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INTERVIEW: YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE’S SAM MARTIN

As you probably know, I recently reviewed Youngblood Hawke’s August 6th, 2014 show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston.  My review was wholly positive and I feel the same way about their debut album, Wake Up, which is, in fact, crammed with plenty of gorgeous anthems to rouse you.  Each of its songs...
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#songoftheday / VIDEO: Dances – “Doc Youth”


Dances are an indie rock band that began in New York in 2011 by singer/guitarist Trevor Vaz. Initially a solo songwriting project, it turned into a collaborative trio in 2013 upon the addition of bassist/vocalist Sam Stoltje and drummer David Su. "Summer in the shade," Vaz sings during...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: GODSMACK: 1000HP

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a fan of Godsmack. Back around the time of their debut album, I went to one of their shows because I was publishing a hair metal zine and their drummer was a guy who’d played in Lillian Axe. While I didn’t hate the show, to my...
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CONCERT REVIEW: CAUGHT A GHOST: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL: 8/6/14

I’d like to say that I discovered Caught A Ghost through my own music hunting efforts, that there’s some cool backstory about how I came to be aware of their existence. But the truth is simple and probably not very interesting: their publicist contacted me, asked me to review their upcoming show opening...
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CONCERT REVIEW: YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE: BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL: 8/6/14

At approximately 9 P.M. on August 6th, 2014 Youngblood Hawke took to the stage at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Massachusetts — just outside of Boston — and made musical history. OK, so maybe they didn’t make musical history, but there is a whole lot of musical history wrapped up in the band’s...
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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SAINT: IMMACULATE

The first thing you need to know about producer turned avant garde-ish beatsmith Saint is that he’s a genuine enigma. I’ve read his press releases and listened to his album several times, but I still can’t quite wrap my head around him. Perhaps that’s because his songs meld from one genre to another...
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    AKB48: 心のプラカード (Kokoro no Purakado) Release Date:  August 2014 Label:  King Record Co. AKB48's latest single is "心のプラカード," which Google translates as "Placard of Mind." Perhaps it is in spite of its title, then, that the song is mindless J-Pop fodder. AKB48's latest single is "心のプラカード," which Google translates as
  • GARNIDELIA: GRILLETTO
    GARNIDELIA: GRILLETTO Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Defstar Records One thing I can tell you for sure about Garnidelia's music is that it's fantastic. Garnidelia is a duo consisting of Maria [@MARiA_GRND] and Toku [@toku_grnd].  Their first single, "ambiguous," was released in March with their new, second single, "Grilletto," r
  • MOUMOON: I'M SCARLET
    MOUMOON: I'M SCARLET Release Date:  8/6/14 Label:  Avex Are you having a bad day? If so, moumoon's "I'm Scarlet" is just the song to elevate your spirits. Are you having a bad day? If so, moumoon's "I'm Scarlet" is just the song to elevate your spirits. And if you're having a good day, why not make it a great
  • LEO IEIRI: JUNJO
    LEO IEIRI: JUNJO Release Date:  7/30/14 Label:  Victor Entertainment "Junjo" is among her most vibrant and infectious tunes to date, which is surely why it's being used as the ending theme for the new Dragonball Kai anime series. Singer/songwriter Leo Ieiri's new single, "純情," or "Junjo," finds her doing what she does
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    PAIPAI DEKAMI: レッツドリーム小学校 [Let's Dream Shogakko] Release Date:  6/25/14 Label:  MYRD But after listening to the album, all of my preconceived notions leapt out the window and crashed to the pavement, dying when their necks were all but shattered. This one really surprised me, not unlike half of the stuff I listen to in the interest of reviewing it for y