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Let There Be Rock – The 35 Best Rock Songs of 2016

35 Best Rock Songs – 2016

best rock songs 2016

2016, we hardly knew ya. But we heard you loud and clear.

It certainly seems like this year went by faster than ever. It was pretty rough on music too, as we lost way too many musical icons. Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen … just to name a few.

But it was an interesting year for new music.

The pop world is currently dominated by a few talented artists, and a lot of fluff. But hasn’t that always been the case?

There may not be a whole bunch of new rock n’ roll superstars on the scene, but rich and diverse rock music keeps coming out. Between YouTube and iTunes and some great music streaming services, it’s never been easier for musicians to get their music out there. Though it’s not always so easy for it to be heard through the whirlwind of distractions at our disposal.

I listened to songs from all kinds of musical styles & genres in search of quality, and compiled a list of the 35 Best Rock Songs of 2016.

There’s some great stuff here, and it’s time to shine a spotlight on the musicians who rocked 2016 the most.  (more…)

who was the 5th beatle

Who Was the 5th Beatle?

fab fourYou may have heard something by now about this little rock group from Liverpool, England called The Beatles. Apparently they caused quite a stir.

The band members are often referred to as the Fab Four: John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Seems like the whole world has been on a first-name basis with these 4 moptops since the sixties, and they were all essential members of the band in terms of both musicality and personality.

But over the years, there’s been an ongoing discussion among many Beatles fans, as to who should be known as the 5th Beatle. (more…)

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11 Amazing Facts About the Monkees

monkees factsThe Monkees TV show debuted on NBC the evening of September 12, 1966. It’s now 50 years later, and the Monkees are as popular as ever.

The 4 band members shared a chemistry together that simply cannot be replicated, and they’ve re-grouped in various formations over the years for tours, albums, and other assorted projects.

Sadly, Davy Jones passed away in 2012, but Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are still going strong. (more…)

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Acoustic & Electric Buyers Guide

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

best beginner guitarSo you’re thinking of buying a guitar.

And you’re looking for information on how to choose the best beginner guitar.

Maybe you’re thinking about finally learning how to play. Or planning to get back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for somebody else, a kid, a significant other, a friend or relative. Or looking at recommendations for a good entry-level acoustic or electric.

Whatever your reason, congrats on a great decision! Music is one thing we can all use more of in our lives.

But there’s so much information out there to sort through, it can get overwhelming.

Don’t worry – we’ll figure this out together.

In this article, you’ll learn about the key factors to consider when narrowing down your options. And I’ll make a few suggestions on what I believe are top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar. (more…)

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Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review: FG800 and 800 Series – Domo Arigato

Yamaha FG800 & 800 Series: Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review

yamaha fg800 reviewWould you like to hear about a great acoustic guitar at a value price?

In this Yamaha FG800 review, you’ll learn about the sound, tone and build of this quality Yamaha acoustic guitar. I’ll also provide full details about the new 800 Series and the changes Yamaha made to upgrade their acoustic guitar sound.

The Yamaha 800 Series was introduced in early 2016 to replace their popular 700 Series acoustic guitars.

And the Yamaha FG800 is the direct replacement for the top-selling Yamaha FG700s, with a similar look, feel, sound and build.

However, some interesting upgrades were made.

They revamped the design of their acoustic guitar tops, adding scalloped bracing to increase vibration for enhanced sound quality and volume, particularly in the low and mid-range.

The end result is a group of high-quality acoustic (and acoustic-electric) guitars with better sound at a similar price. (more…)

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Jasmine s35 Acoustic Guitar Review – It’s All About the Benjamins

Jasmine s35 Review

jasmine s35 reviewSometimes you just want a guitar that doesn’t suck.

In this Jasmine s35 review, you’ll learn about a budget acoustic guitar that sounds surprisingly good considering its low cost.

It’s a full size acoustic dreadnought originally designed by the Japanese guitar manufacturer Takamine. It’s light, attractive, and easy to play.

The s35 has a rich, bold tone, balanced sound, and plays pretty loud.

And I think it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ll also take a look at the Jasmine s34c, a similar guitar with a grand-orchestra style body and cutaway.

There are better guitars out there, but if you’re looking for a good acoustic guitar at a ridiculously low price, the S35 deserves to be on your radar.

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ESP KH-2 Review: Ride the Lightning

ESP KH-2 Review

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For whom the guitar tolls?

The ESP KH-2 electric guitar is part of the ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series, and was created based on specifications requested by Kirk, long-time lead guitar player for thrash-metal pioneers Metallica.

Hammett has played ESP guitars for years, and is probably their most well-known fanboy.

It’s a premium guitar model crafted in Japan, and based on the original ESP m-ii design. Modifications include the sleek black design, flatter fretboard radius, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays.

In this ESP KH-2 review, you’ll learn about the various options currently available, along with detailed information about its sound, tone, build and design.

In addition to the premium version, the KH-2 is also available in a limited edition Vintage model, and ESP has offered custom Nosferatu and White Zombie (film) designs in the past. (more…)

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Butch Walker – Artist Spotlight

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We’re excited to debut a new feature called the Artist Spotlight. The goal is to shine a light on some artists we feel are worth your time to get to know a little better.

And we’re going to kick things off with the criminally underrated Butch Walker.

Every now and then you encounter an artist, and wonder why they aren’t way more popular. And Butch Walker is at the top of our list, though he has certainly forged out a solid career.

But even if you’re reading this article thinking, who the hell is Butch Walker, odds are you’ve heard a song that he’s had a hand in writing, recording or producing, somewhere along the line. (more…)

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G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar Review – Versatile Tone Monster

G&L Tribute Fallout Review

g&l tribute fallout electric guitarThe G&L Tribute Fallout is a seriously cool electric guitar.

It’s got a versatile sound and loads of character. It’s also light and comfortable, with a surprisingly sophisticated range of tones and textures due to its dual pickups and smart design.

It’s a modern version of G&L’s 1980s-era SC-2 guitar, designed by Leo Fender. It shares the same slim and contoured body shape and overall concept, though the design has been tweaked slightly to adhere to modern standards.

The G&L Fallout guitar is simply fun to play, providing a slightly thicker sound and harder edge than the SC-2. (more…)