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SMI New Music Preview: Rick Ross ‘Mastermind’ (Full Album – You Tube)

by Billy Valentine You want a taste of Mastermind? Here you go: Bugatti stacks, Dom Perignon VIP booths, Benzo-to-Enzo come-ups and BitchesCokeMurderEngineRev. This should sound familiar to you by now because Big Boss Ross has been doing the gaudy Gotti shtick for years. He’s tapped into the lavish mentality, practically bottled the jet-set essence and […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once

by Alicia Kamenick Sparkly Australian pop sprite Kylie Minogue knows her audience, and always brings a decent collection of shiny dance pop. Collaborating with the ubiquitous Sia and Pharrell Williams (among others), her new album Kiss Me Once mostly delivers the goods. Opener “Into the Blue” is a highlight, as is the Pharrell-produced “I Was […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Lea Michele’s ‘Louder’

by Katrina Charles When Glee began airing on Fox in 2009, everyone was stunned by the powerful vocals of fairly unknown actress Lea Michele. With a knack for melding theatrics and popular music, she was a key element in the show’s success and the main reason their version of “Don’t Stop Believing” was on repeat […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Elbow – “The Take Off and Landing of Everything”

by Alicia Kamenick Gentle music lovers of Seattle, allow me to introduce you to Elbow. Okay, maybe seventeen of you are already somewhat familiar with them. John Richards does like to play them on KEXP (although he likes their cover of U2′s “Running To Stand Still” more than I do). Before I review their latest […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Drive-by Truckers ‘English Oceans’

By Jessica Kaminski English Oceans is the twelfth installment in the prolific Drive-By Truckers’ catalog and is a straightforward country rock album.  The band is solid and in sync, the songs have sturdy arrangements, but the album doesn’t pull any punches. While the lyrics teeter on the verge of being overly elementary, they are poetic […]

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SMI New Music Preview: ScHoolboy Q ‘Oxymoron’

By Billy Valentine Here comes another West Coast banger. That’s right, ScHoolboy Q — Los Angeles native and bucket hat aficionado — recently released Oxymoron, his third studio LP. And, it’s brimming with gangster grit and raw street-wise know-how. No surprise there, really. But what is surprising is why it took so long to finally […]

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SMI NEW MUSIC PREVIEW: AAN ‘AMOR AD NAUSEUM’

by Ian Cunningham Portland-natives Aan have an aversion to the cliché-soaked radio hits of today. As the album title would suggest, there is such a thing as too much pleasantry. Too much pandering for approval through accessibility. That’s not to say that their music is unapproachable; its foundation still lies in the orthodox formulas of rock. But […]

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Time on my Turntable 2013

Guest SMI contributor, musician and vinyl audiophile extraordinaire, John Roth  shares some of his favorite stax o’ wax of 2013.  More of some of our favorite music from 2013 coming next week… There is nothing like listening to well crafted, well produced music by brilliant artists on 186 gram vinyl. God help me, I do love it so […]

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SMI Music Preview: Planes On Paper – The East End Session EP

 by Christine Mitchell Sweetness, intimacy, and delicate harmonies permeate The East End Session, the debut EP from Planes on Paper, which consists of Navid Eliot (vocals, guitar) and Jen Borst (vocals). Recorded live at the Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima, this quiet group of songs plays out as a cohesive, stark showcase of pure, unadulterated song […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Robbie Williams – Swings Both Ways

by Alicia Kamenick Alas, poor Robbie Williams. A big star everywhere but America.  And dang it, what a shame. Dude has some serious pop chops. A great voice, and a tongue firmly planted in his smirk.  He’s been putting out albums steadily since his almost-a-hit-in-the-US debut album The Ego Has Landed. (Remember “Millennium”?  “Angels”?  No??  […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Glen Hansard – ‘Drive All Night’ EP

by Alicia Kamenick Glen Hansard has been covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” in live shows for a while, but it wasn’t until this past summer, when he joined Bruce onstage in Kilkenny, Ireland for a live version that it spurred him to put it on record. A portion of the proceeds from the 4-song […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

by Christine Mitchell I like Eminem. And it’s not because I love rap (it’s just okay), or because I’m a hair away from white trash (yup), or because he’s cute even though he says all sorts of nasty stuff about women (nice eyes). I like Eminem because I’m a music geek. And as I listened […]

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