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5 Biggest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

If you’ve ever been to Cleveland, you’ve been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you’ve ever been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you can probably see why the Sex Pistols called it a “piss stain.” It’s just a big retirement home for a classic rock circlejerk so a bunch of old geezers who have nothing better to do but determine whether they’re Beatles or Stones people or whether Peart or Bonham is the better drummer. Nothing reflects the rebellious, stick-it-to-the-man attitude of rock music like an expensive museum that is exclusive to a select few artists per year, right? The people that run this anti-establishment establishment might overthinking the art of music a little bit, don’t you think? Yes, we see the irony in the list that we’re about to unveil, but who doesn’t love a good opportunity for a scathing listicle that ridicules The Man? Here are 5 artists that are apparently aren’t as good as Hall & Oates and ABBA…not that we care or anything.

5. T. Rex – 21 Years Eligible, 0 Years Nominated
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It seems that any discussion on rock music, T. Rex is always overlooked. Marc Bolan and company transcended folk, invented glam, and influenced generations of musicians, from David Bowie, The Ramones, The Smiths, REM, to The Black Keys.
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Album Spotlight: These New Puritans – Field of Reeds

Experimentation within popular music leads artists to seek influence from all manner of diverse musical forms with classical music in particular being one of pop’s primary flirtations. Embellishment of neoclassicism in particular has led to successful artistic endeavors such as Talk Talk’s beautifully realized 1998 classic ‘Spirit Of Eden’ yet during the 00’s it became cliché for the large wave of indie guitar bands to include string sections on there indulgent sophomore LPs.

However an interesting proposition comes in the form of a band who began as a 00s indie guitar band yet over the course of three albums transitioned into being essentially an entirely neo-classical ensemble; ‘Field of Reeds’ is the third album from Southend-On-Sea trio ‘These New Puritans’, who’s latest opus perfectly encapsulates the band’s staggering ambition and boundless experimentation.
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Night Beats – Hidden Circle

You might think you need to get your eyes checked after watching the latest music video from Night Beats. Or maybe it was alllll just a dream? Regardless this video and track are pretty psychedelic. The aptly named, Reverberation Appreciation Society just put out their new album Sonic Bloom. Pick it up at your local record store today!

Sunny Dayz Playlist

The Sun wearing sunglasses?! That’s wacky! Who thinks of this stuff?

Now here’s something us Michiganders haven’t seen in a while: the Sun. With less than a month left of classes before summer, here are some tunes to blast as you throw on your shorts, sprint outside, and bathe in the sun. As the cool kids say – “Sun’s out, guns out”

Playlist by Alex Byers

Oneohtrix Point Never Concert Review

It had been a long time since I was last at a concert in Detroit and longer still since I had seen an electronic act in the area. For the most part, rap and metal were the two mainstays I’d see live in Metropolitan Detroit. So when I heard that experimental electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never was not only performing in the city but doing so in a venue I had never been to, it was almost too quick the way I grabbed up tickets.

It wasn’t that I was worried that they’d sell out. As much as I’d like more people to appreciate the cut up and sampled rhythms that Oneohtrix has made famous on his 9 records so far, his presence only stands tall in the oft ignored subgenre of ambient electronica. For me, I wanted the tickets as a souvenir for a night of many firsts. It was the first concert I would be seeing in the actual city of Detroit, my first Oneohtrix show, the first time seeing the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) used as a venue, and the first time I took a shot of Serbian vodka from a guy covered in face tattoos who kept shouting “I LOVE THIS JAM” when the intermission music came on between acts.
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Shannon and the Clams – Rat House

After you watch this video, you’ll know why it’s our Jam of the Day. The lyrics will be stuck in your brain for days, “I don’t wanna/ I don’t wanna/ DIE DIE DIE DIE.” The video was made by the band themselves and is perfectly weird. A gorilla playing the drums with fried chicken? Check. Skateboarders wearing strange costumes? Check. And just to add some extra sparkle, LOTS of glitter. Shannon and the Clams’ album, Dreams in the Rat House is out now on Hardly Art.

Top 5 WFIX Post Its

The studio for our training station, WFIX, has a huge wall of DJ created Post-It art that is famous around the station. Here are what we consider the best of the bunch.

5. No One Cares…
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Passive-Aggressive? Check. Hilarious? Check. Random pentagram? Check.
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Thee Oh Sees – Drop

If you’re wondering why we’ve been talking about Thee Oh Sees so much, you obviously haven’t been listening. They just released a spiraling new video for their song “Drop” off of their new record out April 19th on Castle Face. The video is animated like the last Oh Sees video for the song, “Penetrating Eye” but in a different style. You know when you get bored and start to doodle in class? Yeah, this video is just like that except the drawings come to life then hypnotize you.

10 Artists That You Could Have Been

Here are 10 artists that are so young and so successful that you will ask yourself “What have I been doing with my life?!”

1. Lorde – 17
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Lorde is probably one of the youngest ones on this list who at 17 would have been still in high school. If that doesn’t make you feel old, at the age of 13 she signed with the large label Universal. Not only is this 17 year old making hit records like Pure Heroine which she released in September 2013, but she’s also making waves by winning awards like Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, both of which she was awarded at the 56th Grammy Awards.
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New Music Monday

Here are some of the freshest tracks on the interwebs, courtesy of Assistant Music Director Stacey Karl.

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