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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!

Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

October 21st, 2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...
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5 Takeaways From U2's 'Songs Of Innocence'

October 20th, 2014 7:30pm EDT
U2 - Songs of Innocence
Anytime a certain Dublin band named U2 releases a new album, well, it’s “kind of a big deal.” The release of Songs of Innocence, the band’s first new album in five years, is a big deal, but not necessarily in the same way as previous efforts from the collective. It could be argued Bono and company have even had some missteps along the way, which has hindered their latest LP. After listening and analyzing the release process of Songs of Innocence, here are five takeaways.

1) Imposing a free album on everyone is probably a BAD idea…

Most people like free things, particularly if there w...
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11 Songs That Break Barriers

October 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
11 Songs That Break Barriers
Sometimes, you have to take a stand. Taking a stand isn’t always a popular move, nor is it always personally lucrative. Musically, ‘taking a stand’ often means that musicians promote an unpopular or not oft tread platform, theme, or cause. That means ultimately, these bold musicians look to break barriers and pave the way for acceptance, tolerance, and otherwise. Here are 13 songs that break barriers of some sort.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Hozier, 2014)

“Take Me To Church” is nothing short of brilliant and progressive. Hozier makes sex sound sanctified, brings light to ...
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For Country Duo Florida Georgia Line, 'Anything Goes'

October 16th, 2014 4:30pm EDT
Florida Georgia Line
"Alabama on the boom box baby / 'bout to get a little boondock crazy!" Say what? Florida Georgia Line broke through in a big way with a single entitled “Cruise” - understatement! “Cruise” would propel FGL’s 2012 debut album, Here’s To The Good Times to double-platinum status. The dudes from Florida and Georgia respectively – Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard – seek to have a similar impact on their sophomore album, Anything Goes.

The album kicks off with the enthusiastic "Anything Goes." The title track sets the tone, with FGL encouraging the party. Even though the opener is a carefree...
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Jason Aldean Tops The Billboard 200: This Week in Music

October 16th, 2014 12:33pm EDT
Jason Aldean
For country musician Jason Aldean, it is certainly a “beautiful day.” Why – well Aldean topped the Billboard 200 selling a robust 278,000 copies of his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt. With so many new releases bowing yet so few managing to sell remarkably, Aldean can definitely consider himself one of the biggest successes of the year after week one. Aldean isn’t “Burning It Down,” he’s lighting it up…something like that!

But of course, there’s a down side to everything. After building up Aldean as Billboard Chart royalty, it must be noted that even his large sales are downscaled f...
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Music Spotlight: Hoodie Allen – A Musician You Should Know

October 15th, 2014 2:20pm EDT
Hoodie Allen
Pop-rapper Hoodie Allen did something in 2012 that many dream of doing – landing a top 10 album on the Billboard 200. That’s right, Allen’s EP All American debuted at #10 and sold 28,000 copies. For a relatively unknown artist, Allen’s debut was nothing short of remarkable. Take that a step further and compare Allen’s sales then to the sales many more established artists are debuting with today, and Ivy League graduate Steven Markowitz’s accomplishment is even more buzz-worthy. Oh and by the way, he dropped that EP independently!

Two years later, Hoodie Allen returns bigger and bette...
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Florida Georgia Line Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

October 14th, 2014 9:48am EDT
2014 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals MGM Grand Garden Arena, M
October continues to be the ideal month for musicians to drop their albums – well at least from their perspective. This week’s crop of releases, dropping Tuesday, October 14, don’t quite have the ‘oomph’ of the last couple of weeks, but there’s still at least a potential surefire hit. Normally, U2 would be a sure bet, but you have to question how much an album issued for free will sell. Florida Georgia Line seems to be the favorites this week.

1) Florida Georgia Line, Anything Goes (Republic Nashville)

With bro-country a popular trend, Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album Anything...
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Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'

October 13th, 2014 2:16pm EDT
Weezer Remain Fresh On 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'
After a four-year hiatus (say it ain’t so!), alternative pop/rock band Weezer return with their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Calling Everything a ‘return to form’ in the purest sense is overreaching slightly, but the album does feel more Weezer-like than the band’s previous two albums. It’s not perfect, but there are some absolutely terrific moments from Rivers Cuomo and company.

“Ain’t Got Nobody” is predictable thematically, as the title suggests. It leaves little to the imagination – particularly initiating the album – but Cuomo and company is rock soli...
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10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014

October 12th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
10 Incredibly Heartfelt Songs of 2014
In an age dominated by big records, there’s nothing like a truly captivating, heartfelt song. That’s not to say that a record can’t be a song or visa versa, but these days, the two aren’t necessarily interchangeable. For all of the big records dropped in 2014, there are also some incredibly notable heartfelt songs that definitely deserve recognition (see the bloated, incomplete list of honorable mentions). But to keep the list from being forever long, here are 10 of the most heartfelt songs of 2014.

1) Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (In The Lonely Hour)

Isn’t this one a total no-brainer...
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Jason Aldean Keeps It Country on ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’

October 9th, 2014 1:35pm EDT
Jason Aldean
“Ain’t had a drink and I’m torn up / ain’t even had a taste of your love… we’re just getting warmed up.” Anyone who’s partaken of country music as of late can’t deny the ‘bro-ness’ of the style, definitely led by the likes of Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Jason Aldean is oft considered a member of this movement, despite despising the phrase.

Regardless whether Aldean dislikes labeling or the fact his music is dominated by love, alcohol, and his “truck,” the artist’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt is ultimately a sound and enjoyable affair.

“Just Gettin’ Started” proves to...
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