Has SXSW Lost Its Touch?

Recently McDonald's has been in the news and this time it's not concerning their food. The billion dollar corporation asked Ex Cops, an indie band, to perform for free at South by Southwest  (SXSW) this year. SXSW is a music festival held in Austin, TX and started in 1987. The festivals original main goal was to help promote local musicians and make them known throughout the United States. Since then the festival has grown substantially, starting off with only 700 acts in 1987 to over 2,000 today. 11010

LISTEN: Mumford & Sons Release “Believe”

The track, “Believe” was just released by modern folk-rock kings, Mumford & Sons. The release coincides with the recent announcement of their third full length album Wilder Mind slated for release on May 4, 2015. While talking about the album, they revealed that on their first outing since 2012's massive Babel, the band has decided to branch out from their mainly acoustic folk-based music of the past. The band will incorporate electric instruments into their sound on the new album, news that surprised some but, is actually the next logical step for them as artists. 11024

Top Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2015

It’s safe to say that there will be hip-hop talent on display at SXSW 2015. The festival is known for highlighting new acts, and that is no different this year. Take a look at the top acts not to miss, in my opinion, with these rising stars: 11000

Kanye West’s Upcoming Album

Kanye West debuted the lead single of his next album, entitled “Wolves,” at his fashion show, subsequently preforming the song on SNL last Saturday night, stealing headlines for the performance. The song will be the lead track on his new album, one in which he said will be a surprise album, recently saying in an interview with The Breakfast Club that release dates are "played out." 10909

Op-Ed: Florence + the Machine: “What Kind of Man”

As we wait for Florence + the Machine to release their upcoming album "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" on June 2nd, the band's newest single entitled "What Kind of Man" can paint a very clear picture of the sound that will come from their new record. "What Kind of Man" is a tune that is a slow build, taking a full minute before the audience hears the powerful guitar rift that carries through the rest of the tune. However, the real pull of the song comes from the emotional build up that takes place before the instruments kick in. The

The Curious Case of Drake’s New Album

Drake dropped a brand new 17 track album on Thursday night, titled If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. What's strange about this album release is that Drake had revealed that the follow up to Nothing Was The Same would be Views From the 6. It was also widely believed that Drake would release a mixtape in early 2015, after DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors let it slip to NBA TV a few months ago that Drake had a mixtape planned for January. Now not even a full two weeks into February, we have If You're Reading This. 10885

The Most Overlooked Hip-Hop Release of 2014

Joe Budden. You may know him from his rather infamous appearances on Love & Hip Hop. You may know him as one quarter of the Shady cosigned Slaughterhouse. You may even know him as the artist of the The Fast and the Furious made-famous Pump it Up, a track that bears some resent from Budden. What you should know Joe Budden for is his ability to combine clever lyrics with an open diary storytelling. Some Love Lost is the second installment, following No Love Lost (2013) and preceding All Love Lost (TBA), and it gives fans exactly what they want. Even the casual

57th Annual Grammy Awards: B-Sides Picks

February is here, and with it, the 2015 Grammy Awards. LL Cool J will be licking his lips as host for the fourth consecutive time in a year full of as many familiar faces, as it is new ones. There's a few huge surprises here, the biggest probably being that T-Swift didn't get a Best Album of the Year nod, yet Beck did. Ms.Swift did pick up a nomination for Record of the Year however, a category in which she is surrounded by newcomers Iggy Azalea, Sia, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor. Despite the surprises, and sometimes questionable nominations, we

Album Review: Control by Milo Greene

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the indie rock pop group Milo Greene have released their sophomore album, Control.  The group succeeds with the change in sound with this album, favoring synthesizers and a dance-vibe, a notable departure from their initial folk rock sound on their debut. Their new sound has been described as taking on a dark pop makeover, and it's easy to see with a skilled layering of studio synth electronics mingled with the edgy, rock and roll undertone that defines their sound.  The four part harmonies throughout the songs take on a quality reminiscent of catchy '80s pop

Coachella 2015: Thoughts and Recommendations

Another year, another Coachella. The line-up for the 2015 edition of the ever popular, ever famous Indio, California music festival was just released, and it's a pretty mixed bag. The headliners aren't quite as shocking or hot as last years reunited Outkast, or Arcade Fire but, there's still plenty to be excited for. Drake is still one of the biggest MC's in hip-hop, and for a reason. Jack White's live show is notoriously awesome. AC/DC might be old but, they're a band you'll definitely be bragging about seeing before you, or they, die. That being said, some of the most

Green Day Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The nominees were narrowed down and voted on, and on Tuesday, December 16, it was announced that Green Day had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The three rapscallions known as Green Day--Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool--will be honored alongside fellow rockers Lou Reed and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in a ceremony on April 18th in Cleveland. 10712

Editors Pick: Best Singles of 2014

Another year, another slew of best of lists. The amount of lists can be a little overwhelming but, they're a great way to find new music you might have missed, or not given the time of day throughout the year. Here's my picks for the songs I just couldn't stop listening to in 2014. 10679

Albums You Need To Own

Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album "1989" last week, and with it, she swiftly(sorry, had to) pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify. Artists are no stranger to demonizing the music streaming app, blaming it for contributing to the decline in album sales in the biz but, not even Spotify or piracy could stop the almighty T-Swift from shattering expectations; selling more than a million copies in her first week. The pop starlet claims that the move is in defense of music, which is a rare commodity that deserves the money it asks listeners to pay for. This got