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The Best Of The Rest: 15 MORE Metal Bands You Should Be Listening To In 2015

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-By Doc Coyle

After the release of my Top 15 Bands, Young and Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015 list, the positive and negative fallout was overwhelming. Some readers were angry because the list was not metal enough (admittedly), and some felt wronged by several overt snubs. Although I have this platform, I am not an all-knowing metal super genius. So, I asked commenters and readers to send me the names of deserving bands that I should check out. I listened to damn near everything that people mentioned, and there is some great stuff out there. Throughout social media, people were sending me really cool bands that I didn’t know existed. There were also a few bands that deserved attention and just barely missed the cut on the previous list. Based on discovering all of this great talent, it seemed appropriate to make a new list: this time focusing on under-the-radar music and under-appreciated veterans.

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8 Things Millennials Don’t Understand About Queen Latifah

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By Frank Donovan 

To celebrate the week of Queen Latifah’s 45th birthday, we’re serving up 8 things that today’s younger generation simply must realize about the great QL. Today she’s one of those figures you take for granted. You see and hear her everywhere–officiating a mass wedding at the Grammys, looking glam in Cover Girl ads, voicing Ellie in the Ice Age movies–she’s an omnipresent media icon.

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A History Of Destiny’s Child’s Gloriously Coordinated Outfits

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By Frank Donovan

We’ve been celebrating Women’s History Month, from heavy metal front-women, to decades worth of all-female bands. All these girl power vibes got us thinking about Destiny’s Child and their matching outfits. Then again, when are we NOT thinking about Destiny’s Child and their matching outfits?

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From The Andrews Sisters To Pussy Riot, The Most Influential Girl Groups Of All Time

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By Frank Donovan

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look back at decades of all-female musical groups. Through pop, punk, rap, rock, and everything in between, we go all the way to the 1940s when The Andrews Sisters harmonized for the troops during World War II, to the 1960s when bee-hived singers helped shape the sounds of Phil Spector and Motown, to the 1990s when Destiny’s Child mobilized fellow women to demand respect and Sleater-Kinney put feminism at the fore, ushering in the riot grrrl-inspired Pussy Riot.

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Ignored: Has Heavy Metal Been Exiled From Popular Culture?

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-By Doc Coyle

Few things feel worse than being marginalized, made to seem as if you don’t matter. Irrelevance. This is often how I feel as a modern fan of heavy music as reflected through mainstream culture. I recently stumbled upon Rolling Stone’s “Best Albums of the 2000’s” list. I was in disbelief that only 2 Hard Rock albums, System of a Down’s Toxicity and Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R, were on the list. There were zero Metal albums.

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15 Studio Accidents That Helped Make Huge Hits

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The quest for perfection in the recording studio is a noble, but often futile effort. Especially in the pre-digital era of music, it was nearly impossible to erase all the inevitable slip ups that happen when laying down a track. But some artists (or producers) had the foresight and good sense of humor to let the accidents remain, leaving listeners with a sense of being in the studio with the band, not to mention thousands of audio easter eggs to find. Forgotten lyrics, dropped drum sticks, resultant expletives–here are 15 bloopers, oddities, and other unintended sounds that made it on the track, and make it all the better. Read more…

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The Most Notorious Recluses In Music History

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By Frank Donovan

Unfortunately for fans, some of music’s biggest and most talented stars shine so bright that they burn themselves out. Plagued by mental illness, drug addiction, or just plain aversion to fame, it’s all too often that artists just fall off the map. It’s easy to forget how young some of these singers were when they reached the apex of their critical acclaim. Lauryn Hill and Brian Wilson were both just 23 years old when they released their smashes The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Pet Sounds, respectively. If we were that big at 23, we might get a little freaked, too.

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Backlash of The Heavy Metal Puritans: Why Metal Needs To Expand Its Boundaries

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To call my most recent column, The 15 Metal Bands, Young and Old, You Should Be Listening To In 2015 , polarizing, would be a disservice to some of the vitriolic commentary on the piece, proclaiming that I had tragically missed the mark. I don’t think I fully understood the gravity of the reality that I was writing for VH1 now; that the reach and impact of my words carried vastly more weight than before. The main gripe was that the list was not truly “metal” enough. This, I cannot argue. The “metal” tag was added to the title after I turned in the piece. I made a list of upcoming and established heavy bands (as I was assigned) that moved me, and that I believed needed to be heard and/or would have a significant role in making big waves in 2015. In my view, all of this lives under the umbrella of heavy music, or as Jamey Jasta would say, ”Loud amps in the face”, and not sticking to some arbitrary guidelines of what meets the benchmark for being “metal”.

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