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REVIEW: PVRIS – ‘White Noise’

Artist: PVRIS
Album: White Noise
Genre: Alternative
Label: Rise Records

Fleeting: that moment when a new artist steals your heart. You’re not asked nicely if you want your emotions thrown into a record and tossed around like a load of laundry; you’re not given a ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when your spirit is lifted from the ground and sent into a world you previously didn’t know — induced by a series of songs so powerful that it can give you the shakes or shivers…it can send tears down your cheeks. It doesn’t ask for an invitation. No, when a life-changing …

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Dissecting “How About Now” And The World’s Ongoing Obsession With Drake

On Sunday night, something incredibly unexpected happened for the second time in two months: A track rumored to be off Drake’s upcoming album Views From The 6 found its way online through a source other than the rapper and his management team.

The song, titled “How About Now,” was first uploaded to the internet by a 17-year-old fan from Georgia, and as far as I’ve found, no explanation for how he came to be in possession of the unreleased material has surfaced, aside from a comment that it was an “exclusive leak.” It doesn’t really matter …

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Gwen Stefani Returns With New Single “Baby Don’t Lie”

This may seem almost impossible to believe, but eight long years have passed since Gwen Stefani released any new material. For a short time she was the reigning queen of alternative pop, but then her focus switched to family and though we were sad we could not complain.

Today, Gwen Stefani is back in music headlines with the release of a new single titled “Baby Don’t Lie.” The song is built on thick waves of anthemic synth, which Stefani uses to craft a story about romance and deception that harkens back to her previous hits while delivering a decidedly more …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fury’ Offers A Haunting and Thrilling Vision Of World War II

Film: Fury
Starring: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman
Directed By: David Ayer

Fury is a violent film about bad men doing bad things in the heart of Nazi-occupied Germany at the tail end of World War II. It’s the complete opposite of a feel-good film, but it just might be one of the year’s best cinematic experiences.

The men who inhabit the tank known as Fury are not a group of people you would normally think to pair together. You have a fearless leader who’s seen it all, the war-worn young man clinging to the hope that God has good plans …

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REVIEW: Kingdom Of Giants – ‘Ground Culture’

Artist: Kingdom Of Giants
Album: Ground Culture
Genre: Metalcore
Label: InVogue Records

I have enjoyed listening to Kingdom Of Giants for a few years now. Though I do like their EP and debut full-length, they weren’t a band that I thought I’d consider “best of the year” material. It’s nothing against them personally – I love their music, I was just never stunned by it. That has changed though, as they absolutely destroyed my impression of them with Ground Culture. Dana switched up his singing style and the instruments have a more full, well-rounded sound. It’s apparent from the …

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REVIEW: Forever Came Calling – ‘What Matters Most…’

Artist: Forever Came Calling
Album: What Matters Most…
Genre: Pop Rock, Pop-Punk
Label: Pure Noise Records

Forever Came Calling‘s sophomore effort, What Matters Most, is a blistering and dynamic effort of pure emotion — a testimony delivered by a band that deserves to be the next biggest act in pop-punk.

The record could easily be categorized as a form of lost art, a beginning-to-end piece of balanced work that fails to lose momentum or vigor throughout its entire duration. It’s the type of record bands in the scene were producing years ago. It’s not laced with singles and …

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REVIEW: Florida Georgia Line – ‘Anything Goes’

Artist: Florida Georgia Line
Album: Anything Goes
Genre: Country/Pop

Filled from front to back with anthems for a generation of music fans that grew up with a cornfield in their backyard and the internet in their pocket, Anything Goes solidifies Florida Georgia Line as an unstoppable force in the world of music.

If Here’s To The Good Times ushered in an age where phrases like ‘bro country’ are thrown around in regards to music sub-genres, Anything Goes proves Florida Georgia Line are capable of writing about things far more meaningful than parties. They still write about those as well, of …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – “Immortals”

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Song: “Immortals
Album: Big Hero 6 OST

Less than a month after surprising fans with the release of their infectious single “Centuries,” the men of Fall Out Boy have returned with the debut of yet another new song.

Titled “Immortals,” the latest track from Chicago’s pop rock kings is not a promotional single doubling as FOB’s attempts to sell a Save Rock And Roll follow-up, but rather an original contribution to the upcoming Disney film Big Hero 6. We highlighted the track multiple times through social media yesterday, but just in …

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REVIEW: Mary Lambert – ‘Heart On My Sleeve’

Artist: Mary Lambert
Album: Heart On My Sleeve
Genre: Pop
Label: Capitol Records

Mary Lambert was virtually unknown to those outside of the Seattle area until she teamed up with fellow Washingtonians Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to release “Same Love.” It’s likely because of that successful partnership she was able to leap forward in her career and get to work on her debut full-length album. For those of us who were not familiar with her music before the release of that single, it was a welcomed introduction. Now the time has finally come, and we have her debut effort in …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Nymphomaniac Uncut’ Is Lars Von Trier’s Best Work

Film: Nymphomaniac Uncut
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directed By: Lars Von Trier

A year after releasing a distributor approved version of his finest work to date, filmmaker Lars Von Trier has finally shared the unflinching and completely uncut vision of Nymphomaniac with audiences worldwide.

There was never anything wrong with the version of Nymphomaniac that began to make its way through North America in winter 2013, but the two-part affair was not the film Lars Von Trier wanted audiences to experience. It was close, but not entirely complete. Nymphomaniac Uncut fills in the missing segments, offering more metaphors and gratuitous sex …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Automata’ Delivers A Familiar Story With Unforgettable Visuals

Film: Automata
Starring: Antonio Banderas
Directed By: Gabe Ibáñez

Robots have once again broke the protocols man set for them in the new film Automata.

Starring Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan, Automata takes place in the not too distant future. Life on Earth has taken its typical dystopian turn, causing the worldwide population to dwindle to a mere 21 million. To aide us in our survival, mankind develops robots to build the machines needed to help sustain life on Earth and Jacq makes a living checking up on reports of faulty machines across his bustling city. These calls range …

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REVIEW: Hoodie Allen – ‘People Keep Talking’

Artist: Hoodie Allen
Album: People Keep Talking
Genre: Hip-hop

After half a decade of free tracks, mixtapes, and a slew of critically acclaimed EPs, Hoodie Allen is finally sharing his long-awaited debut album with the world. To say the results were worth the wait would be a massive understatement.

People Keep Talking is the culmination of countless miles, thousands of fans, millions of streams, and several years of hard work. Hoodie Allen, known to his mother as Steven Adam Markowitz, has been crisscrossing the globe since 2009 with a unique take on urban music that challenges the white boy rapper …