by (@BHSmithNYC)

1984 Vs. 2014: Which Year Ruled Harder For These Music Icons?

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A lot can change in 30 years. On the night of September 14th, 1984, sexy Material Girl Madonna took the stage for her career making performance of “Like A Virgin” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Thousands of miles away that same night, Henry Rollins and his seminal hardcore band Black Flag played a chaotic set on the wrong side of Tijuana in some forgotten dive. Nowadays Rollins is a revered punk rock elder and hosts shows on The History Channel while Madge struggles to remain relevant in the high-speed modern music marketplace. Some of music’s biggest names were operating on the margins of the music industry in 1984 while the hitmakers of that era often find their heyday behind them. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

First Flops: 10 Classic Rock Debut Albums That Failed To Break The Band Into The Big Time

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30 years ago this week a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles named the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album. Following its release….they remained a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles. Gradually though, over successive releases and tours, they built their fan base and finally broke big with their fourth long player, 1989’s Mother’s Milk. Few artists have a hit record straight out the starting gate, and some rather noteworthy bands didn’t see success until three of four albums into their careers. Read more…

by (@emilyexton)

Where You Can Find OutKast, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West + More On The Road This Summer

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Coachella kicks off today with OutKast taking the stage for their big reunion at the two-week festival in Indio, California. Announcing their first live performance together in 10 years caused the Internet to erupt in cheers, making Coachella the festival to spend your hard-earned money on this summer. But then Andre and Antwan booked headlining sets at Governors Ball, Lollapalooza and many, many more festivals around the world. Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Chill Out Music: Your Ultimate Sub-Zero Cold Weather Playlist!

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We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s cold. Damn cold. Cold enough for bubbles to freeze as soon as they hit the air. It’s getting insane. Yesterday we tried to heat things up by thinking warm thoughts and bringing you some super hot celebrities with epic tan lines, but that’s just not doing the trick anymore. So now we’re just giving in and embracing the sub zero-temps in the best way we know how: with our patented ULTIMATE COLD WEATHER PLAYLIST!

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Unplugged: 10 Awesome Early Acoustic Demos Of Classic Songs

Acoustic Demos of Classic Songs

Sometimes less really is more! Acoustic demo tapes provide a fascinating insight into a songwriter’s process. It’s a window into a private moment, when they’re usually alone in their bedroom (or studio) with nothing but a guitar and a tape recorder, creating a tune from out of nowhere. It’s like listening to magic happening right before your ears! And if the songs they create go on to become classics, it’s also a precious moment in history. We’ve put together a list of 10 incredible early tapes of songs you know by heart. Not only are they beautiful in their stripped down simplicity, but these first drafts are sometimes drastically different from the final cut. Read on to hear some amazing works in progress!

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by (@SamSpokenWord)

Friday Face-Off: Candy Overdose Edition! Bruce Springsteen Vs. Iggy Pop

Halloween was yesterday – which means you’re probably still picking caramel out of your teeth… and maybe nursing a hangover. But just ’cause it’s Friday, doesn’t mean all that sugary goodness is finished… in fact, I’ve got an inkling you’ve got a healthy (or not so healthy) leftover supply. I know some rockin’ guys who’ve got a taste for the sweet stuff themselves. You might recognize them? It’s Bruce Springsteen who croons “Candy’s Room” and Iggy Pop who serenades us with “Candy“. So vote now (before you crash from that sugar high) and tell us which guy does “candy” better!

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