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Friday, Feb 20, 2015
Blur's big comeback single turns out to be a weird little number that will appeal to only hardcore fans. Thank goodness.

The best part about “Go Out”, the lead single from Blur’s first full-length album in 12 years, is that a lot of people probably won’t like it.


Its side-stepping bassline and timid backbeat set the stage, but “Go Out” is, like all great Blur tracks, all about Damon Albarn’s stretched-out vocal phrasings interacting with Graham Coxon’s lyrical, expressive guitar work. The two collide and build upon each other to reach a climax that isn’t really that much of a climax, typical of the band’s mid- and late-period phases. Albarn finds an obtuse way to speak about isolation, dancing with himself, and then going out to the local (and sometimes, the lo-o-o-cal) on his ownsome, all while Coxon unleashes all the distortion he can out of his cheap pedal before trying to wrestle all of it to the ground in spectacular fashion, our ears caught up more in the struggle than the result. When you get down to it, this is a weird-ass little ditty, and therein lies its charm.


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Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015
Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense their rhymes with humor and easygoing charm.

“Using reggae as a springboard, Italian rapper TerronRissa takes a fairly liberal and free-form approach within the constructs of his hip-hop. Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense his rhymes with humor and easygoing charm. The beats skip and throb with the kind of abandon usually reserved for pop music. Having just released his first proper album of material, L’Era Dei Distratti, the rapper has attracted quite a following in its native Italy.


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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
What Sleater-Kinney reunion? "Bury Our Friends" makes you think the pathbreaking trio never went on hiatus in the first place.

Reunions can be a dicey proposition, especially for bands who seemed to have run their course organically and ended on a high note, which Sleater-Kinney certainly did with its heavy-duty 2005 swan song The Woods. Then again, if anyone can be counted on not to simply give into nostalgia and come back just for the heck of it, it would be a band that never took anything for granted and was as committed to its craft as Sleater-Kinney was—or, rather, is.


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Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
Boston rockers We Were Astronauts have a fun new summer jam in the .38 Special-esque "Keep It Together", which should fit cozily on any summer road trip playlists.

The operative word in the band name “We Were Astronauts” is “were”, for the Boston rock quartet that bears the appellation sounds firmly rooted to the earth. Such is definitely the case for “Keep It Together,” a track off of their upcoming recording Artificial Light, which following a successful Kickstarter campaign was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Warren Huart. Rooted in the country-tinged classic rock of groups like .38 Special, “Keep It Together” is as ideal a summer road trip radio tune as there could be.


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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
The singer's latest video clip takes its cues from the works of Maya Deren and Valie Export.

The latest from Vanessa Daou finds her in four-on-the-floor mode with a flowing groove of thick beats and catchy hooks. “Trouble Comes” follows the political motif set by its parent album, Light Sweet Crude, but maintains the all sexual drama that the singer is noted for. Nearly drowning in the swathes of the song’s atmosphere, the singer at once signals the trouble at both a brewing riot and a crumbling relationship: “Trouble comes when you hear the drums.”


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