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Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 is the singer’s first official venture into pop music. The 13-track release shows no hint of her country roots, with synthesizer melodies and a deeper sound to her normally high-pitched voice. The first single to be released was “Shake it Off,” the most upbeat song on the album.  The song …

Aphex Twin — Syro Aphex Twin’s first album in ten years lacks the bizarre, entertaining personality of his earlier works Come to Daddy or I Care Because You Do. However, fans of these ambient albums will be more than pleased with Syro’s endless intricate details and Dramamine-dosed sonic landscapes. — Blake Jennings, MTSU Sidelines Staff Writer Alt-J — This Is All Yours Alt-J has traded in …

By Olivia Ladd, Contributing Writer Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke surprised fans by releasing an unexpected sophomore solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, available strictly from popular illegal download site BitTorrent. The album, which consists of eight tracks and a video, is available for six dollars through a pay gate, a first for BitTorrent. Listeners can also sample a …

By Blake Jennings, Staff Writer U2 is a band that has been on the verge of musical self-satire for a while now. Bono especially has always seemed keenly aware of the caricature that people have carved out for him—as that flag-waving, purple-shades-wearing, philanthropic mast-head of excessive arena-rock and self-importance. U2 has always suffered from taking …

The artwork for Jeremy Robertson & the Class Action's "Wait & See" EP. (FILE)

With this year’s worth while mainstream releases being few and far between, now’s the time to add some local, independent flair to your music library. Here are some of the latest releases from local artists: Daniel Young—“Unexpected”   Daniel Young’s debut release came about after the producer wanted to try his hand at electronic dance …

The album artwork for Beck's "Morning Phase" (FILE)

By Patty Greer // Staff Writer Beck is best known for his ’94 hit ‘Loser,” but since then he’s pushed all musical boundaries. Including influences of pop, rock, blues, soul and basically every other genre imaginable. “Morning Phase” is the first album by Beck time in nearly six years and is considered to be a sequel …