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Bear McCreary Provides The Soundtrack To Your Favorite TV Shows
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Composer Bear McCreary’s name graces the opening credits of some of the biggest sci-fi shows on TV. He is Comic-Con royalty, and his latest project, the BBC America show Intruders, has him working alongside The X-Files producer Glen Morgan.

Read the full interview at Arena.com.


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NYC Scene Report - Chaos Chaos, Backwords, and more
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The four artists in this week’s edition of Neighborhood Watch: NYC cover four radically different genres of music, as we have the synth pop of Chaos Chaos, the 60s inspired indie pop-rock of Backwords, an ethereal entry from AERS, and a “Dick Pic” from hip-hop duo Blahzé Misfits.

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Pop Shots - Highly Unnecessary
Monday, September 15, 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 Vevo starting an annual festival, to owning U2’s new album whether you want to or not, to Justin Bieber’s public nudity, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Because apparently we can never have enough gigantic concert festivals with the exact same lineup of artists, Vevo will be having their inaugural Certified SuperFanFest on October 8th in Santa Monica, CA. The show will be headlined by Iggy Azalea and Demi Lovato, which is fantastic news if you were hit on the head with a large rock over the summer, and have forgotten all the times you've already seen them this year.

* U2 made headlines this past week when they teamed up with Apple to force their new album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes users. It was billed as a free album, but when it started randomly showing up in people's iTunes libraries without actually having been downloaded it became more of a controversy than a success. Listen, I'm all for free stuff, but if Apple is going to hook me up with something free from Ireland, could they make it a Guinness?

* In far more effective free music news, when One Direction announced the November 17th release date for their next album, FOUR, they made one of the album's songs, "Fireproof," available as a free download for 24 hours via their website. According to their label, the song was downloaded 1.1 million times during the 24 hour window. It’s an impressive number, but I think the fireproofing of the band is much bigger news. That's what the song is about, right?

* It's a known fact that if you're taking ecstasy you need to stay hydrated, which makes Tiesto's latest collaboration a remarkably brilliant one, as he's going to be doing a score for Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains. Debuting September 17th, choreographed water sequences will be set to lights and a medley of three songs off of the EDM luminary’s latest album. I’m predicting this will open up a world of possibilities for EDM artists in the bidet industry. You read it here first!

* Maple Leif Garrett (aka Justin Bieber) can't handle your boos. When he hit the stage at New York Fashion Week's Fashion Rocks event to introduce singer Rita Ora the crowd's displeasure with the Canadian boy wonder was audible, but, because he's Justin Bieber his response was not to let it roll off his shoulders, instead he stripped down to his underwear and posed on the stage. He was not the first, nor would be the last, emaciated thing seen at New York Fashion Week.

* In 2009 Rihanna was involved in one of the most famous domestic violence cases in recent memory. Viciously assaulted by then boyfriend Chris Brown, it still remains a topic of conversation half a decade later. Knowing that, it seemed asinine that CBS Sports would want to use her vocals as part of the intro their Thursday night NFL telecast, which featured the Baltimore Ravens, the team that up until a week ago tried to protect domestic abuser Ray Rice. Finally wising up to the reality of the situation, CBS Sports changed their intro at the last minute. I didn't see the game, but I'm assuming their second choice was Tina Turner.

* OK Go was not a fan of what they saw when Apple rolled out their new products last week, as the promotional clip the tech giant put together bore a close resemblance to the band's video for "The Writing's on the Wall." Adding to their frustration was the fact that the band had met with Apple to pitch them the concept as a collaborative project. Apple declined the pitch, but hired the same production company behind the music video. OK Go are not alone in their displeasure with the tech company, as Android and Nike would also probably like to have a word or two with Apple after last week, as well.

* Last, but not least, I was in attendance for British singer Charlotte OC’s first ever NYC performance this past Thursday, and was really impressed. She’s reminiscent of Lana Del Rey, but with authenticity, and talent. I think she has a shot at doing something big. Check her out.

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: Sims - Sims Jong Il
Friday, September 12, 2014

Within the Doomtree crew, P.O.S. and Dessa receive a lot of shine, and rightfully so, they're two of the most dynamic artists in hip-hop today. One member of the crew who deserves to have his name mentioned a bit more, however, is Sims.

A ridiculously skilled emcee, who also posses a big personality on the mic, with his latest single, "Sims Jong Il," Sims once again proves why he should be a name everyone who appreciates hip-hop has on their list of favorite emcees.

With a combination of great rhymes, pop culture references that range from Toronto mayor Rob Ford, to the legendary David Hasselhoff, and, in the case of the video, board game tossing, "Sims Jong Il" shows how lyrically skillful hip-hop can be both dope AND fun.

It's tough to imagine anyone with even a passing interest in hip-hop not enjoying this one. Click play, and see/hear what I mean.


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Chumped Searches For A Fountain Of Youth
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Being a teenager can have Charles Dickens-esque qualities, as many consider those years the best of times, and the worst of times. They’re an epic amalgamation of joy and stress, and for Brooklyn bummer punk band Chumped they’re times worth holding on to.

Read the full story at Arena.com.


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Pentatonix Have Made Harmony A Hot Commodity
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two types of artists that don’t usually see mainstream success in today’s pop music scene are a cappella groups, and singing contest winners. Vocal quintet Pentatonix have bucked that trend, winning The Sing Off in 2011, & winning a plethora of fans since.

Read the full interview at Arena.com.


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