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Eight Totally Bizarre Guitar Solos

Apr 2014 20:14PM EDT

The most renowned guitar solos in rock history are soaring and highly melodic, like David Gilmour’s ethereal passages in “Comfortably Numb,” or the epic guitar duel between Don Felder and Joe Walsh at the end of “Hotel California”. These eight solos listed here are way too strange to ever get such recognition, but they’re definitely worth checking out anyway.READ MORE

R.E.M. "Around the Sun" (2004)

Seven Albums Hated by the People Who Made Them

Apr 2014 15:30PM EDT

Musicians have a very unusual relationship with the songs they write. Just like an actor doesn't sit around watching his or her own movies all day (hopefully), a musician doesn't listen to their own albums very often, for various reasons. They could simply be tired of hearing the songs, or maybe they're self-conscious, but sometimes an artist genuinely dislikes their own work. Here are seven albums aren't very well liked by the people who made them.READ MORE

Black Sabbath (1970)

7 Classic Albums That Were Recorded Extremely Quickly

Apr 2014 13:16PM EDT

In an era where My Bloody Valentine takes 20 years to record an album, it’s easy to forget that recording a good album doesn’t need to take a very long time. In fact, some of the greatest albums of all time were recorded in no time at all. Here are seven classic albums that were recorded extremely quickly.READ MORE

The Velvet Underground

6 Great Bands with Unconventional Drumming

Apr 2014 17:52PM EDT

A drummer can either make or break a band. If they can't keep a beat, or if they play in a style that doesn't suit the songs, then the band as a whole will suffer. These six bands understood the importance of percussion, and dared to experiment with what unusual percussion could bring out in their music.READ MORE

Pink Floyd - "Money"

7 Great Rock Songs with Saxophone

Apr 2014 16:26PM EDT

Despite what Courtney Love may think, saxophones do, in fact, belong in rock music. Of course they can be used poorly, just like anything else really, but these seven songs prove that saxophone can be integrated brilliantly into rock music.READ MORE

Conor Oberst

5 Musicians Who Pointlessly Went Solo

Apr 2014 13:33PM EDT

There are plenty of good reasons for an artist to release a solo album. Maybe their band broke up, or maybe they want to write some songs in a different style. However, sometimes musicians go ahead and release solo music that could have been easily been released with their band. Here are five musicians who didn't need to go solo.READ MORE


Six Classic Albums from the ‘80s That Don’t Sound ‘80s

Apr 2014 18:53PM EDT

Though each musical era has its own peculiar trends, no decade can compete with the ‘80s when it comes to bizarre, distinctive record production. Anyone can identify a ‘80s song immediately: chorus on the guitars, reverb on the drums, cheesy synths, and a cold atmosphere. Virtually every album released during the decade succumbed to this style, with these notable exceptions…READ MORE

R. Kelly

7 Musicians with Tax Problems

Apr 2014 15:56PM EDT

Happy tax day! If you feel stressed out and miserable that you waited until the last minute to do your taxes (if that's the case, stop reading this and get back to your taxes), don't feel so bad; even the rich and famous are awful at paying the IRS. Here are seven musicians that have run into trouble with Uncle Sam.READ MORE

Johnny Depp in 'Dead Man,' scored by Neil Young

Seven Great Movie Scores by Rock Musicians

Apr 2014 13:00PM EDT

Since Hollywood always seems desperate to get people to go to the movies, it’s strange that they wouldn’t hire popular musicians to score their films more often, as that could draw in a completely different group of people that otherwise wouldn’t care about a particular film. I’m sure there are plenty of Nine Inch Nails fans who are anticipating David Fincher’s Gone Girl simply because Trent Reznor co-wrote the score. Here are seven other rock (and alternative) musicians who wrote excellent film scores.READ MORE


Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks for Sharing

Apr 2014 11:11AM EDT

Each week we like to compile some our favorite tracks from the past seven days into a mixtape perfect for sharing with you and your friends. This time around we have new songs from Haley Bonar, Eels, WIFE and many more!READ MORE

Fleetwood Mac

8 Pairs of Songs with the Same Title: Which is Better?

Apr 2014 20:22PM EDT

While musicians can be sued if they plagiarize lyrics or melodies, song titles are pretty much fair game, resulting in a ton of songs with the same name. I’ve decided to stack up some of the best songs that share titles and see which is better. These might seem like arbitrary comparisons based on a coincidence, but so are “Best of the Year” lists, and those are cool.READ MORE

The Strokes

6 Classic Albums That Deserve Documentaries

Apr 2014 20:18PM EDT

Some of my favorite types of films to watch are music documentaries, and with the premiere of Time is Illmatic, a film about the classic Nas LP Illmatic (in my opinion, the greatest rap album ever made), I started thinking about what other incredible albums deserve to have their stories told. Here are six classic album documentaries I’d like to see.READ MORE


Morrissey's 10 Most Ridiculous Song Titles

Apr 2014 13:00PM EDT

When Morrissey revealed the track listing for his new album World Peace is None of Your Business, pretty much everyone who reported it commented on how hilarious, caustic, and “Morrissey-esque” the song titles were. Songs like “Neal Cassady Drops Dead” and “Kick the Bride Down the Aisle” are just two in Morrissey’s long history of weird, hilarious song titles. Here are the 10 funniest and most ridiculous song titles from Morrissey’s solo career.READ MORE

Flying Lotus

7 Gateway Artists Into Hip-Hop

Apr 2014 14:20PM EDT

If you ask someone what kind of music they listen to, fifty percent of the time their answer will be “everything, except country and rap”. While I’ve written about country songs that would appeal to country-haters, hip-hop is much trickier and more misunderstood. If you’re thinking of getting into hip-hop, here are seven artists that would be excellent entry points.READ MORE

Mad Men

10 Coolest TV Theme Songs

Apr 2014 14:04PM EDT

In celebration of the premiere of Mad Men's final season this weekend, we've come up with a list of ten of the coolest TV show theme songs of all time. Let's begin with the song that inspired this list...READ MORE

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