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Alternative Rock Revisited: Late 80's, Early 90's

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Title: "Pig's In Zen" Artist: Jane's Addiction Album: Nothing's Shocking Year of Release: 1988 Hits: "Jane Says", "Mountain Song"  "Pig's In Zen" graces Nothing's Shocking with arguably the best, yet often overlooked guitar solo on the album.                  Title: "Get Up" Artist: R.E.M. Album: Green Year of Release: 1988 Hits: "Orange Crush"  Sticking with the political message of Green, "Get Up" is the band's get woke manifesto.                Title: "Palace of the Brine" Artist: Pixies Album: Trompe le Monde Year of Release: 1991 Hits: "Alec Eiffel", "U-Mass",...

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Stuck On Repeat: New Soul

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It's easy to get caught in a cycle of listening to the same music for years. If you're stuck on repeat, this list is for you. Here's four variations of soul that'll give you a new playlist to get sick of.  Ravyn Lenae    The most well known artist on this list, Lenae hails from Chicago, and at only 20 years old has already released one album, two EPs, and toured nationally. Lenae's voice is buttery smooth, meshing seamlessly with the groovy, ethereal beats that back her up.  Where To Start: Check out "Blossom Dearie" and "Free Room" off of...

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Rock Revisited Round 2

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Title: “Torn and Frayed” Artist: The Rolling Stones Album: Exile On Main St. Release Date: 1972 Hits: “Tumbling Dice”, “Sweet Virginia”  The Rolling Stones were heavily influenced by the Blues, and this song is arguably one of their best re-incarnations of the genre.     Title: “Man in a Suitcase” Artist: The Police Album: Zenyatta Mondatta Release Date: 1980 Hits: “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”, “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” The Police are known for their ska inspired sound that shaped the 80s. This song is no exception. You can't help but dance to "Man in a...

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Rock Revisited

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There are some songs that will never get old. The songs everyone knows, the songs you can’t escape. These are the songs you hear at the grocery store or your favorite shop, that radio station you put on sometimes, records you grew up listening to. These songs have rich history. They’re what your grandparents sing absentmindedly. The sounds that would set the tone for the great music to come, and inspire generations. These songs change from person to person, as Sly and the Family Stone sing, “different strokes for different folks”. That being said, there are numerous classics. Take “Purple...

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Get Shellacked!

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We all know and love vinyl… the sleek sheen of a new record, its durability, its great sound quality. But what came before? Were records always this way? Welcome to the world of shellac. Not only does shellac mean to get beat or defeated real bad, it’s also a type of record! Shellac records have been around since the mid to late 19th century, before vinyl came around. Most shellac records are 78 rpm. These records were usually made of brittle plastics, then coated with shellac. Shellac, in its purest form is the secretion of female lac bugs. Lac bugs...

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