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It’s pretty easy to criticize Zooey Deschanel for being the stereotypical manic pixie girl, especially considering her relentless quirkiness, her “adorkable” television show, and the cutesy pop music she makes with M. Ward and their band, She and Him. While it seems unfair to criticize someone for being, erm, too pleasant, what are you gonna [...]
It’s been thirteen years since the indie/punk/rock (and a million other vague genres that don’t adequately describe their sound) Yeah Yeah Yeahs exploded onto the alternative music scene. If you can believe it. It seems like just yesterday that their hit “Maps” was creeping onto the airwaves of alt. radio stations as the bad suddenly [...]
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are releasing their third album in just four years. Following Up From Below and last year’s Here, this self-titled LP seems to be the quintessential Edward Sharpe album as it’s filled with enchanting melodies, various “unusual” instruments, the crooning voices of Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos, and lyrics that talk [...]
“Yeezy season approaching / f*ck whatever y’all been hearin’ / f*ck wha- f*ck whatever y’all been wearin’ / A monster about to come alive again.” With these words, Kanye West introduces to us his sixth solo studio album, Yeezus, and while his brash attitude and arrogance (or self-love, depending on your stance) are intact, it [...]
There’s one major ingredient required for solidifying an indie film as a favorite in the hearts of fans, and that’s a killer soundtrack. ‘Stuck in Love,’ a new movie starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell, and more, follows a troubled family on their quest to understand love—a divorced writer struggling to raise [...]
Mavis Staples has been singing gospel and R&B for over 60 years. She began at age 13 as part of the Staples Singers with her father and siblings, and eventually released her first solo album in 1969. One True Vine is the thirteenth studio album she’s released since then as well as her second collaboration [...]
In 2009, Ryan Merchant responded to Sebu Simonian’ Craigslist ad and the two began writing jingles together. When their success in jingle-writing led to the formation of Capital Cities in 2011, no one could have predicted the duo’s first full-length album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery, would become one of the most exciting debuts [...]
The magnetic sound of the piano, cynical yet sensitive core of their lyrics, and the killer performances Ben Folds Five delivers to long-time fans as well as new, is now compiled in a full fifteen live track album, simply self-titled Live. Returning from a long hiatus in 2011, the rock-pop trio, comprised of Ben Folds on [...]
Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man is the WERS July Album of the Month!
The Boston Strong Music Project is the WERS June Album of the Month!