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Five albums into their punk project dubbed The Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac broke through. “Name” was their first big hit, and left some fans complaining that they had gone too mainstream. One fan even sent Rzeznik a letter in 1998 that started “Dear F-----,” which, he told Guitar World, was not the first time he’d been called such an awful name.
This decade, Wilco’s frontman and songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, has released five albums with the band he started 25 years ago, taken time for solo projects and an album with his son, guest starred on Parks and Rec (in the fictional band Land Ho) and written a memoir released last November. And after all that, Tweedy and company released their 12th studio album, Ode to Joy, last month, his most essential work this decade.
Kanye West's latest album, Jesus Is King, was released last Friday to the tamest reception of any Kanye solo album to date. There have been fewer headlines, fewer conversations among casual rap fans and fewer tweets. People are finally taking Kanye less seriously, even as he turns his music toward the power of salvation.
"Remembering the Rockets" starts in the middle of a familiar cycle. “The cars come by your house / It’s Friday night again,” and just like that and with a denser wall of guitars than Strange Ranger has known before, they’ve baked “Leona” in a nostalgic haze.
Oso Oso’s one-man-show Jade Lilitri is singing about himself this time around.
Taylor Swift is having fun again on "Lover," and in a way that feels much more natural than "Reputation."
University of Richmond already has one rock star alumnus, Lumineers singer Wesley Schultz, but She's a Legend's Alex McDilda, Richmond College '14, and Camden Cantwell, RC '13, may not be far behind. The band's first album, "Flight Patterns and Fistfights," came out last month, and is available on iTunes, Spotify and the band's website.
While spending six months in a foreign country without the radio blasting out the latest pop hits and Bruno Mars-driven rap songs, I had to start listening to the local music to get some fresh songs to ride the tube with. Because I was in England, I already knew a fair amount of bands such as Coldplay and Mumford and Sons from their breakout hits in America. It was the tips from my flatmates that allowed me to bring back my iPod filled with new songs and artists who I had never heard of, and who are frankly better than most of the stuff that goes mainstream here. I listen to every type of music, but I am going to go ahead and throw out a few artists and songs that you may never have heard of, in hopes of getting some new fans for the bands.
A lively Cellar crowd laughs as Wade Downey explains his opening song was written for his two-year-old son, Finn, and the eventual break-ups he'll go through later in life.
Turn up your speakers to blare Mute Math's "Typical" and you'll get anything but that.
Mardi Gras may be over but the celebration of New Orleans is still alive on campus.
I want to state from the beginning that I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. Why should one day during the year symbolize your feelings for your significant other? That aside, when a friend of mine approached me in January about going to see New Found Glory, Saves The Day and Hellogoodbye at The National on Valentine's Day, I said yes, knowing that I would probably still be single at that point. While people saw their fair share of roses and chocolate on Sunday night, my visuals were filled with skinny jeans and lip rings. Such is the garb of the emo subculture.
The Disco Biscuits, who will be playing in Richmond, Va., at The National on Oct. 1, will be releasing eight songs this fall from their new album "Planet Anthem," which drops January 2010.
I was first introduced to the GS Boyz single "Booty Dew" last weekend, and have been alarmingly uninterested in any other music since. I wondered to myself how a song with a name like "Booty Dew" had not shot to fame in a matter of Booty Dew days. So I took it upon myself to share the musical gold that is the GS Boyz new single -- the ambitious follow-up to their debut track delicately titled "Stanky Legg" -- with the world.
Friday night, more people collectively yelled "Spiders" for Guster's Ryan Miller than at any basketball game I've been to. It was truly impressive.
The Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival will return to Richmond for its eighth year this weekend.
By Curtis Rogers
No member of The Black Crowes shaved before the band's show in downtown Richmond on Tuesday at the National.
It's hard for our millennial minds to grasp the level of social upheaval at the end of the 1960s. America lost its greatest civil rights leader and one of its most promising politicians, students were beaten and killed on college campuses for protesting a war, and between 1967 and 1971, 47,413 service members were killed in Vietnam.
The sound of "Original Copy," the ninth CD by the Octaves, is smooth and clean. There is nothing scratchy or raw about the album. The group is polished, but not to the point where they sound inhuman.