Artist collaborations infuse dynamic firepower into rap genre

Many successful rap songs feature memorable guest appearances. What would Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” have sounded like without Alicia Keys? Or how would B.o.B’s smash hit “Airplanes” have fared without the assistance of Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams? The hip-hop genre is notorious for eccentric and unexpected, yet highly successful collaborations. They allow rap to […]

Green Day prepares to return with three albums

Ambitious punk-rock band Green Day is hitting the recording studio again, but this time they don’t intend to complete just one measly album, but a trilogy of albums that will be released consecutively in 2012 and 2013. The first album, titled ¡UNO!, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, with the next […]

New outlets provide initiative for narrative-driven music

With the luxury of downloading, which enables music-lovers to purchase only an artist’s best songs, it’s remarkable to find an album that can be played from start to finish. As though they understand how the market works, record companies use radio and music videos to enthuse audiences about one or two hit songs before releasing […]

Bands bounce back from loss of members

Paramore, Green Day and MxPx have lost at least one founding member. But these bands have redefined themselves and have emerged stronger than ever. When bands lose a member, they often go through a natural grieving phase but proceed with a willful determination not to disappoint their fans. Maybe the departure was on good terms, […]

Paramore moves forward

Paramore has had a lot on its plate lately and the band plans to keep it that way for awhile. A couple weeks ago, singer Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York and bassist Jeremy Davis, laid down some tracks with producer Rob Cavallo for their next album. While many of the songs are finished being recorded, […]

Green Day to release “Awesome” live album

California punk rock band Green Day surprised fans this Valentine’s Day by releasing a new song recorded live on their world tour last year entitled “Cigarettes and Valentines.” With an infectious bass line, pounding drums and catchy guitar riffs, this track is actually something the band wrote before the release of 2004’s platinum rock opera […]