Okay so here's some of what happened last week (6/12-18).
I’m a fair weather rap fan. I don’t like rap that gets radio play and I only like some rap. OK, that’s not entirely true. I like some stuff from Eminem, but I liked N.W.A. I have a nephew that is a rapper and I dig his music (in an unbiased sort of way). That’s about the extent of my rap enjoyment these days, but I was pleasantly surprised from the opening intro on when I started listening to Surviving.
If there's one thing the music industry has become famous for, it's the sheer number of insane publicity stunts done by bands and singers who wanted to become famous, stay relevant, or get signed by a major record label. That is, after all, why there have been so many crazy scandals in the music industry.
'Having answered her calling as a musician, [Dua Lipa] is poised to become a dangerously exciting pop star.' The words of NME's Thomas Smith, describing one of the UKs hottest new talents in July last year.
Now in their seventeenth year, theRockin45s, aka America's Favorite Party Band are showing no signs of slowing down. Their 4 hour marathon sets continue to keep audiences dancing and singing and in Summer the band always kicks up a notch.
Greatest Artist compilation lists had, have and will always stir up controversy. Nothing is as sacred as your own favorite singer and when he/she doesn't make the list or is ranked in the nose-bleed section, fans feel betrayed. Part of it has to do with a social feeling of suddenly being marginalized by listening to an artist that did not make the A-List. Such compilations also always come up with omissions or inclusions that shouldn't be listed. And the new list by music publication Rolling Stone magazine listing the "100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time" does exactly what I just tried to explain.
Most local musicians aren’t signed to any labels, and many of them don’t want to be. A lot of them are college students or parents, and they are just trying to do what they love, and maybe make a little money. Some of them are doing it for fun and some of them are doing it for a living, but all of them are doing it for the love of music. They know that it’s not going to be easy or entirely realistic to make a living as a local musician and to do anything like that it will take a lot of work to make it happen.
Industrial, also known as industrial metal, is a subgenre that blends the dark side of metal with the synth-heavy sounds of techno. It's the genre that has given many teenagers and young adults an outlet for their rage, grief, and raw energy. It's also one of the few music genres that tends to be inextricably linked to goth culture.
Despite only being alive for the last five years of the 1990s, I’ve developed a deep passion for the rock music that was released in the decade.
It used to be simple for pop rockers, all it took was a few guys with a loud distorted guitar, a smooth riffing base, and some bumping drums. As time goes on and music progresses, making music is no longer as easy. Modern popular music is all based off of electronic beats, synthesizers, and mixing boards to modify music in any insane and intense form that one pleases. As the electronic dance music, or EDM as it is popularly referred to, and "trap" music industry has taken over music, it leaves bands in a sticky situation. Pop singers easily adapted to this change because most of their music was produced for them as they only needed to write the songs and sing them, but this is not the case for bands.
I remember the moment George Harrison first caught my attention. It was during the run-up and broadcast of The Beatles Anthology documentary series in 1995, when I was 13 and "Free As A Bird" was constantly on TV. George looked rather enigmatic, so somehow I got drawn in. He might also be responsible for killing my Robbie Williams crush by being rather easy on the eye, and witty in interviews. Such is the way of teenage hormones!