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by Hunter Hauk - The Dallas Morning News (MCT)

10 Mar 2011


Lady Gaga is back, touring with her Monster Ball extravaganza. This time, she’s armed with a much-talked-about new single, “Born This Way,” which is sure to be a highlight of her updated set list.

We’ve seen her Grammy performance and off-the-wall music video, and we’ve debated the song’s possibly purposeful aping of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” But how does it compare — in both effectiveness and cheesiness — to other self-empowerment anthems that have come before it? Read on.

Hunter Hauk - The Dallas Morning News (MCT)

by Eric Allen Been

10 Mar 2011


It’s hard to knock the National for milking their 2010 release High Violet for all it’s worth since the album is so damn good. The Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati band just released yet another video for the LP, this time up the track “Conversation 16” gets the short film treatment. 

You can check out the video, which features Mad Men star John Slatterly and Kristen Schaal from the The Daily Show, below.

by PopMatters Staff

9 Mar 2011


Warm Ghost, aka Paul Duncan, takes the lovely a capella harmonies of Mountain Man’s delicious folk pop tune “Play It Right” and coverts it into an infectious slab of electro pop. The warm synth washes add dimension and orchestral flourishes ala OMD that really take the song to a whole new level. Duncan has been busy of late, following the release of last year’s Claws Overhead EP, work on an upcoming full-length album with his musical partner in Warm Ghost Oliver Chapoy. The group has a number of upcoming SXSW appearances as well that you can check out after the jump.

by Joseph Fisher

8 Mar 2011


Below you can stream the lead single from Explosions in the Sky’s new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Arguably, the track grooves along like nothing else that the band has ever written. Don’t worry, though. It gets loud at the end. 

Trembling Hands by Explosions in the Sky

by Timothy Gabriele

8 Mar 2011


The former Skull Disco co-founder Shackleton has always been a figure whose music seemed to bubble under the skin as much as rumble along the surface, so soundtracking a series of flies circulating around the studio of German artist Juergen Boettcher aka Strawalde, seems creepily fitting.  I’m not particularly flummoxed by the footage, which seems like leftover scraps, but the utilization of a Shackleton soundtrack could mystify even the most mundane scenery.

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