Matt Medlock



Three Vids and a Tape: Spotlight on Jared Evan

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In the last three years, New York native Jared Evan went from a complete unknown fusing seminal hip hop influences with the rock n’ roll he was raised on to a hot new up-and-comer in the music biz. At the age of nineteen, he won the Source magazine-curated Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s Spit 16 competition, and today at 21 he’s signed to Interscope with two mixtape albums under his belt, Radio in My Head and Back & Fourth. The latter is less a “mixtape” than a full-blown album, with appearances from artists like Roscoe Dash, Kevin Rudolf and Stat Quo and production duties being handled by stars like Pharrell Williams and Ill Factor as well as Evan himself. Although he has a “proper album” in the works for release later this year (tentatively titled The Fourth Chapter), why wait until then? You can check out three of his music videos and download the Back & Fourth mixtape after the break.

May
11
2011
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Foo Fighters - Wasting Light Review

Barring the presence of some sort of insect crawling its way past the sphincter and into the gastrointestinal nether region, you just can’t help but root for Foo Fighters. They’re likable, funny, humble, provide fist-pumping catharsis, and know how to have a good time while providing the same good time to their large fanbase. That’s not enough to make them a quality rock band, so lucky for them, they’ve also supplied an astonishingly (almost depressingly) high percentage of the really good mainstream rock gems of the last fifteen years. And that good will not only suited them but gave them an advantage against harder-to-please critics—their first few albums each had two or three mild/modest/mediocre tracks and the rest were great while nowadays they’re more inclined to release an album with two or three great tracks while the rest are mild/modest/mediocre.

May
09
2011
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Radiohead - The King of Limbs Review

Since Radiohead has spent a good portion of their career being cutting edge innovators, audacious deconstructors, and malleable superstars, they can’t afford to come up short of an epic game-changer every damn time they release a new album. It’s a cruel disadvantage, but that’s the fallout when you blow minds nearly every outing. It has become such a burden that, not too long ago, Thom Yorke declared that Radiohead would no longer be making albums. Making them had become too much of a burden on their collective nerves and psyche (“We can't possibly dive into that again, it'll kill us”). If pressure to do something genius every time out wasn’t enough, the painstaking, psychologically-damaging process of creation was proving far too taxing. Even though The King of Limbs’ very existence is contradiction, Yorke wasn’t being a sleight-of-hand master when he made the statement (at least, not as of yet).

Apr
28
2011
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PJ Harvey - Let England Shake Review

One of PJ Harvey’s greatest confessed fears is repeating herself. Over her twenty-plus year career, she has provoked and challenged her listeners in numerous ways, chief among them her unwillingness to meet any of them halfway or match expectations. While there was certainly connective tissue between her first two albums (the raw, intense Dry and the rawer, intense-r Rid of Me), the engineering and instrumentation style differed sharply enough to define each by their packages. Everything since has veered wildly in unpredictable directions, touching on blues, pop, folk, jazz, industrial, piano balladry and more; she even matched the stylistic departures through her own appearance, which shifted dramatically for each album release.

Apr
20
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#1)

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At long last, it's time to reveal the #1 artist of the last fifty years. I think you're all going to be very surprised. Okay, you won't be, but read on anyway?

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Mar
31
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#2)

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There's no shame in the silver medal. Find out who finished at #2 after the jump.

Mar
30
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#3)

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We've landed at #3. Find out who it is after the break.

Mar
29
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#4)

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We're getting really close to the top now. Today, check out #4 after the jump.

Mar
28
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#5)

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Welcome to another installment of the Top 100 Artists of the last fifty years. Check out #5 below.

Mar
27
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#6)

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Ninety-four down, six to go. Now let's find out who lands at #6.

Mar
25
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#7)

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On with the countdown. Find out who landed at #7 after the break.

Mar
24
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#8)

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Today it's time to check out #8. Check it out after the jump.

Mar
23
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#9)

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We keep getting closer to the top, but first let's check out who landed at #9.

Mar
23
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#10)

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Welcome to the Top 10. Let's waste no time and get straight to #10.

Mar
21
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#11)

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Arriving now at #11. Find out who after the jump.

Mar
20
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#12)

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Time for #12. Check 'em out after the break.

Mar
20
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#13)

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Find out what artist was lucky enough to land at unlucky number thirteen after the jump.

Mar
18
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#14)

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Let's keep the countdown moving with #14.

Mar
17
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#15)

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We've hit #15. Read on to find out who it is.

Mar
16
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#16)

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Moving right along now with #16.

Mar
16
2011
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