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weird sounds in songs, bring me the horizon, melanie martinez, fall out boy, billie eilish

10 musicians who used weird samples in their songs without you knowing it

Sometimes, the best music doesn’t come purely from guitars, basses, drums and so forth. There are instances where the coolest sounds that make or break a track...
Original band name quiz Alternative band name changes

QUIZ: Can you match these iconic bands to their original names?

"What's in a band name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet..." Or whatever Shakespeare said. The truth is, branding is actually...
best emo records, panic at the disco, the used, death cab for cutie, hawthorne heights

25 most influential albums that define what it means to be emo

The genre affectionately known as emo started out as a wave of internalized rage bubbling under the surface of Washington, D.C.’s Revolution Summer in the mid-’80s. Within...
Chrissie Hynde, the pretenders

Chrissie Hynde never really wanted to be punk-rock royalty

Since 1978, the Pretenders’ outspoken singer/songwriter/rhythm guitarist Chrissie Hynde and her band have brought sophisticated compositional smarts and instrumental chops to punk rock. They took the music...
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10 of the saddest songs you definitely had on your iPod in the 2000s

Emo may be a vague term, but it conjures up some seriously vivid 2000s nostalgia. You know, memories akin to straightening our bangs and overlining our eyes...
musicals based on musicians, green day, joan jett, queen, tina turner

12 musicals that prove rock musicians have the best stories

The good old days of the closest Broadway ever coming to a rock ’n’ roll experience being Jesus Christ Superstar or Hair are long gone and have...
tiktok songs, smash mouth, simple plan, papa roach, m.i.a.

10 classic alternative songs you never expected to make a comeback

Though it's 2021 and there's new music being put out daily, there are some older alternative songs we can't part with. In particular, these songs become glorified by...
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10 bonus tracks from the 2000s that should’ve made it on the album

Discovering bonus tracks to your favorite albums was hands-down one of the best feelings ever back in the 2000s. Before the rise of streaming services, instant downloads and...
rising dark pop, girli, the kid laroi, maggie lindemann, jack kays

10 dark-pop artists who are proving that genres are best when blended

These days, it’s safe to say that genre labels such as pop and indie aren't sufficient enough.  It’s rare for artists to confine themselves to one genre anymore,...
best pop punk drummers, frank zummo, jess bowen, andy hurley, tre cool

20 pop-punk drummers who set the beat for the whole genre

If you’ve been a pop-punk fan for quite some time now, we’re willing to bet it was a fast, upbeat song that first made you fall in...