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Talib Kweli, Nada Surf, Melanie Martinez and More Music Reviews
This week Talib Kweli drops a surprise free album, seasoned indie-rock band Nada Surf releases an epic live album, electro-pop singer Melanie Martinez releases a record you won’t soon forget, country-turned-pop singer Emily West releases a new record and metal band Soulfly release their tenth
Alesso, A$AP Rocky, The Vaccines and More Music Reviews
This week, Swedish DJ Alesso releases his debut album, showcasing his signature blend of EDM and pop, rapper A$AP Rocky drops his new album a week earlier than expected as a surprise, British band The Vaccines polish their sound, jazz trio The Bad Plus join forces with tenor saxophonist Joshua
Music Reviews: The Latest From The Smashing Pumpkins, Ghostface Killah and More
This week Billy Corgan puts together his latest Smashing Pumpkins lineup to release a new album. Ghostface Killah returns with “36 Seasons.” The members of Cracker release a California-centric double album. DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9 join forces as PRhyme. Brooklyn indie rock duo Ex Cops find
Record Release Rundown: The Latest From Ed Sheeran, Phish, Mastodon and More
This week Ed Sheeran makes his second official splash at mainstream gold, Phish returns after a five-year hiatus, Mastodon bring the rock, Bassnectar explores a wide variety of EDM sounds and RIFF RAFF delivers one of 2014’s most baffling records. As the summer kicks into gear, this proves to be a
Gabourey Sidibe Bites Back at Golden Globes Haters
“The best revenge,” the saying goes, “is living well.” It’s a lesson “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe takes to heart, judging from the former Oscar nominee’s deft deflection of criticism about her pictures from the Golden Globe Awards show Sunday night. Will Gabourey Sidibe’s Size Limit...
Reviews: Latest from Kelly Clarkson, Arcade Fire, Susan Boyle and More
This week we have a wide variety of new releases, from the much anticipated new double album from Arcade Fire to Minor Alps, the collaboration between Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. We'll examine jazz-pianist Robert Glasper's latest album showcasing guests from across the worlds of
Rapper 'Mos Def' Takes Force-Feeding as US Defends Gitmo Practice
Rapper-actor Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, has released a video of his being force-fed in protest of a procedure the U.S. government has administered to dozens of Guantanamo Bay prisoners. His voluntary feeding was orchestrated and recorded by the human rights group Reprieve and Bafta....
Review: Kid Koala's '12 Bit Blues'
For “12 Bit Blues,” Canadian turtablist Eric “Kid Koala” San had a novel idea. Why not make a turntablist blues record? After all, turntablism is a genre that thrives on repurposing the old, reinventing and molding it into something fresh. Often the dustier something sounds,...
Amy Winehouse: Five Facts You May Not Have Known
Amy Winehouse Paid for Rehab for a Friend, Wanted to Be a Roller-Skating Waitress
Gil Scott-Heron, Called Godfather of Rap, Dies at 62
Gil Scott-Heron, the poet, singer and author who rejected the title often given him as the "Godfather of Rap" because he said rap "is aimed at the kids," has died in New York City. He was 62. He had spent much of the last two decades battling drug addiction and in and out of prison before releasing