James Blunt became an international pop star with his one-hit–wonder, “You’re Beautiful” from his debut album “Back to Bedlam” in 2005. Since then, Blunt has released two albums that failed to deliver on many levels and there were rumours that he was quitting the music industry for good. His attempt to break into the music [...]
After studying at UC Irvine for two years, I was ready for another adventure. Having always felt a pull toward Scotland, which is often considered the shadow of its dominating cousin England, I decided to uproot myself from the safe haven of UC Irvine and thrust myself into the throes of life. The place I [...]
Alicia Keys may not be in the top 10 lists of the richest contemporary R&B singers like her peers Beyoncé or Rihanna, but she has managed to create a powerful 11-year music career with her famous contralto voice range. Unlike her peers, Keys believes in creating music, touring and then moving away from the public [...]
“A half read book is a half finished love-affair” — my favorite line from one of the literary masterpieces of the 20th century, “Cloud Atlas.” The book, written by David Mitchell, is an ambitious piece, so I was doubtful when I heard that it was being adapted for the big screen, even if it was [...]
British quartet Alt-J (∆) hailing from the quaint town of Cambridge, has crashed into the music scene with their debut album “An Awesome Wave.” Their music demands and grabs the attention of their listeners by covering an array of genre from folk to pop to dubstep; at the core, there lays brilliantly creative lyrics sung [...]
Iceland’s iconic quartet band, Sigur Rós, is back with the release of their sixth studio album “Valtari” amidst rumors of an indefinite hiatus and lead singer Jónsi Birgisson’s solo career kicking off. After the release of their experimental album “Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust” (“With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly”) [...]
BITCH: Krysten Ritter’s new show on ABC has potential, but needs to liven up.
SHINE: Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men offers an experience with their latest album.
FLOUNDER: The latest album from the Swedish Miike Snow almost never meets expectations.
UNLOCK: A marriage between art and science, “Morphonano” provides a rich, calming experience.