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Lorde – The Love Club EP review

Sixteen year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter has been making waves since the release of her first EP titled The Love Club. Her single “Royals” has been picked up by US independent and college radio stations and is gaining traction. Her voice sounds mature despite her young age and is cleverly recorded with complex, minimalist, yet forward-thinking beats. Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, was actually signed to Universal at age 13 after an A&R scout saw video of her performing at a school talent show. Years later, she unveiled her talents to the world….

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Demon Queen – Exorcise Tape album review

The LA electronic beat maker Tobacco has teamed up with Zackey Force Funk to make the tight outlandish sounds of Demon Queen. For anyone not familiar with Tobacco’s previous work, the creative sounds he laces into neo-industrial beat driven tracks seem to pull you in multiple directions at the same time, which can be a mind warping experience. Meanwhile, and unlike really any other rapper, Zackey Force Funk relies on his ability to croon, opting for a falsetto and soft-spoken delivery where other rappers typically boast with bravado. Tobacco is known…

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Brick + Mortar – Bangs EP review

Brick + Mortar are a duo from Ashbury Park New Jersey on an uphill battle and gaining traction in the large and ever-changing  music industry. Long time friends Brandon Asraf and John Tacon, who have been writing and playing music together since middle school, officially joined forces in 2008. Asraf leads the duo with his unique vocals and aggressive bass lines, while Tacon fills in the details with drums, samples and back up vocals. They started off by playing up and down the coast of New Jersey, gaining a considerable amount of…

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Sarah Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest album review

Sarah Bareilles delivers a very strong selection of songs on her new album The Blessed Unrest. While we have grown to expect greatness from the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated pop star, The Blessed Unrest stretches the artist’s horizons, proving her studio work can be an enhancement to her well established singing and songwriting skills. On album opener and lead single “Brave,” Sarah Bareilles sings an uplifting melody with conviction over roaring piano chords. Songwriter Jack Antonoff of the band Fun co-wrote this song and the result is a bold anthem…

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Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic album review

In 2013 the Goo Goo Dolls are still putting out new music, keeping in line with their mid-ninety breakthrough hits “Name” and “Iris,” which launched them into a career as pop-rock ballad aficionados. Johnny Rzeznik, and crew, whether you have been paying attention or not, have been releasing material for over 25 years. Goo Goo Dolls more recent albums, Let Love In and Something For the Rest of Us, proved to maintain their pop-rock sound hold on top 40’s pop charts with a more slightly somber tone in the later….

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Bosnian Rainbows – Bosnian Rainbows album review

Bosnian Rainbows are the interesting new alternative rock project from Omar Rodríguez-López, founder of The Mars Volta. He had announced The Mars Volta would take a hiatus so that Omar can focus on this new project. He pulled his resources, bringing in Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes on vocals, and keeping drummer Deantoni Parks who played with Omar in The Mars Volta and Nicci Kasper on keyboards, who has worked with Parks on various projects, Kudo and Dark Angels. The Mars Volta hiatus turned into an official break-up four months later,…

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KT Tunstall – Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon album review

With KT Tunstall’s fifth studio album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, the Scottish singer-songwriter presents us with her root-sy piece of soulful Americana and folk gold. Her 2005 break-out hit “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” put KT on the map, though ever since she has been producing critically acclaimed records and building a large international fan base. The making of this new album, which was recorded in the desert scenery of Tuscan, Arizona, was divided into two sessions by major changes in KT’s personal life, including the sudden death of…

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iamamiwhoami – bounty album review

The former mystery artist iamamiwhoami that is known for uploading ambiguous videos to youtube back in December 2009 with electronic, dance-pop music and trippy vocals turned out to be Jonna Lee, a Swedish solo artist who was vastly overlooked by the industry before this project. The music is expertly produced by her long-time collaborator Claes Bjorklund and contains a visual element that is equally important to the beginning of iamamiwhoami’s art.  These videos, directed by Robin Kempe-Bergman, show Jonna with black make-up, contain themes of nature and birth, and have titles like…

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The Front Bottoms – Talon of the Hawk album review

Party anthems flavored by punky, coy lyrics and danceable pop tunes fill out the best parts of Talon of the Hawk, the New Jersey duo’s second major label release. The Front Bottoms embrace vocalist Brian Seller’s witty sincerity, an upbeat poetry about partying, smoking weed and the confusing times of young adulthood. The music focuses on the lyrics, backed by a powerful acoustic guitar and a fantastic acoustic drum-kit beats by drummer Mathew Uychich. While the stream of conscious lyrics can be interpreted as careless or lacking in creativity, there…

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Savages – Silence Yourself album review

Savages highly anticipated debut album Silence Yourself does not fail to impress us with raw post-punk energy, screaming guitars and vocalist Jehnny Beth’s howl. This collection of fast paced carnage feels like unchartered territory, a fresh look into the rock genre, despite the fact we’ve been here before. The effect may be due to an all girl line-up and that the drought for a worthy, fresh rock group has been severe. The release of this album aptly proves these four chicks are the real deal. Savages have built anticipation with…

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