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MMM Top Ten: 10 Alternative Rock Bands You Should be Listening to in 2022

Mark Josephson, Executive Director of the New Music Seminar said back in 1988 that “alternative music has real strength, real quality, real excitement, and it has to be socially significant, as opposed to Whitney Houston, which is pablum.” That’s a great explanation of what started during the late-‘70s to early-‘80s as college radio features like Dead Kennedys… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Artists on the Rise in 2022

With Coronavirus receding and the world slowly opening back up, the last year has allowed musicians to finally get back in the studio and record new music. Combine this with a pandemic’s worth of soul-searching and you find an entire generation of new talent making urgent music that meets this moment. From soul-searching singer-songwriters to… Read more

Super Bowl LVI: The Hip-Hop Halftime Show That Made History

Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/GI What happens when you put the Kings of Hip-Hop on the world’s biggest stage with the Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul? You get one of the best half-time shows in the NFL’s history, and this certainly was the case when it came to this year’s show. Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige,… Read more

Remembering Meat Loaf: Classic Theatrical Rock’s Main Entrée

Photo Credit: Getty Images Before he passed away on January 20th at age seventy-four, singer Michael Lee Aday had never quite been able to successfully quell the common misconception that his stage moniker, Meat Loaf, was the name of a band (within days of his death, the “People also ask… ” feature on Google revealed… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

Avril Lavigne – Love Sux, to be released: February 25th Photo Credit: DTA Records Her most recent videos suggest that pop-punk’s princess hasn’t aged a day in twenty years, and the recent songs themselves also imply that she’s having just as much fun as ever, too. John Mellencamp – Strictly a One-Eyed Jack, released: January… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Darnell “Digo” McGee’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

The Weekend – Dawn FM, released: January 7th Photo Credit: Courtesy Republic Records The Weeknd always brings some heat whether that is with his own projects or even as a feature. His latest release, Dawn FM, is loaded with perfect pop moments, and the album’s seamless, radio-inspired hits make Dawn FM an instant classic. Gunna – DS4ever, released: January… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Tom Williams’ Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

Black Country, New Road – Ants from Up There, to be released: February 4th Photo Credit: Rosie Foster With their bold, modern take on post-punk and jazz, English seven-piece Black Country, New Road built an instant – and fervent – cult following with their 2021 debut For the First Time. Barely a year out from that… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Douglas Dahlström’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

Charli XCX – CRASH, to be released: March 18th  Photo Credit: Emily Lipson So, how is Charli XCX feeling now that her record deal is on its last leg and she’s out of quarantine (at least for now, as far as I’m concerned)? Pretty cool, pretty reflective, and pretty hungry it seems, considering the vibe… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Padraig Mara’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

The year is now 2022, electric boogaloo. 2k double deuce, ice-cold apple juice. Etcetera. The following are five albums to be released that I genuinely look forward to hearing (mostly), and five groups I wished would drop something during this year for which we have such high hopes. Guns N’ Roses – Hard Skool, to be… Read more