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  • Foo Fighters 'The Shape and the Colour' turns 20 years old in 2017

    Foo Fighters 'The Shape and the Colour' turns 20 years old in 2017

    The Foo Fighters are basically rock royalty nowadays, but that didn't come easy. The very first record, a self-titled effort by Dave Grohl in which he played almost all of the instruments, was a success and fans were expecting a similar follow-up. Grohl pictured a larger and more daring sound for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The top five Annie Lennox songs of all time

    The top five Annie Lennox songs of all time

    There is no doubting the power Annie Lennox has had on popular music. Starting out her career in the new wave era with first The Tourists, and later the Eurythmics, Lennox has landed a ton of hits on the pop charts and has paved the way for the sub-genre in the modern music world. So as we continue...
  • 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...
  • Hall & Oates: Why they're your favorite band

    Hall & Oates: Why they're your favorite band

    The bass line in "I Can't Go For That." Those classic 80s mullets. The signature guitar riff from "Family Man." John Oates' moustache. There are a thousand reasons Hall & Oates was, and remains, your all-time favorite band. Included is some of the more profound, undeniable justification...
  • M.I.A.'s 'Kala' turns 10 years old in 2017

    M.I.A.'s 'Kala' turns 10 years old in 2017

    M.I.A. is one of the top 10 female rappers of all-time. Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, you can’t deny that the London-born MC has been a force in the world of hip-hop for the past 12 years. All of her LPs have been nothing more than a dream to listen to, and her most recent album, AIM...
  • Daft Punk's 'Homework' turns 20 years old this year

    Daft Punk's 'Homework' turns 20 years old this year

    20 years ago, who would have thought that Daft Punk would be as big as they are today? When the Paris, France duo dropped their landmark debut LP, Homework, to the masses on Jan. 20, 1997, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) wasn’t in its commercial phase. EDM was still considered an underground sound that...
  • Hanson 'Middle of Nowhere' turns 20 years old this year

    Hanson 'Middle of Nowhere' turns 20 years old this year

    Hanson was a group that came out of nowhere to become of the biggest-selling groups in the latter half of the ‘90s. Getting their start in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Hanson brothers (Isaac, Taylor, and Zac) found instant success with the song “MMMBop,” which, judging from your tolerance...
  • Will Smith's 'Big Willie Style' turns 20 years old this year

    Will Smith's 'Big Willie Style' turns 20 years old this year

    It seems like as Will Smith’s star has risen as an actor, many have forgotten that what made him famous in the first place was his music. Beginning in 1988 with the still anthemic “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” Smith rose to fame on the strength of his clean-cut and hilarious lyrics, and it was...
  • Janet Jackson's 'Velvet Rope' turns 20 years old this year

    Janet Jackson's 'Velvet Rope' turns 20 years old this year

    Janet Jackson will forever be one of the queens of music. Despite her slow start, and having to fight out of the shadows of her late-famous brother, Jackson has become one of the treasures of popular music. She had it all: fame, wealth, and a legacy that was secured as a baby in a blanket. Just how...
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