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Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

July 24th, 2014
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No Fear to Be Found

Chances are that you’ve heard “Chandelier” by now, and there’s an even greater chance you’ve seen the various videos of Sia performing the song without showing her face.  The album that goes with the song is the singer’s sixth in the studio.  After a long career of being both performer and songwriter, she’s back and releasing this album, 1000 Forms of Fear. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews

La Roux – Trouble in Paradise

July 24th, 2014
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Smooth Sailing in Paradise.

You might know La Roux from their 2009 breakout hit, “Bulletproof.”  What was previously a duo is now just singer Elly Jackson, and she’s just released the second album under the La Roux name.  Trouble In Paradise is a complete shift from the first album, and it’s proving to be a good sign. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews

Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

July 24th, 2014
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A Dramatic Duet

Enter an unlikely duo: first, Dan the Automator (Daniel Nakamura), who has produced hip-hop and alternative albums by Kool Keith, DJ Shadow, Head Automatica, Kasabian and the first Gorillaz record, among others. Then enter actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the brunette who stole Michael Cera’s heart in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, who’s appeared in a smattering of big-name films like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Live Free or Die Hard, and Final Destination 3. The two met on the set of Scott Pilgrim, where Dan was working on the score and Winstead was the leading lady, and apparently hit it off enough to want to write a record together under the name Got A Girl. Read more…

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Dead Fingers – Big Black Dog

July 23rd, 2014
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Dead Fingers Alive at Heart

Birmingham, Alabama married couple and songwriting duo Kate Taylor and Taylor Hollingsworth’s second album as Dead Fingers is a joyous romp through wide-open fields, barn dances and campfires. Seemingly stripped of any studio effects, Big Black Dog has a close, authentic feel that relies on the talents of its performers. They’ll sound just as good live as they do on the album.

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By Alyssa Fried Posted in Reviews

Mozez – A Place Called Home EP

July 23rd, 2014
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Not Really Home.

He started as the voice of Zero 7, but now he’s moved out on his own.  Mozez as a solo artist is an electro-soul singer, but in his new EP, he tries to do a variety of genre mixing that misses some marks.  A Place Called Home is that new five song release from Mozez. Read more…

By Stefanie Martinez Posted in Reviews

Bleachers – Strange Desire

July 22nd, 2014
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Act of Self

Bleachers mastermind Jack Antonoff is most definitely going through some shit. It’s the type of shit that’s influenced by not one particular event, but an amalgamation of things that have helped shape his identity and hone his songwriting. It’s part of what makes him a versatile lyricist with vocal finesse to match. Read more…

By April Siese Posted in Reviews

United Nations – The Next Four Years

July 22nd, 2014
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The Heaviest Four Years

Super groups are becoming more and more commonplace in heavy music, but one of the most creative, and likely one of the most consistently long-running groups, has to be screamo (and sometimes humor) band United Nations. Their newest release The Next Four Years, a conceptual extension of the Black Flag compilation album The First Four Years, is one to remember, and will hopefully be the start of much more from them. The identities of most of the members of United Nations have been generally kept quiet and rotated rather often, with the only consistent (and not contractually obligated to remain anonymous) member being Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly, and for The Next For Years he is accompanied by members of post-hardcore group Pianos Become the Teeth. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in Reviews

Anna Calvi – Strange Weather

July 22nd, 2014
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Delicious Appetizer

English singer/songwriter Anna Calvi has time and again proved herself to be a musical sensation since her 2011 self-titled album was released. And after her 2013 full-length release, she forced the rock music world to make room for her. Now she’s back in 2014, first with music videos for 2011’s “Suzanne And I” and 2013’s “Piece By Piece” in addition to touring worldwide, and now with an EP titled Strange Weather that contains covers from FKA Twigs, Connan Mockasin, Suicide, Keren Ann and David Bowie. Read more…

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PHOTOS: Jurassic 5, Live at the Greek Theatre

July 22nd, 2014
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Los Angeles hip-hop veterans Jurassic 5 brought their “Word Mouth Reunion Tour” to the Greek Theatre in Berekley, CA.  After a 6 year hiatus the group is still on top of their game, dishing out a stellar mix of classics from all four of their previous albums. MCs Akil, Chali 2na, Marc 7 and Zaakir backed by DJs Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark had the capacity crowd dancing throughout the entire set. Read more…

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Luluc – Passerby

July 21st, 2014
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Slow Down

Luluc’s album Passerby is like the little white bungalow with a fenced-in and lush, green backyard in a neighborhood that has sold out to big-monied real estate developers who seek to convert everything into luxury condos, spas and frozen yogurt shops. It’s the lone centenarian holdout, living in its own time and place on its own schedule. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews