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Grammy Recap: Beck Foils Sam Smith Awards Sweep

It was a night that bore an interesting resemblance to the Adele Grammy sweep three years ago. A relatively unknown Brit singer/songwriter breaks up with a dude, writes songs to process the pain, makes a record that sells a bajillion copies, and goes on to win top honors at the Grammy Awards. Biggest differences: the singer/songwriter in this case also happens to be a dude; and unlike Adele, this was […]


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Artists to Watch in 2014

Previously, my end-of-year lists have covered artists who were overrated and artists who were worthy of the acclaim they received. In this final installment, I want to put a few bands and artists on your radar that you may not know yet, but who are showing promise and momentum, and whom you’re likely to hear a lot more from in 2014. Here they are, in no particular order (except for […]


Sam Smith

Introducing: Sam Smith

Announced as the winner of the BRITs Critics Choice last month – an award previously given to the likes of Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding – and a hot favorite to be placed at the top of the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2014 poll next week, 21-year-old Sam Smith seems virtually guaranteed to become one of this year’s biggest breakthrough acts. But of course he’s far from […]


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The October Electronic Music Playlist

From a surprise disco reinvention to a late Motown legend’s second major club hit, here’s a look at five of the best electronic/dance tracks to look out for this October. Skream – “Rollercoaster” Unexpectedly ditching the ominous bass wobbles and brooding beats which saw him hailed as the King of Dubstep, Magnetic Man’s Skream dusts off his flares with this thoroughly addictive fusion of squelchy synths, funky bass lines and […]