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12 ‘Dark’ Songs

November 1st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
12 ‘Dark’ Songs
The key to this list – every song title must feature some form of the work dark. The results of searching all songs with the word dark in it – epic, eclectic, and nothing short of captivating.

1) Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, “Dark Horse” (Prism, 2013)

One of the best tracks from Katy Perry’s Prism, “Dark Horse” has a gangsta beat not to mention the fact that she collaborates with gangsta/dirty south rapper Juicy J. This #1 hit is dark and infectious.

2) Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side” (Stronger, 2011)

Kelly Clarkson’s words speak true on her spectacularly ‘dark’ single “Dark ...
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CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'

October 25th, 2014 8:25pm EDT
CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'
On their latest EP soiree This Past Year, pop-punk merchants A Failed Apology are, at times, more punk than pop (“This Past Year...,” “Say It, I Love You”) thanks to punchy guitars and driving rhythms, though there are instances when the pop outweighs the punk (“Keep Your Head Up,” “The Way I Think Of You”) due to severe bouts of call-and-response vocals and unavoidably catchy hooks (the Knuckle Punk and Real Friends shout out in “Keep Your Head Up” is just the icing on the cake). Just as the band did with “Goodbye” on their previous EP The Weekend, A Failed Apology turns down the lights an...
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CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'

October 20th, 2014 7:13pm EDT
CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'
Let It Happen’s Cause + Effect will make you remember why you fell in love with the powerpop/pop-punk genre in the first place – The Starting Line, Something Corporate, Further Seems Forever – their lasting influence can be felt throughout Cause + Effect, an album that offers a gorgeous combination of saccharine hooks, endearing melodies and heart-on-sleeve songwriting (“Burst and Bloom,” “Spent”). Cause + Effect is mature for a debut – believe it or not this is the band’s debut – with introspective lyricism rife with memorable lines (“Sinner/Saint’ - ‘We’re all waging war/But I’m a raging ...
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CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)

October 20th, 2014 7:10pm EDT
CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)
Artifex Pereo’s, culled from a quote from Roman Emperor Nero, Time In Place is avant-garde, dynamic and truly unique. This album is a veritable aural melting pot, evidenced by album opener “No Stranger To Worry,” combining evolving, unpredictable time signatures, progressive vocals, a fondness of theatrics, and layered, fluid guitars. Chances are the end product is something totally different from everything else you’re currently listening to. “Hands of Penance,” which presents what the rest of the album doesn’t – discernable song structures, stands as a straight forward beacon, a buoy, amo...
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Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'

October 13th, 2014 2:16pm EDT
Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'
After a four-year hiatus (say it ain’t so!), alternative pop/rock band Weezer return with their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Calling Everything a ‘return to form’ in the purest sense is overreaching slightly, but the album does feel more Weezer-like than the band’s previous two albums. It’s not perfect, but there are some absolutely terrific moments from Rivers Cuomo and company.

“Ain’t Got Nobody” is predictable thematically, as the title suggests. It leaves little to the imagination – particularly initiating the album – but Cuomo and company is rock soli...
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Review: The Gaslight Anthem Show Consistency On ‘Get Hurt’

August 18th, 2014 1:29pm EDT
Review: The Gaslight Anthem Show Consistency On ‘Get Hurt’
After a two-year hiatus, rock band The Gaslight Anthem return with their fifth studio album, Get Hurt. Get Hurt follows a high watermark for the band, led by vocalist and guitarist Brian Fallon. 2012 effort Handwritten easily ranked among the best rock albums that year. Get Hurt maintains consistency and enjoyability, regardless if it trumps Handwritten or not.

“Stay Vicious” opens Get Hurt in excitedly. The riffs come ‘right at your face,’ while Fallon delivers the lyrics in gritty, emotional fashion. Interesting about “Stay Vicious” is the chorus pulls back, while the verses are...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in Music

August 7th, 2014 10:44am EDT
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in
After a lengthy drought (understatement), Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers finally claim their first #1 album with Hypnotic Eye. Outperforming prognostications, not to mention the sales of the band's previous album (Mojo), Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies. Like so many other weeks throughout 2014, Tom Petty's veteran collective were the only album to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. This is even more disappointing to some extent because of the number of new albums that landed within the top 10.

Eric Clapton, another veteran musician, unsurprisingly debuts right behind Petty at #2. As re...
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Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)

August 4th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)
To reiterate, “You win some, you lose some.” In the case of these ten musicians, they have won tremendously in the realm of chart success in 2014. These artists haven’t suffered from the tepid performances that many of their colleagues have had to endure. Just think about how much Mariah Carey wishes this were the list he was featured on as opposed to Flop-tastic: 10 Biggest Album Flops of 2014 (So Far). But it just wasn’t meant to be, sigh!

1) Frozen Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)

Face it – no one seems to be ‘letting’ this album ‘go.’ It’s nearly the end of summer, and the Froz...
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7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry

August 2nd, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry
Last year, Alanis Morrisette admitted many radio stations wouldn't play "You Oughta Know" off her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. The reason? They already had two women in rotation on the radio. For years, the music industry has presented its own set of challenges specific to women. Whether it's executives telling how a young pop star should sex up her act to not being taken seriously by critics within their music genre. There are, however, a group of women who are using their voices and their music as an opportunity to push back and change what's considered the norm within the music indust...
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15 Must See Music Videos of 2014

July 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
15 Must See Music Videos of 2014
Once upon a time, music videos were played frequently on television. It’s hard to believe in 2014, but once there was a spot for those visual pieces accompanying the audio. While they're still played on TV (less frequently), music videos get the majority of views via the Internet through outlets like YouTube and Vevo. With so much attention placed on albums and songs, sometimes it’s easy to forget sensational music videos themselves. Here are 15 must see music videos of 2014.

1) Maroon 5, “Maps”

The music video for Maroon 5’s latest single “Maps” depicts a narrative characterized...
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