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7 Artists Influenced By The Simpsons

Aug 2014 11:50AM EDT

To celebrate FXX's massive "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon, which I will be watching as much of as I possibly can, I've compiled a list of some artists who have been influenced by The Simpsons in some way, whether it's through their band name, a song title, or even the name of their home studio.READ MORE

Portishead - "Dummy" (1994)

Portishead's 'Dummy': 10 Songs Ranked For Its 20th Anniversary

Aug 2014 08:52AM EDT

Twenty years ago today, August 22, a trio from Bristol, England called Portishead released its debut album Dummy. With its dark yet sultry atmosphere, soulful vocals, and hip-hop beats, the album would perfect the burgeoning trip-hop genre and go on to influence artists such as Radiohead and Kanye West. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of this incredible album, here's a ranking of its ten songs.READ MORE

Madonna MTV VMAs 1984

MTV VMAs: Most Memorable Moments Of The Past 30 Years [WATCH]

Aug 2014 17:38PM EDT

MTV will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Video Music Awards this Sunday. The awards show is known for getting raunchy, pushing the limits and making pop culture history. Although last year's VMAs became infamous for launching Miley Cyrus's new image and featured her twerking on Robin Thicke, that's hardly the craziest thing to have happened in the show's 30 years. Take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in VMA history.READ MORE

Tennis

Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks for Sharing

Aug 2014 14:15PM EDT

Each and every week we put together our favorite tracks that had premiered a few days prior into one magnificent mixtape to share with you and your friends. This time around we've decided to share new songs from Tennis, Blonde Redhead, Josef Salvat and more right here!READ MORE

Spice Girls

What Happened To Girl Power?

Aug 2014 12:17PM EDT

There seems to be a disconnect with women in music. What happened to girl power?READ MORE

Deerhunter - "Cryptograms" (2007)

11 Album Covers That Represent The Band Name

Aug 2014 08:18AM EDT

Writing a band name on the front of an album is usually enough information for most music consumers to figure out who an album is by, but these artists took this a step further, by choosing cover art that actually represents the band name.READ MORE

Jeff Buckley - "Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk" (1998)

5 Unfinished Albums That Were Released Anyway

Aug 2014 16:26PM EDT

There are probably thousands of unfinished albums out in the world right now that will never see the light of day. As someone who lives for music, this is a scary thought, since some of those could be classics that noboby will ever get to hear for one reason or another. These five artists don't have that problem, though, as their unfinished albums ended up being released anyway.READ MORE

Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Green River" (1969)

8 Albums That End With Cover Songs

Aug 2014 14:54PM EDT

A cover song within an album's tracklist is usually a fun little detour, but some artists have chosen to end an entire album on these little detours, which makes them feel more significant than they would otherwise. Here are eight albums that close out with cover songs.READ MORE

Beyonce

6 Musician/Filmmaker Pairings For Concert Films

Aug 2014 17:17PM EDT

Earlier this week, it was announced that David Lynch's 2011 Duran Duran concert film would be released in theaters for one night only in September. This unusual director/musician pairing was part of the American Express Unstaged series of concert films, and it got me thinking about some other pairings I'd like to see in this series.READ MORE

Morrissey - "Southpaw Grammar" (1995)

8 Album Covers With A Photo Of Someone Other Than The Artist

Aug 2014 14:22PM EDT

When looking at an album in a record store, it's reasonable to assume that the person on the cover is the person who actually made the album. However, that isn't the case with these eight albums, which feature a photo of someone else entirely.READ MORE

Sinead O'Connor - "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" (1990)

13 Albums That End With Their Title Track

Aug 2014 12:37PM EDT

An album's title track is inevitably given more weight than the album's other songs, because it's natural to assume that the one song the entire album s named after must be something special. However, these artists chose to place even more weight on these particular songs by choosing to close out the entire album with them.READ MORE

David Zach

Remedy Drive's David Zach Shares Why He is So Passionate About Human Trafficking [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Aug 2014 13:58PM EDT

David Zach from Remedy Drive shares why he is so passionate about human trafficking and stopping it.READ MORE

The 'Guardians of The Galaxy.'

'Guardians of The Galaxy' Orchestrator Timothy Williams Discusses Tone and Palette with Music Times

Aug 2014 15:59PM EDT

War is always a hot topic in Hollywood. Composing a score that reflects a film's angle to the subject matter is a challenge, a question of tone that depends heavily on the abilities of the orchestrator as well as its composer. 'Guardians of The Galaxy' orchestrator Timothy Williams discussed the process with Music Times.READ MORE

Andy Samberg / Weird Al Yankovic / Zach Sherwin

Should We Thank YouTube For The Resurgence Of Comedy Music?

Aug 2014 14:52PM EDT

At some point in the comedy and music industries, the idea of fusing the two – and thus creating “comedy music” – became, sorry to say, laughable. Much too often, comedians would squirm at the very notion of one of their own bringing music into their territory, often labeling it as “hacky.” And in judging from some of the sources, it’s somewhat understandable. But times are certainly changing…READ MORE

Brian Tyler, composer 'The Expendables 3,' 'Into the Storm,' 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and more

[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]: Music To Film Composer Brian Tyler

Aug 2014 13:23PM EDT

Brian Tyler is easily one of the busiest composers around today, especially in the month of August thanks to the releases of movies for which he composed the scores (including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm, and The Expendables 3). He even co-wrote and produced the theme song to TMNT, "Shell Shocked," under his solo project moniker, Madsonik, working with some great Hip-Hop artists of today. In Music Times' exclusive interview with Tyler, we learned just how he got into the world of composing for film, TV and video games, and even delved deeper into his upcoming projects - which includes Avengers: Age of Ultron and many others.READ MORE

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