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Has there been a major female pop star in the past 20 years who dances worse than Katy Perry? Does she exist solely to make Lady Gaga look like Motown: 25-era Michael Jackson? Not even talking about her songs or her singing, the latter of which was much stronger than
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UGK founding member Pimp C passed away in 2007, but on occasion posthumous material has surfaced from the Texas hip-hop icon. In December, Mass Appeal records will release a whole record’s worth of unreleased work from the rapper/producer called Long Live the Pimp. It’ll be the first full-length collection of
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The Ottawa Sun will not take Sun Kil Moon mastermind Mark Kozelek’s latest diss track, “The Ottawa Blues Fest Is Run by Inbreds,” sitting down — even as newspaper writer Aedan Helman does, in fact, sit down. In response to the singer-songwriter’s complaints in verse about the festival’s “disorganized promoters” and subsequent canceled
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Welcome to Akon-Music/em>‘s Singles Mix! Akon-Music/em> staffers have rounded up their favorite, must-hear tracks for your personal playlists. Collecting the finest from ’90s grunge-punk queens, Northwest surf-noir singers, Swedish pop performers, and more, these are the songs you need to know right now. Active Child, “Stranger” (Vagrant) You may not have
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Who: Natasha Kmeto’s sensuous, pre-dawn R&B is not what comes to mind when one hears the term “indie act from Portland.” But the 30-year-old groove rider insists that the Oregon metropolis’ “moody, mystical, and dark feeling” suits her work just fine. Both lush and luscious, her second album Crisis balances Imma-Do-Me confidence with Imma-Do-You lust.
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We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. In the case of the past six weeks, we uncovered such missed gems as Sacred Bones’ idea of body music and Phil Elverum’s take on Mark Kozelek’s confessional style. Meanwhile, a
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Traci Lords is ever the polymath—author, actress, DJ, mother, former adult film star. And she took the occasion of the release of her new dance-music compilation, Traci Lords Presents: M2F2 (Sea to Sun), to tell us about the soundtrack to her multifarious life. What was the last thing you listened
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Demi Lovato has released a new video for the single “Confident,” and it’s an action-packed clip that certainly lives up to its name. Helmed by Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Sin City) and starring Michelle Rodriguez as the video’s antagonist, “Confident” has an ass-kicking Lovato playing a prisoner-turned-secret agent who is
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The thing that you quickly learn about Matt Mondanile while having a conversation with him about contemporary indie music: Dude is friends with everybody. Not just with the underground darlings who actually worked with him on the Real Estate guitarist’s fifth album as Ducktails (St. Catherine, out this week) but
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Years & Years’ London-based frontman Olly Alexander spent his adolescent years as an actor, but his celestial synth-pop band’s debut full-length, Communion, suggests an occupation far more holy for the wiry and waifish 24-year-old. You may remember his curly mop making an appearance as a double-crossing drug addict in Gaspar Noé’s