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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 ...

RuPaul: Unplugged

Wayne Anderson | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay 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 Latest From Hymn For Her

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment

Hymn for Her, "Lucy and Wayne's Smokin Flames" (Hymn for Her) Lucy Tight's cigar box guitar is the Devil, whispering sinful thoughts in your ear....

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 bus...

An 'Equal Opportunity Offender'

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Entertainment

-- Tyler, the Creator, "Wolf" (Odd Future/Sony/RED) Before you listen to Tyler, the Creator's third album, "Wolf," keep this in mind: The rapper liv...

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 dishev...

Gretchen Wilson Branches Out

AP | MICHAEL MCCALL | Posted 06.01.2013 | Entertainment

-- Gretchen Wilson, "Right on Time" (Redneck) Most current country rockers draw on hard-rock arena riffs lifted from the 1990s, but Gretchen Wilson'...

Blake Shelton Finds His 'Superstar Status'

AP | MICHAEL MCCALL | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment

Blake Shelton, "Based On A True Story" (Warner Bros.) The more Blake Shelton rises in stature, the more he parades his swaggering, mischievous person...

Does Depeche Mode Still Have It?

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment

Depeche Mode, "Delta Machine" (Columbia Records) If you haven't caught up with Depeche Mode since "Catching up With Depeche Mode" or other collection...

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 fiv...

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.

NPR Intern Summons Internet Storm With Review Of Old Public Enemy Album

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 07.19.2012 | College

Members of the Internet community, including The Roots' drummer ?uestlove, came to the defense of classic hip-hop and remonstrated an NPR intern with ...

The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore: A Pop-Punk Re-Emergence

Melissa Webster | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

With this triumphant return to his punk rock roots, the burning question on everyone's mind is whether or not this is the beginning of a Larry Livermore return to the music business.