Music Review: Charli XCX’s “Sucker” Is Rude, Crude, But Pretty Good

I wouldn’t want kids to listen to Charli XCX’s most recent album, “Sucker,” but if you don’t mind an F-bomb here or there, it’s great stuff–punk-flavored, hard-edged pop with retro-80s styling. Madonna might have sounded like this, if she was starting her career now and if she were starting with as much musical talent as…
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Review: Didn’t It Rain, Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie, known for portraying a talented, bitter physician on “House,” loves the blues, and despite being British, he’s released two blues albums — “Let Them Talk” and “Didn’t It Rain.” I’m a bit impulsive at times, so when I saw the name “Hugh Laurie” on a CD on the shelf (yes, I still buy…
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Help Needed: Songs About Disasters

What’s your favorite disaster song? I have been chided about not blogging often enough, and I said that once I was done with our upcoming totally-awesome Progress edition (really, it was fun to do this year!) I would start blogging again. I’m not quite finished, so maybe I can get some help from my audience,…
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Music Review: Modern Vampires Of The City

Vampire Weekend’s third album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” released earlier this year, has drawn some criticism because some believe its tone and style differs from the group’s previous work. “Modern” is darker; its tunes reek of existential doubt and cynicism, its lyrics speak of death, time, God, identity and betrayal. However, if you were…
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Bad Love (Songs)

What are the worst love songs of all time? Well, this list on Yahoo! is a good start, but it barely scratches the surface of love songs that leave something to be desired, such as “love,” or in some cases, “song.” Along with Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman,” noted here for describing the sociopathic,…
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