Punk group Hostage Calm’s latest jumbles different inspirations

Connecticut punk band Hostage Calm’s latest release, Die On Stage, tries to funnel an array of rock influences into a 10-track LP meant to celebrate “the subsequent post-millennial fatalism permeating today’s youth culture,” as described in its press release. While the album has definite political rock and anarcho-punk undertones, the Read More…

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Berkeley-bred rapper G-Eazy on the brink of fame

“From a BART train to a tour bus / Still the same game except I’m pulling more sluts / More butts, more bucks never giving more fucks,” raps Oakland-born MC G-Eazy in “Far Alone,” the second track from his new album, These Things Happen. This sets the tone for the Read More…

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A new shade of cool on Lana Del Rey album

Lana Del Rey authenticates her niche as a retro-pop act on her latest LP, “Ultraviolence,” with stronger yet less-catchy songs than on her debut studio album under the moniker Del Rey, “Born to Die.” She has traded in hip-hop sampling for a new team of producers, including the Black Keys’ Read More…

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Sam Smith gets off to solid start on debut album

Before laying down the vocals for Disclosure’s “Latch,” Sam Smith was no more than another ordinary garage band vocalist. Carving his path as a feature singer, Smith has begun to make a name for himself with his own singles, “Stay With Me” and “Money on My Mind,” both peaking at Read More…

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Cher Lloyd’s sophomore album not quite worth the break

After her first studio album, Sticks + Stones, “X Factor UK” alum Cher Lloyd has been pushing back the release date for her recent album. After much delay, Lloyd has released her sophomore album, Sorry I’m Late. Sorry I’m Late is best described as an explosive emotional roller coaster. It Read More…