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Friday, September 18, 2020

The 2020 Grammys and the traditional conundrum of turning art into a competitive sport

When it comes to award shows, three names rule over everything else in terms of what the world considers prestigious: The Oscars, The Emmys and The Grammys. For a quarter of a century, all...

NAMM 2020: A brief glimpse into the global music industry

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the world’s largest music technology convention in the world. Held in Anaheim, California one January weekend every year, thousands of major and minor names in various...

Bombay Bicycle Club attempts to bring indie music back together with ‘Everything Else Has...

  There was a period of time in which radio-friendly indie music had its Golden Age, when every song sounded slightly similar to one another. Every hit single had a self-reflective theme of youth or...

Tame Impala’s dive into the ‘20s: a look into the legacy and future of...

Tame Impala might have been the biggest band of the previous decade. The band’s debut album “Innerspeaker” came out in 2010 and played a huge role in ushering in a new era of psychedelic...

California’s best kept secret: the Inland Empire arts scene

The legitimacy of the Inland Empire music and arts scene has always been a hot topic of debate between folks from Los Angeles and people from the Inland Empire (IE). This subject gained even...

Genres of music should not organize, they should describe

We might have heard someone claim “I mainly listen to rock” or “I only play rap music” when describing their music preferences. It’s apparent that we think of genres of music as clearly defined...

Album of the year: A retrospective look at Beach House’s “Bloom” and its impact...

Even those that don’t listen to Beach House have at least heard of this Baltimore duo or know a song from their fourth studio album. Beach House is the product of vocalist and keyboardist...

‘Thanks For the Dance’: a tribute to Leonard Cohen

The date was Oct. 21, 2016, when Leonard Cohen released his latest album “You Want it Darker.” The subject matter of the album dealt with various themes of death, peace and love as if...