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Monthly Archives: June 2013

VIDEO: SKYLAR GREY: “WEAR ME OUT”

Skylar Grey never writes the same song twice, her voice even morphing from one song to another.  But one thing is for certain: she doesn’t pull any punches, her songs always packing an emotional wallop and chock full of biting, brutally honest lyrics.  Her latest, “Wear Me Out,” is like a darker Sheryl...
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#albumoftheday – BOARDS OF CANADA: TOMORROW’S HARVEST

Boards Of Canada have always put out fascinating music.  While much of it has been relatively mellow, many of their songs being downright ambient, there’s also been a sense of foreboding about many of their compositions.  Their long-awaited new album Tomorrow’s Harvest has all of these elements.  There are some fairly calm songs,...
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#albumoftheday – DANZIG: THE LOST TRACKS

“You should be dying / dying, dying, dying,” Danzig sings — no, screams — during “You Should Be Dying.”  If that sounds lame to you, then I’m sure this album would not suit you.  But if you have a dark side that those lyrics might appeal to, then I should think you’d really...
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#albumoftheday – CSS: PLANTA

The last album by CSS, otherwise known as Cansei de Ser Sexy, was 2011’s La Liberacion. While “I Love You” and “Hits Me Like A Rock” were uber-catchy pop gems, the rest of the Brazilian band’s third album felt somehow misguided. And their second album, Donkey, was only slightly better. Their first album,...
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REVIEW: KISS: MONSTER

The KISS album Monster, produced by Paul Stanley & Greg Collins, is the band’s 2012 follow up to 2009’s Sonic Boom. In general I considered Sonic Boom the return to form that the band hadn’t had since Revenge, and also that it was the closest they’d come to an album worthy of those...
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#albumoftheday – BEN LEE: Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work

Ben Lee’s new album, Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work, was inspired by an experience he had while tripping on the extremely strong hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca.  He’s described the experience as life-changing and he wanted to pay tribute to the plant as a result.  If it sounds silly, well, yes I suppose it is...
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NEWS: DEF LEPPARD’S VIVIAN CAMPBELL BATTLES CANCER

Today Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell made the following Facebook post, disclosing his ongoing fight with cancer: “In light of the forthcoming European and North American dates from Def Leppard, guitarist Vivian Campbell felt it would be right to let the band’s supporters know that he is currently in recovery from cancer. Vivian says,...
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REVIEW/FEATURE: LOU DOILLON: PLACES

Lou Doillon might be unknown to most people here in the United States, but in her native France she’s practically royalty, being the daughter of the famous French singer/actress Jane Birkin and the acclaimed film director Jacques Doillon. She’s also the half-sister of actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and step-daughter of the late French singer/songwriter...
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NEWS: ALUNAGEORGE UNVEIL ALBUM COVER, TRACKLISTING

Everyone’s favorite English electro-duo AlunaGeorge have unveiled the cover of their debut album Body Music along with its tracklist. During December of 2012 it was announced that the duo were shortlisted for the 2013 BRIT Award of Critics’ Choice. More recently, they’ve been shortlisted in a BBC Sound poll.   THE TRACKLIST: 1...
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REVIEW: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: …LIKE CLOCKWORK

Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme’s last project was Them Crooked Vultures, the all-star album he did with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). I tried very hard to get into their self-titled album, but it never managed to grip me. The musicianship was top notch, but...
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