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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: MILO GREENE: CONTROL

If I had heard Milo Greene’s 2012 debut, which is said to have been folk pop, then I probably wouldn’t like this album. At least that’s the impression I’ve arrived at after reading several reviews. The big complaint comes from people who loved the band’s first album, who are having a fit about...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: ECHOSMITH: “BRIGHT”


Echosmith's new video has arrived and it's for "Bright," one of my favorite tracks from their superb album, Talking Dreams. It's a light and fluffy mid-tempo ballad that simply makes you feel good without being melodramatic like so many pop ballads these days. So what...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: DIANA KRALL: WALLFLOWER

This time around living legend Diana Krall takes some classics from the last thirty years, most of which were mellow to begin with, and slows them down even more, making them dreamy and hypnotic, songs that would lull you off to sleep if they weren’t so darn captivating. The Mamas & The Papas’...
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NEWS: EAUX CLAIRES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS LINEUP

PRESS RELEASE:   CURATED BY JUSTIN VERNON AND AARON DESSNER, THE FESTIVAL FEATURES BON IVER, THE NATIONAL,  BOYS NOIZE, DOOMTREE, SPOON, POLIÇA, SUFJAN STEVENS, LOW, THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, AND INDIGO GIRLS PERFORMING “SWAMP OPHELIA” AMONG ITS 40 ACTS  TICKETS GO ON SALE TOMORROW THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015 AT 12PM CST VIA WWW.EAUXCLAIRES.COM...
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AN OPEN LETTER TO KANYE WEST FROM SHIRLEY MANSON OF GARBAGE

By now you’ve surely heard all about Kanye West playing the part of an asshole once again at the Grammy Awards.  Fortunately, this time he didn’t interrupt Best Album of the Year winner Beck while he was giving his acceptance speech, but he did run his mouth backstage, stating “Beck needs to respect artistry...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SWEET & LYNCH: ONLY TO RISE

Stryper’s powerhouse vocalist Michael Sweet and guitar maestro George Lynch, formerly of Dokken, have joined forces here and the result is a truly incredible album that’s better than anything either of them has done in quite a while. Not that either of them have put out bad music during recent years, mind you....
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80’S EXTRAVAGANZA AT MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Last night on February 6, 2015 I caught a big concert dubbed “80’s Extravaganza” in the arena at Mohegan Sun Casino.  Some of my Facebook friends were curious about it, so I wrote what now appears below to satisfy their curiosity.  I never intended to post it here but a fellow music critic...
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  • SUMIRE UESAKA: 閻魔大王に訊いてごらん (Enma Daio ni Kiite Goran)
    SUMIRE UESAKA: 閻魔大王に訊いてごらん (Enma Daio ni Kiite Goran) Release Date:  12/10/14 Label:  King Records Sumire unleashes anime theme song and it's awesome. Sumire Uesaka's recent single is the theme song for an anime but neither Yes Asia or CD Japan stated the name of the anime in English. So, I translated the product info with […]
  • MYNAME: 2ND MINI ALBUM
    MYNAME: 2ND MINI ALBUM Release Date:  2/16/15 Label:  Loen Entertainment MYNAME have finally released new Korean music after spending a year in Japan. It comes in the form of their 2ND MINI ALBUM, as they've simply called it, and it's proof pudding (as the saying goes) that they're here to stay. Not only that, they're […]
  • G.E.M.: 多遠都要在一起 [Long Distance]
    G.E.M.: 多遠都要在一起 [Long Distance] Release Date:  2/18/15 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment G.E.M.'s gorgeous new single 多遠都要在一起 [Long Distance] reviewed. Video and Spotify links provided. Check it out if you love ballads. G.E.M.'s new single, "多遠都要在一起," is officially translated on its Youtube page as "Long Distance." (See player below.) It's a very emotive and heartfelt ballad […]
  • G.E.M. - XPOSED
    G.E.M. - XPOSED Release Date:  7/17/12 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment G.E.M. is one of China's biggest pop stars of all-time. In fact, she's hugely popular all around the world, even in New Zealand. If you're not familiar with her, please read this review and consider checking her out. This album would get five stars out […]
  • RIKA MAYAMA: LIAR MASK
    RIKA MAYAMA: LIAR MASK Release Date:  11/26/14 Label:  Defstar Records Rika Mayama of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku finally goes at it alone with her first solo single, "Liar Mask," which is the theme song for the anime Akame ga KILL! And, wow, it is mighty impressive. Rika Mayama of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku finally goes at it […]