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REVIEW: ROBBIE WILLIAMS: TAKE THE CROWN

“They said it was leaving me, the magic was leaving me, I don’t think so,” Robbie Williams sings triumphantly during “Be A Boy,” the opening song on his ninth studio album, Take The Crown. Having followed Robbie’s career for well over a decade I feel confident in saying that that statement is directed...
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NEWS ROUNDUP 2/19/13

Charlotte Church talks to Billboard about her first U.S. album in a decade: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1548402/charlotte-church-talks-first-us-album-in-a-decade-listen-to-new-song The line up for the 2013 Bonnaroo Festival has been released. Check it out: http://lineup.bonnaroo.com/ It includes such greats as Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Bjork, David Byrne & St. Vincent and, uh, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Neo-clasicist Eluvium will...
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SINGLE REVIEW: KYLIE MINOGUE WITH MUM: WHISTLE

Let me preface this by saying that I’m a big fan of Múm, who are a very experimental Icelandic group. I especially love their albums Sing Along To Songs You Don’t Know and Summer Make Good. Some might think them too sparse or airy — or weird — but I find beauty in...
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NEWS ROUNDUP: 2/18/12

Vocalist Tony Sheridan has died of unknown causes at the age of 72. Sheridan was playing the same clubs as The Beatles in Germany in the early ’60’s and showed them the scene while also turning them onto various American rock ‘n’ roll records. But he was most famous for being the sole...
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REVIEW: LISA LOEB: NO FAIRY TALE

Two critically acclaimed children’s albums aside, No Fairy Tale is Lisa’s first album since 2004’s The Way It Really Is. Having waited so long to record a new album, you’d think she would have went into the studio armed with an acoustic guitar and an arsenal of songs in the vein of her...
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REVIEW: GAZELLE TWIN: MAMMAL

Gazelle Twin, otherwise known as Elizabeth Walling, is a British musician hailing from Brighton. Her debut album, The Entire City, is often described as “art rock,” but this E.P. is pure trip-hop. Well, 98% trip-hop. There’s a distinct electronica influence here, too. Elizabeth’s vocals on “Heartbeat” especially call to mind the brilliant Fever...
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NEWS ROUNDUP 2/17/13

Patrick Carney of The Black Keys has changed his Twitter name to Justin Bieber. Because his account was already verified, it still appears as a verified account even though he changed the name, thus duping even more people than would normally be fooled by something like this. Carney’s reason for doing this would...
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NEWS ROUNDUP: 02/15/13

Kate Nash has announced that she’s “hitting the great American road in March with my all-girl full band and I’m bringing Because I am a Girl with me!” Tour dates and tickets are available here: http://www.myignorantyouth.com/tour/ Hotel Diablo’s Alex Grossi posted some news on Facebook: “It Looks like Gilby Clarke and Chris Wyse...
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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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