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MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Most Anticipated Releases of 2023

Several music veterans in various genres – including rock, punk, and hip-hop – will return (or at least hopefully return) with new full-length albums in 2023 after a long absence, and a few more recent bands will with any luck continue their winning streak. Here are ten new releases to look forward to in the… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Tom Williams’ Most Anticipated Releases of 2023

Though we may be mere days into the new year, a slew of great artists – from big names like Paramore and Courtney Love to rising stars like Black Belt Eagle Scout and Samia – have promised new albums for 2023. Below are just a few of those I’m most excited for: #10. Grimes –… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

2022 was another interesting and relatively lucrative year for music. Not much of particular note happening in the way of rock’s oldest active veterans (i.e. those who began in the ’60s or ’70s), but a few major ’90s and 2000s came back to show that they’re still determined to move forward artistically. One 2010s starter… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Tom Williams’ Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

With the world largely returning to normal this year, 2022 saw no shortage of musical releases – with big hitters like Beyoncé, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar returning (to varying levels of success) and a new generation of talent (like Ethel Cain and London’s Black Country, New Road) making themselves heard. Below I sift through the… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Douglas Dahlström’s Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

Constantly changing throughout the year, my Album of the Year list – which I always enjoy making – this year constitutes Irish Weird Al Yankovic-inspired country pop, moist body parts, teenage Sonic Youth apprentices, weaponized troglodytes, crashing metaphoric airplanes, strong, colorful, Canadian beverages, and for the first time since 2018 – no hip-hop albums. Below… Read more

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Albums of 2022

2022 saw no shortage of fantastic music, which is perhaps why there’s so much disagreement as to what the year’s big, standout releases were. With this list, I attempt to break through the noise and put aside any personal biases to objectively assess the most important releases from this year. #10. Alvvays – ‘Blue Rev’… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Standout Tracks of 2022

I’m always finding it harder to put together a “best songs of the year” list than a “best albums of the year” list because whenever I listen to music, I prefer to consume the entire album rather than pick out specific songs. Yeah, there really are people like me out there! Nonetheless, here are ten… Read more

Remembering Christine McVie: Fleetwood Mac’s Irrespressible Songbird

Photo Credit: Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Christine McVie, the longtime keyboardist, and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac died on November 30th at age seventy-nine. The first of her three non-consecutive tenures with the band lasted for a quarter-century beginning in 1970, which made her the first woman to join, and a few years later an integral part of… Read more

Remembering Irene Cara: ‘Fame’, ‘Flashdance’ and The Beat of a Generation

Photo Credit: Harry Langdon / Bettmann Archive Singer, actress, and Oscar-winning songwriter Irene Cara died on November 25th at age sixty-three. Although she would only have a few major hits over a relatively short period, those songs would leave an indelible stamp on the early part of the ’80s and have since proven to be… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Rejected Musicians Who Became Successful

Like everyone else living on this planet, successful artists also know what it’s like to be rejected – some better than others. Here are ten musicians rejected by record labels, the Army, classmates, and audition juries. #10. Tori Kelly Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miranda The Californian singer auditioned on season nine of American Idol back in… Read more