Review: Simple Plan’s ‘Taking One For The Team’ Perfectly Blends Familiar Pop Punk & New Experimentation

Simple Plan's new album, Taking One For The Team, has been long in the making. The band first started writing for it in 2014, and after premiering "Boom" live at the end of the year, they kicked off 2015 by entering the studio to officially begin recording. Since last spring, Simple Plan has released a…

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Why Don’t Artists Release All The Songs They Record?

Most music fans I know are always excited to hear more music from their favorite singers and bands. Anticipation builds into a giddy frenzy as a new album's release date approaches. When an artist performs a new song, half the audience films a video of it so fans can search it out on YouTube a…

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20 Ways To Discover New Music

Everyone loves music. And most people can never get enough of it. But how do you discover new music to add to your collection? In a world as filled with endless musical options as ours is today, it can be difficult to sift through the sounds and find what really speaks to you. Most articles…

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Never Stop Discovering New Bands, Part Two

A year and a half ago, I was excited about all the new bands and singers I had discovered and loved. I shared a brief list of just 6 new artists I was passionate about and wanted more people to discover, too. Well, now that it's been so long, I thought I'd give you an…

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Why Making Shorter Albums Is A Mistake

Do you prefer long albums or short albums? What is the ideal number of tracks or running time? Do you even still listen to albums? This might not apply to you, but of all the people I know that do still listen to albums, it seems that everyone has an opinion about how long an…

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Top 15 Albums Of 2015

While most entertainment publications rushed to release their year-end lists by the first of December, we decided to wait until all the year's albums had actually been released before making our final ranking. It's good that we did, too, because one of our favorite records was released right around the time kids were getting out of…

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Top 30 Singles Of 2015

Now that 2015 is coming to a close, it feels right to reflect on all the great music we've gotten to enjoy for the last 12 months. This year was packed full of amazing new singles across the genres, from progressive metal to old school funk pop and everything in between. We picked out 30…

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Review: Hilary Duff Makes Strong Pop Comeback With ‘Breathe In. Breathe Out.’

Hilary Duff has been out of the game for a while. Once a teen queen of cheery pop songs, Hilary put her career on hold after releasing her last album, Dignity, in 2007. Dignity represented an impressive shift in sound for Hilary: While her prior albums had fit neatly into the teen pop and pop rock…

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Review: ‘Drones’ Is Muse’s Best Album In A Decade

Muse has spent the last decade growing ever bigger and more grandiose. From humble beginnings in the south of England, the trio transformed from a simple three-piece rock band to a world famous group known for pushing boundaries into uncharted territory, incorporating dubstep, orchestras, synths, and suites of thematic tracks. Muse's last album, 2012's The 2nd…

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An Avril Lavigne Music Wish List

Avril Lavigne has a big year planned. She sneakily hinted that she had some "projects lined up" around the new year, but she likes things to be a surprise. First up was the much-wanted music video for "Give You What You Like," one of the best tracks from Avril's self-titled fifth album (and her whole career). The song didn't…

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Review: Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece By Piece”

It's been a bit since Kelly Clarkson released a full pop album. While it's been nearly four years since her last record, the Grammy-winning Stronger, was released, Kelly has kept plenty busy. In 2012 we got her Greatest Hits: Chapter 1, and then in 2013 she released her first ever holiday album, Wrapped In Red. And…

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Review: Periphery’s “Juggernaut: Alpha” & “Juggernaut: Omega”

Periphery's concept album Juggernaut has been long in the making. It started as guitarist Misha Mansoor's plan for an extended composition made up of different sections. Eventually, this plan turned into a whole album - a double album, that is. The concept album known as Juggernaut was supposed to come out a few months after…

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Review: Fall Out Boy’s “American Beauty / American Psycho”

The wait is finally over! Fall Out Boy's new album - their 6th - is out today, and it's something all of their fans can enjoy. American Beauty / American Psycho has a similar sounds to the band's previous album, 2013's Save Rock And Roll, but there's also the feeling of old school Fall Out Boy in there…

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New Year, New Music: 20 New Albums We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

2014 was a great year filled with stunning new music. There were plenty of stellar albums, not to mention dozens of singles we had on repeat the whole year. But now we're ready for 2015 and all the new music it will bring! There are lots of new albums coming out in 2015. Here's what…

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Top 20 Singles Of 2014

We gave you our top 10 albums of the 2014 yesterday. Now it's time for the singles! Some of these were the lead singles for albums that ended up being big in 2014; others come from albums that aren't even out yet. With lots of throwbacks to the '70s and '80s, complemented with modern production and…

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Top 10 Albums Of 2014

2014 was a fairly calm year for music. There weren't any crazy events at the VMAs. There wasn't any one artist that singlehandedly dominated the whole year. All in all, a lot of artists got to shine with a hit single or two, and there were no eruptions of outrage to distract anyone from what matters most:…

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Welcome To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Green Day. You’ve Earned It.

I discovered Green Day an entire decade ago. I was 14 years old, and "American Idiot" had just come out. The music video was addictive, and the song had so much energy and aggression. As a young teenager just getting into music, this was the song I needed. It took 2 more singles and an…

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Top 30 Green Day Album Tracks

Green Day is amazing, and so are the dozens of songs they've released over their 2+ decade career. We've listened to them all, and these are the best album tracks from Green Day's extensive catalog. Sorry, lovers of "Basket Case" and "21 Guns" - you won't find your favorite Green Day singles here. No, we'e focusing on those…

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Top 20 Unreleased Kelly Clarkson Songs

By now, Kelly Clarkson is known for her hit singles: Big-chorused anthems about love gone wrong are her speciality, but she's also had her heart-wrenching ballads and relatable mid tempos. Everything from "Since U Been Gone" and "Because Of You" to "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" and "Already Gone" have gone down as memorable hits, and her…

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Top 25 Avril Lavigne Songs You Didn’t Hear On The Radio

Tuesdays should be all about hearing new tunes, and today is dedicated to Avril Lavigne. You know her popular songs - from "Complicated," "I'm With You," and "Sk8er Boi" to "My Happy Ending" and "Girlfriend." But even if you recognize her smaller hits ("What The Hell"? "When You're Gone"?), the singles you've heard on the…

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Review: OK Go’s “Hungry Ghosts”

OK Go is band that changes with every album. For the last decade they've been known primarily for their unique, one-take videos, but their music is also pushing boundaries. On their last album, 2010's Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky, OK Go moved away from the raw sound of Oh No and went instead…

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Review: “Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness”

Andrew McMahon is one of those artists that isn't afraid to reinvent himself. And not just once - he's transformed his sound and moniker a few times now. Early fans were lucky to see him as the pop punk leader in Something Corporate in the early 2000s; a few years later, he unveiled a new…

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10 Years Has Gone So Fast – A Decade Of Green Day’s “American Idiot”

Green Day is one of those rare bands that can change the face of music and the way a generation thinks. And they’ve done so not just once, but twice. When they introduced themselves to the world with Dookie back in 1994, they changed the whole music industry almost overnight. Dookie ended up being massively…

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Ghost In Lima – One Of The Best Concerts I’ve Ever Seen

Discoteca Céntrico, Lima Thursday, August 28, 2014 Last night I saw Ghost for the first time. I've been obsessed with them for the last year, and was thrilled to discover they'd be here in Lima, Peru while I'm here. For the last week I've had their music on repeat, and finally the big day arrived.…

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Review: Amy Lee’s “Aftermath”

The moment is finally here: Amy Lee has just released her first solo album, Aftermath. The music was written for and inspired by the independent film, War Story, and as such, it is quite the departure from Amy's work with Evanescence. This record shows another side of Amy - a side that isn't afraid to experiment…

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Never Stop Discovering New Bands

Hearing new music has always been a special kind of excitement for me. When I was a kid, I was happy listening to whatever my parents liked. Sometimes it was country, sometimes it was hard rock classics from the 70s and 80s.   But when I started getting older, I was curious about other styles…

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Why Avril Lavigne’s Music Sucks

Who here still listens to Avril Lavigne? You know what they say: Everyone went through an “Avril phase,” at least at some point in their life. (This probably only applies if you’re of a certain age group, to be fair. But anyone between the ages of 15 and 35 can probably admit to this.) She…

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Obsessed With Music: Why I Started Hidden Jams

Hello everyone out there! I want start by thanking everyone who has taken the time to read the pieces I've written, shared them with anyone else, or helped inspire me to do this. I hope you like the content I've been putting up here at Hidden Jams - there will be plenty more to come!…

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