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What Makes Music Pretentious?

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?

Is Green Day Still Punk?

While critics are unanimous in labeling Green Day’s early material as punk music, the band’s multitude of stylistic ventures throughout their 25–year career makes it difficult to label them today. Are they still a staunch punk-rock band, as they were in their youth, or

20 Bands We Will Regret Not Seeing Live

I’ve always wished I could have seen The Doors, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Nirvana. Unfortunately, I was born a little too late to enjoy these acts live. In an effort to appreciate what live music opportunities I currently have instead of longing for

15 Hit Singles Artists Regret Making

We’ve all been there.  We’ve written or said something we instantly regretted.  These moments make us thankful we aren’t under the blinding spotlight of fame.  Once an artist releases a song, however, there’s no taking it back.  Here are some artists who hate or

20 Songs That Ripped Off Other Songs

Is imitation truly the sincerest form of flattery? In light of this week’s ruling that Robin Thicke and Pharrell are guilty of violating Marvin Gaye’s copyright, I bring you 20 instances in which artists were accused of being copycats. Not all of the examples