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7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

June 24th, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, featured some of the more highly anticipated albums of the year, including new releases from Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence) and Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour).

This week, with many albums being released ‘off-cycle’ on Monday, June 23 the album releases are a bit more ‘down to earth.’ Still, a highly anticipated sophomore effort from Ed Sheeran leads a list of 7 albums to check out.

1) X: Ed Sheeran

(Atlantic) The red-headed British singer/songwriter follows-up 2012 debut album +, which was led by Grammy-nominated hit "The A Team." Sheeran easily racks up the m...
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8 Takeaways from Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence'

June 22nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
8 Takeaways from Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence'
Lana Del Rey has radiant, stunning looks in addition to possessing a unique, rich singing voice. Artistically, Del Rey can be described as being 'one of a kind.' She’s definitely somewhere on her own planet and perhaps her own galaxy!

Even with her ‘magnetic’ personality, Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence is arguably her best to date. That said, at times it’s incredibly strange, disturbing, and revealing. Here are eight takeaways from Ultraviolence.

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Craziness times 100!

Opening song “Cruel World” has more than its share of dissectible lyrics – the Rock Genius annotation...
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Maroon 5's 'Maps' Shows That There Is No Hope Left For The Band

June 21st, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Maroon 5
A long time ago, a band emerged from sunny Los Angeles, California with one of the best pop debut records in recent memory. That record was called "Songs About Jane" and it featured a plethora of radio hits that were both instanly memorable and also instantly replayable.

That band's name is Maroon 5, and "Songs About Jane" skyrocketed them and their charismatic leader Adam Levine to instant stardom. Their music, however, seemed to travel in the exact opposite direction of their fame, and every attempt to follow "Songs About Jane" has ended with less than superb results.

Then came "Overexp...
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10 Great 80's Guilty Pleasure Songs

June 21st, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Loverboy
The 80's are back in style, for better or for worst, and few things define the genre quite as well as its music. The 80's was probably as a decade responsible for more cheesy pop classics than any other combined, and while some were truly great and classic (see anything from Paul Simon's "Graceland") much of it falls firmly in the "so bad it's good" category.

Here are ten songs that are undeniably catchy but you wouldn't want to admit to enjoying:

10. "All Night Long" Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie had struck radio gold many times in the 1970's, but he saved his most memorable hit for ...
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Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

June 19th, 2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...
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Electronica Spotlight - Fox Stevenson

June 18th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Electronica Spotlight - Fox Stevenson
Some of you may know Fox Stevenson as the artist formerly known as "Stan SB." Though Fox and Stan are indeed one and the same (Stanley Stevenson Byrne), his new identity has changed his music. Fox is really an evolution of his early career as Stan SB. The name change represented a change in tempo and tone for Fox, and his compositions really benefitted from it.

Fox's music is happy, loud, upbeat and quick - the perfect type for beach parties, training at the gym, or gaming. It features done mostly by him, which isn't really unique to the DnB scene, as bands like Pendulum have been doing it...
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5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

June 17th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
5 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Music Shopping List - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ah, there's something special about the third Tuesday music release date in June. Last year (June 18, 2013), the third Tuesday in June played host to three highly anticipated hip-hop releases (Kanye West's Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner, and Mac Miller's Watching Movies With the Sound Off). Additionally the fourth release on that same date, Kelly Rowland's Talk A Good Game, was no slouch in itself. Those four albums debuted at numbers one through four respectively with three of four selling north of 100,000 copies.

This year's third Tuesday - c...
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Jack White Flexes His Alt-Rock Muscles on 'Lazaretto'

June 16th, 2014 11:32am EDT
Jack White Flexes His Alt-Rock Muscles on 'Lazaretto'
Jack White, Lazaretto

In 2012, following a storied musical career highlighted by an extended tenure as one-half of seminal minimalist duo The White Stripes, singer/songwriter and rock go-to guy Jack White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss. Unsurprisingly given White’s accolades, Blunderbuss was a hit, earning White a number one album and multiple Grammy nominations. After a two-year hiatus, White returns with a highly anticipated sophomore album Lazaretto.

Topping Blunderbuss’ consistency and quality is certainly heroic task, but Lazaretto holds its own. Perhaps the tallest...
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Electronica Spotlight - Tobu

June 15th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Electronica Spotlight - Tobu
Tobu (officially stylized as 7obu) is a Latvian progressive house and melodic electronica DJ. Tobu, or Toms Burkovskis, specializes in fantastic, upbeat melodies that can best be described as infectiously happy. Like many other progressive EDM artists, Tobu's music often features enchanting or ambient vocals, such as "Life" and "Crime" while others rely solely on a fantastic beat, such as "Sunburst" "Colors" and "Hope."

7obu regularly collaborates with Dutch DJ 'itro' to produce some of the best alternative, independent progressive electronica currently out there. And better yet, much of...
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Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers

June 12th, 2014 10:22am EDT
Song of the Day: 'Brill Bruisers' - The New Pornographers
Indie's greatest super group has finally returned after a long four year absence from the world, and "Brill Bruisers" is the perfect reminder of why the Canadian band "The New Pornographers" does power pop better than anyone else, period.

The track is filled with all of the signature AC Newman tricks, loud, brash guitar parts, intricately layered harmonies, and easily one of the catchiest choruses featured in a song this year.

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, and the whole of the group are also involved in this record, but it's clear that once again Newman is at the helm, and "Brill Bruisers" pro...
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