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The Gorgeous Meaninglessness of the Bond Song

Adrian Daub | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Adrian Daub

Over the decades, only a few artists have managed to receive dispensation: when it came to writing a song for 1983's Octopussy, the producers mercifully decided that the song would not be called that.

Why A Great Big World's New Love Song Is Unlike Any Other On The Radio

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.18.2015 | Gay Voices

It's only after repeated listens that the subversive nature of "Hold Each Other," the sterling new single by Grammy-winning pop-rock du...

Beyoncé Covers Vogue's September Issue

Vogue | Posted 08.13.2015 | Style

In an age when roles and styles morph as quickly as computer images, she's a shape-shifting virtuoso. She can evoke Rita Hayworth or Naomi Campbell, flappers and B-girls.

Not in a Minion Years: The Top 10 Reasons Why 'Minions' is the Worst Movie Ever Made

David Fagin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Feel free to call Me Despicable, but, in my opinion, Minions is easily one of the worst movies of all time. I didn't walk in wanting to hate it. I walked in wanting to love it. Which is why I'm so pissed.

New Artist Reviews: Rimi

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Indian-American recording artist, Rimi, has found a balance between ancient Indian ideals and modern pop music.

What Do Computers 'Think' of Pop Music?

Lior Shamir | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Lior Shamir

When Stevie Wonder wrote "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand," the word "all" meant "all people." But that was in 1976. With the rapid advancement of technology, music is gradually becoming a language that can also be understood by computers.

Two Very Different Shows; One Common Theme #GayLivesMatter

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Whether dark or joyous, there is much to gay culture and in this time of merging, blending, homogenization, it's nice to have two reminders of how fabulous gay culture can be, and how far it has come with so far yet to go.

Cool Dad Transforms Pop-Punk Classics Into Bedtime Lullabies

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Parents
Van Winkle's

Even the loudest songs can be turned into a lullaby. Change the tempo, make a few instrument swaps and Blink 182's "All The Small Things" could beco...

Adam Lyons Wants You to Get "Ice Cold"

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Adam Lyons is a little emotional. It's now midnight in London and June has turned into July. He is sitting in his London flat and received the e-mail. His debut album is now available on iTunes.

It's All About That... What?

Diana Whitney | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Mommy, I see your bass!" yelled Carmen, cackling her baby hyena laugh. "My what?!" "Your bass! You're wearing lace panties!"

Les Paul's Journey and the History of American Popular Music

John Covach | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
John Covach

American guitarist Les Paul would have turned 100 years old this week. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Paul became one of the most important figures in popular music during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Why Female Pop Stars Like Taylor Swift Need to Embrace the Feminist Movement

Claire Davidson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Women
Claire Davidson

If the persona Swift has created for herself is continuously falling for the wrong guy, isn't it time she grew up and let her fans hear a message that centers around taking ownership of their choices and gaining more wisdom and independence?

Should Politics Have a Voice in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

Many observers of this year's Eurovision Song Contest noted that it was the most emotionally and politically charged event in the festival's 60-year memory.

Meeting Teen Idols as an Adult

LJ Charleston | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
LJ Charleston

Imagine telling my teenage self that if I was very patient, when I'm in my late 30s, I would meet the idols of my youth. Duran Duran: Twenty-four years later, 85 million-plus records later. Me: Three sons later, a long career in journalism later. It finally happened.

Stones' (Dis)Satisfaction Defined the Summer of '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Listening to "Satisfaction" today, I hear a tirade against a culture that thwarts the basic human need to feel fully alive and engaged -- intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Here's How Pop Music Has Evolved In Recent Years, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science

Fans of pop music know that it has undergone some pretty dramatic changes in recent decades, and one musical genre seems to be driving this musical ev...

The Future of Music Making?

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Cherno Jobatey

Since the discovery of sound recording, and especially since its digitalization, concerts have become increasingly more monotonous: it is increasingly rare that musicians can get on the stage and deliver what the legend, or the recording, promises.

A Feminist Takedown of Usher's 'I Don't Mind'

Katie Chodosh | Posted 06.22.2015 | Media
Katie Chodosh

I just feel like Juicy's killing the vibe here. Usher's trying to show his sensitive side about his bitch's career choice, but Juicy just comes in all brash about it. Maybe it's that Juicy is also confused about Usher's position on this matter.

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Karim Hakimzadeh

It occurred to me then how rare it is for people to take the time to devote their full attention to classical music. All too often it has taken its place in society as background noise.

Peaked at #11: Iconic Pop Hits That Missed the Top 10 by One Notch

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Considered by many in the music industry to be the most frustrating place on the charts for a pop single to peak, I have always been fascinated with songs that made their home at #11.

The Next Big Pop Star Has 'No Gender, No Sexuality And No F***s To Give'

Mic | Kate Beaudoin | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices

There's so much buzz surrounding Shamir that he could be a beehive. The 20-year-old Las Vegas native recently premiered "Call It Off," the single off ...

Stay With Us, Joni. We're Not Done Yet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Oh, you're not goin' anywhere, Miz Joni. I mean that. She just can't. I mean, the woman reads my mind. In fact, all my life, I've felt like Joni Mitchell was reading my diaries. And my dreams. And was telling me the truths I didn't want to admit.

New Music Review: Mark Maze, Uncomfortable Truths

Brandi Andres | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Brandi Andres

The uncanny similarity of Maze's vocal intonation to that of the (former) King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is remarkable. There's a uniqueness to his voice that makes it easy to get wrapped up in.

5 Underrated Taylor Swift Songs That Can Help You Through Your Rough Patch

Allison Underhill | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Allison Underhill

As it turns out, there is so much more to Taylor Swift than the overplayed chart-toppers that she is known for. Instead of shaming her for musically trashing her exes, we should instead look at the unacknowledged heroes of her albums. Swift's songs cover misfortunes that every young woman can relate to.

A Passionate Rhythm of Right Work: Meet World-Class Drummer, Barbara Borden

Leni Miller | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News
Leni Miller

When we are truly in our right work, there is a powerful and passionate rhythm to our work. We are in synchronicity with the most basic and personal beat that comes from our hearts. Barbara Borden is a woman and world-class professional drummer, and definitely, in her right work!