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Sundance Film Festival 2014 Roundup

Amidst the increasingly stale Oscar race, where the nominations have been announced and all but a couple races have been set, the Sundance Film Festival has often been a welcome look into the potential contenders of the coming Oscar race. Sometimes it’s a strong indicator, as in 2010 when nine films (including two of the Best Picture nominees, Winter’s Bone and The Kids ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of January 26, 2014

What George Portades is listening to this week… SWV f/A.X., “Show Off” It feels so good to see my girls SWV (Taj, Lelee & Coko aka Sisters With Voices if you didn’t remember!) back in the spotlight with some new tour dates and a brand new weTV reality series called “SWV Reunited” that just premiered. While there’s been a resurgence ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of January 20, 2014

What George Portades is listening to this week… Joy Enriquez, “No One” It was wonderful to see Enriquez back in the limelight last year with her reality series “House of Joy” but it was even better for the fact that longtime fans were treated with some new music from her. “Tell Me How You Feel” is in my definitive list ...

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AwardsWatch’s Best Music of 2013 – Staff Picks

We are onto a new year and this is the time for looking forward, making new year resolutions and plans and promises to oneself. But this is also a time to look back and reflect and here at AW we have asked our regular contributors and staff members to share the music that connected with them the most and that ...

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2013 In Review: A Year for Comebacks

by Aldo Álvareztostado. Six years ago, Radiohead released In Rainbows, an album that has aged well and in that time reminded the world of the key role the British band plays nowadays, music and market-wise. Wilco released what I consider their best album so far. Alive 2007 materialized the hallucinating ride the Daft Punk experience is. Kanye’s hello to pop, Graduation, was indeed the ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of December 16, 2013

What Michael Ward is listening to this week… Beyoncé Forget some of the overstatement surrounding the release of Beyoncé’s self-titled album earlier this week. It’s doing big business, for sure. But the release strategy certainly isn’t unheard of (it wasn’t even the first “visual album” dropped with no promotion this year). And Beyoncé certainly isn’t heralding the return of the ...

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Review: Beyoncé – Beyoncé

For months it seemed as though Beyoncé had fallen off the face of the Earth. Sure, she was on a world tour, but she hadn’t released an official song or video in nearly two years. Then out of seemingly nowhere she made one of the most ambitious and daring moves in pop music history: she dropped an album with no promotion, ...

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Review: Burial- Rival Dealer EP

When Burial (aka, William Bevan) released his masterpiece Untrue in 2007, it felt like a watershed moment. The album was universally acclaimed, wound up near the top of several “Best of the Year” lists, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. This was at a time when dubstep was still a fairly young genre — artists like Skrillex and Nero hadn’t broken ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of December 09, 2013

Hi folks, the roundup is back after a week off (and announcement of Grammy nominations.) Check out what AW is listening this week…   What Michael Ward is listening to this week… A Local Band: Curse of Cassandra (local being the Dayton, Ohio area) Recently, I found out one of my college professors (who, during my career as a student, ...

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Review: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Stiller, 2013)

Ben Stiller’s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty suffers from something I would call “Zach Snyder Syndrome.” It’s where a film is loaded with moments that can be powerful and emotionally moving when edited nicely together with a fitting piece of music, but when taken in for 2 hours within the context of an attempt at story can ...

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