Updated January 2018. Icons who had a significant impact shaping modern music are among the musicians who died in 2017. Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Gregg Allman, and Glen Campbell are among the artists we pay tribute to in this post. Read More.
Deliberate isolation helped Cage The Elephant find its voice. Maybe you can try the same to strip away your influences and find your voice as a musician. Read More.
Disturbed’s cover version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” is exemplary in many ways – from its intention to pay homage to its power to stand on its own. Read More.
We mark the end of Black History month remembering The Funk Brothers – the astounding musicians who made the Motown record label what it was: a hit-making machine, and the highest-earning African-American business for many years. Read More.
From his earliest work to his successful career as a solo artist and collaborator, the simplicity of George Harrison’s songwriting belies the brilliance of one of popular music’s great artists. Read More.
Mozart not only had a new release, he technically has the biggest selling CD of 2016. We look at 12 notable posthumous record releases of original material. Read More.
We highlight Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Robyn Hitchcock, three artists who created their own song worlds in the framework of their music over the course of multiple albums and years. Read More.
Part 3 of our series profiling rock trios adds a little more variety and brings our total to 30 all-time great threesomes. Read More.
In the second of our three-part series, we include a few obvious choices from the rock trio catalog, listed in the order of their formation, plus a few that stray from the mainstream. Have fun reliving memories and finding new musicians to enjoy, three at a time. Read More.
Whether through punk rock deconstruction or progressive rock theatrics, rock trios have a special place in the tapestry of popular music, and we pay tribute to 13 pioneering three-piece bands. Read More.
Paul McCartney’s bass playing genius never wavered, but his choices as a bass player post-Beatles show his focus is more on the song and serving the melody. Read More.
David Bowie had a genius that set him apart, but his musical and artistic career provides a bounty of lessons we can all learn from and apply to our creation of art and music – and to our everyday lives. Read More.
Active listening will serve you well in live situations, recording sessions, and even in your interpersonal relationships. Active listening is specifically making listening the primary activity and doing nothing else. Don’t clean, don’t drive, don’t carry on a conversation. Just listen. Read More.
Paul McCartney’s bass lines became an integral part of the Beatles’ evolution from world beating pop band to musical pioneers. We identify just what Paul did to make his parts stand out from what other bassists were doing at the time. Read more.
2016 will go down in history for many reasons, not the least of which is the toll it took on popular music. With icons like Prince, David Bowie, George Martin, and a host of others, we pay tribute and remember 25 musicians who died in 2016. Read more.