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Eden Roquelaire12 hours 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...
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ASHLEY SMITH13 hours ago
Different
It was once suggested that I like the extreme music I like and the often-strange films just to be different. While I am happy to be different, it’s not intentional. I like the music I like because of ...
Top 3 Most Influential Musicians
The greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston, once said, “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” (“Music.” Pinterest). And so she did, as she create...
'Hamilton': An American Musical Soundtrack Review
When people first started raving about Hamilton on Broadway, the first response was "It can't be that good." Mixing hip-hop with a musical? It sounded like showrunner Lin Manuel-Miranda was trying to ...
Eden Roquelaire2 days ago
10 Best Fiona Apple Songs
Though she has a relatively small catalog, Fiona Apple is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 1990s. Her powerful voice, confessional lyrics, and heavy playing style have made an ind...
Carlos Gonzalez2 days ago
8EEZ Playlist: The Cars
"I guess you're just what I needed". Hello and welcome. This latest spotlight is on a band that just has only one thing going for it. Fun! Do I sound like a broken record? Maybe. But, that's what I fi...
Chloe Gilholy6 days 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 Glasgow13 days 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 McConville21 days 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 ...
7 Childhood Songs That Were Wildly Inappropriate
Ah, the 90s. It was the height of cheesy romantic comedies, iconic hip-hop tracks, boy bands, and of course, inappropriate songs every 90s baby couldn't help obliviously sing along to. Yup, if you wer...
Sean Patricka month 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...
Ossiana Tepfenhart2 months ago
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...
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.
Dustin Miller4 days ago
10 Modern Thrash Bands You Need to Check Out
Thrash metal — the genre of metal that remains perennially entrenched in the 80s in the minds of most metal fans. While there are several bands willing to reinforce that trope (looking at you, Reign o...
Beth Langstreth16 days ago
A Love Letter to Rocky and Balls
Sometimes I forget that there was a time when I didn't play ukulele. How on earth did I pass the time back then?! Oh yes! Listening to the eternally adorable and quirky Rocky and Balls! If you haven't...
The Clash: Live, Loud & Direct!
A remarkable shot of the "lions of Ladbroke Grove", aka the Clash, by the US photographer and friend of the band, Bob Gruen, taken circa 1978/79. The Clash were almost unique in that one can predict w...
Eden Roquelaire12 hours 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...
Eden Roquelaire2 days ago
10 Best Fiona Apple Songs
Though she has a relatively small catalog, Fiona Apple is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 1990s. Her powerful voice, confessional lyrics, and heavy playing style have made an ind...
Matt Knight4 days ago
7 Good Songs From Awful Bands
So, maybe I was a little too harsh on Alice Cooper. Maybe I was a little too harsh on Green Day. Oh, well. Now, I would like to focus on the opposite side of the spectrum, so on this list I will be ta...
Top 3 Most Influential Musicians
The greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston, once said, “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” (“Music.” Pinterest). And so she did, as she create...
The Members of One Direction Continue Their Support for Each Other and It's Beautiful
Much has been said throughout the years about the boys in One Direction. One of them being how the members all hate each other and have been torn apart by internal animosity, fighting… blah, blah, bla...
Bethanie Law11 days ago
Let's Talk About Harry Styles
I mean, I have to. Whether you’re a fan or not; I don’t care. I love the guy. Everything about him. And y’know what? I’m gonna tell you all the things I love about Harry Styles, and why he’s the fierc...
PJ Reilly4 days 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...
Ayanna James9 days ago
Marching Band as a Sport
For many people, marching bands are a truly incredible sight to see. Visual effects, great music, and of course those mesmorizing dance girls and flag girls. But the performances were not always as to...
Nic Perrins20 days ago
The Great Plagiarism Debate
Poor Ed Sheeran. You’d think that after seeing his bezzy mate Sam Smith wrangle with Tom Petty over the similarities between "I Won’t Back Down" and "Stay With Me", he might be more inclined to ensure...
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 Patricka month 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 Lora month 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, ...
Carlos Gonzalez15 days ago
8EEZ Playlist: Huey Lewis and the News
Hi-hooooo! Hi-hooooo! Okay, enough of that. Too much "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on the brain. Time to get back to business - of music, that is. All throughout the decades, there was always a mu...
Adam Wallace15 days ago
Silver Linings Playlist: Lionel Richie
Hello, and welcome back to Silver Linings where I find the positives in maligned pop culture. Success can be very fickle for musical acts, and it can also make absolutely no sense. How can any musicia...
Carlos Gonzalez25 days ago
8EEZ Playlist: Hits of 1987 (30 Years Ago)
Hello and howdy do! So, I've given my buddy Oates a vacay on this 'list as it's actually a reminiscence piece/playlist for me as I go back in my mental time machine and take you all back to when I was...
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ASHLEY SMITH3 days ago
In to the Pit
I have attended various concerts over a number of years, from pubs with 30 people through to festivals with over 100,000. Where I want to be and usually get to be is at the very, very front. Often des...
Art Bergmann Schools Halifax
Halifax Urban Folk Festival is a boutique festival that celebrates songwriters and the songs they create. At least, that's what the Facebook page says. In truth, it's an event where Mike Campbell gath...
Marcia Frost11 days ago
Rock Triple Play: Tesla, Voices of Extreme, and Red Reign
The beautiful and historic Embassy Theater, originally opened in 1928 under the name Emboyd Theater, had a full house for a hard rock event. Tesla celebrated 30 years on tour along with two other exce...
Thomas Graves2 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 Conway3 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 Catto3 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 Tepfenhart2 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 Allen3 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 Glasgow3 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 Thorne4 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 Swift19 days 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 Langstreth20 days 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 Darnella month 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 Trammell14 days 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 Uzeki3 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 Golden3 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 ...
'Hamilton': An American Musical Soundtrack Review
When people first started raving about Hamilton on Broadway, the first response was "It can't be that good." Mixing hip-hop with a musical? It sounded like showrunner Lin Manuel-Miranda was trying to ...
Matthew Frati3 days ago
You Want It Darker
2016 was a dark year full of, among other bad omens, the deaths of many icons of the musical community. Among the many musical legends we lost that year was Leonard Cohen, the legendary Canadian singe...
Chelsea DeVries4 days ago
Ryan Follese's Debut Solo Album Is Evidence You Can't Change Those Roots
Everyone may not realize this but the guy with the guitar singing about backroads and putting a label on it isn't new to music, let alone country music. That's Ryan Follese, son of singer songwriters ...
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Alice Minguez14 days ago
How to Sing Better Instantly
It’s been said that any person capable of speaking is also capable of singing. However, certainly not everyone is capable of singing well. A beautiful voice is a combination of three things: natural t...
Holly Morwenna25 days ago
Paid to Perform: How Easy is it?
Are you that person who sits in their bedroom on a screen, learning their favourite song on guitar while shyfully mumbling the lyrics? Or maybe, you record your own original music in your room, write ...
Pete Adamsa month 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 ...