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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: BRANDON FLOWERS: THE DESIRED EFFECT

On the off chance that someone reading this isn’t already aware, Brandon Flowers is The Killers’ lead vocalist, who also plays guitar and keyboards, although not on every song. With the band, he’s released four original albums (Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age and Battle Born), a rarities compilation (Sawdust) and a...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Sóley: ASK THE DEEP

Sóley Stefánsdóttir was born in Hafnarfjörður, a small town just outside Reykjavík, Iceland but she now lives in said Capital. A singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer, she created every note on her second full-length album, Ask The Deep, herself. As a child, she studied jazz piano. Later, she attended the Icelandic Art Academy, where she studied composition...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Róisín Murphy: HAIRLESS TOYS

Róisín Murphy has been one of the most peculiar figures in modern pop music for several years now. She started off as the frontwoman of Moloko, but soldiered on as a solo artist after the band called it a day. During the next few years, she released two excellent solo albums, Ruby Blue...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: ELIZA HULL: THE BONES OF US

In 2013 Eliza Hull released a critically acclaimed EP called The Ghosts You Never Catch.  The lead track “Christopher” appeared on MTV’s Awkward — the funniest show on television — and she proceeded to tour with the likes of Owl Eyes, Hayden Calnin and SAFIA.  She spent 2014 writing the songs that appear...
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#songoftheday / AUDIO: Strange Names – “Return”


"I'm not your springtime fantasy," goes "Return," a gem of a new song from Strange Names, a band consisting of recent New York transplants Fletcher Aleckson, Francis Ximenez and Liam Benzvi. The irony here is that "Return" actually feels like a red hot spring fling, coming at...
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EP SPOTLIGHT: CHARLOTTE OC: BURNING

If the tremendously talented Banks made grandiose dance pop songs, they would sound an awful lot like the music of Charlotte OC, who has a similar flair for haunting melodies and insightful lyrics. “If my house was burning / Would you run or stay?” she asks during the lead track “If My House...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: JANINE AND THE MIXTAPE: DARK MIND

Janine and The Mixtape, otherwise known as Janine Foster, started off playing open mic nights in her native Auckland when she was just 14 years old. It wasn’t long before she’d concocted her own unique blend of pop, soul and R&B. She released Dark Mind on her own label, Little Mixtapes Records, back...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: Grimes – “REALiTi”


As you can read below, "REALiTi" is a lost Grimes track that's no longer going to be on her new album. I assume it was recorded when she was making a more mainstream pop record before her single "Go" wasn't received nearly as well as she'd hoped...
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MUST-SEE VIDEO: POP ETC: “RUNNING IN CIRCLES”


If you like contagious pop rock and awesome videos you're in for a real treat here. POP ETC'S video for their contagious single "Running In Circles" was made to look like the popular '80's toy Lite Brite, which consisted of a black peg board with a light...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: GRACE MITCHELL: DESIGN

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m late to the party on this one. Sort of. You see, I was aware of singer/songwriter Grace Mitchell before she released this EP last October. She’d done a moody cover of Hall & Oates’ classic “Maneater” on the soundtrack to The Secret Life...
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#albumoftheday: ELLA ON THE RUN: WAR OF WORDS

Ella On The Run is a London-based electro-pop artist of Swiss, French and South African origin. She attended The Berklee College of Music here in Boston, Massachusetts and began making music using the Ella On The Run moniker with producer/co-writer Matthew Bang (previously an engineer for Interscope and Timbaland’s Mosley Music group). The...
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