In 1988 the avant-garde black/thrash metal band Celtic Frost released "Cold Lake" - a bizarre attempt to jump on the glam-metal band wagon. The band probably wishes this one would stay forgotten!
Enjoy 15 of the best heavy rock bands from the nation which literally sparked the inspiration for 'Smoke on the Water'.
This is some of St. Paul's catchiest, most tightly produced work, mixing a music style that feels somewhat stuck in the past with modern recording techniques to create an album that is accessible and fun to listen to.
Siren is a cult 1980s heavy metal band from Florida. Their new release "Up From the Depths" is a 2-disc collection of vintage album cuts, demo & unreleased tracks and four new songs.
Beau Nasty was a "one and done" hair metal band whose lone album, 1989's DIRTY BUT WELL DRESSED is not only a decent listen, but a sought-after collectible too.
Learn about the famous bands that started in the bay area! This article includes details about bands from San Francisco, Oakland, El Cerrito, Palo Alto, etc.
The late '60s and early '70s witnessed a musical explosion, first in Britain, then in America. As a result, there were many talented bands that just couldn't nail down the big break.
US hip-hop artist Yo Gotti rounds up some famous friends, and a crop of new names for his latest mixtape, 'White Friday (CM9)'...
Woody Guthrie led an extraordinary life; beset by tragedy and success in equal measure, he inspired many with his crusade against the injustices of life and for the rights of all men and women.
Kick back and enjoy a country music experience as I introduce you to some talented musicians that entertain fans around the USA!
I don't know anyone who doesn't dream in their sleep or have dreams they want to achieve. Read about composers who have taken inspiration from dreams: Debussy, Liszt, Berlioz, Takemitsu, Ravel and Giles Farnaby.
Ever wonder the OneRepublic "Feel again" meaning? Well, you've come to the right place, where Click2Connect can break it all down for you. Enjoy!
The cornett, cornetto, or zink produces a lovely sound that often resembles the human voice. It has finger holes like a recorder and a mouthpiece like a trumpet. It's popular with early music fans.
KISS' 1998 album "Psycho Circus" was the first new studio album in almost twenty years by the reunited original band... but did it live up to the hype?
Who is the king of New York hip hop? I won’t get into anything pre-'90s, as my knowledge and comfortability on the subject don’t stretch that far, but I'll cover the golden age of hip hop, onwards.
Filipinos always express happiness, victory, sadness and mourning through songs, particularly the Kundiman. They did it then, they are doing it now, so the Kundiman will stay forever in our hearts.
Will Brueggemann is a composer, musician and podcaster with a wide-ranging interest in music of all types. He has a particular passion for video game music, both retro and modern, as well as an abiding love for film music. He's also one half of the Super Marcato Bros. video game music podcast along.
German elements like the sharp blackletter font and the runic umlaut dots were a popular source of visual branding among many seminal heavy metal and hard rock groups in the 1970s and 80s.
Nothing beats a vacation in the Caribbean, but if you can't afford a visit to the tropical islands, you might get by with a comfortable lawn chair, a boat drink, and a long listen to these songs.
Warrant sensed change in the air as the Grunge Decade began, so they tried to toughen up their sound with 1992's "Dog Eat Dog" album. Was the experiment successful?
Because when you’re listening to classic hits from the 1980s, naturally you want to know which one you most identify with.
I talk to musicians and video game composers Chalmers Croft and Tommy Norris about Box Monkey Studios, why they love video game music and their creative processes.
The Kinks issued this concept album in 1968 and, with good reason, it is one of Ray Davies's favorites. This album will take you to the magical world Ray created to find peace and harmony.
One of my passions is music, past and present. During the years as a middle school and high school teacher, my favorite topics would be about music history and rock music was very fun to teach.
Rigoletto is a popular opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. In this article I discuss the opera's history, plot, and leading characters. I also include some of its lovely music.
Folk music has a long history in American culture. Because America is so ethnically diverse, the musical landscape of America is also diverse.
A look at the life and career of Jani Lane, former lead singer of the '80s rock band Warrant, who passed away on August 11, 2011.
"Visions" is the debut album by Carriage, a Virginia-based traditional heavy metal band inspired by Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Savatage, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath.
"Infestation" was Ratt's first studio album since 1999 and their finest release since the glory days of the early 1980s. Unfortunately the reunion didn't last long.
Here lies my all-time favorite bands of the moment. I am constantly finding new bands to listen to, and can always post a new Hub when something good comes along!
If you think there's no good music today, you aren't looking hard enough. Here are a few musicians making music today that may even satisfy people spoiled by the great music they grew up with back in the late '60s.
Here are some of the best Italian Alternative Rock bands. Some bands are hard to categorise in any language. The Italian music scene is no different and many groups will produce quite unique music.
This article is all about one of the Beatles most covered songs 'Blackbird' Here are some of the best cover versions of it with accompanying videos.
The best thrash metal guitarists from the legendary Big Four thrash bands shaped a genre and influenced a generation of guitar players.
Continuing to answer the questions of why the orchestration of "Pictures At An Exhibition," one of Ravel's most popular works, has overshadowed Mussorgsky's monumentally original suite for solo piano and why Ravel does not necessarily do it justice.
Duke Ellington was a major figure in the history of music. His concert tours included Robert R. Church's Park and Auditorium located on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Before Body Count and Living Colour, there was Black Death, the first all-black heavy metal band. Their 1984 album is an over-the-top cult classic of indie metal mayhem. Bang Thy Head!
Metalcore is a popular genre but the best works come from bands who play underground scenes; free from negative genre cliches and label pressure to abide by them to turn a profit.
A brief history and some fanboy perspective on the Ramones, aka the greatest rock band ever to set foot on God's green earth.
Some awesome sludge metal bands that you should by all means check out if you are not already familiar.
My top 5 favorite Ska Punk bands of all time, along with descriptions of each and my favorite album.
This hub-page is for those that are taking the GCSE Music. This hub-page includes all the information you need to know; both basic and advanced, about the 1st Movement of Symphony No.40 in G minor.
Is musical talent inherited? This article gives evidence that this may indeed be the case. A famous family of "old time fiddlers," the Rutland clan, is examined with music videos to prove the point.
Bad Biscut should've been "the next big thing" from New Jersey, but it never quite happened for them. 1994's THE AMERICAN DREAM? is a potent hard rock cocktail with a dose of punk-rock attitude.
There was something really magical happening with music in the 60s and early 70s. Psychedelic Rock music gave voice to the dreams of an idealistic, if unrealistic generation.
Eminem has had a lot going recently. From two new albums to dis tracks he has us on our toes. Instead of evolving rap has been devolving and Eminem is not having it. Are Eminem's new projects living up to his legacy?
All you need to know, in detail, about Handel's 'And The Glory Of The Lord', for Edexcel's Music GCSE.
I celebrated Record Store Day 2016 by purchasing five recent titles from Stormspell Records - a tiny but true independent metal label dedicated to keeping the spirit of '80s metal alive!
This article is all about the talented Sabina Classen of the German thrash metal band Holy Moses and the reasons why she should be loved by heavy metal fans worldwide.
Die Happy was a short-lived Christian heavy metal band that rose from the ashes of the notorious Vengeance Rising. Their three-album discography still sounds pretty good today.
There is something enjoyable for everyone on this one, whether you are more a fan of Anthony Green's sweet and genuine love songs, his more playful pop songs, or his darker explorations into love and relationships.
Here is a list of the most important guitar players in the history of rock. These are the guitarists who inspired millions to pick up the instrument and make their own marks in the music world. Every great guitarist had their own influential hero, and chances are it was one of these players.
KISS has an extensive catalog, so there are a lot of great songs that don't get a lot of attention. Here are 20 songs that don't get the love they deserve.
Great pop music from Auld Caledonia managed to break through, or even make a comeback, in the final decade of the 2oth century. Here are 10 of the best Scottish Indie Pop bands of the 1990s.
From classic rock through to thrash, power, speed, and even melodic death metal, fired from the axes of these Germanic hordes of hard licks and loud guitars. The best of German Heavy Rock.
This article contains a recording of each movement from Robert Schumann’s “Carnaval” along with brief notes for each movement that form a listening guide. A printable file of the notes is included for free distribution wherever the “Carnaval” is performed.
The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who are the most popular acts associated with this era. But, what other bands flourished during this time?
The pirate metal horde returns! "Down in the Dark" is the fourth full length release from Swedish power metal masters Blazon Stone.
"Unforeseen Consequences" is the first full length album from Bulgarian thrash metal band Terravore.
An easy classical guitar study by Aguado with standard notation, guitar tablature, audio demo and study notes for learners
Whether you prefer big blooms, heavy scents, or tiny, almost insignificant florets, there is a flower for you. Read about Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss II, Schumann, Bizet, Delibes, Puccini, Jean Françaix, and other composers who have been inspired to write about flowers.
Roy Woods is signed to OVO. His stunning vocals combined with soft, synth sounds result in beautiful, Jamaican-influenced songs. He is certainly a rising star, comparable to The Weeknd and Drake.
Sergei Prokofiev was a major twentieth-century composer who has left us some beautiful music as a legacy. His compositions were often unusual for his time.
The greatest debut album in rock history Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction was also one of the rawest and mean spirited albums in years.
Everyone has to eat and drink. It's one of life's pleasures, whether a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings or a vegan Indian spread of many dishes. Classical music with food at its heart by Debussy, Prokofiev, Satie, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Verdi, and Schubert.
A list of calming music and soothing sounds from around the world. A hand-picked selection of the best world music and New Age music to calm and soothe the mind and help you relax.
Avicii, a musician, artist, DJ, and producer, died at 28 years old. Who was he and what contributed to his early demise?
The message and songs from the hippie era carry on today with artists from a new generation. Popular music from the late 60's and early 70's.
German metal legends Accept return in 2017 with the new studio album "The Rise of Chaos", their fourth disc with new vocalist, Mark Tornillo.
Facing the Animal is the very good heavy neoclassical rock album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen released in 1998. One of his best in years!
I interview Canadian synthwave singer/songwriter Dana Jean Phoenix about her music, her approach to its creation and her sources of creative inspiration.
R&B girl group Destiny's Child had their first album debut 20 years ago. Since the release, the trio had a slew of hit singles and chart topping records. Let's take a look at what the ladies are up to now.
The land of Scotland may be noted for the skirl of the bagpipes but here is a collection of the greatest ever Scottish Heavy Rock bands over several decades. Let the thunder roar in the glens.
Exile was a two-edged sword for the South African musicians who left their homeland for the freedom of Europe and the United States. This is a selection of some of the finest albums to come out of the greaat South African jazz diaspora
The classical music genre includes some lovely music about mothers. Sharing a playlist of these pieces and listening to them is a great way to honor and celebrate motherhood.
Want to listen to indie music, but don't know where to start? This guide will give you tips and tricks to find the bands and artists you need to know about in the indie music scene.
Priests normally preach through sermons; these talented priests spoke through music. Their lives of prayer served as a wellspring of creativity.
Formed in 1981, Loudness is the best known Heavy Metal band from Japan. They're mainly remembered in the U.S. for their hit "Crazy Nights," from 1985's Thunder in the East album.
Celebrating Hatsune Miku's 10th birthday, I'll be listing my top 10 favorite Hatsune Miku songs that were released during her first 10 years.
Synthwave (the new one, not the old one) is growing in popularity, from movie soundtracks to YouTube hits. But what is it? Read on to find out.
In this article I talk to David Peacock about his love for video game music, his creative process and how he recharges his creative batteries.
The '90s was a productive decade for music that produced many great artist and bands across vast genres, including alternative music.
Kix's third album, Midnite Dynamite, was released in 1985 and is still considered to be their finest work, but success would continue to elude them for a few more years. The hard working Maryland band is still on the road to this day!
Kimbra's "Good Intent" music video excels in the way it portrays and conveys relationship nuance with artistic finesse and symbolism. Explore the deep meaning and analysis of this song and video.
Electronic house music: electro house, with its heavy drops and mind-blowing synth. These are the top 10 artists, from Swedish House Mafia to Deadmau5 to Knife Party.
This unavailable material pre dating the 2000's decade from Nirvana provides a further glimpse into the genius of Kurt Cobain.
We need to take a journey back in time to when legends were born and songs became anthems of a generation
US rapper and producer J. Cole ignites speculation about his personal life with the release of his fourth studio album, '4 Your Eyez Only’ ...
Kenneth McKellar was a popular tenor known for his beautiful interpretation of Scottish vocal music. He died in 2010, but his music lives on in many recordings.
Join me in exploring one of the best albums the melodeath genre has to offer. Influenced by Soilwork, but fused with its own elements, "The Isolation Game" is an original masterpiece of melody and aggression.
A large quantity of contributors to 1960s psychedelia go largely unnoticed due to being in the vast shadow of the well-known icons of the genre. As a fan of the genre, I have presented ten bands that are worthy of recognition, but do not seem to get the credit they are due.
Check out 7 of the best rock guitar albums. These are the essential masterpieces that changed music and influenced millions of guitarists.
Third Day is a great Christian rock band. Cari Jean lists her favorite Third Day songs which includes Thief, King of Glory, Creed, My Hope is You, I Need a Miracle, and more.
Faith No More's genre-bending hard rock classic THE REAL THING was originally released in 1989 and was reissued as a deluxe 2-CD set in 2015.
Latin America encompasses much of the Western Hemisphere, even including parts of the United States. Venturing out and finding good music can be a lifelong adventure, but nowadays, armchair travelers can also enjoy the richness of Latin music right from the comfort of their own living room.
Rob Halford abruptly left Judas Priest in the early 1990s and formed a new, grittier heavy metal band called Fight.
In this third part, comparing Ravel's orchestration of "Pictures At An Exhibition" with Mussorgsky's primeval dark, stark piano solo, we examine how Mussorgsky has been eclipsed by conventional instrumentation which isn't necessarily faithful to the original.
"Time Is Death" is the second full length album from Lucifer's Hammer, a traditional heavy metal band from Chile.
"Celtic Kings" is the fifth and final, long-awaited, album by Cederick Forsberg and his merry band of Swedish power/speed metal barbarians.
Need a talent in your back pocket for a rainy day? How's about the ability to sing Gangnam Style in Korean? Learn how to sing Gangnam Style in Korean (lounge cover) without learning Korean.
The State of Texas has it's own distinct kinds of country music and folk music - here are five Texas singer songwriters that changed music, and made timeless songs.
The Earth, home to a myriad of flora and fauna and humans who have inhabited every continent of the planet. Read how composers have been inspired by our fascinating globe: Haydn, Mahler, Milhaud, Schönberg, John Luther Adams, Andrew Christie and Austin Fray, George Fenton and Harrison Birtwistle.
Do a search for “The Blues,” you will get a list of dead guys. This might lead one to believe that the The Blues is music of the past. Wrong. The Blues is alive, and so are these blues musicians.
Explore the various early members and recordings made by Metallica, including music made by band members before they joined the band. Also, it includes facts that are overlooked and widely forgotten.
Love hip-hop but don't know how to share it? Or maybe you're curious about the genre yourself? These five are good introductions to what hip-hop has to offer.
With a musical career spanning twenty years, Britney Spears has released nine studio albums, six of which topped the charts. Let's delve into the first half of her everlasting career and take a look at the albums that made her a star.
Sepultura was the first metal band from South America to make a splash on the world wide scene . Their 1991 album ARISE is still the high water mark by these Brazilian thrash/death metal masters.
The charts are filled with music by so called one-hit wonders, a surprising number of which went all the way to number one.
Come listen to the soundtrack of what can be considered as one of the most depressing shows in television while I give my interpretations on the lyrics behind them and how it connects to the show.
Brotherhood of the Snake is the 2016 album by thrash metal band Testament featuring the return of Steve Digiorgio and Gene Hoglan. Testament shows that they are still a band that should be admired!
All you need to know, in detail, about Steve Reich's 'Electric Counterpoint,' for Edexcel's Music GCSE
Pia - American Idol? Pia Toscano is the beautiful young singer who came ninth on the recent tenth season of American Idol, despite the fact she'd been largely expected to win. Proving that the talent show route isn't a safe or easy option when it comes to a lasting music career. Not that paying your dues in tiny venues and hoping for a break is exactly a barrel of epic funtime. She's got the voice and the looks to match - but what does the future hold for Pia Toscano?
How the Grunge Revolution ushered in a dark age for guitar in the 1990s, and set the evolution of the instrument back a decade.
These Swedish sleaze merchants morphed from a generic glam-to-the-max band into a high tech, industrial-rock combo over the course of their three studio albums.
Explore some of the works for violin and orchestra that carry descriptive titles and involve extra-musical narratives.
Here is a top ten list of hit radio songs that shockingly didn't claim the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Rappers El-P and Killer Mike, aka US hip-hop supergroup Run The Jewels, release their third studio album, 'Run The Jewels 3'...
John Robert Matz is an award-winning video game composer and he also writes and works for a concert band and orchestra. I talked to him about where he got his start in music, his creative process as a composer and where he finds inspiration.
Queensryche's split with original vocalist Geoff Tate was one of the most bizarre rock dramas in recent memory. Let's find out how it all went down and how it was resolved.
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider struck out on his own in 1992 with a new band called Widowmaker. Their debut "Blood and Bullets" never caught on but it qualifies as a great Forgotten Hard Rock Album.
What's a 'Hair Metal' song? Hair Metal is a genre of music inhabited by 1980s glam rock stars who spend as much or more time on hair & make-up than on writing their music. While being labeled a hair band definitely has negative connotations,...
Singing Karaoke with friends can be an enjoyable party experience. Learn how to get the most enjoyment out of it with these seven ideas.
With over 100 songs, it can be daunting to try out Kumi Koda's discography. This list compiles her ten best songs to get you started.
2017 was a great year for the blues. As it draws to a close, here are my picks for the best blues albums that came out. It's wonderful to see artists old and new putting out great music.
In this article I will take you through the different stylistic trends and eras of visual kei in relation to Japanese metal music.
Mack the Knife is one of my all time favorite songs. Here is my top Ten list of performers of this song in no particular order.
The East Coast is where DJ Micro began his techno career in 1991. He established Caffeine Records, a weekly club night that grew into a full company as the techno DJ became an inspiration.
Have you heard of Country Rap? It's not a new genre, but it is making big waves with several artists trying to make their way to the top. See how the South stacks up when country and rap get mixed.
Indian classical music is known for its diverse form of melodic structure and rhythmic improvisation associated with time cycles. This article celebrates the greatest vocalists and instrumentalists in Indian classical music.
There’s a retro element to the music of Full Eclipse, but he also explores questions about the future of humanity and where our relationship with technology is going. I talked to him about his creative process and what inspires him.
This page explores the album cover illustrations by graphic designer David Stone, including a great photo log of several DSM album covers.
The cross-dressing heavy metal legends have hung up their makeup bags for good. The author, a longtime "SMF," looks back at 40 years of metal, mascara and mayhem.
You already know the songs. You know about the crazy outfits, the hair, the big stages, the lights, the dry ice and the blink-and-you-missed-it edits. But did you ever notice all of the spinning?
Eva Cassidy, was a little known American singer and musician who became popular around the world after her death. Learn more about her and her music. Eva's beautiful voice will captivate you.
An introduction to ten underappreciated Japanese heavy metal guitarists who you might not have heard of.
Beethoven's musical output can be divided into three different periods. These are the early, middle, and late periods. Each corresponds chronologically with his life and each has its own distinct sound. Focusing on the early period this article looks at how Beethoven began to rise up and became the greatest composer of his time.
Slayer has long been a legend in Thrash metal music. It's hard to imagine more aggressive guitar-playing. Jeff Hanneman is gone, Gary Holt lives. Both have ESP LTD guitars, and here they are.
Bob Dylan is a cultural giant and has written some of the most influential songs of recent times but are the lyrics poetry? Let's take a look at some lyrics and decide once and for all.
Repentless is the 2015 thrash metal album by Slayer and it is their first album since 2009. However, it is one of their average releases.
Michael Chambers (also known as moon:and:6) is a musician, producer and recording engineer based in Hamilton, Ontario. He creates music that combines influences that include French downtempo music, '90s post-rock music and musical mad scientists like Brian Eno.
Mirrors have played a significant part as part of man's spiritual, mystical and ceremonial heritage since the dawn of ages. Read how composers have expressed their view of reflections: Ravel, Avo Pärt, Poulenc, Henri Dutilleux, Strauss, Barber, Hendrik Andrriessen, and an unverified piece by Mozart.
Malaika song is probably the most renowned love ballad to have come out of Africa. It is a sad story about a young man whose love for his dream girl could not happen because he was poor.
There's no place quite like London. There are no castles, palaces, or royal families in the states. Perhaps this gives English songwriters more to sing about. Here are 10 songs about London.
2003's "St. Anger" is considered to be Metallica's worst album. In 2015, two fans recorded their own version of the disc (with better production) in hopes that people might give it another try.
This article provides excerpts and details from five of the meanest, harshest, and the most unsympathetic reviews of Classical composers that are viewed as geniuses today.
Spellwitch hails from Finland and they play classy, melodic '80s style metal in the vein of Dio, King Diamond and early Savatage
Japan's metal scene only truly began to pick up steam after Loudness' debut in 1981. This article discusses 10 instances of Japanese bands playing heavy metal, or very close to it, in 1980 or earlier.
A look at one of the most influential pop duos in history. How they came together and drifted apart only to reunite every decade or so after and their enduring appeal of more than 50 years.
I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t listen to jazz music because they feel intimidated by the music. That’s where I come in.
Read about composers' visions of travel. Ravel, Mahler, Honegger, Offenbach, Vaughan Willliams , Jan Sandström and John Adams all composed pieces based on a form of transport, boats, bikes, locomotives and aeroplanes, and of course, feet.
Actor Donald Glover showcases his singing skills on a third studio album under the Childish Gambino moniker entitled, ‘Awaken, My Love!’...
There is no doubt that the busiest and most productive man in music may very well be the one and only Mike Patton.
For thousands of years man has been fascinated by the moon, finally landing on it in 1969. Read about inspiration taken from the moon by composers: Haydn, Beethoven, Debussy, Schonberg, Britten, Dvorak, Janacek and Vítězslav Novak.
Since the release of the double Use Your Illusion albums, the public waited 17 years for an album of new material from Guns N' Roses. Chinese Democracy fits perfectly inside the GNR legacy.
Nirvana is the name of one of the most famous and influential rock bands of the 20th Century. The band is famous for its grunge and punk sound, heavy drums, interesting riffs and poetic lyrics. The band consisted of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist...
Every town has at least one or two rappers, and every city has at least one or two hundred. But rapping and being a good rapper are two different things. And killing it between interviews is another.
This is a list and brief description of 10 male rock musicians who are still going strong even as they age. They have had influential careers and their careers have lasted since the 1960s and 70s.
I talk to Bubba B the MC about how he creates rhymes with positive, uplifting messages and kid-friendly content.
Read about what tragedies befell some of our most treasured composers - Purcell, Dvorak, Alban Berg, Weber, Bizet, and Felix and fanny Mendelssohn.
Elvis burst on the scene in the 1950s with much controversy. His dark black hair, vocal style, and shake and wiggle were patterned after black entertainers, like Ukelele Ike.
Using a combination of written program notes and explanatory videos that include musical examples, this article prepares the reader to listen to a performance of Bartók’s “Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm” with informed and detailed insight.
A long time Dokken fan presents a brief history of the band and examines their extensive catalog of hard rock classics.
Tales From the Thousand Lakes is the excellent 1994 album by Finnish metal band Amorphis. It has really influenced the doom and death metal genre and is totally worth having in your collection.
A beginner fan's guide to identifying which twin is which in the canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara!
Ten Songs For A 50’s Sock Hop Ladies, whip out your poodle skirt, saddle shoes, and bobby socks. Gentlemen, get your letter sweater out, white socks, and dungarees, it’s time for a sock hop! A sock hop is a great way to get your friends...