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Frances Wilson14 hours ago
The Pianist's Loneliness
"The loneliness doesn't worry me...I spend most of my life alone, even backstage...I'm there completely alone. I like the time alone..." —Stephen Hough, speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs T...
John Parks18 hours ago
Album Review- ACCEPT -Rise of Chaos (Nuclear Blast Records)
Legendary German metal stalwarts Accept have just released their new album Rise of Chaos, the follow-up to their 2014 release Blind Rage and their first since yet another lineup change. On the final t...
The Peanut Gallery Makes Authentic Rap
The Peanut Gallery is a New Jersey rap “group” that got their start as a five-piece, originally going by the name Party of 5IVE. As they started working on their album, the band started to realize the...
chuck fresha day ago
Anja and the Dreamers
First, there was Joni Mitchell. Then there was Sarah McLaughlin. And then there were Adele, Lorde, and Sia. Continuing along the lineage of those legendary singer-songwriters is the next big thing—Anja Conklin of Anja and the Dreamers. Born to this Earth less than 18 years ago and about to enter her senior year at Mel High, Anja Conklin has already written and recorded well over 100 original songs. Her three-piece band, Anja and the Dreamers, features Anja Conklin on lead vocals, piano, and guit...
Eric Allen2 days ago
Looking Back at Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour
In celebration of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour coming to DVD and Blu-ray in September, I’m reflecting on her fabulous Nashville concert stop back in January 2016. The two-hour-plus show was the first Mu...
Carlos Gonzalez2 days ago
8EEZ Playlist: Birthday Edition
Hello there! Today is the day that God or Mother Nature decided to pollute this world with my existence! So, I apologize to the world for soiling this universe with my natural weirdness and need to be...
Sean Patrick2 days ago
Revisionist History: Arguing Tutti Frutti with Malcolm Gladwell
“Tutti Frutti, Aw Rooty, Tutti Frutti, Aw Rooty, A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!" –Little Richard 1955. On a recent episode of his exceptional podcast Revisionist History, journalist Malcolm Gladwell was discussing why country music embraces sadness while rock n’roll tended toward generalism in songwriting. Gladwell’s point was to emphasize the awe-inspiring power of music, especially sad music like that of his other subject on the show, the so-called “King of Tears,” songwriter Bobby Braddo...
Catchiest Metal Cover Songs
Most people cast metal aside as one of those music genres that is all about screaming to the sound of thrashing guitar riffs. For some bands, this might be true. After all, not all metal bands are goo...
Alex Bernier20 days ago
Groceries on La Isla Bonita
The Belize heat ignites another day in the town of San Pedro. A man steps out of his wooden stilt home and heads towards the main street on a grocery mission. Any reason to get him out of the house is good enough, as he is exhausted from the usual bickering with his wife of twenty-five years, even if that means walking across town with plastic bags full of food under the tropical sun. The sun slows his walking pace. La siesta could not come soon enough. He arrives at the market out of breath. Ev...
Rowan Marleya month ago
Worst Rock Albums of All Time
Music is an art genre that is very "hit or miss," and nothing proves this better than the music career of legendary artists in the rock industry. Most of the time, when we think of major bands, we thi...
Katie Marchbanka month ago
Best Michael Jackson 'Thriller' Songs
Michael Jackson, also known as MJ and the King of Pop, was an iconic star in pop culture throughout his life. He began in a band with his older brothers known as the Jackson 5 but quickly moved on to ...
Asaad aka Young27 Solidifies Legacy in Hip-Hop with Hard Work
North Philadelphia hip-hop artist, Sayyid Asaad or simply called Asaad, named 2016 the White Light Year—accompanying its own social media hashtag of #WHITELIGHTYEAR. He released a song every day for t...
Music and Business
The ins and outs behind one of the largest industries out there. Get ready to press "play".
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Exploring the men, women, and motivations behind your favorite hip-hop music.
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chuck fresha day ago
Anja and the Dreamers
First, there was Joni Mitchell. Then there was Sarah McLaughlin. And then there were Adele, Lorde, and Sia. Continuing along the lineage of those legendary singer-songwriters is the next big thing—Anja Conklin of Anja and the Dreamers. Born to this Earth less than 18 years ago and about to enter her senior year at Mel High, Anja Conklin has already written and recorded well over 100 original songs. Her three-piece band, Anja and the Dreamers, features Anja Conklin on lead vocals, piano, and guit...
Yvonne Glasgow3 days ago
Immortal Synn Brings Back a Classic Metal Sound
True metal fans can rejoice with the release of this album from Denver’s Immortal Sÿnn. They are a 5-piece heavy metal band that has adopted a more old school sound and style when it comes to their ty...
Pierre Roustan5 days ago
Breaking the Bad Rocker Stereotype: The Real Reason Why Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Committed Suicide
Depression isn't an addiction, folks. It's a disease. And one that doesn't necessarily come about of one's own volition. It's not like depression comes from a needle or even too many mixed drinks on a...
Tamara Domuzin7 days ago
5 Life Lessons Music Has Taught Me
We're all suspected of being under the influence of music, relying on this harmless addiction to boost our levels of dopamine. Chasing that rush, sending chills down the spine, calming the chaos in ou...
Catchiest Metal Cover Songs
Most people cast metal aside as one of those music genres that is all about screaming to the sound of thrashing guitar riffs. For some bands, this might be true. After all, not all metal bands are goo...
Corey Gittleman22 days ago
Most Memorable Rock Singers Who Passed Away
Rock and roll legends have helped pave the way for modern day musicians. Whether it was their riffing guitars or booming drums, you cannot take away from the breathtaking vocals that come from the lead singer. Indeed, the lead singer is the voice of the band (both literally and figuratively), and the one who tells the story and helps to bring raw emotion into each and every song. Unfortunately, many of the most legendary vocalists from eras past have since moved on to their resting places. It is...
Eric Allen2 days ago
Looking Back at Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour
In celebration of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour coming to DVD and Blu-ray in September, I’m reflecting on her fabulous Nashville concert stop back in January 2016. The two-hour-plus show was the first Mu...
Review: Louis Tomlinson Is Set to Take the Music World by Storm
Following in the footsteps of his fellow One Direction bandmates, Louis Tomlinson released his second solo debut single to be featured on his upcoming, yet to be titled, solo album back on July 21st, ...
Pierre Roustan5 days ago
Breaking the Bad Rocker Stereotype: The Real Reason Why Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Committed Suicide
Depression isn't an addiction, folks. It's a disease. And one that doesn't necessarily come about of one's own volition. It's not like depression comes from a needle or even too many mixed drinks on a...
The Same Person Made All of Your Favourite Songs.
What do Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, P!nk, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Ariana Grande all have in common, other than their chart topping hits? The man who created the chart top...
Catchiest Metal Cover Songs
Most people cast metal aside as one of those music genres that is all about screaming to the sound of thrashing guitar riffs. For some bands, this might be true. After all, not all metal bands are goo...
Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood Had "Touch Of Lung Cancer"
When it comes to the word "cancer," people have reported a range of reactions, from feeling as though their world was about to end to an eerie sort of calm. For guitarist Ronnie Wood of the legendary ...
Sean Patrick2 days ago
Revisionist History: Arguing Tutti Frutti with Malcolm Gladwell
“Tutti Frutti, Aw Rooty, Tutti Frutti, Aw Rooty, A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom!" –Little Richard 1955. On a recent episode of his exceptional podcast Revisionist History, journalist Malcolm Gladwell was discussing why country music embraces sadness while rock n’roll tended toward generalism in songwriting. Gladwell’s point was to emphasize the awe-inspiring power of music, especially sad music like that of his other subject on the show, the so-called “King of Tears,” songwriter Bobby Braddo...
DarLing Lor2 days ago
Beethoven: A Presentation
(December 1770 — March 26, 1827) Have you ever wondered about who this particular man was? He was born in Germany and was a composer of classical music. He hasn't been mentioned since he passed away, ...
Scott Bowen5 days ago
The La's Released a Brilliant Record in 1990. Then They Vanished.
The La's are known best for their hit single, "There She Goes," a song that blew many musicians away with its cleverness and Beatle-influenced sound, and has been covered by many people, including Six...
Carlos Gonzalez2 days ago
8EEZ Playlist: Birthday Edition
Hello there! Today is the day that God or Mother Nature decided to pollute this world with my existence! So, I apologize to the world for soiling this universe with my natural weirdness and need to be...
Carlos Gonzalez10 days ago
8EEZ Playlist
Hi. My name is Carlos G. Don't know me? Well, I didn't expect you to. But, if it helps any, here's a brief little bio. Brooklyn N.Y. born and bred. Went to the Fame" high school, but have yet to attai...
David Lasher22 days ago
Top 10 Best Pre-Game Songs
As someone who loves sports and playing them, I get why the music you listen to can have a big impact on performance. In all major sports, music is a great way to get you pumped up and ready to play. ...
Frances Wilson14 hours ago
The Pianist's Loneliness
"The loneliness doesn't worry me...I spend most of my life alone, even backstage...I'm there completely alone. I like the time alone..." —Stephen Hough, speaking on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs T...
Eric Allen2 days ago
Looking Back at Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour
In celebration of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour coming to DVD and Blu-ray in September, I’m reflecting on her fabulous Nashville concert stop back in January 2016. The two-hour-plus show was the first Mu...
Thomas Graves19 days ago
Mehtab Malhotra: An Outsider's Stumble Through the Musical Poetry of South Asian Ghazal
After a few minutes winding down streets near Green Park, London, I stepped into the Nehru Centre (cultural wing of the High Commission for India). I showed my ticket and wandered in, spending some time perusing artwork displayed in a well lit, high ceilinged room before heading upstairs for the concert. As I entered the room I was washed over with the sudden darkness of a room in which only the musicians were lit, and the faint, sweet scent of rose water that transported me back to my recent br...
Thomas Graves22 days ago
Why Am I Here? Musics, Cultures, Emotions
I am new here. A good question to ask whenever one finds oneself in a new space, be it physical or virtual is, "Why am I here?" This is not always an easy question to answer, and can sometimes lead th...
Dean Conway2 months ago
Help us, Hipsters. You're Our Only Hope.
Musicology is the study of music. Within classical musicology, there are terms given to certain musical formats or layouts of pieces of music. For example, let us imagine a hypothetical piece of music...
Jordan Catto2 months ago
Akala, Illa State, Hip-Hop Shakespeare and the Rise of Conscious Grime
As a white, working class British man in his 20's from the rolling hills of Surrey, Grime Music is not something I claim to own any rights to. At an early age I became a huge fan of Eminem and always ...
Jennifer York9 days ago
And All That Jazz
Here are some epic jazz heroes from the 20s and 30s.
Forgotten 60s Rock Bands
The 1960s has brought about some of the best music in human history. It was this era that brought famous acts like the Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and even The Supremes. It's hard not to fin...
Eric Allen2 months ago
Prince: Purple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition)
In 1984, Prince became a household name when his popularity soared into the stratosphere upon the release of his film debut and its accompanying soundtrack, Purple Rain. Eventually selling over 25 mil...
Yvonne Glasgow2 months ago
Groupoem Returns After 25 Year Hiatus
Groupoem is an alternative rock band that went on a 25-year hiatus and then decided to reform with the original members. To fund a tour, much like many bands are doing these days, they opted to try cr...
Emily Rose Thorne2 months ago
Remembering Prince, An Artist That Defied Boundaries, On What Should Be His 59th Birthday
“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Today, we recognize what would have been the 59th birthday of Prince, the iconic artist who left us last spring. On ...
Emily Rose Thorne3 months ago
Ariana Grande to Perform Benefit Concert in Manchester in Another Admirable Act of Love; “We Won’t Let Hate Win”
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Singer Ariana Grande posted a letter on social media on May 26, 2017 promising a return to what she calls the “incredibly brave city of Manchester.” She plans to perform a benefi...
Mark Darnell5 days ago
Juniors Gone Wild
I have spent a good portion of my mid- to late-twenties trying to find the right sound for me. At the time I was in an all-original band that did play covers to pay the bills. So needing something ver...
Jared Rimer9 days ago
The Musical Evolution of a Webmaster
Hello everyone! Welcome to another article here on Vocal. Today, I'd like to talk about my music experience, and what types of music I’m in to. I started with music at a very young age. I am told that...
Jesse Guerrero22 days ago
6 Tips to Become Great at Piano
Want to be great at piano? Use these tips to improve your skill!
Skunk Uzeki2 months ago
How Do Musicians Make Money?
If you have ever seen a guitar player busking for money, you're probably under the belief that musicians really are almost always either totally broke or filthy rich. Speaking as someone who has a lot...
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Mary Golden2 months ago
5 Reasons Why Musicologists Are Important
"Musicology? What's musicology?" If I had a nickel for every time I heard that question, I'd have quite a bit of money by now. It is unfortunate that many people don't know about musicology. Whenever ...
Skunk Uzeki2 months ago
The Worst Song to Ever be Created
Sometimes, bad music happens to good bands. Elvis Presley infamously sang "Confidence" as part of a children's movie he filmed in the late 60s. Chuck Berry's song, "My Ding-A-Ling," was his only solo ...
John Parks18 hours ago
Album Review- ACCEPT -Rise of Chaos (Nuclear Blast Records)
Legendary German metal stalwarts Accept have just released their new album Rise of Chaos, the follow-up to their 2014 release Blind Rage and their first since yet another lineup change. On the final t...
Yvonne Glasgow3 days ago
Immortal Synn Brings Back a Classic Metal Sound
True metal fans can rejoice with the release of this album from Denver’s Immortal Sÿnn. They are a 5-piece heavy metal band that has adopted a more old school sound and style when it comes to their ty...
Avicii - AVICI (01) Review
After a sudden hiatus around a year ago, the creator of 'Levels' and 'Wake Me Up' has returned with a brand new EP, featuring the likes of AlunaGeorge, Rita Ora and Sandro Cavazza on two of the six tr...
Pete Adams4 days ago
3 Effective Ways to Improve Your Music Now!
Starting a career in music can be a tough journey with little to no direction on how to achieve your goals. Sure, there are countless websites that can tell you one thing or another, but none of them ...
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Danny Fleming7 days ago
Singing Karaoke
Karaoke is a Japanese word that means "empty orchestra." The word was used to describe the development of a video game that consisted of an amateur singer with a microphone, but the orchestra is taped...
Corey Gittleman8 days ago
What It's Like to Be: An Up and Coming DJ
Just a regular college student, studying to make his way into the business work force, Joseph Brown decided to take one of his passions with him to college to continue out his dream of becoming a DJ. ...