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10 Deceptively Written Songs

September 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Deceptively Written Songs
Some songs just aren’t intended for literal interpretation. Some of the best-written songs are actually best interpreted figuratively. The 10 songs gracing this list are written cleverly, in a deceptive fashion. In other words, the lyrics (and sometimes title) transcend what’s literally being said. These 10 aren’t ‘classic’ examples – all are contemporary – but, the figurative, deceptiveness is definitely notable.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church" (Hozier, 2014)

Sure, the biblical book Song of Solomon is something else, but it’s highly doubtful that Hozier’s “Take Me To ...
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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
XL

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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Five Music Takeaways from 2013

December 15th, 2013 1:00pm EST
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
Ah, there is always plenty to write about the music industry and the number of trends that come and go, as well as those remaining constant.  2013 was another interesting year, whether merely for its pleasant surprises or its disappointments.  Many observations will and can be made of the year musically and pop-culturally in regards to its artists.  While my inner musical nerdy side wishes that I could nitpick and analyze every facet microscopically, I’ll rely on a Childish Gambino rhyme to express why that’s not possible: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” What I do have time for is to shar...
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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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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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Upcoming Albums Spring 2013: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iggy & The Stooges & More

April 15th, 2013 7:20pm EDT
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito
Albums you should be looking forward to this spring: Are you looking for something new and different to listen to? Let us help you weed through all the new music that is scheduled to come out. Here's our take on what is worth giving a listen to.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Mosquito” April 16

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have had a few brushes with mainstream success in the form of singles like “Maps” and “Heads Will Roll,” but on their latest release they sound more edgy and experimental than ever, yet manage to also be completely entertaining and engrossing at the same time. It’s clear from this record th...
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15 Essential Albums Of 2010

December 28th, 2010 11:00am EST
Essential Albums of 2010
I’ve been picking “Best Of” albums for ten years now, and while I’m keenly aware of how subjective the process is, there are a couple of essential rules that must be followed—rules like: Do I think this album will be worthy in a few years? In 2004, my top 3 albums were Absolution by Muse, A Grand Don’t Come for Free by The Streets, and The Grey Album, that now legendary mashup of Jay-Z/Beatles songs by Danger Mouse. I’d say I hit the jackpot with that trio. Invariably, there will always be albums that won’t hold up; like organic material this is unavoidable. But if I think about 2010 in gen...
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Best Music Releases Of 2010 So Far?

September 8th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Best Music Releases Of 2010
Which band or artists have the best music releases of 2010 so far? That is open to discussion, but here's are a few of our picks. Agree? Disagree? Did we miss your favorite release? Let us know what you think!

Vampire Weekend - Contra

The melded World Beat/Pop sounds of New York band Vampire Weekend, and their second studio release Contra, has already spawned hit singles "Giving Up The Gun," "Horchata," "Holiday," and - oh yeah - that hugely popular song about "Cousins."

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Canadian band Arcade Fire continues to dominate with their brand of Alternative Rock, ...
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Snoop Dogg Plays Free Show For British Volunteers

July 9th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is making the most of his time in Britain after a three-year visa ban was lifted - he played a free show for U.K. volunteers on Thursday.

The Beautiful hit-maker incurred the wrath of border officials in 2006 when he was arrested following a fracas at London's Heathrow Airport, and was denied entry in 2007 when authorities labeled him a threat. The hip-hop star's case was eventually reversed earlier this year after his lawyers cited his charity and community work as proof of his decency.

Now Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, has acknowledged fans who have also done servic...
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19-Year-Old UK Soul Sensation Adele To Release Debut Album Summer '08

April 22nd, 2008 7:15pm EDT
Adele
The critically acclaimed UK soul singer Adele has signed in the states with Columbia Records, who -- in a joint venture with XL Recordings, Adele's worldwide label -- will release the emerging artist's debut album, 19, in summer 2008.

Born in London on May 5, 1988, Adele (née Adele Adkins) has been the toast of the UK music press and record buying public since the October 2007 release of her first single, "Hometown Glory," an autobiographic heart-rendering ode to London.

In December 2007, Adele became the first recipient of the Brit Awards' newly inaugurated Critics Choice prize, ...
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Bitten By the Vampire Buzz: America’s Love/Hate Relationship with Vampire Weekend

March 19th, 2008 1:42pm EDT
Vampire Weekend
Do you hate Vampire Weekend yet? Join the club. The "indie" band is selling out shows, garnering rave reviews, playing on "Saturday Night Live," and spinning every hour on rock radio, all while sporting spiffy cardigans and speaking like Scrabble champs. They're even featured in an ad on MTV defining an Oxford comma. Who are these guys? Where did they come from?

To the casual fan, the band appears to be an overnight success, which is far from the case. It all started back in October 2006 when Matt Yanchyshyn casually mentioned the fledgling New York group Vampire Weekend in an art...
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