Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Came Out 31 Years Ago Today — Well Before It Became a Meme

Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Came Out 31 Years Ago Today — Well Before It Became a Meme

How many times have you been browsing the internet, clicked a link and been bombarded with a gloriously 1980s-ish music video and Rick Astley saying “We’re no strangers to love…”? The English singer/songwriter became an internet sensation nearly 20 years later, when the concept of the “Rickroll” was born. Suddenly, you’d find the song everywhere, […]

One Year Later: Remembering Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

One Year Later: Remembering Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

The piece below originally ran on July 24, 2017, four days after Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was found dead in his Southern California home of a suspected suicide. A year later, it’s quite apparent just how much a hole his passing left in the rock community. From live tributes from colleagues and friends to […]

Mike Shinoda’s ‘Post Traumatic’ Album is Exactly the Musical Catharsis He – and Linkin Park Fans – Need Right Now (Review)

Mike Shinoda’s ‘Post Traumatic’ Album is Exactly the Musical Catharsis He – and Linkin Park Fans – Need Right Now (Review)

Music has a special power to be cathartic. For years, Linkin Park (fronted by Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington) amassed a global fan base of extremely dedicated listeners, the band’s profile seeming to grow larger with each release, their music and Bennington’s presence appealing to fans’ inner frustrations and personal struggles in an affecting way. […]

Fantastic Negrito Returns with the Soulful, Funky and Poignant New Album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ (New Music Friday)

Fantastic Negrito Returns with the Soulful, Funky and Poignant New Album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’ (New Music Friday)

Fantastic Negrito earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for his album The Last Days of Oakland — his soulful funk/rock striking a chord with those who like music with a raw, earnest and vibrant energy. Today, the man otherwise known as Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz released a new record, Please Don’t Be Dead. Titled after and featuring album […]

Flashback to When a Bewildered ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Performed ‘Eat It’ on a Japanese TV Show with Sumo Wrestlers and a Giant Lobster

Flashback to When a Bewildered ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Performed ‘Eat It’ on a Japanese TV Show with Sumo Wrestlers and a Giant Lobster

“Eat It” was a career milestone for Weird Al Yankovic — one that helped his career explode on a global level and help set in place the decades of parodies and irreverent material that would come. Back in the mid 1980s, Yankovic was big on self-promotion, as all artists are. The particular attention being given […]

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