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A Deep Peek at the Artwork for VIEWS by Drake

A Deep Peek at the Artwork for VIEWS by Drake

Eli Jace April 28, 2016 0

There he is. Tiny Drake sitting atop the CN Tower of the Toronto skyline taking in the views, reflecting on the city below. His legs dangle down like a kid sitting on a giant

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Deftones create new metal classic with heady “Gore”

Deftones create new metal classic with heady “Gore”

Eli Jace April 22, 2016 0

The theme of this review is consistency. For twenty years Deftones have put out consistently adept albums steeped in their own style of what could be whittled down to, in layman’s terms, as “metal.”

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Beat Poet Turned Mystic Saul Williams Shines on Martyr Loser King

Beat Poet Turned Mystic Saul Williams Shines on Martyr Loser King

James Moore April 13, 2016 Comments Off on Beat Poet Turned Mystic Saul Williams Shines on Martyr Loser King

Review by Jon C. Ireson With Saul Williams latest stream of consciousness, the beat poet, turned mystic, turned rapper, turned icon satire, turned crooner (whew!) has managed to coalesce his strengths in to an

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Iggy Pop Sweats & Burns on Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop Sweats & Burns on Post Pop Depression

Eli Jace April 6, 2016 Comments Off on Iggy Pop Sweats & Burns on Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop is the last old gnarled tree standing in the empty field of rock and roll. The flesh on his bones splits like aging oak. His low-lying bellow comes deep from the root. Last

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Rihanna turns in a near classic with ANTI

Rihanna turns in a near classic with ANTI

Eli Jace February 28, 2016 Comments Off on Rihanna turns in a near classic with ANTI

Meanwhile, in another part of the pop stratosphere, RiRi season has begun. The eighth album from Rihanna, ANTI, arrived quietly in late January. There was more written about the nauseating album cover with a

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“Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

“Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

Eli Jace January 21, 2016 Comments Off on “Blackstar” is Bowie’s everlasting wink from heaven

As I listened to David Bowie’s new album Blackstar for the first time, the artist himself, unbeknownst to me at the time, was ascending into eternity. Bowie’s 25th album, and now his last, arrived

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Top 5 Albums to Scare Your Neighbors With

Top 5 Albums to Scare Your Neighbors With

Eli Jace October 26, 2015 Comments Off on Top 5 Albums to Scare Your Neighbors With

It’s the end of October and the ghosts are marching two by two. Faces are appearing in trees. Black cats are eating dead rats in the alleys. Halloween is almost here and no one

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Reading & Leeds Festivals 2015 Preview

Reading & Leeds Festivals 2015 Preview

Conor Davies August 31, 2015 Comments Off on Reading & Leeds Festivals 2015 Preview

It’s that time of year again, when the summer is gently coming to a close, and the entirety of the UK nation prepares for the August Bank Holiday; a time otherwise known as Reading

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Young Derbyshire band aiming to be next bright act from the East Midlands

Young Derbyshire band aiming to be next bright act from the East Midlands

Conor Davies August 24, 2015 Comments Off on Young Derbyshire band aiming to be next bright act from the East Midlands

The East Midlands is a pretty fruitful region in terms of music nowadays. Leicester has Kasabian, Nottingham Jake Bugg, Indiana and Sleaford Mods, but Derby? Not a lot comes from Derby. That’s not to

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Kevin Parker slips into the “Currents” on new Tame Impala

Kevin Parker slips into the “Currents” on new Tame Impala

Eli Jace August 12, 2015 Comments Off on Kevin Parker slips into the “Currents” on new Tame Impala

If you find yourself in the ceiling-staring days after a breakup you’ll probably hug tightly with both arms Tame Impala’s new album Currents. The Australian psych-tinkerers return with their third album, a sort of

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