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For an artist that has been so hugely influential, Kid Cudi has always seemed to exist somewhat outside of the hip-hop scene. 808’s & Heartbreak wouldn’t exist without him, and by extension, neither would Drake and the entire R&B/rap crossover genre that exists today. However, it’d be a surprise if Cudi ever featured on a...

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With a career spanning about 67 years, and more success finding its way to him even as he reaches 90, there’s no denying that Tony Bennett is a true image of success. As such, a televised special celebrating his birthday milestone makes perfect sense. Artists of all varieties, collaborators and otherwise, all came together to...

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Album Review: deadmau5 – W:/2016ALBUM/

December 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since his first studio album released just over ten years ago, Canadian-born Joel Zimmerman has advanced and engineered the rapid process of electronic dance music perhaps more so than any other conventional dance music musician. Melody spills from the core of his eighth studio record distinguishably titled W:/2016ALBUM/ in reference to a long-lasting trend of...

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Back in the holiday season of 2015, Kylie Minogue released her first Christmas album, Kylie Christmas; a 13 track selection of holiday classics and original material from Minogue, and her first spin on the seasonal album bandwagon. She’s taking another stab at it for 2016, though, but rather than releasing a new Christmas album, 2015’s...

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There’s an inherent dichotomy to the Dropkick Murphys, between the emotions the band’s sound naturally conjures, and the actual artistic aspirations the band seems to have. Their “celtic punk” style tends to be so raucous and energetic that it’s easy to get swept away in its theatrics. It sounds like drinking music, but 11 Short...

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Album Review: Code Orange – Forever

December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

At first it can seem like Code Orange make messy music. They are sold as a metalcore band, but rarely do they manage to stay within the confines of that genre for more than a minute at a time. What makes the band special and unique is that they take a style and sound that...

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For a good chunk of his career, Pete Doherty was better known for his escapades and substance abuse issues than for his creative endeavours, with his relationship with model, Kate Moss, fueling the popular media’s interest in his antics. In early 2015, it was announced that Doherty had successfully completed a stint in rehab, and...

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Donald Glover’s music as Childish Gambino has always been somewhat of an oddity, when compared to his otherwise spotless career. Glover is generally masterful at everything he does, be it comic acting, stand-up comedy, or with his new show Atlanta, creating a world of multi-faceted characters. There’s always been a depth and likability to his...

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Album Review: Garth Brooks – Gunslinger

December 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the world of contemporary country music, it is difficult to think of a bigger name than Garth Brooks, who has been a persistent feature in the musical landscape – his brief retirement in the early 2000s notwithstanding – since his self-titled début album back in 1989. Brooks has been recognised by the Recording Industry...

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Album Review: Kane Brown – Kane Brown

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In what may seem the next logical step for the neo-country music wave comes in the form of internet sensation Kane Brown’s latest and self-titled debut album. A contemporary twist on traditionalist acoustic pepperings, trusting attitudes and a vocal masculinity rooted in the history halls of southern USA. This may sound appetising and formidable, though...

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Album Review: Brooke Fraser – A Sides

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Sides is an an interesting chronicle of an artist’s slow transformation, showing Brooke Fraser’s evolution from typical folksy, Christian singer-songwriter, into a fully-fledged pop songstress. Fraser has had a hand in many of Hillsong’s bigger hits, and no matter your opinion of that particular organisation, it’s impossible to deny that she has a way...

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There is always a degree of audacity involved in releasing a double album, a touch of hubris that can just as easily break an artist as is can make them. Six album’s into her recording career, Miranda Lambert’s decision to go the double-album route with The Weight of These Wings isn’t particularly precocious, but considering...

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It is only plausible that this late into their massive music lifetime, The Rolling Stones offer a detailed and stripped back covers album consisting of their most regarded Blues music influences. Blues is best served ripened, matured and fused with a nod to history. Blue & Lonesome does just this – all presented with a...

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