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  • hannah irelan
    Published about 14 hours ago
    Ranking Every Song Harry Styles Has Ever Covered

    Ranking Every Song Harry Styles Has Ever Covered

    "Harry Styles: Live on Tour" birthed some of the best live covers I've ever heard in my life, seriously. Some of these songs, I've literally only heard Harry's version, and now, I can't un-hear them, and let's be clear: I don't think I want to.
  • Sean Callaghan
    Published about 20 hours ago
    'Too Low for Zero'

    'Too Low for Zero'

    After years of relatively lackluster albums, Elton John decided to go back to basics with 1983s Too Low for Zero. Chris Thomas, who had produced Elton's last few albums, would return. However, for the first time since Blue Moves, Bernie Taupin would write all lyrics for the album, and all instrumental tracks would feature the classic core band of Davey Johnstone on guitar and vocals, Dee Murray on bass and vocals, and Nigel Olsson on drums and vocals. As was the case with many of Elton's albums, things came together quickly. Bernie's lyrics were set to music and the entire album was recorded within two weeks at AIR Studios in Monserat and Sunset Sound Recorders in Los Angeles.
  • Adelano Adebo
    Published about 20 hours ago
    The Innovators of VIBE.

    The Innovators of VIBE.

    In this age of expression we are constantly introduced to new art forms, and there has never been a better time to be a creative. Coupled with the increasing influx of social media usage and its imprint on business and marketing, we are seeing more and more artists get access to the opportunities they need to succeed. In the cutthroat industry of entertainment, getting quality work seen by the masses can be a formidable challenge, a challenge that Vibe Certified has begun to take on.
  • hannah irelan
    Published about 21 hours ago
    Ranking All Louis Tomlinson's Solo Material (Plus New Songs!)

    Ranking All Louis Tomlinson's Solo Material (Plus New Songs!)

    Louis Tomlinson has a total of 10 songs. While four of them are currently unreleased (set to be released along with his debut album), I can safely say that of the 10 that have been heard, it's close to impossible to rank them according to their appeal because let's be honest, everything Louis William Tomlinson does is appealing. However, we'll try.
  • Chris Chapman
    Published about 23 hours ago
    Consciousness of Decisions and Their Solutions with K. Flay

    Consciousness of Decisions and Their Solutions with K. Flay

    As artists grow in their craft, their music changes. Sometimes it is an ever so slight evolution; sometimes the change crosses genre lines. Other times, that evolution brings about a pearl of wisdom that builds on experience. That last piece is what seems to have happened with K. Flay.
  • Steven Shinder
    Published about 23 hours ago
    'The Ladder' - Living Within the Vision

    'The Ladder' - Living Within the Vision

    After the Open Your Eyes Tour wrapped up in 1998, the Yes lineup of Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Igor Khoroshev (keys), Billy Sherwood (rhythm guitar), Chris Squire (bass), and Alan White (drums) felt ready to record another album. Needing an outside perspective, they decided to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn at Armoury Studios in Vancouver. While Open Your Eyes was very poppy, the poppiness on the next album that became The Ladder was dialed back a bit, and there was plenty of prog rock. The album felt like a good blend of old and new. It includes ethnic instruments, some of which were played by Randy Raine-Reusch. In addition, Rhys Fulber contributed dance loops, and The Marguerita Horns played horns.
Staff Picks
  • Treva Bowdoin
    Published 5 days ago
    14 Totally Tubular Songs From 1984 That 'American Horror Story' Fans Must Listen to Now

    14 Totally Tubular Songs From 1984 That 'American Horror Story' Fans Must Listen to Now

    American Horror Story is back, and Season 9 of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series is taking viewers back in time to 1984. Fans couldn't be more excited about the show going retro with its references to 80s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and, judging from the series' new opening credits, AHS: 1984 is going to feature an awesome soundtrack.
  • Melanie Ernestina
    Published 12 days ago
    Can We Talk...

    Can We Talk...

    Premiering on September 5, and with already 25+ million views, the "Old Town Road" top-charting artist Lil Nas X released the much-anticipated video for his song, "Panini."
  • Talya Jacobson
    Published 2 months ago
    Friday's Five at 5 | Volume One

    Friday's Five at 5 | Volume One

    Welcome to "Friday's Five at 5," a series of blog posts which inform you of the best up-and-coming independent artists of right now. This series will reveal some of the most talented musicians in your local area, most of whom are extremely underrated and unfortunately unknown, despite their copious amounts of talent.
  • Kate Pavli
    Published 2 months ago
    A Guide for New Artists/Singer-Songwriters/Bands

    A Guide for New Artists/Singer-Songwriters/Bands

    My name is Kate Pavli, and I am a Rock artist called Finding Kate based in London. I moved to London when I was just 17 to pursue my career in music, and along the way I have experienced a lot within the music industry.
  • Sean Patrick
    Published 3 months ago
    Why I Don't Hate "Old Town Road"

    Why I Don't Hate "Old Town Road"

    I'm 43 years old, and I don't hate "Old Town Road." Repeatedly, I have been told by people my age, and just a little younger, that I am supposed to hate "Old Town Road." Why? Some cite how it combines genres that they assume don't belong together, country and hip hop, or because the song is overly repetitive and meaningless. Some cite the fact that the song features the oft-derided, and rightfully demeaned, Billy Ray Cyrus as a reason the song should be dismissed out of hand.
  • M J Steel Collins
    Published 3 months ago
    Lesser Featured Top 10 Guitarists

    Lesser Featured Top 10 Guitarists

    Lists of top ten guitarists published by large music magazines or major TV broadcasters are, frankly, dull. Sure, they list musicians who are undeniably, immensely talented and are worshipped everywhere, but it’s always the same people on the lists. They are more predictable than a MOR 1980’s hair rock riff. A change is as good as a holiday. Alternatively, in this instance, it might provide you with some new amazing guitarists you may never have come across before and definitely should check out.
Featured Collections
Album Reviews
  • Steven Shinder
    Published about 23 hours ago
    'The Ladder' - Living Within the Vision

    'The Ladder' - Living Within the Vision

    After the Open Your Eyes Tour wrapped up in 1998, the Yes lineup of Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitar), Igor Khoroshev (keys), Billy Sherwood (rhythm guitar), Chris Squire (bass), and Alan White (drums) felt ready to record another album. Needing an outside perspective, they decided to work with producer Bruce Fairbairn at Armoury Studios in Vancouver. While Open Your Eyes was very poppy, the poppiness on the next album that became The Ladder was dialed back a bit, and there was plenty of prog rock. The album felt like a good blend of old and new. It includes ethnic instruments, some of which were played by Randy Raine-Reusch. In addition, Rhys Fulber contributed dance loops, and The Marguerita Horns played horns.
  • Steven Shinder
    Published 3 days ago
    'Open Your Eyes' - Yes Caught at the Crossroads

    'Open Your Eyes' - Yes Caught at the Crossroads

    In 1997, keyboardist Rick Wakeman left Yes (again) after being displeased with promotional strategies regarding the Keys to Ascension albums and the lack of communication with Yes management. As a result, some tour dates were canceled. Billy Sherwood, who had been mixing the studio tracks on Keys to Ascension 2, decided to come in and help since he wanted Yes to keep on going. He had known bassist Chris Squire since the late 1980s, and was considered as a potential replacement for vocalist Jon Anderson prior to 1991s Union. Though Anderson's voice replaced Sherwood's on "The More We Live-Let Go," Sherwood's bass playing remained intact. In 1992, he had toured with Squire as part of The Chris Squire Experiment (with Alan White on drums). And in 1994, Sherwood performed with Yes at their shows on the Talk Tour. Plus, in 1995, he sang "Wonderous Stories" on the tribute album Tales from Yesterday. So he wasn't a musician who came from nowhere; he was very familiar with Yes music and had worked with Yes members.
  • Sandy Lo
    Published 5 days ago
    Brooke White Talks New Album 'Calico' Coming Out 10/4!

    Brooke White Talks New Album 'Calico' Coming Out 10/4!

    “I always told myself I’d get to Nashville,” Brooke White sings on the eponymous track off her upcoming album, Calico. The former American Idol alum had dreamed of moving to Nashville her entire career to make a “real” country album, but life had other plans. Those plans included becoming the mother of two, starting her own web series, The Girls With Glasses. It was through this journey, along with a little bit of opportunity coming her way, that Brooke embraced her Cali lifestyle, and incorporated it into her music.
Art
  • ICT Makavenna
    Published 16 days ago
    Episode ICT-001

    Episode ICT-001

    I am ICT-Makavenna, a young Hispanic female rapper doing experimental and inspirational music, and I host my music on SoundCloud at the moment. Interesting tidbit about me: I am part Salvadorian, part Mexican, and part German. I began really making music last summer when I was 13 years old. The first song I recorded was called "I’m Real." It was about me being real, but surrounded by so many fake people. It was about some issues I dealt with in middle school. After a year, I believe I am growing slowly with my music and my fan base. The type of music that I am working on at the moment I call experimental hip hop, inspiration rap. Of course, I make music that is fun and that I enjoy. But I am moved by so many songs and genres from so many different times in the history of music. I am inspired to make music that relates to society, that motivate my generation, and that give a point of view from a young teen Hispanic female growing up in America, including the struggles, trails and positive changes, achievements and influences.
  • Armando Villa-Ignacio
    Published 27 days ago
    Everyone in Harmony

    Everyone in Harmony

    The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), originally called the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) first began on a rooftop on April 11, 1938. It started with 26 men, and eventually grew to a society of thousands spreading across the globe. Since the start of SPEBSQSA, the Society has been male driven. And not just male driven, but white male driven.
  • Almárëa Laurësil
    Published about a month ago
    The Joys of Harmony Bring Us Together

    The Joys of Harmony Bring Us Together

    Where you find a love for music, there will always be a party in the making. The painting, The Concert (1623), by Gerrit van Honthorst (1592–1656), depicts an informal social scene where people gather to drink and enjoy music together that comes alive with illumination and warm tones. The party is open to the viewer as if he or she could step in and join. The merriment the performance holds for the five musicians gathered around a table and three listeners can be felt as one examines this painting. The musical ensemble in The Concert is an English mixed consort (Wheelock). There are both men and women seated around a table, singing and playing music with various instruments. From left to right, there is a bass viol, a violin, a bandora, and a lute. Those performing are dressed in theatrical outfits painted in bright, stunning colors. The women are also wearing elaborate headdresses. The musicians sing and play from partbooks as they are instructed by the concertmaster in red on the left, who is playing the bass viol and directing with his bow (Wheelock). The maestro urges focus, but the joyous quartet is having a pleasant time. The Concert by Gerrit van Honthorst is a genre painting depicting five musical performers and three bystanders; the scene is filled with a harmony between the performers and listeners that is directed by the concertmaster.
Bands
  • Jasmine Morris
    Published 7 days ago
    The Most Epic Rock & Metal Bands

    The Most Epic Rock & Metal Bands

    There are way too many bands out there that sound the same, but are on the front page of Kerrang magazines, on all the commercialised rock and metal websites, and print media, but how many bands that don't shout inaudible noise into a mic for four minutes that has no emotional and musical depth do you actually know of?
  • Peter Frank Santovito
    Published 23 days ago
    Music Biz 101

    Music Biz 101

    Ever since I watched The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and be in Life. A Musician, a Songwriter, a Performer. Little did I know how long and hard the road would be. I started banging on pots, pans, cardboard boxes or on anything that sounded like a drum. Whenever a song title, idea or concept seeped into my mind, I wrote it down on paper, napkins, or even scraps of paper, whatever I could find. As a boy of 13 or 14, I remember having shoeboxes filled with scraps of papers with song titles I came up with. One day, my grammar school buddies and I got together to do our first music jam. I had just bought a snare drum, while my friends played on acoustic guitars. We would listen to records by our favs: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Dave Clark 5, The Hollies, The British Invasion groups, The Zombies, The Animals, The Yardbirds, Santana, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals. Then we moved on to more elaborate groups and artists: Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Bob Dylan, Jeff Beck, The Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, and in between, all of the Motown artists, along with so many Musicians, Songwriters and Artists that it is impossible to list them all.
  • Miranieva Buen
    Published 2 months ago
    Undecided Says "Hello"

    Undecided Says "Hello"

    I've known Undecided for quite some time. Their name is easy to remember and they've got an active channel and Instagram account. Sometimes, when I'd see them in my feed, I'd like their posts, watch some videos of theirs, and then proceed to play their music on repeat.
Celebrities
  • Hayley Dodwell
    Published a day ago
    Freddie Mercury - Forever Alive

    Freddie Mercury - Forever Alive

    Freddie Mercury: forever alive in music, the greatest showman of the 1980s and a leading runner even for the greatest showman of all time. The incredible music of Queen has stood the test of time, and it's still just as incredible and popular now as it was back in the 70s and 80s. Many bands looked up to Queen and influenced them hugely on their musical journeys, including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n' Roses and U2.
  • Rasma Raisters
    Published 2 days ago
    Cher, the Goddess of Pop

    Cher, the Goddess of Pop

    Cher, who was born Cherilyn Sarkisian, is an American singer and actress. She began her singing career with her husband Sonny Bono. They were a popular singing duo in the 1960s. Among their most famous songs is a duo was “I Got You Babe.” Cher got to try out some acting when she and Sonny Bono had their own TV show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour from 1971 to 1974. Together with Bono they have a number one hit “All I Ever Need is You.”
  • Style Idol Closet
    Published 5 days ago
    Dreamcatcher Beauty Ranking

    Dreamcatcher Beauty Ranking

    Disclaimer: this list does not intend to bash on the beauty, talents, and charms of the members. All the members are beautiful, talented and essential for the group. Although, there is normally one member that stands out in beauty for fitting the Korean beauty standards best, there are occasions where another member's beauty stand out, since the concept, outfit, or makeup style fits that member better for that comeback. Also, each comeback takes about eight months to a year (on average), so by the time they make a comeback, the members have grown older and their looks have matured.
Concert
  • Sandy Lo
    Published 3 days ago
    Future Thieves Kills It at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall

    Future Thieves Kills It at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall

    The Nashville-based alt-rock trio Future Thieves hit the tiny stage two at the Rockwood Music Hall under horrible red lighting, but the band still came out looking like bright, shiny pennies that make musical wishes come true.
  • Marcia Frost
    Published 7 days ago
    AJ Croce at City Winery

    AJ Croce at City Winery

    AJ Croce may not get as much publicity as his legend father, Jim, did, but he’s certainly deserving. The singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire took his talents to City Winery in Chicago. It was a chance to not only see his show, but to check out this most unusual Windy City spot.
  • Joanna Brook
    Published 27 days ago
    Review: Ariana Grande at the O2 Arena, London

    Review: Ariana Grande at the O2 Arena, London

    I’m a massive Ariana Grande latecomer. For a while I was quite a pop culture snob, slating most of the top 40, reality TV, and the crappier talent shows. For context, I just started watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians two weeks ago (from the very beginning, and yes I love it), and when watching Gemma Collins: Diva Forever I have to ask my housemates for context about every 30 seconds.
Fact Or Fiction
  • Nameless
    Published 15 days ago
    How Is Music Able to Connect into Our Daily Lives?
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 3 months ago
    Reason First: Is DJ Khaled Now Crying Because He's Not an Egoist?

    Reason First: Is DJ Khaled Now Crying Because He's Not an Egoist?

    Jay-Z and Beyoncé (THE CARTERS) handled their number two slot on the Billboard 200 chart last year with their release, EverythingisLove (2018) with grace. Nicki Minaj launched into a temper tantrum when her fourth studio album Queen (2018) failed to make the number one spot, and so did DJ Khaled. Arguably the most annoying voice in hip hop, the DJ and producer recorded a video expressing his distaste for “mysterious sh–t.” By coming in the top ten, one would think that a recording artist would be satisfied with their own efforts. Regardless of whether the listening individuals actually stream or buy the physical copies of Khaled’s work, he should be proud that he organized so many voices to make a solid album.
  • Amelia Flynn
    Published 4 months ago
    How Music Affects Your Productivity

    How Music Affects Your Productivity

    Since today most of the work is done using a computer, music is a good way to diversify routine work. But the question remains the same: can music affect our productivity?
Feature
  • P.I.F.F. Magazine
    Published 3 days ago
    Snow Tha Product Goes Off!!
  • Evan Nunn
    Published 3 days ago
    Jam and Flearn

    Jam and Flearn

    A little over four years ago I started a meetup group to bring people together to jam and learn how to play their instruments and sing with others.
  • mySound Music
    Published 3 days ago
    The Interesting Life of Ella Jefro

    The Interesting Life of Ella Jefro

    I recently stumbled upon an artist whose talent caught my attention immediately. A little digging and several google searches in, I was becoming a bit disappointed that I coudn't find any information about Ella Jefro. Not one to give up, I decided to go directly to the source. This is Ella's story...
History
  • Jerry Winkley
    Published 14 days ago
    Rock vs World

    Rock vs World

    As with any new thing, musicians and the music they play has often been met with ridicule and adversity in their wake. Many, many famous people took a stand to the form of art that was their own, against all the naysayers, and made not just a career, but a lifestyle with the inspiration and drive of their own imagination.
  • Francois Palay
    Published 29 days ago
    Louder than God

    Louder than God

    In 1968, a band from San Francisco might have just started a genre of music that today, millions of people around the world love—heavy metal!
  • PAT CHANEY
    Published about a month ago
    The Creole Cowboys

    The Creole Cowboys

    THE CREOLE COWBOYS
How To
  • Deeann Mathews
    Published 16 days ago
    How to Get (Almost) Worldwide Copyright Protection

    How to Get (Almost) Worldwide Copyright Protection

    One of the most frightening things for musicians putting their music out in the world is… well… putting music out into a world full of people, some of whom are of the mind that music should be free for everyone to use without a thought of paying the musicians who create the music.
  • Armando Villa-Ignacio
    Published about a month ago
    Vocal Health

    Vocal Health

    I've been singing ever since I could remember. When I was happy, I'd sing. When I was sad, I'd sing. When I was lonely, I'd sing. I never got formal training from a private teacher, but I did get training through music class and choir. My music teachers have been amazing and an integral part of my development as a musician. I've sang with a few choir teachers and professors, and I've learned so much about my voice, and what I can do with it. Something that wasn't always talked about, however, was vocal health.
  • Maria Harrison
    Published about a month ago
    How to Negotiate a Record Deal the Right Way

    How to Negotiate a Record Deal the Right Way

    The right record deal can determine your path to music industry success. Knowing how to sell your music can be as important as knowing how to create music. For instance, many a famous talented musician has suffered later in their careers because of selling too cheaply, or outright giving up rights to their music.
Instruments
  • John Marvin Scott
    Published 29 days ago
    3 Reasons to Start Working on Your Guitar Technique

    3 Reasons to Start Working on Your Guitar Technique

    What kind of musician are you? Are you the person who comes home from doing whatever you do, and you play your guitar as a way to decompress from the day? Or are you the person who wakes up and picks up the guitar, and spends every waking second working to become the best guitar player in their area? Maybe you're a little bit of both—who knows? But one thing that I know for sure is that there is something about your playing you want to improve.
  • Will E
    Published 2 months ago
    Everything You Should Know Before Getting Your First Piano

    Everything You Should Know Before Getting Your First Piano

    So you want to play piano. But before you can even begin to consider notes and rhythm and squiggly lines that give you migraines, you must first find an instrument to play on.
  • Simon Dupree
    Published 3 months ago
    Who Really Invented the Electric Guitar?

    Who Really Invented the Electric Guitar?

    With advancing technology, more sophisticated musical instruments became possible, and during the 20th century, peaking in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the electric guitar became an institution for musicians and a battlefield of competition among the great guitar players of the era. From Les Paul to Page and Hendrix the explosive possibilities of electric guitar reached their full potential.
List
  • hannah irelan
    Published about 14 hours ago
    Ranking Every Song Harry Styles Has Ever Covered

    Ranking Every Song Harry Styles Has Ever Covered

    "Harry Styles: Live on Tour" birthed some of the best live covers I've ever heard in my life, seriously. Some of these songs, I've literally only heard Harry's version, and now, I can't un-hear them, and let's be clear: I don't think I want to.
  • John Marvin Scott
    Published 11 days ago
    3 Reasons to Expand Your Musical Interests

    3 Reasons to Expand Your Musical Interests

    We all have that one artist that sticks with us as we grow older. For me, that artist is KISS (I know... look at me now). The neat thing about having them be my childhood artist is that, I look at the way they've impacted my taste on music, and how listening to them got me into so much other music early on. Listening to what my dad listened to really helped me expand my own musical horizons. Now, not everyone gets the chance to listen to as much music as I did growing up. However, it's never too late to start listening to music you've never even heard before. Here are three reasons you should definitely go on Spotify, and just find something to listen to.
  • Mikkie Mills
    Published 15 days ago
    Top 5 Music Artists from Texas

    Top 5 Music Artists from Texas

    Texas is known to do everything bigger and better. They have big hair, big servings of food, and big personalities. Some big music artists have come out of the state of Texas. A Texas solar powered stadium easily fills up when these artists come to town. These are the top 5 artists to come from the state of Texas.
Playlist
  • Music Talks 💜
    Published 4 days ago
    Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting the Artist?

    Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting the Artist?

    Since streaming became the new norm, overtaking CD sales and now paid downloads of artists' music, it’s now become more evident how streaming and music playlists are actually hurting artists and devaluing who's behind the music.
  • Treva Bowdoin
    Published 5 days ago
    14 Totally Tubular Songs From 1984 That 'American Horror Story' Fans Must Listen to Now

    14 Totally Tubular Songs From 1984 That 'American Horror Story' Fans Must Listen to Now

    American Horror Story is back, and Season 9 of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series is taking viewers back in time to 1984. Fans couldn't be more excited about the show going retro with its references to 80s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and, judging from the series' new opening credits, AHS: 1984 is going to feature an awesome soundtrack.
  • Ljubinko Zivkovic
    Published 6 days ago
    Finding Good Music Under The Radar - Part Two

    Finding Good Music Under The Radar - Part Two

    As any holiday season approaches, the piles of music to listen to grow exponentially and so do the chances of some great music just slipping by for no other reason than there is too much of it. The first reaction of any music fan is to go for the music they are somehow familiar with, something they know they will love, like a lavish reissue of one of their favourites.
Pop Culture
  • E.A. Forster
    Published about a month ago
    Everyone Hates Country

    Everyone Hates Country

    If you ask someone what music they like, they might easily answer “anything but country.”
  • Sara Al Mahdy
    Published 2 months ago
    This Is the New Shit

    This Is the New Shit

    In recent years, music has almost experienced a paradigm shift. From the 50s to 2016, rock was the zeitgeist of music, from the Beatles to rock infused pop music (ie. Elton John and others). It was in 2016 that it was officially announced that tastes have shifted from rock to hip hop, a departure that was, while a necessary one, a surprise all the same. Kurt Cobain himself said in a 90s interview that he believed besides punk rock, the most important genre of music was hip hop and rap. This was the first time in music we had seen a genre born of a racial minority gain a status such as this. Radio waves became saturated with rap music, especially with artists such as Drake infusing pop and rap, exploding to super stardom, idolized in the same way the rockers of the 70s were. This departure is a cultural marvel, as well as a musical one.
  • robert massimi
    Published 3 months ago
    'Rock of Ages'

    'Rock of Ages'

    Robert Massimi.
Vintage