The end of CMJ seems like the perfect excuse to bring back the Bored On Sunday column and discuss the best bands we've all discovered at music festivals. Despite most festivals having incredible lineups, with hundreds (if not thousands) of artists playing, there are always a few performances that stand out. They're often not the most popular shows, the most attended, or the most talked about, but they are what stand out to you and me... and what make the festival experience so memorable.

I spent the entire week roaming the streets of NYC, partying with fellow AP.net writers, and seeing band after band after band. I couldn't make a list of every artist I saw this past week, as is the...
Lueda Alia on 10/26/14 - 12:05 PM
We haven't had one of Eda's awesome Bored On Sunday discussions in a while, so I figured I'd whip one up for a discussion topic on a slow-moving Sunday. My question today is, which bands that we cover on AP.net should be on the radio today? Although it seems like a distant past, it wasn't all that long ago that pop-punk bands like All Time Low, Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy and many others graced the airwaves and MTV (when MTV played music videos). I've outlined a few songs that have come out recently that I think would have been on the radio back when these types of bands were more common. Take to the replies to discuss which songs and bands you think should be on regular rotation.

Thomas Nassiff on 05/27/12 - 01:53 PM
The discussion about music collections made me think of the music I listened to while growing up, which was essentially whatever my mother used to be into at the time. I remember getting cassettes (yes, I am that old) by some of her favourite bands, Queen, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Madonna, on my 7th birthday and listening to them nonstop for days. I would often quit my piano lessons early so I could go back to these cassettes and dance to "Smooth Criminal," whose lyrics I learned by heart before I even knew how to speak English, as well as "Living On My Own" ... all while thinking about how Freddie Mercury was so much cooler than Mozart or Beethoven. I also remember being glued...
Lueda Alia on 02/26/12 - 01:19 PM
People always seem to gravitate towards sad music, perhaps because it feels more heartfelt, or simply because misery loves company. In the famous word of Gotye, "You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness." But while we can all agree that music which pulls at our heart strings can have a big impact, it is impossible to forget about all the love songs that we could all relate to at certain points of our lives; songs that described our feelings and relationships so perfectly that they would inevitably become "our songs." I remember being fourteen years old and being beyond obsessed with "Konstantine" by Something Corporate. I used to sit in class, daydreaming about Andrew showing up...
Lueda Alia on 02/19/12 - 02:46 PM
I've been listening to Bowerbirds' upcoming album The Clearing on repeat the past week, and one of the songs I always put on first is actually... the first track, "Tuck The Darkness In." It's just so good. Naturally, I am now sitting here thinking of all the great album openers that I've been obsessed with over the years. Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay" pulls at my heart strings like no other, and it most definitely sets the tone for the rest of his self-titled album; Ratatat's "Seventeen Years" and Crystal Castles' "Fainting Spells" on the other hand, make me feel like I'm about to have a pretty epic listening experience throughout the entire albums. And of course, Islands' "Swans...
Lueda Alia on 02/12/12 - 12:47 PM
One of my favourite labels, Erased Tapes, are celebrating their 5th birthday today. During these 5 years, they have released some of my favourite albums and are currently home to some of the best modern classical musicians today: Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, and so on. It's safe to say that I would listen to literally anything that this label puts out, because they have earned my complete trust in the short period of time that they have been around. This obviously made me start thinking of our discussions regarding Drive-Thru Records, and how, once upon a time, I used to also listen to anything that they would release, which I'm sure many of you can relate to. As my...
Lueda Alia on 02/05/12 - 12:39 PM
We all listen to and love many bands that don't get much attention from the general population, and I think it would be a fair assumption to say that our love for said bands is what often brings us together on music sites such as this. There are many bands I could list off of the top of my head that make me wonder, "How is this band not more popular?" whenever I listen to their music, but there are a few who really stand out. For me, one of those bands would be the Winterpills, and you could say that their Kickstarter campaign is what has inspired this post. This is a band that I have followed for the past seven years, and I have yet to see them achieve the success that they deserve...
Lueda Alia on 01/29/12 - 02:30 PM

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