Good Reads

Sick of mainstream radio rap? Looking for some legitimate, inspired hip-hop with an unstoppable flow? Then check out the new Joell Ortiz video for “Battle Cry.” This Brooklyn-based rapper is as real as it gets, and as you can see in “Battle Cry,” he’s not bashful about letting people know.

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Mister Heavenly is a newly formed band – the upcoming dates in support of Passion Pit will be their first live shows. One of the official members is also part of Modest Mouse, which is among the most (mainstream) famous contemporary indie bands out there.

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a progressive band that blends classical music and rock into a truly unique experience. The band is currently on an exhaustive winter tour, which has Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing everything from old favorites to new songs off of the band’s latest disc, Night Castle (download right here).


Lifehouse stopped by The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles recently to treat fans to a special acoustic performance of their current single “All In” and track “Falling In,” both on the band’s latest album Smoke & Mirrors (download here).


Looking for some holiday music to get you in the mood this season? Then look no further than Wilson Phillips – Christmas In Harmony. The recently released album, which you can download here, offers 13 holiday classics delivered by the powerful, often angelic voices of Wilson Phillips, a trio comprised of Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chyna Phillips.


Acclaimed band The Aquabats! is back! Fans of The Aquabats! will be pleased to know that the band is issuing a new album, titled Hi-Five Soup!, on January 18, 2011. You can see the official tracklist for Hi-Five Soup! below and find The Aquabats! downloads right here.


What features iPads and a sample of “Love Shack”? That’s right, the new single from Far East Movement – who you probably know from “Like a G6” – and Roger Sanchez, “2Gether.” You can see the official video right here at Bloginity – check it out below.


Chiodos has just revealed the official video for “Caves,” the lead track on the band’s latest disc, Illuminaudio. The album is Chiodos’ first with new vocalist Brandon Bolmer, who replaced Craig Owens. You can download Illuminaudio right here and find other Chiodos downloads here.


It’s a shame that T.I. will be locked up when No Mercy drops, because this one is worthy of a raucous release party. Although No Mercy isn’t flawless, it shows a lot of growth from T.I., as he digs deep and delivers big on many of the tracks. T.I. shares his innermost thoughts but shows that he hasn’t forgotten how to have fun, either. Despite the impressive cast of guests, T.I. rises above the rest and stands out on every song. No Mercy offers something for everyone, with steamy club bangers as well as more serious, cerebral and honest explorations of the imprisoned rapper’s life.


If I had a dime for every time a music fan or critic hailed an artist as “the next [insert music god here],” I’d be as wealthy as any of today’s megastars.


Trunk Muzik 0-60 doesn’t waste too much time dwelling on haters, although given Yelawolf’s talent and the praise this disc has been attracting, he’s sure to be making plenty of envious peers about which to write on his next effort.


T.I.’s new album, No Mercy, leaked to the internet today. The album, formerly titled King Uncaged, features a number of big name guests, including Kanye West, Eminem, Drake, Pharrell, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera. T.I.’s new album is set for a December 7 release, but No Mercy leaks emerged late on Cyber Monday. You can pre-order the album here.

Rihanna covers British GQ (2)

Angels & Airwaves, one of the side projects of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, is set to release a movie called Love in March 2011. Love was the name of the band’s latest album, which was released (fittingly, I might add) on Valentine’s Day 2010. Thanks to “corporate underwriting”, according to DeLonge himself, the album was released free of charge.


The Soul Train Awards 2010 paid tribute to music legends and up-and-coming artists, with icons such as Ronald Isley and Anita Baker honored for their long history of contributions, and newcomers like Melanie Fiona cited for their potential to have prolific careers.