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REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘E•MO•TION’

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: E•MO•TION
Genre: Pop

We live in a very saturated world. One filled with the over-commercialization of art, trends, clothing, technology, everything. When something takes off, it soars to a point far beyond want, desire, or demand, but, within this generalization of “needing” too much, there is a romanticism buried beneath the “stuff” imposed on us, living within simplistic, exaggerated, fun.

I speak of this with direct correlation to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s third album, and total banger, E•MO•TION. Pop usually isn’t my cup of tea, and I am surely put off by the half-assed, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mistress America’ Is Not To Be Missed

Film: Mistress America
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have outdone themselves yet again.

Mistress America is the pinnacle of Baumbach’s career up to this point, and it’s only suiting that time come in a work created with, not to mention starring, his equally talented spouse. It’s funny and heartfelt, with just enough dramatic weight to keep things grounded while the level of absurdity rises to heights the still young-filmmaker has never before explored, and it all relies on a career-best performance from the ever-infallible Gerwig.

James Shotwell is the

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‘Pay The Ghost’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage + Horror = Must See

After years of genre line with numerous direct-to-DVD/VOD titles, Nicolas Cage is finally stepping into the world of horror with the first trailer for Pay The Ghost.

I’m not going to lie to you. Some of what you’re about to see will feel a bit familiar. Pay The Ghost is essentially a play on the same idea that makes films like Insidious or Poltergeist terrify the living shit out of us, and that is the notion that spirits can and will steal innocent souls to fulfill some ancient prophecy we in 2015 have no idea even exists. In this …

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Trivium Release “Until The World Goes Cold” Video

We still have over a month until Trivium drop their new studio album, but that isn’t stopping the metal titans from sharing another single from the highly-anticipated release.

Showcasing a mid-tempo side from Silence In The Snow, “Until The World Goes Cold” is as close to a power ballad as Trivium will ever release. That isn’t to say it’s a love song, but it does swing a big emotional hammer with driving guitars and Matt Heafy’s powerful vocals. I dare say this is the best he has sounded when singing, and it makes me excited to hear what …

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Parkway Drive Debut Evolved Sound On “Crushed”

Parkway Drive have shared the second single off their upcoming fifth studio album.

Arriving complete with music video accompaniment, just like the band’s last single, “Crushed” premiered online Monday afternoon following a Sunday night premiere on the Triple J radio show. The song showcases an evolved sound for the band, which finds the aggression of their earlier work met with an ever-so-slight alternative edge. It’s not quite mainstream metal, but it does have broad(er) appeal.

The video for “Crushed” finds the members of Parkway Drive falling prey to the torture of the gods. Trapped in a cage that helps …

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Fall (Back) In Love With Ben Rector’s New Single, “Paris”

Coming off a very successful tour with NEEDTOBREATHE, Ben Rector has shared an ode to the city of lights you won’t soon forget.

“Paris” tells the story of Rector’s runaway vacation with his wife, and the accompanying video features footage from their trip. It’s a love song born out of true love in a city known for romance that comes complete with a hook you’ll be humming for days. A more perfect combination of feel-goodness could not be imagined. You can experience the song below.

Rector is essentially the undisputed love song champion of the indie underground. To hear …

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That ‘Free’ Miley Cyrus Album May Not Be What You Expect

Miley Cyrus has yet to officially announce her fifth studio album, but already the pop star has found herself at the center of yet another media frenzy.

Cyrus has been planning for some time to release her new studio album for free. According to manager Adam Leber, the pop diva was even willing to buy out her record deal to make it happen. “If RCA wasn’t down the gratis plan, she was prepared to buy herself out of the label,” he told Marie Claire. Such a move should be grounds for a history making event. Never before has a …

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Lana Del Rey Keeps It Simple On “Terrence Loves You”

Bow down, everyone. The queen is back with more good music for her people to enjoy.

Heartache is one of the cornerstones of Lana Del Rey‘s music. Just like men who believe themselves to be rebellious bad-asses and the unshakable itch to smoke weed by the sea, heartache is one of the things that makes the music of Lana Del Rey pop, and her latest single reminds us just how good feeling low can sound.

“Terrence Loves You” is a track about the end of a romance that the storyteller, Lana, still clings to with all her might. …

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Trivium May Be Preparing To Release Their Best Album Yet

Here’s a harsh truth that is tough for any industry professional to accept: Lasting more than five years in music today is an accomplishment for artists in any genre, but managing to stay relevant while changing your sound is something only a select few ever pull off. Trivium, for better or worse, have done exactly as they pleased for over a decade and fans have stuck by their side through it all. If the group’s latest singles are any signs of what lies on the horizon, it seems longtime supporters may be on the verge of hearing the album …

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Julia Nunes Mends Broken Hearts With “Something Bad”

Julia Nunes is the kind of musical sensation that can only exist in the new millennium. You may not be familiar with her music, but if that’s true it’s likely due more to the amount of time you’ve spent on YouTube than her marketing efforts. Nunes leveraged the world’s largest video platform to build an audience from the ground up, and along the way she won the hearts of many influential industry pros, including the ever-amazing Ben Folds. Her new album is just a little under a month away, and earlier this week Nunes shared a video for one of …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is Surprisingly Tame

Film: Straight Outta Compton
Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins
Directed by: F. Gary Gray

Straight Outta Compton is a lot of fun until it’s not.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Straight Outta Compton opens with a visceral depiction of life in South Central Los Angeles at a time when tension between police and the citizens of Compton was beginning to boil over into national headlines. Eazy-E, then just another street dealer trying to get by, is seen fleeing from police in the middle of a drug raid. Dr. Dre, otherwise known to family and friends as Andre, is looking …

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Lana Del Rey Seeks Privacy In “High By The Beach” Video

The queen is back, everyone. Go ahead and forget about those young pop star wannabes because Lana is back and ready to take her place atop the mainstream music throne.

Just days after finding herself wrapped up in the immediate viral success of her new single “High By The Beach,” Lana Del Rey has returned to global headlines with the song’s official video. The clip, which was shot on a yacht somewhere in the middle of the ocean, finds LDR doing her best to lay low from pesky paparazzi. Her efforts ultimately do not pay off, but that’s …

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