Spotlight: Good Songs, Good Shred

Skateboarding and music have been pals for decades, introducing both riders and bands to rest of us and probably each other as well. Things have gotten a lot fancier since the VHS days for both industries, but skate videos will never die. Here are some recent combinations of good song and good shred.


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Spotlight: Why Were The Grammys So Terrible?

Award ceremonies are intended to celebrate the best and brightest talent, yet the shows themselves are often dull, lengthy and awkward. Although this year’s Grammy Awards clocked the highest ratings in decades (RIP Whitney), we were again reminded why we don’t really pay attention to these things. Especially this one.

Spotlight: Small Bands Making Big Commercials

We get it; our most loved songs will one day become commercials that sell us cars and video games and Jamaican vacations. Sometimes it’s shocking; sometimes it just works. These are current favorites (mostly).

Spotlight: Amazing Musical Moments on Late Night TV

Ed Sullivan breaking The Beatles was a game changer, but that era is long gone as bands skyrocket to popularity with the help of a well placed video or sound byte. Still, folks know the importance of a knockout performance on a late night stage with the likes of David Letterman or Jimmy Fallon. Here are some game changers from recent history.

Spotlight: T-Shirt Wars?

Friendly nods for graphic inspiration or straight-out ripoffs? While Congress has been over-worrying themselves with Internet pirates, there has been other plundering going on in the rock t-shirt world.

Spotlight: Bookmark These Music Sites

WIth endless Internet holes to fall into and streams to sail down, there are a few sources we keep returning to time and time again. Here’s a look at some of our favorite bookmarks.

Spotlight: Moon Duo

San Francisco’s Moon Duo started out as a side project for Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips. Joined by Sanae Yamada, the two have three solid releases and are due for another this year. Hypnotic, droning, their sound is unique.

Spotlight: 2012 Album Release Picks

You have probably just gotten over reading the endless 2011 best of lists, so now that you’ve recovered, let’s look at 2012 and the albums we are most excited about hearing. Assuming the world doesn’t end it should be a great year for your headphones.

Spotlight: Handsome Furs

Now three albums deep, including this year’s fiery Sound Kapital, Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry are a post-punk Bonnie and Clyde. Let’s peruse their videos.

Spotlight: Cover Love – Kate Bush Edition

Kate Bush has been out of the spotlight for some time, releasing her first album in 10 years just this week. With that in mind, here are a few tributes, classic wins, and the occasional amusing and/or unfortunate happening.

Spotlight: UK Youth

Let’s talk blokes. Three emerging artists, young and from the UK: WU LYF, King Krule and MONEY.