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by Manya Brachear - Chicago Tribune (MCT)

22 Apr 2011


As Christians prepare to commemorate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and celebrate his resurrection, Lady Gaga fans are celebrating “Judas,” the artist’s newest song named for the man who betrayed Jesus.

The latest single off the album Born this Way, which talks about confronting one’s inner demons and hopelessly loving the wrong man, was supposed to come out five days before Easter. But leaks on the Internet forced an earlier release last Friday.

by Timothy Gabriele

21 Apr 2011


Grouper has cut few singles and splits since her 2008 masterpiece Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (one of this author’s top ten releases of the 2000s), but anticipation is high for her double album release A I A. Now Grouper’s Liz Harris has released a video for “Alien Observation” directed by Hamish Parkinson filled with plenty of heavy water and a romance that seems to be driven towards the grave. The song is muted and taciturn—a simple hazy melody carries the whole tune- while Harris’s signature mystical coos embed the proceedings with a rich fullness.

by Jessy Krupa

21 Apr 2011


Linda McCartney was the great muse of rock ‘n’ roll. Jack Lawrence wrote the 1947 hit “Linda” after her when she was just an infant. Practically every love song Paul McCartney wrote from 1967 to 1998 (and probably even more afterwards) was about her. She was often right there beside him, adding instrumentation, vocalizing, and co-writing along with him, but she’s hardly mentioned for her own talents. As we mark the 12th anniversary of her untimely death, let’s take a look at some of the best of her music. 

“Silly Love Songs” just wouldn’t be the same without Linda’s mid-song refrain.

 

by Jessy Krupa

21 Apr 2011


TV schedules were packed with holiday specials as newsworthy events happened behind-the-scenes.

Months after NBC canceled The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien O’Brien returned to late night television with his new TBS show, Conan.

 

by Tara Murtha

20 Apr 2011


Shaking Through, a collaboration between WXPN and Philadelphia-based non-profit Weathervane Music, just released the latest edition to their ongoing experiment toward cutting through the noise in post-music industry world, “Borrowed Heart” by Hezekiah Jones. Hezekiah Jones is an ever-changing cast of musicians threading glistening strings and banging percussion through songs written by Philly neo-folk anchor Raphael Cutrufello. “Borrowed Heart” is the ensemble’s latest tune and may be included on an upcoming album. As usual, the Shaking Through session entails both a single produced by Brian McTear at his Miner Street studio and an accompanying mini documentary video.

The song can be downloaded at www.shakingthrough.com/HezekiahJones.

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In Defense of the Infinite Universe in 'No Man's Sky'

// Moving Pixels

"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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