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Semi Precious Weapons – All Dressed Up

6 Feb 2009 – 2:57 PM | Comments
Semi Precious Weapons – All Dressed Up

The self-proclaimed “garage-glam” band [Semi Precious Weapons] seems intent on taking on the world one rock n’ roll lover at a time. In skintight flesh-toned pants, stiletto heels, tattered shirts, and waves of bleached hair over raccoon eyes splattered with glitter, Tranter’s dazzling onstage image commands attention. With inspiration from pop singer Jessica Simpson and collaboration with legendary rock producer Tony Visconti, Semi Precious Weapons has landed legions of fans worldwide.

Music Review – The B-52s, Funplex

31 Jan 2009 – 3:25 AM | Comments
Music Review – The B-52s, Funplex

The B-52s indefatigable sound translates to their new-millennium makeover without ever losing the charm, and kook, that made them so distinct back when they released their eponymous 1979 self-titled debut. The new album, Funplex, dances with the speed of a cosmic dancer and the shimmer of a disco ball. There will always be a time and place for The B-52s, because there will always be a need to stop taking life so damn seriously.

Mario Spinetti – Your Song

27 Jan 2009 – 8:27 PM | Comments
Mario Spinetti – Your Song

Mario Spinetti: How do you define a song?
Damon Donau: Well, “Happy Birthday” is a song. It stems from melody. It has a theme. It’s a melodic expression of ideas.
Brandon Intelligator: But then there are bands like Autolux that make melody out of noise.

and the conversation continues…

That’s what a great song is. Hell, that’s what great art is. If you want to be technical, a song should have a melody, and itmay or may not have a lyric, but the bottom line is that in order for it to be substantial it has to come from a place of truth and experience — otherwise why write it?

Music Review – Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend

14 Jan 2009 – 11:06 PM | Comments
Music Review – Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend

Upper West Side indie-rock darlings, Vampire Weekend, more than live up to the hype on their fetching self-titled debut. This catchy collection of upbeat tunes about grammar, architecture, and campus life, unabashedly appropriates everything from Afro-pop and New Wave, to Chamber music. It remains to be seen if Vampire Weekend can withstand the test of time. At the moment though, they are the “it” band to beat, and after repeated listens, Vampire Weekend still sounds fresh and effortless.

Playlist – Hits From Left Field

9 Jan 2009 – 1:22 AM | Comments
Playlist – Hits From Left Field

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In a world where popular songs can be broken down to a science, these ten unlikely hits broke the mold by gaining chart success while remaining uncompromising as ever.

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Music Review – The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead

30 Dec 2008 – 7:13 PM | Comments
Music Review – The Helio Sequence, Keep Your Eyes Ahead

The Helio Sequence has always been a band that’s almost impossible to categorize. For all the ambient noise, layered strings, and wall of sound elements, The Helio Sequence’s strengths lie in frontman Brandon Summers’ raspy, whiskey-soaked, voice and Benjamin Weikel’s driving drumbeats. For a band that takes risks, the payoff is well worth it.

Music Review – Daniel Bernard Roumain

20 Dec 2008 – 11:19 PM | Comments
Music Review – Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel Bernard Roumain is a violinist whose strokes tell a compelling narrative. He guides ballerinas with his lightest, most fluid touch, yet the next instant he is relentless, treating his classical instrument like a homemade fiddle.

Interview with Yael Naim – Babel with a True Heart

15 Dec 2008 – 5:00 PM | Comments
Interview with Yael Naim – Babel with a True Heart

In a world bombarded with trials and tribulation, finding sane and good-hearted souls is truly a blessing. Meet Yael Naim, the voice behind Macbook Air’s infectious song.

Jessie Baylin Leaves Her Mark

11 Dec 2008 – 2:37 AM | Comments
Jessie Baylin Leaves Her Mark

A New Jersey native, recording artist Jessie Baylin made the move out to LA to make it big in music. With her smoky voice and great collaboration, she did.

Music Review – Hot Chip, Made in the Dark

9 Dec 2008 – 10:46 AM | Comments
Music Review – Hot Chip, Made in the Dark

Charmingly nerdy, and with a penchant for hip-hop, London-based electro pop group Hot Chip have made a career out of defying classification. Review.

The Truth About Alisan Porter

5 Dec 2008 – 1:40 PM | Comments
The Truth About Alisan Porter

Dancer, choreographer, teacher, TV, film and Broadway star – Alisan Porter shares her experiences of being a child star and finding herself as a performer.