Video: Ella Eyre – “Comeback”

It might seem unusual for a debut album to have a song called “Comeback” on it, but at only 20 years old, obvious Best Hair in Music-haver Ella Eyre makes it work.

It’s about a scoundrel who “comes back” after cheating, but instead of being a weak ass weak sauce bad-guy-taker-backer, she breaks his dishes, dissects his flatscreen with a guitar and lights his ride on fire. With a little help from her friends, of course.  Continue reading “Video: Ella Eyre – “Comeback””

‘Lip Service’ Is L Word UK, But Without All The Man-Hating

Fans of Showtime’s now-defunct The L Word (and there are many, gay and straight) would do well to check out BBC Three’s Lip Service which focuses on the lives of three lesbians in Scotland.

Like The L Word, it centers mainly around the romantic and business aspects of these women.

Unlike The L Word, the main characters actually have male friends who, instead of being demonized versions of the gender, are as equally flawed as their female counterparts.  Continue reading “‘Lip Service’ Is L Word UK, But Without All The Man-Hating”

Boy Bands Are Making A Comeback, Here’s Proof

There are currently not one but TWO UK boy bands with singles and albums climbing the chart ladders. The Wanted are one, with their massive hit “Glad You Came” (I can hear the immature laughter now, emitting from my apartment) which is number four on iTunes’ top songs.

The other band of grinning professionally-coiffed miscreants are One Direction aka 1D, which L.A. Times compares to The Jackson 5, ‘N Sync, NKOTB and the Osmonds. Jackon 5 comparisons seem like a reach and an insult to Michael, but that’s just me.

One Direction, who were put together by evil genius mastermind Simon Cowell in 2010 after every member appeared as a contestant on overseas X-Factor, are appearing on Saturday Night Live on April 7th with host Sofia Vergara.

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Rihanna Is Wigwam BarbadoMonroe, For British Vogue

Who could be better to follow Adele’s October issue of British Vogue than Rihanna?

Not many, honestly – she is after all one of the top 20 current musical entertainers alongside Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears.

For the November issue of Vogue UK Rihanna goes blonde in photos taken by Alaisdair McLellan. (It’s a wig, I presume?)

Anyway, it’s not the most high-fashion thing you can imagine, but hey, it’s Rihanna.

She’s more famous for all her thigh-knocking, juicy juicy bleep bleep (a category I created with Rihanna in mind) umbrella-grasping goodness, eh…

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Hard-Fi – Killer Sounds Album Review

British rockers Hard-Fi are hardly known for originality, but then again neither are Kaiser Chiefs or The Bravery. It only means that they are easy to listen to, the word “fun” comes to mind. UK house parties, lager, whatever. Hard-Fi stepped foot onto the indie scene modestly with their 2005 debut Stars Of CCTV. (after the popular English news source)

They held attention spans firmly with songs like “Cash Machine” and “Living For The Weekend.” Lack of funds and everyday-man woes became a popular lyrical theme in their cymbal-happy post-punk revival. They’re now back with a versatile third album, Killer Sounds, which dropped in their native hierarchical land on August 19, 2011.

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New From Jessie J – “Domino” (Katy Perry Much?)

A new song from 23-year-old British songtress Jessie J (who performed on SNL in March) has been released onto YouTube and other avenues. It has been confirmed as her second US single, and fourth worldwide.

It is NOT a song from her debut, Who Are You, so I dunno how that works. The track, “Domino” was produced by Dr. Luke (who has worked with Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Ke$ha) and sounds an awful like Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”

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The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Album Review

Brand new onto the indie rock scene, The Vaccines, a four-piece hailing from London, debuted their very first album What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? on March 14th. A 33 minute long musical tapestry sure to land them on many prestigious top band lists of 2011. The Vaccines might be this year’s Phoenix, but they possess a less tightly wound style and it’s not hard to tell that their CD was recorded in only two weeks.

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? Has a rough-around-the-edges punk quality, as if there was a large hole in the recording studio wall and a small fraction of the music drifted outside. Of course you can be sure this is not the case, sounds like this are largely intentional and wonderful.

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SBTRKT – SBTRKT Album Review

Aaron Jerome’s second full-length album, and first under the name “SBTRKT” (pronounced “subtract”) is an explosive contribution to the loosely-defined dubstep genre. Part Massive Attack, part Tricky part something you’ve never experienced, Jerome worked previously as a producer, remixing for friends and underground artists around the world such as Zap Mama, Nicole Willis and Bugz In The Attic. On this self-titled work, the UK-based DJ teams up with a variety of singers with Sampha representing the male aspect and Jessie Ware, Roses Gabor and Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon representing the female side.

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