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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…)

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Best Beginner Guitar – Acoustic & Electric Guitar Buyers Guide (2017)

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Buyers Guide (2017)

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 to get back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for someone else, a significant other, a kid, friend or relative. Or just looking for recommendations on a good entry-level acoustic or electric starter guitar.

Whatever your reason, congrats on making a great decision! Learning to play a musical instrument can be extremely rewarding.

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

In this article, I’ll suggest some top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar. And you’ll learn about the key factors to consider to narrow down your options.

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

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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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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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Rock Concerts 2016 – The Summer of Live

I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite

live music 2016I used to go to rock concerts all the time. But lately? Not so much, for a number of reasons.

Well, I recently took a look at the upcoming summer concert listings in my area, and was blown away by the number of interesting acts currently out on the road.

They say rock and roll is dead, but you wouldn’t know it based on the wide variety of options available to concert-goers in 2016. At least that’s what my wallet is saying. (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…)

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25 Weird, Awesome & Cool Guitars

awesome guitarsI think we can probably agree that all guitars are cool. So what we’re looking for here are weird, awesome, cool guitars that really strike a chord.

We compiled a list of 25 of the most interesting and unique guitars we could find, covering a wide range of styles and shapes.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go check ’em out! (more…)

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Everything You Need to Know About the Parlor Guitar

What is a Parlor Guitar?

best parlor guitarYou’ve probably heard the term before, but exactly what is a parlor guitar?

In this article, you’ll learn that they’re small guitars. And they’re cool. They can produce surprisingly high-quality sound. And there’s a lot more of ’em out there than you think.

You’ll also find a Buyer’s Guide section, where I take a look at 10 of the most interesting parlor guitars on the market today. (more…)

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