Articles tagged “pop”

A History of Crowded House, According to Their Biggest Fan

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Article by Matt Kumma Neil Finn has been my king of rock n’ roll for nearly 35 years. He’s written some of the best songs I’ve ever heard, has several slots on my top-albums-of-all-time list, was invited to join one of the greatest rock bands ever, and always has good hair. I was a Split […]

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10 Essential Albums Featuring Bass Great Pino Palladino

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Pino Palladino was finishing up his bass parts on a Common album when a request came as a bolt from the blue: Could he join The Who this weekend?  While in Philadelphia wrapping up work on the MC’s 2002 album Electric Circus, the bassist rang his wife, Maz, who informed him he probably wouldn’t be […]

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5 Modern K-Pop Delights, From BTS to DEUX

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Until recently, K-pop was a musical style closer to radio rather than records (and even closer to YouTube). There may be some bias involved, but there’s no reason we can’t listen to K-pop on vinyl. Here are five releases that reveal the colorful characteristics of current K-pop as modern delights. You can read this article […]

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Understanding the Legacy of Selena 25 Years After Her Last Album

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If you wanna talk pop in 2020, you’ve got to speak a little Spanish. According to music analytics platform Alpha Data, Latin music was 2018’s fifth most popular genre in the U.S, surpassing country and EDM while making up 1% of all song consumption. The most-streamed song on Spotify for all of 2019 was “Señorita” […]

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How a Jagged Little Pill Turned into Sweet Success for Alanis Morissette

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Some artists arrive when they have a fully formed vision of themselves that they are ready to share with the world. Others arrive at a key moment of transition in their lives. When Alanis Morissette began creating the record that would become Jagged Little Pill as she was turning 20, she was trying to figure […]

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How Bjork Set the Stage for Avant Pop With Her Album Post

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Before Charli XCX was the world’s No. 1 Angel, before Sophie was nominated for a Grammy, before FKA Twigs twisted onto the scene, before Grimes took us to “Oblivian,” and before Lady Gaga dropped Art Pop, Icelandic superstar Bjork stood at the edge of an avant-pop mountain and threw all kinds of little things off […]

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Mariah Carey’s Debut Album Gave Us a Vision of the Future 30 Years Later

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In 1985, 17-year-old Ben Margulies found himself living in New York City and playing in a band called King Holiday. Things seemed to be going great; the group’s first show at the infamous CBGB got them signed to a development deal with Elektra Records. However, nothing ever came from the arrangement. Though King Holiday seemed […]

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The Glittery Melancholy Of Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy

With so many incredible hits already under his belt, it now seems surprising that it was not until his ninth studio album- Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy– that Elton John entered the Billboard top 200 in the US at the number 1 spot on the first week of release. The LP was rumored […]

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Anthems For Today: Devo’s Freedom Of Choice At 40

At the start of 1980, the fate of synth-pop superheroes Devo was uncertain. Demo tapes had already garnered the Akron, Ohio natives a glittery fan base including David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and saw their 1978 Warner Brothers debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! produced by none other than maverick Brian […]

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Gorillaz’s “Demon Days” Still Sounds Like Dancing In An Apocalypse 15 Years Later

What does an apocalypse sound like? By 2005, it sounded like a United States President announcing “mission accomplished” for a war far from over. It sounded like the cries of global warming being a bigger threat to humanity than what that same President went to war over. It also sounded like a dystopian dance party […]

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