Cali Swag District: THE KICKBACK

Party rap acts are a dime a dozen these days. Without a fresh flow, creative beats or some sort of gimmick, it’s hard for an artist to stand out in a sea of Ke$ha and Lil’ Wayne knock-offs. For Inglewood’s Cali Swag District, this gimmick was undoubtedly their resident dancer
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The Cool Kids: WHEN FISH RIDE BICYCLES

After many delays and — as Chuck Inglish put it — some time in “record label jail,” the Cool Kids have finally released their debut studio album, When Fish Ride Bicycles. The hip-hop duo of Inglish and Mikey Rocks have laid down their beats and raps, and the result is…good.
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Parson Red Heads display fiery energy in New Parish

Cheers and beers were all around at the New Parish Thursday night, as the Parson Red Heads and Alela Diane & Wild Divine coerced concert goers into a rip-roaring premature weekend bash. Unadulterated joy poured forth onto the streets of Oakland from the groovy hub of swaying limbs and carefree
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Digitalism: I LOVE YOU, DUDE

As the electronic music scene continues to explode into just about every other genre, it’s hard to imagine that it has any naysayers left. But if it does, Digitalism’s latest effort I Love You, Dude is sure to convert them. The German DJ duo employs heavy bass lines, unplugged vocals,
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Brian Eno: DRUMS BETWEEN THE BELLS

Spoken word and keyboards are a combo made in nap heaven. Whether you’re tired from a long day at the office or catching up on some z’s in between exams, everyone could use some relaxing, subtle music to nod off to. English producer-extraordinaire Brian Eno’s latest record, Drums Between the
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Doorway to Norway

Brimming with poignant melodies and boyish charm, Sondre Lerche exerted a flawless control over GAMH last Tuesday night.

Armed with a guitar and a winsome smile, Sondre Lerche was well prepared to capture the hearts of fans with his show at the Great American Music Hall on Tuesday night. The Norwegian singer-songwriter has made a name for himself with his smooth blend of pleasing harmonies and soulful vocalizations.
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The Postelles exude playfulness and raw charm at Rickshaw Stop

It’s not difficult to imagine the cheerful smiles of the Postelles adorning the walls of a fourteen-year-old girl. Not in the way that Justin Bieber or the Jonas Brothers festoon a tween’s binder. But they are the type of band whose lighthearted rock and happy-go-lucky image recall a more innocent
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Beyonce: 4

Despite the current reign of Lady Gaga, for the last 10 years, pop music has been overshadowed by one name and one incredibly buoyant booty. Now with four solo albums to her credit, Beyonce has managed to maintain her position as the chart-topping diva of pop by making not only
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Selena Gomez & the Scene: WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Like her former BFF Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez is the most recent of Disney starlets to hit the tabloid covers. Recently hospitalized for that perennial celebrity ailment ― “exhaustion” ― and as the girlfriend of the new pop prince, Justin Bieber, Gomez is almost certainly more notable for her personal
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