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#albumoftheday / EP SPOTLIGHT: PIXIE LOTT: LAY ME DOWN EP

Pixie Lott’s new EP kicks off with her new single of the same name, “Lay Me Down,” which, like “Nasty” before it, finds the singer back in full pop mode after taking a disappointing R&B detour on her second album, Young Foolish Happy, which was far inferior to her debut, Turn It Up....
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REVIEW SPOTLIGHT: ANGUS & JULIA STONE: ANGUS & JULIA STONE

As the story goes, Angus and Julia Stone were happy with their solo careers and had no plans to make another album together. Ever. They didn’t hate each other or anything like that. They simply went in two different directions musically and didn’t feel they would ever be in the same place, stylistically...
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CAPSULE REVIEWS: SPC ECO, LA ROUX, ALVVAYS

SPC ECO: THE ART OF POP The best artists are those who are constantly changing colors like a chameleon if not downright evolving and SPC ECO make a great leap forward with The Art of Pop, an album that ditches all of those raw, distorted guitars in favor of delicious, pristine pop beats,...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NOVEMBERS DOOM: BLED WHITE

#9. Not many bands reach that number of albums. Even the best bands seem to break up or otherwise call it quits after number five or six. Not so with Chicago’s Novembers Doom, however. They’re a wicked beast that refuses to die, thrashing away at anything that gets in their way, thus painting...
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  • ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS]
    ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS] Release Date:  8/29/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Elva delivers two mighty potent, slamming electro/dance pop numbers that prove Mandopop can kick as much ass as K-Pop and J-Pop. And, of course, there's a precious ballad, too. Taiwan's Elva Hsiao returns with her first music since
  • FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY
    FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Avex We think this song's title sums it up just fine. Read on if it doesn't offend you. Apparently, this often dubbed "plastic" duo -- also known as FEMM -- is a serious Youtube sensation. To that end, they have several singles available in the iTunes U.
  • RIHWA: CHOU CREAM
    RIHWA: CHOU CREAM Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  TOY'S FACTORY Rihwa rocks. No, really. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rihwa begins her new series of singles, following the recent release of her under-rated album Borderless, with "Chou Cream." Whether you're a Rihwa fan or naysayer, chances are you have a certain sort of song pop into your he
  • GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4
    GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4 Release Date:  7/16/14 Label:  Loen Entertainment Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song. The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight prob
  • FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida
    FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida Release Date:  6/11/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls. Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girl