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Nyla M.15 hours ago
Under-appreciated Talent: Artists That Deserve Way More Recognition
As mainstream music becomes more and more uniform and predictable over time, it's not often that the chance is given to find great "under-the-radar" artists. Luckily, through searching high and low, I...
People You Will See At Every Concert
I've been to concerts of every kind — jazz, big band, trap, hardstyle, rock, and yes, even country. I've been to the best music festivals in the US, and the worst bar concerts imaginable. I'm a music ...
Paige Williams2 days ago
Vinyl Subscriptions 101
Whether or not you collect vinyl records, you've definitely seen the ads. Vinyl subscription services have really kicked off in the last year or two, with unboxing videos becoming a phenomenon all their own — if you're one of the many people who sent me death threats for starting the VNYL unboxing trend, I'm sorry. With all of the different ads, it's hard to know which one you want to sign up for (or if you want to sign up at all). Personally, I feel like it's the most fun you'll have opening ma...
My Body Is A Cage by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire had been one of the most admired indie-rock bands of the early 2000’s who toured alongside the band U2. They were rewarded a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album and performed their hit song “Wake Up” with a now-deceased David Bowie. Their second album Neon Bible, of early 2007, was first released in the UK and then in the US a day later on March 6th. It later became number two on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 92,000 copies its first week since the album’s debut. The...
Nathan Miller3 days ago
The Sweet
Have you heard of a song called "Ballroom Blitz"? There is no need to answer because, of course you have. What about the hit from the trailers for the film Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 titled "Fox on the Run"? You probably have heard that song a billion times while thinking of the adorable Baby Groot. Well, this is about the band that came up with these tunes– the Sweet (also known as Sweet), a band whose songs influenced so many famous bands and artists that it would take forever to name them...
The Cypha4 days ago
Gucci Mane — 'Mr. Davis' Album Review
Trap music pioneer, Gucci Mane, is back once again. This time, he has more to say about his post-prison life, the pain he feels over the deaths of fellow Atlanta rapers, and more casual stuntin'. He h...
You Wanna Make a Music Video?
If you saw either of my last two music videos, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That was pretty cool!” Or perhaps not. Either way, if you’re considering making your own video or are an overly st...
C.C. Curtis16 days ago
Musicians Who Hate Their Fans
If you listen to music (if you don't, are you even human?), then you must have some favorite artists that you always jam out to. You become fond of their style in music genre and constantly stick to w...
Carlos Gonzalez25 days ago
8EEZ Playlist: U2
"It's alright, it's alright, it's alright. She moves in mysterious ways." Hello, one and all. This one's a special list, as it profiles a band that both my BFF, Oates, and I love. They're a band from ...
Chloe Gilholya month ago
The Gate - Björk
The Icelandic songstress is back with a light fluffy persona and a brand new song called The Gate. Her new album Utopia is scheduled to be released in November. Am I excited? You bet I am. Björk is on...
Yvonne Glasgowa month ago
The Great Escape Makes Music a Great Escape
This band doesn’t just sound cool, they look cool too. They look like the cool kids you want to hang out with at the dive bar. The ones that attract all the attention because they ooze coolness. The c...
Mark McConville2 months ago
Paramore: Altering Of Styles.
Pop punk has become somewhat swollen. It has many bands under its weighty arms. It gathers up many acts and spits them out into a state of failure. Many acts fizzle out or imitate, spearheading their ...
Music and Business
The ins and outs behind one of the largest industries out there. Get ready to press "play".
Bust a Rhyme
Exploring the men, women, and motivations behind your favorite hip-hop music.
Playlists
If playlists are the ultimate currency of coolness, we're your virtual treasury.
Nyla M.15 hours ago
Under-appreciated Talent: Artists That Deserve Way More Recognition
As mainstream music becomes more and more uniform and predictable over time, it's not often that the chance is given to find great "under-the-radar" artists. Luckily, through searching high and low, I...
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Alex Tine7 days ago
Australian Musical Artists That I Recommend
I love to discover new talent in the music field. It’s so exciting to find an artist or band that you fall in love with instantly and want to support with all your social media stalking capabilities. ...
Erin Johnston10 days ago
Walk the Moon: Beyond "Shut Up and Dance"
At this point, everyone recognizes the guitar riff preceding the familiar lyrics, "Oh, don't you dare look back..." Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" was released in late 2014 and became a smash hit...
Matt Knight12 days ago
7 Worst Rock Bands of the 1990s
In the immortal words of the great hip-hop luminary Unkle Adams, "Oy I’m from the 90s, boy I’m from the 90s, boy I’m from the 90s, didn’t cha knooooow?! Girls with the scrunchies, ribbons, and boooows...
Matt Knight21 days ago
7 Worst Rock Bands of the 2000's
I just like to hate things apparently. I must admit, sometimes its way more fun to tear something down than build another up. Hell, sometimes its even easier. However, this is precisely what I will be...
Eden Roquelairea month ago
15 Great Alternative Halloween Tracks
Any good Halloween party needs a pitch-perfect soundtrack. But how many times can you listen to "Monster Mash," or, if you're the edgier type, "Bela Lugosi's Dead"? This list of suggestions for your p...
Jason Aldean Not Backing Down
How is Jason Aldean keeping it together this week? On October 1, the country singer was on stage for the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. When the shooting broke out, it's been widely reported that Al...
ASHLEY SMITH14 days ago
Is Dying a Good Career Move?
Dying as a career move may sound like a strange question, but there’s plenty of evidence that it works, at least for the deceased’s benefactors. There are many cases where the person is remembered as ...
Shamita Sirsi18 days ago
Dear Chester: Thank You for Simply Existing
It's strange how you can mourn for someone you have never met, someone who does not even know that you exist. But then there's something called solidarity. Solidarity in knowing that your music was so...
Michael Sellers19 days ago
Must Try Harder; How the United Kingdom Could Win Eurovision Again
Oh, Eurovision: a guilty pleasure to some, a complete indulgence to others. Arguably (and most definitely in my eyes) the biggest music contest in the world, it is an enigma of sorts. It exists in its...
ASHLEY SMITH23 days ago
Things I Hate About
As my girlfriend says, I don’t like loads of different things. I thought I would write a few of them in an occasional series called, "Things I Hate About… First is music. Random rapping in the middle ...
PJ Reillya month ago
An Open Letter to Pop Culture Nerds
Dear Nerds: I work for a man who does not care for The Beatles. He has no active distaste them, as I’m sure it must be pretty difficult to outright dislike The Beatles. But he has no affinity for them...
M J Steel Collins2 months ago
Elvis In the Bloodstream
Both of my parents are massive Elvis fans. His was the first music I heard that had an effect on me, with the end result that I'm something of a fan too. It's quite interesting how what your parents l...
Sean Patrick2 months 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 months 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, ...
Songs to Savor
I don't know about you, but I listen to music practically 24/7. I enjoy having a soundtrack to my day, something to keep my story driving on. Whether it be listening to "Sh Boom" while cooking pasta, ...
Carlos Gonzalez17 days ago
The 'List: 80s Movie Hits
Hello one and all. So, here we are! A "new" 'list. My buddy Calvin 'Oates' Cherry and I have been forthright about our passion for music and here is a new format now. In this 'list, we won't just prof...
Carlos Gonzalez22 days ago
George Glenn Jones: Hell Raiser. Country Music Advocate. Legend.
No country singer holds a legacy quite like George Jones. Born on September 12, 1931, in Saratoga, Texas, he was a significant country musician, singer, and songwriter. He reached international fame, ...
People You Will See At Every Concert
I've been to concerts of every kind — jazz, big band, trap, hardstyle, rock, and yes, even country. I've been to the best music festivals in the US, and the worst bar concerts imaginable. I'm a music ...
Eden Michelle12 days ago
The Observatory OC: Why It's the Best Small Venue in SoCal
Without the Observatory OC, located in the Santa Ana/Costa Mesa area off Harbor Blvd., my love for live music would not be at the strength it is today. Starting at the age of about 15, I have been see...
ASHLEY SMITH22 days ago
My Top Concerts
Over a 30-year period I have attended some important concerts, some memorable and some poignant. Here’s a few that spring to mind. 1. I was at Wembley stadium for Queens' last concert with Freddie Mer...
Thomas Graves3 months 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 Conway4 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 Catto4 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 York2 months ago
And All That Jazz
Here are some epic jazz heroes from the 20s and 30s.
Ossiana Tepfenhart3 months ago
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 Allen4 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 Glasgow4 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 Thorne4 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 Thorne5 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...
Steven Swift2 months ago
How To Conquer the Major Scale
When learning scales, it is best to break down each pattern into smaller segments. Breaking down two octave scales is best when they are approached by a lower and higher register (as shown above). Sca...
Beth Langstreth2 months ago
Why You Should Learn to Play the Ukulele...
My first ukulele was given to me as a whimsical birthday gift from my brother when I was 18 years old. Who knew it would lead to years of playful joy and inspiration! Nearly 7 years later, I am not ye...
Mark Darnell2 months 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...
Victor Trammella month ago
Free Lecture at Montana State University to Analyze the Credibility of Referencing Rap Lyrics in Criminal Trials
Later this week, Montana State University will be sponsoring a lecture, which is free and open to the public at its Procrastinator Theater in the college's Strand Union Building. According to a recent...
Skunk Uzeki4 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 Golden4 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 ...
My Body Is A Cage by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire had been one of the most admired indie-rock bands of the early 2000’s who toured alongside the band U2. They were rewarded a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album and performed their hit song “Wake Up” with a now-deceased David Bowie. Their second album Neon Bible, of early 2007, was first released in the UK and then in the US a day later on March 6th. It later became number two on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 92,000 copies its first week since the album’s debut. The...
The Cypha4 days ago
Gucci Mane — 'Mr. Davis' Album Review
Trap music pioneer, Gucci Mane, is back once again. This time, he has more to say about his post-prison life, the pain he feels over the deaths of fellow Atlanta rapers, and more casual stuntin'. He h...
The Cypha4 days ago
Kelela — 'Take Me Apart' Album Review
If Kelela was just a blip on your radar before, prepare yourself. She’s ready to become a full-fledged star. Her debut studio album projects a sound that’s so uncanny to the pop landscape that she’s s...
You Wanna Make a Music Video?
If you saw either of my last two music videos, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “That was pretty cool!” Or perhaps not. Either way, if you’re considering making your own video or are an overly st...
Amber Lee21 days ago
The Do's and Don'ts of Being a 'Fan'
Most people are unaware that there is an unwritten rule of how to be fanatical. Yes, you read right, there are rules and yes they shall be followed. Or...else. Growing up in a home that was musical an...
James Cherry22 days ago
Mixing & Mastering with Digital Minds
Mixing & Mastering are both complex processes that take time to learn and to master completely (pardon the pun). Although having analog equipment does help to create a warmer and thicker sound. Us bed...