Back in 2012 Kimbra seemed to become an overnight sensation thanks to her part in Gotye’s global hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” So when her debut album Vows was released here in the States later that year I expected it to be a huge success. Unfortunately, all those downloads of “Somebody...Read more
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There was a time, not so long ago, when any mention of “Youngblood Hawke” would have made me think of the book Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk. To tell you the truth, I’ve never read it, but it’s on the list of books that I intend to read in the not so distant...Read more
The EP opens with the mid-tempo track “Turn Up the Radio,” a song about getting down to business with one’s significant other. The idea, I think, is to turn up the radio so your neighbors can’t hear you shagging. “I’ve got to lose myself tonight / So turn off the lights,’ sings Damian...Read more
Color us damn impressed. Totem's latest track, "Chase Me," is one truly gorgeous, mid-tempo electro-ballad. With its monster beats and haunting vocals, it's like the dreaminess of Bastille meets the potency of Imagine Dragons. Seriously, it's that good. And he's giving it away for...
By now you've probably realized that we think that LIGHTS can do no wrong. Well, this haunting, down-tempo tune is just further proof of her flawlessness. Lyrics, vocals, music -- it's beautiful and touching all around....
Western Education were formed during spring 2011 on the east coast in the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, birthplace and muse of Jack Kerouac, after vocalist Greg Alexandropoulos plastered the UMASS Lowell campus with flyers seeking some compatible musicians. His search discovered bassist Will Hunt and guitarist Georgio Broufas and the trio set about...Read more
"You don't love me like I love you," sings Whinnie Williams, her voice dripping with melancholy during this lovely, retro-tastic number. If you hear shades of Lily Allen and Nicola Roberts here, well, that's no coincidence. You see, the track is produced by Future Cut, who's...
As you probably know, I recently reviewed Youngblood Hawke’s August 6th, 2014 show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston. My review was wholly positive and I feel the same way about their debut album, Wake Up, which is, in fact, crammed with plenty of gorgeous anthems to rouse you. Each of its songs...Read more
I’d like to say that I discovered Caught A Ghost through my own music hunting efforts, that there’s some cool backstory about how I came to be aware of their existence. But the truth is simple and probably not very interesting: their publicist contacted me, asked me to review their upcoming show opening...Read more
At approximately 9 P.M. on August 6th, 2014 Youngblood Hawke took to the stage at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Massachusetts — just outside of Boston — and made musical history. OK, so maybe they didn’t make musical history, but there is a whole lot of musical history wrapped up in the band’s...Read more
We've loved LIGHTS from day one, since we bought her first EP something like six years ago. There are few people on this planet who make electro-pop and synth pop as catchy as she does. ...
Nobody likes saying anything negative about Jenny Lewis. She’s never released a bad album and has generally been a very prolific singer/songwriter, pumping out albums every couple of years — if not more often — for well over a decade now. Until recently, that is. Her new solo album, The Voyager, comes six...Read more
Hard to believe but Danny Darko has released over thirty Top 50 Releases on the Beatport Genre Charts. Equally impressive: his Youtube channel, launched in 2012, has received over 4 million views. We suppose that's just what happens when you get kudos from DJ Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren,...