Reba McEntire's Got a Hungry Heart on Love Somebody

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Reba McEntire may be a country queen, but she's no diva. She has a heart as big as her larger-than-life career. Her new album, Love Somebody, out April 14, is one of the best of her nearly four-decades-long career — certainly her strongest from the past two — and a triumphant return to form after a five-year gap since her last record.

"The overall theme is about love," the singer said of the new album to a small lunch group at Soho House on Monday. "Falling in, falling out, getting cheated on, cheated...I find songs that touch my heart because when I sing them, hopefully they'll touch your heart the way they've touched mine, if I did my job right."


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In New Documentary, Hardcore Singer Mike Judge Talks About His 'Leave of Absence'

The above is an exclusive premiere of Part 1 of a four-part Judge documentary by Noisey


If you had to put your finger on a moment when Mike "Judge" Ferraro, singer of straight-edge band Judge, figured he was done with hardcore, it might have been just before the band's final song during a concert in Ybor City on their 1991 tour.

There are shouts of "white power" early in the set, now posted to YouTube, and later a group of morons gangs up on an African-American audience member. This came in addition to the violence that was by then expected at Judge shows. It was ugly. "Since when does six guys on one old guy prove anything, man?" he asks from the stage. "Can't you guys come to a show and have a good time?" After some tuning, he says, "All right, this is the last one, so have fun," just before the band — who all look pretty drained at this point — bang into the opening chords of "Take Me Away."

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Gabrielle Herbst Finds Her Layered, Looping Voice with GABI

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Ethereal electronic outfit GABI is the brainchild of composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist Gabrielle Herbst, a woman who surely deserves the long-winded title. Her musical journey started deep in the forest of the Berkshires with a steady diet of Bob Dylan and gamelan music. As a young child, she joined her ethnomusicologist father for an extended stay in Indonesia to study Balinese dance. On the Herbst property stood a barn housing no animals — save some poodles — as it was reserved for rehearsals and performance work.

"It was an interesting childhood, for sure," she says. After studying voice and composition at Bard College and diligently self-educating with her loop pedals, Herbst now prepares for the release of her debut album. Sympathy starts as a hot skillet-skating pad of butter but drips down into something infinitely more complex.

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Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Makes an Escape Worth Celebrating

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Jana Hunter of Lower Dens
Jana Hunter finally decided to release the small anxieties so she may truly fill the stage.

Hunter, leader of Baltimore-based post-rock band Lower Dens, made a conscious effort to untangle her neck muscles and embrace a new definition of performer. This change is evident on the group's third full-length, Escape From Evil, out on Ribbon Music. Her raw, bold candor investigates less savory human urges and insecurities through a thick fog of upbeat synth. Escape keeps a quicker pace than the past two records. It's more warm, laid bare — and Hunter's lyrics seep out glittering but neatly contained in a clear cadence.

"I feel a lot more comfortable with myself as a performer than I used to," Hunter explains. "So I settled in to performing...That's the ultimate test of your ability as a performer: being onstage and being able to connect with the music, but not be overly self-conscious or self-aware. To be uninhibited. I don't think you're really giving much to people if you're just worried about how you look or you're presenting."

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Cannibal Ox Return With the Sharp Blade of the Ronin

Categories: Hip-Hop, Interview

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Cannibal Ox were born out of a need for honesty. For MCs Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, the truth is steeped in both the good and bad, and they view their music as maintaining the equilibrium between the two. "We come from a place of knowing that if we understand balance, there's triumph within the fact that we understand and accept that life is not vacant, it's an exchange of many dynamics," says Vordul. "We are always grateful for the light that we gain."

In that honesty and in that light, Can Ox have cultivated an aesthetic that can only be described as gritty and cryptic, an ode to their musical authenticity. And also an ode to New York.

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Dillon Francis Says His Wildly Popular Instagram Comedy Is Thanks to Jim Carrey

Categories: EDM, Interview

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Dillon Francis totes his In-N-Out, maybe wondering where he parked his car.
Have you ever just known you could be best friends with someone — if only you got the chance to meet them? Fans of 27-year-old dance music DJ Dillon Francis know the feeling well, thanks to an online persona that makes him approachable when fans run into him in real life.


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Why Tiësto Is Tired of All the Subgenre Labeling in Dance Music

Categories: Interview

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At this point, what else can be said of Tiësto? It seems like he's been "the dude" since EDM was simply called "dance music," back when it was still a taboo curiosity creeping along slowly from city to city.

The 45-year-old Dutchman is known to fans and fellow DJs alike as the "Godfather of EDM." He's been the highest-paid DJ in the world, and still cranks out hit tracks (as well as business ventures) with the regularity, and vigor, of someone twenty years his junior.

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DJ Carnage: Relatable? Yes. Divisive? Yes.

Categories: Interview

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, DJs were people, too. The man on stage was the man in the booth was the man signing autographs was the man shopping for new boxers -- there was no difference within these changing contexts. But as the world of EDM grows into the behemoth it has lately become, DJs have become symbols instead of people, and have slowly started to lose what young'uns would call "realness." Enter DJ Carnage, born Diamante Blackmon, a young DJ/producer who is reclaiming what it means to be real in an ocean of confused and uninformed characters, be they DJs or audiences. Carnage has shown both the guys behind the scenes and fans of the EDM movement that he has his own way of doing things, and he's not afraid to shock a few people along the way (in a good way, we promise).


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Gwar Love New York City, Still Want to Kill All the Humans

Categories: Interview, Metal

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Vulvatron's breasts that spray blood
Earlier this year, the death of David Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, shook the rock world and left fans of Gwar wondering who would fill his large, claw-toed shoes.

Enter Vulvatron.

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So, You Think You Know Hardwell?

Categories: Interview

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You may know every word to every track by Hardwell. You may know he's been named the No. 1 DJ in the world two years running. You may know he's one of the biggest stars to emerge out of a new EDM scene, and that he produces songs that go on to become festival anthems across the globe. But how well do you know Hardwell, the man? How well do you know Robbert van de Corput?

See also: Where EDM Is...and Where It's Going

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