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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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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10 Years Has Gone So Fast – A Decade Of Green Day’s “American Idiot”

Green Day is one of those rare bands that can change the face of music and the way a generation thinks. And they’ve done so not just once, but twice. When they introduced themselves to the world with Dookie back in 1994, they changed the whole music industry almost overnight. Dookie ended up being massively…

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Ghost In Lima – One Of The Best Concerts I’ve Ever Seen

Discoteca Céntrico, Lima Thursday, August 28, 2014 Last night I saw Ghost for the first time. I've been obsessed with them for the last year, and was thrilled to discover they'd be here in Lima, Peru while I'm here. For the last week I've had their music on repeat, and finally the big day arrived.…

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Never Stop Discovering New Bands

Hearing new music has always been a special kind of excitement for me. When I was a kid, I was happy listening to whatever my parents liked. Sometimes it was country, sometimes it was hard rock classics from the 70s and 80s.   But when I started getting older, I was curious about other styles…

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Why Avril Lavigne’s Music Sucks

Who here still listens to Avril Lavigne? You know what they say: Everyone went through an “Avril phase,” at least at some point in their life. (This probably only applies if you’re of a certain age group, to be fair. But anyone between the ages of 15 and 35 can probably admit to this.) She…

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Obsessed With Music: Why I Started Hidden Jams

Hello everyone out there! I want start by thanking everyone who has taken the time to read the pieces I've written, shared them with anyone else, or helped inspire me to do this. I hope you like the content I've been putting up here at Hidden Jams - there will be plenty more to come!…

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