• 8Ball & MJG: Southern Legends

    by • on Mar 23, 07 • in albums, Rap • with No Comments

    8Ball & MJG “Ridin’ High” 3/5 Narks Two guys that have been consistently heating up the underground in South are 8Ball & MJG. I first heard about them in middle school and have always appreciated the way they verbally spar with each other on their albums. With each album (9 so far), the duo has been just short of worldwide acclaim (one solo was even titled, “Almost Famous”). 8ball & MJG gained more pop-cred when they joined their Tennessee counterparts Three-Six Mafia & Young Buck on one of last years classics “Stay Fly”. Their tireless

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  • Arcade Fire: Hauntingly Good

    by • on Mar 21, 07 • in albums, Indie • with 1 Comment

    Arcade Fire “Neon Bible” 5/5 Narks Though I haven’t heard their 1st album, the heavily lauded The Funeral, Arcade Fire’s latest album has been so highly anticipated I couldn’t ignore it. It has been featured on every blog, column and radio show imaginable. At first, I was a bit hesitant to check out Arcade Fire. I thought they would be a bit too dark for my taste, but that happens to be one of the band’s strong points. Albums that have this much to live up to usually don’t quite deliver the goods (see The

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  • Recovery Post: 'Bright'en Up

    by • on Mar 19, 07 • in Alt Country • with No Comments

    What can I say, an insane week in Acapulco followed by a birthday bonanza/St. Patty’s Day extravaganza doesn’t leave a lot of brain cells left for blog material. Here’s the recovery post… For the most part, there are some artists that you love or hate. There isn’t an in-between. You either check for everything they put out or avoid it. Bright Eyes had previously fell into the “hate” category for me. Although I applaud almost anyone who tries a variety of different of sounds and is constantly evolving, I found his music a little too

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  • Spring Break '07: Ann St. Takes Acapulco

    by • on Mar 1, 07 • in Rap • with No Comments

    Its officially, I have almost no motivation left for work now. My colorful flowcharts are beginning to take the form of a bright yellow sun (print buys), a crisp dark blue ocean (outdoor boards) and a cool, tan glass of Corona (direct mail campaigns). The endless lines of numeric code all seem to read like flight numbers and times in the billing system. My Designated Marketing Area map in my cube seems to have morphed into the shape of Mexico. This can only mean one thing….Spring Break in Acapulco with Drew, Laura, Gigs, Philbin and

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  • Anathallo: An Unexpected Find

    by • on Feb 24, 07 • in Indie Pop • with No Comments

    The best thing about being open to new music, is that you often hear it when you least expect it. For example, I was told about Mt. Pleasant, Michigan based Anathallo when I got a haircut a month ago. The band consists of 8 members and play a variety of instruments including the underrated flugellorn. Their myspace profile lists “A Floating World” as their latest album and they have been invited to perform at the Coachella Festival in Indigo, California (the list of bands playing is comparable if not to Bonnaroo). Check out the conclusion

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  • Idlewild: Not OutKasts

    by • on Feb 24, 07 • in Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Another great band I recently heard on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio One show is Idlewild. Citing influences such as Blur and Nirvana, Idlewild’s sound has found homes on indie rock playlists as well as success on the British pop charts. The band hopes not be confused with the movie/album released by OutKast last summer when they release “Make Another World” in March. When asked about the potential confusion, lead singer remarked “Maybe when our new LP comes out next February some unfamiliars will think we’re some sort of OutKast tribute. Could be interesting. Probably won’t

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  • Lily Allen: The '07 Takeover

    by • on Feb 23, 07 • in albums, Brit Pop • with No Comments

    Lily Allen owned 2006 in the U.K. and looks to take over the U.S. in 2007. After her record label refused to release songs she had made, she decided to post them on her MySpace profile and garnered a massive following. The buzz carried her in to features on numerous shows on BBC Radio One and pressed her record company to release her album, Alright Still. On first listening to the album, the songs seem cheerful and light hearted, but a second listen will tell otherwise. She uses catchy production to showcase the pictures she

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