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Why Does Everyone Hate Nickelback?
You ask someone for their favorite band, and you'll get several different answers. You ask someone about their least favorite band, and you'll learn fast that everyone hates Nickelback. Creed may be a close second, or maybe Insane Clown Posse, but time and time again, Nickelback is the butt of every joke and backward compliment. "Your band sucks, but it sure as hell ain't Nickelback."
The Value Of Classical Music
Every modern piece of music whether it be rhythm and blues, jazz, to pop, behind the lyrics and melodies can all can be traced back to the classics. Every piece of music for centuries now has been interpreted and integrated with classical overtones. Even today's rap and rock and roll all have classical overtures that are blended in. Without the great composers like Bach, Hayden, or Mozart most of today's music probably wouldn't exist.
The Sonic Vandals
The Sonic Vandals It’s one thirty in the morning. A sound starts in the distance, barely audible. The sound is almost subliminal, but it grows. It grows at first gradually, but quickly acquires momentum as it approaches.
Things You Don't Know About the Radio Industry
If there's one thing that you learn after hanging out with a lot of music professionals, it's how utterly bizarre, political, and phony working in the industry can be. I've seen it all - diva outbursts between dancers, horrible betrayals, drug addictions, sex scandals, and some of the downright most insane marketing ploys ever.
Behind the Lyrics:
We should hold people we admire and love to high standards, especially when, they disappoint us time and time again. Then hopefully, obnoxiousness would be irradiated.
Is Lil' Dicky One of the Most Underrated Rappers?
Even if you love a few of his songs, it can be easy to dismiss Lil' Dicky. This white rapper emerged out of no where, and has made no secret that his background is very different from many others who have found fame in rap. His comedic choice of lyrics can be distracting as well, making you forget just how intelligent the rhymes really are. Some people even tend to dismiss his talent because there is often a humorous tone in a genre that is often very serious. With the release of his new video for Pillow Talking, more and more people are noticing Lil' Dicky for the creative genius that he is.
Remember Pat Boone and those white buckskin shoes? The good old days of early rock and roll. Back then the giants of the pop music world were Elvis, Pat Boone, and Ricky Nelson. But if my recollection still is sound it was Elvis who captivated audiences with his unique style when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. I remember my parents so aghast that anyone could appear on national television and perform the way Elvis Presley did. My father was a concert violinist back in the roaring '20's. I guess my whole family when I was growing up was very musically inclined. But it was my parents who couldn't quite fathom the notion that rock and roll was actually a new kind of music much like rap and hip hop has become today.
The 4 Elements Of Hip Hop
Most hip hop fans know all about the latest album dropped, the latest gossip between rappers, or the newest video vixen to get mainstream status. They can also tell you volumes about urban streetwear, new sneaker releases, and the hottest clubs to go to in the city.
Things People Don't Tell You About Being A DJ
Most people who have been in the electronica scene have fantasized about being a DJ at least once. It must be amazing to see people dancing to the music you make, seeing how your music affects your fans, and getting paid to party, right?
The Rolling Stones: A Retrospective
For more than 50 years, The Rolling Stones have been the mainstays and stewards of the Rock n’ Roll universe. Founded in 1962, this English band transformed the music world, sold hundreds of millions copies of their albums, and have sold out countless arenas, stadiums, and concert halls. The original grouping of Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Brian Jones (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano) together help lead the emergence of Rock n’ Roll as the pre-eminent form of Western music during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Legendary and famous albums such as Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main Street (1972) helped cement their legacy as ranking among the greatest live acts in Rock n’ Roll history.
"Resist, Stand Up, Fight Back"
Like millions of other people across the country, the results of the 2016 Election hit me pretty hard. The thought of a thin-skinned, racist, xenophobic, demagogue being the leader of the free world was and still is absolutely terrifying.
Music Genres That Are Great Driving Soundtracks
There's something about cruising in the summertime that just makes you feel alive - even if you're just commuting to work. The right car can make any journey good, but if you really want to get the best that driving has to offer, you're going to need the right soundtrack for your roadtrip.