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REVIEW: GABRIELLE APLIN: PANIC CORD E.P.

Singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin’s new single, “Panic Cord,” is taken from her album English Rain, which was just released in England today on May 13, 2013. (She is, in fact, English.) It’s the opening track on the album and for good reason: it’s a highly addictive song that showcases Gabrielle’s ability to write poignant...
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REVIEW: THE JOY FORMIDABLE: A MINUTE’S SILENCE

The Joy Formidable’s “A Minute’s Silence” was released on vinyl on Record Store Day this year. An exquisite piano ballad, it doesn’t have any percussion or guitars, but it’s easily one of their very best songs to date. The melody is beautiful but melancholic and the piano is rather dark. The song also...
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Review: The National – Trouble Will Find Me

This might be one of the most anticipated releases of 2013. The National’s sixth studio release is a beacon of what Brooklyn-based indie rock can offer: it features appearances from Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Following 2010’s highly praised High Violet, Trouble Will Find Me has slowly...
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Jack White covers U2’s Love Is Blindness… Again

Today, Bono turns 52. Today, the world finds out that Jack White’s cover of Love Is Blindness is part of The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack. Today, I need to revisit a few of my basic rules. Achtung Baby is unequivocally one of the most visited and revisited U2 albums, considered a landmark in alternative...
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VIDEO: VANESSA PARADIS: “LOVE SONG”

They’ve finally made Vanessa Paradis’ new video for her single “Love Song” viewable from within the States.  The song is taken from her exquisite album Love Songs, which will be released in France on May 13th.  ...
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REVIEW: YEAH YEAH YEAHS: MOSQUITO

It’s funny that the opening track on this album is called “Sacrilege” because that’s what I initially felt about this album. Oh, like the rest of the world, I thought “Sacrilege” was a fantastic track. It’s truly amazing, the way it builds and builds, becoming something greater and more emotive as it goes...
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REVIEW: SHE & HIM: VOLUME THREE

When I see She & Him in concert in Boston this July the opening act will be Camera Obscura and I can’t think of a better match. For it’s Camera Obscura that immediately comes to mind when I listen to She & Him’s new album, Volume 3. A mere ten seconds into the...
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VIDEO: LAURA MARLING: “MASTER HUNTER” NSFW

“Take me somewhere I can grow, give me something, let me go, or tell me something I don’t know,” she sings, armed with her acoustic guitar, with the tongue of a poisonous viper.  You do not want to fuck with her.  “I am a master, I am a master, I am a master,...
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SINGLE REVIEW: WE THE KINGS: “FIND YOU THERE”

Bradenton, Florida’s finest are back with a red hot new single every bit as infectious as past hits like “Secret Valentine,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Party, Fun, Love & Radio,” and “Friday is Forever.” It begins with twinkly guitars then the drums and vocals kick right in and immediately hook you. “I’m all alone...
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REVIEW: MAJOR LAZER: FREE THE UNIVERSE

Until recently, I thought that Diplo and Major Lazer were two different people. Alas, I was wrong. Diplo is Major Lazer, Major Lazer being his reggae-ish alter-ego. Although many of the songs on Free the Universe stray pretty far from reggae. And I have to say — this is a very difficult album...
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SINGLE REVIEW: MARIAH CAREY: #BEAUTIFUL (FEAT. MIGUEL)

I really hate that there’s a hash tag in the title of this song. It was obnoxious enough when will.i.am used one in the title of his new album. We certainly didn’t need Mariah to do that. It just seems like a lame attempt to capture the attention of the Twitter generation. She’s...
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METALLICA ROCK THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

Metallica’s Kirk Hammet and James Hetfield rocked the national anthem before the Giants vs the Dodgers game on Friday (May 3).   The Giants proclaimed it “Metallica Day” at AT&T Park.  Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was also present and threw the first pitch of the night.  ...
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