Posts Tagged ‘ Pop ’

Harry Chapin Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

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March 22, 2014
Harry Chapin Inducted Into Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame

       I am inducting Harry Chapin into The Arts and Entertainment Playground’s Acoustic Guitar Hall of Fame. An amazing guitar player, storyteller songwriter and really great singer that left us way too soon. He was also humanitarian that fought tirelessly for hunger. Coming from Brooklyn, New York, he had some success, but...
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Taylor Swift – ‘Red’: A Review

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October 18, 2012
Taylor Swift – ‘Red’: A Review

“We Are Never Ever Gettting Back Together” explodes of moving on big time. Big hit, great song. What else do we have here?  ”22″ is the do it all and see what happens song. This will have mixed results at best. More rock than country here. “Treacherous” is more laid back, but the edge...
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Green Day’s ‘Uno!’ Kicks Off a Strong Holiday Season: A Review

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September 28, 2012
Green Day

  By Kenneth E. Oquist Yes! It is here. The latest of three new albums from Green Day — ‘Uno!’. Kicking off the Holiday Season with a strong four and a half star release is a major punk player. The already out “Oh, Love” and heard some “Kill the D.J.” get this going strong...
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Owl City’s ‘The Midsummer Station’: A Review

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September 25, 2012
Owl City - The Midsummer Station

By Kenneth E. Oquist The hit single off of Owl City’s new album The Midsummer Station is far more profound than the goofy “Call Me Maybe.” What do I know. Owl City shows how good he is with “Good Time” — taking Carly Rae Jepson to a new level. Maybe there are a few oh...
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Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts: A Review

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May 16, 2012
Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts

By Kenneth E. Oquist The title track “Little Broken Hearts” off of Norah Jones’ new release features a shimmering guitar effect. It’s kind of slow, but this does not hurt it, and you just notice it. “Happy Pills” is the single and a good choice, featuring a pop guitar sound. “Out on the Road”...
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54th Annual Grammy Award Winners

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February 13, 2012
Adele Wins Grammys

By Kenneth E. Oquist Tony Bennett won for Pop Vocal Traditional and Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse for Pop Vocal Duo/Group also won. This is not a huge surprise. Allison Krause won for Bluegrass and Steve Martin did not. Weird Al Yankovic lost to “Hilarious” by Louis C.K..I guess he wasn’t funny enoughfor Best Comedy Album. Wilco...
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Dia Frampton – Red: A Review

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January 12, 2012
Dia Frampton - Red

If January is weighing heavy on you, perhaps you should lighten the load with Dia Frampton. I had her new release ‘Red’ on the back burner, but when I heard  it, I wanted to analyze this further.  Move this up on the playlist in a hurry if you know what is good for you....
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Sergio Mendes – Confetti: A Retro Review

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January 8, 2012
Sergio Mendes - Confetti

Sergio Mendes’ classic release ‘Confetti’ has been much under appreciated due to the heavy Adult Contemporary focus. To some it is not Latin enough. Most of the airplay he gets in the U.S. is from Easy Listening or Adult Contemporary stations, so this thinking makes little sense. The minor Top 40 hit, featuring Joe...
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Popular Releases: Florence + the Machine’s ‘Ceremonials’ and Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’

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December 23, 2011
Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

Florence + the Machine’s new release ‘Ceremonials’ (Deluxe Edition) features the song “Heartlines” in a jungle beat form with a mind blowing ambient sound and a bonus acoustic version which is vastly different. This is about the lines on your palm. “Bedroom Hymns” has a killer ambience along with an intriguing beat. “Shake it Out”...
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Hot Chelle Rae – ‘Whatever’: A Review

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December 2, 2011
Hot Chelle Rae - Whatever

“Tonight, Tonight” from Hot Chelle Rae’s new release ‘Whatever’ has been available in several different versions for awhile. It has also been a chart favorite this year. Following in those footsteps could be the match up with New Boyz’ “I Like it Like That”. “Tonight, Tonight” is a great example of rap being good...
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Nickelback – ‘Here and Now’: A Review

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November 27, 2011
Nickelback

By Kenneth E. Oquist Starting out this mad rush to the holidays is Nickelback with their latest release ‘Here and Now’. “This Means War” has an “unable to get along” mentality to it. The Pop/Rock of “Lullaby” shows the mass appeal of Nickelback and is just simply a really good song. “Midnight Queen” is...
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Kelly Clarkson – ‘Stronger’ Deluxe Edition: A Review

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October 27, 2011
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger

Just released from Kelly Clarkson: ‘Stronger’. The single “Mr. Know it All” can be heard on her Official website or watch the embedded video below. It is good, but there is a lot better on here than that. “Dark Side”  has a music box sound for the intro. This is a really solid sounding Pop...
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Evanescence – Self Titled New Release: A Review

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October 19, 2011
Evanescence - self titled new release

If you like Rock with a chick singing, this is right up your alley. “What You Want” has some nifty percussion and a pretty good vocal perfomance. This is one of the best songs. “Made of Stone” has power chords that are quite good. One of my favorites on here. “The Change” has a...
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