On his recent hit "Open Letter," Jay-Z raps: "Politicians never did shit for me, except lie to me, distort history." He can't ever say that again, unless he tacks on a line about "and review my new album Magna Carta Holy Grail via Twitter at 40,000 feet on the way to D.C." Yep, Florida Republican ... More >>
See also "Those Darlins to Scrap EP Plans, Record Full Album with R.E.M. Producer Scott Litt." When Tennessee rock band Those Darlins opens for Best Coast at Grand Central on July 10, it's a safe bet the trio is going to get loud enough to turn your ears into sour mash. But you might be asking you ... More >>
Those Darlins, the combustable Tennessee rock band led by non-sisters Jessi and Nikki Darlin, was expected to release an EP recorded with R.E.M. producer Scott Litt, later this year. "We're not going to do an EP," Jessi Darlin tells Crossfade. "We changed our mind." Instead, Those Darlins will cont ... More >>
The Chant Two Car Mirage (Safety Net Records) The Chant's Facebook page It is no secret that I usually do these things backwards, starting with third and second releases before tackling debuts. But there's a reason for that approach: I usually do it by matter of personal acquisition. Hence why I ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Unkle LucJ. Nic$ (pronounced jay-nix) has steadily been climbing the ranks of transitioning between being a emerging artist to becoming known as an established one. With a strong foundation, he's poised to build a heavy presence in the hip-hop game in the near future. And with ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Spiff TV-Hip-hop fans can officially relax now that Rick Ross and company have released the Kanye West collabo track from Teflon Don titled "Live Fast, Die Young". The track features Kanye on the second verse as well as on the production side.Recorded in Hawaii not too long ago, ... More >>
The New PornographersTogether (Matador)It is with a grin and a nodding of heads that the New Pornographers introduce their new album, Together. Unlike their previous effort, Challengers, this album comes in like a lion, eschewing precious and academic pop tunes in favor of a more strident, yet no ... More >>
The front and back of Fela Kuti's 10-inch EP, which was a Record Store Day exclusiveSaturday was the absolutely perfect day to run around, buy records, drink a moderate amount of Strongbow cider, and consume a cornucopia of live music. Except: impressive Record Store Day events were planned for b ... More >>
Of all the outrages perpetrated at Guantanamo Bay -- which New Times explored in depth earlier this year on our visit to the prison camp in southern Cuba -- one of the strangest has to be the military's music-based "futility technique."via Wikimedia CommonsIn case you've succeeded in washing the ... More >>
Photo by Beth HommelYou know her as lead singer and all-around knockout for "Brechtian punk cabaret act" The Dresden Dolls. But now you're gonna to get to know her even better. See, she's got a new record out, her own, a new producer twiddling the nobs, and a nifty tie-in with one of the craftiest s ... More >>
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We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
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The Waterford Landing
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Rosanne Cash is the friend who will say, or sing, what you can't
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is good pop fun
Universal Truths & Cycles (Matador Records)
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Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
Tom Smith knocks Miami rock
Two members of For Squirrels die on the eve of the band's major-label debut
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It takes more than headshots and agents to get a part in a TV tire commercial. You've got to have The Look. Mine, I'd say, falls somewhere between amused and confused.
The music biz mixes and matches to line its coffers
Robert Allen vanished from Coral Gables to find something magical
Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics
Machine heads Christopher Phipps and Alex Zaitsev aim their humanity at your sound system
The musical community fights for its writes in the language of newsletters. Words up!
You can bet this Canadian band will stand behind its art