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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 William Carl Ferleman

20 Apr 2011


In addition to common PR moves, Denmark’s the Raveonettes have chosen to promote their lastest record, Raven in the Grave, by releasing a series of short films. The Raveonettes—Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner—are at present on tour in the United States.

by Jessy Krupa

20 Apr 2011


After years of lawsuits and legal red tape, the music of the Beatles finally became available on iTunes. “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something” were their most downloaded MP3s, while Abbey Road, which features those songs, became their most downloaded album. 

 
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Gremlins and the Housewife in 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

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"The house itself wants to pull the neurotic woman into its maw and absorb her whole as a literal housewife.

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