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More Greatest Lyrics FAILs

By Jonathan_FlaxSeptember 16, 2009
It's a fact: Take lyrics out of their musical context, and you're often left with the ramblings of a braindead "artist" who happens to own a rhyming dictionary. Simply put, without the guitars, bass, and drums, it ain't always poetry. We've covered this harsh musical truth ... More  →
More Greatest Lyrics FAILs

Playlist: Guilty Pleasures Vol. 1

By Jonathan_FlaxSeptember 14, 2009
Don't you hate people with "hipper than thou" syndrome? Folks suffering from this disease are (literally) too cool for school. They regard Pitchfork.com as the only reputable music resource, claim Grizzly Bear is "so 2008," and wouldn't be caught dead grooving out to Lady Gaga ... More  →
Playlist: Guilty Pleasures Vol. 1

Band of the Week: The Futureheads

By Jonathan_FlaxSeptember 11, 2009
We picked The Futureheads for this installment of "Band of the Week" for three reasons. 1. They were suggested by Sparkler radically_rachel. We tend to trust Sparkler music suggestions in general—but when we saw that radically_rachel's listed Sondre Lerche as her favorite band in her SparkNotes ... More  →
Band of the Week: The Futureheads

Songs to Make You Feel Upbeat about Another School Year

By Jonathan_FlaxSeptember 2, 2009
Even for students who count down the hours to the new school year with giddy anticipation (you know who you are), September can still be a bit of a bummer. The days get shorter, your freedom gets curtailed, and you begin to reacquaint yourself with ... More  →
Songs to Make You Feel Upbeat about Another School Year

Say Goodbye to Summer (with the Beatles)

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 31, 2009
The Beatles were officially together less than ten years, yet as the new "The Beatles: Rock Band" game makes clear, they reinvented themselves time and again. And we're not just talking haircuts. Charting a bold and innovative course through pop music, the fab four were ... More  →
Say Goodbye to Summer (with the Beatles)

Band of the Week: The Drums

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 28, 2009
The Drums are quite new—they played their first show in May of this year—and already the Brooklyn foursome is hyped to the heavens. New York's "coolest" borough sure does seem to produce these press darlings monthly, and 11 times out of 12 it's much ado ... More  →
Band of the Week: The Drums

Rock Band: The Beatles

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 24, 2009
The release on 09/09/09 of the new “Rock Band: The Beatles” is, well, the music event of the year. As John Lennon might say, the game might be bigger than Jesus. That is, it'll be huge for at least for two groups: those who thrill ... More  →
Rock Band: The Beatles

Band of the Week: The Jacob Jeffries Band

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 18, 2009
Sparkler camipop suggested this week's highlighted artist: The Jacob Jeffries Band. The South Florida foursome—fronted by young Jacob, a powerpop pianist raised on The Beatles and Queen—has been gaining a steady audience over the last couple of years, with recent high-profile gigs at South by ... More  →
Band of the Week: The Jacob Jeffries Band

Best Music Blogs (That Aren't SparkLife)

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 12, 2009
The worldwide music web is loaded with intelligent blogs that feature insightful commentary and large, engaged communities. (Yes, including SparkLife! In fact, in the category of audience participation, we think we stack up pretty well against any URL on the internet. You guys are never ... More  →
Best Music Blogs (That Aren't SparkLife)

Post-Rock Playlist (Words Not Included)

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 10, 2009
Great instrumental tracks are a must for your music collection. Why? Because rich, epic, cinematic-sounding songs can serve multiple purposes. They can help you get to sleep. They can provide an unobtrusive background for your study (or makeout) session. They can help with creative endeavors ... More  →
Post-Rock Playlist (Words Not Included)