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Why You Should Buy Physical Copies of Music
You probably listen to music, and you probably use Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, Soundcloud, or something similar to do it. The internet was a HUGE deal for music, with the creation of iTunes and streaming websites. CDs, which were the most prominent medium for music before streaming became a thing, became obsolete insanely quickly. CDs did hang around for a while because people would play them in their cars still, but now nearly every car has either and AUX cord or Bluetooth capabilities, and everyone's music is directly on their smartphones. On the surface, there's really no reason to keep CDs.
Aly & AJ: Don't Call It a Comeback
For any American kid who grew up in the early 2000s, the name Aly & AJ is sure to ring a bell. The two sisters were a musical duo with their own Disney Channel Original Movie, roles in shows like Phil of the Future, and two full albums, including the iconic Potential Breakup Song. For a good amount of time, they were comparable to other big Disney stars of the time, like Raven Symoné or Hilary Duff. Albums Into the Rush and Insomniatic, respectively released in 2005 and 2007, were major successes for the girls, but by 2008, they were gone. Now, a decade later, Aly & AJ have risen from the dead with their single "Take Me" released in August of 2017. Where were they for ten years, and where are they going now?
Africa by Toto: the Song That Will Never Die
Over time, the 1980s have become not just a decade of time, but a genre of music. Likely, when you hear the phrase "80s music," you can almost immediately hear a variety of songs playing in the back of your mind. Maybe you think of Michael Jackson or Madonna, or you could be hearing a Bon Jovi or Journey power ballad. Regardless of your opinion on the music you associate with the 80s (because let's face it, some of these are pretty painful), they are undoubtedly synonymous with the time period.
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 for the group in the summer of 2015. The tune continues to get heavy play at parties, on the radio, and in people's personal lives. Little do people know, the band has a lot more music listed on its discography, and has been around for a lot longer than one summer. As the band prepares to release its third full studio album, here's what you need to know.
COIN: Your New Favorite Band
Initially formed in 2012, the band Coin (often stylized COIN) has grown to release 2 full albums and several singles. Since the release of their latest LP, the group has been selling out shows in medium-sized venues across America, and even spent some time playing in the UK. Considering the fact that their first real album came out in 2015, the band has experienced fairly rapid success. Where did they come from and where are they going? Here's a fan's perspective on it all.