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Doe Paoro to Release After, an Enlightened Reconstruction of Time and Travel

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Doe Paoro drew from these notions as she created After, the follow-up to her 2012 debut album Slow To Love, which Paoro wrote in an isolated cabin close to her hometown of Syracuse, New York.

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!

Kelly Clarkson Talks Making 'Unicorn Babies' with Brandon Blackstock, Sings Greatest Hits

Sarah Toce | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Toce

Piece by Piece, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson brought the house to its feet during her long-awaited concert tour when it stopped in Seattle Wednesday night.

Americans Are Now Avoiding Soda | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Elizabeth Goldbaum Published: 08/04/2015 10:40 AM EDT on LiveScience America's seemingly bottomless thirst for soda may be waning, accor...

Because Ricky Reed Has Something to Say...

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

I didn't know what to anticipate from my conversation with Ricky Reed (aka Eric Frederic) and anything I could have thought of wouldn't have mattered. Our encounter defied expectations.

Blond Jesus: Singer Garrett Miller's Creative Eucharist for Marriage Equality and Beyond

Greg Archer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Greg Archer

Singer-songwriting Garrett Miller may not be the real incarnation of a Gay Messiah but on the creative front, he's definitely rising to the occasion.

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.

I Drank So Much Soda As A Child That My Veins Collapsed

Andy Campbell | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Andy Campbell

I'd just finished a Mountain Dew, my first love, which I drank whenever I was thirsty. My mom called me to the kitchen for dinner, and I stood up. But as I made my way across the living room, everything got dark. I could feel my heart throbbing in my ears, and then, I felt nothing.

The Best Day of My Life, or The Time I Heard Gwen Stefani Pee

Rachel Khona | Posted 05.10.2015 | Comedy
Rachel Khona

My friends and I were lunching at Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica, when who comes in but Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. Not too many people knew about it, but Gwen Stefani was my secret best friend. As in, I knew we were best friends, she just didn't know it. Yet.

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: "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: '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.

CD Review: Be Yourself by Dimestore Prophets

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

Members of the Dimestore Prophets include Ray Glover, who plays guitar and sings, John Wilson on drums, and Eric Groff on bass. And there's a distinct party vibe to their musicianship. Obviously, they enjoy what they're doing and do it well.

2015 in Music: Bright Young Stars Revitalizing Traditional Form of Mexican Music

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 03.17.2015 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Del Records recording artists Regulo Caro and Luis Coronel are putting regional Mexican music on the U.S. map.

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.

Review: Bittersweet

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

Luckily for Anne-Simone, no one cares about the fluff dispensed by the suits. What listeners care about is the music. Fortunately, Anne-Simone delivers the goods.

WLFPCK Is Alt-Pop's Most Promising Newcomer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.14.2014 | Entertainment

Fresh to the table, WLFPCK is looking to earn their seat in alternative-pop, which has largely been dominated by The 1975 for over a year now, no vowe...

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind.

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Why You Need To Start Listening to Niykee Heaton Right Now | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment

"So, your 'Bad Intentions' EP dropped today and it has been absolutely killing it," I say to 19-year-old rising singer-songwriter Niykee Heaton in the...

Are Chicagoans and Downstate Illinoisans Really All That Different?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.09.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The rivalry between Chicago and downstate Illinois gets played up a lot, but what do we have to be competitive about? We're all Illinoisans. Are we really that different?

The New Pornographers Are Back With Brill Bruisers

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

Brill Bruisers sounds broad and warm, wrapping from ear to ear and giving shine to 13 songs that experiment with new sounds and instruments -- some of which are jarringly unfamiliar even after several listens.

It Was All a Dream: Why Iggy Azalea's Hip-Hop Bubble Might 'Pop'

Karen J. Francis | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

How can a woman best-known for pop hits be the new hip-hop record holder?

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

Todd Michael Schultz: Pop Chemist

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Savas Abadsidis

Todd Michael Schultz's newest single Doorstep was just released by Titan Records, a newfangled label specifically tuned in to address the needs of mus...

Michael Jackson Xscape's Death Once Again

Chris Sosa | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

The project's authenticity creates a new problem: How does one intuit the melodic decisions Jackson would have made if he were alive?