has sunk, while on the other, he is an example of a carefree, wildly entertaining rhymer not unlike the early rap pioneers Sugarhill Gang. Fame came late for the Atlanta native, as he rose to prominence just a few years ago, well into his 30s, following a failed stint on Ludacris’ DTP imprint on Def Jam […]