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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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ROCK IN PEACE: JEFF HANNEMAN OF SLAYER

The above was posted by the surviving members of Slayer on Facebook Thursday night after Jeff passed away. A tribute to Jeff from the Revolver Golden Gods Awards last Thursday night, which took place just hours after the world learned of Jeff’s passing:...
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REVIEW: IGGY AND THE STOOGES: READY TO DIE

Although many of the songs were in English, Iggy Pop’s last two albums, Preliminaires and Après, were essentially French pop albums. Iggy is a national icon in France, arguably as popular as Elvis is in the States, so I’m sure one of the reasons he made those albums was to thank his devoted...
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REVIEW: WILL.I.AM: #WILLPOWER

“Everybody have fun tonight, everybody have fun tonight,” will.i.am sings during “Hello,” the first track on his fourth solo album, #willpower. If that sounds boring and uninspired, well, welcome to a whole album of boring and uninspired anthems. I’m talking about songs so horrifyingly bad that they make even the worst songs he’s...
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REVIEW: RALPH MYERZ FEAT. ANNIE: “TAKE A LOOK AT THE WORLD”

It’s hard to believe but Norwegian singer-songwriter/DJ Annie has been releasing music for over ten years now.  OK, so technically her debut album Anniemal dropped in 2004, but she was DJing and releasing underground singles like “The Greatest Hit” as far back as 1999.  Anyway, man, time flies.  I feel like I just...
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Review: Blackshear – Soldier of Fortune EP

Every minute or so, a new EP from an emerging folk/punk band is released in the universe. Thanks to the global availability of Pro-Tools and the ever great equalizer that is iTunes, everything is out there, everything is downloadable, listenable, accessible, and purchasable. Every single guitar chord is out there, even that ear-bleeding...
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REVIEW: CHARLI XCX: TRUE ROMANCE

When English singer/songwriter Charli XCX — born Charlotte Aitchison — was 14 her parents loaned her the money to finance her debut album. The album, which Charli wrote entirely herself, was made and called 14, but it was never officially released, though promotional copies were sent out. Charli was quick to put the...
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REVIEW: GARBAGE & SCREAMING FEMALES: BECAUSE THE NIGHT

Patti Smith is a living legend and “Because The Night” is one of her most popular and beloved tracks. It’s such a classic that covering it would seem to be pointless because you couldn’t possibly live up to the original and to even try to would almost be an insult to Smith. Meanwhile,...
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SINGLE REVIEW: VAMPIRE WEEKEND: “DIANE YOUNG”

Vampire Weekend put out this 7″ featuring their current single “Diane Young” and the B-side “Step” as a special, limited edition Record Store Day release. If there’s one thing you have to give “Diane Young” credit for, it’s easily one of the band’s most sonically adventurous and experimental tracks yet, which is saying...
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