Review: Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

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Here’s the lowdown: if you have (and love) Father John Misty’s previous couple of albums, go ahead and buy this one too. It is good. Not quite as enjoyable as his previous ones, but good nonetheless. If, on the other hand, you’re not familiar with any Father John Misty and … Continue Reading →

Review: Leela James – Did It For Love

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Everybody doesn’t have to be the same type of artist to be successful. This is Leela James’ philosophy on the music industry she still finds challenging to navigate after over ten years in the business. Regardless, this month she releases her sixth studio album, Did It For Love, a follow-up … Continue Reading →

Review: Y’Akoto – Mermaid Blues

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The blues that the sultry Ghanaian-German songstress Y’Akoto radiates has matured into its next incarnation of musical whimsy on her third studio recording, Mermaid Blues. Whereas 2014’s Moody Blues explored the duality of her West African and European roots, this year Y’Akoto transcends the troubled seas of love and acceptance … Continue Reading →

Review: Pitbull – Climate Change

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When you survey the career trajectory of Armando “Pitbull” Perez, it’s no wonder that he spent his childhood gleaning the motivational takeaways of his mother’s Tony Robbins cassettes. After 16 years in the game, he is not slowing down. On top of several lucrative business ventures, the swaggalicious Mr. International … Continue Reading →

Review: Depeche Mode – Spirit

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Four years since the last disappointing Depeche Mode album release? Check. Generic title? Check. Bad cover design by otherwise amazing photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn? Check. Spirit has all the markings of yet another by-the-numbers Depeche Mode album, even before you hit play. But once you do, oh sweet lord, … Continue Reading →

Jessica Manning: Taking the Reins to Kick-Start her Career

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Five years ago, Swedish-born and Minneapolis-based artist Jessica Manning took the do-it-yourself approach to jumpstarting her career in entertainment by uploading videos of herself singing her favorite popular songs, covering everyone from Adele and Rihanna to Bonnie Raitt. While the most popular video received nearly 60,000 views, it was a … Continue Reading →

Review: Brian Owens & The Deacons Of Soul – Soul Of Ferguson

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If Instant Vintage or Gospeldelic are legitimate genres of music, as coined by Raphael Saadiq, then Brian Owens & The Deacons Of Soul certainly fit the bill. Returning with his third album, Soul Of Ferguson, Brian Owens continues on his mission of creating spirit-stirring and invigorating music in the glorious … Continue Reading →

Review: Amy Macdonald – Under Stars

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After an extended hiatus that had her fans salivating and chomping at the bit for new material, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald is back in action with her newly released fourth album Under Stars. For those who have been anxiously awaiting more of Macdonald’s signature blend of guitar-driven, optimistic rock and … Continue Reading →

Review: Rag’n’Bone Man – Human

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One of the biggest breakthrough artists coming out of the UK in 2016, Rag’n’Bone Man seemed to thunder onto the scene from out of nowhere with last year’s hit single “Human”, the hugely popular track after which his just-released album is named. In reality, Rag’n’Bone Man, aka Rory Graham, has … Continue Reading →

Review: Emily Estefan – Take Whatever You Want

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It’s pretty awesome when the children of legendary artists follow in their parents’ footsteps, emerging from the shadow of a notable mom or pop to forge their own path to stardom. Of course the illustrious Estefan name precedes her, but when Emily Estefan steps onto the stage, surely there are … Continue Reading →

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