Throwback Thursday: Radiohead Releases  “Creep”

Throwback Thursday: Radiohead Releases “Creep”

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On this day in 1992, Radiohead released their debut single, “Creep,” written by the band’s lead singer, Thom Yorke, while he attended University in the late 1980’s. Radiohead performed the song for their producers during rehearsals for their first album, “Pablo Honey.” After a successful single take recording, their producers decided to make “Creep” the band’s debut single. “Creep” met little success in the UK and the US, receiving very little airtime on the radio because many DJs found the song “too depressing.” The single initially sold only 6,000 copies. It wasn’t until the release of “Pablo Honey” in February 1993 that “Creep” became a worldwide hit and eventually, one of Radiohead’s best known songs.

Music Review: Lana Del Rey, “Lust for Life”

Music Review: Lana Del Rey, “Lust for Life”

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The master of melancholy, Lana Del Rey, is back with “Lust for Life,” her fifth studio album. Since Del Rey exploded onto the music scene in 2011 with her viral music video for “Video Games,” she has captivated our imaginations – an enigma wrapped in the American flag, old Hollywood glamour, and clinical depression. With “Lust for Life,” Del Rey continues her legacy, filled with the cinematic stylization and vintage pop culture allusions her fans have grown to love (and expect) from her music. The album is beautifully composed, lending her luscious, romantic vocals to hip hop beats, protest songs, and youthful anthems alike. Opener and lead single, “Love,” is as dreamy as it is empowering; while “In My Feelings,” is as cool as Del Rey herself. Joining her on the album’s title track is The Weeknd, while on “Beautiful People Beautiful Problems” Del Rey looks at the world from above with Stevie Nicks. Overall, “Lust for Life” is as heartbreaking of an album as it is hopeful – a statement piece for an artist so intricately associated with images of Americana during our current national crisis of identity.

Throwback Thursday: Amy Winehouse is born

Throwback Thursday: Amy Winehouse is born

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On this day in 1983, award winning British singer and songwriter, Amy Winehouse, was born in Southgate, London. Winehouse was best known for for mixing soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues styles in her music, as well as her unique, raspy vocals and her “delinquent” persona accompanied by a retro, beehive hairdo. She began pursuing music at an early age, thanks to her musically inclined extended family, and attended various performing arts schools in London throughout her adolescence. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank (2003), was a success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her sophomore album, Back to Black (2006), resulted in five Grammy Awards in 2008, as well as the Brit Award for Best Female Artist. Winehouse tragically died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27, but her music, image, and influence remain strong to this day.

Music Review: Coldplay, “Kaleidoscope EP”

Music Review: Coldplay, “Kaleidoscope EP”

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Coldplay has released a companion EP to their 2015 album, “A Head Full of Dreams.” On the five-track EP dubbed, “Kaleidoscope,” Chris Martin and crew deliver new songs, as well as a live version of their popular Chainsmokers EDM collaboration, “Something Just Like This,” recorded during the Tokyo leg of their massive world tour. Opener “All I Can Think About Is You” is an excellent track for any true Coldplay fan to enjoy, starting off somber and mellow, then, after a piano riff-turn, bursts open with guitar and orchestral accompaniment, as many classic Coldplay hits do. “Miracles (Someone Special) ft. Big Sean” is also another great jam for Coldplay fans with a sweet message. In “ALIENS,” Martin tackles the European migrant crisis; while closer “Hypnotised – EP Mix” reminds us, once again, why a recent study found that Coldplay is the “most sleep-inducing band.”

 

Throwback Thursday: Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut

Throwback Thursday: Led Zeppelin Make Their Live Debut

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On this day in 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham made their live debut as Led Zeppelin at a Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark. However, at the time, they were billed as the New Yardbirds because Jimmy Page’s old group, Yardbirds, who were supposed to embark on a Scandinavian tour together, broke up. Wanting to fulfill his commitments, Page assembled a new version of the band to play at the already-booked gigs. Upon completing the tour, the newly-formed band began recording their first album and changed their name to Led Zeppelin (thanks to a cease and desist letter by a former Yardbirds member.) The rest is history!