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Hamilton, New ZealandReviewed: Kimbra’s Golden Echo
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Reviewed: Kimbra's Golden Echo

August 22, 2014
Though her blend of R&B, pop, neo-soul, and jazz was, for the most part, difficult to categorize on her debut album Vows, Kimbra also wore her influences on her sleeve such that they were always easy to pick out of even her most adventurous fusions. Not...
Albany, United StatesSelf Defense Family: Post-Punk for Ex-Punks
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Self Defense Family: Post-Punk for Ex-Punks

The Self Defense Family is quite a big one. Formerly known as End of a Year, the family’s grown to encompass about 16 members scattered across the United States, United Kingdom and Iceland, swapping out...
Chapel Hill, United StatesReviewed: Porter Robinson’s Worlds
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Reviewed: Porter Robinson’s Worlds

When the term “EDM” first started coming into common usage to describe the likes of frantic North American producers such as Skrillex and Deadmau5, a frequent complaint could be paraphrased as, “but there has been electronic dance music for years!” Now,...
Geneva, SwitzerlandDJs Adriatique Double Down in Ibiza
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DJs Adriatique Double Down in Ibiza

Adriatique, the Zürich-based electronic music duo comprised of Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer were separately blasting out dance tunes for European clubbers in the late 2000s when their paths crossed in Germany. Finding dance a musical affinity worth...
It’s Good to Be Imelda May
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It’s Good to Be Imelda May

“Who here in the audience is Irish?” Decked in a hip-hugging, striped pencil dress and crowned by her signature blond victory roll, Ireland’s most noted rockabilly revivalist Imelda May stands contrapposto under the hot lights of the Bowery Ballroom...
Stockholm, SwedenSwedish Singer Marlene Owns Mainstream R&B
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Swedish Singer Marlene Owns Mainstream R&B

When we first met Marlene, it seemed the R&B princess-in-waiting was determined to take us back to the 1990s. (Insert lazy comparisons to Mariah Carey, Brandy, and their ilk.) But with the release of her...