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Category: Music


Feb 2, 2014

What We're Digging Right Now - Painted Palms

Simultaneously looking forward and back, Painted Palms' Forever encompasses the best of pop-rock past, present and future. With jangly guitars, whirling synths and the faraway vocals of Christopher Prudhomme, the album lifts the soul and...

Jan 20, 2014

Foster the People 'Coming of Age' on New Album

Foster the People aren't much for the wocka wocka wocka when it comes to song subjects. Their big hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," was a commentary on gun violence in schools. But they may have had...

Jan 6, 2014

Album Review - Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 'Wig Out at Jagbags'

Stephen Malkmus and the JicksWig Out at JagbagsMatador Stephen Malkmus is the Loki of alternative rock. Who knows when he's being serious, ironic, scathing, etc.? All we do know is that when he sings, people listen....

Dec 29, 2013

Jim Cook Is Chasin' His Dreams

Image by Kate Ryder Full disclosure: This artist is a pal of PhantEye's blogger. Musicians' bios often suffer from delusions of grandeur. PR spin doctors build up tinkering nobodies as though they were the second coming...

Dec 16, 2013

Beyonce and the New Era of Music Videos

"Pretty Hurts" still courtesy Melina Matsoukas Where were you at the stroke of midnight EST on Friday, December 13, 2013? For once, us homebodies were rewarded for our introverted ways, gifted by one of the ultimate...

Dec 9, 2013

Will Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' at the Grammys?

The nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday, Dec. 6, and it seems Captain Obvious is the presiding judge. Lines were blurred, robots "got lucky" and a teen Kiwi ruled them all....

Dec 2, 2013

Best of 2013

Mystical singing space cats. The resurrection of the Thin White Duke. "YOLO" versus "Y.A.L.A." The year in music circa 2013 was a zany one that was forward-thinking (everybody's droppin' the bass these days) and reverent...

Nov 24, 2013

Thankful for Music

Photo courtesy Elena Roussakis/Creative Commons Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah to those who celebrate! This time of year, as we're conjuring up our best-of lists, we remember how much we music fans have to be thankful for....

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