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Lady Gaga: Behind the Aura, the Artifice, and the ARTPOP

    I think time will be kind to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Critical favor has a tendency to wax and wane, and after initially quite strong and promising reviews, it seemed that all you heard about the album was negative. It seemed all you heard about Lady Gaga herself was negative. I think the pendulum will swing back, and ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of October 28, 2013

What Zac Nuccio is listening to this week… –Planningtorock vs. The Knife / “Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, Let’s Talk About You + Me”  I confess, I’ve yet to give Shaking the Habitual a true, thorough listen, but I’m pretty confident I’ve heard the full thing at some point, and admittedly just wasn’t in the mood for such a challenging album. Their previous ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of October 21

What Michael Ward is listening to this week… Songs for Halloween As a couple of my contributions to our roundtable have already attested, I’m a big fan of Halloween and horror movies. So it was inevitable that I’d eventually devote a whole entry to this. And lately, as I’ve been gorging myself on horror movies, I’ve also found myself indulging ...

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Review: Katy Perry – Prism

Katy Perry is riding high at the top of the pop game right now. She’s coming off the monumental Teenage Dream album campaign and has shown no signs of slowing down. She’s inescapable on the radio, having just snagged her eighth Hot 100 number 1 with “Roar,” a song that’s already pushed more than 3 million copies. Even her promotional ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of October 14, 2013

Looking for your new obsession in the music world? Want to know what everyone at AW is wagging their tongues about? Look no further – at our weekly roundtable, you can take a listen to a wide variety of genres, songs, albums, and artists, all of which come personally recommended by our amazing music team. The Weekly Roundtable was created ...

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Review: Fall Out Boy – Pax Am Days

Of all the things I love about Fall Out Boy, I think the thing I love most about them is their willingness to try anything musically. The most unexpected and weird musical experiment of theirs I can think of is a slow-jazz lounge version of “Dance, Dance”, which got put it at the end of their live album *** and is unfortunately ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup – Week of October 7

Weekly Roundtable: The Week of October 7, 2013 Looking for your new obsession in the music world? Want to know what everyone at AW is wagging their tongues about? Look no further – at our weekly roundtable, you can take a listen to a wide variety of genres, songs, albums, and artists, all of which come personally recommended by our ...

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Review: Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

From the first notes of slow burning opener “Adore You,” we can hear that it’s happened: Miley Cyrus has been reborn. “Well duh,” you say? Not so fast. Sure, she’s been on the mouths of everyone from CNN anchors to tabloid rats to your grandmother who still wants to know exactly what “twerking” is, but one thing that’s been in ...

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Review: Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals

In late 2009 a new sound was released unto the world in the form of Sleigh Bells, a two person noise pop band from Brooklyn. The duo consists of Derek Miller, of post-hardcore band Poison The Well, and Alexis Krauss, a school teacher with a teen pop past. The band’s first release, a self-titled EP, garnered attention from music lovers ...

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Review: Panic! At the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!

I’m going to start this review by flat-out admitting that I don’t think Panic! At The Disco will ever be able to top Pretty. Odd. again. A poppy experiment with Kinks-esque sounds, Pretty. Odd. was immediately followed by the band’s original members splintering off in their own directions – Ryan Ross and Jon Walker started The Young Veins, which released one album before going ...

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