Why Kelly Clarkson Is The Queen Of Live Innovation

In case you haven't noticed, Kelly Clarkson is the queen of tours. Why is this? It goes behind the fact that she always sounds amazing when she sings. Kelly takes touring a step further, making sure each show is special and offers something new. Kelly isn't afraid of live innovation, and in fact, has been…

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Revisiting 2009 Albums: The Best Records Turning 10 in 2019

As we embark on a new year, let's look back on where we were a decade ago. In 2009, we heard a ton of amazing songs, singles, and albums. But which records have stood the test of time? These are my favorite 2009 albums: the ones that defined my life 10 years ago and continue…

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The Best Pop & Rock Albums Of 2018

Another year has come and passed, and as we reflect on all our favorite moments of 2018, let's look back on some of the best new music that came out this year. Our reviewers picked out their favorite albums of 2018, spanning all 12 months and a range of styles under the pop rock umbrella.…

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Grunge Singers Gone Too Soon: A Curse Or A Coincidence?

Early this morning, news broke that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had died. He was only 52 years old, and apparently committed suicide by hanging. It is shocking and devastating news, and already many musicians and fans have spoken about the sorrow of such a loss. RIP, Chris Cornell. This is, sadly, not the first grunge…

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Playing It Safe: Why Did Music Stop Being Honest & Fearless?

For some years now, I have felt a growing dissatisfaction with the songs that dominate radio stations and the artists that take up most entertainment news stories. This must make me sound like an out-of-touch old grouch who just doesn't get kids these days, but I'm only in my mid-20s. I love music, and yet lately I…

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Stop Calling Garbage A Grunge Band

Lately there's been a lot of talk about Garbage, and with good reason. Last year they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their 1995 debut album, Garbage, with a re-release of the record and a 20 Years Queer tour. Next week, the band will release their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds. Their new songs "Empty"…

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In Defense Of Green Day’s Trilogy

Four years ago, Green Day announced their most ambitious release yet: A trilogy of albums. Following the huge success of 2004's rock opera, American Idiot, the band crafted another concept album, this time divided into three acts, with 2009's 21st Century Breakdown. Green Day knew they couldn't keep doing politically-oriented rock operas, so they decided to take it…

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Top 20 Kelly Clarkson Album Tracks

Some months ago I listed my 20 favorite unreleased Kelly Clarkson songs. She has so many amazing hidden gems that deserved to be on albums, and though it was hard to narrow down my list, I'm glad that we can at least hear these unreleased tracks. Now it's time to pick out some of Kelly's…

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Record Labels Vs. Artists: Let The Creators Create

For nearly as long as the music industry has existed, a certain partnership has played a vital part in keeping the business running smoothly. The first side is obviously the creative souls - songwriters, musicians, performers, singers. These are the people who make the music and the reason there is a music industry at all.…

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My Love-Hate Relationship With Bonus Tracks

Bonus tracks are a magical thing for most music fans. We love getting a new album from our favorite artist, and most of us are eager for as much music as we can get our hands on. I myself have already expressed my love for songs, and in my opinion, the more the merrier. I can never…

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Music and My Mental Health

When Amanda asked me to write a guest blog for this week, my first thought was, “what do I know about music?” As I wrote in a previous post, Amanda is the one between us that has the real passion for music. I jokingly proposed “I Depend on My Sister for Literally Everything Music-Related” as…

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Why Don’t Artists Release All The Songs They Record?

Most music fans I know are always excited to hear more music from their favorite singers and bands. Anticipation builds into a giddy frenzy as a new album's release date approaches. When an artist performs a new song, half the audience films a video of it so fans can search it out on YouTube a…

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20 Ways To Discover New Music

Everyone loves music. And most people can never get enough of it. But how do you discover new music to add to your collection? In a world as filled with endless musical options as ours is today, it can be difficult to sift through the sounds and find what really speaks to you. Most articles…

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A Response To Our Blog, “Never Stop Discovering New Bands, Part Two”

This article originally appeared on rachelwhitbeck.wordpress.com.    My sister runs a super cool blog called Hidden Jams. Her latest post discusses bands that she discovered in 2015. At 25, she is not ready to stop finding new music. Amanda has always been the one more excited about the music scene between the two of us.…

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New Year, New Music: 16 Albums We’re Looking Forward To In 2016

Welcome to the new year! 2015 was a great year for music, but it looks like 2016 is gearing up to be even better. Some long-awaited albums may finally reach our ears this year, and some artists are set to make drastic musical change for their next records. There's plenty to look forward to, but here’s what…

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Top 15 Albums Of 2015

While most entertainment publications rushed to release their year-end lists by the first of December, we decided to wait until all the year's albums had actually been released before making our final ranking. It's good that we did, too, because one of our favorite records was released right around the time kids were getting out of…

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Top 30 Singles Of 2015

Now that 2015 is coming to a close, it feels right to reflect on all the great music we've gotten to enjoy for the last 12 months. This year was packed full of amazing new singles across the genres, from progressive metal to old school funk pop and everything in between. We picked out 30…

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58 Instruments That Made Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Songs Of All Time

You may be familiar with Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time." They first published their list in 2004, but updated it in 2010 to include more songs from the 21st century. The top 100 songs alone feature a wide variety of musical instruments beyond the standard guitar, bass, and drums. Berklee…

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“Music was better back then”: When do we stop keeping up with popular music?

This article was originally published by Skynet & Ebert - see their original post here.  After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music…

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An Avril Lavigne Music Wish List

Avril Lavigne has a big year planned. She sneakily hinted that she had some "projects lined up" around the new year, but she likes things to be a surprise. First up was the much-wanted music video for "Give You What You Like," one of the best tracks from Avril's self-titled fifth album (and her whole career). The song didn't…

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Welcome To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Green Day. You’ve Earned It.

I discovered Green Day an entire decade ago. I was 14 years old, and "American Idiot" had just come out. The music video was addictive, and the song had so much energy and aggression. As a young teenager just getting into music, this was the song I needed. It took 2 more singles and an…

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Happy Halloween!

Green Day - "Monster Mash" (+ "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" and "Basket Case") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9gXKAMsV0c Ghost - "Secular Haze" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyQZ13jobIY Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5yR5XhCIeg Metallica - "Enter Sandman" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD-E-LDc384 Evanescence - "Going Under" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdhqVtpR2ts Paramore - "Monster" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoTEnaAI9Fo Avril Lavigne - "Alice" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI4m-l2yRZA Ghost - "Stand By Him" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cQdvYeguKA Talking Heads -…

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