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  • DJ Kool Herc is the father of hip hop

    DJ Kool Herc is the father of hip hop

    Hip-hop would cease to exist today if it wasn’t for DJ Kool Herc doing his classic “Merry-Go-Round” on a hot, humid August evening in The Bronx. There, at a block party on Sedgwick Avenue, hip-hop was born. Before Herc (born Clive Campbell on Apr. 16, 1955) brought this then-innovative sound to...
  • Holy Funk: Earth, Wind & Fire found the right elements to dominate funk in the '70s

    Holy Funk: Earth, Wind & Fire found the right elements to dominate funk in the '70s

    You can’t have a discussion about the history of funk music and not include Earth, Wind & Fire. Formed in 1970 by the late Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire would change the face of funk music. While they would incorporate all of the core elements of funk, EFW was more experimental than most...
  • Top five most underrated funk bands in history

    Top five most underrated funk bands in history

    Everyone who has listened to funk music has certainly heard of the greats in the business. While such funky outfits as Cameo, Slave, and Parliament-Funkadelic have made their mark on the sound, there have been other bands that have made an indelible mark on funk but has since gone by the wayside. So...
  • Top five best funk bands of all-time

    Top five best funk bands of all-time

    Funk is the lifeblood of R&B. Although love songs have forever been the bedrock of R&B, funk is the bombastic side of R&B, filled with elastic guitar riffs, funky horns, and, from the late-’70s, creative synth playing. When you listen to funk, you get a killer sense of the funky boogie...
  • Whitney Houston's 'Whitney' turns 30 years old in 2017

    Whitney Houston's 'Whitney' turns 30 years old in 2017

    1987 saw Whitney Houston catapulting into worldwide superstardom following a massively successful debut in 1985 with her self-titled album. Whitney was released on June 2, 1987 with much expectation and she delivered. The album went on to spawn four Hot 100 No. 1 hits and created records upon...
  • Interpol: Why they're your favorite band

    Interpol: Why they're your favorite band

    This year marks the 15th anniversary of when most people discovered Interpol, otherwise known as a decade and a half since the release of their album Turn On The Bright Lights. The career-defining album remains the strongest in their repertoire, so much as to spawn a special tour in its honor, which...
  • Arcade Fire: Why they're your favorite band

    Arcade Fire: Why they're your favorite band

    Alternative rock icons Arcade Fire have just stormed back onto the music scene with a new video and tour dates for the massive Infinite Content tour. Since they have skyrocketed to fame, most people are now familiar with who Arcade Fire are, and for many fans the band has become akin to a religion...
  • Best indie/college rock bands 1990s

    Best indie/college rock bands 1990s

    The 1990s were a time of great upheaval in the music industry: grunge and flannel were in, spandex and hairspray were over. Bands that had survived the 1980s, such as Bon Jovi, found their footing outside of the decade of excess and dug deep to craft some of their greatest albums yet (see: These...
  • How bands got their names: Arcade Fire

    How bands got their names: Arcade Fire

    If you've ever listened to Arcade Fire, you probably wondered just where they got the idea from for such a cool name. As it turns out, Win Butler's childhood bully was actually the supplier. In a 2004 interview with Gothamist, Butler revealed that "the first kid who beat me up when I was 12, was a...
  • Arctic Monkeys' 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' turns 10 years old in 2017

    Arctic Monkeys' 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' turns 10 years old in 2017

    When mentioning Arctic Monkeys, the first album that comes to mind is generally AM. While AM was the record that turned Arctic Monkeys into superstars, before it came Favourite Worst Nightmare, the ambitiously energetic 2007 album that, for many in America, put Arctic Monkeys on the map. The release...
  • How The Smiths got their name

    How The Smiths got their name

    You may not know this, but The Smiths frontman, Morrissey, has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Even before the world's most maudlin popstar made us all cry, regret eating meat and truly fear for this alleged girlfriend, he was making a name for himself, and his Manchester-born band, for being deep...
  • Céline Dion's 'Let's Talk About Love' turns 20 years old in 2017

    Céline Dion's 'Let's Talk About Love' turns 20 years old in 2017

    It's hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Céline Dion released her fifth English language album Let's Talk About Love which had a place for 1997's "My Heart Will Go On," the love theme from "Titanic." It followed up 1996's Grammy winning Falling Into You (Pop Vocal Album, Album of the...
  • The tragic death and beautiful rebirth of new wave

    The tragic death and beautiful rebirth of new wave

    New wave music was going to last forever. At least, that was the sentiment when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 1984. Heading into the New Year, new wave was riding a wave that seemed like it would go on forever and ever. The Billboard charts were dominated by the likes of Culture Club and...
  • Whatever happened to The Fixx?

    Whatever happened to The Fixx?

    Who out there remembers The Fixx? They weren’t on the scene long, but they came on at a time when new wave was asserting its grip on the Billboard charts and The Fixx slid right in and capitalized by throwing a number of catchy tunes on the charts. We did some digging to find out what happened to...
  • Green Day performed on Friday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Garden Arena, and once again, the power-punk trio owned the house. They've reach

    Green Day got its name from recreational drug use, and it's awesome that everyone's clearly okay with it

    While some may disagree (and we're looking at you, Johnny Rotten), it's pretty punk that the band Green Day made it all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite being named after recreational drug use. Then again, the band's first mainstream LP, Dookie, was named after excrement, so...
  • The top five Eurythmics songs of all time

    The top five Eurythmics songs of all time

    You can’t have a discussion about the history of new wave without mentioning the Eurythmics. Formed in 1980 after Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart split from The Tourist, Eurythmics would go on to have one of the longest careers in new wave, landing hits during and after the subgenre's death in...
  • Green Day took its post-show bows on Wednesday night in Broomfield, CO, and the concert simply reinforced everything we love about Green Day

    Green Day: Why they're your favorite band

    Rock and Roll Hame of Fame band Green Day rocked the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO, on Wednesday night as they continue the current North American leg of their tour in support of the Revolution Radio album released last fall. The band will perform in Las Vegas on Friday night and in San Diego on...
  • The top five Fine Young Cannibals songs of all time

    The top five Fine Young Cannibals songs of all time

    When the English Beat split down the middle in 1983, two groups were formed -- one side became General Public, and the other became Fine Young Cannibals. Though both would have success in the early going, Fine Young Cannibals, made up of Andy Cos, Roland Gift, and David Steele would be the band that...
  • The top five Passion Pit songs of all time

    The top five Passion Pit songs of all time

    In the new generation of new wave, Passion Pit has been making a blazing trail to bring the genre back to glory. Formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Passion Pit is a one-man-band made up of Michael Angelakos, and since 2007, he has been making some of the best new wave/electropop music in the...
  • Why Maroon 5 should be your favorite band

    Why Maroon 5 should be your favorite band

    There are countless reasons why Maroon 5 should be your favorite band. The Los Angeles-based pop-rockers have carved out their spot at the top of the music industry, racking up three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and four Billboard Music Awards. They've had countless successes on the...
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