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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FIRST AID KIT: STAY GOLD

Following two much beloved records on the indie label Wichita, Stay Gold is Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s first major label release. The album was recorded at Conor Oberst’s ARC Studios out in Omaha with Oberst’s Bright Eyes buddy Mike Mogis in the producer’s chair. He produced the band’s previously album, 2012’s The Lion’s...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: JOHNNY CASH: “OUT AMONG THE STARS”

It feels so surreal, listening to this newly unearthed collection of Johnny Cash songs recorded with legendary country producer Billy Sherrill in 1981 and 1984. Like most of his fans, by now I’d simply thought that everything he’d ever recorded that he would have wanted released was already released. And so it was...
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#songoftheday DANIELLE BRADBERY: “I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU”


17 year old Country singer Danielle Bradberry won season four of The Voice with her gorgeous renditions of such songs as Taylor Swift's "Mean," Carrie Underwood's "Wasted" and The Judds' "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)." "I Will Never Forget You" is from Danielle's self-titled debut and...
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NEW REVIEW: MINDY SMITH: SNOWED IN EP

Mindy Smith is an American singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Long Island, New York but eventually ended up in Nashville pursuing a music career. Her music has been called folk, country, Americana, bluegrass and even pop. She’s often compared to Norah Jones and Alison Krauss. Snowed In is her second Christmas...
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#albumoftheday OF MONTREAL: LOUSY WITH SYLVIANBRIAR

Of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes is not one to make the same album twice. Roughly a decade ago he shifted from doing indie rock/trippy twee to electro-centric albums that often felt like twisted — but always fascinating — experiments. The first three albums from this second period of his career were especially experimental;...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BUTCH WALKER: PEACHTREE BATTLE

I caught Butch Walker live at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the 11th of this month. It was my fourth time seeing him and he was, in a word, brilliant. Which came as no surprise. He’s been impressing me with his knack for super emotive songwriting ever since he was in a...
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#albumoftheday THE CIVIL WARS: THE CIVIL WARS

Well, well, well, this is an interesting album. When this duo — Joy Williams and John Paul White — were riding the surprising success of their 2011 album Barton Hollow, which won them three shiny Grammy awards, they kept insisting that they weren’t romantically involved with each other. In fact, they were both...
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REVIEW SPOTLIGHT: JANN KLOSE: MOSAIC

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Jann Klose was born in Germany and raised in Hamburg and Kenya, South Africa. He arrived in the United States as an exchange student in Cleveland. It wasn’t long before he was performing in the Cleveland Opera Chorus. He went on to perform in touring productions of such Broadway shows...
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SINGLE REVIEW: CHARLENE SORAIA: GHOST

Charlene’s 2011 release Moonchild was a truly remarkable album of singer/songwriter indie/folk music that garnered her more critical acclaim than most artists who released albums that year. To that end, she ranked high on more year end best lists than one could count. That much praise is always a lot to live up...
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REVIEW: RIHWA & MICHELLE BRANCH: GOOD LOVE

Japanese singer/songwriter Rihwa teamed up with American singer/songwriter Michelle Branch for this lovely duet, which Branch wrote after asking Rihwa if she’d be interested in collaborating, something Rihwa became extremely excited about, having become a fan of Michelle’s music when she was attending school in Canada.  The mid-tempo, guitar-centric track is entirely in...
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  • T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION
    T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION Release Date:  10/7/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." The remix was done by Chuckie and I'm really not impressed, largely because he used very […]
  • FLiP: GIRL
    FLiP: GIRL Release Date:  10/1/14 Label:  Universal As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop. As you may recall, FLiP […]
  • ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM)
    ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM) Release Date:  10/13 (album) and 9/10/14 (single) Label:  EEG Emperor Entertainment Group If you like Chinese pop, you must get to know Angela Hui, one of Canto-pop's brightest new stars. Angela Hui wowed critics and audiences alike when she performed at Emperor Entertainment Group's singing contest in […]
  • YUKI: FLY
    YUKI: FLY Release Date:  9/17/14 Label:  Epic Records Finally, following a three year wait, Yuki has released her seventh full-length album in the form of FLY. The 16 track opus includes the singles Play Ball, Sakamichi no Melody, Watashi no Onegai Koto, Starmann and Dare Demo Lonely along with 11 brand new, never before released […]
  • HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU!
    HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU! Release Date:  9/24/14 Label:  Universal Music The new HKT48 single is trash... But the B-sides are quite nice! Well, there's an easy way to sum this one up: if you like AKB48 and all of the related artists then you're sure to find this new single by HKT48 irresistible. But if […]