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Apocalypse NOW: The 10 Best Apocalyptic Tracks

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Editors note: This originally published in 2013. With the release of the new Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, we revisit one of our favorite lists, our ten favorite apocalyptic tunes. We all love us some Edgar Wright (and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for that matter), so with the opening of The World’s End this weekend, we thought it appropriate to dig up the top ten apocalyptic songs.  A few words about The World’s End first though.  I am endlessly

Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Crew Live Review

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From left to right:
Roman GianArthur
Alex Belle (St. Beauty)
Isis Valentino (St. Beauty)
Jidenna
Janelle Monáe
Nate Wonder (Deep Cotton)
Chuck Lightning (Deep Cotton)

Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Crew August 17th, 2015 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL There are very few musicians that are the total package quite like Janelle Monae. The Kansas-City born entertainer fuses funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, hip hop, and a dose of theater to make her own blend of timeless pop. On stage, she channels James Brown and Michael Jackson, truly standing as one of the best performers currently on the planet. Monae has even become a White House

Apple Music: The Death Knell for Downloadable Music

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Once fat and healthy, the internet in the 21st century has thrown the music industry for a loop time and time again, putting musicians and the industry that produces them in a serious identity crisis as to where the money comes from. With the invention of the iPod and eventually the iPhone, downloadable music in MP3 format became the new form, and CDs went the way of the cassette tape. Vinyl strangely came back into vogue as a counter-cultural music fan move

The 10 Best Music Films

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  Editor’s Note: This was originally published in 2013. With the release of Straight Outta Compton this week, we thought we would revisit our favorite music films (non-doc, non-musical) of all time. Inside Llewyn Davis, the soundtrack of which I reviewed yesterday, is a film about a struggling musician in Greenwich Village during the 1960’s.  It is a very musical film, but not a musical.  We decided it would be fun to create a top ten list of films of that same ilk. 

Songs of Summer ’15 Walk-Off

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Every year, a song defines the summer: it’s at every wedding, every beach party, and every festival you attend. You simply can’t escape it, but usually its such a perfect song you don’t mind hearing it again and again. Pharrell owned the last two summers, with last year’s giddy-gospel “Happy”, and in 2013, singing the hook on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and producing Robin Thicke’s rapey yet infectious “Blurred Lines”. In 2012, it was the sneaky great “Call Me Maybe” by