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Kenneth Partridge

Kenneth Partridge's work has appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Village Voice and the Hartford Courant, as well as online at MTV Hive and HowAboutWe, among other sites. He's helped to edit two encyclopedias -- one on Latin music, the other on reggae -- and penned biographies about Louis Armstrong and the opera singer Marian Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his beloved wife and slightly less beloved record collection.
Fiona Goodall, Getty Images
Fiona Goodall, Getty Images

Your Semi-Comprehensive Guide to What’s Eating Lorde

Lorde makes headlines once or twice a week, and it's almost always because she's pissed about something. This is understandable. She's a super smart, sorta awkward 17-year-old who comes from a weird country (New Zealand), rocks old-lady shoes and Cramps T-shirts and sings startlingly self-aware electro-pop songs about being young and terrified but also kind of hopeful and invigorated.

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Painted Palms
Andy Desantis

Painted Palms Discuss Poppy Debut Album ‘Forever’

In the original psychedelic era, it was all about community: a bunch of blissfully doped-out, barefooted hippies sharing houses and jamming on guitars and bongos. At least that's the portrait of '60s San Francisco that persists in modern culture, and to whatever extent it's accurate, it's antithetical to how Painted Palms approach their modern psych-pop.

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Category: Exclusive, Interviews, News
Shjips

Wooden Shjips, ‘Ruins (Live In Brooklyn)’ – Exclusive Video Premiere

On their latest album, 'Back to Land,' Wooden Shjips wrap up 'Ruins' in a neat and tidy 5:14. Onstage, it tends to run a bit longer, and in this exclusive live video -- shot on Nov. 14 by the All Axis production studio at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn -- the San Francisco psych-rock voyagers go for 7:02, letting singer and guitarist Ripley Johnson heap torrents of freaky, fuzzy noise atop a repetitive bass-and-organ groove.

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Category: Exclusive, News, Videos
Daft Punk
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

What Do Daft Punk Look Like Without Helmets?

What's a world without heroes? As the great Gene Simmons once explained, it's "like a world without sun," a place so dark and sad not even Kiss' 'Music from the Elder' makes people chuckle. In a sense, asking, "What do Daft Punk look like without their helmets?" is akin to willingly visiting this dreary world.

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Category: Posts
best albums of 2013
Erich Auerbach, Hulton Archive

10 Best Albums of 2013

It either makes complete and total or absolutely zero sense to compile a Best Albums of 2013 list. These days, few people bother to even download music, let alone buy physical product, and the 10 records we've selected can all be streamed in full, free of charge, via services like Spotify and YouTube.

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