The love for music is universal. We set out to find amazing artwork celebrating music and musicians that have defined eras, topped the popularity charts and in general brightened up our day. This compilation of posters that spans genres and time periods is a tribute to great art that is often overlooked. It’s also an opportunity for us to shine light on some brilliant artists behind these beauties.
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(This list is in no particular order and may not be exhaustive)
Addictive hooks and tunes and often quite intelligent and well written lyrics. Brash yet melodic, Led Zeppelin produced some of the best guitar sounds ever played coupled with wailing vocals in a combination that makes every song stick in your head.
Using numerous words to describe The Beatles is probably still not sufficient enough, since they are obviously a great phenomenon in music industry and happen to be the greatest pop/rock band the world ever has. Their songs and images carry powerful ideas of love, peace, help, and imagination evoked creativity and liberation that outperformed the rusty Soviet propaganda and contributed to breaking walls in the minds of millions.
The Doors were influenced by so many other genres, they seemed inexhaustible. They had a thirst for knowledge that showed in their albums. The band was too dynamic, drawing from psychedelia, the potential to work on many subliminal and unconscious levels. You’d have to change your definition depending on which album or even song you are listening to and the context in which you are listening to it. The blanket definitions just cover the surface: there is a lot more underneath.
THE ROLLING STONES
Unlike The Beatles, whose music began as simple love pop love songs,the Rolling Stones’ music was influenced by African American blues music and the cultural views that accompanied it. Little did the Rolling Stones know how apt their name – inspired by the title of a Muddy Waters song, “Rollin’ Stone” would turn out to be. Throughout five decades of shifting tastes in popular music, the Stones have kept rolling, adapting to the latest styles without straying from their roots as a lean, sinuous rock and roll band with roots in electric blues.
Taking its name from the medieval torture device, Iron Maiden was part of England’s late-Seventies crop of heavy-metal bands that boasted simple guitar riffs, bone-crunching chords and shrieking vocals.
You get a new feeling every time you listen to a Floyd song. Some songs impress upon you and you can feel the intensity of the music penetrating through your mind. Whereas some songs make you feel numb and lost wandering aimlessly into the universe trying to explore more of it. It’s like a thrilling roller coaster ride, the high and lows heightening every experience.
Queen is one of the most unusual bands ever. They experimented with genres: hard rock moving towards speed metal (Stone Cold Crazy), art rock (Bohemian Rhapsody), pop-rock (Under Pressureand the rest of Hot Space), funk(Fun It), and some simple melodic rock (like Crazy Little Thing Called Love). There’s something for everyone. Freddie Mercury brought an invigorating theatricality to his performances, making him one of the best rock frontmen ever.
Four musicians with painted faces and platform shoes rose from the streets of New York to create one of rock & roll’s biggest bands – and brands. KISS looked like nothing else in pop music history. Each member adopted a different persona: Starchild! Demon! Spaceman! Cat! It would be tempting to think that the band was all show and no substance, but there was a clear artistic point of view, with music and lyrics that were upbeat, direct, populist and unambiguous. And even romantic given the success of “Beth,” from Destroyer (1976), Criss’ paean to his long-suffering then-wife.
Janis Joplin was perhaps the premier blues-influenced rock singer of the late Sixties, and certainly one of the biggest female rock stars of her time.
Along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Who complete the holy trinity of British rock. The group began as fashionable London mods, playing a self-styled brand of “Maximum R&B,” but became much more: the pioneers of rock opera, a powerhouse arena act, and among the first rock groups to successfully integrate (rather than merely fiddle with) synthesizers. Their smashed guitars and overturned (or blown up) drum kits symbolized the violent passions of a band that mixed four distinct and powerful sounds.
Aerosmith were America’s feisty retort to hard-rocking British groups like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who, Cream, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Almost alone among American bands, Aerosmith matched those British legends in power, intensity, and notoriety. Moreover, they’ve long since surpassed many of their influences in terms of longevity and popularity.
For three decades AC/DC has reigned as one of the best-loved and hardest-rocking bands in the world. Featuring guitarist Angus Young as their visual symbol and musical firebrand, they grew from humble origins in Australia to become an arena-filling phenomenon with worldwide popularity. They did so without gimmickry, except for Angus’s schoolboy uniform, which became mandatory stage attire. From the beginning they have been a straight-ahead, no-frills rock and roll band that aimed for the gut.
Jimi Hendrix was one of the biggest cultural figures of the Sixties, a psychedelic voodoo child who spewed clouds of distortion and pot smoke and delighted audiences in the 1960s with his outrageous electric guitar playing skills and his experimental sound.
Best known as the hippie revolutionaries who produced Sixties pop nuggets like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love,” Jefferson Airplane survived myriad personnel shifts, including the 1984 departure of founder/guiding light Paul Kantner, several name changes. Over its subsequent years, the band morphed from psychedelic rockers to an MOR pop powerhouse and back again.
Coldplay’s sound —elegant, melodic, vaguely spacey and very dramatic — bore plenty of similarity to mid-1990s Radiohead. But the group’s hooks, sharpened by frontman Chris Martin’s ability to pull heartstrings, and the their willingness to evolve their sound, gave Coldplay staying power. As a result, the band became one of the most commercially successful acts of the new millennium.
Along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam were initially known for popularizing grunge, the Seattle sound that exploded nationwide in the early Nineties. But the band became an American rock institution by broadening their heavy, Led Zeppelin-influenced sound while maintaining the emotional depth that made their songs so resonant in the first place.
British diva Adele touches the hearts of millions with her soulful singing style and powerfully emotional yet catchy songs.
In the 2000s, no pop star was as poised, as polished, or as generally fierce as Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. She scored early success with Destiny’s Child, which started out as a sexier and sassier, then steadily became more and more of a vehicle for Beyoncé’s operatic vocals and general diva-tude.
It took Justin Timberlake less than a decade to transform from a curly-haired New Mickey Mouse Club member to a teen-pop sensation to a debonair, highly respected R&B star.
At a time when mainstream pop was getting dangerously bland, Lady Gaga came charging to the rescue. Here was a New York art diva who knew how to make a spectacle of herself, refusing to wear pants and storming the Top 40 with the battle cry “This beat is sick/ I wanna take a ride on a disco stick!”
Elvis Presley was rock & roll’s first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with a natural sexuality that made him a teen idol and role model for generations of cool rebels.
With Bono’s soulful, grandiose cry, The Edge’s intricately textured guitar parts, and the steady propulsion of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr., U2’s sound is instantly recognizable and much-imitated.
Herman Brood was a Dutch musician and painter. As a musician he achieved artistic and commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s, and was called “the Dutch greatest and only rock ‘n’ roll star”.
Black Sabbath invented heavy metal in the Seventies, and Metallica redefined it in the Eighties. Since erupting on the scene with their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, in 1983, Metallica has been a cutting-edge band – the standard by which metal’s vitality and virtuosity are measured. No band has loomed larger, rocked heavier, raged more angrily or pushed the limits further than Metallica.
Kanye West is full of contradictions: He’s arrogant but self-deprecating, materialistic but religious, remarkably rude but also sensitive. Rather than sublimate those conflicts, his music shows them off. By melding the gangsta ethos with his own nerdy persona and making hip-hop that was at once deeply introspective, utterly distinct, and lots of fun, West became the most important new pop star of the 2000s.
One of the greatest living rappers — and certainly the most inventive and consistently successful — Jay-Z has built a career on combining nimble, braggadocious and largely autobiographical rhymes with adventurous production that incorporates everything from snatches of classic R&B to Broadway showtunes and Eighties electropop.
His material suggests that Wayne isn’t only the best rapper in the hip-hop, but also the weirdest: The rapper’s grizzled rhymes we
re as all-over-the-place as he was, ranging from quick-tongued braggadocio about girls, cash and guns to gut-wrenching expressions of personal pain to instances of pure id like “I can mingle with the stars and throw a party on Mars / I am a prisoner locked up behind Xanax bars,” from the psychedelic mixtape cut “I Feel Like Dying.
Enrique grew up largely in Miami and began singing as a teenager. He released his self-titled debut album in 1995 and, like his subsequent studio works, proved to be a huge success. By early 2012, Iglesias had sold more than 60 million records worldwide. His most successful songs include “Bailamos,” “Rhythm Divine,” “Be With You,” “Escape,” “Maybe,” “Don’t Turn Off The Lights” and “Hero.”
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber was barely into his teens when he released his 2009 debut, My World, and became one of the youngest success stories in contemporary pop when it went either platinum or double platinum in several countries.
Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer makes ebullient, high-energy music that straddles the line between ’90s punk-pop and 2000s boy band pop. Formed in 2011, the band features fellow Norwest Christian College grads Luke Hemmings (lead vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar/vocals), Calum Hood (bass/vocals), and Ashton Irwin (drums/vocals).
Jimmy Cliff was reggae’s ﬁrst international star and remains its greatest living ambassador, having taken the music of Jamaica to all corners of the world.
The French group Phoenix, draw elements from their eclectic ’80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying blend of rock and synthesizers. Vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d’Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazalai were a garage band based out of Mars’ house in the suburbs of Paris. Mazzalai’s older brother Branco joined the band on guitar when his band Darlin’ disbanded in 1995.
Flame-haired singer/songwriter, beatboxer, and guitarist Ed Sheeran’s eclectic blend of acoustic pop, folk, and hip-hop has been championed by everyone from the underground grime scene to American Oscar winners.
Following the success of JLS and the Wanted, X Factor contestants One Direction were the next group of heartthrobs to help revive the boy band concept.
The group was formed by Niall Horan from Mullingar, Ireland; Zayn Malik from Bradford; Harry Styles from Cheshire; Louis Tomlinson from Doncaster, and Liam Payne from Wolverhampton.
Drake was a cross-platform cultural phenomenon in the 2010s. The songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether on his own chart-topping releases or through a long string of guest appearances.
After several years as one of pop music’s premier songwriters, Mars broke out as a singer in his own right with the 2010 hit “Nothin’ on You.”
Their signature blend of layered, folk-inflected dub-pop and soaring alternative rock was first heard on the 2012 singles “Matilda” and “Fitzpleasure” with the group’s full-length studio debut, An Awesome Wave, arriving later that year. The album would eventually go on to earn the prestigious Mercury Prize, alongside three Brit Award nominations.
A solo project of Aaron Bruno, AWOLNATION began as a creative outlet for the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.With AWOLNATION, Bruno built a kind of creative free-for-all for himself, allowing him to mix genres as he wanted in a style reminiscent of Beck, blending live instrumentation, electronic elements, and slick production into an electro-pop hybrid drawing from the whole of pop music.
Formed by brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher and their Manchester mates, Oasis rose to the top of the British charts in the mid-Nineties with its flair for classic psychedelic pop. The Beatles-influenced rock of its debut album, Definitely Maybe (1994), made Oasis overnight pop stars.
Combining her love of classical music with EDM, hip-hop, and dubstep, violinist, dancer, and performance artist Lindsey Stirling is best known for videos she posts to her YouTube channel, and for competing on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent in 2010.
Contrasting her edgy, tomboyish style with that of her female popstar peers, Pink has had huge success with hits like “You Make Me Sick” and “There You Go.
For almost 50 years, Bob Dylan has remained, along with James Brown, the most influential American musician rock & roll has ever produced. Inscrutable and unpredictable, Dylan has been both deified and denounced for his shifts of interest, while whole schools of musicians took up his ideas. His lyrics — the first in rock to be seriously regarded as literature — became so well known that politicians from Jimmy Carter to Vaclav Havel have cited them as an influence.
Sonny Moore found club and mainstream stardom beginning in 2008, when he swapped his gig as the frontman in post-hardcore band From First to Last for the dancefloor-oriented project Skrillex. In 2010, the self-released digital download EP My Name Is Skrillex appeared, combining the Benny Benassi and Deadmau5 styles of electro with the same type of over-the-top samples and giant noise of electronica acts like the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim.
Joel Zimmerman, masked EDM hitmaker and celebrity DJ Deadmau5 rose to prominence when his track “Faxing Berlin” found its way onto the playlist of legendary DJ/producer Pete Tong’s radio show. Deadmau5 soon became an important figure in the world of progressive house music,
A superstar Dutch DJ who helped shape the EDM explosion of 2012-2013, Robbert van de Corput tbecame Hardwell when he began DJing at the age of 13. Watching the massive dance parties broadcast on MTV influenced the teen Hardwell to learn how to mix, and he soon became interested in remixing and working on his own productions.
Depeche Mode were the quintessential Eighties techno-pop band, parlaying a fascination with synthesizers into huge success on the British charts (where its albums consistently went Top 10) and eventually on the U.S. pop chart.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
The ultimate New York band — and, arguably, the most influential of all the proto-punk groups — the Velvet Underground were unique among Sixties rockers in their intentional crudity, in their sense of beauty in ugliness, and in their dark and risqué lyrics. During the age of flower power, the Velvets spoke in no uncertain terms of social alienation, sexual deviancy, drug addiction, violence, and hopelessness, evoking the exhilaration and destructiveness of modern urban life.
A former Christian artist, Katy Perry rebranded herself as a larger-than-life pop star and rose to prominence during the summer of 2008.
KATRINA AND THE WAVES
With a charismatic lead singer fronting a band pulled together by guitarist Kimberley Rew, who could write songs like nobody’s business, they seemed tailor-made for success. And they did briefly cut a swathe across pop music in Europe, America, and around the world, achieving some serious success of their own with a pair of catchy, hook-laden songs.
British diva Amy Winehouse scored legions of fans with her 2006 album, Back to Black, which showed off her brassy, sweet-and-sour voice and taste for meticulously retro soul music.
GUNS N’ ROSES
Guns N’ Roses shot to stardom with Appetite for Destruction, the biggest-selling debut in rock history. The album combined Seventies-derived hard rock and a hedonistic rebelliousness that simultaneously recalled the early Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, and the Sex Pistols.
RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS
Formed in the wake of the L.A. punk scene, the Red Hot Chili Peppers combined funk and punk with macho, sexed-up lyrics. (One early track was called “Party on Your Pussy”). The result was a high-octane sound that made the quintet alt-rock favorites in the Eighties, then superstars in the Nineties.
With her distinctive little-girl voice, thrift-store style, and art-school training, Cyndi Lauper was one of the earliest female icons to harness MTV’s influence and become a pop star.
Few bands in rock history have had a more immediate and tangible impact on their contemporary pop musical landscape than Nirvana did in the early Nineties. Within hours of the release of Nirvana’s anarchic, angry single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” —the rules had changed. Artifice was devalued; pure, raw emotion was king.
Jackson changed the balance in the pop world in a way that nobody has since. He forced rock & roll and the mainstream press to acknowledge that the biggest pop star in the world could be young and black, and in doing so he broke down more barriers than anybody.
Bob Marley did more than anyone else to popularize reggae around the globe. He was a gifted songwriter who could mix protest music and pop as skillfully as Bob Dylan, and his songs of determination, rebellion, and faith became important parts of the rock and pop canon.
Caravan Palace is a self-described électro-swing group from Paris, France, that made its full-length album debut in 2008. Comprised of Charles Delaporte (bass, programming), Arnaud Vial (guitar, programming), Hugues Payen (violin, programming), Colotis Zoé (vocals), Toustou (electronics, trombone), and Chapi (clarinette), the group is chiefly influenced by Django Reinhardt but also cites Vitalic, Cab Calloway, Justice, Lionel Hampton, and Daft Punk among its influences.
The Pierces, comprising sisters Catherine and Allison,was a slick blend of folk harmonizing and adult alternative textures.
These Las Vegas rockers, stormed the charts with their blend of synth-based dance-pop and emotionally charged, Brit-pop-inspired alternative.
The biggest rock band to emerge from Iceland, the Sugarcubes drew notice for their offbeat songs and singer Björk Gudmundsdóttir, an elfin womanchild with a powerful, keening voice.
With their thoroughly modern disco sound — a blend of house, funk, electro and techno — this French duo were one of the biggest electronic music acts of the late 1990s and 2000s. Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter were as influenced by rock bands like AC/DC as they were by classic disco acts.
Cleverly using dance music blogs as the platform to launch his career,Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, has since become one of the most prominent producers on the burgeoning Swedish house scene.
Punk revivalists with style, substance and hooks galore, Green Day have gone through two distinct identities. They were bratty, mischievous twentysomethings when they hit MTV in 1994, but Green Day became elder statesmen during the 2000s with American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown—a pair of epic, politically charged rock and roll operas that chronicled the confused reality of life in the first decade of the new millennium.
Her pleasure-celebrating dance music and outré videos gave feminism a much-needed makeover throughout the Eighties, smashing sexual boundaries, making eroticism a crucial pop-song element, and challenging social and religious mores. To her detractors, she merely reinforced the notion of “woman as plaything,” turning the clock back on conventional feminism two decades.
R&B and dance-pop singer Rihanna’s stark, sexualized hit singles established her as one of the biggest pop stars in music history.
Eminem is the best-selling white rapper of all time, alternately comic and confrontational, both hugely talented and highly controversial.
Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, with his lazy drawl and gangster persona, became one of the most commercially successful artists in all of rap. Alongside artists like N.W.A., Tupac, and Ice-T, Snoop epitomizes West Coast hip-hop.
Conceived as the first “virtual hip-hop group,” Gorillaz blended the musical talents of Dan “The Automater” Nakamura, Blur’s Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, and Tom Tom Club’s Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz with the arresting visuals of Jamie Hewlett, best known as the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl.
Influenced by the unpredictable rhymes of Missy Elliot along with the sexually charged attitudes of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, rapper, television reality show judge, and household name Nicki Minaj was discovered thanks to her MySpace page
Formed in Gothenberg, Sweden in 1996, this electronic quartet comprise lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano(Vocals, Percussion), Hakan Wirenstrand (Keyboards), Erik Bodin (Drums), and Fredrik Kallgren Wallin(Bass).
Prince is one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time, and also one of the most mysterious.
His Minneapolis sound- a hybrid of rock, pop, and funk, with blatantly sexual lyrics — not only influenced his fellow Minneapolis artists, but also impacted much of 1980s dance-pop music.
LANA DEL RAY
Lana Del Rey makes atmospheric, orchestral, retro-’60s-sounding pop that showcases her torchy image and sensuous singing style
B. B. KING
Riley “B.B.” King has been called the “King of the Blues” and “Ambassador of the Blues,” and indeed he’s reigned across the decades as the genre’s most recognizable and influential artists.
Tupac Shakur was one of the most dynamic, influential and self-destructive pop stars of the Nineties. The rapper’s husky voice described his stark contradictions, setting misogyny against praise of strong women, hard-won wisdom against the violence of the “thug life” The critical and commercial successes of his music were continually overshadowed by his legal and personal entanglements.
Although he never became a household name, Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs — perhaps the greatest — of all time within the hip-hop community.His flow is smooth and liquid, inflected with jazz rhythms and carried off with an effortless cool that makes it sound as though he’s not even breaking a sweat.
Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him. A native of Compton, California,
In the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, as well as through his prolific solo work, guitarist Eric Clapton has continually re-defined his own version of the blues. From the start, he caught audiences’ attention with his fiery, adventurous and precise playing. Over the next four decades, Clapton did little to dampen that reputation and was named number four in Rolling Stone‘s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”
Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo’s epic, electronically tinged songwriting with raw, brutally honest lyrics is influenced as much by ’80s pop as by contemporary EDM.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
With a reputation for a scathingly intense live performance and a quickly sold-out CD-R demo, Explosions In The Sky, was touted early on in their career as the next phenomenon in moody and dynamic instrumental indie rock.
While Atlanta and Houston artists were establishing their cities as Southern strongholds, Ross aimed at putting Miami back in rap’s national spotlight.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark foster, indie rock trio Foster The People make melodic and atmospheric, dance-oriented pop
With the experimental warmth of ’60s French films and the pizzicato flavor of horizontal hip-hop, Simon Green’s Bonobo project established the welcome niche of a pretension-free, post-party intellectual chillout.
Taking cues from several decades of alternative rock, Mute Math (also known as MUTEMATH and MuteMath) fuse together New Order’s synth-dance epics, the Stone Roses’ shambling shuffle, Radiohead’s chilliness, Air’s ambient pop, and the booming vocals of mainstream pop/rock.
Besides being at the forefront of the electro-trap music movement, Brooklyn-based producer Baauer made headlines when his track “Harlem Shake” became the first viral sensation to debut on top of the Billboard charts.
Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music.
By distilling the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, The Clash, The Strokes, and The Libertines into a hybrid of swaggering indie rock and danceable neo-punk, Arctic became one of the U.K.’s biggest bands of the new millennium.
After making his introduction as a sensitive, acoustic-styled songwriter, John Mayer steadily widened his approach over the subsequent years, encompassing everything from blues-rock to adult contemporary in the process.
Taylor Swift is that rarest of pop phenomenona: a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream. Swift shed her country roots like they were a second skin to reveal she was perhaps the sharpest, savviest, populist singer/songwriter of her generation.
Inextricably linked with his pop culture touchstone “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-a-Lot parlayed a gonzo tribute to women with large buttocks into hip-hop immortality, even despite his failure to score another hit of its magnitude. But even before he struck crossover gold, Sir Mix-a-Lot was one of rap’s great D.I.Y. success stories.
GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT
God Is An Astronaut made a strong claim to being the best Irish indie export of the 2000s, thanks to their mix of epic melodies of post-rock, the precision of electronic-fuelled Krautrock and elements of space rock. The band’s status was further boosted by their active anti-war stance and their fierce live performances.
THE BLACK KEYS
The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar,vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage artists during a second wave of the genre’s revival. The band’s raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach’s blues influences.
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Radiohead were one of the most innovative and provocative bands of the 1990s and 2000s, five very serious Englishmen guys who developed their own sound and always tried really, really hard. The band, began as purveyors of a swooning, from-the-gut sound that Alicia Silverstone aptly labeled as “complaint rock” in the film Clueless.
Born Anton Zaslavski, German producer Zedd broke onto the European electronic scene in 2010 with a remix of Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.” Though known for his glitch, pulsing production, Zedd’s musical journey began in the acoustic realm.
Folk-soul chanteuse Ayo emerged as one of Europe’s biggest new pop stars of 2006 with her breakthrough debut LP, Joyful. Born to a Nigerian father and gypsy mother, as a child Ayo absorbed the musical traditions of her parentage as well as influences including American soul, reggae, and Afrobeat.
WALK OFF THE EARTH
Walk Off the Earth turn folky pop into a multimedia extravaganza with their irreverent and innovative takes on artists like Gotye and Adele.
Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-’50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz.
Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire.
Incubus became one of the most popular alt-metal bands of the new millennium, setting themselves apart from a crowded field with a tireless touring ethic and a broad musical palette.
MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN
Maynard James Keenan of Tool isn’t afraid to unseal the hidden miseries of everyday existence. With Tool’s first album Undertow, Keenan was thrust into the spotlight of alternative rock stardom; his grim lyrics and cold, angst-laden vocals appealed to both goth rockers and heavy metal enthusiasts.
LUKE SITAL SINGH
Raised in the southwest London suburb of New Malden, indie folk singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh released his first EP, Fail for You, in late 2012.
Young has always kept his fans guessing, turning an array of stylistic corners — country twang here, poignant picking there, and a whole lot of blaring guitar rock everywhere between. It doesn’t matter if the songs are personal confessions, allusive tales, or bouncy throwaways — since the mid-1960s Young has filled each with immediacy and passion.
What became known as soul music in the Sixties, funk music in the Seventies and rap music in the Eighties is directly attributable to James Brown. His transformation of gospel fervor into the taut, explosive intensity of rhythm & blues, combined with precision choreography and dynamic showmanship, served to define the directions black music would take from the release of his first R&B hit (“Please Please Please”) in 1956 to the present day.
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