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Blaqstarr – Hands Up Thumbs Down

Before he was 20 years old, Baltimore Club legend Blaqstarr had produced over a half-a-dozen of the genre’s biggest tunes. A fierce desire to try out different ideas matched with fearlessness and curiosity helped Blaqstarr propel beyond the confines of his hometown. Teaming up with

Beach House – Bloom [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

Bloom was written “between countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of tour”, and was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas. It was co-produced by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead), who also produced the band’s previous album Teen Dream. Beach House chose

JOHN 5 interviewed by Eric Blair in May 2012

John William Lowery (born July 31, 1971), best known by the stage name John 5, is an American guitarist. His stage name was bestowed on him in 1998 when he left David Lee Roth and joined the industrial metal group Marilyn Manson as their guitarist,

6 Song Structures in Popular Music (including seminar with Ralph Murphy)

6 types of song structure I was surfing YouTube the other day and ran across a seminar by Ralph Murphy, a legendary songwriter. One of the most useful takeaways I got was his list of 6 most popular song forms (or song structures) when songwriting.

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head To Toe (1987 music video/lyrics)

“Head to Toe” is a song recorded by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam that appeared on their 1987 album Spanish Fly. The song hit #1 on three charts: Billboard Hot 100 on June 20, 1987, the Hot Black Singles charts on May 30 of that year, and

Prince, 1958 – 2016

Prince, the virtuosic musical titan who unexpectedly passed away at his Minnesota home early Thursday morning, was a man of seemingly endless contrasts. A musical prodigy who recorded virtually every instrument on his albums himself; he also found beauty in simplicity, frequently striking gold with

JT Money ft. Solé – Who Dat (1999 music video/lyrics)

[Intro – JT Money] Jack jack.. yeah! Put em up! Put em up! Yo yo.. JT Money! Throw em up! Throw em up! JT Money! [Hook] Aiy-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya Aiy-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya Who dat who dat who dat who dat who dat who dat who? Who dat who dat

R&B 101: A Playlist Overview

I was talking to my best friend earlier today, and the subject of R&B music came up. My friend said that he had always wanted to get more into R&B, but he had one problem. With such a huge and daunting history, he didn’t know

Marvin Gaye: A Retrospective – What’s Going On

In our society, true artistic visionaries are frequently undervalued, manipulated, and taken for granted – until they’re gone. Today, April 2nd, would have been Marvin Gaye’s 77th birthday. To pay tribute to the Prince of Soul, starting today and throughout the month of April I