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David Bowie's 'Heroes,' Brian Eno's Influence
When attempting any serious evaluation of David Bowie's work, it's best to concentrate solely on the success or failure of his music, and not permit his formidable media persona to become involved in the scope of analysis. It's pretty obvious to anyone who followed his career that he most likely regarded his musical and cinematic undertakings as merely means to a much larger creative and evolutionary end.
Famous Super Bowl Halftime Shows
The Super Bowl is traditionally one of the most watched television events of the year, and over the years with the action of the game, the unique commercials and the headlining halftime performer, everyone can have a great time during the big game. The Super Bowl halftime show has always been an extravaganza, and it has featured some of the biggest acts in the entertainment industry. These performances have had a huge cultural impact, inspiring everything from new laws to new technology. Given the huge amount of money Super Bowl ads cost, it’s no surprise that the halftime show gets bigger every year. Join us now for the most famous Super Bowl halftimes shows to date.
5 Unique Metal Bands You Should Be Listening To
If you’re in the market for metal, you probably know there are roughly 500 styles and sub-genres to explore (if you’re new to the metal scene . . . well, there are roughly 500 styles and sub-genres to explore. And yes, in most of them, you can understand the lyrics). Metal, like most genres, is also dominated by the major players, so listeners can be forgiven for thinking that it’s more or less totally comprised of 50% old-school faves, 48% new-school bands captained by sweaty screaming dudes, and 2% Nightwish. While there are a bunch of really fantastic bands that fall squarely into those categories ---- hey, they’re famous for a reason ---- metal is also home to a whole bunch of slightly lesser-known bands that are absolutely worth a listen. For me personally, I’m a fan of weird bands, and there are a whole stack of them in the metal genre. After all, for a genre that tends to get thought of as being pretty narrow, it’s actually huge. Metal can be influenced by a ton of other genres (electronic music, rap, or opera, anyone?) and played on a massive variety of instruments . . . or, as you’ll see in one band on this list, none at all. Ready to hear about a few awesome metal bands who defy easy categorization? Well, we’ll start with:
Best TV Shows About Music
With all of the TV shows circulating today, it can be difficult to know which are the best to follow, which is why we would like to highlight the best picks from an upcoming, and particularly new genre: TV shows about music. The shows that fall into this category, though incredibly diverse, all have a similar foundation—music. Throughout the episodes that make up these shows, not only will you find music, but also dancing, drama, and impressive storylines that go along with sensational acting from a variety of characters and actors. The list of the best TV shows about music includes a great variety, leaving us with information and details about numerous shows, allowing us each to pick one to dive into.
Iconic Female Rappers
The rap industry, like most things, seems to be dominated by men. However, a little digging will show that there are a number of iconic female rappers who deserve more credit than they are getting. These women have helped to contributed to the world of rap and hip hop and have made a lasting imprint on the genre. Indeed, many of the most popular techniques and formats of rap might not be what they are without the influence of these women.
Classic Rock From The Kinks Provided the Guidance I Needed To Get Through
In 1978, my brother came home with Misfits by a classic rock band known as the Kinks. I didn’t understand the retched look rock stars took on at the time to stick it to the man, but fortunately I had no control of the stereo. This, because Ray Davies would make a career of writing songs about me. I simply got to survive.
January 2017 Essential Playlist
So, as I promised, I am going to be doing a playlist of songs I have discovered or been obsessed with each month. 2017 has GOT to be better than 2016, right? I mean come on. 2016 might have been the most depressing year in history... even if I can make your month a little teeny tiny weeny bit better with some of my favourite tunes to dance, cry, play or fuck to, then I feel like I am doing my part.
Best Music Videos of the 70s
The idea that music could be merged with motion pictures had been in existence for some time back in the 60s but only came to be a reality in the music videos of the 70s. In the 1940s, nightclub patrons could view Duke Ellington and Fats Waller soundies. The coming of television in the 1950s had a great impact on pop music, making it popular and accessible to a larger audience. This saw the evolution of epic pop music shows such as Soul Train, American Band Stand, and Top of the Pops. The music industry is very dynamic and with time, it evolved as technology advanced. By the early 70s, many artists were producing simple short promotional films. Some of these films, which went viral when they were released, were Rain and Paperback Writer.
Evolution of Visual Albums
Ever since Beyoncé rocked the music world with Lemonade there has been a lot of discussion of the rise of visual albums. However, many people are still unclear on what a visual album is, and even industry experts are not sure what they mean for the music industry. As a result a lot of the buzz has just been noise, so we’re here to help explain the evolution of visual albums and why they are changing the way we understand music.
Most Iconic Rock Concerts Ever
One of the biggest debates that rages around the world is over the most iconic rock concerts in history. Everyone has their own favorites, and they are of course influenced by each individual’s favorite band and musical tastes. However there are a number of concerts that, despite personal preferences, most people agree are a show they would have loved to be at.
Best Record Players For Record Collectors
For the long-time record collector and the novice alike, one of the most important decisions is buying a record player. From adjustability to size to weight to sound and compatibility with modern technology, there are many factors to consider when looking for the best record player. One thing to note is that many manufacturer specs aren't always accurate, so taking a look at some reviews is always a good idea, especially concerning speed accuracy. With that in mind, here are our well-tested recommendations for the best record players for record collectors.
Science of Beatboxing
Beatboxing, or the art of producing the track to a song with nothing but one's voice, has been seeing a resurgence lately, but few understand the science of beatboxing. Scientists have recently been studying beatboxing in order to gain insights into how human beings produce sound, and the results have fascinated linguists and researchers alike. This new research promises to give us a peak into this mysterious and catchy practice. Join us now for a look at the science of beatboxing.