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  • Extremely Thicke!

    July 1, 2014 10:30 AM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Robin Thicke: Paula (Star Trak/Interscope) Yes, it’s something of a head-scratcher that the always agreeable, upbeat and friendly falsetto-prone Robin Thicke: 1) Has had more than the usual quick-blip-then-it’s-over career—the dude has methodically milked it and then hit the enormo-bigtime with 2013’s Blurred Lines 2) Could give America cause for concern when onstage with Miley Cyrus during the 2013 VMAs and examining her report card, and 3) Could not only publicly sha...  | More »

  • Bootstraps: The Glory, The Grandeur & The Dandy Music

    June 30, 2014 10:25 AM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Though they don’t have a plethora of live gigs under their belt, or a frenzied following of manic fans trading performance tapes and videos, Bootstraps, still a very young band, are positioned enviably nonetheless. They are very good and only getting better. The L.A.-based group, who recently released their self-titled debut album on the revamped (and consistently tasteful) Harvest Records label, aren’t actually starting from scratch. Like many of today’s more interesting ...  | More »

  • 'Rising Star' Gets It About 70 Percent Right

    June 25, 2014 11:05 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    On Sunday night, ABC premiered a new singing show called Rising Star. Yes, another music competition. Can this latest entry in a crowded (and some would say fading) market do what The Next, Platinum Hit, P. Diddy's Starmaker, Redemption Song, ABC's own Kelly Clarkson/Robin Thicke/John Legend/Jennifer Nettles-helmed Duets, and even to some extent The X Factor could not — and actually stake out a credible place alongside American Idol and The Voice? Well, maybe. It does have ex...  | More »

  • Video: SZA Joins Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller

    June 24, 2014 3:00 PM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop

    New Jersey-bred SZA was raised on a healthy music diet of Wu-Tang Clan and jazz, hence her stage name is fashioned after the Wu frontman RZA. Since being recruited to be the first lady of Kendrick Lamar's Top Dawg Entertainment, the artist born Solana Rowe has generated a buzz with her EPs, See.SZA.Run, S, and Z, the latter released last April.In May, TDE celebrated Z with a live event at the Red Bull Studios LA where SZA performed the entire set, bringing two special guests on stage wit...  | More »

  • 'X' Rated And Proud Of It!

    June 24, 2014 10:30 AM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Ed Sheeran: X (Atlantic) There’s a school of thought holding that today’s biggest biggest pop stars should be as visually striking as they are musically memorable. In purely literal terms, that’s completely so here. But is it a compliment? Brit songwriter Sheeran, red-headed and oozing pure guy-next-door friendliness, returns Stateside with an album likely to sell by the boatload—like him, it’s upbeat, friendly, clever almost to the point of pain, and defiantly n...  | More »

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