Most recently published stories in Beat.
‘Magic’ Is the Best Bruce Springsteen Album You’ve Never Heard
It has been entirely too long since I've done a story about Bruce Springsteen, so today I want to call attention to an album that rarely gets mentioned when talking about his best work. This is a shame, because 2007’s Magic is one of his finest albums, and certainly the equal of The Rising as his best album of the last 20 years.
Sensational R&B singer and songwriter Micah Willis drops a brand new R&B single titled "Forget”
Sensational R&B singer and songwriter Micah Willis drops a brand new R&B single titled "Forget. "Forget" is a moderate tempo elevating R&B track with lyrics and theme leaning towards dance and "having a good time." "Forget" is a "feel-good" song somewhat written in response to the most recent world upsets and crises - especially the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020. According to Micah Willis, “Forget,” just as the song title suggests is about “forgetting all the terrible times we had in 2020.” Micah believes it is time everyone goes out to have fun. Instrumentally, “Forget” is rooted in very solid R&B influences as it also taps some minor [but not insignificant] elements from genres like rap, trap, soul, and blues.
A Musical Education , My Experience of Public Service Broadcasting
I first heard Public Service Broadcasting on BBC Radio 6 with the song “ROYGBIV” an acronym for the sequence of hues commonly described as making up a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Be Right Back — Album Review
From the very beginning, Jorja Smith grabs the listener by the ears and demands a thoughtful approach in Be Right Back. This album is both melancholy and soulful in a willful approach to love. Travesty seems to carry in the artist’s voice and reverberates in your soul, almost to the point of poignancy. This short album has a certain sound that we don’t necessarily see in American music; as so, I can appreciate the nuance in the dialect and delivery in each song. There is an earthy, jazzy, funky element that is very subtle yet complements the artist so well.
30 years of Metallica's Black album
I’ve been thinking about writing this for a couple of days. I can’t believe it, 30 years. Last night I decided to go down memory lane and dwell deep into my recollections of this pivotal album in Metallica’s career. I searched for the album on my favorite music streaming service and let the music speak for itself, unbelievably, 29 years after my last listen to this album.
Introducing a Q&A with America’s International Music Unicorn
A cross between the musical likeness of WILLOW SMITH, not to mention an uncanny resemblance, and your favorite Afrobeats artist, she’s on the precipice of superstardom and gushes over being told she resembles both WILLOW and Chloe (Chloe x Hailey). Kamari Deni is a veteran musician and model at the tender age of 21. She’s no stranger to music, though, her newest single, Put In Work may have you thinking she’s a newbie — she’s not. However, she is the ‘first to ever do it’ like she’s doing it. Born in Florida, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and lived in Puerto Rico for a year, she’s International!
Is Young Zerka the Next European Artist to Reach Mainstream American Fame? Top Music Critics Say "Yes!"
We've seen Europe based artists flourish, winning the eyes and ears of other major continents. Names like Enrique Iglesias of Spain, DJ Calvin Harris of Scotland, and Tove Lo of Sweden may sound all too familiar. Let's not get started on the abundance of iconic English music talents that have influenced the United States music industry. Ed Sheeran, The Beatles and Adele are just few to mention. But the eastern European nations have tons of talented artists, it's just that they need walk on the big stage. Enter Young Zerka.
As if Music for the next generation has not become an road block for aspiring musicians, we certainly have seen a spike in young talent over the course in the digital era. For some hidden gems we rarely come across those who are willing to educate themselves in the business and take their own shares of experience to their adavantge and flip themselves in multiple threats in the industry.
"Die daily, we die like the dishes are done. Wash them away, wash them every day." This profound flow of words were interrupted by raw regret floating up from a lonely soul in introspection.
A Punk For All Seasons
“Punk rock isn’t something you grow out of. Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is ‘give us some truth’” ~ Joe Strummer
7 Highly Rated Korean Movies You Must Watch
If you love to watch Korean movies then you must have gone through this pick of mine. These are the Top 7 Korean movies I would recommend to all Korean movies lovers.
Six reasons Sara Niemietz belongs on your favorites list
I first discovered Sara about seven years ago when searching for the Paul Simon's Still Crazy after all These Years and she blew me away. Her voice speaks for itself.