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by Enio Chiola

8 Sep 2010

It’s safe to say that Janelle Monáe’s 18-song epic The ArchAndroid is a near perfect record, effortlessly jumping between musical genres, vocal acrobatics, and engrossing songwriting. The video for her latest single “Cold War” is a simple enough concept, harking back to Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Alanis Morissette’s “Head Over Feet”. But unlike the former, Monáe’s delivery wavers between sincerity and insanity. There’s no question of her beauty, which is only escalated by this wonderfully apt video. It’s hard to take your eyes off of her, and the lack of distraction only propels the content of the song into sharp focus.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Sep 2010

New York’s Darlings formed a few years ago in the depths of Greenwich Village, with these four young pals slowly building word of mouth through house parties and local gigs. 2009 saw the release of Yeah I Know , which drew major praise from the likes of the New York Times, who called the band’s debut “a splash of lo-fi elegance”. Following up that success, Darlings are releasing a new EP, Warma, this fall via Famous Class Records and today we’re premiering “Big Girl”, a tune from the new EP.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Sep 2010

We loved the Bug’s 2009 project London Zoo, giving the album an 8 and placing it in our top 10 albums of the year. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ninja Tune Records, the Bug returns with this new tune and video.


by Timothy Gabriele

8 Sep 2010

Blackdown recently wrote in a column at Pitchfork about how LV is bringing the sounds of South Africa to dubstep.  This latest single from the Hyperdub label proves it to be so, as a blacklit invisible man dances in front of wall projecting a word you will hear ad nauseum in the infectious tune that accompanies it.

by Matt Mazur

3 Sep 2010

Should have won...Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus.

Oscar’s Nominees
Joan Crawford ... Possessed
Susan Hayward ... Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman
Dorothy McGuire ... Gentleman’s Agreement
Rosalind Russell ... Mourning Becomes Electra
Loretta Young ... The Farmer’s Daughter

Mazur’s Nominees

Joan Crawford … Possessed

//Mixed media

Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

// Short Ends and Leader

"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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