Earphones are advancing as fast as music streaming services and the days where wired earphones would get all tangled up while you were running, at the gym or on route somewhere are well and truly gone thankfully with a new era of earphones. He we list the best true bluetooth earbuds for 2019 and 2020 focusing on factors such as lasting charging, wattage, quality of sound, comfort and ease of use.Continue reading
Looking for a different type of board or card game to enjoy at a party or family gathering in Christmas 2019? How about one based on some of the most iconic pop stars, musicians and songs of the past 40 years. Below we list the most fun relevant quiz, trivia, sing and guess games to get your groove on and challenge your brain this Christmas with these top music board games.Continue reading
If you happen to be fed up of the endless barrage of bad news and general hate coming from the majority of mainstream media outlets, and happen to enjoy rhythm-and-skill based mobile games available for iOS or Android, then Love Live! School Idol Festival may just be the antidote to your worries.Continue reading
The sorry state of the music industry in 2014 is news to no one, apart from perhaps to those that go to Ultra Festival and spend most of their time there shirtless, doing molly, and thinking that Skrillex is anything to do with the original dubstep movement. I’m not electronic music purist by any means; I like a few Skrillex tracks as much as the next idiot. The thing is, I don’t delude myself into thinking that most modern-day artists are somehow as influential as some of the true innovators of the last two decades. Taking a dim view the shambles that makes up 99% of modern electronic music isn’t being a purist: it’s just plain common sense.
Pictured above people at the Shambala Music Festival
So you consider yourself an experienced festival goer and if your mate was to ask you of a critique and comparison of the UK’s top festivals, you’d have no problem plucking some of the cool niche events from your vast experience. You’ve been to Reading and/or Leeds festival countless times for the full experience, you’ve hit Global Gathering once or twice in your time, and Glastonbury is definitely on your agenda in the next few years as well. While these festivals have a huge amount to offer to the broadest range of people, there are some whose tastes are little narrower and are of a more specific niche than what your average festival can provide. You’ve got Download festival for metal, Reading and Leeds for an eclectic yet fairly commercial mix of artists, and Global Gather (among others) for the ravers, but what about those that want nothing but what is described as “alternative” styling from beginning to end? Because of the very nature of alternative festivals in general, they aren’t necessarily well-known by many, but as a result are smaller, more exclusive, and have an altogether different experience to offer compared to the larger festivals, many of which have lost their unique atmosphere over the years as they increase in size and popularity. You’ll find a few of these lesser known festival choices below, allowing you to branch out and expand your festival horizons.Continue reading
The mere mention of the Jonas Brothers often causes the standard music snob to roll their eyes in dismissal. It isn’t real music after all, is it? Well, millions would disagree with you, and as much as I’m not a huge fan of the standard boy band, it cannot be denied that this group, as well as its members, have had their fingerprints all over the music scene for more than a decade. Go ahead, just search for Nick Jonas’ songs as an example: you may be surprised to find that a popular chart song you heard a while back and to which you do not know the name, is one of his songs. As I said: fingerprints everywhere.
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You can’t escape it: electronic music has very much arrived and looks to be here to stay for the foreseeable future. Though it has existed in various forms since its rise in the late 70s/early 80s, it has taken the world by storm in recent years, leading to the infuriating label of EDM (Electronic Dance music) that it has been given by audiences in America where it has become known almost exclusively by this acronym. I have appreciation for all kinds of music regardless of style, as long as said music is good. By good, I of course mean sounds good to me, which in turn might not sound good to other people, but that is neither my concern or problem. Having listened to massive amounts of dance and electronic music in general, I’ve definitely whittled down the pool of artists I’d very much like to see live because of their skills as producers, DJs, and also their songs. Who cares, right? Who cares about some list I’m making? I do, that’s who, and I’ll just go ahead and make my list of electronic artists that would be incredible to see live.
Techno, Techno! The term techno when used in reference to music doesn’t refer to the genre that I thought it was a label for, or at least it doesn’t anymore at least. It seems that anything with a BPM of over 120 that uses fairly obvious synthesised tones is now described as techno, and by that definition, half the songs in the charts at the moment are of the genre! The problem I have is twofold when talking about techno: firstly, it isn’t my first choice of musical style by any means – I’m a fan of minimal, house, progressive, DnB, and Dubstep (pretty much anything that isn’t techno, actually; secondly, even if I did enjoy this music in a big way, I wouldn’t know whether the term techno would even be the right categorisation for them. Either way, I have a construct in my head about what techno music actually is, and I’m going to use this construct to come up with an in-no-particular-order list of songs that I particularly enjoy that straddle the no-man’s land between dance, house and techno, often being neither one nor the other fully, but possessing characteristics of any three or even all of the aforementioned genres. Sit tight, you may be about to see a strange mix of songs and genres here.
You’ll be hard pushed to find many popular songs nowadays that don’t contain at least a few instances of electronically-created melodies. Electronic music is everywhere, though in some places more than others. It has risen to prominence in the USA fairly recently but elsewhere has been appreciated for a very long time. Below is a short list of some electronic music albums that are definitely worth a bit of your time and your listening ear.