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  • Jason James
    Published about 12 hours ago
    YCA EIGHTYBANDS

    YCA EIGHTYBANDS

    Izell Leonard Jr., famously known as YCA Eightybands, is an American musical artist and songwriter from from Los Angeles, CA.
  • Jason James
    Published about 12 hours ago
    Chris Carter—Kansas City’s New Hope?
  • Coco Jenae`
    Published about 17 hours ago
    Britney Spears: The Next Showbiz Casualty?

    Britney Spears: The Next Showbiz Casualty?

    Before I say anything here, I want to make one thing clear. All of the points mentioned in this article are all speculation based on what has been released on the internet by those closely involved with the life of Britney Spears, as well as statements made by Britney Spears herself. Any beliefs I make in this article are purely my personal opinion based on what is available to me. I don’t claim to know anything more than anyone else. I have no first-hand knowledge of Britney Spears personal life and cannot prove anything to be fact or speculation. So please, don’t take what I have to say in this article as an attack on those involved closely with this situation, or as a pass to attack those involved or try to intervene with any court proceedings involving Britney Spears; such as hacking into virtual court rooms or anything like that. This only adds to the problem when what we really need to do is focus on how we can be part of the solution. My only intention like with any of my articles I’ve written and will continue to write about the lives of celebrities is simply to start a conversation, not gossip, but a constructive conversation that might lead us to something good in the end. With that, on with the article.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published about 17 hours ago
    Bob Dylan's "Dignity"

    Bob Dylan's "Dignity"

    Bob Dylan’s uplifting song “Dignity” may be, in beat and tone at least, happier than many of his other songs. But if we look deeper into the song, that purely is not the case. The song implies that everyone spends their most intimate moments alone, their most life-changing moments alive, searching for Dignity - well, at least that’s what I get from it. We all have to admit though that Bob Dylan’s singing voice on this song is absolutely iconic with a ton of intonation and animation that makes the song sound almost like a strange, oxymoronic story of people constantly looking for dignity as they “(look) into the lost forgotten years”.
  • Sabrina Johnson
    Published a day ago
    Back in Blah - AC/DC is back with a brand ‘new’ single.
  • Eric Allen
    Published a day ago
    Dissecting the Debut Album by Smart Objects

    Dissecting the Debut Album by Smart Objects

    Purveyors of fine music, have you been yearning for an album that will not only quench your insatiable thirst for new music, but will also satisfy your ears, mind and soul? Then look no further than the genius debut by Nashville rock band, Smart Objects.
Staff Picks
  • Keshia MF
    Published 4 days ago
    Why You Need A Sad Songs Playlist In Your Life

    Why You Need A Sad Songs Playlist In Your Life

    It is my humble opinion that sad songs make the world go round. There is nothing like blasting your ear drums to the song that touches your inner soul - we all have one. You know, the song you played over and over again when you broke up with your first love, or the song that speaks directly to you at your saddest. There is nothing like that feeling of being completely seen by someone else's words, when you're at your most vulnerable or low.
  • Talia Devora
    Published 8 days ago
    A Personal Playlist: Music Therapy and COVID19

    A Personal Playlist: Music Therapy and COVID19

    Some Interesting Facts about Music
  • Vocal Curation Team
    Published 21 days ago
    To the Beat: September 2020

    To the Beat: September 2020

    We're back and ready to get into the fall spirit with another To the Beat! September's playlist is one of the most diverse roundups we've had so far! The genres you loved this month were the usuals—rap, oldies, and rock & roll—but also included pop-punk, reggae, Russian techno, and even classical! There is quite literally something for everyone on September's playlist, so whether you're leaf-peeping, pumpkin picking, or drinking a PSL, turn up the dial and listen to this month's To the Beat at the bottom of this story.
  • M
    Published 22 days ago
    The hidden power of ancient music

    The hidden power of ancient music

    Many thousands of years before the first headset, before the first gramophone or even before the first violin, our ancestors began creating sacred masterpieces of music and dance often as symbolic incantations to almighty forces living beyond the world they could hear and see.
  • Sarah Loyd
    Published 26 days ago
    Top 10 Best One-Hit Wonders of the 2000's

    Top 10 Best One-Hit Wonders of the 2000's

    Oh, the 2000's. A time that gave us iPods, Myspace, and great one-hit-wonders. This is my top ten best one time singles from the decade when Facebook was introduced.
  • J.X. Leiva
    Published 28 days ago
    A Glass of Wine With a Few Legends!

    A Glass of Wine With a Few Legends!

    You Are Cordially Invited to Attend a Dinner Party!
Featured Collections
Album Reviews
  • Eric Allen
    Published a day ago
    Dissecting the Debut Album by Smart Objects

    Dissecting the Debut Album by Smart Objects

    Purveyors of fine music, have you been yearning for an album that will not only quench your insatiable thirst for new music, but will also satisfy your ears, mind and soul? Then look no further than the genius debut by Nashville rock band, Smart Objects.
  • Mi World
    Published a day ago
    Blackpink's "The Album" Track-by-Track Review

    Blackpink's "The Album" Track-by-Track Review

    If you've heard songs like "How You Like That" and "Ice Cream" on Tik Tok, Instagram, or on Television, you'll probably want to check out the beautiful voices behind the music, who called themselves Blackpink.
  • Richard L. Boyer
    Published a day ago
    "Living in the City" - New Album by Big Harp George

    "Living in the City" - New Album by Big Harp George

    Chromatic blues harp virtuoso, Big Harp George, takes a giant leap forward with the release of his fourth album, Living in the City (Blues Mountain Records). Recorded at Greaseland Studios and expertly produced by Chris Burns, this album is a self-portrait of a mature artist demonstrating prodigious skills as a musician, singer, songwriter, and bandleader — and enjoying the hell out of himself in the process!
Art
  • Blunt
    Published about a month ago
    Dropping My First Single
  • Rita Fernandes
    Published 2 months ago
    "Geotonality": Hearing Covid-19

    "Geotonality": Hearing Covid-19

    In March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic begun its aggressive spread, artists from all around the world gathered their creative energies to respond to and deal with the new realities that dawned upon them. Asked to 'write an ensemble composition for 3 or more instruments or devices' as part of a composition module, Louis Dutton, a second year Goldsmiths University music student, completely unnecessarily coded his very own computer programme able to trace the virus' movements across the globe. Driven entirely by passion, and evidently not by the actual brief (which required little more than writing an atonal trio on Musescore), this project resulted in a fully functional programme able to musically represent the spread of the pandemic by procedurally generating notes whose pitches were dictated by geographical location. This was driven by the input of live data from the virus' latest death rate statistics. It is important to note however, that even though live data is fed into the programme, the programme purposefully exaggerates the data for dramatic effect. It is more of a projection than an accurate representation of reality (even though this would also be possible). I want to reassure you that as of August 2020 there have not yet been one million deaths worldwide! The video below is from Goldsmiths University’s Youtube channel as part of their "Pure Gold" festival.
  • Dynamic Beats
    Published 3 months ago
    Dynamic Beats

    Dynamic Beats

    So as I introduce myself, feel free to embrace yourself for the most boring life story ever! Jk (lol) I’ll make it quick and maybe even a little fun. But I’ve always been asked how I got “into music”....
Bands
  • Jastine Rebong
    Published 16 days ago
    My Top 3 Romanian Artists

    My Top 3 Romanian Artists

    Author: Jastine R.
  • Cheryl Duffy
    Published 16 days ago
    Caroline

    Caroline

    My husband and I have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with the Martin Family (Group name Rockland Road) since moving to Hendersonville, Tennessee.
  • Mar
    Published 18 days ago
    RBD: The Mexican Latin Pop Group

    RBD: The Mexican Latin Pop Group

    This band RBD started in 2004 and split in late 2008. I remember it well, it was about two years after my biological mother and my dad divorced, that I heard about this group and their music. They started out from the remake of the of an Argentinian Soap Opera, done in Mexico. The first physical CD Album from their title telenovela Rebelde was the first one that I got my hands on, ha, I remember that I had a portable CD Player, I used to take it to school and listen to it during recess and my lunch break. The song that I would listen to on replay was “Sálvame”, because of my childhood and recent incident of my parents having divorced in 2002.
Celebrities
Concert
  • Natalie Lindsey
    Published 18 days ago
    The Girl at the Rock Show

    The Girl at the Rock Show

    Music is something that has been a part of my life since before I was born. My parents were so heavily immersed in the Heavy Metal scene, they were sure I would be holding up those horns as soon as I opened my eyes. While it didn't happen quite that quick, I made my way to the "dark side" if you will. I have been attending concerts in general since I was 13 years old. They quickly became my safe haven. As I got older my music taste progressed and I started going to shows with harder crowds and faster riffs, and I enjoyed it all the same if not more. If you want to see the real me, you'll have to meet me at the barricade.
  • That One Barista
    Published about a month ago
    ACM's? More Like the Mickey Guyton show.
  • Eric Allen
    Published 3 months ago
    Live Aid: The Day Heard Around the World

    Live Aid: The Day Heard Around the World

    “It's twelve noon in London, seven AM in Philadelphia, and around the world it's time for Live Aid.”
Fact Or Fiction
  • Coco Jenae`
    Published about 17 hours ago
    Britney Spears: The Next Showbiz Casualty?

    Britney Spears: The Next Showbiz Casualty?

    Before I say anything here, I want to make one thing clear. All of the points mentioned in this article are all speculation based on what has been released on the internet by those closely involved with the life of Britney Spears, as well as statements made by Britney Spears herself. Any beliefs I make in this article are purely my personal opinion based on what is available to me. I don’t claim to know anything more than anyone else. I have no first-hand knowledge of Britney Spears personal life and cannot prove anything to be fact or speculation. So please, don’t take what I have to say in this article as an attack on those involved closely with this situation, or as a pass to attack those involved or try to intervene with any court proceedings involving Britney Spears; such as hacking into virtual court rooms or anything like that. This only adds to the problem when what we really need to do is focus on how we can be part of the solution. My only intention like with any of my articles I’ve written and will continue to write about the lives of celebrities is simply to start a conversation, not gossip, but a constructive conversation that might lead us to something good in the end. With that, on with the article.
  • Mary Booth
    Published 5 days ago
    I Just Need A Friend Right Now

    I Just Need A Friend Right Now

    "Attention passengers," the Pilot said, coming on the intercom. "We have just been advised that we are heading toward some weather patterns that might cause a little turbulence. We are turning on the fasten seatbelt signs. Please return to your seat as soon as you can. Thank you."
  • Mary Booth
    Published 28 days ago
    I Just Need A Friend Right Now

    I Just Need A Friend Right Now

    “I’m so sorry,” I said, trying to compose myself. I wanted to slap my hand to my forehead for letting that slip. “You just caught me off guard.”
Feature
  • Virag Dombay
    Published 2 months ago
    Taylor Swift is the Poet of the Twenty-First Century

    Taylor Swift is the Poet of the Twenty-First Century

    I don't know about you guys, but I've been listening to Folklore on repeat since it came out. I also may or may not have memorised most of the lyrics. I've always loved Taylor Swift. There, I said it. And I've always loved her through all of her different sounds and albums, because of the quality of her lyrics. The poetic nature and the imagery in her lyrics are what lures me in, and it's probably why I love Folklore so much. She's not only one of the best songwriters of our generation but one of its best poets too, as that's what her lyrics are: delightful slices of poetry. Instead of writing a 600 word academic essay as to why I think she's such a profound poet, I thought I'd share with you all a list of same of my favourite poetry of hers. They are as follows (and in no particular order):
  • Jade Kelly
    Published 3 months ago
    Jennifer Jess

    Jennifer Jess

    Jennifer Jess is an exceptionally talented independent songwriter and musician from Atlanta, GA that’s taking the world by storm with her heartfelt lyrics, strong voice, and pure passion for the music she creates. Her latest single released to Spotify and other online music retailers is titled “Me First”- an introspective, acoustic piano version with strings that is easily one of the most beautiful tracks to date. The beautiful-crafted lyrics “So I’ll strike the match and watch it burn, say goodbye or better or worse. For once in my life I put me first.” will strike a chord in your heart. I fell in love with the song due to that verse.
  • Andy Potts
    Published 4 months ago
    Durham's beautiful launderette

    Durham's beautiful launderette

    By day, the soundtrack is the throb of dryers and the roar of the spin cycle, at night, the Old Cinema Launderette dances to a different beat. The distinctive Durham venue has created a special niche for itself as one of the best bijou concert halls in the country. Quirky and intimate, it’s invited an impressive array of artists – from folksters to punks – to put on a show in front of the tumble dryers, earning rave write-ups in the national press along the way.
History
  • Rachel Geoffrey Art
    Published 10 days ago
    Dvorák's lost 'Scottish Dances'.

    Dvorák's lost 'Scottish Dances'.

    I briefly mentioned in my last piece my labor of love with the Dvorak pieces – but what was life like when he wrote them and what might his ideas be a reflection of? To get to the possibilities of it we need to look at what was going on at the time.
  • Alissa Mann
    Published 13 days ago
    How an orchestra on the brink of death revived the world.

    How an orchestra on the brink of death revived the world.

    This is the story of a symphony which sang of hope and humanity across the decades. Leningrad, Dmitri Shostakovich’s seventh symphony, embodied the spirit of resistance from its very conception, but it is the individuals embroiled in its history who are the true inspiration behind this message.
  • James Christie
    Published 24 days ago
    Dark Chronicles:

    Dark Chronicles:

    Forward...by a disillusioned guy who has never understood society or people in general
How To
  • Hyam Studios
    Published a day ago
    Recording at home (quick guide)

    Recording at home (quick guide)

    Artist? Producer? Mixing Engineer? Just for fun? Whatever your experience level, you’ll find some helpful tips or at least re enforce/refresh some forgotten knowledge!
  • Sara Aulds
    Published 8 days ago
    How to...Music Video

    How to...Music Video

    One of the best projects I have done was my degree project for college. It was the final "big deal" in order to graduate. A lot of sweat, planning and hard work went into this project to make it great and also getting the best message across to our audience.
  • Dóra Dragos
    Published 15 days ago
    Can you learn songwriting?

    Can you learn songwriting?

    Can you learn songwriting? Is it something that can be taught and developed, or people born with great songwriting skills?
Instruments
  • Creativity Risk
    Published 6 days ago
    Interview with Accent Sorrow

    Interview with Accent Sorrow

    So, to begin with, I met the artist who would become Accent Sorrow about 5 or 6 years ago through one of my closest friends. I didn't have too many initial reactions of him, though I did know I wasn't a tremendous fan of his taste of music. Coincidentally, it was indirectly through this particular set of musical tastes that I came to determine that my thinking about music had ossified, and I'd reached the age where I thought the music "of my generation" was the best, and everything new sucked.
  • FaberUSA
    Published 9 days ago
    How To Choose The Best Strings For Your Electric Guitar

    How To Choose The Best Strings For Your Electric Guitar

    If you have an electric guitar and you love playing it then you must be aware that your guitar needs maintenance. You may have to change the parts of a guitar neck when there is a need, but for strings you need to change them on time. You need to choose the best quality guitar strings as well so your performance is not affected in any way and at any time.
  • Something Complicated
    Published 20 days ago
    The French Horn

    The French Horn

    The 'French horn' is a musical instrument that is recognised by musicians as it own instrument and is considerably different to other horns.
List
  • Frankie Martinelli
    Published 2 days ago
    Top Three One Hit Wonders (That I Secretly Wish I Wrote)

    Top Three One Hit Wonders (That I Secretly Wish I Wrote)

    Guys here's a little something different from me as I try to combat my most recent bout of writers block, as a Lyricist and Musician there are tonnes of songs I wish I'd written by well established Artists which are great, but I'm here to pay homage to the tracks that like all good things came at us hard and fast, only to disappear in the blink of an eye, but even though they aren't constantly on our minds day to day they are etched deep within our subconscious and we never really forget them.
  • Leigh Hooper
    Published 8 days ago
    Black History Month: Black Male Artists

    Black History Month: Black Male Artists

    Back in July I made an article focusing on black female artists, during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement this year. As this month is Black History Month, it’s only fair that I highlight black male artists who are equally as important as their female counterparts. You can read the article on black female artists here.
  • Aria Loves
    Published 10 days ago
    The Best Playlists

    The Best Playlists

    Everyone has those favorite playlists of songs which helps them keep their focus, spikes their adrenaline, or makes them ride the wave of the beat and push themselves in work, studies, or whatever their motivating and prepping themselves for. Wether a test for school, studying for classes, cutting time on daily walks, runs, jogs, or getting ready for game day. Or sometimes it is that favorite meditation or yoga playlist for daily routines.
Playlist
  • Keshia MF
    Published 4 days ago
    Why You Need A Sad Songs Playlist In Your Life

    Why You Need A Sad Songs Playlist In Your Life

    It is my humble opinion that sad songs make the world go round. There is nothing like blasting your ear drums to the song that touches your inner soul - we all have one. You know, the song you played over and over again when you broke up with your first love, or the song that speaks directly to you at your saddest. There is nothing like that feeling of being completely seen by someone else's words, when you're at your most vulnerable or low.
  • mySound Music
    Published 6 days ago
    OhBaeBee Top 12 Songs cut 1

    OhBaeBee Top 12 Songs cut 1

    One of my favorite Spotify playlist is OhBaeBee. It is a wonderful mix of pop, r&b with a hit of edm and anything in between. It features both talented male and female singers. Enjoy.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 20 days ago
    The Happy Egoist: My Playlist for the Self
Pop Culture
  • Creativity Risk
    Published 6 days ago
    Interview with Accent Sorrow

    Interview with Accent Sorrow

    So, to begin with, I met the artist who would become Accent Sorrow about 5 or 6 years ago through one of my closest friends. I didn't have too many initial reactions of him, though I did know I wasn't a tremendous fan of his taste of music. Coincidentally, it was indirectly through this particular set of musical tastes that I came to determine that my thinking about music had ossified, and I'd reached the age where I thought the music "of my generation" was the best, and everything new sucked.
  • Emerson
    Published 8 days ago
    MUSIC: HOW FAR IS TOO FAR?

    MUSIC: HOW FAR IS TOO FAR?

    These days I was browsing through the subreddit of some musical artists that I reconnected with during this quarantine, and I came across a question: “Did Eminem go too far in the Kim track?”, And immediately I thought, “No.”
  • Charles Bronswick
    Published 16 days ago
    JameirKGolden Is The New Kid On The Block

    JameirKGolden Is The New Kid On The Block

    JameirKGolden (@JameirKGolden) also known as Jameir Kirkpatrick is one of Hip-Hop's most talented newcomers and is fresh off the block as the newest member of Columbia records hailing all the way from Louisville, Kentucky JameirkGolden really brings that Alternative Southern rap vibe to his music.
Vintage
  • Angelica Pasquali
    Published 21 days ago
    Girl, Put Your Records On

    Girl, Put Your Records On

    The origin of my favorite music is rooted in a garage sale.
  • Aria Loves
    Published 3 months ago
    A 90s’ Baby With 50s’ Faves

    A 90s’ Baby With 50s’ Faves

    I was born in 1995, and I have a wide variety of favorite music. From the 20s to the 2000s. The music of the 50s makes me feel alive differently like I am going back in time in an era I’ve never been. Then again, who doesn’t like the classic older music? Especially jazz and rock and roll playing in the background of a movie, bars and some casinos.
  • Tiffany Linton
    Published 3 months ago
    Get Into This NOSTALGIA, Honey!

    Get Into This NOSTALGIA, Honey!

    There is nothing that makes me feel the way music makes me feel. Music is the gateway to my heart. Growing up in the Bronx from the late 90s into the early 2000s played a huge role in my musical knowledge. Every time I reminisce on my childhood, the music holds the centerpiece of my attention. I remember days when I would come home from school and my two older brothers and I had no responsibilities whatsoever. We would watch music videos all afternoon from Ashanti to TLC to Mariah Carey and Puff Daddy. When I started singing, I was around six years old and I sang Usher's Let It Burn to my mom and she smiled so hard! R&B music has been mighty tasteful to me from such an early age. Throughout my life I've always been drawn to learning more about it, especially because it is such an essential fragment of black culture. Simply growing up and hearing songs on the radio about love and relationships created an open door for me to do my research as a child. With that being said, I started singing The Temptations, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and all the other phenomenal Motown acts at only eleven years old. I fell in love with the 60s and there was nothing that I wanted more than a time traveling machine. Yes, I was aware that this was a very crucial and uncertain era for people of color, but the music alone made me want to take a trip back in time. Although I have a ton of love for the 60s, I also began dabbling into the 80s/90s. What y'all know about New Jack Swing? There is something about the roughness and sensuality of the way the instruments were incorporated into the music made by Bobby Brown, Babyface, New Edition, Guy and so many more! We call that "babymaking music." I'm always told that I have an old soul, and it shows in my music choice whenever I get a hold of the aux, but it's definitely prevalent in my fashion choice too. This era makes me realize that it's so much deeper than the music. The entertainment, the fashion, and music made it worthwhile. Remember oversized hoop earrings, high waist jeans and baggy windbreakers before we starting recycling those very same pieces today? Remember films like Love Jones and Sister Act 2? Even shows like Living Single and A Different World!