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Top 15 Oddities of McCartney, Dylan and The Stones

Top 15 Oddities of McCartney, Dylan and The Stones

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By 1966, The Beatles had achieved an incredible amount of success. The group was selling records by the millions. Young woman and men all over the world were going crazy for The Beatles. The band soon became the target of some bizarre accusations surrounding serious topics, including religion. On August 28, 1966, The Beatles gave their last taped press conference in the United States. During the fifteen minute session, the band received some weird questions, including, “Mr. Lennon and McCartney, Time Magazine has said your song Day Tripper is about a prostitute and Norwegian Wood is about a lesbian?” “Have you ever trained or used Beatles doubles?” “Mr. Lennon, is it true that you are going to give up music for a career in the field of comparative relig...
The Superheroics Of Muse

The Superheroics Of Muse

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View this image › Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images Muse exist in a perpetual 1999, where the techno-apocalyptic tone and shiny black imagery of The Matrix reign supreme. Look at the song titles of their 2012 album, The 2nd Law: “Supremacy,” “Panic Station,” “Survival,” “Explorers,” “Save Me.” There’s no room for interpretation, and no need for it either. Muse make music about big, menacing things and sing about summoning the will to survive them. This can take the form of out-and-out science-fiction concept-album Armageddon, or in the case
10 Women That Rock The House

10 Women That Rock The House

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[Warning – some items contain explicit lyric or video content that may offend.] The Listverse archives are full of music-related lists, covering many genres and performers. There are even entire lists devoted to specific iconic acts. My favorites are the rock & roll themed lists, but one thing I’ve noticed is that women are woefully underrepresented; in fact, when it comes to the rock lists, they are all but forgotten. Well I’m here to rectify that. This list celebrates women who rock. I mean really rock. You won’t see these women performing at Lilith Fair. My criterion for inclusion on this list is simple: I want women that bring it. And by “it”, I’m talking about good ol’ balls-to-the-wall hard rockin’ attitude. What? Did I just say “balls”? On a list about women? Hell yea
Top 10 Greatest Reggae Singers

Top 10 Greatest Reggae Singers

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Reggae, the unique bouncing music with the sticky beat and the emphasis on percussion and bass, formed out of mento, rocksteady and ska. It has developed into many sub-genres and has left an indelible mark on popular music, even influencing the early development of hip hop. This list presents ten of, what the author believes to be, the greatest reggae singers of all time. The singers’ international success, album sales and impact on the music itself have all been taken into account. Paring this list down to the ten greatest was difficult, so a number of great singers whose careers began more recently have been left off. It may be anachronistic to refer to ska and rocksteady as reggae, but it has become common to categorize these two genres under this heading. Please note that t...
Pitbull Pays For His Tormentor To Meet Him In An Alaskan Walmart

Pitbull Pays For His Tormentor To Meet Him In An Alaskan Walmart

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When David Thorpe, writer for Something Awful and the Boston Phoenix noticed a contest where the Walmart location with the most new “Likes” on Facebook would win a visit from Pitbull, he found a store location in Kodiak, Alaska and started spreading the word through the Twitter hashtag #ExilePitbull. Soon, Kodiak’s Walmart had over 60,000 new “Likes”, making it the clear winner of the contest. Though Walmart and contest cosponsor Energy Sheets had been in touch with Thorpe over email and invited him to attend Pitbull’s appearance, they didn’t want to shell out to fly him to Kodiak. Instead, Pitbull himself personally paid for Thorpe to come to Alaska. Because Pitbull is a cool nice guy, and knows how to take a joke. The big event went down this a
8 Unpopular Morrissey Opinions

8 Unpopular Morrissey Opinions

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View this image › Kevin Winter / Getty Images Morrissey has never been shy about his opinions – even before he was famous as the frontman of The Smiths, he penned this scathing op-ed slamming The Ramones. Over the years, the singer hasn’t thought twice about slamming institutions, artists and trends. Some of these bon mots have just been chalked up to his entertaining flair for the dramatic. Others haven’t been quite as well received. 1. HE HATES KIDS
19 Wonderful Things About Music In March

19 Wonderful Things About Music In March

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View this image › John Gara 19. Azealia Banks, “Yung Rapunxel” View this image › View this embed › After months of anticipation, Azealia Banks released “Yung Rapunxel,” the first single off her (perpetually delayed) debut album, Broke with Expensiv
7 Bands that Formed Divisive Music Subcultures

7 Bands that Formed Divisive Music Subcultures

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Music has had a vast influence on culture, particularly during the later half of the 20th century and the early 21st century. Whether it is affecting fashion (the baggy clothes and jewelry popularized by gangsta rap), politics (the anti-war sentiments of the hippie generation publicized by protest songs), or lifestyle (the partying and drug use rampant in rave culture), music is frequently a catalyst for cultural change. Here, we point out the bands that initiated, or popularized, cultural movements. While it is often rash to attribute the formation of the broader subcultures to a single band, the groups listed are generally considered to have had the highest influence. This list is in no particular order, and care has been taken to include both obscure and popular movements. Insane Clo...
10 Beatles Innovations that Changed Music

10 Beatles Innovations that Changed Music

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The Beatles certainly didn’t invent the music business, but like Beethoven, they had an undeniable steamroller effect that forced everyone to completely and permanently change nearly everything about the way the industry functioned. These items are not listed in any particular order of importance. Although early jazz artists created short music-film performances of their songs, and Elvis filmed unique settings of his songs that were parts of movies, the Beatles were the pioneers of marrying the two ideas into the concept we now know as the music video – a short, stand-alone film of a musical act presenting a current song that may or not be a live performance. The idea came to the Beatles as a way to ease their ridiculously tight schedule – instead of the band having to...
How To Dress For Any Music Festival This Summer

How To Dress For Any Music Festival This Summer

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1. The Crowdsurfer View this image › Via polyvore.com H&M top, C. Wonder sunglassses, Miss Selfridge cuff, Debenhams bag, Vans sneakers, Hanmattan shorts. Ah, metal and hardcore festivals, where anyone with a day pass and a dream can live their fantasies of sailing on the hands of their brethren forever, or at least until they get dropped on a dude with a statement face-to-neck tattoo. If you want to brave the pit at Warped Tour, Ozzfest, or Mayhem (and of course you are because it’s the best part), you’ll need clothes that wo
What Was The First Concert You Went To?

What Was The First Concert You Went To?

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1. Was it this guy? Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=C9tRIfOAfq4. youtube.com 2. Or these guys? Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=LpE851q1peg. 3. Was it a big outdoor festival? Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=iiQ8C97-Rio. youtube.com 4. Or was it overse...
23 Amazing Rock Records From 2013 That Everyone Should Hear

23 Amazing Rock Records From 2013 That Everyone Should Hear

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23. Superchunk, I Hate Music View this image › View this embed › Superchunk are indie rock lifers who have actually improved with age, and have resisted the temptation to just coast on their celebrated run of albums from the ’90s. I Hate Music, their tenth studio album and second since returning from a long hiatus through much of the ’00s, reflects on the idea of growing older as a rock musician but doesn’t settle into any kind of melancholy or resent
13 Signs You Grew Up In A Musical Family

13 Signs You Grew Up In A Musical Family

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Together, siblings Caleb and Georgia Nott comprise the New Zealand indie pop group Broods. View this image › David J. Bertozzi / BuzzFeed The fact that both Caleb and Georgia are gifted musicians is not a coincidence — they were raised in an entire family of musicians. During a recent visit to BuzzFeed, they reflected on things that everyone who grew up in a music family can identity with. 1. You’ve sung around a campfire.