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5 Takeaways From U2's 'Songs Of Innocence'

October 20th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
U2 - Songs of Innocence
Anytime a certain Dublin band named U2 releases a new album, well, it’s “kind of a big deal.” The release of Songs of Innocence, the band’s first new album in five years, is a big deal, but not necessarily in the same way as previous efforts from the collective. It could be argued Bono and company have even had some missteps along the way, which has hindered their latest LP. After listening and analyzing the release process of Songs of Innocence, here are five takeaways.

1) Imposing a free album on everyone is probably a BAD idea…

Most people like free things, particularly if there w...
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CD Review: A Breach Of Silence - 'The Darkest Road'

October 20th, 2014 7:15pm EDT
CD Review: A Breach Of Silence - 'The Darkest Road'
With crisp production and perfect structures, A Breach Of Silence’s The Darkest Road is as much Killswitch Engage as it is Avenged Sevenfold, combining a dazzling array of all things heavy from thrash to power to (old school) metalcore; an album rife with unrelenting monsters and beastly stomping thrashers that rarely, if ever, take their foot off the gas (“The Darkest Road,” “Hang Em High,” “In Reality We Trust”). Shredding opener “TPNE” aka “The Party Never Ends” proves Attila isn’t the only band in town with the party game locked down, while The Darkest Road spews forth pinpoint blast be...
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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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San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde’s Song ‘Royals’ For Duration Of World Series

October 20th, 2014 2:57pm EDT
Lorde
Although the tune was indirectly inspired by the game of baseball, fans won't be hearing Lorde's hit tune "Royals" for the duration of the World Series on two San Francisco radio stations.

KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT of San Francisco have revealed they are pulling Lorde's song from their playlists for now.

In response to this, Kansas City radio station 99.7 will play the song every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the first game of the World Series, taking place at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Lorde revealed that the hit tune was inspired in part by a photograph she saw of a bal...
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Bob Seger Announces New Tour And Album

October 20th, 2014 9:51am EDT
Bob Seger Announces New Tour And Album
Bob Seger will be hitting the road with a new album for the first time since 2006 to promote "Ride Out."

The singer was never the type of artist to tour for long stretches and often takes years between albums.

The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend announced 23 dates for the tour to begin on Nov. 19 in Saginaw, Michigan at the Dow Event Center.

The 2014-'15 Ride Out tour will also hit Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Toronto, Houston, Phoenix, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Buffalo, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The first leg of the tour will end at Madison Square Garden in ...
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11 Songs That Break Barriers

October 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
11 Songs That Break Barriers
Sometimes, you have to take a stand. Taking a stand isn’t always a popular move, nor is it always personally lucrative. Musically, ‘taking a stand’ often means that musicians promote an unpopular or not oft tread platform, theme, or cause. That means ultimately, these bold musicians look to break barriers and pave the way for acceptance, tolerance, and otherwise. Here are 13 songs that break barriers of some sort.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Hozier, 2014)

“Take Me To Church” is nothing short of brilliant and progressive. Hozier makes sex sound sanctified, brings light to ...
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'Glee' Star Charice Identifies As A Man, Says She Has A 'Male Soul'

October 18th, 2014 6:13pm EDT
Charice
Former "Glee" star Charice is transitioning to become a man but won't have sexual reassignment surgery. In a new interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Filipino star reveals that she wants to embrace her "male soul."

The singer/actress, who was discovered by Winfrey nearly a decade ago, announced she was gay last year. She wants to look like a man but will not follow the path of Chaz Bono, who had gender reassignment surgery.

She explains, "I'm not exactly transitioning to a male, but basically my soul is, like, male. But I'm not going to go through that stage where I'm going to change everyth...
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Rumor Patrol: Khloe Kardashian Real Father Revealed, Glenn Close Brought Up In A Religious Cult and More!

October 18th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Khloe Kardashian Real Father Revealed, Glenn Close
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

The Paternity Of Khloe Kardashian's Father Is Revealed, Again!: With everyone from Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson and hairstylist Alex Roldan cited, now another celebrity is being added to the list of being named Khloe Kardashian's father and it's an iconic singer from the 1980s.

Verdict: Depending On Who You Believe: Rumor has it that Lionel Richie and Kris Jenner had a hot and heavy affair in the 19...
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U2's Bono Reveals Why He Always Wears Sunglasses

October 18th, 2014 10:37am EDT
Bono
U2 frontman Bono has a signature look - he always wears sunglasses. But it's not because he's too cool for school. The star has been suffering from glaucoma for over 20 years.

The rock star revealed the news during an interview on "The Graham Norton Show." "I have good treatments, and I am going to be fine," he assured viewers.

Glaucoma can damage the eye's optic nerve and in some cases result in vision loss and blindness. Early detection and treatment can protect a sufferer from serious vision loss.

The band made headlines earlier this month after releasing its latest album for free o...
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