Matt Hartman

Album Review: Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Way We Move

A mythos surrounds the tradition of the troubadour that has attracted and created Americana’s greatest artists–and some of its greatest failures. And then there’s Pennsylvanian Langhorne Slim–a man of modest aims, yet unquestionably among Woody […]

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Album Review: Curren$y – The Stoned Immaculate

Curren$y spent years spewing out music in a near workman-like approach to hip hop. But now he’s released The Stoned Immaculate, his so-called first real album. It feels largely like a celebration of everything ‘Spitta’ […]

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Album Review: Regina Spektor – What We Saw From the Cheap Seats

Regina Spektor is one of those artists–like Tom Waits, David Byrne, or Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors–who fans either love or hate, and most often as result of her peculiar singing style. On new […]

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Song Review: Usher – “Hot Thing” (Feat. A$AP Rocky)

Usher is back with new album Looking 4 Myself, released June 12. Looking to take over clubs all over again, the album contains a bonus track with the rapper set up to rule this year’s […]

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Spotlight: Chicago Hip Hop

The all-mighty internet is all abuzz with young Chicago MCs–YouTube videos are racking up views, blogs dig for new tracks, and the record deals are starting to reach the city’s south and west side ‘hoods. […]

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Spotlight: Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar‘s acclaimed mixtape, Section.80, opens with a song that sets him apart from other young MCs: Matter of fact, don’t mistake me for no fuckin’ rapper They sit backstage and hide behind the fuckin’ […]

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‘WIXIW’ by Liars

Liars‘ music has drifted through styles with – and even within – each album. Tied together by an experimental attitude and singer Angus Andrew’s constant laments, they’ve succeeded in surprising while remaining familiar. Their stunning […]

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‘The Only Place’ by Best Coast

Best Coast blew up in 2010 alongside other lo-fi Pitchfork favorites like Wavves and Dum Dum Girls with infectious summer-punk, surf pop tracks custom fit for blaring out open sunroofs on coastal roads. They were […]

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‘Bloom’ by Beach House

Bloom is aptly summed up in a few lines from “New Year” Can you call it? See it coming? Just enough to tell a story ’bout a portrait of a young girl waiting for a […]

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Hype Up: Aesop Rock – ‘Skelethon’

It’s five been long years since Aesop Rock released a solo album. But the drought will end soon when Rhymesayers drops Skelethon. In the time since None Shall Pass we’ve become well aware that Lil’ […]

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About Matt Hartman

Matt Hartman is a Chicago-based staff writer for SongLyrics. Born and raised in the Carolinas, he recently finished a graduate degree in the humanities at the University of Chicago.