Staff Picks

  • Vocal Curation Team
    Published 4 days ago
    To the Beat: June 2020

    To the Beat: June 2020

    We're excited to kick off summer with a new To the Beat playlist featuring all the songs and artists you loved this month. Whether you are celebrating pride, protesting for BLM, or showing your support from home, this month's collection has something for you. This roundup highlights music from every decade. Creators shared everything from Lady Gaga's dance-pop hits to Jimi Hendrix's psychedelic rock. Craving Fleetwood Mac's moody tunes? Check. How about Sam Cooke's soulful ballads? Double check.
  • Leigh Hooper
    Published 4 days ago
    THE NEW GROOVE: Black Female Artists

    THE NEW GROOVE: Black Female Artists

    The New Groove is an easy-read article that helps you discover new music every single month! This is the first instalment of this series, and given the current situation of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the power behind it that we cannot let die, I’m kicking off this series with introducing to you a few of my favourite black female musicians, highlighting new musicians that you need to look out for, and educating you on why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important, especially within the black music industry.
  • Siân Roche
    Published 5 days ago
    Beyoncé is Coming

    Beyoncé is Coming

    In an Instagram video shared with her 149 million followers, Beyoncé dropped the news we've all been waiting for: she is releasing a new project. 'Black is King', a visual album which is written, directed and produced by the star, will drop exclusively on Disney+ on July 31st.
  • Sammi Curran
    Published 6 days ago
    BTS wants you to 'Stay Gold'

    BTS wants you to 'Stay Gold'

    I’ve realized at this point in my life that BTS’s music will rarely disappoint me. Recently, BTS released a Japanese single, “Stay Gold”. I had high expectations for this one going in. Though BTS is a South Korean group, their Japanese originals are some of my favorite songs they’ve done. “Don’t Leave Me”, “Let Go”, and my personal favorite “Crystal Snow” are incredible tracks. Seeing that BTS has done another Japanese song feels like a treat during the stressful times we’re in right now.
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 9 days ago
    "Dixie Chicks" change their name to "Chicks"

    "Dixie Chicks" change their name to "Chicks"

    "The Dixie Chicks" announced on Thursday June 25, tht they have changed their name to "Chicks." Like the former Lady Antebellum, the country trio no longer desire to be associated with a pre-Civil War south where black people were enslaved. For many people, the word Dixie simply indicates the south. Since the murders of Ahmaud Aubrey and George Floyd, an increasing number of Amerians are rethinking things that they have been doing for years. There will no doubt be a backlash from fans because old habits die hard. NASCAR received a lot of hate when they decided to remove all Confederate flags and Christian singer Natalie Grant said she and her spouse lost over 1,000 social media followers because they spoke out against racial injustice.
  • Blake O'Connor
    Published 10 days ago
    House Music is Black Music
  • Carlos Lacayo
    Published 19 days ago
    Tara Beier

    Tara Beier

    Singer-songwriter Tara Beier is a name that will soon be synonymous with invoking feelings of positivity and inspiration through her music. Her folk/blues/psychedelic rock sound is a mashup of some of her musical influences growing up such as Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell with a twist all her own. Beier is also an accomplished actress and filmmaker. Tara helped create a documentary entitled I Met a Man from Burma, which helped release a refugee into Canada for citizenship and also played singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie in Covered, which rekindled a passion for music that was within her from a young age.
  • Loretta Flowers
    Published 20 days ago
    How to Take Care of Your Vinyl Collection

    How to Take Care of Your Vinyl Collection

    Whether you're just starting out as a record collector or you already have a collection of your own, you should make sure you're taking proper care of your vinyl. Records are valuable, not only because they contain the music you love, but also because their appeal has made a comeback in recent years which gives them a certain vintage and eclectic edge compared to their more modern competitors like CDs and devices. It is very important to handle, store, and clean records properly in order to keep them in good shape for a long time.
  • Samantha Parrish
    Published 28 days ago
    LGBT songs that should be on your playlist for pride

    LGBT songs that should be on your playlist for pride

    As LGBT culture has thrived and grown, the media has made songs for the comfort and celebration in who you are .