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The 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 - by J. Christian Adams

The influence of the Beatles on the culture of the 20th century, and beyond, is second to none. Even 50 years after most Beatles songs were released, dozens continue to play daily in every United States radio market, on television, and in movies. Anyone who doubts the extent of the cultural impact of the Beatles […]

Jewish Artist Banned from European Music Fest

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Formerly Orthodox, still Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu was denied the ability to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash music festival in Spain because he refused to endorse Palestinian statehood. According to the Times of Israel: Festival organizers were driven by intense pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the reports said. Artists scheduled to […]

Scenes from a Guitar Festival

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

 There’s an economic concept known as a positional good, in which an object is only valued by the possessor because it’s not possessed by others. The term was coined in 1976 by economist Fred Hirsch to replace the more colloquial, but less precise “neener-neener.” —Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory, episode Season 3, Episode […]

Ultimate Classic Rock Got It All Wrong: Here’s a True Ranking of the Beatles’ Albums from Worst to First

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

  The folks over at Ultimate Classic Rock published their ranking of the Beatles’ albums a couple of weeks ago. God bless them, they tried, but they got it all wrong. So I’m here to set them straight with my ranking. Enjoy! 13. Yellow Submarine (1969) #13 on UCR‘s list Yellow Submarine is really only half a […]

Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde: A Contrarian Review

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

For years Zac Brown Band has walked an interesting line between country and rock. Those of us who had the privilege of seeing them before they became famous can remember shows that featured more rock than country moments, and every one of their albums has featured moments of Southern rock, Buffett-style island pop, reggae, and […]

Lambert and Stamp: The Men Who Made The Who

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

In 1979, The Who, at the peak of their career, released the documentary summing up the band’s first 15 years, The Kids Are Alright. As veteran rock critic Dave Marsh wrote in his 1983 biography of the group, Before I Get Old, published to coincide with the band’s “first” farewell tour that year: Kids is […]

Jeff Beck Vs Stevie Ray – You Decide!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Allston

Stevie Ray Vaughan versus Jeff Beck, “Blowing it up at the Honolulu Convention.”  They were both in town for a CBS Convention; while there, Stevie Ray invited Beck up on stage with him.  What follows is excellent! “Honolulu Convention” Beck wins this matchup. Even Stevie Ray agrees.

Is This Led Zeppelin Track the Greatest Rock Song Ever Recorded?

Friday, April 10th, 2015 - by Allston

’90s Alternative: Which of These 13 Songs Were Your Favorites?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 - by Allston

Liz Sheld recently had an article up titled “The 10 Best ’80s Alternative Songs.”  This is a durn good list. I recollect all of those acts from during their heyday quite well, and I enjoyed them all very much.  But I must respectfully disagree with the premise – “Alternative” as a genre is really a […]

Is It Time Women Start Apologizing for Being Feminists?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

With her song “Sorry Babe, You’re a Feminist” comedian and songwriter Katie Goodman reacts to the onslaught of millennial celebrities who refuse to take on the title of “feminist” with reasons ranging from the practical (“like voting, like driving?”) to the politically stereotypical rants about online conservatives (perhaps she has yet to encounter Christina “Factual […]

Music Trivia Today: Who Was the First Act To Sign Onto the Concert at Woodstock?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by Allston

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”: Answer: Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first major act to sign onto the concert at Woodstock, but (by their own request) do not appear in the film? Recent “Superstars,” Creedence inspired numerous others to do so as well. However, they found themselves scheduled to appear beginning at 3 AM! […]

3 Tracks For This Day in Music History: March 27

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by Allston

1. In 1957, the song “Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” from the movie The  Man Who Knew Too Much wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song: 2. In 1979, Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s former wife, Patti. Harrison attends the wedding ceremony, and he and Clapton remain good friends. Patti was the subject […]

Mike Rowe Singing the National Anthem in a Baseball Uniform Will Blow Your Mind

Friday, March 27th, 2015 - by Paula Bolyard

Who knew? The popular star of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs (and the tireless promoter of all-things-that-are-good-about-America) is also an opera singer! According to his Wikipedia biography, Rowe sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera. He says about this job, “I joined the opera to get my union card and meet girls. I was a saloon singer, so I […]

VIDEO: Israeli Sisters Mash Up Yemeni Folk With Hip-Hop Beats

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Need further proof that Israeli Jews are anything but racist towards their Arab counterparts? Listen to the music. A-WA brings the Yemeni folk beats made famous by Ofra Haza into the 21st century with style. They put a new twist on classic Barbie Jeep imagery, and as far as those fez baseball caps? Yes, please. […]

VIDEO: What’s More Sexist, Meghan Trainor Singing to Her Future Husband, or JCPenney’s Butt-Firming Jeans for Teens?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

You have to admit the retro stylings of YouTube star Meghan Trainor make for some catchy little tunes. But in her latest video, Dear Future Husband, the siren dons pinup-wear while scrubbing the floor of a 50′s kitchen and warning her husband he’d better compliment her every day and buy her jewelry. Contemporary feminists are in […]

VIDEO: On This International Day of Happiness, Just Shut Up & Dance

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The 10 Best ’80s Alternative Songs

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Next week one of my favorite ’80s movies (and of all time), The Breakfast Club, will return to theaters with a newly restored version for its 30th anniversary. I feel old. In honor of The Breakfast Club re-release, here are my picks for the top ten thirteen ’80s alternative songs. These songs most remind me […]

Counter-Culture Wars, Part 1: Why the Fellow Travelers Hijacked Folk Music

Monday, March 16th, 2015 - by Allston

“This machine kills fascists.” ― Woody Guthrie Since the end of the Cold War, many a suspicion has been confirmed of how devious Communist operatives worked their way into our national institutions. After the fall of the USSR, for a brief time, Russian authorities were fairly forthcoming in their release of documents and secrets: Academia, Hollywood, […]

Awesome: This Video of 3 Beautiful Ladies Lip Synching ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Will Make Your Day

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

If you love “Bohemian Rhapsody” as much as I do – it’s one of my all-time favorites – be sure to watch this version of the epic Queen song. Trust me, you’ll start your day with a bang.

The 10 Most Amazing Women of Heavy Metal

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by Lisa Richards

Today’s female metal rocker is not your ’80s Lita Ford. Modern metal women are classically trained opera singers whose wide-ranging, breathtaking vocals embody heavy metal with an extraordinary resonance that soars up and down the scales with beautiful dramatic coloratura, demonstrating the musical capability of the human body that indeed defies gravity. This musical style […]

Press Start: Lord Reptile’s 7 Ultimate Heavy Metal Albums To Begin Your List Quest

Friday, March 6th, 2015 - by Jeremy Swindle

All of you feeble mortals can consider this list Lord Reptile’s love letter to classic heavy metal albums. The Reptile does not necessarily like any genre of metal more than the other, but that might be because the standards that he holds metal to are actually quite narrow. If you want to begin to have […]

Is This the Most Bizarre Bar Mitzvah Video of the Year?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

There’s a subset of Jewish culture that has so much money to blow on their kids that celebrations like Bar Mitzvahs turn into outrageous, television-worthy affairs. If you want the full story in the form of a cute, thoughtful comedy, check out Keeping Up with the Steins. If you want to skip straight to the awkward […]

Revolution vs Tradition For Your Morning Music: Mahler vs Schoenberg

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 - by PJ Lifestyle Classical Music In the Morning

This month we’re considering head-to-head match ups, starting with these 28 composers left as a comment in “10 Classical Music Composers Recommended by Charlie Martin”: After Tuesday’s opening match-up pitting William Byrd vs Thomas Tallis, another of PJ Lifestyle’s classical music experts offered his suggestions for match-ups: The first week of February we featured the […]

10 Songs From the Early ’70s To Improve Your Snow-Covered Week

Friday, February 20th, 2015 - by Allston

“American Pie” was written as a paean to the sudden demise of Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens in 1959.  At that time, McLean was a boy, delivering newspapers, hence the line, “February made me shiver/with every paper I’d deliver”. Otherwise, he’s been remarkably cryptic about the exact meaning of the lyrics, but has […]