Picks Of The Month: February 2017

Every month, tons of great new music comes out from a range of artists and genres. Sometimes life is busy and you may miss some songs. So we created a playlist of some of the best new songs that came out in February 2017. It may be the shortest month of the year, but February sure had a…

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Picks Of The Month: January 2017

Every month, tons of great new music comes out from a range of artists and genres. Sometimes life is busy and you may miss some songs. So we created a playlist of some of the best new songs that came out in January 2017. These pop and rock songs are just what you need to ring in the…

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Picks Of The Month: November 2016

Every month, tons of great new music comes out from a range of artists and genres. Sometimes life is busy and you may miss some songs. So we created a playlist of some of the best new songs that came out in November 2016. It’s a fairly eclectic mix, so don’t worry if some of these songs are…

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Picks Of The Month: October 2016

Every month, tons of great new music comes out from a range of artists and genres. Sometimes life is busy and you may miss some songs. So we created a playlist of some of the best new songs that came out in October 2016. Warning: It’s a fairly eclectic mix, so don’t worry if some of these songs…

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Picks Of The Month: September 2016

Every month, tons of great new music comes out from a range of artists and genres. Sometimes life is busy and you may miss some songs. So we created a playlist of some of the best new songs that came out in September 2016. Warning: It’s a fairly eclectic mix, so don’t worry if some of these songs…

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Picks Of The Month: August 2016

Every month, tons of great new music comes out from a range of artists and genres. Sometimes life is busy and you may miss some songs. Here's a playlist of some of the best new songs that were released in August 2016. Warning: It's a fairly eclectic mix, so don't worry if some of these…

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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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Never Stop Discovering New Bands, Part Two

A year and a half ago, I was excited about all the new bands and singers I had discovered and loved. I shared a brief list of just 6 new artists I was passionate about and wanted more people to discover, too. Well, now that it's been so long, I thought I'd give you an…

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Why Making Shorter Albums Is A Mistake

Do you prefer long albums or short albums? What is the ideal number of tracks or running time? Do you even still listen to albums? This might not apply to you, but of all the people I know that do still listen to albums, it seems that everyone has an opinion about how long an…

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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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New Year, New Music: 20 New Albums We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

2014 was a great year filled with stunning new music. There were plenty of stellar albums, not to mention dozens of singles we had on repeat the whole year. But now we're ready for 2015 and all the new music it will bring! There are lots of new albums coming out in 2015. Here's what…

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Top 20 Singles Of 2014

We gave you our top 10 albums of the 2014 yesterday. Now it's time for the singles! Some of these were the lead singles for albums that ended up being big in 2014; others come from albums that aren't even out yet. With lots of throwbacks to the '70s and '80s, complemented with modern production and…

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Top 10 Albums Of 2014

2014 was a fairly calm year for music. There weren't any crazy events at the VMAs. There wasn't any one artist that singlehandedly dominated the whole year. All in all, a lot of artists got to shine with a hit single or two, and there were no eruptions of outrage to distract anyone from what matters most:…

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Playlist

Last week we shared a playlist of our favorite new Christmas tunes, and now that we're closer to Christmas, it's time for some well known classics. You'll probably recognize all of these beloved holiday songs, from traditional tunes like "Greensleeves" to more contemporary carols like "Run Run Rudolph." To give these classics a twist, we compiled…

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Album Of The Week: Wrapped In Red

'Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to lift your spirits than with a good holiday album! Wrapped In Red is Kelly Clarkson's first Christmas album, and one that is on its way to becoming a holiday classic. It came out in October last year, and ended up being the best selling holiday…

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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 Holidays: New Christmas Classics

It's that time of year: The holidays here and everyone is in good cheer. You may be busy wrapping presents, building snowmen, and making some travel plans to be with your family. While you're getting these last-minute tasks done, why not enjoy some seasonal music? We've gathered up some holiday-themed songs to add to your…

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