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The Best Metal Guitarists

Musical fads will come and go, but metal is forever. Since the first heavy metal bands surfaced at the end of the 60s, it has been the mission of every metal band to be bigger, heavier and more metal than ...
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All the 2022 Grammy Winners

If there's one thing the 2022 Grammys will be remembered for, it would be the year women took center stage at the event. It was a great year for female artists, who were recognized for contributions across multiple categories. We ...
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Music Critic Interviews | Big Rude Jake

Big Rude Jake 12.22.98 by: bill aicher & big rude jake Big Rude Jake's debut album came out on Tuesday, February 23, 1999 on Roadrunner Records. It is one of the most innovative "swing" albums released in this recent swing ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Nelly Hot In Herre Nellyville

Nelly Hot In Herre from the album: Nellyville released: 07.25.02 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk Ahhh Nelly... a man who's music is truly horrible, yet somehow remains stuck in our heads for days after we ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Tweet Oops…Oh My Southern Hummingbird

Tweet Oops...Oh My from: Southern Hummingbird released: 04.02.02 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk Ahhh... songs about masturbation.... There really aren't enough of them, are there? Sure, Semisonic had that "Get a Grip" song, and there's ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Let Me Blow Ya Mind by Eve featuring Gwen Stefani

break/doWn by: matt halverson Music watchdogs on Capitol Hill - Sen. Joe Lieberman among them - continually complain that hip-hop and rap albums are sending negative messages of violence and misogyny to America's youth. If that's the case, young kids ...
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Music Critic Pop | Madonna American Life

Madonna American Life label:Maverick/Warner Bros. released: 04.22.03 our score: 1.5 out of 5.0 Disaster Piece by: bill aicher The release of every Madonna album, especially every album in the past five years or so, is a tremendous event. There's no ...
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Music Critic Articles | The Almost Top Ten Albums 2003

The Almost Top Ten Albums 2003 ...who didn't make the cut by: bill aicher As we've been preparing to wow the world with our picks for the top ten albums released in 2003, we realized there are quite a bit ...
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Music Critic Pop | Elvis Costello The Delivery Man

Elvis Costello  The Delivery Man label: Lost Highway released: 09.21.04 our score: 2.5 out of 5.0: Missed Delivery  by: michael abernethy There comes a point in an artist's career - usually after 10 years or so - when every new album ...
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Music Critic Pop | Madonna Music

Madonna Music label: Maverick released: 06.19.00 our score: 3.5 out of 5.0  Do You Like to Boogie Woogie? by: kriste matrisch As an avid fan of Madonna's music, I (of course) had to get my own copy of her latest with ...
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Music Critic Pop | Madonna Confessions On A Dancefloor

Madonna  Confessions On A Dancefloor  Maverick  November 14, 2005  our score: 5 out of 5.0  Confessions On A Dancefloor  by: Maria Grella Warning: Confessions On A Dancefloor may cause one to submit themselves to dance, while experiencing pure listening pleasure ...
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Music Critic Rock | Korn Follow the Leader

Korn - Follow the Leader  Tell Me Who's Hot, Who's Not by: bill aicher Well kids, the time has come.  The time has come for an overall quality release from Korn.  It is about time after their last two releases.  ...
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Music Critic Articles | Madonna American Pie

Madonna - American Pie  by: peter naldrett It's been played so many times on so many different radio stations that it seems crazy how Madonna's cover version of "American Pie" only went on sale on February 28th here in the ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Eminem Without Me

Eminem Without Me from the album: The Eminem Show released: 05.26.02 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk Eminem has long been the reigning king of naughtiness - ever since the release of The Slim Shady LP, ...
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The Music Superstars Driving Enormous Sales

Over the last decade, the music industry has become more top-heavy than ever, with a short list of mega-stars dominating the international concert tour business. You may have already guessed; big name acts such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift are ...
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2019 Grammy Award Winners

If you missed the 2022 Grammy Awards ceremony on TV, then you really missed out. To make up for it, we’ll do our best to capture the atmosphere of the awards show. There were lots of red carpet fails, (look ...
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How to Become a Music Critic

You don't need to be a musical genius to become a Music Critic, but a passion for music and in-depth knowledge of music artistry is essential. The media landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade, and it is now ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule I'm Real (Remix)

Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule I'm Real (Remix) from the album: J. Lo break/doWn by: matt halverson Everybody's talking about the love life of J-Lo (that's Jennifer Lopez for those of you who have neither turned on the T.V., gone ...
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Music Critic Rock | Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus label: Virgin released: 09.29.04 our score: 4.5 out of 5.0 Luck Number 13 by: peter naldrett Moody and temperamental at best, the music of Nick Cave has been up ...
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Music Critic Electronica | Fatboy Slim Palookaville

Fatboy Slim Palookaville label: Astralwerks released: 10.05.04 our score: 3.0 out of 5.0 Where's the Beef? by: peter naldrett Oddly, the latest Fatboy Slim press release emailed to my computer had nothing to do with his new CD release. Instead ...
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Music Critic Articles | The True Sprituality of Music

The True Sprituality of Music or: How The Flaming Lips Are Going to Save The World Someday Dante 08.12.02 It's a simple truth of our being that each and every one of us has a deep-seated yearning to save our ...
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Music Critic Urban | Kevin Lyttle Eponymous

Kevin Lyttle label: Atlantic released: 07.27.04 our score: 2.5 out of 5.0   Good Things Come In Lyttle Packages by: john f. reed While Kevin Lyttle is on the same label (Atlantic) and Sean Paul and there is a bit ...
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Music Critic Pop | Various Artists Totally Hits Volume 2

Various Artists  Totally Hits Volume 2 label: rhino records released: 10.05.04 our score: 2.5 out of 5.0 Playing Catch Up to that "Other" Hits Collection by: john f. reed The Totally Hits collections are usually a great book-end companion to ...
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Music Critic Articles | Muse Time is Running Out

Muse "Time is Running Out " from the album: Absolution label: Warner Bros. album release: 03.30.04 Since their debut album, Showbiz, Muse have been a bit of a misunderstood band here in the United States. Pigeonholed as a Radiohead-wannabe band, ...
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Music Critic Electronica | The Crystal Method Vegas

The Crystal Method  Vegas label: outpost recordings released: 08.26.97 our score: 5.0 out of 5.0   Ready to Trip? by: tom reiter Since The Crystal Method hit the scene, they have been involved and featured in numerous other ventures.  Songs ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Magic Stick Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent

Magic Stick  Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent from the album: La Bella Mafia released: 03.04.03 break/doWn translating the hits for the masses by: the munk The unbelievable success of songs like 50 Cent's "In Da Club" and Lil' Kim's "Magic ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Britney Spears Slave 4 U

Britney Spears Slave 4 U break/doWn by: matt halverson Bubble gum pop may be on its way out (much to the dismay of 13-year-olds and to the delight of the rest of the population), but the teen queen herself, Britney ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Naughty By Nature O.P.P.

Naughty By Nature O.P.P. from the album: Naughty By Nature released: September 3, 1991   break/doWn: the classics takin' it on back with an old skool track by: matt halverson Are you like us? Do you think today's hip-hop is ...
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Music Critic Interviews | Common

Music Critic Interview: Common by: bill aicher We recently were lucky enough to talk to Common, hot off the release of his latest album Electric Circus and currently on tour with Talib Kweli and Gang Starr to find out just ...
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Music Critic Interviews | Sittin' Down With Slug

Sittin' Down With Slug by: carmela wiese We recently were lucky enough to talk to Slug, the frontman of Minneapolis Hip-Hop group, Atmosphere to find out what it's like to be at the start of what may just be something ...
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Music Critic break/doWn | Jay Z Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Jay Z  Izzo (H.O.V.A.) from the album: The Blueprint   break/doWn by: matt halverson Music watchdogs on Capitol Hill - Sen. Joe Lieberman among them - continually complain that hip-hop and rap albums are sending negative messages of violence and ...
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Music Critic Articles | Top Ten Albums 2003

Top Ten Albums 2003 ninja jihad by: bill aicher So 2003 has come to a close and 2004 is underway... it's about time we take a look back and see what albums rocked our socks off this last year in ...
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Music Critic Articles | Top Ten Albums 2001

Top Ten Albums 2001 the music that freed our souls by: bill aicher So, 2001 has ended and the question on many peoples' mind is: Was there any good music this year? Well indeed there was, and (now in ...
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Music Critic Articles | Top Ten Albums 2000

Top Ten Albums 2000 INVASIONS FROM OVERSEAS by: bill aicher 2000 may have seemed like a bit of a wasted year in music. At least that is what it appeared to be at first glance. After looking over what came ...
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How to Promote Your Music

When you are passionate about making music, it’s only normal to want to share it -and if you can make some money off it in the process, so much the better. Getting music out there has always been a major ...
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Introduction to Music Publishing

Publishers have a vital role in the music industry, from scouting and developing new talent, protecting the owner's rights, exploiting it commercially to getting music out there to the public What is Music Publishing? Music publishing is the process of ...
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What is a Music Producer – And how to become one

Being a producer is much more than putting tracks together and touching them up - a good music producer is involved in entire process. What is a Music Producer? A music producer is responsible for coordinating the sound recording and ...
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What is Dithering?

Dithering is a term that record producers will instantly recognize. Applying dither to a digital audio file is often an important process that you need to do so that the quality of the music file can reach its full potential ...
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Why Your Headset Mic is Not Working

There's nothing worse than trying to chat with fellow gamers while playing on your PC or Xbox, and no one can hear you because your microphone isn't working. It's just as frustrating when you're chatting with friends or loved ones ...
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How to Pair Beats Headphones

If you've just unboxed your first pair of wireless Beats headphones, then it's an exciting time. You've got some excellent audio quality to look forward to when listening to your favorite tunes or acquainting yourself with some new artists. Beats ...
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How Long Do Airpods Case Take To Charge

Nowadays, there's no need to plug the lightning cable into your AirPods to power them, as Apple has released an AirPods charger case so that you can easily and efficiently charge your AirPods wirelessly. It's an excellent piece of technology, ...
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What is a DSP?

A digital signal processor, or a DSP as it's more commonly known, is an important element of much of modern audio equipment. You've likely used a product – or even use one regularly – that includes a digital signal processor ...
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How to Wear Headphones with Glasses

Figuring out how to wear headphones with glasses can be a literal pain. You may have tried a variety of things in the past to alleviate the pain that comes with wearing your headphones while wearing glasses. On-ear headphones cause ...
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The Best Way to Clean Earbuds

Whilst you walk along the street listening to all your best music, have you ever thought maybe I should clean my headphones or earbuds? Well, if not, it is something you should consider doing to freshen them up and rid ...
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How to Use a Headset Mic on a PC

Can You Use a Microphone Headset on A PC Computer? The great news is, yes you can use a microphone headset on a PC desktop computer. Headphones can be used on any PC whether it be Windows or another platform ...
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How to Clean Your Headphones: A Complete Guide

Learning how to clean your headphones is essential, especially when you use them daily. It's healthier for your ears to wear headphones that are cleaned regularly. Microbes are known for building up on your earbuds, which can cause a lot ...
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How To Change Your Voice with Audio Equipment

If you've never recorded your voice before, it can be an easy mistake to think that all you need to do is to hit record and start speaking into a microphone. After all, the in-built microphones on so many computers ...
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What is Treble? Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to music, you'll often read about treble, as well as bass and middle, but do you know what treble actually is? We're going to find out exactly what treble is, as well as what bass and middle ...
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Why Your Mic is Not Working on Discord

Discord is a great place for chatting with like-minded people or for chatting with fellow gamers. Usually, Discord works like a dream, with people rarely running into issues. There is, however, one problem that quite a few Discord users have ...
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Reasons Why Your Headset Microphone Doesn’t Always Work

Headsets containing a microphone are great for many reasons, such as allowing efficient communication when used in an office environment, or like any offices that require workers to speak with customers and clients. It's also great for gamers who like ...
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How to Pair Sony Headphones

If you have just brought a brand new pair of Sony Bluetooth headphones, then you'll need to activate pairing mode to connect the Sony Bluetooth headphones with your chosen device. Your Sony Bluetooth headphones will work with many different Bluetooth ...
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Why is my Mic so quiet?

Perhaps you've recorded your voice on your computer and noticed that something was wrong when you played it back. Or maybe you're a gamer who has been constantly told by your fellow gamers to speak louder. Or you could have ...
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How to Increase Mic Volume

Microphones are used for diverse reasons these days. You may have a gaming headset and use your mic to communicate with your teammates or opposing players. The in-built microphone in your computer could be used for voice or video calls ...
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How to Connect Beats to Laptop

If you've recently bought some new Beats headphones, then congratulations are due. Why? Because you've spent your money wisely. Beats by Dr. Dre is one of the most highly regarded manufacturers of headphones. That's because Beats headphones deliver exceptional sound ...
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What Is Sonos? Here is Everything You Should Know

We're going to answer all the important questions about Sonos so that by the end of this article, you'll have a clear overview of Sonos, how it works, and what options you have to set up a Sonos system inside ...
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How You Can Make Your Mic Louder

Issues with your microphone volume can make voice and video calls sound awful, and it can also make recording your voice a problem, too. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for low microphone volume, and we're going to have a ...
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How to Record with Streamlabs OBS

Streamlabs OBS is a fantastic piece of software that can help you stream or record yourself. The proper name for this form of software is Open Broadcaster Software Streamlabs. We're going to have a look at the basics of how ...
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