Should Music Be Free?

As I type away, I look at the once empty wall of my room and see various memorabilia littered across. A signed sepia-toned Beats Antique poster from their Thousand Faces Act I tour, stylishly portraying a fantasy land with landmarks named after each track in the album. An Atlanta Falcons flag with a throwback logo, from my first NFL football game. A print of a Banksy classic, bought from the depths of the Amazon. Okay, so that one I bought online, but you get the drift. Still, centered in this cluster of human expression is a single framed drawing. The picture,

Iggy Azalea: Caught in her Trap

Gun click* What!? What!?... EY! EY! EY!... and 808 kick drums ensue. If you're not familiar with these sounds by now, you will. Whether or not it's a fad, ever since the Harlem Shake trap has arrived into the mainstream public consciousness and it's opened doors for lesser artists everywhere to take the catchy, twerk-inducing beats and grab their slice of fame.  And it only takes one look at popular female rapper Iggy Azalea's most popular videos on YouTube to make clear her piece in all of this. 8814

Do Politics Still Have a Place in Music?

Somewhere in the U.S., there is a landing strip that has recently welcomed the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot. For those of you who tuned out the Sochi Olympics where the politically charged group made their most recent stand, let me get you up to speed. The all-female and mostly anonymous musicians tried to put on a performance of their song "Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland" at the Games, ending with the masked ladies being suppressed with horsewhips. Why? Because Russia has banned public protests, and that's exactly what their song represented. But it feels strange

Ten Must-Own Releases on Record Store Day

Teeth grit in anticipation, fans of music everywhere have two major holidays to celebrate this weekend. The most obvious of course being Easter (what did you think I was going to say?), the other being the ever holy Record Store Day. Always held on the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day was founded in 2007, inspired by the spirit of Free Comic Book Day. As such, many artists are supporting their local record stores by scheduling special vinyl and CD releases to mark the occasion. Here are ten coming out April 19th that you shouldn’t miss out on. 8543

Why We Love Lana Del Rey

Click click. Refresh. Click click click. Refresh. This is the mindless repetition that fans of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, have burdened upon themselves since new billboards in Brooklyn promoting the musician's new album Ultraviolence, due perhaps as early as May 1st, emerged this week. Reports that radio stations received copies of "West Coast," confirmed as the first single off Del Rey's second LP, has sparked speculation throughout the blogosphere that the highly anticipated track will either hit iTunes or be leaked shortly. 8405

20 Years After The Death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana Lives On

Once upon a time, in an era far, far away (the 80’s), pop rock enslaved the public consciousness. Catchy guitar riffs and crazy hair defined glam metal with acts Poison, Bon Jovi, and Guns N’ Roses regularly topping the charts. That is, until two kids from Aberdeen, Washington kicked the cheesy solos and ignited the Seattle grunge scene by forming the now iconic band – Nirvana. Now, while it may seem odd to talk about the collaboration between Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and later Dave Grohl as ancient history, April 5th, 2014 will mark 20 years since the death of Cobain.