2012

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Azealia Banks Finally Drops Her Debut Album, ‘Broke With Expensive Taste,’ and It’s Amazing

At long last, it’s finally here. After two years of label changes, Twitter feuds, and hip-hop drama, Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has dropped her debut LP, Broke With Expensive Taste. The surprise release sees Azealia Banks on top of her game and, surprisingly, it was well worth the wait.

Opener “Idle Delilah” starts things off right. The album is filled with all sorts of sly, infectious beats that see Banks rapping over them with ease while phone beeps, salsa twists, and guests spots are sprinkled throughout. Previously heard hits “212,” “Heavy Metal Reflective,” and “Yung

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Grimes Scraps New Album Because Fans Don’t Like “Go”

Grimes is all over the internet, and the internet is all over Grimes. The 26-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter is known to speak freely with fans online, speak up against drugs, and put down her foot in discussions regarding sexism. There’s a thin wall between her and her audience, but now those very fans are keeping themselves from getting a new record from the artist.

As SPIN points out, the negative responses to her new single “Go,” which was originally created for and rejected by Rihanna, has led to Grimes scrapping the material that would go on to …

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HOLY SH!T: ‘Deadpool’ Movie Test Footage Leaks Online

In a world overrun with superhero films it seems a little strange that Deadpool, otherwise known as the merc with the mouth, has yet to be given his own film. It’s true he’s a little more violent and a lot more profane than your typical hero, but after witnessing the footage we’re about to share I think you too will be demanding a big screen Wade Wilson adventure in the near future.

20th Century FOX has owned the rights to Deadpool for a while, and around 2010 they began to plan a solo film for the long-running comic hero. The …

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the …

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OM Announce Fall Tour Dates

Last we heard from experimental drone metal band OM, they were touring in support of their excellent fifth album, Advaitic Songs, in 2012. The Drag City release saw them growling their best behind a wave of black shirts and deadpan stares like they do best. Now the trio will be hitting the road again for a short US tour this fall, presumably covering a range of their material.

Their dates kick off in Boston on October 2 at The Sinclair and see them traveling through New England all the way to Minneapolis and Kentucky in a little over a …

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Beck’s ‘Song Reader’ Finally Gets an Album… and Every Cool Musician Is On It

Back in 2012, Beck put out Song Reader. It was his first set of new solo songs since 2008′s Modern Guilt, a whopping 20 tracks long, and… only sheet music? He created an album that he wanted fans to create themselves, giving everyone the lyrics and sheet music (tempo and notes included) to find out what the songs sounded like. The material has been performed sparsely at some concerts, but that’s about it. Well, until now.

Song Reader will now be released as an album on July 29 via Warby Parker (like the glasses) and Capitol Records. Even cooler …

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REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’

Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Jagjaguwar

Sharon Van Etten is a rarity among musicians. The New Jersey native will step onstage and squabble with her three-piece backing band, combining nervous jokes with a half-snort laugh that would probably get a kid bullied in middle school. She’s a bit clumsy, somewhat outspoken, and always innocently honest. It’s been five years since she began twirling around the music scene, cutting herself open again and again for her songs, yet despite the continual applause she’s gotten onstage and off, Etten has always …

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Andrew Bird Announces New Album and Tour

Violin and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird has been dropping new releases somewhat quietly in the past few years, and they’ve each had their own sweet charm. First there was 2012′s Hands Of Glorythen there was 2013′s I Want to See Pulaski at Night; now he’s returning with a covers album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

The longstanding folk duo The Handsome Family and Townes Van Zandt will get to hear their material covered on the full-length album due out June 3. Considering he covered “The Giant of Illinois” on compilation album Dark Was

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Watch Taking Back Sunday’s “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” Performance From the TAYF10 DVD

Taking Back Sunday have released the DVD version of “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” from their tour for the 10th anniversary of Tell All Your Friends. The footage is from their stop at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom. You can watch the video below after the jump.

Steady camerawork and crisp audio in the video (thanks, technology) make for what I imagine is a nearly perfect live tour DVD. Although considering what a big hit this is for the band, the crowd is pretty calm. But then again, I think they’re all too squished together from the sellout show to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nancy, Please

Movie: Nancy, Please
Director: Andrew Semans
Writer: Will Heinrich, Andrew Semans
Studio: Small Coup Films

A simple case of writers block spirals out of control in slow motion in this drama laced with black humor.

We all know what it is like to feel stuck. Whether it is a paper you are having trouble writing for school, a painting you do not know how to finish, or even where to start on fixing your old car, we have all been there at some point. At it’s core, this is what Nancy, Please is all about, and that makes it a …

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Ke$ha Goes From Bad To Worse; Adds Pitbull To “Crazy Kids” Remix

Last week we brought you a stream of Ke$ha’s “Crazy Kids” remix featuring club-rap phenomenon Will.i.am. The track was, to put it lightly, panned across the board by critics and fans alike. People love Ke$ha’s care-free brand of music, but the addition of Will.i.am.’s referential musical styling was one no one wanted to hear. So what do you do when you superstar-studded remix flops? Simple. Release another version, only this time featuring someone people will [hopefully] want to hear.

The latest remix of “Crazy Kids” hit the net this morning and instead of Will.i.am boasts a new verse from …

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Thursday Frontman Geoff Rickley Blogs ‘The Nine Circles of Vans Warped Tour’

Warped Tour is a unique experience for every individual at each and every date. Whether you’re a fan, band member, crew member, or person who managed to sneak in, your time at Warped is unquestionably different than everyone else who attends any given date. However, after you’ve attended or performed on the tour for a few years you begin to notice patterns, pitfalls, and other oddities. Sometimes those observations make their way to the public, and such is the case with this story.

Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley spent half of last Summer on Van’s Warped Tour performing acoustic. Though it …