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The Audio Art Exhibit: Opposites Of Unity

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

DiN Machine's new release Opposites of Unity may not be everyone's cup of tea. I'll say that right off the bat. But. If you're interested in hearing a mix that's truly eclectic and challenges what you define music as, you owe yourself a trip to this audible art exhibit.

Drake's Winning Formula is Less Inspired on Views

Keith Mann | Posted 05.09.2016 | Entertainment
Keith Mann

"I made a living off of reminiscing" Drake has always been masterful at combining emotional vulnerability with ominous undertones ever since "Take Ca...

Dan Lipton's 'Breathing In' Fresh Air For Folk

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 04.22.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

Dan Lipton's new album "Breathing In," came across my desk, and I couldn't help but write a little about a modern day folk artist that has drawn inspiration from a lot of great folk storytellers.

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

Take a Trip to the "Technological Sun" with Tehnoloogiline Paike

Bridget Fitzgerald | Posted 03.21.2016 | Entertainment
Bridget Fitzgerald

Estonian pop/electronic group Tehnoloogiline Paike's new release "Technological Sun" tells an arcing story in its electronic ambiance. While the full ...

Who You Should Be Listening to Now: Roosevelt

Reilly Wieland | Posted 12.28.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

After a killer year of touring with bands like Hot Chip, this Germany-based group has proved themselves to be one of the next big things in electron music.

Fat Is a Feminist Issue: Concert Tee Shirts

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.01.2016 | Queer Voices
Sue Kerr

What about fans who wear sizes larger than a 3x who are seemingly shut out of the entire realm of tee shirt fandom? Should they just buy a CD and an embossed baseball cap?

Interruption and Rebellion: First Thought's on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

Michael Darer | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
Michael Darer

Black life, Lamar argues, is haunted by the potential for disruption. Always lurking is the notion that a life building momentum may be suddenly and randomly derailed, cut short. His latest album is a distillation of this and a rebellion against it.

Purity Ring and Noel Gallagher Suffer the Sophomore Slump

Michael Darer | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Michael Darer

"If it's not broke, don't fix it": so the saying goes. This seems to have been the guiding principle behind Another Eternity, the second studio album from Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring.

CD Review: Big Apple Blues

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

What do you get when you put a Pulitzer prize-winning poet and a famous blues guitarist in the same room? Answer: expressive, heavy duty, industrial strength blues.

New Artist Reviews: Goste

Morena Duwe | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The genre of electronic music has vastly evolved since the early days of techno. It is no longer simply an underground phenomenon but now a trusted method of production spanning almost every style of music.

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.

Kbit's Orbital Space Flight

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

What better way to start an album such as this then with the voice of President Dwight Eisenhower honoring the seven men who were selected for the very first NASA project Mercury?

Musician Mark Stoney: On a Trail Of Second Chances

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Stoney was about eighteen years old when he bravely took his first self-made record to a local music shop. This is where he first caught the bug. And, like most creative bugs, the bug did not go away.

Alt-J Tessellates at the Fox, Woos Everyone

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Holton Henderson

The humble soar of Alt-J's harmonies, the pick and pluck of their eerie lyrics, their crashing synth and well-paired acoustic arpeggios are suited perfectly to the west coast in winter.

This Machine Is Not Broken

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Holton Henderson

Though it may pull from the same inspiration pool as Earth to the Dandy Warhols, This Machine lacks that sweeping, barely-reined implausibility.

The Warhols Dandily Redeemed

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Brian Holton Henderson

Until this weekend, when I saw the Dandy Warhols play at the Fillmore, I had a really hard time liking them.

Don't Quit Without Saving: A Review Of The New Fall Out Boy Album

Stereo IQ | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Stereo IQ

By Ronald Metellus How do you go from being a Chicago punk rock act to the nation's most ubiquitous rock band in less than three years? Not easily. ...

The Strokes' New Album, Comedown Machine

Julie Kocsis | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Julie Kocsis

Julian, we need to have a talk about your band's new album. I just don't understand what you're doing. The synths and new waviness, the extreme falsetto, the lack of guitar, and that bizarre, old timey song at the end of the record -- what's going on here?

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...

Alt-J: Making Nerd Rock Sexy

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.24.2013 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Maybe I just love Alt-J because they make really awesome music, as they've recognized in the title of their debut album An Awesome Wave. Whatever the reason, all I know is that I can't stop listening to this album on repeat.

Molly's Music Mix -- Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

Good Kid, m.A.A.d city is somehow able to seamlessly tie together the world of drugs, money, and partying that is notoriously associated with hip-hop with an artful description of pain, guilt, love, and passion. It's quite refreshing.

Andy Stott's Luxury Problems Challenges EDM Landscape

Jordan Mainzer | Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts
Jordan Mainzer

The tension in Stott's music yields diversity and means that whether in headphones or in the club, Stott's music ominously pacifies.

Molly's Music Mix of the Week -- First Aid Kit and Two Door Cinema Club

Molly Fosco | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

The freshman album The Lion's Roar, from Swedish sister duo Johanna and Klara Söderberg, comprises soulful harmonies with folksy guitar and fiddle melodies.