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  • 5 things you didn't know about Strange Names

    5 things you didn't know about Strange Names

    Strange Names may not be the kind of rock outfit who fans would consider a “household name,” but they’ve certainly come a long way since starting out as a college band at the University of Minnesota less than a decade ago. The trio made up of Liam Benzvi, Francis Ximenez, Fletcher Aleckson have left...
  • 5 best Strange Names lyrics

    5 best Strange Names lyrics

    Fusing their '80s pop influence with a contemporary dance sound, pop trio Strange Names has quickly become a tour de force in the underground music scene. Hailing from Minnesota and currently situated in New York City, the band began to generate a notable buzz with the release of their debut album...
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    Top 30 best songs of 2017

    The year is pretty much over, but it did bring out great music from returning acts who made triumphant comebacks and some new artists who carved out a name for themselves. To highlight the best of 2017, here's a list of 30 songs that really made this past year an amazing one for music.  30. Vardaan...
  • 20 Best Films of 2017

    20 Best Films of 2017

    2017 was an admittedly strong year for movies, both in theaters and on streaming services like Netflix. It was a year that brought us movies called "Logan," "Lucky" and "Logan Lucky," as well as "Wonder Woman," "Wonder Wheel" and just plain old "Wonder." Despite the similar titles, this year's batch...
  • Best funk and soul albums of 2017

    Best funk and soul albums of 2017

    When you go through the radio dial in your car, you probably don't come across a lot of funk and soul. It's unfortunate that funk and soul don't get more mainstream attention because both kinds of music have a way of getting listeners in a good mood. If funk and soul are part of your musical...
  • 10 best electronic albums of 2017

    10 best electronic albums of 2017

    In only a couple of weeks people will say goodbye to 2017, but before that happens there is still some time to look at the great tunes that have captivated music lovers this year. Electronic music fans had an earful when it came to music that either made them dance all night or got them through a...
  • 10 best pop albums of 2017

    10 best pop albums of 2017

    2017 saw dozens of big names release new albums with the female heavyweights commanding the later part of the year. From Miley Cyrus returning to her roots to Kelly Clarkson releasing her first album under a new label, the year was filled with hit after hit. With another year coming to a close, AXS...
  • 10 best rock albums of 2017

    10 best rock albums of 2017

    2017 is coming to a close, which means that it's time to look back on all of the great music that graced our ears. When it comes to rock, this year saw an immense display of bands delivering some phenomenal releases week after week. AXS dug through the massive pile of music to bring you our picks...
  • 5 best 'Little Saint Nick' covers

    5 best 'Little Saint Nick' covers

    Christmas songs that get a lot of radio play tend to be the traditional, songs like The Christmas Song that have been passed down across generations. Still, a few more modern songs have attained iconic status and one of the most popular is “Little Saint Nick.” The song was written by Brian Wilson...
  • Top 10 best Robbie Robertson songs

    Top 10 best Robbie Robertson songs

    Robbie Robertson is a Canadian-born songwriter best known for his work with the iconic 1960's and 1970's group The Band. The Band had formerly been known as The Hawks and backed Canadian singer Ronnie Hawkins. When the group transitioned to working with Bob Dylan in the mid-'60s they became known as...
  • 5 things you didn’t know about Felipe Esparza

    5 things you didn’t know about Felipe Esparza

    Comedian Felipe Esparza has led quite the life. Born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, he got caught up in the city’s gang life early on and almost ruined his life before coming of age in rehab and eventually launching his career in stand-up. He would go on to win the reality competition show...
  • All the big winners from Spotify's 2017 Wrapped playlists

    All the big winners from Spotify's 2017 Wrapped playlists

    Music listeners rejoice — Spotify has releases their yearly "Wrapped" feature, allowing listeners to enjoy their own personalized lists and take a look at artists that scored big this year.  Spotify listeners can access 2017 Wrapped info through the Spotify App or webpage. This year, Spotify has...
  • 5 best music videos of 2017 that we couldn't stop watching

    5 best music videos of 2017 that we couldn't stop watching

    Music videos (if they’re good) usually reflect the social climate of their time in an artistic way. In 2017 we noticed a common theme running through some of our favorite videos of the year: escapism. Whether it be through fantasy, or, on the other side of the coin, escaping back to something...
  • 10 artists to watch for in 2018

    10 artists to watch for in 2018

    A brand new year is almost upon us, and you know what that means? It means it’s time to rank the artists who could be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. The following 10 artists and bands come from every corner of the globe, every ethnicity and gender, and these great musicians are primed and...
  • Best emerging artists of 2017 we can't stop listening to

    Best emerging artists of 2017 we can't stop listening to

    2017 is coming to a close. Like any strong ending, it’s both important and fun to look back on the year that was and appreciate what we can all take away from 12 months of musical experiences. There were new albums, reunions and even those fun little surprises when a band or artist whom you’ve never...
  • AXS picks: The best albums of 2017

    AXS picks: The best albums of 2017

    2017 might have disappointed us in many ways, but music was not one of them. Many can say hip-hop reigned supreme—with releases from Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Tyler, the Creator and many other heavy hitters—but the music world as a whole did not let us down. In addition to hip-hop making an impressive...
  • Best Americana albums of 2017

    Best Americana albums of 2017

    As we began the task of weeding down the two dozen or so excellent possibilities to our ten favorite Americana albums of 2017, a couple of themes emerged. The first was that the protest album, a staple of the '60s folk revival, is enjoying new life in Americana music. Many of the artists represented...
  • 5 best 'Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree' covers

    5 best 'Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree' covers

    Christmas songs have been popular as far back as history tracks music, but rock and roll was a bit slower to embrace the holidays. One of the earliest rock and roll Christmas hits came in 1958 from an unlikely source. 13-year-old country vocalist Brenda Lee released the rockabilly number “Rockin...
  • 5 best 'It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas' covers

    5 best 'It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas' covers

    “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a fun, catchy song that’s geared toward getting people in the holiday spirit. There’s magical, childlike wonder in the verses that describe “toys in every store” and “the holly that will be on your own front door.” The song was written in 1951 by...
  • 5 best 'Last Christmas' covers

    5 best 'Last Christmas' covers

    While massively popular British pop duo Wham! are best known for creating eminently danceable pop songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and ultra-sincere pop ballads like “Careless Whispers,” the group also gave modern music one of its best Christmas songs. Featuring deceptively upbeat synth-pop...
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