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REVIEW: IMAGINE DRAGONS: THE ARCHIVE EP

Las Vegas indie rock darlings Imagine Dragons have recently re:released their stunning 2012 debut, Night Visions, in a deluxe edition which now comes with five bonus tracks, known collectively as The Archive EP. The EP is available to be purchased alone on iTunes. “Round & Round” starts off with electric and acoustic guitars...
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NEWS ROUNDUP 2/14/13

Today Jessie Ware covered Rihanna’s “Diamonds” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS6kSagTixk Lana Del Rey has unveiled her video for “Burning Desire”: http://youtu.be/hNcGgGMXXTs Check out the 2013 Hangout Music Fest line up: http://hangoutmusicfest.com/lineup/  It includes Tom Petty, Kings Of Leon, The Shins, Ellie Goulding, Passion Pit and lots of other uber-talented cats....
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LADY GAGA CANCELS REMAINDER OF TOUR

From her site: Born This Way Ball Tour Cancellation Thursday, 12 February 2013 – For immediate release. Live Nation Global Touring has confirmed that the remainder of the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball performances have been cancelled. After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been...
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NEWS ROUNDUP: 2/13/13

Karin Park, Chvrches, Au Palais and other artists will be holding a non-profit event called FREEDOM in London to mark the one year anniversary since Pussy Riot’s infamous “Punk Prayer” in Moscow. As you probably know, three members of the group were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to...
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REVIEW: PLACEBO: B3

This 5 song E.P. was released digitally last November. It was also released physically, though the CD is a limited edition collector’s item. (I actually just saw the CD on Amazon for less $$ than the download, so I’d recommend grabbing that.) The Amazon product description states, “While not a reflection of the...
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NEWS ROUNDUP: 2/12/13

Hurts are giving away a free download of their smashing new song “Sandman” over at: http://www.informationhurts.com/gb/splash/ It’s quite the nice track, meshing their usual dark pop sensibility with something of an R&B beat. Michael Stipe and Courtney Love will be doing a duet on “Rio Grande” on Johnny Depp’s upcoming “pirate compilation.” It’s...
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NEWS: LADY GAGA CANCELS SHOWS

Lady Gaga has regretfully been forced to cancel two dates of her Born This Way Ball.  She posted the following message for fans on Facebook: “There’s an unfortunate announcement coming out right now, concerning myself and the Born This Way Ball. Im so sorry. I barely know what to say. I’ve been hiding...
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REVIEW: BLOOD RED SHOES: WATER

Last year Blood Red Shoes, the duo consisting of Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, released one of the year’s very best albums in the form of In Time To Voices. Why they stopped promoting that and released a new 3 song E.P. is beyond me, but I’ll take all of the tunes from...
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PLAYLIST: BACK TO MINE: MICHAEL MCCARTHY (with commentary!)

PLAYLIST: BACK TO MINE: MICHAEL MCCARTHY There’s a series of chill-out mixes compiled by various artists called Back To Mine. (“Back to mine?” is what they say in England when someone asks someone to go back to their place, usually to have sex.) They’re basically mixes for, well, making love. I decided to...
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NEWS: BON JOVI REVEAL NEW ALBUM TRACKLIST

Bon Jovi’s What About Now is now available for pre-order on iTunes in both standard and deluxe editions. The iTunes deluxe edition is selling for $13.99.  For a few cents less you can order the actual deluxe edition CD on Amazon. You can also now buy the title track for $1.29 on iTunes....
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PLAYLIST: SUICIDE IS PAINLESS

by Michael McCarthy I’ve always required music to sleep. (Music and a loud fan or air conditioner.) When I was younger, I could listen to anything and drift off to sleep. Motley Crue? Absolutely. Iron Maiden? Sure. Seemed like anything could soothe my soul and whisk me away to dreamland. But, unfortunately, as...
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