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Op-Ed: twenty one pilots built a world unlike any other on ‘Trench’
Op-Ed: twenty one pilots built a world unlike any other on ‘Trench’
At first listen, twenty one pilots may seem like just another band in rotation on Top 40 stations that you scan through on your car radio. Unlike most artists whose relationship with their audience is relegated to releasing music, touring and selling you merchandise, TOP and their associates took the initiative to construct a breadcrumb trail embedded into assorted songs, videos and albums. All...
Op-Ed: We need boygenius now more than ever
Op-Ed: We need boygenius now more than ever
I never seem to remember the worst days of my life. There’s always been a tendency to suppress anything that hurts, leaving little blackouts in my memory; the gaps, however, are usually filled in with songs. When I endured my first real heartbreak, the Earth-shattering, shrapnel-scattering kind, Julien Baker’s “Sour Breath” was the soundtrack to my melodramatic, bleary-eyed 2 a.m. drives to nowher
Op-Ed: Portugal. The Man’s AMA’s performance highlights need for alt music at award shows
Op-Ed: Portugal. The Man’s AMA’s performance highlights need for alt music at award shows
“No computers up here, just live instruments.” Portland indie-rockers Portugal. The Man’s trolling of the AMAs caused a bit of a stir on social media last night, and not just because people realized it isn’t a woman who sings “Feel It Still,” nor is the band made up of one man…from Portugal. PTM were seemingly calling for a recognit ...
Op-Ed: Amidst a multitude of sexual assault allegations, is it OK to still be a fan?
Op-Ed: Amidst a multitude of sexual assault allegations, is it OK to still be a fan?
It seems every day now, there is a new headline concerning sexual assault in the entertainment industry. These disgusting and traumatizing acts permeate film, television and music alike, exposing our idols as morally defective criminals. In the past several weeks alone, actor Kevin Spacey, actor/comedian Louis C... Read More ...
OP-ED: +44 gave us one of the best Blink-182 albums
OP-ED: +44 gave us one of the best Blink-182 albums
Back in 2005, the unthinkable happened: The members of Blink-182 went their separate ways and left us with as many questions as there were cloudy expectations. Their self-titled album was their most mature and experimental work, and the evolution from teen angst-ridden pop punk and dick jokes was a shock, but it was welcomed with open arms because it showed Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Bark
Op-Ed: My Enemies & I’s Jeff Hill on the importance of thinking for yourself
Op-Ed: My Enemies & I’s Jeff Hill on the importance of thinking for yourself
Today, My Enemies & I release their debut LP, The Beast Inside, a record that deals with the band's frustration with not only religion and personal relationships, but also society as a whole. Vocalist Jeff Hill writes for AP about the band's hometown (Richmond, Virginia)—a place that heavily influenced the album—and encourages everyone to formulate your own opinions and beliefs and to think f
Op-Ed: In defense of the Used’s “Over And Over Again” and their ‘new’ sound
Op-Ed: In defense of the Used’s “Over And Over Again” and their ‘new’ sound
The revolution is over. The Used are back, but not with a vengeance: “Over And Over Again” is the sound of a band reborn, and that rebirth is happening in the most fun way possible. Read more: The Used debut new song, “Over And Over Again,” taken from forthcoming album, The Canyon When we last heard from Bert McCracken and co. by way of an album, the emo ...
Why Brand New’s rise to No. 1 matters: The reality behind ‘Science Fiction’
Why Brand New’s rise to No. 1 matters: The reality behind ‘Science Fiction’
Brand New are an anomaly. The band defy all “standard” business savvy, yet continue to succeed and grow far beyond most contemporaries. Their fifth studio album Science Fiction skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard charts without any press release, marketing campaign, interviews, radio play, music videos or really anything that would resemble a “traditional album rollout.” It was released ... Read
Op-Ed: Taylor Swift’s “us vs. them” mentality isn’t a great fit for 2017
Op-Ed: Taylor Swift’s “us vs. them” mentality isn’t a great fit for 2017
Contrary to what her song “Look What You Made Me Do” will have you believe, the old Taylor Swift is not dead, nor is she keen on learning from her previous catty or petty behavior. In fact, she’s back with a vengeance and she’s resumed her role as the ever-suffering princess, forced to take on the world that’s trying to beat her down. Still content with playing t ...

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