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“Wings Over America” by Paul McCartney and Wings

“Wings Over America” by Paul McCartney and Wings

Despite the plethora of personal and financial problems The Beatles faced in the twilight of their years together, creativity was never an issue. Paul McCartney, the de-facto leader of the group after the 1966 death of manager Brian Epstein, did his best to steer The Beatles into interesting and creative ventures in the face of […]

“Magna Carta Holy Grail” by Jay-Z

“Magna Carta Holy Grail” by Jay-Z

It’s been about a year since we heard new material from Jay-Z but only five years since those materials came from a single album. Earlier this summer, Samsung bought almost three minutes of air-time during the NBA Finals to debut their partnership with Jay-Z by releasing a Magna Carta Holy Grail app in anticipation of […]

“Give In” by ON AND ON

“Give In” by ON AND ON

Wow: the three letters that best describe this ON AN ON album debut, Give In. The remaints of Chicago indie band Scattered Trees teamed up with Broken Social Scene and Los Campesinos! producer Dave Newfield and put together a beautiful yet melancholy indie rock album–in three weeks. The album’s theme is coping with death and […]

“Volume 3″ by She and Him

“Volume 3″ by She and Him

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 […]

“Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“Mosquito” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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”

“Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros”

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 […]

“Yeezus” by Kanye West

“Yeezus” by Kanye West

“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 […]

‘Stuck In Love’ Soundtrack

‘Stuck In Love’ Soundtrack

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 […]

“One True Vine” by Mavis Staples

“One True Vine” by Mavis Staples

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 a Tidal Wave of Mystery” by Capital Cities

“In a Tidal Wave of Mystery” by Capital Cities

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 […]

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