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The Best Country Music of 2014
By Dave Heaton, Taylor Coe, and Steve Leftridge
Take more than a quick glance at country music in 2014 and you'll see a varied landscape -- in terms of gender, age, experience and song content. [24.Dec.14]
D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah
The urgent Black Messiah proves that sometimes, life won’t let a cultural statement that’s chomping at the bit wait for a proper marketing campaign; [24.Dec.14]
The Best K-pop of 2014
By Scott Interrante
Due to current events, 2014 was largely a rough year for K-pop. Still, these 15 songs represent the best K-pop had to offer this year, both inside and outside the mainstream. [23.Dec.14]
Do You (Still) Know It's Christmas?: An Interview with Midge Ure
Midge Ure reflects on just how far his career has come since his days in the new wave pioneers Ultravox, including what he's realized 30 years after the release of the classic charity single he wrote with Bob Geldof, "Do You Know It's Christmas?" [23.Dec.14]
The Best Canadian Albums of 2014
By Zachary Houle, Adrien Begrand, and Alan Ranta
From Steph Cameron to White Lung, these 15 releases showcase the very best of Canadian music in 2014, and illustrate that the Canadian music community is definitely thriving and maturing. [22.Dec.14]
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The urgent Black Messiah proves that sometimes, life won’t let a cultural statement that’s chomping at the bit wait for a proper marketing campaign;
VS. both affirms Bastille's successes up to this point and highlights the weaknesses that need to be remediated as the band moves forward.
The real attraction to a Miller-Heidke release lies in the pleasure given by her voice. She may sing about love and life and engage in some interesting wordplay, but her distinctive vocals and range merit the bulk of attention.
Heartbreaking melodies belted over Hi-NRG beats of endless momentum -- only the beats are polkas.
Scandinavian renaissance man's first album in seven years is glorious piano purity over sample-free glitch.
More often than not, Sucker just ends up being too clever for its own good, despite Charli XCX's attempts to be the smartest student at the Pop Music Academy.
“Do you want a spanking or do you want to go to bed?” This EP is meant for those who want it both ways.
Circle of Death works best when things become subtle and a big part of that is slowing stuff down.
Devonte Hynes and Robert Schwartzman head up this synthy, très indie companion piece to Gia Coppola's film.
The No Energy boxset provides a valuable opportunity to place the unsung Unwound in a proper context, both offering nostalgia-tinged appreciation of a band at the height of its powers, as well as putting the music of the '90s Kill Rock Stars stalwarts in a new light.
Ostensibly a grand experiment, Faust's latest is just another pretentious excuse to avoid the most difficult step in all art: finishing it.
She started as a pre-teen Ella Fitzgerald clone, flirted with being Norah Jones, and now (at 20) finally sounds like the young pop singer she is...despite some lingering belief that she needs to "give jazz new life".
There’s strong production value here, as alt rock and indie rock sensibilities are mixed in with dreamy psychedelic ambience.
Love Has Many Faces is a great box set, but make no mistake: while it does tell Joni Mitchell's story, it may not be the exact one you've been wanting to hear.
...Honor is All We Know is a solid but ultimately inessential addition to the Rancid catalogue that finds Rancid back where they belong, crafting straightforward punk anthems without pretense.
EPs nine and 10 in Pallot’s 2014 song-writing project are polar opposites of each other; from the cheery to despondent.
Yes, there's already been one Rough Guide to African Blues. But don't go thinking this is more of the same.
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By Dave Heaton, Taylor Coe, and Steve Leftridge
Take more than a quick glance at country music in 2014 and you'll see a varied landscape -- in terms of gender, age, experience and song content. [23.Dec.14]
By Scott Interrante
Due to current events, 2014 was largely a rough year for K-pop. Still, these 15 songs represent the best K-pop had to offer this year, both inside and outside the mainstream. [22.Dec.14]
Columns
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Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America. [18.Dec.14]
Mixtape Confessions
When everyone feels they can be an expert, how do you reassert your ownership over a topic? By waiting for its crossover moment. [16.Dec.14]
From The Blogs
They say the 235th most acclaimed album of all time gets off on frustration, but I know you've got an explanation. The 1981 debut from a power-pop legend is this week's Counterbalance. Bad reputation? Not hardly. [19.Dec.14]
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