Photo Credit: Julia Jackson Irish musician and songwriter Hozier (full name: Andrew John Hozier-Byrne) didn’t quite score the same success on his last release, Wasteland, Baby! (2019) as he had achieved with his enormously successful self-titled 2014 debut album (or his debut single “Take Me to Church”). But continuing his apparent practice of taking several… Read more
Photo Credit: Rachael Wright In 2013, when Irish musician and songwriter Andrew Hozier-Bryne a.k.a Hozier pleaded “Take Me to Church” on his debut single, the effect proved to be the reverse, as legions of music listeners around the world made him the new rock deity. The song topped multiple international charts, and in the U.S…. Read more
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On this episode of the Music Matters Media podcast, we dive deep into Fall Out Boy’s highly anticipated eighth studio album, ‘So Much (For) Stardust.’ The album marks a reunion with producer Neal Avron and the band’s return to their original label, Fueled By Ramen. With a mix of guitar-oriented pop-rock, pop-punk, disco, soul, funk, spoken word, and orchestral elements, we discuss whether the band successfully bridges the gap between old and new fans. Join us as we share our top 5 favorite tracks from the record and our thoughts on the album’s sonic direction. Don’t miss this exciting discussion on one of the biggest albums of the year!
Tune in to our latest podcast episode where we explore Paramore’s long-awaited sixth studio album, ‘This Is Why’. After nearly six years since their last album, ‘After Laughter’, the band is back with their original lineup and a fresh, new sound. Join us as we take a deep dive into the album, sharing our thoughts on the band’s new sonic direction and analyzing our favorite and least favorite tracks. And that’s not all! We also rank Paramore’s entire discography, so you won’t want to miss out on this exciting discussion.
For our latest installment of the Music Matters Media Podcast, we commemorate our show’s 5th anniversary by circling back to where it all began: Fall Out Boy. Listen as we discuss our predictions for the band’s upcoming record ‘So Much (for) Stardust’, we reminisce about the recording of our debut episode centered on their previous album MANIA, and we share updated rankings of our personal favorites from their discography. Don’t miss out on this special episode as we celebrate five years of the Music Matters Media podcast and the band that kickstarted it all!
On February 12, 2023, the Super Bowl LVII halftime show took place at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, featuring Rihanna as the headliner. It was Rihanna’s first live performance in over five years and attracted a staggering 118.7 million viewers across TV and digital platforms. In this episode, we share our impressions of her performance, compare it to past halftime shows, and share our personal favorites and least favorites from the last decade. Join us as we dive into the world of Super Bowl halftime entertainment!
On February 5th, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. In our discussion, we provide our reactions to the nominations and winners in the main categories, reflect on the tribute to 50 years of hip-hop, and highlight our top performances of the night. Additionally, we delve into whether the Grammys continue to stay out-of-touch
or if they are making strides towards truly understanding the current landscape of music.
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