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The ‘Russian Facebook’ now at war with Major Record Labels

One social network is now the subject of much of the music industry’s collective anger, and it’s probably not one you’re using like Facebook or Twitter. VK (previsouly known as VKontakte) is Russia’s ‘version of Facebook’ and has been turning a blind eye to some systematic music piracy happening on it’s servers. Three separate lawsuits […]

Why Did My Chemical Romance Break Up?

Why Did My Chemical Romance Break Up?

When My Chemical Romance split up, you could practically hear the rending of garments and the tearing out of hair from distraught fans across the world. And while you might think that those disappointed by the loss of MCR are made up of fourteen-year-old girls wearing too much eyeliner and listening to “Teenagers” on repeat, […]

Britpop: Twenty Years Later

Britpop: Twenty Years Later

Just over twenty years ago was the release of Oasis’s first UK single “Supersonic”, a point in history that marks the beginning of when Britpop stops being the preserve of the British indie scene and becomes the reigning moment of pop culture for an entire decade. The 1990s was a particularly strange time for British […]

Is Lady Gaga The Ambassador Of The Gay Community Or Exploiter?

Is Lady Gaga The Ambassador Of The Gay Community Or Exploiter?

A virtual unknown six years ago, Lady Gaga has since managed to usurp Madonna as the gay community’s pop diva of choice thanks to a string of empowering anthems, a series of outlandish visual statements and a devotion to supporting LGBT rights which has bordered on the messianic. But ever since she burst onto the […]

Calculating the Face Value of a Concert Ticket

Calculating the Face Value of a Concert Ticket

While it’s an understandable statement to make that “ticket prices are far too expensive nowadays”, what people really mean when they say things like that is usually not anything to do with how small promoters are swindling attendees at Open Mic Nights. It is still possible in most parts of North America and Europe to […]

Whatever Happened to Kurt Cobain’s Rumored Solo Album?

Love him or hate him, Kurt Cobain is one of the most instantly recognizable figures in music. The Nirvana frontman is a face that everybody recognizes from somewhere—whether from the iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video or mournfully covering David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.” Tragically, the event that cemented his place in […]

The Best Songs of John Frusciante, Guitarist of Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Best Songs of John Frusciante, Guitarist of Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a ton of personality. It’s apparent on their records, but most prominent when they’re on stage. Anthony Kiedis is a frenetic and active frontman, his melodic gargle of a croon and swaying personality serving as the perfect fit to the Chili Peppers’ infectious mixture of alternative, funk, and punk. […]

Are Women The More Interesting Sex In Music?

Are Women The More Interesting Sex In Music?

Madonna has recently made another notable notch in her three decade controversy crusade. The superstar took her antics into the 21st Century by uploading a selfie with her defiant hairy armpit in full view, proclaiming: “Long hair…… Don’t Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove”. In all seriousness, what male pop star would attack a social convention as […]

Why Did Kate Bush Stop Touring?

Kate Bush is a musician who changed the place of women in music. Whether you remember her wafting around in the “Wuthering Heights” video or covering The Rolling Stones in early pub gigs, she wasn’t at the mercy of corporate overlords or label whims. She represented a musician who was entirely in control of her […]

Whatever Happened to Poe After ‘Haunted?’

Whatever Happened to Poe After ‘Haunted?’

Do you remember Poe? Chances are unless you are a music junkie, the answer is no. Poe’s disappearance from the music scene was so sudden, so total, and so surprising that it seemed like it could have made up the plotline for a musical murder mystery. If you listened to any kind of popular music […]

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