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Painted Palms Cools Us Down with Fresh Track “All of Us”

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Serendipity is a funny thing. Googling “the perfect summer song” will probably result in the latest single from Pitbull, or the guilty pleasure “Summer Girls” (no disrespect to the weathered pop veterans LFO, of course). Yet today luck led me to the perfect July jam I didn’t even know I was looking for. I was recklessly flicking through the radio when I was graced by the presence of a shimmery, synthy tune pumping out of my speakers. In about one …

Your Favorite Fleetwood Mac Song You’ve Never Heard

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History never fails to present us with promising young stars whose work ends prematurely after falling down the rabbit hole of drugs, alcohol and mental illness. Whether it’s art (Van Gogh), literature (Hemingway), or musicians (like, a million), these stars are survived by their works, which last as a token of what they once were capable of. Peter Green’s story fits into this category, as he was one of the most troubled members of Fleetwood Mac, a band about as …

New Music Mondays: The Antlers ‘Burst Apart’ from Expectations

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On their newly-minted second album Burst Apart, The Antlers easily defy the dreaded sophomore slump.  The group set the bar high with their first effort, Hospice.  The 2009 album was conceptualized almost solely by vocalist and guitarist Peter Silberman.  The story centers around a terminally-ill cancer patient, and its rawness won rave reviews.  Though a listen to Hospice provides an emotional sucker punch unlike many other records, Burst Apart won’t disappoint their fanbase.  ‘You wanna climb up the stairs/ I …

AgesandAges Debuts Album Just in Time for Spring

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A band with a lot of members is risky.  It can pay off hugely (e.g. Arcade Fire), or it can kind of flop (e.g. The Polyphonic Spree, my high school pep band).  For AgesandAges, there is no dead weight, or unruly freshman playing the cowbell, to throw this seven-piece group off their game.  AgesandAges’ debut album Alright, You Restless was released less than a month ago, and so far their music is tight, effortless, and just straight-up happy.  Alright, You …

Soundtrack for the Single and Scorned

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  Ah, February 14th, one of the most contentious days on the calendar.  Valentine’s Day can get a pretty bad rap from those who are riding solo, and can be obnoxiously over-celebrated by couples who have been brainwashed by one too many Hallmark commercials.  Here at M&T, we’re providing you all a soundtrack to Valentine’s Day, but unbiased, it’s not.  So, while the majority of Americans will proudly blast their favorite Luther Vandross, Kenny G, or Justin Bieber ballad today, …

The Unsolved Mystery of Penny & the Quarters

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Recently I saw Blue Valentine, the drama in theaters now featuring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.  In this poignant, tragic love story (which I highly recommend), the movie’s main characters are tied together by a song.  It fits into the movie perfectly.  Like, raise-your-boom-box-over-your-head perfect (from Say Anything, duh).  Not to mention, the song is gorgeous.  Uncomplicated guitar strumming, Motown-style harmonies, and adorable and earnest lyrics make it an instant classic.  Gosling’s character tells his girlfriend, “Everybody’s got songs, but they’re …

A Preppy White Girl’s Rap Picks

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Alright everyone, it’s Friday, and it’s time to loosen up and settle into the weekend.  Granted, my experience with hip-hop culture is pretty much limited to the time I saw Lil’ Bow Wow at a nightclub in New York, but even the whitest white girl like me can’t deny the uniqueness of these fresh new tracks. Big Boi’s album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty was one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of 2010.  Big …

New Music Mondays: Fitz and the Tantrums

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Funky, yes. But your parents’ dusty old Temptations record, this is not (with no disrespect to the Tempts, of course). Fitz and the Tantrums are a brand-new soul group with some serious old-school flavor. The band was born in late 2008, soon after Fitz, a longtime L.A. musician, serendipitously inherited a church organ. This organ was the catalyst of Fitz and the Tantrums, the six-piece, instrumentally-stacked American soul ensemble. As the band began to form, Fitz asked a daring question …

Robyn Hits the US

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Facebook. Baseball. The Ipad. Bruce Springsteen. The superpower that is Amurica is considered a forerunner in world culture. But sometimes, we screw up. And aside from the likes of William Hung and Teen Mom, one of America’s most flagrant oversights has got to be Robyn. After releasing singles from her last albums (Robyn and Body Talk) that are topping charts in Europe, Robyn is barely making waves in mainstream America. Though she hasn’t hit it big here yet, you may …

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