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Rap Duo Steals the Show With Debut

Rap Duo Steals the Show With Debut

5/5 stars You’ve probably heard their hit song “Thrift Shop,” but there’s more to this duo than a retro fur coat. Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis have worked together since 2009, but The Heist is the pair’s first full-length effort. Mere hours after its official release, the album[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Yeasayer: Familiar but Forgettable

Yeasayer: Familiar but Forgettable

3/5 stars Since the indie world traded its electric guitars for synthesizers and drum pads, experimental music has been a mainstay of the genre. Brooklyn’s Yeasayer has gained acclaim from critics and famous fans like Jay-Z for their psych-pop sound. However, on their third and latest album, Fragrant World, the band plays[Read More…]

by August 29, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Usher Finds Himself in Dancefloor Pop and R&B Roots

Usher Finds Himself in Dancefloor Pop and R&B Roots

4/5 Stars Finally, a dance album that the Top 40 DJs can spin to their hearts desires and that will surely be blaring at middle school dances for generations to come.  In Usher’s new album, Looking 4 Myself, he explores multiple different styles, everything from soul to electro to his staple R&B.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2012 0 comments The Guide

The Tallest Man Works with What Sticks Best

4/5 Stars The cover of There’s No Leaving Now shows a simple blurred picture of a tree, fitting for an album byKristian Mattson, better known by his stage name The Tallest Man on Earth. The band traditionally shows unassuming — and boring — landscape photography on their album covers.  (It’s also asking for[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Staying A Little Too Close to ‘Home’

Staying A Little Too Close to ‘Home’

3/5 stars An artist’s second album is arguably his most important. It offers a fork in the road, an opportunity to expand artistic horizons or burrow deeper into a niche. This is especially true if they enjoy the out-of-the-blue success Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros did with their debut[Read More…]

by May 31, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Folk Meets Flair in Ward’s ‘Wasteland’

Folk Meets Flair in Ward’s ‘Wasteland’

Side projects are often where artists turn to focus on themselves, take risks and test out sounds they wouldn’t with their main act. This is not the case with California-born singer-songwriter M. Ward. He has recently gained fame as the male half of She & Him alongside Zooey Deschanel, as[Read More…]

by April 8, 2012 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide

Fanfarlo Shines Bright On Second Album

Fanfarlo burst onto the indie music scene with its debut album Reservoir. Its glistening ’80s pop-like sound hooked listeners with songs that were both danceable and introspective. As earnest as a debut album but with the confidence of a sophomore effort, Rooms Filled With Light builds on this sound without straying too far[Read More…]

by March 1, 2012 0 comments The Guide
Indie Rockers Descend from the Top

Indie Rockers Descend from the Top

Of Montreal, an indie band from Athens, Ga., has made a name for itself by mixing esoteric chamber pop with personal and introspective lyrics.  However, on the band’s latest work, Paralytic Stalks, it has gone too far, leaving an album that confuses and disappoints more than it provokes. Paralytic Stalks opens with[Read More…]

by February 9, 2012 0 comments The Guide

“Something” Shrugs Sophomore Slump

In 2008, Brooklyn-based electronic pop duo Chairlift lived the dream of most indie bands. They released a record, appeared in an iTunes commercial and were signed to a major record label. But instead of chasing even more success, the band’s members went their separate ways to pursue various side projects. Three years[Read More…]

by January 25, 2012 0 comments The Guide

A Lioness Cut Down in Her Prime

Posthumous albums are a look back at a musician’s career, their achievements and hits, as well as insight to their works in progress, plans for the future and direction as an artist. Following Amy Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in July, her longtime producer and family decided to release a[Read More…]

by December 1, 2011 0 comments The Guide