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Mark Ronson “Daffodils” Review

Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker's "Daffodil"

Mark Ronson “Daffodils (featuring Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker)”   My latest obsession comes from one of my favorite producers and one of my favorite singers, but with the producer (Mark Ronson) as the main artist and singer (Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker) as the contributor. For those unfamiliar, Mark Ronson is a retro-leaning producer that has played a huge role in a number of hits and hit musicians in the past two decades, namely being a big reason for the late

Father John Misty “Bored In The USA” Review

Father John Misty "Bored In The USA" review

Satire is easy to find in visual mediums like art galleries and movie theaters, but it’s difficult to find in music. Generally we want music to be emotionally honest and expressive, and satire can certainly throw that off, but not in the case of Father John Misty. Joshua Tillman aka Father John Misty grew up in a religious, conservative family and even played in a Christian-leaning post-rock band in Saxon Shore before making a clear and defiant departure from his

Stevie Wonder Show Review

Stevie Wonder, Madison Square Garden, November 6th, 2014

Stevie Wonder Performs Songs in the Key of Life Live November 14th, 2014 United Center, Chicago, IL There are few albums more ambitious than Stevie Wonder’s 1976 double-album Songs in the Key of Life. It’s as ambitious and ornate as Sgt. Pepper’s and as diverse and wide-ranging as the White Album.  It’s exploration of life in the inner city and a divided, violent country and his idealist call for love to heal all divides transcends the period and is still

Ex Hex Review: Rips

Ex-Hex-Rips

Ex Hex Rips Sometimes you just need an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll palette cleanser. Enter female power trio Ex Hex. Led by Helium and Wild Flag’s Mary Timony, the band rips out straightforward, lovable pop rock songs in the spirit of 70’s rock staples like the Pretenders, the Ramones, and Roxy Music. At just 12 minutes and 35 minutes, Ex Hex’s debut Rips moves with swiftness and cocksureness that is hard to resist.

The 10 Best Irish Acts

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Editor’s Note: Thanks to a long-awaited return from the great Damien Rice, we thought it timely to re-post our ten favorite Irish acts. Being a quarter Irish and from a family that treats St. Patty’s day like Easter, I thought it only appropriate that I would write and advocate for the Celts in the music. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a time of year for Lucky Charms, excessive whiskey drinking, and green ketchup, we offer you up the ten

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