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Hi, I'm Brent – one of those eccentric musician types who live and breathe music. Kentucky bred (don’t judge). Besides being a certified music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, I've been passionate about the music industry and music journalism for years. I've contributed to various music sites over the past five years – there's nothing better than being quoted!

Nick Jonas Shows Newfound Maturity On 'Chains'

July 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Nick Jonas Shows Newfound Maturity On 'Chains'
Honestly, teen-pop can be a turn off. Maybe it’s the fact that if you aren't a teenager, teen-pop comes over as too innocent and sugary sweet. Maybe also it’s the culture where the suggestiveness of teen-pop has become so supplanted by explicit references that the corniness of the sub-genre grows exponentially. That said, Nick Jonas is no longer a teen and that über-annoying, albeit successful pop band The Jonas Brothers, are no more.

Nick Jonas is nearly 22 years old (September 16 for those keeping track), and while he hasn’t exactly shed the good boy persona embodied by The Jonas B...
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5 Seconds Of Summer Rock Their Way To The Top: This Week in Music

July 31st, 2014 2:05pm EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer Rock Their Way To The Top: This Week in Musi
“American Apparel underwear, rocking e’erywhere!” As prognosticated last week, 5 Seconds of Summer crash onto the Billboard 200 with a robust 259,000 copies of their debut album 5 Seconds of Summer sold. Honestly, there was never a doubt the Australian pop-punk band would find their way to the top. And by the word ‘honesty,’ that means there was no competition remotely close.

5 Seconds of Summer had this thing locked down like it was nothing! They once more have the distinction of being the only act to sell more than 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album only sold 37,000 c...
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Music Spotlight: Arika Kane – A Musician You Should Know

July 30th, 2014 6:15pm EDT
Music Spotlight: Arika Kane – A Musician You Should Know
Some of the most talented artists in the music world are also some of the most underrated and unheralded. It shouldn’t be that way, but life isn’t exactly the fairest thing. Rising past the adversity of a music industry characterized by trends and sex appeal rarely wins commercial success, but sometimes being resolved not to cave in because it’s ‘easier’ is a virtuous, respectable thing. For Arika Kane, she seems determined to 'stay in her lane,' which is a good thing.

Arika Kane isn’t a household name – yet. She hasn’t sold millions of albums or quite established that dominant, comm...
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Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This Week In Music

July 29th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This
Last week, July got a bit of a spark with pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer releasing their highly anticipated, self-titled debut. Midwest rapper Common would also drop his tenth album, Nobody’s Smiling.

This week, there seems to be no sure-fire bet like 5 Seconds of Summer, but there are some veteran artists leading the charge for the new releases. Those include Eric Clapton, Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers of course), and the late, great James Brown. Here are five new albums to check out this week.

1) Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, (Bushbranch / Sur...
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15 Must See Music Videos of 2014

July 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
15 Must See Music Videos of 2014
Once upon a time, music videos were played frequently on television. It’s hard to believe in 2014, but once there was a spot for those visual pieces accompanying the audio. While they're still played on TV (less frequently), music videos get the majority of views via the Internet through outlets like YouTube and Vevo. With so much attention placed on albums and songs, sometimes it’s easy to forget sensational music videos themselves. Here are 15 must see music videos of 2014.

1) Maroon 5, “Maps”

The music video for Maroon 5’s latest single “Maps” depicts a narrative characterized...
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20 More Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs Ever Made

July 27th, 2014 10:00am EDT
20 More Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs Ever Made
Rap IS the gift that keeps giving. Why? Well, for every rap song not filled with filth, there are numerous others that are. A previous list, 20 Dirty Rap Songs, just couldn’t do justice all by itself for all the dirty, risqué songs within the hip-hop hemisphere. So, here are 20 More of the dirtiest rap songs!

1) Khia, “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)”

from Thug Misses (2002)

An omission from the original list, Khia’s “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” makes Missy Elliott’s “Work It” sound angelic. “My neck, my back / lick my p***y and my crack,” Khia spits on the cringe-worthy hook. It gets w...
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Review: 5 Seconds of Summer Have a Knack for Catchy Choruses

July 26th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Review: 5 Seconds of Summer Have a Knack for Catchy Choruses
“You look so perfect standing there / in my American Apparel underwear / and I know now, that I’m so down.” Catchy! Australian teen band 5 Seconds of Summer master the art of the catchy chorus throughout their full-length, self-titled debut album. After previewing this knack on EP She Looks So Perfect, yet another young band – aimed at teens and younger – looks to dominate not only Summer, but pop itself.

5 Second of Summer don’t ‘slay’ overall as much as their choruses do, but they don’t fail either. The first couple of songs from 5 Seconds of Summer are actually pretty good (that tra...
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This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top

July 24th, 2014 4:00am EDT
This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top
“Weird Al” Yankovic did the unthinkable this week – debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200! That’s right, Weird Al’s latest album Mandatory Fun sold a robust 104,000 copies. Sure for other artists 104,000 copies might not be the ‘end all be all,’ but considering last week no albums surpassed the 100,000 copies mark and that comedy albums don’t generate those kinds of numbers, Al’s doing big things.

Jason Mraz was expected to put some pressure on Weird Al for top honors, and he did, coming up just short at 102,000 copies with Yes!. Even so, 102,000 copies is fantastic in the current market....
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Review: 'Nobody's Smiling' Is Common's Best Album In Years

July 23rd, 2014 8:51am EDT
Review: 'Nobody's Smiling' Is Common's Best Album In Years
Cutting straight to the chase, Common, one of the Midwest’s preeminent MCs, delivers his best album in years with Nobody’s Smiling. Standing only 10 tracks deep (13 on the deluxe version), Common has delivered nothing short of a moody, meaningful tour de force that should get every rapper on his toes. Featuring exceptional production from NO I.D. and a couple of solid collaborations, Nobody’s Smiling has the goods to erase frowns of which it references.

“The Neighborhood,” featuring Lil Herb and Cocaine 80s, kicks off Nobody’s Smiling mysteriously and moody. James Fauntleroy’s voic...
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5 Seconds Of Summer And Common Drop New Albums: This Week In Music

July 22nd, 2014 10:05am EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer And Common Drop New Albums: This Week In Mus
July continues to be something of a slow month for new album releases. While there have been some solid, arguably even notable releases, no ‘blockbuster’ albums have been released. This week, the likely standout for younger listeners will be 5 Seconds of Summer, who release their full-length debut album. For rap lovers, they need look no further than the Midwest’s don, Common, who extends his lengthy career. Here’s 5 albums to check out this week.

1) 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer (Capitol)

After releasing EP She Looks So Perfect to an exceptional #2 bow, Australian punk/...
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