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Harry's House - First Listen

Posted by Claire McConnell on May 21, 2022 11:30:00 AM

Building off the chart-topping success of 2019’s Fine Line, the new album from Harry Styles, Harry’s House, offers an intimate glimpse of a superstar finding his home sonically while capitalizing on an approachable charisma fans (and soon-to-be fans) have come to know and love.   

Doubts will fly around any ex-boy band member’s solo project, but Styles shook off any labels of unoriginal, commercially driven music with his debut album. Since then, he has been able to ride the wave of pop criticism and forge his own path, caring more about winning over live audiences and their connection to the music he is making. Sure, he started with a built-in teenage fan base coming into young adulthood that would follow him to the ends of the Earth, but it’s Harry’s ability to win over their parents with sophisticated rock grooves that make him a global star. 

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Topics: Joy of Music, Music Reviews, Music Genres

Machine Gun Kelly & Pop Punk’s New Class

Posted by Claire McConnell on Mar 24, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Machine Gun Kelly brought back pop punk in a big way with 2020’s Tickets to My Downfall, and the commercial success and award recognition for that album has been paving the way for a new class of rockers. From new artist collabs with Blink-182’s legendary drummer Travis Barker to the nostalgic line-up of ‘90s/’00s emo-rock heavyweights on the When We Were Young festival line-up, there’s no denying pop punk’s presence in the zeitgeist and its role in defining this new decade of music.

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Topics: Music Curation, Music History, Music Genres

Voices Behind the Music Podcast Episode 7 Vivek Agrawal

Posted by Jeff Yasuda on Mar 1, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Behind every favorite artist, song, or lyric, is a story you've never heard. Music is highly personal, and our experiences with it shape our memories, thoughts, and desires. So much goes into every note and lyric behind the scenes, which is why we’re bringing you Voices Behind the Music to share untold music business tales. Our guests range from artists, producers, and managers to tech creators and more, each sharing their unique past experiences, current projects, and visions for the future. Voices Behind The Music is presented by Feed Media Group, the leading B2B music licensing platform.

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Topics: Joy of Music, Music History, Music Genres

If Rock Is The New Jazz, What Does That Mean For Artists And Fans?

Posted by Arturno Lovazzano on Jul 27, 2021 10:00:00 AM

For music lovers from Gen X to Boomers, the unthinkable has recently happened. While an emerging trend since the turn of the century, it’s now clear that rock music is no longer the most popular music genre in the US. Rock ruled the charts for over 40 years, but before that jazz was the dominant preference for most listeners, especially teenagers and young adults. Is Rock the New Jazz?

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Topics: Music Curation, Music History, Music Genres

It's a Trap! Celebrating the Trap DNA in Pop Music around the World

Posted by Juan Hernandez-Cruz on Jul 6, 2021 7:02:28 PM

When we look at the last 20+ years of music, to say that hip hop has become a pillar of popular music would be an understatement. 

The same could be said for trap music and, although we often use the beat and hi-hat as identifiers of the sound, it’s also differentiated by vocalization, composition, and lyrical tropes. This allows trap as a genre to be more absorbable and easier to mix, therefore the spectrum of influence is wide. 

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Topics: Music Curation, Music History, Music Genres

Welcome to New Orleans! Mixtape

Posted by Tyler Schiro on May 10, 2021 4:48:43 PM

With flowers blooming and a new normal starting to emerge, you may be dreaming of travel, preferably somewhere hot, sunny and full of culture. Don’t overlook great destinations right here in the states, including one of the best all-around cities in the world: New Orleans. I’ve cooked up a New Orleans mixtape stuffed with classics and new tunes for both newcomers and connoisseurs to enjoy.

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Topics: Music History, Music Genres, Mixtape

Pop is Perking Up

Posted by Dario Slavazza & Eric "Stens" Stensvaag on Dec 6, 2020 8:56:10 PM

Last December, our curation team made a handful of Music Trends for 2020 predictions, including that “songs have been getting slower, that’s going to change soon.” While this year has been full of unpleasant experiences, this modest prediction has proven accurateresulting in a welcome number of upbeat, energetic chart hits. While others are busy publishing their year-end lists (which we also love), we wanted to celebrate some of the biggest artists and songs behind this trend of musical acceleration.

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Topics: Music Curation, Music Reviews, Music Genres

Modern Songs of Dissent: 10 Black Lives Matter Anthems

Posted by Eric "Stens" Stensvaag on Jul 31, 2020 2:09:43 PM

The past two months have seen a significant renewed interest in protest songs. Music streaming of these songs has increased, and countless musicians have recorded new ones in support of Black Lives Matter. As this movement continues to demand racial justice, we’ve been reflecting on protest songs from the last century, from the timeless “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie (1944) continuing through such Civil Rights anthems as “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan (1964), “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke (1964), and “Respect” by Aretha Franklin (1967).

America has a rich history of dissenting through music, which can be traced from these early songs to late-20th century classics like “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy (1989) and “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine (1992), to those of today. We’ve picked 10 Black Lives Matter songs that speak truth to power in profound ways.

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Topics: Music Reviews, Music Genres

Bored with Billboard? Time for Classical: 30 Pieces Every Music Lover Should Hear

Posted by Eric "Stens" Stensvaag on May 5, 2020 5:38:27 PM

Music industry leader Chartmetric recently published a data-driven analysis of COVID-19’s effects on listening habits. Their primary finding? Classical and ambient are “the big quarantine winners.”

As we all struggle to find healthy outlets for combatting stay-at-home stress, classical music is a winningly creative option. The physiological benefits of music listening are well documented, and in the words of respected neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin, “[music] doesn't have the unwanted side effects that many pharmaceutical products do.” Pandemic considerations aside, we’ve chosen 30 classical pieces every music lover should hear...both classical fans and those needing an introduction.

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Topics: Power of Music, Joy of Music, Music History, Music Genres

Funk 101

Posted by Jeff Yasuda on Feb 28, 2020 2:39:52 PM

There are a number of reasons why I love funk, but to boil it down: funk is all about the groove - a highly rhythmic experience where each musician needs to think about their specific part and most importantly, how it fits within the broader context of the song. The guitarist may be doing something different from what the keyboardist and bassist is playing. The kick drum might be locked in with the bass while the overall rhythm is different from the guitar strumming. Each musician has a role - they need to find and stay in their lane or “pocket” - so that they properly fit with what the rest of the band is doing. Finally, adding a hooky melody and horn section over the rhythmic section requires a deep understanding of finding your place in a band.

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Topics: Music History, Music Genres, Mixtape

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