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The Rick Nielsen Guitar Rating

Story By Emily Lowe Rick Nielsen knows guitar. To him, “when a guitarist can evoke a certain mood through his playing, that’s what’s most important.” In order to evoke a mood, Nielsen believes the guitarist […]



Don’t Press Pause! 20 Of The Best Albums From Beginning To End

When you hear that one of your favorite bands is coming out with a new album, an abundance of thoughts come to your mind. The first one usually is, when does the single come out? It finally comes out and you love it, and you are so excited for the album to be released. It’s finally released, but only the single or a few songs are actually entertaining to you. That’s never a good feeling. Putting an album out that is “single-heavy” is like writing a novel and putting all the action in the first chapter.



A First Look At The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

2013 has been a fantastic year for new albums by established acts as well as brand new artists. Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Local Natives, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, and Lorde all found great success this year. […]



10 Of The Best Albums Recorded At Home

The glam of a recording studio comes with a high price tag, which is why it comes as no surprise that many artists today opt for the low cost do it yourself mentality of producing an album within the confines of their own home. With the accessibility of production programs on a computer, the home recording has become the standard for new and emerging artists. The high profile equipment of a recording studio is reserved for high profile artists, but this hasn’t always been the case. Many great artists recorded some of their best albums outside of a studio.


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Ever Buy Vinyl On Amazon? Get The MP3s For Free

While music fans continue to buy physical copies of their favorite releases, those CDs and vinyl LPs are often ripped into digital MP3s for convenience’s sake. Earlier this year, Amazon launched a service called AutoRip, […]


Although this much-anticipated album will not be released until April 2013, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s have already released teasers, including the unveiling of the squeamish album cover.

The 25 Weirdest Album Covers In Rock

Inspired by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs new album, ‘Mosquito’ we spotlight some of the more memorable album covers in rock. Who’s unusual album art makes your list?


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Beatles Vinyl To Be Released In Massive Box Set This Fall

For the last three years, Abbey Road has been the top-selling vinyl album, so clearly there’s still an audience interested in buying Beatles records in their original format. Or at least that’s the thought behind a new 16-LP box set comprised of every Beatles album, the “Magical Mystery Tour” soundtrack and “Past Masters” rarities collections.


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New Albums From Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Ian Anderson This Week

Let’s take a look at this week’s albums, reissues and other musical goodies from classic artists making musical waves yet again. This week’s highlight release is from the Night Tripper himself, jazz-funk-rocker Dr. John. For […]



Ten Intriguing Albums Expected For 2012

[photogallerylink id=111587 align=left]Before we get to it, I think we owe 2011 a big thank you for another solid year in music. Artists like The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine, and Cage the Elephant proved […]


Most Anticipated Albums Of 2011 – From Coldplay To The Cars, R.E.M. To Radiohead

[photogallerylink id=11447 align=left]The bells have rung, the ball has dropped, and while you were clinking your martini glasses (or sipping on that bubbly), what do you know: it’s 2011 already. In the spirit of celebrating, […]