Indie Music

The Game, Selena Gomez And Other Albums To Check Out This Week

10/6/2015 10:57am EDT
The Game Leads Albums To Check Out
The first Friday in October brought the comeback of one of music’s iconic artists, Janet Jackson. That is a big deal without question. This week, things are much quieter. This week is the “calm before the storm,” as the next couple of release weeks are jam-packed with newbies to add to the collection. Still, there’s a West Coast rapper and a pop star/actress leading the way this week.

1) The Game, Documentary 2 (Blood Money / Entertainment One U.S.)

The Game isn’t the heavy-hitter he once was – that’s just the way it is in the music industry. Still, The Game knows how to impact the...

The Weeknd Dominates Billboard 200

9/8/2015 10:13am EDT
The Weeknd Blasts Onto The Billboard 200 With 'Beauty Behind The
This is the type of week on the charts that music industry nerds and execs everywhere live for! Ladies and gentlemen, this week’s Billboard 200 got a huge boost from one of 2015’s most ubiquitous musicians, The Weeknd. The Weeknd was expected to debut atop the Billboard 200 after landing three big-time hits with “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey),” “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills.” He did not disappoint, blasting onto the Billboard 200 with a whopping 412,000 units according to Billboard.

Sure, Billboard’s new tabulation system adds ‘robustness’ to the numbers including tracks and ...

These Songs Were Made With The Cemetery In Mind

8/28/2015 3:24pm EDT
10 Songs About Death And Burial
Death is an eerie thing – understatement to the nth degree. Still, it’s real-life and as uncomfortable a topic it may be, it must be discussed. In the context of this article, death is approached from the postmortem practice of burial. There are no references to embalming, mummification or cremation. Who in their right mind would write a song about those things anyways? Well maybe somebody, but it doesn’t happen here! Still, these joints have the cemetery in mind.

1) Rick Ross featuring T.I., “Bury Me A G” (Self Made Volume 2, 2012)

On “Bury Me A G,” Rick Ross doesn’t seem to care a...

First Iggy, Now Charli XCX Cancels Concert Tour

8/22/2015 10:59am EDT
Charli XCX, Bleachers Announce Nixing Of Remaining 'Do America'
Sorry folks, Charli XCX and Bleachers are no longer doing America.

According to a Rolling Stone report, the "Boom Clap" singer suddenly pulled out of the second leg of the North American "Charli and Jack Do America" tour. The news sent ripples throughout social media as fans demanded answers about the sudden turn of events. Bleachers frontman, Jack Antonoff, took to Facebook with an apologetic post to fans.

"so here is what happened and i’m just gonna give you the actual story with no filter. was all geared up for leg 2 of the tour when we got a call from charli’s camp that she couldn’t...

Why On Earth Were These Album Covers Even Made?

8/9/2015 2:00pm EDT
Worst Album Covers Ever
Sometimes, the album artwork usurps the album. Sometimes, that’s a good thing and other times it’s plain horrendous. In the case of these 30 albums, this particular article isn’t about the content of the albums. No, this is about what’s on the surface – an eye-popping, head-shakable cover. Prepare to be scarred for life along with a dose of sarcastic, humorous, and outraged commentary. Here comes the worst!

1) Millie Jackson, Back to the S..t (RCA, 1989)

Millie Jackson has always been edgy – that might be an understatement. Back in the 70s, there were few artists who could/would...

Future’s Best Career Effort Pays Off

7/27/2015 10:45am EDT
Future, DS2 © Epic
Musicians continue to make chart history in 2015 despite lackadaisical sales in many cases. Future’s sales were by no mean lackadaisical this time around as DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) debuted commandingly at #1 on the Billboard 200. No, Future was unable to move the same numbers of contemporaries like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, or Meek Mill, but his 147,000 units is his best career week yet. Even in sales alone, 121,000 copies according to Billboard, he more than doubled his start for his 2014 effort, Honest.

What gives with Future’s come up? That’s a good question! Interestingly, as Future is...

The Best Music Albums So Far This Year

7/11/2015 10:00am EDT
25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
As hard as it is to believe, albums still exist in 2015. No, CDs aren’t flying off of the shelves any more, and Billboard has a new formula that more accurately measures album consumption (or something like that), but the album is still “alive,” even if it’s not necessarily “well.” Sale woes aside, 2015 has delivered many terrific albums. Here are the 25 best albums of 2015 so far!

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

Who else could be number one? There have been a lot of terrific albums in 2015, but Kendrick Lamar has honors of the best locked down. No, To Pimp A Bu...

Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...

50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”


2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...