Author Archives: Liz Galvao

Is a grunge revival on the way? With a new Pearl Jam record out and Johnny Knoxville dressing like a grandpa, anything’s possible. Brighton’s Tigercub seem prepared for the flannel renaissance with their new single “Mother.” You can definitely hear the (teen) spirit of certain ’90s bands in well-placed screaming and detached/clever lyrics like, “If […]

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Rappers can be moody fucks. Just look at Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover of Community. Last week he Instagrammed a series of fears and self-doubts he’d written on hotel stationary, including, “I’m afraid people hate who I really am,” and “I’m afraid I’ll never reach my potential.” Glover also commented on the new Childish Gambino […]

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There’s something about those Swedes. I don’t know if it’s the herring or the affordable modern furniture, but they keep putting out creative pop music. Take Swedish dream pop trio Postiljonen, who borrowed from Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” on their single “All That We Had Is Lost.” For their upcoming EP of the […]

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Do you know how to say “goodbye” in Russian? Google says it’s do svidaniya, but for pronunciation simply turn to Misun’s upbeat new single “Goodbye Sasha.” It’s a cheerful romp from the DC aquawave band along the lines of “It’s A Small World,” if the robots popped off and broke it down halfway through the […]

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Ms. Lauryn Hill has released a new track, “Consumerism,” on the eve of her release from prison after serving three months for tax evasion on about $1 million in income. Interestingly enough, she served her time at the same Danbury, Connecticut minimum security prison featured in Piper Chapman’s book Orange Is the New Black. “Consumerism” was […]

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If you got through the movie No Strings Attached, you might remember the scene in which Ashton Kutcher gives Natalie Portman a period-themed mix CD. Old format aside, I think he could’ve done better with his content selection. “Red, Red Wine?” C’mon, that’s just lazy. Fortunately, U.S. Girls’ “28 Days” is just the period anthem we’ve […]

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Do you ever wonder why Charli XCX wrote and then gave away “I Love It?” It’s because she knew she could wake up the next morning and write a dozen more pop anthems. The 21-year-old British singer is currently writing music for Britney Spears and Rita Ora in addition to promoting her new album, less […]

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You can tell a lot about a person by which Elliott Smith songs he likes. I never realized how many upbeat songs he’d released until a happy-go-lucky Portlandian friend of mine kicked off a playlist with “Rose Parade.” Moi, I prefer the real wrist-slashers, and apparently Madonna’s on my wavelength. Last night she covered “Between […]

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Honestly, you could have told me that “Little White Lies” was a lost track from 1996 and I would’ve believed you. It would fit right in on an early Now That’s What I Call Music! Remember how they always had one or two random songs that you’d never heard before? As it happens, Clare Maguire is no […]

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