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Album review: “Anything In Return” by Toro Y Moi

Brewed as a pop-based mixture of house and electronic hip-hop, Toro Y Moi’s latest album, “Anything In Return,” takes a bold stride toward breaking into the mainstream and straying from the gauzy synths and muted vocals of its predecessors: “Causers of This” and “Underneath the Pine.”

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Album review: Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade does not shy away from getting personal

Fade is a Yo La Tengo lover’s Yo La album. The tracks run together like satisfied breaths that sound at once muddy and precise. It is shoegazing but accessible, rejecting the cliches that dominate so much of indie-rock today.

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Justin Timberlake dons a ‘Suit & Tie’ for his comeback

After taking a six-year hiatus from his music career, Justin Timberlake is back and better than ever with his new single “Suit & Tie.”

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Wiz Khalifa disappoints with second album, brings nothing new

Commercial success in the music industry is a double-edged sword; on the one hand, you’ve made it — hundreds of thousands, even millions of fans are now awaiting your highly anticipated next release.

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Album review: Ke$ha ‘Warrior’

Ke$ha avoids a sophomore slump in her rock-infused second album, Warrior.

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Album review: Swift’s sound matures with mix of genres

Taylor Swift’s fourth studio effort, “Red,” makes a statement as bold as its namesake color: as Swift matures into a woman, her talent is here to stay.

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Album review: Swift’s sound matures with mix of genres

Taylor Swift’s fourth studio effort, “Red,” makes a statement as bold as its namesake color: as Swift matures into a woman, her talent is here to stay. With an eclectic mix of radio-ready pop songs, twangy country tunes and heartbreaking ballads, Swift proves her range both lyrically and musically. Although she teamed up with several [...]

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Taylor Swift reveals arsenal of promotional singles for new studio album

Country-pop star Taylor Swift tests her musical boundaries as she leaves fans excited and curious as to what they can expect on her upcoming fourth studio album, “Red,” when it releases on Oct. 22.

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Album review: No Doubt releases ‘Push and Shove’ 11 yrs. after last album

No Doubt, the iconic ska-rock-pop band from Anaheim, Calif. that has been on the music scene since the mid-’80s, released their highly anticipated sixth album “Push and Shove” on Sept. 25. It’s been 11 years since the release of their last album, 2001’s “Rock Steady,” and I really thought they couldn’t get any better than that, especially after all of this time. However, No Doubt definitely delivered, without a doubt.

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Album review: Green Day’s ‘¡Uno!’ doomed by tedious, vanilla sound

Everyone has an opinion about Green Day, and most can be encapsulated in one of two sentences. The music snob answer is usually something like “Dookie was pretty good, but after American Idiot I just can’t take them seriously anymore,” whereas most pop fans will say something like “their songs are fun and easy to listen to, so I don’t care what that cardigan-wearing douchebag thinks.”

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