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On Atlas, Real Estate uses old tricks, gets a homogenous album

On Atlas, Real Estate uses old tricks, gets a homogenous album

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

March 3, 2014


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Real EstateAtlasGrade: B-Sounds like: The Beach Boys, older Real EstateKnown for its surf-inspired, mellow sound, Real Estate does more of the same with its newest release, Atlas. Tinny guitar chords and the hollow voice of vocalist Martin Courtney flow through all the songs on Atlas, giving an ethere...

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings update a retro sound

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

February 12, 2014


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Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsGive the People What They WantGrade: BSounds like: Motown, babyIt’s been nearly 26 years since Motown Records was sold to MCA by its disenchanted owner Berry Gordy and 42 years since the iconic music label abandoned its blue-collar hometown of Detroit for the star-speck...

Eminem’s attempt to recapture his old sound yields mixed results

Eminem’s attempt to recapture his old sound yields mixed results

By Shawn Cooke / Staff Writer

November 14, 2013


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Film sequels released more than a decade after their predecessors can sometimes make for a refreshing reunion with beloved characters — but almost always draw initial skepticism.While few would pass up on a chance to see a graying (or balding) Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone repri...

On Old, Danny Brown injects some reality into his revelry

On Old, Danny Brown injects some reality into his revelry

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

October 2, 2013


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Danny BrownOldGrade: B+Sounds like: A Danny Brown album. Period.After nearly a decade of fighting to dig his way out of a life of crime and musical anonymity in the apocalyptic wasteland that is post-industrial Detroit, Danny Brown, also known as “The Hybrid,” finally got a late taste of good luck ...

On Nothing Was the Same, Drake displays lyrical depth

On Nothing Was the Same, Drake displays lyrical depth

By Jeff Ihaza / Senior Staff Writer

September 25, 2013


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DrakeNothing Was the SameA-Sounds like: Driving along Highway 59 in Houston. Alone. Thinking about “her.”“Dropped the mixtape, that sh*t sounded like an album” Drake boasts on the lyrically lopsided posse cut “Forever.” When “Forever” was released, Drizzy was still shaking off his De...

Neko Case makes a spirited return to music

Neko Case makes a spirited return to music

By Shawn Cooke / For The Pitt News

September 18, 2013


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Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love YouGrade: B+Sounds Like: A musician rising above her depressionBetween 2009’s Middle Cyclone and her latest full-length album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case...

STRFKR Concert

STRFKR Concert

September 4, 2013


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On Tuesday September 3, indie-electronica outfit STRFKR put on a show at Altar Bar that included everything from light displays to dancers dressed as rabbits and astronauts. Photos by Staff Photographer Ben Brownlee.

Black Joe Lewis comes out firing on Electric Slave

Black Joe Lewis comes out firing on Electric Slave

By John Lavanga / A&E Editor

September 2, 2013


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Electric Slave Black Joe LewisGrade: B+Sounds Like: Chuck Berry and James Brown had a son, and he was a badassThough there’s plenty to say about Black Joe Lewis — from his ingenious use of a horn section to his gruff, fiery vocals and his James Brown-like ability to inject his tracks with spontanei...

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