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The lovely and talented Blake Lively has superpowered hair, a darling new baby girl with husband Ryan Reynolds, and a much-anticipated new movie co-starring newcomers Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford (we kid, we kid) hitting theaters next Friday — it’s safe to say things are going well for Gossip Girl  and Traveling Pants alum.

If that wasn’t enough to make us admit to just a twinge of friendly jealousy, this certainly would...

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Ever miss the jubilant pop styles of Sweden’s Lykke Li, or the electro wave, synth perfection of Robyn? Well then newcomer Ninsun Poli will bring back the nostalgia of Sweden’s stunning, late 00’s pop scene.

Creating a buzz around her performance at The Great Escape in 2014, Ninsun Poli’s take on pop music, summons up the remnants of Sweden’s past, where every other pop song contained, electrifying, synth pulses. Energising an already upbeat track with Poli’s emphatic synths, Great Leap Forward expands into the mainstream airways with its explosive chorus. Welcoming the chorus with a singular drum beat,  Poli’s vocals demanded centre stage,...

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Hamsas XIII

If you only listen to one song tonight, make it “Exploding Heart” by Hamsas XIII (2015, from the forthcoming album Encompass).

Hamsas XIII is a gothic/darkwave/dream pop duo from Columbus, Ohio. Rich Witherspoon (bass, drums, guitar) was in a Columbus band called The Wake while Robyn Bright (vocals, bass, drums, guitar) was in an Edmonton post-shoegaze band called Cockatoo. The two started working together about two years ago, and they’re set to release their debut album Encompass on April 22 via Blaylox Records.

I had never heard of the band or the label until...

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The Bible will not become the official book of Tennessee this year.

Bolstered by opposition from Republican leadership, the Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill a day after it was adopted by the House.

"This isn't the time or place now in the full Senate floor to delve into that. We really need to look into it in committee," Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said about two hours before the vote.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Attorney General Herbert Slatery oppose the bill; Slatery recently announced...

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Are You Listening? Festival 2015 - Review

The Semi Finals of the FA Cup probably wasn’t something that the organisers of Reading’s Are You Listening? Festival had taken much notice of when they confirmed the date for their third ever event. Little would they have known at that stage that the town’s football team would have battled its way through to the semi-finals of the competition for a show down with Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on the same day as the festival. Thankfully it seemed that not everyone loves football, as the venues on this wristband access festival were...

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Toronto indie-rock band Blimp Rock are a quirky bunch. Their music is unpretentious and takes the mundane and makes them interesting. I guess you could call them music’s version of Seinfeld, bringing life to the obsolete, rudimentary, and day-to-day things. This is on full display on their second album, Sophomore Slump, which is an ironic title. The album itself is fun and a little weird, akin to the music of The Rheostatics, the Juno Award-winning band also from Toronto.

Take the lead single from the album, “Let’s All Stay in Tonight”. It’s basically the polar opposite of Pink’s...

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Whatever the hell sort of pop comes out of Sweden, it’s always bloody good. While we already have the relentless electro of Robyn and the chart hedonism of Tove Lo, Tara Nabavi is more on the frothy road. Taking Off is an instant-win, radio-friendly road-pop jam, with a chorus worthy of all her fellow countrywomen. Have a listen below.

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auteure d'un album de pop électronique grandiloquente et décomplexée ? N'y aurait-il pas là comme un air de déjà-vu ? Dans un genre où, entre le meilleur (les déchirantes mélodies dance de Robyn, les singles les plus langoureux d'Annie) et le pire (les boursouflures vaines d'Iamamiwhoami, l'écriture petit bras de Oh Land), se bousculent pléthore de disques plus ou moins insipides (la mélancolie surfaite des jumelles de Say Lou Lou), cet album aurait pu aisément passer inaperçu si n'était pas sorti, en fin d'année dernière, le merveilleux "Fade Away", belle polyphonie pop, lumineuse et entêtante. À l'approche de la sortie du LP, la question était donc de savoir

à priori annoncé en tant que tel,...

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"Martyrdom is a huge deal in Catholicism -- the Lives of the Saints are filled with stories of martyrs tortured and killed for their beliefs -- and hey, in many strands of Christianity, if you're not being oppressed, you're not doing it right. . . .

"I can call Bill O'Reilly a bigot all day long, and that has nothing to do with me oppressing him for his religion. For what it's worth, I happen to know a lot of Catholics who are not bigots and don't give two fucks about gay people getting married! Or, quite frankly, what non-Catholics do, period, so long...

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Manchester Academy 2, Manchester

14th April 2015

Louder Than War’s Melanie Smith (photos) and Clive K Hammond (words) were at PVRIS’ debut show in Manchester as they opened for Watford post-hardcore outfit Lower Than Atlantis last night. Below they report back in full…

Hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts, electronic rock quartet PVRIS – pronounced Paris – have never performed in Manchester. Let alone Britain. Considering their sizable reputation within most alternative circles, their status as ’19:45-20:15′ openers left room for much contemplation. Whether it was frustration, policy or an unwavering sense of two fingers beats all, PVRIS wasted no time in introducing themselves to Manchester...

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