Warmed up for a winter tour: A Q&A with Sweater Beats

When Antonio Cuna — who performs under the name Sweater Beats — emerged onto the electronic music scene, Cuna brought with him a bevy of influences from a diverse background. Cuna was born in the Philippines and later moved to the suburbs of Maryland, where he grew up listening to
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R. Kelly’s ‘Buffet’ tastes unsavory, bland

Whether you have plans for the holidays or you don’t, you may or may not want to stop by The Buffet, a sonic smorgasbord only R. Kelly could deliver. With his 13th album, fans are bound to find satisfaction from ingenious lyrics, if nothing else. The album kicks off with
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Rising star Phoebe Ryan opens up to The Daily Californian

After beginning her career as a songwriter, Phoebe Ryan is now ready to emerge as a solo artist. The Los Angeles-based performer has breathy pop vocals similar to those of Tove Lo and Ellie Goulding, and her tracks feature layered synths and textures atop her voice. She describes her music
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The best of R. Kelly’s ‘hip-hopera’

R. Kelly is not only dropping his “Black Panties” these days. The so-called king of R&B is also releasing new chapters of his long-running hip-hopera, “Trapped in the Closet,” in 2014 on IFC. Arguably, one of the greatest moments in pop culture happened when “Trapped” debuted in 2005. Kelly pioneered
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Weekend Watchlist: “Gravity,” “Harold and Maude,” R.Kelly

If you’re like me, that new-school-year excitement is probably beginning to wear off and that wtf-this-school-stuff-is-really-hard-work feeling is settling in. You don’t really have time to go to the movies, but…you’ll probably do it anyways. Check out this week’s picks if you’re in need of a quick break from midterm
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R. Kelly: Write Me Back

R. Kelly has been a man of many faces for the better part of two decades. As a singer, songwriter, producer and all-around freak, Kelly rarely shies away from risqué topics. Unfortunately, this unique mixture sometimes leads to uneven results with embarrassing tracks like “Sex Planet” and “The Zoo.” After
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