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Q&A: Chiddy Bang looks forward to releasing first full-length album

September 15, 2011

Striking it big with its MGMT-sampling song “The Opposite of Adults,” genre-bending alternative hip-hip duo Chiddy Bang is about to release its first full-length album after a year filled with...

‘Watch the Throne’ shows less egotistical side of Kanye West, Jay-Z

August 10, 2011

After Kanye West and Jay-Z announced a collaborative album last year, one titled Watch the Throne no less, it seemed there would be a reemergence of the decadent ‘90s rap culture when Puff Daddy...

‘Bonfire’ offers eclectic mix that defies genre

August 2, 2011

My M.O.’s album, Bonfire, lives up to the band’s name and features a mix of music that seems to please them. With the band members hailing from all across the world (Texas, Australia and...

Latest song releases give fans sneak peek into coming albums

August 1, 2011

    “Drug Test,” Game, featuring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg Leaked from Game’s long-awaited The R.E.D. Album, “Drug Test” doesn’t hold...

Rival Sons join blues-rock genre with ‘Pressure & Time’

July 27, 2011

With the breakup of The White Stripes, The Black Keys has become one of the only mainstream blues-rock bands still jamming out. However, Rival Sons are looking to join The Black Keys with their second...

‘Two-Way Mirror’ album uses same sounds as last, lacks acclaim

July 19, 2011

Summer Solstice by Crystal Antlers by goincase Crystal Antlers’ latest album, Two-Way Mirror, doesn’t move too far from their noisy debut, Tentacles. Unfortunately, without the...

Pokey LaFarge’s ‘Middle of Everywhere’ features classic American sounds

July 19, 2011

Pokey LaFarge seems to live in the world in which a performer whose name is Pokey LaFarge would not elicit any arched eyebrows. But alas, despite his faded sepia album cover, zoot suit and slicked back...

The Cool Kids long-awaited album features old-school sound

July 12, 2011

The Cool Kids - Rush Hour Traffic by lecoupdulapin Even in the world of hip-hop in which rappers boldly announce the release date of their forthcoming album only to push it back again and again,...

Within and Without’s gentle sounds reveal intimate subtleties

July 12, 2011

    On first listen, the debut album of Washed Out, Within and Without, floats and seems to disappear from mind, but further listens allow the gentle quietness and muffled...

Suite 709’s debut album blends genres, soulful vocals

July 12, 2011

She Don't Even Know by user1299897 Since making their debut at South By Southwest last year, Suite 709 has built a devoted following that reaches far beyond its Austin base. With help from...

‘Last Summer’ evokes fond memories with lyrical craftwork

July 12, 2011

Eleanor Friedberger - Scenes from Bensonhurst by MergeRecords When so many artists become consumed with concocting an album that attempts to define music or otherwise reach for music’s...

Digitalism’s competitive spirit causes album to fall short

July 5, 2011

Forrest Gump by digitalism_official   While Daft Punk satisfies itself with making morose, barely living soundtracks for mediocre sequels, a crop of groups sprouting up has been trying...

Solo musician blends painful breakup with witty vocals

June 28, 2011

  <a href="http://grahamwright.bandcamp.com/album/crooked-moon" _cke_saved_href="http://grahamwright.bandcamp.com/album/crooked-moon">Crooked...

Beyonce mixes soulful with shallow on ‘4’

June 28, 2011

Run The World (Girls) by Beyoncé After a year of lying low, Beyoncé came back guns blazing and her Sasha Fierce hat on with the clanking “Run the World (Girls)” off...

‘Bon Iver’ an outstanding self-titled sophomore album

June 21, 2011

Bon Iver - "Calgary" by blatanti Like Thoreau’s journey into the woods that served as the backbone of Walden, Bon Iver’s tale of taking shelter from personal troubles...

‘Lupercalia’ a bright, uplifting departure for Wolf

June 21, 2011

The City by Patrick Wolf On his latest album, Lupercalia, Patrick Wolf is in line with the past success of the “happy” album; that rite of passage for any singer known for their...

Junior Boys’ latest brings soul to the synth

June 14, 2011

Over seven years into their career, Junior Boys continue to produce albums that sound like a well-worn disco-soul record with the help of the supposedly cold sounds of electronic synthesizers. Those...

Owl City album a hollow pop record

June 14, 2011

Maybe the whole apocalypse thing was really the music gods’ way of sparing us from Owl City’s second (and hopefully last) album, All Things Bright and Beautiful. His hit single “Fireflies”...

‘Suck it and See’ boasts perfectly crafted tracks

June 7, 2011

Arctic Monkeys Suck it and See Genre: Alternative Rock Grade: B+ For fans of: Oasis, Arcade Fire, Lily Allen Editor's Note: Listen to tracks from Suck It and See on Soundcloud The...

‘Arabia Mountain’ blends retro elements, lo-fi sound

June 7, 2011

The Black Lips Arabia Mountain Genre: Garage Rock Grade: B+ For fans of: The Clash, The White Stripes, The Strokes For their sixth studio album, Arabia Mountain, The Black...

Comedian publishes book of humorous short stories

April 25, 2011

With his wry, observational humor, kitschy, childlike drawings and deadpan delivery, Demetri Martin has become one of most famous comedians for a generation heavy on apathy and irony. Known as a contributor...

Business cleans up post-party houses, delivers breakfast

April 21, 2011

Saturday morning, after the party has ended, the drinks have been emptied and the hangovers have begun, Brian Hill and a couple of his friends arrive at the house of a local band and immediately hand...

Business cleans up post-party houses, delivers breakfast

April 21, 2011

Saturday morning, after the party has ended, the drinks have been emptied and the hangovers have begun, Brian Hill and a couple of his friends arrive at the house of a local band and immediately hand...

Singles fail to live up to previous records

April 19, 2011

Lady Gaga’s bad romance just got a bit more sinful. “Judas,” the second single off the soon-to-be-released Born This Way takes the melody of “Bad Romance” and adds religious...

TV on the Radio lightens up with love songs

April 12, 2011

Call it sentimentality, but there’s something to be said for a well-crafted love song, and TV on the Radio has 10 of them on their latest album, Nine Types of Light. The release marks...

Panda Bear’s ‘Tomboy’ offers pop cacophony

April 12, 2011

Hipsters across the country have been losing their Urban Outfitters-cool, apathetic facade to get their hands on Panda Bear’s (Noah Lennox’s solo effort)Tomboy, the follow-up to 2007’s...

Lavigne’s album reminiscent of ’90s

March 8, 2011

Avril Lavigne is rocking out like it’s 1999 on Goodbye Lullaby, her first album in four years. In that time, Lavigne divorced from her husband of four years, Sum 41 lead singer and one of...

‘The King’s Speech’ challenges rival films

February 22, 2011

Best Director • Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” • David O. Russell, “The Fighter” • Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech” • David Fincher,...

Novel explores feeling of social disconnect

November 22, 2010

The immigrant experience has become familiar ground for novels in the last decade with Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s short stories becoming...

Novel explores feeling of social disconnect

November 22, 2010

The immigrant experience has become familiar ground for novels in the last decade with Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s short stories becoming...

Exhibit ‘combines’ faculty’s works

November 16, 2010

Don’t expect the adage “Those who can’t do, teach” to apply to the Visual Arts Center’s current exhibition, “Combined: Department of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition.” The...

‘Sleepwalk’ links wit, misery

November 10, 2010

Fans of the NPR program “This American Life” will recognize Mike Birbiglia from his occasional contributions to the show, including his breakthrough segment, which recounted his time as...

Broccoli brings ‘Margarita’ to stage

November 9, 2010

And scene. The students stop and relax their shoulders, though something feels a little bit off about the performance. Under the glare of the lighting, the director walks around the stage, trying...

Matt and Kim’s ‘Sidewalks’ delivers aural sugar rush

November 2, 2010

Brooklyn-based duo Matt and Kim do not know what restraint is; stuffing drumbeats, major chords, piano melodies, synths, lyrical hooks and shouting vocals into a blender and sticking whatever comes...

Sixth record proves pop still has pulse

September 7, 2010

Doomsayers of the state of pop music may prophesize the end of the world because of the emergence of Ke$ha, but they don’t have to look too far for a savior in Robyn. She has the ironic foolishness...