Explosive! Intense! Energy!

Rebellion and rock are joined at the hip, by the hip, morphing from drag strips and street corners in the 50s, to garage bands in the 60's to punk in the 70's. By the late 80's and early 90's the stakes and intensity levels were increasing--The Offspring had a huge...

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See you Later, Alligator

Icelandic quintet Of Monsters and Men had a mega-hit in 2012 with "Little Talks;"  their latest release "Alligator" is all about the energy--explosive--and the group's originality.  Creatively, they stand out from much of what is out there today. I see color raining...

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G-L-O-R-I-A !

What's in a name?  Apparently, a lot, if the name is Gloria, as we music-loving Boomers know: In the 1950s it was The Cadillacs and their doo-wop style; in the 60s it was Them/Van Morrison and the classic rocker, "Gloria;" in the 80s Laura Branigan's "Gloria" was a #1...

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The Black Keys: So Cool They Sizzle

Some hits are more equal than other hits, for example, Norman Greenbaum's (1970) "Spirit in the Sky"--it only reached #3 on the Billboard chart, but it's a bona fide classic, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Those who...

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Some Songs Are More Memorable Than Other Songs

Some songs just have a a “different" sound, like Procol Harum’s blues/rock "Whiter Shade of Pale." One of 1967's biggest hits, it's a perennial Boomer favorite, with almost 100 million Youtube views. Dermot Kennedy creates a "different” sound,” too, and, tempo aside,...

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Longing for a Pink Floyd Vibe?

How do we know that Cage the Elephant hits the Boomer sweet spot? Because this is the fifth time BoomerMusicUpdate has posted one of their songs.  For some reason, their music connects to the songs of our collective past. Music-wise, their newest, “Ready to Let Go,”...

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The Raconteurs: Not as Wild as Steven Tyler…

    Generally speaking, Boomers believe that our generation’s music was the best ever, and one reason we believe that to be true is Aerosmith’s “Crazy,” a top 10 hit in 1993. It has great everything:  words, music, message, emotion, connection, energy… a...

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Funk is Alive & Well

If "get down” and “funky” appeal to you, than this is your song:  “Soul Train” by singer/songwriter Just Loud has the kind of funkadelic vibe that was perfected by Prince, an obvious and major influence on this 29-year old new star. Tightly produced, high energy and...

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