“Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” updates one of her most beloved albums, providing nostalgia for older fans while releasing songs that are new to everyone.
Rap music is the sound of a people, and the sound of a generation. Rap is the voice of hip-hop. Rising as the sound of New York in the 60s, black and brown youth used this art form as a means to respond to the world around them, be it racism, destitution and urban brutality among other issues.
There’s really no other place that the six-piece band The Head and the Heart could hail from besides Seattle. Its particular take on subdued indie folk sounds like it was made to be listened to with a mug of something warm while watching a rainstorm outside the window.
Songs to Download: “Rude Customer,” “Strange Tidings” For Fans Of: The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines The last time Albert Hammond, Jr. released a solo album, The Strokes were still the face of New York City rock ’n’ roll and Hammond was still the guy from The Strokes with the crazy hair.
It seems ironic that just a week before releasing its fifth LP, “Negativity,” Deer Tick celebrated the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s infamous third album with a front-to-back cover of “In Utero.” Since Kurt Cobain’s death, music scholars and coked-up Nirvana groupies alike have looked to “In Utero” as the ultimate display of teenage angst and youth rebellion.
After a ten-day media blitz including appearances on “Ellen” and Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, Justin Bieber finally dropped his new single “Boyfriend.” Twitter went crazy. Hashtags for every minute of the countdown trended (#5minutestoboyfriend, for example). It shot to No. 1 on iTunes, where it has remained.
Madonna returns from a four-year break this year with her 12th studio album, but this return comes more with a fizzle than with a bang. From the legend who gave us classics like “Material Girl,” “Express Yourself” and “Like a Prayer,” the oh-so-wittily titled “MDNA” only manages to fall flat. The problem with “MDNA” is not that it is completely atrocious.
Denver-based pop-rock band The Fray is known for its massive choruses, catchy hooks and lead singer Isaac Slade’s heart-wrenching vocals. With the release of The Fray’s third album, “Scars and Stories,” it seems that not much has changed.
Aubrey Drake Graham, more commonly known as Drake, has now almost become rap royalty. Many major hip-hop and R&B artists have collaborated with him, and his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” sold a million and a half copies with only one top 10 single.
After being absent from the charts since the 2008 release of “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends,” Coldplay has certainly come back with a bang. Frontman Chris Martin described “Mylo Xyloto” as a concept album, referring to it as “a love story in a big, scary city.” Even if you don’t understand what it all means, however, there’s no denying that it works.
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