‘Silverlake Meltdown’ At Los Globos, Saturday August 30th 2014

‘Silverlake Meltdown’ At Los Globos, Saturday August 30th 2014

When about 35,000 Angelinos were roasting under the sun at Made in America festival, listening to its array of mainstream music that Jay Z calls diversity, I was in Silverlake attending the first annual end of summer party, the ‘Silverlake Meltdown’ organized by Sick City Records at Los Globos.

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Best Concerts Through August 31st, 2014

Best Concerts Through August 31st, 2014

Caroline Kole – The Bitter End – August 13th, 2014 – An almost perfect hour of modern country pop by the finest young singer to mine the much ignored genre since, well, since Taylor Swift. who she resembles in attitude and who she could could replace for a certain section of the audience, her peers and a little younger, who Taylor is slowly leaving behind or never quite had.

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rock nyc Top 29 Songs (In Order And Spotified) Through August 31st, 2014

rock nyc Top 29 Songs (In Order And Spotified) Through August 31st, 2014

Nobody handles his age with the intelligence that Leonard does in this song, because as terrible as the world is, and it is pretty horrifying stuff, but it is nowhere as blue as his own mortality and mine of course, nothing smarter this year that’s for sure.

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That Was The Week Of August 25th, 2014, That Was

That Was The Week Of August 25th, 2014, That Was

if I was in London I’d have been checking out art rocker turned hofstra Kate Bush, a singer I like much more in theory than in practice. Still, who first gig in more than decades was a theatrical event alright. Kate’s problem is the same as it ever was, she isn’t as good as I think she is.

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10 Songs: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

10 Songs: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Carousel Ride – Rubblebucket – This indie band have been around for years waiting for their dance pop to hit, and this track off the new one is a smart addictive roundabout of a track and it just might do the job; Annakalmia Traver has the voice for the job – B+

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Buzzcocks During Their Forty Year Awkward Stage

My love battery wants to charge you…I haven’t seen the Buzzcocks on stage in the better part of thirty years though I remember catching em at the Palladium on the Different Kind Of Tension tour, the Fall opened if memory serves… Man, they were great. Titus Andronicus are opening, I haven’t seen them in a couple of years after catching em around once a month at the turn of he decade. Saturday at Webster Hall

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Mathew Knowles Says The Elevator Scuffle Was A PR Stunt

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[They needed something to] ignite that tour. It’s called a ‘Jedi mind trick.’ The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of the time. So things you see, sometimes, are …. All I know is: everyone is talking about it. Ticket sales went up, Solange’s album sales went up 200% …’

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10 Songs: Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Six pack and some ice

I’ve been consistently rough on Paisley. The first time I saw him, Brad’s first album had yet to be released and he was opening for Loretta Lynn at the Town Hall. I haunted Tower records waiting for that album to be released. This song puns prettily on the bank portion of the title – A-

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X Webster Theater Hartford CT Friday August 29th, 2014 Reviewed

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This is Connecticut not New York, and this crowd hired babysitters. Lets hope the kids are at grandmas house cuz its a late night- the sad bit? X gets an hour- and nothing more with a 12:05 posted start time. And theyre running half an hour late to boot.

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Buju Banton, Reggae’s Greatest Living Singer, Gets Appeal On Drug Conviction

Set Buju Banton Free

The singer stood by while two men discussed the sale of cocaine and examined 20 kilos of the narcotic. Two days later, Banton and two other men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocain

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Interpol’s Paul Banks Speaks,… But Not To Us

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‘Have you seen us play lately? I’m a little more chipper these days. Nowadays we try to write setlists for shows and there are too many songs to choose from, which is a nice problem to have.’ Banks is even described as looking almost happy… I saw them last weekend and they didn’t say much more than ‘Thank you’

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Is Justin Townes Earle’s “Single Mothers” Gonna Be The Album Of The Year?

Fools Show Time

In 2012, and despite a lousy live show, I called Justin Townes Earle's Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now the album of the year and though we are only two songs deep into Earle's September 9th, 2014 Single Mothers, they are both masterpieces and let me go out on a limb here ...

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5 Seconds Of Penis

Callum Hood: The Mystery is Over

Poor wee Calum (I haven’t seen the vid so I am assuming the wee portion of that statement) has learnt what children understand, and what all of us understand in this post-everything moment where the only privacy that remains lies somewhere in the wrinkles of you brain and are activated through thought

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$15 Itunes Coupons From Groupon… What does This Tell Us?

Something you put in your ears only cheaper

ITunes gave away $125,000 for no reason whatsoever. Publicity? I guess you can consider it a kind of advertising, right? I mean, all the people who bought it plus all the people who wrote about it and all the people who are writing about it? It can’t be to drum up interest,

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Sting Charges Visitors To Help Him Pick His Olives And Grapes

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Start the day with a picnic on the expansive lawn and a briefing from the estate manager to help you understand your work as a farmer-for-a-day: learn about the soil, the vines and trees, and techniques for harvesting. At the end of the day pickers will be invited to taste the estate’s wine – including a £12.50 Sangiovese-based red called Message in a Bottle.

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Robert Plant Talks (Just Not to Us) (And Nothing Of Much Interest)

Robert Plant today, after drinking the blood of 10 vestal virgins

I sat with Robert Plant for a talk and when I say sat with Robert Plant for a talk what I mean nu sat for a talk is cut and pasted an interview he conducted with Lane Brown of New York Magazine and tilled it for any interest, but no stabbing Page in the back, no chariots of the gods, not a sausage

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10 Songs: Saturday, August 30th, 2014

And Then There two

I Can’t Pretend – The Drums – Quirky where the Drums used to swing, this is a strange soundscape version of one of my favorite bands and while it still has the voice, it lacks the surfness and sensibility – B

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1985 – The A+ List

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“Anything, Anything (I’ll Give You),” Dramarama. While there are plenty of songs about romantic infatuation, singer John Easdale conveys almost a life or death need for validation on “Anything, Anything.” Hormonal angst rock at its finest.

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Bruce Springsteen Writes Kids Books, Just Like Huck Finn Blues

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When Bruce wrote Outlaw Pete he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character. The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and, for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters.”

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Watch Grimes’ New Video For ‘Go’ If You Are Really Bored

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I am not a big fan of EDM music – this is the least I can say – and although Grimes is easy on the eyes, this boring rhythms and mellow pseudo-R&B melody, which could have easily been sung by any sexy hot number of the moment, do not excite me at all

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No VIPs For Savages

After the revolution brothers

I won’t go to a music festival without a VIP pass and I am not the slightest bit elitist I promise you, I just can’t see any percentage in checking out a band from a million miles away. It is all downside and if you won’t or can’t pay the freight, you won’t or can’t get close, well, what you are getting is what you paid.

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Bethany Consentino Is On Next Weezer’s Album

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I’m getting together with Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast and we’re going to write a song. You never know where these songs are going to end up but it could be on the next Weezer record.’

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CMJ 2014 Line Up: Beware Of Wytches

Be there

You know why time flies when you run a music website? Because you are always planning three months in advance and so, already, it is time to thank about CMJ’s October time of music and mayhem, thousands of bands in 100s of venues, and passes to get you through. For years I had no interest in ...

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10 Songs: Friday, August 29th, 2014

Johnny Aries bangs his drums

The difference between Johnny and his former band The Drums (I mean the Drums of the first two albums) is swing, which Aries doesn’t do enough on this the title track of his new album. But the mood? The mood is very similar – B+

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Hamish Hamilton’s “David Bowie Is” Reviewed

David Bowie Age 16: he had no one to phone someone so he picked on us

Nothing is gonna get you too close to Bowie because Bowie has never wanted you to get too close to him. Perhaps his greatest gift was to be so much to so many people while maintaining a mystery, a mystery “Is” doesn’t come close to mastering.

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