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#songoftheday = KERLI: BLOSSOM


Have I mentioned how happy I am that Kerli is making electro-pop again? Her dance music was great, sure, but her lyrics and voice fit electronic soundscapes better than club beats. At least that's my opinion. ...
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#songoftheday = WHITE SEA: “BLOODLINE”


"Bloodline" is the second song offered from White Sea, a.k.a Morgan Kibby, from her art project Postcards From Nowhere, which allows her to share an interactive experience with fans and gives her the platform to release songs whenever she likes without planning an album or EP. "I...
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KILLER AUDIO: GARBAGE: “EMPTY”


Amazing, amazing, amazing. Yes, Garbage's new single, "Empty," is so amazing that it deserves it being said three times. Well, OK, I've just used it four times. Do I need to say it again? Seriously though, Garbage's pop sensibilities remain in tact as do...
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An Exclusive Interview with Norwegian Singer/Songwriter BELLMAN

Our readers in the U.S. might not have heard of Norwegian singer/songwriter Bellman yet, but in some parts of the world he is a very big deal. He released his critically acclaimed debut album, Mainly Mute, in 2009 and had his first big hit single with an uplifting song called, “Spaceship Move Slow”...
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REVIEW: LIGHTS: MIDNIGHT MACHINES

Lights new album might be entitled Midnight Machines, but it certainly doesn’t sound like machines. Quite the contrary, it’s an acoustic record. Just as she released Siberia Acoustic following her album Siberia, she’s released Midnight Machines as an acoustic companion to Little Machines, hence the title. The album opens with “Up We Go,”...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: DTCV: CONFUSION MODERNE

First of all, the name of this musical duo is really DETECTIVE, but they shortened it to DTCV so that people would be able to find them when they search for them online. If they were simply called Detective, people would never be able to find them because they’d be buried in a...
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An Exclusive Interview with MAVRICK

Back on March 10th, I named newcomer Mavrick’s song “Funeral” our #songoftheday and here we are three weeks later and I’m still listening to it every day. It’s such a massive and addictive song that all it takes is one listen to get you hooked. From its boisterous beats to his emotive vocals...
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An Exclusive Interview with Kavus Torabi of Knifeworld

interview by Michael McCarthy Have you ever seen a magic show by one of the masters – like David Copperfield – and swore it was real? Well, I saw Copperfield perform a few decades ago and still can’t fathom how he did anything that night. The finale is the illusion that especially boggles...
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