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#songoftheday / VIDEO: OH LAND: “HEAD UP HIGH”


We've loved Oh Land since the first time we heard her very artsy debut album, Fauna. Her following album, which was self-titled, was even better, the songs catchier and more accessible. Now she's back with "Head Up High," the first single from her third album, entitled...
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VIDEO / REVIEW: COSBY: “HEARTRACER”


Imagine that The Killers were born a few decades earlier and were just starting out in 1985... We have a feeling that's what Cosby did when the band wrote this uppity, super synthy number. The self-produced group, which features two brothers with the last name Cosby,...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SALT ASHES = REMEMBER THAT NAME

I was recently introduced to the music of Veiga Sanchez, who goes by the name Salt Ashes, and after listening to just a couple of her songs I already fell head over heels in love with her sound.  Like any artist, she has influences and those influences can be heard in her music.  But, here’s...
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REVIEW: SIMIAN GHOST: THE VEIL

The first thing that I have to say about Simian Ghost’s new album The Veil is WOW. And it takes a lot to wow me lately. I generally choose to review things that I feel positively about, but I am not so easily impressed. This album, however, is nothing short of glorious and...
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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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MUST-HEAR!: BAT AND BALL: “LIZARD CUTS”


On their last single, "Stops My Mouth," Bat and Ball delivered electronic beats with sparse guitars and cool basslines.  It was a somewhat melancholic tune with a haunting vocal courtesy of Abi Sinclair, who comprises the duo with her brother Chris.  Now they're back with their new single "Lizard Cuts,"...
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  • T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION
    T-ARA: CHUCKIE and T-ARA: SUGARFREE EDMEDITION Release Date:  10/7/14 Label:  코어콘텐츠미디어 What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." What we have here is a remix of the EDM version of T-ARA's "Sugarfree." The remix was done by Chuckie and I'm really not impressed, largely because he used very […]
  • FLiP: GIRL
    FLiP: GIRL Release Date:  10/1/14 Label:  Universal As you may recall, FLiP is an all-female band formed in Okinawa in 2005 by singer/guitarist Sachiko, guitarist Yuko, bassist Sayaka and drummer Yuumi. "Girl" is their new single and it's a slick, expertly-produced song that blurs the line between J-Rock and J-Pop. As you may recall, FLiP […]
  • ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM)
    ANGELA HUI: R U OK? (AND DEBUT ALBUM) Release Date:  10/13 (album) and 9/10/14 (single) Label:  EEG Emperor Entertainment Group If you like Chinese pop, you must get to know Angela Hui, one of Canto-pop's brightest new stars. Angela Hui wowed critics and audiences alike when she performed at Emperor Entertainment Group's singing contest in […]
  • YUKI: FLY
    YUKI: FLY Release Date:  9/17/14 Label:  Epic Records Finally, following a three year wait, Yuki has released her seventh full-length album in the form of FLY. The 16 track opus includes the singles Play Ball, Sakamichi no Melody, Watashi no Onegai Koto, Starmann and Dare Demo Lonely along with 11 brand new, never before released […]
  • HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU!
    HKT48: 控えめI LOVE YOU! Release Date:  9/24/14 Label:  Universal Music The new HKT48 single is trash... But the B-sides are quite nice! Well, there's an easy way to sum this one up: if you like AKB48 and all of the related artists then you're sure to find this new single by HKT48 irresistible. But if […]