Robyn and Kelis will kick off a North American co-headlining tour on July 23rd at The Music Box in Los Angeles. The two recently exchanged tweets about the outing, deciding to name it the “All Hearts” tour. Robyn and Kelis have selected UK sensation Dan Black and Far East Movement, Robyn’s Cherrytree Records label mates, to kick off the festivities. Black was named as one of the Top 15 rising music stars on the BBC’s “Sound of 2009” list and heralded in the States for his recent solo debut, UN, and its smash single/video, “Symphonies.” Far East Movement, who were recently handpicked by Lady Gaga as support, will open with their kinetic brand of hiptronica music and preside over the breaks between performers with a live version of their FM Cherrybomb DJ Spin-off, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. PDT at www.CherrytreeRadio.com <http://www.CherrytreeRadio.com>. The tour will conclude at New York City’s Webster Hall on August 5th. 
Follow Robyn (http://twitter.com/robynkonichiwa), Kelis (http://twitter.com/iamkelis) and Cherrytree Records(http://twitter.com/CHERRYTREEREC) or visit www.cherrytreerecords.com to learn more about the “All Hearts” tour.




ROBYN & KELIS – “ALL HEARTS” TOUR
featuring special guests Dan Black and Far East Movement 

7/23     Los Angeles, CA      The Music Box
7/24     San Francisco, CA   Mezzanine
7/27     Boston, MA                House of Blues
8/2       Washington, DC        9:30 Club
8/3       Philadelphia, PA       Trocadero
8/5       New York, NY             Webster Hall

ROBYN SOLO TOUR DATES
6/17    London, England        Heaven 
6/19    London, England        G.A.Y
6/25    Cologne, Germany     Spex Live event
7/1      Borlange, Sweden      Peace & Love Festival
7/3      Roskilde, Denmark     Roskilde Festival
7/4      North Wales, U.K.       Wakestock Festival
7/15    Arvika, Sweden          Arvika Festival
7/16    Chicago, IL                  Pitchfork Music Festival    
7/17    Detroit, MI                    Crofoot Ballroom
7/22    Solana Beach             Belly Up Tavern
7/30    Toronto, ON                 Molson Amphitheatre 
                                                  Disco Lemonade: Summer Mashup Festival
7/31    Montreal, QC               Parc Jean Drapeau – Osheaga Festival
8/13    Oslo, Norway               Oya Festival
8/20    Trondheim, Norway    Pstereo Festival
8/21    U.K.                              V Festival
8//22   U.K.                              V Festival 
8/27    Stockholm, Sweden   Popaganda Festival

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A band comprising of three members in their teenage years may remind some of that other band that came from Disney but such comparisons should stop right away. Teen band Burnham is composed of three members namely guitar man Alex, 18, bassist Andre, 16, and lead vocalist Forrest, 14.
Recently, the band has released their debut single entitled Catch Me If You Can, a track co-written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. As for the other tracks in their debut album, renowned producers such as Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund of Espionage (Hey Soul Sister and Irreplaceable), Brian Kennedy (Chris Brown, Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney), and James Bourne of Busted (Year 3000) lend a hand in writing some songs together with the band. Anyway, to see the single Catch Me If You Can in its vidular glory, the video is embedded in this post for your viewing convenience.


Sibling rivalries will be normal for ‘sibling bands’ but such instances actually help the band big time for these rivalries are good in nature. Every band member has their own specialty that helps in their musical journey. Alex does well in creating lovely guitar riffs and Forrest’s specialty is finding that proper melody, while Andre organizes band rehearsals and spearheads the songwriting process.


With a record deal under Island Def Jam signed, sealed, and delivered, the band is set to prove that age is only a number and that talent, ultimately, decides a musician’s fate. They have already taken their first step in their musical journey with the release of their debut album and they’ll make sure it is not their last one.

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Lady GaGa’s music video for her next single Alejandro is not yet out but after a long wait, a glimpse of the upcoming video has finally surfaced.

The clip is obviously short but man, the artistry is there yet again. The creativity seems to be flowing continuously yet again. Typical GaGa, what’s not to love?

The first compilation album by Matchbox Twenty brought me some welcomed emotions, particularly nostalgia, once I listened to it. Exile On Mainstream, the name of the album, contains 17 tracks with six of those being new material and eleven greatest hits songs. As much as I want to review every track included in the album, I just cannot. The eleven tracks are very great in their own merit and if one has not listened to any of them, that person must have been living under a cave. In this post, the spotlight will be on the six new tracks that the band wrote for this album.

Opening the album is the lead and anthemic single How Far We’ve Come which has a drum-driven intro that charges very strongly. The track is absolutely catchy with a very friendly chorus to boot. I’ll Believe You When starts with child-friendly bells that may remind one of Christmas (okay, that sounds lame but it actually is true). The bass also adds a deft touch of funkiness into the track. All Your Reasons lets one get a glimpse of the band simply having fun. The track has a catchy riff and that ba-da-da-dup part in the intro is absolutely contagious.

The band has been known to produce quality slow tracks such as Unwell and such tracks make their presence felt anew in this album with These Hard Times and Can’t Let You Go. Among these tracks, These Hard Times, without a shadow of a doubt, is the best. The track’s smoothness clearly helps and the quality of the ballad is astounding.

The rest of the songs are absolutely class. The album is a great collection of fantastic material from the band’s back catalog. Music lovers who have not listened to these material will undoubtedly enjoy them and as for hardcore fans, they will surely appreciate the material once more. If anyone is looking for an album that can give them that nostalgic feeling, this is it. An added bonus is the new material that the band produced and the quality of these tracks are great. What else can one ask for?

Best Track: How Far We’ve Come
Other Recommended Tracks: These Hard TimesAll Your Reasons, and I’ll Believe You When
Genre: Rock
Date Released: October 2, 2007
Label: Atlantic Records


This post basically lets the author share his thoughts about the upcoming title defense of the Los Angeles Lakers against the team who beat them mercilessly two years ago, the Boston Celtics. A post about the Boston Celtics will be published hopefully tomorrow. Anyway, let us get the ball rolling shall we?

Key Acquisition: Ron Artest (via free agency)
Key Loss: Trevor Ariza (via free agency)
Overall Record: 57-25 (1st in Western Conference)

1. What has been the main problem for the Lakers this season?

I can honestly say it has been inconsistency. Kobe Bryant may have had to deal with a myriad of injuries but the Lakers this year are pretty inconsistent with their play. The Lakers have not been able to convincingly defeat some opposition in the regular season. They all look uninterested at some point with some questioning the hunger of the team. Aside from Bryant, Andrew Bynum’s knees have been a problem yet again this season.

On a positive note, the team does seem to have turned it up by a notch this postseason. Kobe Bryant, as expected, has been amazing this postseason, hitting one tough fadeaway jumper after another. Though the team has turned it up a notch, one can still feel some uncertainties regarding the squad. What if the Lakers’ offense start sputtering yet again? What if the injuries start to get the best of the squad? There are still some questions remaining for this squad but it all seems they have solved it.

2. Who among the Celtics should cause some big time concern for the Laker defense?

Initially, I had Rajon Rondo because his play has been outstanding but after enough consideration, I do not think he is the Celtic that should cause some concern for Hollywood. Sure, he may be setting up the table for his teammates but if the Lakers defend his teammates effectively, Rondo’s value lessens and the burden of the offense goes to someone who can create his own shot. Who is it then?

Without a doubt, it is Paul Pierce. In their 2008 encounter, the task of defending Pierce fell into the hands of Kobe Bryant and all the defending tired Bryant so much that he did not have enough energy to muster for their offense. Why Paul Pierce? He is big and strong. He collapses interior defenses with will. Some might say that Rajon Rondo should be the primary cause of concern but I honestly think that Paul Pierce wants moments like the NBA Finals. His play elevates big time and that should be enough reason for the Lakers to worry.

3. If there is anything that the Lakers must do offensively this series, what is it?

I cannot stress this enough but I am going to say it yet again: Let Pau Gasol be involved in almost every possession. Kobe is going to have his moments but the ball movement is crisper once Pau holds the ball in the low block. The defense’s attention switches to cutters who benefit with the triangle offense in place. This is also a good time for Pau Gasol to finally prove he is not a soft post player. Gasol’s length outdoes the strength of Perkins in my humble opinion.

A good thing too is do not hoist up some dumb shots (a great example is Artest’s three-pointer with 55 seconds left). The bigs of the Lakers have to improve their efficiency for the Lakers’ chances to be great. The bench also has to show some life. Lamar Odom’s rebounding is going to be key and the effectiveness of the backup guards (Farmar, Brown, and Vujacic) will be huge as well. If they perform well, Phil Jackson’s trust in them is going to grow and he can afford to give Bryant some key rest in the process.

4. Is this the moment where Ron Artest has to prove he is worth it?

Absolutely. The NBA Finals is the reason why the Lakers took a gamble on Artest and let Ariza walk away to the Rockets. His toughness is going to be a huge factor for the Lakers. Defending Paul Pierce (or Ray Allen in stretches) will be his main task and how he does this job is critical to the Lakers’ success. His shot selection will be important as well but playing as the envisioned ‘defensive stopper’ is all that the Lakers are asking from him.

5. How did the Lakers manage to get into the Finals despite all their problems?

Laker fans have to thank the Oklahoma City Thunder for pushing the Lakers hard in the opening round of the Lakers’ playoff run. The Thunder made them realize that things are not going to be easy. As a result, the next Laker wins have been impressive particularly all those close-out games. The Lakers, due to the Thunder, have been given an alarming wake-up call and have responded very well to the challenges that followed.

6. How will Kobe Bryant benefit from another Laker title win (if ever they do)?

His status as a true Laker will be cemented. Overcoming the Celtics is the basketball equivalent of overcoming the famed Curse of the Bambino. A successful title defense distances Bryant away from two-time MVP LeBron James who succeeds well in the regular season yet chokes come postseason time. He will get his second title without Shaq in the process (again, if they do win) and will be acquiring his fifth ring. I bet his mindset is all about getting revenge on the team that beat them to a pulp in a 92-131 loss at The Garden in 2008. I do expect him to make one tough shot after another but let us not get overconfident. This is going to be a key series for Kobe, no doubt.

Overall, basketball fanatics will be seeing a team that runs a very beautiful offense if executed properly. The patented Gasol-Bryant combination is also going to be a key factor but Ron Artest clearly has to step up. The post about the Boston Celtics should hopefully be done by tomorrow.

Magical. Divine. Amazing. Spectacular. Insert other superlatives and they all fit Kylie Minogue’s music video for All The Lovers. To see Kylie’s awesome (okay, that is another superlative) music video, here it is in all its shining glory:

I have to ask, what the eff is a horse doing there? Still, this is a music video that screams ‘eye candy’ right from the start. Still not satisfied? Read my review of All The Lovers as well!

Let me get this down quickly. The official single remix for David Guetta’s Gettin’ Over You is miles ahead compared to the album version. The tempo is faster and the presence of Fergie absolutely did wonders. Even LMFAO’s presence increases the appeal that the track has. To make things even nicer, Chris Willis’ vocals do fit now. It does not sound forced and they do mesh well with the vocals of the other collaborators.

The official single remix now has that killer appeal that the album version did not have. The presence of Fergie and LMFAO freshened the single in massive levels. Fergie’s power vocals are the bomb and even the repetitiveness of LMFAO’s lines is great. Overall, a remix that easily outclasses the original thus deeming the original very forgettable and should be included in someone’s party-oriented playlists.

Genre: House
Date Released: May 30, 2010 (U.K)/April 27, 2010(U.S)
Label: Virgin Records

The single originally meant to be sung by Cheryl Cole (now known as Cheryl Tweedy after she  dropped the Cole surname according to reports) for her 3 Words album has been making some intense waves in the U.S charts as it has reigned the Billboard Hot 100 for one time and is currently sitting on the charts for 13 weeks now. The original U.K release is something that I really loved for its infectiousness. The U.S release, which now has rapper Ludacris as a collaborator, aims to duplicate the brilliance that its UK predecessor had. Was it successful though? Let me put my thoughts about it then.

Cruz’ auto-tuned vocals perfectly fit the song. At times, auto-tuning makes the quality of the song even worse but in this case, it all contributes to the brilliance that the song proudly possesses. The slick production values for the song absolutely turned the track into a stunning club banger though it does feel a bit generic in some aspects. Ludacris’ appearance is something the U.S audience would like but it was a little bit unnecessary.

What we get overall is an impressive product coming from Taio Cruz. The U.S version is indeed successful in duplicating the brilliance its U.K counterpart had. The cheese flows in the track but who cares? Break Your Heart is infectious, catchy, and very chart-friendly. What’s not to love?

Genre: Pop
Date Released: September 13, 2009 (U.K)/February 25, 2010 (U.S)
Label: Island Records/Mercury Records

Lola Dutronic are an electronic pop duo who divide their time between Berlin and Toronto. Vocalist Lola Dee, who has performing on stage in Germany since the age of 5, sings in both English and French for their latest release, the Musique EP. Her partner, producer/composer Toronto-based Richard Citroen was a former member of the Canadian band The Diodes. Richard Citroen also does the mixing for their latest release.
ALBUM REVIEW: Musique by Lola Dutronic

The seven-track-long EP boasts of having great musical arrangements in every track. The overall vibe of the EP may be said as modern filled with electronic leanings. Lola Dee’s vocals do seem to act like they are not the main attraction in the record though. However, the album closer Best Years of our Lives allows Lola Dee’s vocals to get the spotlight while accompanied by a very polished arrangement. The aforementioned track actually is the best track in my book because the track utilized to full extent the capabilities of the duo.

The best arrangement in the EP goes to Chanson D’ete (Summer of Love Mix) for possessing new wave qualities. The production work done overall is good. Every arrangement in the record is well-polished and very pleasant to the senses. However, more attention could have been given to the vocals. Lola Dee does have some good vocals to boot. This is why I am wondering why at times, I felt like I was basically listening to an instrumental effort. Still, it must be said that Musique is a great effort though not everyone will appreciate material such as this.

Genre: Pop
Label: Red Star Digital Music
Date Released: May 18, 2010

The New York-based group Scissor Sisters have unveiled the first single for their upcoming third studio album named Night Work. The single is entitled Fire With Fire and what we have loved from the band (exceptional quality in their material, that is) is still present in this latest release.

The single starts out with a slow dramatic piano background which suddenly builds up into a bouncy danceable track with the infusion of the synths in the chorus. This is simply another taste of pop excellence. Fire With Fire literally can be scorching track with all of these elements present. It is a disco anthem that many people will love (expect people from the U.S of course). I am left wondering why the band’s home country does not appreciate the awesome talent that this band has. The band’s musicality easily outclasses the generic trash that is currently in their charts. I am freaking serious with that assessment. Hopefully, Fire With Fire will be the hit that finally wakes up the people of the band’s home country.

Genre: Pop
Label: Universal Records (US)/Polydor Records (UK)