Find Out About Heavy Metal’s Latino Heritage In Honor Of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th and finished up a couple days ago, pays tribute to Hispanic Americans’ rich contribution to the history and culture of the United States. One thing that most metalheads know, is Hispanic Americans have also made huge contributions to the history and culture of heavy metal music. Some of metal’s biggest acts include members from a variety of Hispanic backgrounds, from Chilean-born Slayer frontman Tom Araya to journeyman bassist Rudy Sarzo who lived in Havana, Cuba until the age of 11. It’s a story that doesn’t get told much and surprises those ignorant of the genre and we thought it was time to set the record straight. Read more…

The Most Brutal Musician-On-Musician Insults Of All Time

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Big music stars aren’t just known for their talent — they’re also known for doling out some of the meanest insults around. If Twitter beefs and popular diss tracks haven’t deterred you from provoking major artists, look no further than our list of scornful digs musicians have tossed at each other in public.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Echosmith Performs A Stripped Down Version Of “Cool Kids”

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We all want to be just like the cool kids, but nothing is cooler than the acoustic version of Echosmith‘s hit song “Cool Kids”. The techy-synthetic sounds of the original track are hard to beat, even with a voice as angelic as Syndey Sierota’s. However, Echosmith outdid themselves with this one and produced something arguably even better than the version you know and love.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ofay: A History of White Musicians Playing Reggae

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Canadian band Magic! had a smash hit and viral sensation this year with their single “Rude.” Its melody and lyrics are pure pop but it’s music and title reference a genre with origins in a far sunnier climate, Jamaican reggae. They are far from the first white musicians to experiment with reggae’s offbeat rhythms and seductive grooves. Since the late 1960’s, some of music’s biggest acts have tried their hand at the style with varying degrees of musical (and chart) success. Read more…