Music is always moving and evolving with the times, and as it pertains to the genre of alternative, it evolves rather quickly. So to help analyze the genre, I’ve recruited James from the Appetite for Distraction Alternative Top 10 Countdown to help me look into where alternative music is, where it’s going, and who is leading the way. Hope you enjoy. [Read more...]
Alternative rock duos have been on the rise ever since one of the best of all time called it quits (I’m of course talking about the White Stripes). From Panic! at the Disco and Middle Class Rut, to Sleigh Bells and Cults, these duos have stepped up and made some beautiful noise in popular music today. Luckily, each one brings a new sound to help define themselves, making the incredibly specific crowd of “duos” seem less crowded than it actually is. [Read more...]
If you watched MTV during the middle of the last decade, then you have probably heard of Panic! at the Disco. Debuting with probably one of the catchiest songs of the past ten years “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! was poised to be everyone’s “I knew them first” band. That one song catapulted the Vegas quartet into super-stardom, headlining their own carnival themed tour. Each song off of their debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, felt fresh and new, giving the scene a much needed kick in the pants.
And then Pretty. Odd. came out. Now, just to clarify, I’m not calling the album bad, but it certainly wasn’t what fans thought it was going to be, or in this case, wanted. I do appreciate the throwback to an older time, where instruments were key and vocals didn’t need any effects. The album did in fact put out my favorite Panic (notice the exclamation point is gone) songs “Northern Downpour,” but the album as a whole was considered by most a disappointment. [Read more...]