Until The Ribbon Breaks Talk Hip-Hop And Philosophy

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Austin – Until The Ribbon Breaks leaves strong first impressions. The name alone suggests weighty artistic ambitions, and if you’re savvier than me you might grasp the nostalgic allusion to tape that’s played to the breaking point. Their hip-hop beats and gothic synths seem relentlessly austere if you didn’t listen closer to the eponymous “Until

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Getting To Know The Dazzling Lylit

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Chicago – A quick scroll through Austrian singer Lylit’s facebook and you’ll the following: “One voice. One light. One sound. One Lylit.” But just who is Lylit? Kedar Massenburg, the former president of Motown Records, discovered the talented Lylit, who was born Eva Klampfer. She has been navigating the music business since the age of

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Getting Personal With Nadine Shah

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Chicago – U.K. songstress Nadine Shah first grabbed the attention of music lovers with her critically acclaimed debut Love Your Dum And Mad (Apollo Records). She was compared to PJ Harvey and dubbed the female Nick Cave – even though she hadn’t listened much to the two – and was applauded for her honest and

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Meet Ben Thompson of Lo-Fi Punk Duo Nai Harvest

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Chicago – This month, U.K. twosome Nai Harvest are set to unfetter their latest endeavor, Hairball. Shortly after forming in 2011, guitarist Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie started to gain attention with their emo-rock and 2013 release Whatever (Dog Knights Productions). After signing with Topshelf Records, they’re back with a more punkish, garage rock

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Life Is Good For MisterWives

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Seattle – Singer Mandy Lee couldn’t have known that her desire to have an 80’s cover band play for her birthday party back in 2012 would lead to national tours with established bands, sold-out shows, and hit singles featured on television shows and commercials. If she had, she, Etienne Bowler, William Hehir, Marc Campbell, and

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Getting Nostalgic With Izzi Of The Preatures

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Chicago – Last year The Preatures caught the attention of music lovers worldwide when the single “Is This How You Feel?” catapulted the Australian band into the limelight. The Sydney five-piece – comprised of Isabella ‘Izzi’ Manfredi on vocals and keys, Gideon Bensen on vocals and guitar, Jack Moffitt on lead guitar, Thomas Champion on

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Clean Bandit Enjoys Keeping Their House Tidy

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Chicago – U.K. quartet Clean Bandit mix classical with electronic and deep house. Brothers Jack (bass and keys) and Luke Patterson (drums), along with childhood friends Grace Chatto (cello) and Milan Neil Amin-Smith (violin and piano) make up the band that first gained attention in 2013 with the single “Mozart’s House,” blending a Mozart tune

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