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Purity Ring debuts indie electronic album

July 31, 2012

Purity Ring, a new electronic band hailing from the indie hotspot of Montreal, is a methodical monster that has discovered the perfect balance between human and machine elements. The group consists of...

Nas return to hip-hop scene with poignant lyrics, mature perspective

July 24, 2012

Pain can be a great inspiration for art, and Nas has experienced plenty of it since his divorce in 2009. His new album, Life is Good has a picture of a pensive Nas, whose full name is Nasir Jones, holding...

Frank Ocean hits new highs with ambitious, personal R&B album

July 17, 2012

Frank Ocean just may be the future of R&B; well, at least he has done everything right so far. Originally from Louisiana, Ocean moved to California after Hurricane Katrina ravaged his hometown. His...

Wild Ones features star-filled singles for dancing, not philosophizing

July 10, 2012

Flo Rida’s Wild Ones is not a cohesive effort but rather a series of stand-alone singles, each poised to top the charts at any moment. His writers and producers have really worked his musical style...

Classic American songs to celebrate our country’s Independence Day

July 3, 2012

It’s the Fourth of July — time to break out the barbecues, beer and fireworks. I’m sure most of you will be getting together with friends and family with the intention of having fun and...

Corgan’s passion, fresh band members combine for inventive new album

June 26, 2012

Billy Corgan cannot be stopped. The longtime leader of The Smashing Pumpkins has lost all of his founding members, but he is still moving forward. The Pumpkins are his band, his dream, and if he wants...

Verse over vocals: Scottish singer’s lyrics fall short

June 20, 2012

Amy Macdonald is a young, up-and-coming Scottish singer who reached platinum with her debut This is the Life in several European nations. She has yet to achieve much success in the United States. Life...


Fiona Apple revamps classic roots by stripping down sound, combining genres

June 18, 2012

After keeping her fans in the dark for seven years, Fiona Apple reveals she has stripped down her sound and baldly demonstrates a new level of sophistication in her songwriting. Combining almost cryptic...


Neil Young continues with the American folk tradition with “Americana”

June 13, 2012

Austin City Limits-headliner Neil Young dropped his newest album, and this time he brought some old friends with him. “Americana” features longtime supporting cast Crazy Horse, who played on...


With new album, The Beach Boys attempt to remain relevant in an ever-changing industry

June 13, 2012

The classic American band turned 50 this year, and the original boys of summer commemorated the event by releasing “That’s Why God Made the Radio,” the first album to feature new compositions...