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TMI! 14 Songs That Reference ‘Riding Solo’


Before you read any further, this article has a dash of taboo controversy – fair warning! And to dispel any rumors or myths, this is not about the infectious Jason Derulo song where he’s “trying to get his sh*t together.” Just a friendly disclaimer! You could say that today, society is at a much more liberal place than it has been in the past. Sure, … Continue reading TMI! 14 Songs That Reference ‘Riding Solo’

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25 Chart Takeaways: Alabama Shakes Top The Billboard 200


It was a good week for Alabama this week – both Alabama Shakes and Yelawolf came to play on the Billboard 200. Shawn Mendes downgraded while Sam Hunt upgraded. All those takeaways (and more) here for your partaking! 1) Alabama Shakes debut at #1 with its sophomore album, Sound & Color. 2) Furious 7 continues to dominate all facets of pop culture. The soundtrack remains … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Alabama Shakes Top The Billboard 200

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Watch YouTubers Cover Sufjan Stevens’ Moving “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”


One of my personal favorite songs of 2015 comes from singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens. His entire album Carrie & Lowell is easily one of the best and most memorable of the year, with gem “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross” leading the charge. The song isn’t the typical grandiose masterpiece that graces my iPod or tickles my fancy, but it is rather minimalistic and … Continue reading Watch YouTubers Cover Sufjan Stevens’ Moving “No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross”

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10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions


Some songs are “empty,” while others are “full” – or something like that! The 10 songs compiled on this list are all “full” of emotion and depth. Each song has a deeper meaning or larger purpose which makes it truly unique, special, and memorable. Here are 10 songs that possess overwhelming emotions. 1) Father John Misty, “Holy S**t” (I Love You, Honeybear, 2015) Despite the … Continue reading 10 Songs That Possess Overwhelming Emotions

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25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200


It was a big week for one young man – a really young man by the name of Shawn Mendes. 16 years old don’t normally score #1 albums, but don’t tell that to SM – he just did this week! That an more captivating, juicy, and succulent chart takeaways. Too much? 1) 16-year old Canadian pop singer Shawn Mendes lands at #1 on the Billboard … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Shawn Mendes Tops The Billboard 200

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25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album


It feels so good to be Wale and take a second album to the top of the charts! It’s not so bad being the Furious 7 soundtrack or Ludacris – just not as a good as being Wale! Those chart takeaways and many more in this week’ 25 awesome chart takeaways! 1) Wale may have released The Album About Nothing, but it definitely didn’t do … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Wale Lands Second #1 Album

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell © Asthmatic Kitty

2015’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Lyrics, Vol. 1


So much time is spent examining entire albums or merely analyzing singles or songs off of those albums. A lot can be gained from being more analytical and isolating key lyrics from a song. Sure, this is micromanagement – total music nerd shit – but there’s greatness that can be unveiled. Throughout 2015, there have been many eyebrow-raising lyrics that raise larger issues or have … Continue reading 2015’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Lyrics, Vol. 1

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Why The ‘F Word’ Matters Little In Music Anymore


Honestly, nobody (few) cares about the ‘f-word’ anymore when it comes to music anymore. The sentiment is one of “f**k it!” who cares if “For Under Consent of the King” is used or not? In the past, using the most obscene of obscenities wouldn’t come close to being acceptable, but at this point, the word has grown to be more permissible as opposed to taboo. … Continue reading Why The ‘F Word’ Matters Little In Music Anymore

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Review: Sufjan Stevens Delivers An Emotional Tour De Force With ‘Carrie & Lowell’


Sufjan Stevens • Carrie & Lowell • Asthmatic Kitty • US Release Date: March 31, 2015 Tackling grief and its effects personally is a tough task. Many artists aren’t brave enough to share something so personal and life altering in their music. That is not the case for indie singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, who delivers a truly chilling album about his mother’s death, his relationship with … Continue reading Review: Sufjan Stevens Delivers An Emotional Tour De Force With ‘Carrie & Lowell’