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Alabama Shakes shakin’ up soul

>>By Megan McCann, Guest Writer Sex, dancing, studying, smoking and sleeping are all appropriate activities for plugging in to Alabama Shakes’ “Sound & Color.” With the soft pings of its title song, “Sound & Color” lures you in from the beginning. Lead singer Brittany Howard does nothing short of crooning over the ...

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Promoter? I hardly know her!

Photo pulled from Earl Sweatshirt’s official Facebook page. Recently, there has been a trend of artists giving little to no notice for album releases. Sometimes this works in the artists’ favor, like when Beyoncé released her self-titled album to a high degree of critical acclaim and sold more than 800,000 copies on iTunes. But ...

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Tidal for all (kind of)

Jay-Z made the news recently after acquiring Swedish music streaming company Aspiro for $54 million. Aspiro is an umbrella corporation housing music streaming services WiMP and Tidal, the latter of which Jay-Z is planning on branding as a contender with music streaming monopoly Spotify. If Tidal does well, it will be for one ...

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“You gotta hold on” (for more album releases)

It’s not April yet, but it’s close enough for me, so let’s talk album releases. The Alabama Shakes are finally releasing more music. It’s been almost three years since the confident and boisterous “Boys & Girls” was released, and after a relatively quiet 2014, the Shakes are back in full swing ...

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From drunk tennis to monkey costumes: The 5 most ridiculous music videos

There are many different things that supplement an artists’ music, like the cover art, music videos and even a screenplay in Childish Gambino’s case. But music videos in particular are important, because they’re the most visually striking elements at a commercial musician’s disposal. I’ve highlighted five of the most ridiculous and silly ...

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I’ve heard it through the grapevine (for almost 50 years)

Recently, Marvin Gaye’s estate made headlines when they were speculated to be in talks to sue Pharrell Williams for similarities between Williams’ 2014 hit song “Happy” and Gaye’s 1965 song “Ain’t That Peculiar.” This follows a long legal battle between Gaye’s estate and Williams and Robin Thicke, who were accused of plagiarizing Gaye’s song ...

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