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The Spring of Cancelled Tours? Lorde, Miley and Others Off the Road

At this rate, spring 2014 may go down in music history as the “spring of cancelled tours,” as an inordinate number of high-profile artists have had to come off the road for one or more legitimate reasons.  At least four major tours have been affected, and by sheer coincidence, most of the cancelled dates have affected Australia. The slew of cancellations seems to have started in March when The Rolling […]


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The Five Most Notable Musical Artists of 2013

In my first installment of 2013 end-of-year lists, I talked about five musical artists whom I felt were overrated in comparison to the media acclaim they received. This week, as promised, my second installment names five musical artists who definitely deserved the attention they got this year. Here’s my list of the top five most notable artists of 2013. See if you agree.   5.  Arcade Fire This alternative act […]


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A Huge Week for Lorde

Tops Billboard charts, live US television debut on Jimmy Fallon

This has seriously got to be the biggest week of Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s life. Known to the masses simply as Lorde, she has seen her debut album Pure Heroine drop to solid initial worldwide sales (see our review here), watched as her hit single “Royals” dethroned Miley Cyrus for the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and made her national television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—all in the […]


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Lorde Proves Her Staying Power on Debut “Pure Heroine”

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From outward appearances, the sudden worldwide success of New Zealand teen-songstress Ella Yellich-O’Connor (nee, Lorde) seems like an anomaly. After all, she’s not a Disney child actress-turned-pop-star like Selena Gomez (or a Disney child actress-turned-slut like Miley Cyrus); nor is she a used-up-and-spit-out femme fatale persona like Lana Del Rey. Look at a picture of her; nothing about her says bigger-than-life. She comes across as just about as normal a […]



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Singles You Shouldn’t Miss – June 2013 Edition

Last month, I started a new feature on my column called “Singles You Shouldn’t Miss”—great new songs by indie and alternative artists, both emerging and established. This month’s installment includes an up-and-comer from New Zealand, an established post-punk outfit from the UK, and a fantasy-pop duo from Brooklyn. Their tunes are making the rounds on the Internet, and are definitely worth a listen. Enjoy!   LORDE “ROYALS” Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Ella […]