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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: NOVEMBERS DOOM: BLED WHITE

#9. Not many bands reach that number of albums. Even the best bands seem to break up or otherwise call it quits after number five or six. Not so with Chicago’s Novembers Doom, however. They’re a wicked beast that refuses to die, thrashing away at anything that gets in their way, thus painting...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: FOZZY: DO YOU WANNA START A WAR

Fozzy has a backstory almost as weird as Spinal Tap’s. The funny thing here, however, is that their backstory started out entirely fictional when they released their debut album nearly a decade and a half ago with the band saying they went to Japan with a record deal, destined to become huge rock...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CHRIS BARRETTO OF MONUMENTS

Interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, I was introduced to the music of Monuments, a genre-defying band who are often mislabeled as various genres and subgenres, as you’re about to read below.  Their music was like a sonic equivalent of a rich, complex roast of coffee…  Sometimes I daydream about Starbucks using their Italian...
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  • ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS]
    ELVA HSIAO: SHUT UP & KISS ME [3 PRE-ORDER TRACKS] Release Date:  8/29/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Taiwan Elva delivers two mighty potent, slamming electro/dance pop numbers that prove Mandopop can kick as much ass as K-Pop and J-Pop. And, of course, there's a precious ballad, too. Taiwan's Elva Hsiao returns with her first music since
  • FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY
    FAR EAST MENTION MANNEQUIN'S: FXXK BOYZ GET MONEY Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Avex We think this song's title sums it up just fine. Read on if it doesn't offend you. Apparently, this often dubbed "plastic" duo -- also known as FEMM -- is a serious Youtube sensation. To that end, they have several singles available in the iTunes U.
  • RIHWA: CHOU CREAM
    RIHWA: CHOU CREAM Release Date:  7/1/14 Label:  TOY'S FACTORY Rihwa rocks. No, really. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rihwa begins her new series of singles, following the recent release of her under-rated album Borderless, with "Chou Cream." Whether you're a Rihwa fan or naysayer, chances are you have a certain sort of song pop into your he
  • GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4
    GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4 Release Date:  7/16/14 Label:  Loen Entertainment Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song. The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight prob
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    FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida Release Date:  6/11/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls. Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girl