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Kaiser Chiefs educate with striking melodies

It smells like Leeds. It sounds like boots running through a gray alley in 1974, resonating through the puddles. It tastes like struggle and strength. Welcome to the factory that the Kaiser Chiefs have created in Education, Education, Education & War. The British band’s fifth studio album starts with unidentifiable Read More…

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A no-contest success from La Dispute

As the first release from their newly established label, Better Living Records, La Dispute’s Rooms of the House sounds just like home. Famous for their spoken word-style lyrics, La Dispute trudges into new territory, displaying a wide range of musical influences while staying true to their storytelling roots. From the Read More…

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Giving a sense of growth in Foster the People’s new album

In January, Foster the People announced the upcoming release of their new album, Supermodel. Fans hoping for a carbon copy of Torches, the band’s debut album, with its infectious beats and ultracatchy lyrics may be disappointed, as the band has graduated from its formulaic pop jingles to songs with instrumental and lyrical Read More…

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Warpaint’s dreamy second album clouds listeners

Listening to Warpaint’s sophomore venture, the self-titled Warpaint, feels like floating through a sea of smoke and muted lights — it’s all very pretty and you get lost in the environment, but there are times when it might have helped a bit to have some guidance. Their music is beautiful Read More…

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‘Britney Jean’ is no one’s lover

“Work Bitch” was not, in fact, said by Jesse Pinkman, but by veteran pop singer Britney Spears, and is the title of her latest single. The song appears as part of her latest album, Britney Jean, released Tuesday. Britney Jean doesn’t do too much to excite or innovate — the Read More…

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Jake Bugg’s ‘Shangri La’ defies comparison

Jake Bugg’s music has been compared to that of legends Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly. And while that might have been true of his eponymous debut album, his sophomore work, Shangri La, is more Bugg than Bob. Adding to his folksy vibe, which he perfected with the release Read More…