Much has been said about digital music formats, the pros and cons of various types of audio, from Lossless to MP3, and from AAC to OGG Vorbis, have all been detailed ad nauseam. This is not going to be an article about the best audio format. This is going to be the story of a journey to musical freedom, and how I learned that sometimes, what you don't hear is just as important as what you do.
My first foray into digital music began in 1995, in the form of downloading MIDI renditions of "Enter Sandman" and "Smells Like Teen
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J Frazzetta March 5th, 2015 | Artist Review, Featured Artist
At some point in a band’s career they achieve a certain amount of success that can afford them a chance to branch out a bit from their usual routine. By 2008 The Black Keys were building a steady following in the land of clubs and college radio and needed a way to branch out, since most of the material wasn’t getting mainstream attention. So what did they do? Well, Avid Reader, they did the same thing a lot of
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- The Game:Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf
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Louise May 10th, 2015 | Album Review
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are an indie rock band from New York, comprised of lead singer and pianist Karen O, guitarist and keyboard player Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. Formed in 2000, the group has now released a total of four studio albums. Their debut, Fever to Tell, was released in 2003, followed by Show Your Bones in 2006, Its Blitz!, in 2009, and now Mosquito, which was recently released on April 15. In an interview, Karen O described the album as their "soul record," also noting that it was quite playful and tongue-in-cheek at times. The interview is available as part of
J Frazzetta May 9th, 2015 | Album Review
I try to review new albums as close to their release date as possible; I’ve been slacking a little as of late and this one has not helped me at all. My queue was all set, Avid Reader, since I have a few albums from March that haven’t been touched, but for some reason the new Flaming Lips has been on repeat and I would much rather tell you about this one than any of the others that are waiting around.
Not many bands can express real emotion the way the Lips can. Their use of sound, harmony, texture and