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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

December 30th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
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The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

December 9th, 2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 3

October 13th, 2013 2:50pm EDT
Ariana Grande
Welcome to the final part of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013.  Here is where I housed my honorable mentions, which were many.  If you missed the previous two posts, here’s how I opened them up respectively, beginning with Favorites and ending with Least Favorites:

Favorites:

“As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and som...
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Top 20 Albums Of 2013 (So Far)

September 3rd, 2013 9:45pm EDT
The 1975
The amount of excellent music releases this year has been staggering, and it’s been almost impossible to figure out what music to get and what to skip. So, here is a list of the twenty most essential records of the year so far:

“Run the Jewels” (El-P + Killer Mike) - “Run the Jewels”

Killer Mike and El-P unite after individually putting out two of the best hip-hop releases of last year. The results: one of the most focused, fun, and aggressive hip-hop albums of 2013.

Jon Hopkins - “Immunity”

Saying that something is a journey in musical form may be an antiquated means of describing ...
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10 Albums You Shouldn’t Miss From May 2013

June 11th, 2013 10:22pm EDT
Daft Punk
May 2013 was nothing short of a stellar month for music, and truly the first great music month of 2013. Without a doubt, the biggest news of the month was Daft Punk’s return to album crafting, with the masterful “Random Access Memories” but many other great records were released as well. Here are the ten most essential albums of the month:

“Obsidian” Baths

Will Wiesenfield’s first record under the Baths moniker was an eclectic, upbeat collection of electronic songs that was both spastic and innocent, but most importantly fun. The follow up, “Obsidian” is a far cry from that record thoug...
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Tribeca Film Festival: 'Mistaken For Strangers' - Review

April 27th, 2013 12:52pm EDT
Mistaken for Strangers
If you’re a fan indie rock or the live music scene at large, you will like this film. If you’re a fan of Radiohead’s Meeting People is Easy, you will like this film. If you are a fan of The National, you will really like this film. And if you find the Zach Galifianakis brand of humor funny, not only will you love this film, but you should mark it down as a must see.

Granted, Galifianakis is nowhere to be found in this 80 minute rockumentary, but his doppelganger is surely manifested in the form of one Tom Berninger, whose much-older brother Matt happens to be the lead singer of the band. T...
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2013 Tribeca Film Festival Kicks Off With Premiere Of 'Mistaken For Strangers'

April 18th, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Robert Di Nero
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival got off to a rockin' start last night with the world premiere of the film "Mistaken for Strangers," a rockumentary following the indie band The National. The star-studded event was held at New York's downtown BMCC; guests included festival co-founder Robert Di Nero, Liza Minnelli, Adam Goldberg and Mira Sorvino.

The city's staple independent film festival runs from now through April 28th. Limited tickets are still available at http://tribecafilm.com/festival

Check out the trailer and more photos from the premiere.

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Kanye West Headlining Coachella 2011

January 20th, 2011 9:35am EST
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Listen up music lovers! The Coachella 2011 line-up has officially been revealed and Starpulse is giving you a first look! Headlining this year's 3-day festival will be none other than Mr. Kanye West himself, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and The Strokes. Other bands set to perform in the modern-day-woodstock include Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Cee Lo Green and many, many more. The festival will take place in sunny Indio, CA on April 15th-17th and will host some of the hottest industry parties of the year. We can't wait to see which celebrities attend and what juicy gossip come...
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The National Frontman Creates Airport Bomb Scare With Clock

June 27th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
The National
Indie rocker Matt Berninger recently sparked a massive security scare at an airport in Hawaii when he tried to bring a fake bomb clock back to America from a trip to Japan.

The National frontman was relaxing at Honolulu Airport when he was called to the security desk.

Unfortunately, the jet-lagged singer didn't respond to the request right away - and, by the time he did, staff had started to evacuate.

He tells Spinner.com, "I had bought a novelty clock in Tokyo, some sort of goofball alarm clock that happened to look exactly like a bomb. And it was in my suitcase.

"I had the Honol...
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Concert Review: R.E.M. in Atlanta, GA 6/21/08

June 23rd, 2008 2:27pm EDT
REM
It's been a long wait for the fans of R.E.M. Not so much to see their band play live, but to grab hold of such a high quality piece of work as this year's "Accelerate." Not since the early nineties have they recorded a rock and roll album with such intensity. It seems that since the departure of drummer Bill Berry in 1997, they have drifted aimlessly from album to album. Don't get me wrong…there have been some real gems. But overall, no "big plays." Not until 2008, and what turned out to be one of R.E.M.'s most critically praised releases in years.

For the final stop on their Nor...
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Young Fans Find Nostalgia In Bruce Springsteen, 'Girls In Their Summer Clothes'

April 18th, 2008 3:27pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen and the beach are intrinsically linked. Imagine the Bruce of the 1970s chasing girls on a Jersey boardwalk, getting sand stuck in the scruff of his lazy beard and evading the pushers. It's nothing less than the embodiment of Mid-Atlantic state romance. Think The Beach Boys/West Side Story/The Sopranos. Wouldn't that be the life? The fireworks at the beach would be the red, white, and blue blazes that veer, explode and gently descend onto Bruce and Sandy in "4th of July, Ashbury Park." Then at the end of the season, "Atlantic City" would play as you took a pensive late...
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R.E.M. Announce Release Of New Studio Album, 'Accelerate,' Due April 1

February 28th, 2008 5:30pm EST
R.E.M.
R.E.M. -- which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills -- are counting down the time to the release of Accelerate, their 14th studio album, on a website, www.ninetynights.com. The site, which launched on January 1st, features a new high-definition video snippet each day that can be downloaded then edited, embedded, or manipulated however the user wishes. Each snippet is being posted in high-resolution HD format and available for download for a period of 24 hours before being archived on the site as a low-resolution stream. The clips were shot by noted French f...
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Desconstructing Grammy

February 8th, 2008 3:57pm EST
Amy Winehouse
"The Grammys at 50 are showing their age," crows the latest headline from Newsday. Have the Grammys ever showed anything but? It takes years for them to even deign career artists buzzworthy enough for the Best New Artist trophy. (The most glaring example? Alt country siren Shelby Lynne taking home Best New Artist prize 13 years into her career.)

Yes, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is about as hip as sitting through an Al Gore earth documentary on Current.

For a better gauge of 2007, bless sweet Robert Christgau's still-kicking "Pazz and Jop" poll. The Pazz an...
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