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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: MYSTERY SKULLS: FOREVER

Mystery Skulls is the stage name of Luis Dubuc, an insanely-talented, self-taught electronic artist from Dallas — currently based in LA — who writes, produces and sings his own songs. At the moment, he’s the electronic artist du jour with his song “Ghost” having skyrocketed to number eight on the iTunes electronic music...
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CONCERT REVIEW: MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND: 9/22/14: CAMBRIDGE, MA

Shortly after Doe Paoro exited the stage following her superb set at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts Monday night, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band emerged from backstage, playing just about every type of horn instrument in existence along with drummers and even a flutist. And their outfits were as loud as their instruments,...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: THE ONE AND ONLY DOE PAORO

interview by Michael McCarthy On September 10th I saw Doe Paoro open for Sylvan Esso at their sold out show at The Sinclair in Boston and was immediately impressed by her incredible talent. By the time she was done her second song, “Hypotheticals,” I found myself thinking that she should be headlining her...
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REVIEW: SYLVAN ESSO (WITH DOE PAORO): THE SINCLAIR: 9/10/14

Wednesday night I headed into Cambridge, Massachusetts, Boston’s sister city, to catch Sylvan Esso at The Sinclair. It’s a small club and the duo could’ve probably filled a larger one, being that they’ve exploded – especially on college radio – since they booked The Sinclair, but perhaps it’s better to have people crammed...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BANKS: GODDESS

One of the most interesting things about Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jillian Banks’ debut album, Goddess, is how decidedly *not* top 40 it is. Listening to her songs, you can’t help but think “if only.” If only the beats were more boisterous. If only the bass pulsated in a punchier way. If only the...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SAINT: IMMACULATE

The first thing you need to know about producer turned avant garde-ish beatsmith Saint is that he’s a genuine enigma. I’ve read his press releases and listened to his album several times, but I still can’t quite wrap my head around him. Perhaps that’s because his songs meld from one genre to another...
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#songoftheday / REVIEW: Mo Parker – “SHY”


Mo Parker is actually two people: Classically and jazz trained pianist and singer Mo and trippy R&B beat-maker Domzilla. Their union here couldn't possibly be more intriguing as Mo's piano and soulful vocals ride Domzilla's super deep, low end bass perfectly, resulting in something that sounds...
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PLAYLIST: APRIL RULES VOL. 2

Rather than constantly expanding our April Rules playlist, we decided to simply start a volume 2, which is now long enough for posting.  Once again, the tracks are simply listed in the order they currently appear in, but we may add a few more tracks here and there as the month goes on,...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: FLORENT MARCHET: BAMBI GALAXY

I must admit that I don’t know a whole lot about Florent Marchet. The only other album of his that I have is Noël’s Songs, which, as you could probably guess, is a Christmas album. I simply grabbed that one for the heck of it because, as my loyal readers must have figured...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: ST. VINCENT: ST. VINCENT

On her fourth solo album, St. Vincent – otherwise known as Annie Clark – has created a lusher, more fully realized take on the pristine pop of her last album, 2011’s Strange Mercy.  This is where heart-swelling melodies meet cool, unflinching beats.  Using two live drummers — Homer Steinweiss of the Dap-Kings and...
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  • MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
    MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA Release Date:  10/29/14 Label:  publisher code: XQMN Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.) Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which […]
  • MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
    MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU Release Date:  11/26/14 Label:  Village Again Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song. I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging […]
  • AMBER AN: WITH YOU
    AMBER AN: WITH YOU Release Date:  9/26/14 Label:  Wonderful Music Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring. My favorite foreign language to listen to music […]
  • CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
    CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール Release Date:  2014 Label:  Ki/oon Records Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're […]
  • KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
    KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY Release Date:  10/22/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I […]