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  • '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 »

  • Empires Are Feeling Very Good Indeed

    June 19, 2014 2:55 PM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Sharp, creative and bringing a commendable freshness to the sometimes drearily derivative world of contemporary rock, Empires are a remarkably good rock ‘n’ roll band. In a world full of faceless, regurgitated rhythms and emotion-by-numbers, the band’s music is strikingly compact, precise and non-excessive: There is a there there, and there are no wasted notes anywhere. In Yahoo’s neck of the woods shortly before the release of their new EP How Good Does It Feel&mdas...  | More »

  • They Are the Champions: A Queen + Adam Lambert Timeline

    June 18, 2014 11:05 AM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    Adam Lambert is joining Queen on the road this summer, and while it's one of the most anticipated tours of 2014, this trek has been a long time coming. Truly, from the moment Adam first entered America's living rooms and the American Idol audition room five (yes, FIVE) years ago, he seemed fit for a Queen and destined to one day front the legendary glam-rock group. [Related: Adam Lambert Admits He Discovered Queen Through 'Wayne's World'] As we prepare for Queen + A...  | More »

  • The Arrival Of Sam Smith

    June 17, 2014 5:04 PM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    Sam Smith: In The Lonely Hour (Capitol) Aside from being especially good and conspicuously talented, Brit singer Sam Smith is one of very few artists positioned exactly right to be the very next Big Thing. He’s already caused a stir in the UK charts via appearances with Disclosure and Naughty Boy; Stateside TV buzz via appearances on Fallon and Saturday Night Live (particularly the latter) was major and well-publicized; he’s a Brit Award winner enthralled with the legacy of Amy Wi...  | More »

  • Gabriel Kahane Gives Touring A New Meaning

    June 16, 2014 4:58 PM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance
     |  Dave DiMartino

    One of the year’s very best albums has arrived in a comparatively low-key, unheralded manner—as often happens—and this is something you really shouldn’t miss. The Ambassador, the latest work by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Kahane, aims to tell the story of Los Angeles. With a diverse array of songs bearing addresses in their titles, such as “Musso and Frank (6667 Hollywood Blvd),” and “Union Station (800 N. Alameda St.)," Kahan...  | More »

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