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‘Dirty Computer’ is a self-analyzing dream

Janelle Monáe is in love with the human spirit, more specifically, a liberated human spirit. A spirit free from oppressors and anyone pushing conformity. On her new album, “Dirty Computer,” she celebrates said spirit throughout the course of 14 tracks, ...

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Jack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ feels fresh and new

Weird, definitely weird. But good-weird. That would be one way to describe the new concept album, “Boarding House Reach,” by former White Stripes and The Raconteurs frontman Jack White. White is known for doing things his way, and that way ...

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On ‘Golden Hour,’ Musgraves shines

In the liner notes of Kacey Musgraves’ third album, “Golden Hour,” the country songstress writes: “There are certain junctures that you can’t think your way through – you just have to feel. I found myself at one making this album.” ...

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Taylor Swift put out another ‘Delicate’ music video. Why?

Taylor Swift debuted her music video for her latest single, “Delicate,” in March at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards – and I was disappointed. When she announced that she would be dropping another video for “Delicate,” I was kind of ...

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Lambert lacks liveliness in Fresno

Miranda Lambert slowly walked onto the stage of the Save Mart Center as her band played, lacking much of the staging or choreography of other artists who have come to Fresno. It was a low-key entrance and set the tone ...

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This desert band will make you feel nostalgic

If you’re looking to get nostalgic over summer memories, there’s a rock band ready to help you out. Formed in 2010, The Technicolors consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Brennan Smiley, bassist Mike “Nico” Nicolette and vocalist and guitarist Sean ...

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Track-by-track review of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’

Last Friday, Taylor Swift released her sixth album, “Reputation” — possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2017, and certainly one of the most talked about whether you’re a fan of Swift or not. Three years ago, Swift ditched ...

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Bad Suns gives shining performance at Strummer’s

The last time Los-Angeles-based rock band Bad Suns played in Fresno, their crowd was small. “The first time … we played to ten people and two stuffed cheeseburgers,” singer Chris Bowman said. “This feels good.” The band returned to Fresno ...

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Parade of Lights is electric

Parade of Lights is an electronic rock band from Los Angeles that makes feel-good music one can dance and sing to. Formed in 2010, Parade of Lights consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan Daly, bassist Randy Schulte, keyboardist Michelle ...

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‘Cosmic Egg’ hatches rock

The Australia-based band Wolfmother adds new members and turns up the volume on their second album.

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Buckle up for a ‘freaky’ flight

“Flight of the Conchords” get raunchy on latest album, “I Told You I Was Freaky,” and soar to comic heights.

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‘Built to Spill,’ dries up on latest album

After three years, “Built to Spill” returns with their seventh album, “There is no Enemy,” the band’s most balanced work in years.

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The Dodos

On their third album, “Time to Die,” the Dodos gain a member but lose originality.

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From Monkeys to Men

The “Arctic Monkey’s” latest album, “Humbug”, explores the bands transition from teenage Brit-pop sensations to adults.

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Heap ends four year hiatus with new album

Quirky British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap is a one of a kind artist who lets the beat of her music create the lyrics for her latest album Ellipse.

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Artist Spotlight: Colin Munroe

The iTunes generation opened the floodgates for genre-bending artists to make their way into mainstream media consciousness, leaving genre-based radio in a state of flux. In return, the line between hip-hop and rock has been blurred beyond the point of recognition.

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Music review: U2 and Neko Case

Though the texture-heavy "Horizon" ultimately demands more than one listen to fully cement itself in the listener's mind, the first few songs play it safe, making us believe that "classic U2" sound is firmly in place.

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Music review: Bruce Springsteen & Franz Ferdinand

“Working on a Dream” is Springsteen’s third album with both O’Brien and the E Street Band since 9/11, and like the previous two “The Rising” and “Magic” it is meticulously arranged and produced, from the elaborate strings on “Kingdom of Days” to the carefully-clipped loop that “Good Eye” is built upon.

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