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Brooklyn's Fort Lean Cultivates Strange Utopia with Quiet Day

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Ever wonder about the mysterious world your brain travels to when you start to daydream without notice, or when you experience that dreamlike, transcendental state that briefly occurs before you jolt up in a slightly confused haze?

No Pity Party Here -- Melanie Martinez's Cry Baby Hits #1 on the Alternative Albums Chart

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Melanie Martinez released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, and it's already topping the charts. With the #1 spot on the Alternative Albums Chart and #4 on the iTunes albums chart, no tears shall be shed anytime soon!

Video Premiere: Honeyhoney So Drop-Dead Gorgeous in 'You and I'

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.18.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Three years after revealing how darkly decadent they can be, Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo are revisiting the "Angel of Death" again.

Not Into Bach? Take a Little Ride...

Roxane Assaf | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Anyone who can recall the ballistic fascination of their first pop-up reader would thrill at opening Steven Hancoff's newly released e-book "J. Sebastian Bach: Pablo Casals and the Six Suites for 'Cello Solo." As with other deeply inspired oeuvres, the artist had no thought of a mammoth multi-volume multimedia masterwork when he wandered into a love of performing Bach on acoustic guitar.

The Waifs Take a Beautiful U-turn: Hear the Whole Album

Michael Bialas | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Band relationships involving siblings can often be complicated and challenging, and the Waifs certainly have experienced their share of family futile ...

Sierra Hull Grows Up Strong, Takes a Step Beyond Bluegrass

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Nashville singer-songwriter Sierra Hull, one of the opening performers at the 43rd RockyGrass Festival this weekend, has impressed audiences with her mandolin playing since performing for her third-grade class in Byrdstown, Tennessee.

Cool Dad Transforms Pop-Punk Classics Into Bedtime Lullabies

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

Even the loudest songs can be turned into a lullaby. Change the tempo, make a few instrument swaps and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" could beco...

Sneak 'Peak' From Heather Nova: Listen Now to 'Girl on the Mountain'

Michael Bialas | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

There's something magically mysterious about Heather Nova and her measured musical climb. Her poetic phrases, vivid images and moving melodies transport you to another world in another era, and the lovely sounds of her voice backed by the musicians' tasteful accompaniment make it seem like everything's going to be all right.

The Vanity -- Real Talk with Frontman Alex Dugan

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet The Vanity, a band that recently broke into Austin's competitive music scene and is tearing it up with their raw talent.

Financially Responsible Rapper Lil Dicky Urges You To '$ave Dat Money

Shira Lazar | Posted 07.09.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Rapper Lil Dicky is living the dream -- but that doesn't mean he's going to waste money like an irresponsible person.

Personal Besties: A Double Dose of Honeyhoney

Michael Bialas | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Many who watch their concerts and buy their records probably wonder if there's more to the platonic love connection that a midwestern daughter and New England son made to become Los Angeles-based professional musical partners in 2006.

Mackintosh Braun on Grey's Anatomy, Hall & Oates and a Beer Sesh with Larry David

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Mackintosh Braun, a Portland-based "electro-pop" group composed of Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun, are causing quite the stir. And not just in Portland. The band is growing their fan base in a big way. (This girl included!)

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.

The Young Guns on Touring, Thailand and Beer with Ricky Gervais

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Meet the Young Guns, an English rock band whose sound has been described as "the Killers meets The Academy Is..." With a history that includes a no. ...

Get Ready for the Sound of Kaleo

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Haven't heard of Kaleo? Listen to "All the Pretty Girls" and you'll have 'em on repeat.

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.

'Tell Me You're Proud of Me'

Barbara Holm | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts
Barbara Holm

"The Chicago comedy scene is amazing. People move to this city just to do comedy. Not to get famous -- to do comedy. People rarely get famous while they're based out of Chicago."

CD Review: Good Boy by Nate Paladino

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

The EP is nostalgic, rife with powerful melodies, and provides the perfect vehicle for Paladino's sometimes snarky, sometimes growling voice. Listeners who long for the embryonic days of rock n' roll -- the 1950s and 1960s -- won't be disappointed.

CD Review: Involuntary Memories by Plastic Handgun

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

Fortunately, Plastic Handgun eschews musical absurdities and melodic paradoxes for experimental rock that is easy on the ears. The album is called Involuntary Memories and definitely merits the expenditure of any audiophile's limited supply of disposable time.

CD Review: "Sir Cadian Rhythm"

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

In March 2014, five musicians got together on Long Island, New York and decided to form a band. Christening the band "Sir Cadian Rhythm," a play on the circadian rhythms of the human body, the name presages the band's goal of instilling musical rhythm into the hearts and souls of their listeners.

CD Review: "I Am Love" by I Am Love

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

I Am Love just released a self-titled album which reflects their personal tastes in music: the psychedelic; the Vaudevillian; a little Seattle grunge; and what, for lack of a better term, is called theatrical rock.

CD Review: 'The Great Escape' by The Great Escape

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

The Great Escape, by design or by happenstance, is perfect for Top 40 radio. It's commercial and mainstream, while distinctive enough to avoid being classified as familiar or, worse, ordinary.

On Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Interview With Joey Bada$$

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

During a time when so much of hip-hop is saturated with blatant sexual references, we have Joey whose album dropped on what is hard to believe is only his 20th birthday. The album permeates with an introspection and lyricism found in someone much older than Joey's 20 years.

Röyksopp: The Inevitable End? (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 03.18.2015 | Arts
Crane.tv

It all started when two boys, with a shared passion for electronic music, met at a young age. Svei Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland were 12 and 13 years old when they first started making music together.

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.