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SHINee's Back Again
Insert Minho's "SHINee's back again." In May 2008, SM Entertainment debuted a five-member group called SHINee. In 2010, after one of the most difficult years of my life, I reconnected with my best friend and she introduced me to these five men with "Ring Ding Dong" and their reality show Hello Baby. I fell in love. SHINee is the group that got me back into Korean entertainment. I've since moved to other groups, broadening my music (and fanbases), not enjoyed some of their releases, but I will always come back to SHINee.
The Road to Becoming a Musician
All of us who are musicians or are learning to play music go through the struggle: We take a really big step forward and then we get stuck.
Curren$y & Harry Fraud - 'The Marina' EP
2018 is far from over, but Curren$y has already delivered his third project this year. Spitta’s newest project, The Marina, follows up The Spring Collection and Parking Lot Music. Given his voracious appetite and relentless work ethic, there may be a lot more coming.
2018 Carolina Rebellion
The Carolina Rebellion has spent almost a decade bringing a captivating rock festival to the Charlotte, North Carolina area. This isn’t just any festival. The festival organizers put a lot of time and energy into creating three days of exhilarating fun that is almost no holds barred. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t 3 days of profligacy. This is just a lot of fun-loving people coming together to enjoy great entertainment in all of its varying forms. In past years the festival has brought some of the biggest names in rock music. Yet, one of the nice touches about this festival is it also brings some of the rising stars, who are just on their way up. It gives these lesser known acts a chance to show what they are really made of. Some of the best performances of the festival aren’t always on the Carolina or Rebellion Stages. There is something about the festival environment that has every artist putting their "best foot forward," so to speak. It raises the par to the point that every artist is striving to give their best performance. It could almost be considered a friendly competition amongst contemporaries. Although many of these bands are friends, they are also friendly rivals. They each want to be proclaimed the best performance of the festival and leave their mark, make new fans, and in some cases make history. This year’s 2018 Carolina Rebellion didn’t disappoint. Each day brought something new and exciting and the fans were hungry for every moment of it.
Pusha T Album Cover Disrespects a Legend's Memory
If you're even just the slightest bit involved in social media then you've probably already heard about the new Pusha T album Daytona (created on Kanye West's label GOOD Music). The album consists of seven songs that include "Infrared," a diss track about Drake that has been making headlines, but that's not the only thing about this album that's been making headlines.
Music Festival Do's and Don'ts
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Mike and I were hanging out talking about the usual guy stuff—sports, what our plans would be for the weekend, new music that had dropped—when he brought up how excited he was for EDC in Las Vegas. Since they moved the date up from mid-June to mid-May, EDC falls on his birthday. Mike has been to his fair share of festivals but this will be his first time stepping into the euphoric lands of the Electric Daisy Carnival, so I started asking him what his expectations were. This led us to begin reminiscing on all of our past adventures in the wonderlands of raves, laughing at how far we had come from when we were rave babies and unaware of the unwritten do’s and don’ts of the PLUR culture.
A$AP Rocky - 'Testing' Review
Three years removed from his last album—AtLongLast A$AP—Asap Rocky has finally returned for his highly anticipated Testing album. The 15 track project features production from long time collaborator, Clams Casino, Skepta, and even Rocky himself. Guest appearances come from French Montana, Frank Ocean, T.I., Juicy J, and more.
This Week in K-Music
A lot of great music came out his week. One of my favorite lady rappers dropped a solo for the first time. This is the perfect time of year for artists to release music—summer is coming, everyone is building the perfect going-on-vacation playlist, looking for fresh sounds. I love this time of year for music!
#901Spotlight on Stu Stu Studio: Josh Stevens
If you are in Memphis Music, you have probably heard of Josh Stevens. He has been in more bands than most Memphians can name, and is always in the background trying to make the music scene better and more accessible to everyone. I met him at the infamous Buccaneer a few years back, when he played with Indeed We Digress. After that brief encounter, I had a professional falling out with one of our mutual friends, and Josh showed his true colors being there to try and smooth that out. Unlike most people in this industry, he still has a heart. He gives a shit. That is rare. He may sport green hair, have piercings, and his “work attire” is some merchandise from an up-and-coming band, but once you sit down and get him talking, you see quickly he is an innovator.
Mozart vs. Michael
Historians and scientists alike have drawn uncanny parallels between two of the world’s most well-known musicians: Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “King of Pop” singer Michael Jackson. Both were born as the seventh children in their families and toured their countries as young prodigies. However, these similarities were not what captured the interest of several psychologists, but their personalities, which could be described as eccentric and even related to one another. The psychological likenesses between Mozart and Jackson point to the childhood abuse and pressure they faced.
Gary Barlow the Theatre Tour 2018 Review
Gary Barlow and Take That fans across the globe are currently in a frenzy over Gary’s solo tour. Visiting small theatres in cities that he’s never performed in before is proving to be a huge success with fans clambering for spare tickets for sale so they can go again and again and campaigning in their thousands on Twitter to be that one special lady who gets to go on stage each night with Gary and be serenaded with "A Million Love Songs."
Behemoth Is the Musical Equivalent of 17th Century Baroque Art, but for Satan
May 10, 2018. Sports Arena, San Diego CA. The first day of Slayer's Final World Tour. Hell had arrived to San Diego, and we were all welcoming it with our black hearts. After a fantastic set by OG Thrash metal heroes Testament, the prophets of hell itself Behemoth unleashed the swarms of satanic glory onto Southern California in a blistering, spectacular, incredibly dark six track set, starting with hell's national anthem "Ov Fire And The Void" and finishing with the deeply personal and incredibly blasphemous, "O Father, O Satan, O Sun". Behemoth's legacy has been well established at this point in their career, but this tour will bring them to a wide range audience that have never heard, nor seen the band before. And with a universally loved magnum opus under their belt, and an incredibly anticipated 11th album coming out this year (one of the songs they played at the show is called "Wolves of Siberia," which is the first single from the, as of this writing, untitled album), it seems that Behemoth's baroque portrayal of Lucifer in music form will continue to create more Heathen Legions around the World.