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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FOZZY: DO YOU WANNA START A WAR

Fozzy has a backstory almost as weird as Spinal Tap’s. The funny thing here, however, is that their backstory started out entirely fictional when they released their debut album nearly a decade and a half ago with the band saying they went to Japan with a record deal, destined to become huge rock...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHRIS BARRETTO OF MONUMENTS

Interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, I was introduced to the music of Monuments, a genre-defying band who are often mislabeled as various genres and subgenres, as you’re about to read below.  Their music was like a sonic equivalent of a rich, complex roast of coffee…  Sometimes I daydream about Starbucks using their Italian...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: LYKKE LI: “GUNSHOT”


The sole track on Lykke Li's new album produced by Greg Kurstin, who wrote the song with her, "Gunshot" is easily the catchiest song on the record. "I am longing for your honey / I am longing for your love," Li sings during the bridge and her...
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LANA DEL REY ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE

LANA DEL REY NEW SINGLE  ‘ULTRAVIOLENCE’ RELEASE DATE 18TH AUGUST ‘Lana Del Rey’s latest incarnation is a triumph’- The Times ‘She’s amongst the best the 21st century has to call its own’ – Clash Music [PRESS RELEASE} 7 million albums sold to date. 12 million singles sold to date. 1 billion video views...
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#albumoftheday / review: I HEART SHARKS: TO BE YOUNG

According to Wiki, the popular indietronic band I Heart Sharks’ sophomore album, Anthems, was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the 28th of March 2014 and received very positive reviews. But, rather than simply releasing the album in the UK, the band is releasing a must-hear EP called To Be Young on...
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CONCERT REVIEW: NEON TREES: TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014: BOSTON, MA

review by Michael McCarthy all photos by Mary Ouellette In just a short matter of four years Neon Trees has released three superb albums and toured almost constantly, making them one of the hardest working bands in the business by far. Going into their show at the House of Blues in Boston last...
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REVIEW / VIDEO: LUKA ‡: LOSS (FEAT. BAD AMERICA)


To my ears, this song is pure witch house, which isn't surprising, since he uses the character ‡ in his name... Yes, there are R&B and industrial influences, but the end result strikes me as witch house... Not sure that's what he considers it though, as there's...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: MIKA – “Boum Boum Boum”


Pure (French) pop bliss... As usual, Mika delivers a warm, joyous vocal that's sure to elevate your spirits even on your worst day... And it's becoming increasingly obvious that Mika is his generation's Elton John. Sans doute, he's every bit as brilliant and genuine....
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  • Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT
    Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT Release Date:  6/4/14 Label:  Sony Music Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer/arranger DJ Taku of m-flo for the Japanese theme song of The Amazing Spider-man 2, "Fighter," and it's a rather heavy rock tune. Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer
  • f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT
    f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT Release Date:  7/9/14 Label:  SM Entertainment The album opens with the title track, "Red Light," a trippy yet bouncy tune that will probably confuse you the first time you listen to it. It's one of those wildly imaginative K-Pop songs that goes in several different directions, much like Girls' Generati
  • TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN
    TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN Release Date:  7/3/14 Label:  CJ E&M Music TOP.IC's delightful "See Ya" is poised to become one of summer 2014's most defining pop songs. These days digital singles are dropping every other day in the Asian pop world, and especially so in the K-Pop realm. It seems that labels are signing more and more artists in
  • HYOMIN: MAKE UP
    HYOMIN: MAKE UP Release Date:  6/30/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 The single, "Nice Boy," is tepid and highly offensive. The other two tracks are great though. Make Up is Hyomin of T-ARA's first mini-album. The lead single is a track called "Nice Body." And it's highly offensive. I don't even know where to begin. It's just wrong
  • FLASHE: HEY YOU
    FLASHE: HEY YOU Release Date:  5/20/14 Label:  CGM Entertainment "Hey you, hey you, hey you, wake up in the star," sing the girls of Flashe in English during their new tune "Hey You." Doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, does it? So, there's one reason not to like Flashe's "Hey You." But, hey you, lots of K-P