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Get To Know The Manx: LA's Awesome 'Goo-Core' Band And Their Recently Released Album, 'Voyage In Bad Taste'

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

On Halloween, two years ago, 5 peculiar, charming men in paper mache masks rendering the members of the band GWAR, carried their instruments -- a banj...

Robert Nix's Experimental Album 'Once in a Blue Moon'

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 03.24.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

When listening to several of the tracks, I definitely had flashbacks of listening to the OTEV songs from "Big Brother" or perhaps to Rockapella singing on "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" that give clues to solve a puzzle. #cannotbeunheard

Justin Bieber and His Hollow Purpose

DJ Louie XIV | Posted 11.18.2015 | Entertainment
DJ Louie XIV

Justin Bieber's latest single, "Sorry," a moombahton-pop delight, opens with the line, "You have to go and get angry at all of my honesty." It's an odd choice for an apology song, Bieber prefacing his mea culpa by blaming the object of his touted remorse.

Former Obama White House Chief Releases Record (the Musical Kind)

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.

New Music Review: Mark Maze, Uncomfortable Truths

Brandi Andres | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Brandi Andres

The uncanny similarity of Maze's vocal intonation to that of the (former) King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is remarkable. There's a uniqueness to his voice that makes it easy to get wrapped up in.

Michael Jackson's Xscape Origins: The First Review

Charles Thomson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Charles Thomson

Hundreds of books have been written about Michael Jackson, but this is one of the very few must-reads to have been published since his death, forgetting his much-debated private life and shedding light on the one area most people appear least informed about; his work.

14 for '14: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 03.01.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

It's like eating at a place where you think the menu is pretty understandable, but every dish hits you with some crazy ingredient that actually turns out to be a relative of arugula or a specific varietal of bourbon infusion.

Ryan Kristobak

Logic's Debut Is The Best Hip-Hop Album Of 2014 So Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.25.2014 | Entertainment

When you release a series of acclaimed mixtapes like the "Young Sinatra" series, and the time for your major debut has come, pressure tends to build. ...

My Brightest Diamond Album Stumps Writer

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

The latest experimental epic from My Brightest Diamond, entitled This is My Hand, is an album with really only one problem: I have no idea what to say about it. Breaking down the fourth wall here: I'm stumped.

The Magic Of Meshell Ndegeocello

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.

Ryan Kristobak

Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova': 'The Most Pure Me Record I've Ever Done'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

After Ray LaMontagne released the first singles off of his fifth record, "Supernova," a number of comments appeared on Facebook and YouTube from liste...

Lorde Calls Out 'Spineless' Music Critics

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 04.28.2014 | Entertainment

Lorde took to her Tumblr to leave a short but seething message for music publications. Specifically, she called out Complex for their low-graded revie...

The Apache Relay's Time Is Here

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

There are few albums that strike you at first listen as, for lack of a better word, "important." The Apache Relay's newest is among them.

Brave New Girl: Sarah Dooley Debuts With Stupid Things

Jaime Lubin | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

For Sarah Dooley, doing stupid things has been a genius move. The winsome young artist became a YouTube sensation in 2008 when she created And Sarah, ...

Piano Ombre Plays Perfectly

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Paul R. Byrne

It's been over a week since Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains released Piano Ombre, and I've taken my time in forming an opinion. You could say I wanted to be sure I loved it as much as I thought. The truth is I love it even more.

Epperson's Hourglass

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.24.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

We all know how easily an hour can escape us. And for this reason, it can be daunting when those hours turn into days, months and years. Life goes by ...

RuPaul: Unplugged

Wayne Anderson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Anderson

RuPaul has just released his latest album, Born Naked. And while it should come as no shock to anyone that the album hit number 1 on the iTunes dance chart almost immediately upon its release.

Reggae According to Keyser Soze

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Why would a Reggae band from Reno, Nevada (of all places) call themselves Keyser Soze? Anyone familiar with the ghost-like demonic character in the film, The Usual Suspects, might find this perplexing, since the album is anything but dark.

Paul McCartney's "New" Still Holds Value for Young Listeners

Uloop | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Uloop

I don't trust people who don't love The Beatles. I was once friends with a girl from work until she told me she didn't respect The Beatles. After that she was dead to me.

Tye Tribett Believes Heaven Endorsed New Album

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 09.30.2013 | Entertainment
Stephanie R. Caudle

With six days to go before the release of his newest album Greater Than it appears that Tye Tribett may have another hit album on his hands.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Mosquito Swats At New Styles

Stereo IQ | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

By Alex Koenig Ten years have passed since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' breakout debut LP, Fever To Tell. A decade in the dynamic and unforgiving music busin...

Broken Mirrors And A Bloody Nose: The Legacy Of The Exploding Hearts' Guitar Romantic

Stereo IQ | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

By Alex Koenig The Exploding Hearts sought to finish what their punk forefathers started. The Portland quartet donned ripped blue jeans and dishevel...

Comedown Machine And The Chameleon Cool Of The Strokes

Stereo IQ | Posted 05.22.2013 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

By Alex Koenig Reviewing a Strokes album for a new generation of fans requires reminiscence so let me take you on a trip down memory lane: The five ...

Were These Critic On Target?

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 03.02.2013 | Entertainment

Another week, another round of harsh critiques. In music, Theme Park released their self titled album this week, a project packed with upbeat tracks t...

Until the Quiet Comes -- We Can Enjoy

SF Critic | Posted 12.05.2012 | San Francisco
SF Critic

The music is beautiful and dark, which may pay tribute to the bigger meaning of where we stand as a culture. In a time of beauty all around us, there are the dark looming realities and atrocities of the world today.