Six Reasons You Need to Flyer Shows

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So easy, even a monkey can do it.
Social media takes the heat for a lot of things. Some people insist that it's responsible for diluting activism and killing personal interaction. Others may recall the recent viral Craigslist post about the restaurant that blamed their slowing service on social media and smartphones, while some scientists have even drawn a connection between Facebook use and depression.


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10 Best Music Videos To Inspire Your Road Trip

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The best road trips are usually the most improvised. (It's about the journey, not the destination, right?) That being said, there's still time to plan an impromptu trip this Labor Day. We think these music videos will inspire you to grab a friend, or two, or five--so that the cost of gas is cheaper--and hit the road! We even provided travel suggestions based on each video. Consider this a jump-start to your playlist, and don't forget to send a postcard!

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10 Underappreciated Female Musicians

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Music history is filled with talented, obscure female geniuses who will never get the credit they deserve. That much is a given. But even for well known artists who manage to break out of that obscurity, people tend to forget or completely ignore the things they've accomplished both on and off stage that have broken the mold assigned to them in pop culture or made them a force of change in their genre. Whether we're talking about jazz singers, punk queens or blues royalty, the brilliance of these women surpasses whatever chart topping hit or momentary glory given to them by the mainstream. Here are 10 of our favorite underappreciated female musicians.


See also: 10 Best Female Rockabilly Singers of All Time


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16 Stupid Hats Musicians Like to Wear

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Straw hat left off this list because obviously it sucks. You don't need my help with that.
Recently, my enemies have been accusing me of having a problem with hats. Maybe it's because I am (predictably) a bald, pale music critic, and wearing a hat makes me look like a Nosferatu vampire-creature. But personally, I think someone's choice of headwear can tell a lot about a person -- usually how they suck.

As I am fully aware that most people are not as gifted as I am when it comes to deciphering the inner-character of a human being based solely upon their appearance, I've created an exceptionally important guide. When I die, I will be remembered for my gift to the world: a list of stupid hats musicians wear and what they mean.


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The 10 Best Songs by Bad Musicians

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By: Mike Seely
Stopped clocks are right twice a day. Geoffrey Arend is married to Christina Hendricks. Performance artists get federal funding. Canada is south of Detroit. People wear Google Glass and think they look awesome. Some things you just can't explain, like how really shitty bands occasionally luck into recording splendid songs. To wit, here are the 10 greatest songs ever recorded by not-so-great musicians:

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Six Awful Songs With Incredible Intros

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Some people just know how to hook you, right? Say you're browsing an online dating profile and someone catches your eye. Witty one-liners, cute smirks, maybe something cryptic like a tattoo of Josef Stalin eating a hot dog. Their linked Tumblr page shows they have an active interest in occult medicine and deep-sea creatures. Whatever weird, dumb thing you're into on the internet, they've got it. They've seemingly got the total package.

So you go and meet them at your favorite gastropub, and as you're sipping a glass of some crap with fernet in it, it dawns on you: This person doesn't seem that cool. How can this be? How could you have been snowed so easily based on a first impression?

It's the same, sometimes, with music. The following songs all have brilliant introductions but quickly go on to suck out loud. Listen and wince as the pangs of regret throb in your ears.


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Five Songs To Celebrate the Fourth of July

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America is the greatest country in the world. Don't believe me? Then answer this: Where else can a person enjoy the sorts of freedoms we have here? You know what I'm talking about. Stuff like the ability to marry whomever you want, to ensure your tax dollars go where you want them to go, to have brown skin and visit Arizona without fear of being deported, to know your country wasn't founded by assholish white men who lied to and killed the natives AND also enslaved an immeasurable amount of Africans, to select a president knowing nothing as crazy as something like an electoral college will cancel your vote, to be able to walk down the street smoking a plant without being harassed by police officers, to go to the beach and see topless women because making women cover their chests while men don't have to is totally insane and to know you can go to graduate school and not be in debt for the rest of your life.

Answer: Nowhere else. That's where. And you know why? Because USA!!!!

With that in mind, here are five songs to help you celebrate a day when America is even more America than those other days when America is America. (And if that doesn't make sense to you, get the fuck out of my country, you commie bastard.)

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The 10 Best Post-Rock Songs

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Post-rock at its best is an ideal soundtrack for car chases, interstellar combat and nighttime prowls on the Serengeti. The music is composed with rock instruments--guitar, drums, swagger, etc.--but isn't chained to standard verse-chorus-verse structures. Instead, these songs rise and fall with dynamic changes in volume, tone and delay-soaked time signature shifts. Vocals are usually absent, since these artists aren't trying to bludgeon that catchy hook into your skull 346 times in four minutes or less. Here is our list of the 10 Best Post Rock Bands.


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Six Reasons Your Band Needs to Tour

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There are a lot of ways to travel the world. Most of them involve being extremely wealthy. However, if you weren't born with the gift of mommy and daddy's golden checkbook, you can still find a fairly respectable way to see the world, provided you're OK with sleeping on a pool table and using a blood-stained pillow once and a while.

Just start a band, play some shows in your hometown, then tell everyone you're too cool to hang around and go book a tour. When you're not fighting off hordes of attractive groupies as they paw at your clothes and try to hand you money, you can experience the joys of beautiful national treasures/glorified gas stations like Wall Drug and South of the Border. Tour is also your chance to justify eating seventeen gas station burritos over the course of a few weeks.


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#TenHashtagsThatNeedToBeRetiredNow

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Social media has in fact taken not just over our lives, but the lives of almost everyone in the world that has the ability to use a computer or smart phone. And when it comes to Twitter and the use of hashtags, trust us, we get the need to keep it short and simple. But when it comes to Instagram all we can say is some of you really know how to overdo it with the excessive use of the "pound sign plus word." We've noticed a lot of creativity when it comes to hashtags and for that, we applaud you. But for the rest of you repeating the same shit over and over (and over and over), we've decided that it's time to call you out so maybe you can muster up some originality and retire some of these oldies.



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