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#albumoftheday REVIEW: PHANTOGRAM: PHANTOGRAM EP

I was pretty surprised when I heard that the electro duo Phantogram was releasing a new EP. I suppose it’s because their last release, 2011’s superb Nightlife, was also an EP, so I’d been hoping that they would be releasing a full-length album in the near future. To that end, I really do...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: TYLER WARD: HONESTLY

If the name Tyler Ward sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard some of his covers. He’s a veritable Youtube sensation, having done spectacular covers of everything from Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” to Katy Perry’s “E.T.” to Jessie J’s “Price Tag.” To give you an idea of just how viral many of...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT REVIEW: BRITNEY SPEARS: “PERFUME”

On November 29, 2013, Britney Spears will drop her eighth studio album, the highly anticipated Britney Jean. “Perfume” is the second single from the album, following September’s divisive single “Work Bitch,” which seemed to be hated more than it was loved (at least among people I know). Well, fans who thought “Work Bitch”...
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FEATURE REVIEW: LADY GAGA: ARTPOP

It’s not uncommon for critics — and fans — to disagree about an album, but I can’t remember the last time one was as divisive as ARTPOP. It seems to be the *love it or hate it* album of the year. Yes, even more so than Arcade Fire’s Reflektor, which has certainly generated...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: CULTS: STATIC

Following the release of their much-loved eponymous debut, Cults’ vocalist Madeline Follin and multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion broke up, ending a four year relationship. Fortunately, they were grateful for their fans, and all of the accolades they had received from critics, and so they decided to continue making music together. Much like listening to...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: THE SOUNDS: WEEKEND

Recorded in their native Sweden, The Sounds fifth album, Weekend, was produced, engineered and mixed by Alex Newport (At the Drive-In, Mars Volta, Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, City & Colour) and mastered by Howie Weinberg, who has previously mastered such iconic albums as Beastie Boys’ Licence to Ill and Nirvana’s Nevermind....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: SPC ECO: SIRENS AND SATELLITES

Although they do collaborate with other artists on their albums, SPC ECO — pronounced space echo, dig? — are essentially a father-daughter duo consisting of singer/lyricist Rose Berlin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Dean Garcia, the latter of which spent quite a bit of time in the limelight back in the ’90’s as one half of...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: ELIZA DOOLITTLE: IN YOUR HANDS

“What a waste of time / Precious little time / I’ll waste some of yours, babe / If you waste some of mine,” Eliza sings over lovely piano as the first song on her sophomore album, In Your Hands, begins. While the piano continues throughout the track, the beat — produced by Paloma...
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REVIEW: SAM SPARRO: QUANTUM PHYSICAL, VOLUME 1

Most people reading this review will probably have no idea who Sam Sparro is. Perhaps you’re one of them. Well, Sam Sparro wrote a little song called “Black & Gold,” which appeared on his debut album, which was released in 2008, and it quickly became one of the biggest pop songs of all-time....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: VV BROWN: SAMSON & DELILAH

Instead of hurrying to release a sequel to her relatively mainstream soul-pop debut, Traveling Like The Light, singer/songwriter/producer/model/fashion designer VV Brown actually scrapped her second album, Lollipops & Politics, and left her record label, determined to make an album that was wholly artistic. She subsequently took the time to reinvent herself and come...
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KATY PERRY: PRISM: THE LOVE IS POP REVIEW

Katy Perry has had her critics from day one. Or should I say haters? I suppose they’ve been one in the same in many instances with all of the mud-slinging that’s been thrown in Katy’s direction. But it’s awfully easy to criticize pop stars. And, hey, I’ve done it myself. I’m never hateful...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: GLASSER: INTERIORS

While living in Los Angeles during 2010, Cameron Mesirow released Ring, her debut album as Glasser. She has since moved to downtown Manhattan in New York where she more or less became obsessed with the city’s architecture, particularly its interiors, which she likely found comforting, being admittedly agoraphobic. Aside from the city’s architecture...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW(S): THE HAWK IN PARIS

Interviews by Michael McCarthy I am a music junkie. I always want more and I can never have enough. One of my favorite places to find new music is Noisetrade, a wonderful website where thousands of artists give away their music in hopes of building a following. You’re free to tip them, and...
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