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Crazy & The Brains: A Taste of the Fast Life

Photo Credit: Vulture Culture Photography Sometimes a band’s sound gets inextricably linked to where they hail from, whether they wish it to or not. X made the soundtrack for any down-and-outer in Los Angeles county. Outkast is Atlanta to the core, and despite the fake English accent, the Ramones always sounded like you just crossed… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Great Concept Albums

The concept album hit its stride after the 1960s when large, well-funded bands had the cash and carte blanche to explore, at length, any idea that crossed their addled brains. Whether a bloated 1970s ineffectual gesture or a coherent and brilliant bit of storytelling, the concept album has fans and detractors in equal measure. Here… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Bands That Changed Lead Singers (For Better or Worse)

Changing the lead singer of a band can be devastating for the group, but it could also be the start of a new journey. Here are ten examples of vocalist replacements – some of them brilliant, some terrible, some surprising, some predictable, some historically significant, and some of them so seamless that nobody would have… Read more

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Music Videos of 2022 (So Far)

The Top Ten Best Music Videos of 2022 (So Far) The last few years have given us some fantastic music videos, with Tyler, the Creator’s CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST-sequences, and FKA twigs’ “cellophane” in fresh memory. 2022 has been less fruitful, but I’ve been digging deep down in YouTube’s algorithms in search of… Read more

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Songs of 2022 (So Far)

The Top Ten Best Songs of 2022 (So Far) Though the first half of 2022 has seen something of a dearth of mainstream musicians, this space has thankfully been filled by a number of highly talented alternative, indie stars. From the masterful indie-rock confessionals of Soccer Mommy to the affecting balladry of Regina Spektor, Q1… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Musicians That Changed Their Sound

Science has taught us that the only absolute constant in the universe is changing, but some change is more drastic than others. Below is a list of 10 bands and artists whose sounds evolved massively. #10. Maroon 5 Photo Credit: Travis Schneider Formed in Los Angeles as a post-grunge act called Kara’s Flowers, Maroon 5… Read more

MMM Thoughts: Where is the Future of Rock Music Headed?

Photo Credit: Chuck Berry via Universal Attractions (artist management) “Hail, hail rock and roll // Deliver me from the days of old.” – Charles Edward Anderson Berry Rock and roll always had a problem orienting itself from the beginning. It is the musical product of a dozen styles of American music blended through time and… Read more

MMM Thoughts: Do we Actually Need Music Awards?

Photo Credit: CBS.com Have you ever heard the song “McFlurry” by the Sleaford Mods? Banging track. The outro consists of vocalist Jason Williamson mockingly chanting “I’ve got a Brit Award, I’ve got a Brit Award // No Surrender, No Surrender // Animal, five-day bender,” imitating the attitudes of overblown rock stars celebrating dubious awards in a played… Read more

The 64th Grammy Awards: Best & Worst Moments

Photo Credit: Getty Images for The Recording Academy (All Photos) Award show attendance has been reliably falling year-on-year and this year, the Recording Academy seemed less concerned than ever about doing anything to revert that trend, with an overlong, self-indulgent ceremony that ran for a seemingly never-ending 2 hours and 33 minutes. Beyond making a… Read more

Remembering Taylor Hawkins: The Foo Fighters’ Drummer and Anchor

Photo Credit: Richard Dobson/Newspix After nearly three decades, the Foo Fighters, sometimes called “the Last Great Band,” experienced their first-ever casualty on March 25th when longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead at age fifty in Bogota, Colombia, where the band had been scheduled to play the Estero Picnic Music Festival as part of a… Read more