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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - “My Bad Parts”

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

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Young Empires - “Uncover Your Eyes” (video) (premiere)

The Canadian band go for broke on their mainstream-friendly new single.

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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Julie Rhodes - “In Your Garden” (audio) (premiere)

Recorded in Muscle Shoals, this new track announces the arrival of a significant new Americana/blues talent.

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Mia Dyson - “Tearing Up the Lawn” (audio) (premiere)

The Australian artist brilliantly captures teen restlessness on her new single.

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Eric Clapton: Slowhand at 70 - Live at Royal Albert Hall

In celebration of his 70th, Clapton returns to the main stage in fine form.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

Danzig: Skeletons

This long-awaited covers collection from the venerable vocalist features some surprising (and not-so-surprising) choices.

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Does Michael Jackson’s Work Contain the Stuff of Genius?

Steve Knopper’s highly readable biography MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson lays out a credible case for Jackson to be considered along those lofty lines, and not simply as a supreme entertainer.

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20 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM

Paul McCartney’s “War” and “Peace”

Paul McCartney recently re-released two of his albums from the early 1980s: Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, making for the perfect time to reconsider a critical period in his career.

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Matt Jaffe and the Distractions - “Plastic Tears” (audio) (premiere)

The young prodigy rocks like it's 1978 on his new track.

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‘Impromptu’ Is Light on Coherence, Heavy on Scandal

It's not that this film is bad, but the witty dialogue, solid acting, and lovely camerawork can't make up for it's tonal confusion or pacing.

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JJ Rosa - “Tonight” (audio) (premiere)

It's not every day you come across a young musician who can evoke Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Nile Rodgers all at once.

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Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” / “True Love Never”

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

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16 Nov 2015 // 2:20 AM

Queen: A Night at the Odeon

It's Christmas Eve, 1975. Do you know where your 45 of "Bohemian Rhapsody" is?

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The Stone Foxes - “This Town” (video) (premiere)

The Bay Area blues rockers premiere a new video that focuses on the strength and energy of their live show.

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Gillbanks - “Nerve” (video) (premiere)

The London artist blends two disparate sounds from the 1990s, creating a contemporary hybrid.

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13 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Neil Young: Bluenote Café

Bluenote Café is essential Neil Young, further evidence that Young’s ‘80s work has more value than many would expect or admit.

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‘Neil Young: American Traveller’ Annotates Young’s Musical Map

Martin Halliwell takes obvious joy in exploring Neil Young's famous wanderlust, and illustrates the sometimes complicated relationship between musician and landscape.

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Phil Cook: Southland Mission

Southland Mission arrives fully-formed and bearing all indications that Cook was completely dedicated to his purpose.

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Ex Libras - “Leap of Faith” (video) (premiere)

The London band make a strong first impression on their new video.

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