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PremRock Turns An Eviction Notice Into His Own ‘Place’
Thursday, April 24, 2014

When someone comes home to an eviction notice, it can spark a plethora of emotions. Fear, depression, and anger can all swirl together in an unhealthy mix. When NYC hip-hop artist PremRock came home to an eviction notice, he used it as inspiration.

Read the full story at Arena.com.

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Mark McGrath Stays Fly, Carries The 90s Torch
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

If there was a Mount Rushmore for 90s music, Mark McGrath would be one of the faces carved into the mountain. The lead singer of Sugar Ray, whose infectious hits are still played over 20 years later, perfectly represents the genre blending era.

Read the full interview at Arena.com.

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NYC Scene Report - Camille Corazón, Rush Midnight, & more
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This week’s edition of Neighborhood Watch: NYC features the chillstep of newcomer Camille Corazón, something ethereal from Young Magic, a mixture of downtempo and disco from Rush Midnight, and some indie pop from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

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Tove Lo Goes From Writing For Pop Greats, To Becoming One

Over the past few years Tove Lo has made a name for herself writing for the likes of Icona Pop, and Cher Lloyd. The Swedish singer even caught the ear of icons Max Martin and Shellback, who invited her to be part of their new song writing collective.

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ABX Podcast #75 - Drowning In Dopeness

Did I ever think this podcast would run for 75 episodes? Honestly, it didn't even cross my mind. When I start on something like this I just keep going. It's how I've had columns that have lasted three, four, even five years, without me noticing how much time has passed until I've decided it's time to move on to the next thing. The good news when it comes to this podcast is I'm nowhere near ready to move on from brining you the best in indie hip-hop every month (or so). This month I have a nice combination of new tracks, and some classics from old favorites, so kick back and enjoy!

You can stream or download this show at RapReviews.com

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PremRock - Supreme
C-Zar Van Gogh - That's Me In The Rental
CookBook & Blue w/ Pigeon John - Popeye
Bryant Dope - Worth
Ankhle Conscious - Drownin
Toussaint Morrison - Walk Thru The Wall
Louis Logic - Chip Off The Old Blog
Kev Sez - First Attempt at a Second Chance
iLLspokinn w/ Annekei - Home
Tah Phrum Duh Bush - Butterfly Vertigo
Joey Batts - Grown Man Shakey
Kalil Johnson w/ Top $ Raz - Dropkick

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Pop Shots - Where Are They Now?
Monday, April 21, 2014

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Miley’s malady, to Coldplay’s tour plans, to Neil Young ruling the internet, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Miley Cyrus spent a significant portion of last week in the hospital with what her people said was a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. You can either choose to believe that, or run with my theory that licking everything in sight probably isn’t very good for your health.

* 4 Non Blondes will be reuniting for a benefit show in LA next month. Judging by how little we’ve heard from most of them since the 90s, the benefit should probably be for all the non-Linda Perry members of 4 Non Blondes.


* Coldplay has announced they’ll play six “intimate” shows around the world in support of their upcoming album, Ghost Stories. If Coldplay wanted to play the intimate venues their music is best suited for, that tour would consist of office building elevators nationwide.

* In sad news, according to internet reports, AC/DC guitarist, and band co-founder, Malcolm Young, suffered a stroke, and blood clot. The band is still tight lipped about the situation, releasing a statement on their website that simply said Young is taking a break due to ill health. Although some sources claim the band will never make music again, AC/DC says that they will continue to record. The reporters who wrote that AC/DC was done probably thought they had big balls for breaking such a story, but they forgot that AC/DC can’t be scooped, because they have the biggest balls of them all!


* The legendary B.B. King found himself on the wrong end of the blues earlier this month in St. Louis, and apologized for what his publicists referred to as “a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends.” The evening was an amalgamation of errors, as not only did King and his band drive from Las Vegas to St. Louis in a straight shot, King missed his daily dosage of diabetes medicine. The result was a set that featured only a handful of complete songs, the band missing its cues, and a 15 minute sing along of “You Are My Sunshine.” Although the apology was nice, I think it would have been totally understandable if King had simply said, “I’m 88 years old. Do you know what you get when you see most 88 year olds? Long, slowly told, meandering stories that are never completed because the ending ends up being forgotten! Now sing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ with me again. It’s WAY past my bed time.”

* In more old guy news, aging rocker Neil Young raised $6.2 million through Kickstarter.com for his digital music project, PonoMusic. The audio player, which will run people $399, is designed to play high quality audio, rather than the compressed audio of mp3s. Cool new music toy aside, what Neil Young raising $6.2 million through Kickstarter really tells us is that our grandparents aren’t having nearly as much trouble using the computer as we think, and can probably find porn just as easily as the rest of us.


* Streaming music service Pandora is being hit with a lawsuit by the major labels that's very similar to the one the labels hit Sirius XM with last fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the subject of the lawsuit has to do with the fact that sound recordings didn't fall under federal copyright protection until February 15th, 1972, and, as such, Pandora might not be able to rely upon the royalty collection organization SoundExchange when it comes to older songs. The list of artists whose songs the labels claim are being infringed upon by Pandora include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, James Brown, and Led Zeppelin, and we all know how much those artists, and their estates, are hurting for money.

* Finally, if you missed my interview with Mad Decent’s 90s pop/R&B queen LIZ, definitely give it a read. I’m really diggin her work, and her latest video, which is for “All Them Boys,” is yet another example of why I can’t get enough of her music. LIZ embodies everything that was cool about the 90s pop/R&B scene.


And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.

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Vid Pick: Sum - Road To Rebellion Promo
Friday, April 18, 2014

Even as a longtime fan of Sum, and his music, I rarely have any idea of what he's going to do next. The one thing I do know, the one constant with all of his work, is that everything he releases is creatively mind blowing. Sum is an artist who doesn't believe in being boxed in, and refuses to accept the typical genre boundaries we're asked to accept.

Earlier this month Sum posted a video cryptically titled "#RTR 1 - Legion," writing in the description, "The Road To Rebellion is everything and nothing. These are not songs or verses from my next album. This is one style of many, don't get it fucked up. #RTR."

In this clip Sum's road to rebellion is paved by a beat by Core Rhythm, and features two kick ass verses. It's a road well worth traveling.

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We Are The In Crowd Gets ‘Weird’
Thursday, April 17, 2014

A rise to fame can happen fairly meteorically in the world of pop punk. Just ask We Are The In Crowd. In the span on less than five years the quintet from Poughkeepsie, NY, went from posting songs on the internet to touring the world.

Read the full interview at Arena.com.

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