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REVIEW: VIRGINIA LABUAT: NIGHT & DAY

Night & Day is Spanish singer/songwriter Virginia Labuat’s first album entirely in English, but you’d never know that from listening to it. Her pronunciation is better than that of many artists whose only language is English and her command of the language in her lyrics is always spot on, sans awkward phrasing. Suffice...
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REVIEW: CARLA BRUNI: LITTLE FRENCH SONGS

It’s appropriate that the album cover of Carla Bruni’s fourth album, Little French Songs, is a simple photo of the Italian-French singer and a presumably acoustic guitar because, well, that’s what the majority of this album consists of, Carla simply singing along to acoustic guitar. To that end, it’s so very mellow that...
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REVIEW: WAVVES: AFRAID OF HEIGHTS

Although Wavves new album has been released on Mom + Pop records in affiliation with Warner Bros., whom I’m assuming are handling the distribution, there was no record company involvement in the making of this record. The group, which now consists solely of guitarist/vocalist Nathan Williams and bassist Stephen Pope, hired producer John...
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VIDEO: HURTS: “BLIND”

Check out Hurts’ new Lynch-esque NSFW video for “Blind.” ‘Tis a haunting video for a haunting song… We’re especially impressed by the syringe/arrow… Clever trick, that....
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REVIEW: KELLI ALI: BAND OF ANGELS

Kelli Ali is probably still most famous for being the singer on the late British trip-hop/electro group Sneaker Pimps’ first album, Becoming X, which was released in 1996 at the height of the electronica frenzy. Sneaker Pimps had a big hit with their single “6 Underground” and the single “Spin Spin Sugar” was...
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REVIEW & VIDEO: COLD CAVE: “GOD MADE THE WORLD”

I remember loving Cold Cave’s debut, Cherish The Light Years, but I don’t remember it having anything quite so upbeat. “God Made The World” is like a cross between Depeche Mode, The Smiths and The Cure. It packs a super fast, snappy beat and some gorgeous synth that calls to mind the synth...
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REVIEW: RILO KILEY: RKIVES

“Let it be printed, let it be known, I’m leaving you, I’m going home, and all you can do is watch me go” — those are the appropriate opening lyrics from “Let Me Back In,” the first song — and one of the strongest tracks — on the late band Rilo Kiley’s cleverly...
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REVIEW: AEROSMITH: MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION

Aerosmith’s new album, their first of new material in 8 years, Music From Another Dimension is a welcome addition to their catalog. There are many positive things to say about it which will encourage old fans and new ones as this is one of the more consistent efforts at a return to the...
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SINGLE REVIEW: CHARLENE SORAIA: GHOST

Charlene’s 2011 release Moonchild was a truly remarkable album of singer/songwriter indie/folk music that garnered her more critical acclaim than most artists who released albums that year. To that end, she ranked high on more year end best lists than one could count. That much praise is always a lot to live up...
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FEATURE: In which Jesse Macht redeems guitar players

  I have sworn off musicians four years ago. In fact, four years and three weeks, to be exact, and I promised to everyone who had the patience to listen that I would never ever, ever ever listen to a man with a guitar. Those are treacherous, emotionally violent and physically draining waters...
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VIDEO: TRICKY: “DOES IT”

Tricky is back, and delving headfirst into his trip-hop roots, with his mesmerizing new single and eerie video “Does It” featuring Francesca Belmonte.  Check it out:...
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REVIEW: DIDO: GIRL WHO GOT AWAY

When Dido first started talking about this album she said that it would have more of an electronic sound than her previous albums, but apparently she changed her mind when she was working on it. Or maybe the songs just naturally didn’t go in that direction. Because, honestly, I don’t feel like Girl...
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