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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
With summer officially arriving, K-pop in June was filled with huge comebacks from veteran artists like PSY and Taeyang as well as rookie groups like Got7 and the controversial solo debut from Hyomin.

Taeyang - “Eyes, Nose, Lips”


With so many comebacks and debuts going on, sometimes you have to take the risk and stand out with a piano-driven sentimental ballad (being sexy and shirtless in the music video helps too, but we’ll get to that). For his latest comeback, coinciding with his first full-length solo album in four year, Big Bang’s Taeyang has released “Eyes, Nose, Lips”, and made us all swoon. The tender break-up ballad starts with dramatic piano and follows Taeyang’s expressive crooning through confessional verses and a powerful chorus. He sings about his selfishness in their relationship and coming to terms with her leaving, remembering her “eyes, nose, and lips”. To top it all off, the song makes a cinematic modulation for the last chorus, really playing up the cheesy sentiment of the song.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Stream "Lost the Plot", a slice of bass-heavy, hazy pop from Amoreux' upcoming debut EP, Never Young As Tonight.

The LA-based duo of Holiday J and Nicole Turley have taken on the name Amoreux in making their romantic, hazy dream-pop. A remarkable distinctive for the duo, however, is that rather than getting caught up on the treble end of the sonic spectrum, as many dream-pop bands do, the duo emphasizes rhythm instruments, particularly Holiday J’s distinctive bass playing. “Lost the Plot”, a track from their soon-to-be-released debut EP Never Young As Tonight, balances washes of textural sound with a pronounced low end. Like the rest of the EP, the song retains a loose, improvisatory feel, due in large part to the fact that most of the tracks on the EP were recorded in one take.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Because female relationships are rarely depicted well on television, Orange Is the New Black stands out from the norm.
Above: Publicity still by Jill Greenberg © 2013


Much has already been written about the excellent female representation in Orange Is the New Black, and rightfully so. A great deal of that praise owes itself to the variety of relationships portrayed between the different kinds of women in the series. Because female relationships are rarely depicted in layered, multifaceted ways on television, Orange Is the New Black immediately stands out.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Interpol has released the first video from its forthcoming LP on Matador, El Pintor, the propulsive "All the Rage Back Home"

With their newest studio release El Pintor just on the horizon, Interpol has just dropped the first music video from the LP. The song, “All the Rage Back Home”, is a driving, foot-tapping number that’s perfect for building up anticipation leading up to El Pintor‘s public unveiling.


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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
The musicians of the Gloaming are awash with independent projects so a rare performance by this Irish supergroup is a decided must-see. Watch one here.

WNYC’s New Sounds series allowed me to catch the Gloaming for the first time, a band I had been following for the past nine months or so having missed their prior performance in New York with the Kronos Quartet. During that time, their debut self-titled album was released and though it may have only found a small audience so far, it earned massive applause from the primarily European outlets that picked up on it. The Gloaming has its primary roots in Ireland and consists of Iarla Ó Lionaird’s traditional sean-nós vocals and organ, Thomas Bartlett / aka Doveman on piano, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh playing the hardanger fiddle, Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar.


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