Metalstep: Korn go Dubstep, Kyla La Grange & other bands of the week

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Metalstep

Dubstep’s hard-edged North American producers have incorporated more aggressive guitar riffs into their sound and ’90s “nu-metal” embarrassment Korn are now making a dubstep album with obnoxious dubstep producer Skrillex. Try not to get sick in mouth.

Kyla La Grange

An English singer-songwriter (pictured) who has bubblin’ under for a while now, La Grange steps out into the light with the Fleetwood Mac-esque folk-rock of Been Better. It’s the sound of mid-90s AM radio updated for 2011.

James Franco’s new band

Yes, the actor James Franco. He’s teamed up with performance artist Kalup Linzy on a musical project called Kalup And Franco and guess what? It’s pretty good. Well, it’s better than his Oscars hosting performance. Boom! No seriously, it’s very indie R&B which is sooo hot right now.

Bon Iver covers Bonnie Rait

After he performed the song I Can’t Make You Love Me on Jimmy Fallon, Justin Vernon sat down at the piano in a studio and recorded a superior version complete with a detour into Raitt’s Nick Of Time.

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Lady Gaga’s fashion blog & other sites of the week

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Amen Fashion

Lady Gaga has got herself a Tumblr fashion blog.

amenfashion.tumblr.com

Dear Photograph

A photo site that places that great old photograph in its modern context to see how things have changed in its environment.

http://dearphotograph.com

GroopEase

Take the discount model forged by Groupon and apply that to music and you get GroopEase. Each day, a vetted independent band gets the “groop of the day” tag and as a member you get the opportunity to purchase their album at a discount if you like what you hear.

http://www.groopease.com

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