Album Review: Pearl's 'Reflection'

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Reflection is the debut album of Southern alt-gospel vocalist Pearl. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, the beauty behind the big voice and humbling tunes of Reflection has written a number of scripture-based songs and poems.  Lively acoustic guitar and heart-pounding percussion complements Pearl's clean, pure vocals on almost every track.  The album proves to be...

"Negroes On Ice" At Upright Citizens Brigade - Review

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“Negroes on Ice,” the father-son sketch comedy music performed in the main by Prince Paul (De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School) and son, P.Forreal, at Upright Citizens Brigade last night promised to equally offend all types of viewers. In short, the performance did just that, and did its share of amusing and...

The Top 20 Albums of 2011

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Without a doubt, 2011 was a year of great music. Wrapping up the year is no easy task, especially with so many new emerging artists hitting the indie scene and settled greats releasing records as good or better than their efforts decades prior. Our picks for the Top 20 Albums of the year cover a lot of ground, ranging from Indie Beard Rock to Spaghetti-Western, Rockabilly to Hip-Hop, and...

Albums of the Week: The Bad, The Good--Dia Frampton Vs. The Black Keys

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Hopefully you've been eagerly awaiting the release of these albums as much as we have, as it's a promising week for new releases. The new full-lengths from The Black Keys, Chevelle, and even Dia Frampton have been pretty intriguing, so regardless of the "bad" or "good" review, check out what we've collected in new releases this week:

Album Review: Kasabian's Velociraptor!

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Kasabian's Velociraptor! contains the greatest variety of sounds and influences the British rockers have released to date. And that level of diversity can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, the tracks are mixed just right to allow the album to remain, well, mostly connected. Overall, Velociraptor! is about action and movement. At times it feels...

Ivy: Concert Review and Photos

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Lush Hollywood venue Bardot was all about drawing out  a crowd of young beautiful people and modern sounds this past Monday evening. Themed "School Night", the rebel factor was at the Ultra notch. And with strong enough drinks, high enough spirits, and the music a sufficient enough  fusion of the two, it was a welcome place to see some acts, the up-and-coming and established alike.

Album Review: Courtship- "Eve Remixes"

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San Francisco-based indie dream pop artist Courtship released his sophomore album Eve in May. Two of the tracks from that album have been re-compiled into a 4-track remix album, Eve Remixes, that features the chimera of four separate artists/bands: :papercutz, Drop/Dead, Albert Swarm, and...

Album Review: The Wind - 'Harum Scarum'

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Long Beach band, The Wind, recently released a brave double disc that has it all. Harum Scarum’s 23 tracks aim at a mostly 60s throwback, with a quasi-circus feel, and keep up the pace of impressive musical reference, ranging from symphony nods to The Beatles and Tom Waits (in a parlor fantasy kind of way).

Sunset (without the) Junction: Photo Gallery with Art Brut, Art vs....

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What happens when a music festival is canceled just a few days prior to its commencement? A ton of angry tweets, people demanding refunds, bands with no venues to play, and an army of Hanson fans screaming shenanigans. As you may have heard Sunset Junction, the little community event that became a giant music festival, had the plug pulled just 48 hours before the function and what ensued...

Outside Lands Music Festival 2011: Saturday Photo Gallery with The...

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We safely made it through another day of the Outside Lands Music Festival but with a little added pinkness to our skin. The grey skies finally turned blue which  didn't make us sad one bit, the only thing that could do that was the realization that we would only have one more day in the majestic San Fran climate. With the sun beating down most of the day we made our way into all the tents...

Album Review: Flogging Molly's Speed of Darkness

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Flogging Molly's fifth studio album, Speed of Darkness, on the band's own label, Borstal Beat, shows the sham rock group haven't slowed down for a second. Speed of Darkness is rich with that speedy celtic anthem punk that gives Flogging Molly such a renowned live-band reputation. It is energetic and frenetic and heady with vitriol for the capital letter M Man. This record,...

Noah and the Whale at Sasquatch 2011

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The Who: Noah and the Whale (2:00 pm, Monday at the Bigfoot Stage) What you should know: There is no one named Noah or a whale in the band. The name comes from a mix of the band’s favorite film and that films director. They are a four piece group of well dressed men.

Matt and Kim at Sasquatch 2011

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The Who: Matt and Kim (7:30pm Saturday at the Bigfoot Stage) What you should know: This duo from Brooklyn, New York is only drums and keys but can fill an arena with their energy. They are an upbeat blend of pop punk infused with clips of everyone’s favorite club anthems.

American Idol: Season 10, Top 2 - Finale Recap

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Well, there you have it. That wise prophet Randy Jackson was right. Scotty was, in fact, "in it to win it," and he is now your American Idol. This is surprising to exactly nobody, unless you haven't been watching all season or you are a crazy person. I know I said that Lauren might have had a chance yesterday, but realistically, everybody knew it was going to be Scotty for the past few weeks...

Dancing with the Stars: Season 12, Week 10, 'The Finale Results' Recap

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It’s the Season 12 finale of "Dancing with the Stars" and NFL wide receiver Hines Ward is the new ballroom champ. Of course it takes two hours of music performances, encore dances from all of this seasons “stars,” and a few dramatic tape pieces to get there. Unexpectedly, Disney star Chelsea Kane finishes in third place, leaving the second spot open for Kirstie Alley, proving just how...

American Idol: Season 10, Top 2 - Previous song/ Mentor's choice/ Winner's...

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This is it, everybody. The final chance for the two finalists to put on their best puppy-dog faces and plead for our votes. For their final performances Scotty and Lauren had to sing their favorite song from a previous performance, a song by their own idols, and what will be their first single if they win. Both contestants did well, and Jennifer wore a dress that looked like it was stolen...

Albums of the Week: The Bad, The Good – Art Brut Vs. Foster The People

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It's hard to distinguish what is a "good" album and what is a "bad" album these days. Most of the time readers of these sorts of articles disagree with what is judged as "bad" and have some pointed opinions... and for good reason: there isn't a standard for what is good and what is not. Critics and reviewers who base their professional life on judging the newest album releases could easily be...

Dancing with the Stars: Season 12, Week 10, 'The Finals' Recap

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1206" - "Dancing with the Stars" celebrated Guilty Pleasures Night as each of the seven remaining couples competed -- with either a latin or ballroom style they had yet to perform -- set to the tunes of some of their favorite musical "guilty pleasures." Monday night's show also featured the first-ever Monday night performance by a live band when pop music sensations HANSON sang their fan favorite, "MmmBop," MONDAY, APRIL 25 (8:00-9:31 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.  (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR) KARINA SMIRNOFF, RALPH MACCHIO
“The Finals” have arrived on Dancing with the Stars, and to prove their worthy of the mirror ball trophy, each star must perform two new routines: a judge’s pick and the much anticipated “freestyle.” With one more dance to perform on tonight’s results finale, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane are tied at the top of the leader board and Kirstie Alley continues to bring the “cray cray”...

American Idol: Season 10, Top 3 Recap - Contestant's, Jimmy Lovine's,...

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Final three! Only one more week until a winner is crowned and two losers are sent weeping and sobbing back to obscurity. This week the contestants had to do triple duty, performing a song of their choice, a song of Jimmy's choice, and a pick by the judges. Also, Beyonce (!!!) showed up to give some words of encouragement.