What exactly makes music “pretentious”? It’s “something full of pretense; an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true”. It’s an insult that’s levied against any number of bands often with little back-up or explanation. Is it the lyrics? The music? Just the very attitude of the band? Or is it a
It has famously been said that, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture,” and rightfully so. Music is unwieldy, notoriously anarchic, and devilishly moody, making it an incredibly difficult topic to tackle. Rock ‘n’ roll journalists made it their calling to take on the subject, and often times they bring us the next big
Admit it. You have mindlessly sung along to songs without realizing what they were about. It’s okay, we’ve all been there. A few years back, I was singing along with Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” (so damn catchy!), then realized I had been singing joyfully singing the phrase, “You better outrun my gun.” What?!
The well-trodden path to stardom that begins in the depths of Disney and Nickelodeon-style kid culture and meanders its way to a fully-fledged adult career is one that has been traveled many times. But not everyone makes it. Plenty of child stars that were once household names have in later years failed to retain the
When you think of movie music, what immediately springs to mind? As far as I’m concerned, those two little words conjure up a world of orchestras, of big emotional numbers, of songs you make people listen to when you’re drunk (just me? But the theme from Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is so good!). Movie music is
Even contemplating a singer to replace Kurt Cobain is tantamount to treason in many corners of the music world. Finding another angst-filled, tragic grunge hero to fulfill the role of the genre-defining frontman is an oft-discussed topic online, with new and old fans debating the possibility of a (slightly altered) band reformation. But who, if
Can I admit something? The very first time I heard The Vaccinnes, they were playing over top a commercial. I was holed up in a hotel room, sufficiently drunk on champagne and white wine during a training weekend. I was lying on the bed upside-down waiting for the vaguely interesting C4 documentary to come up.
When bands don’t get along, you can usually tell. There’s a distinct difference between friendly joshing around in interviews and the overt glaring across the stage that’s oh-so-evident in concert DVDs (no names named). But some bands manage to power through that kind of animosity — perhaps with some kind of monetary symbol pulsing in
It is inevitable that we find ourselves nostalgically yearning for the music of our adolescence— those songs take us back to our formative years, bringing up good (and sometimes bad) memories with them. Many current movements in art, fashion, society, and music often reflect throwing it back to a time everyone insists was inherently “better.”
As the summer concert season is well underway, perhaps you’ve had to forgo a few other concerts you wanted to attend in order to afford a bigger show. The problem of high ticket costs has been a heated topic for a while now, but is it getting any better? With 53% of fans hearing about