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Friday, October 20, 2017
music

5 Headphones For Every Type of Listener

Music is a very personal experience. So it stands to reason that the method you choose for hearing your music is just as idiosyncratic. Pick the right tools for the job from this selection of awesome earbud and headphone deals available right now through The National Memo Store. FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds These pro-grade […]

June 9, 2017

This Brain-Stimulating Music Claims to Improve Your Focus

From social media to texting, our phones have become a constant and sometimes even frightening source of distraction. The founders of Brain.fm set out to bring a touch of focus back to human minds everywhere with their audio product, Brain.fm. At first glance, Brain.fm may appear like an ordinary audio streaming service, but the reality is […]

April 19, 2017
Republicans, Trump

New Campaign Songs For Donald Trump

Trump and the RNC seem to have paid licensing fees for his campaign’s music, so irked artists don’t have much say in the matter. The National Memo wanted to help work the situation out, so we’ve assembled some alternatives for Donald — songs he can grow to love, but that are a better fit for the… tone of his campaign.

July 23, 2016
Ivory Coast anti al-Qaeda attack music video

Ivorian Musicians To Al-Qaeda: We’re Not Even Scared

A group of musicians in the Ivory Coast have released a song that directly and defiantly addresses al-Qaeda after the group killed 19 people in an attack on a popular beach resort.

March 25, 2016
Kendrick Lamar at the Orange Stage, Roskilde Festival July 3, 2015.

Once Sidelined, Hip-Hop Finds Grammy Spotlight With Kendrick Lamar

Rapper Kendrick Lamar heads into Monday’s Grammy awards with a leading 11 nominations and the chance to make history if he wins album and song of the year.

February 12, 2016
Bruce Springsteen performs with U2 during a surprise concert in support of World AIDS Day in Times Square in New York, December 1, 2014.

Bruce Springsteen Promises To Show His Mind In Autobiography

Bruce Springsteen will publish an autobiography in September that he promises will show readers how his personal struggles inspired his music, including his classic 1975 hit “Born to Run.”

February 11, 2016
Chris Martin of Coldplay sings "Adventure of a Lifetime" during the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Super Bowl Halftime Show A Big Stage, Even For Music’s Biggest Stars

There’s a lot at stake for Coldplay.

February 5, 2016

Eye Of The Copyright: Huckabee And Kim Davis Told To Back Off Rock Song

Mike Huckabee and Kim Davis might believe in the sanctity of heterosexual marriage — but they apparently don’t believe in the sanctity of intellectual property.

September 9, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Amy’ Is An Absorbing Look At Tragic Star

In this new documentary, amid the beauty of Winehouse’s songwriting and singing, darkness begins to creep in.

July 6, 2015
Neil Young performing

Musicians To Republicans: I Don’t Sing For You

Musicians can sue if a candidate appropriates their song without consent.

June 17, 2015

Dave Grohl Really Is ‘Learning To Walk Again’

Check out this amazing video taken from the audience — and observe Dave’s laughter as he realized that there was now an extra layer of meaning to the song he was then performing.

June 15, 2015
Movies, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Music, John Cusak, Paul Dano, The Beach Boys, Love & Mercy

The Brian Wilson Story Earns A Triumphant Treatment In ‘Love & Mercy’

Brian Wilson’s genius, collapse, and resurrection are the subject of the biopic “Love & Mercy”.

June 2, 2015

Book Review: ‘Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns And The Dirty Business Of Rhythm And Blues’

‘Here Comes the Night’ by Joel Selvin is the story of Bert Berns, an R&B producer whose “name may be lost, but his music is everywhere.”

May 31, 2015

Appreciation: B.B. King Built A Bridge To The Blues For The World

The least important historical fact about B.B. King, who died in Las Vegas on Thursday, is the one most people know: that he played the blues on a guitar he’d named Lucille.

May 18, 2015

Endorse This: Hail To The King

Watch a special performance by King at the White House in 2012, as he sang one of his signature tunes.

May 15, 2015

Endorse This: ‘Stand By Me’

Watch a 1987 performance by Ben E. King of this great song, as part of an all-star band at The Prince’s Trust Rock Concert in England.

May 1, 2015

Endorse This: The IRS — A Love Song

Click above to see Oliver team up with special musical guest Michael Bolton for a musical ode to the IRS — even if it involves a certain unattractive part of the human body.

April 13, 2015
Coachella, Classic Rock, Music, Festival, Entertainment, Baby Boomer, Millennials

Coachella Goes Boom(er) With Classic Acts Steely Dan, AC/DC

Coachella and other music festivals tap into the classic rock vein, bringing aged acts to millennial audiences.

April 13, 2015

Ringo Starr Focuses On The Next Move

The record’s opening track charts the excitement of Starr playing rock ‘n’ roll in postwar Liverpool before he fell in with what he often refers to as “that other band I was in.”

March 31, 2015

Ted Cruz: I’m A Country Music Fan — Ever Since 9/11

Where were you, on that fateful day — when Ted Cruz became a country music fan?

March 24, 2015

Reggie Watts Brings Unique Style To ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’

Bandleaders are the vice presidents of the talk show world. They don’t have a lot to do, but when needed, they step up and support the talk show party in any way asked.

March 24, 2015

‘Blurred Lines’ Ruling Stuns The Music Industry

The “Blurred Lines” verdict has effectively “made it illegal to reference previous material.”

March 11, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore Meets The Mayor

Larry Wilmore welcomed a special guest for a full episode interview: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

March 3, 2015
The Temptations playing in July 1991 at the Summertime Jazz, Blues & World Music Festival in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). "Sava Centar" venue. (Zoran Veselinovic/Wikimedia Commons)

‘My Girl’ — 50 Years And Counting

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a cultural touchstone.

March 2, 2015

Bob Seger Turns A Page With A Nashville Sound And Liberal Lyrics

Bob Seger, an icon of the red-state heartland, holds forth on a variety of issues closely associated with liberal politics.

February 27, 2015