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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of November 11, 2013

  What Zac Nuccio is listening to this week… Sky Ferreira / Night Time My Time After over half a decade of solid EP releases, excellent one off singles, and sustaining countless delays and obstacles, Sky Ferreira found a fitting match in producer Ariel Retchtshaid and delivered an immense album with Night Time, My Time(yes, the title’s a Twin Peaks reference). It was ...

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Review: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Does the world really need to revisit the dark, hellish world of Marshall Mathers? That’s the major question posed by Eminem’s sequel to the album that catapulted him to instant legend status back in 1999, even more pressing than the question about whether he made Marshall Mathers 2 for a quick cash-out. It becomes obvious after the first track that Eminem isn’t ...

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Review: Lady Gaga- ARTPOP

“I killed my former and left her in the trunk on Highway 10” begins Lady Gaga’s new album, ARTPOP. Were this anybody else, such opening lyrics might ring with a bit of finality—the artist definitively moving to a new phase. But for Gaga, it simply signals an iteration in a constant cycle of reinvention. It’s ARTPOP’s version of hatching out of an ...

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of November 4, 2013

What George Portades is listening to this week… Yo Yo featuring Gerald Levert, “Iz It Still All Good? (Something’s On Your Mind)” Out of all the female rappers who debuted in the early 90s, Yo Yo seemed to be the one who became my favorite. I didn’t really become aware of her music until say ’96 when she hosted BET’s Rap City ...

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Review: All Is Lost (Chandor, 2013)

Cinematically speaking, there are few places more moving, more honestly heartbreaking than on the big screen with a lone character struggling to survive. To be lost, stranded in a desolate place is to provide a narrative hook that is immediately intimate and resoundingly relatable. As modern movies like Cast Away, 127 Hours, and Life of Pi attest, there are many ...

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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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Review: The Counselor (Ridley Scott, 2013)

I had read Cormac McCarthy’s script for The Counselor earlier this year. Like you will no doubt hear in other reviews of the film itself, it’s not a story that is easy to follow. And I have to agree. Sometimes, one may foolishly wonder if the screenwriter himself may know what’s going on. But it was an intoxicating, albeit dense ...

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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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