Six Reasons Employers Should Hire Touring Musicians

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In 2014, you should've already figured it out by now: Your dumpy, forgettable band with few fans should be touring. The need to turn your local bar band into a mobile poverty-stricken disaster unit is of utmost importance. It's your chance to see beautiful rolling landscapes, fall in love with people you'll only talk to on the Internet and learn how to comfortably carry yourself onstage. Tour is where baby takes his first steps -- gaining a new, elevated perspective and examining the world with awe while still shitting his pants.

Literally.

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10 Terribly Sad Albums to Hear Before You Die

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We all love sad music. We love it when there is something about sad music we can relate to through our own sad personal life experiences. It is pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is broken. It is also pleasant to listen to a song about heartbreak when your heart is not broken, but when it has been broken in the past, and you can recall that sad feeling through a sad song. We even enjoy it when the sadness of a particular song is a type of sadness we have never personally experienced, because we can put ourselves in other people's shoes and temporarily enjoy their sadness. There are many different modes of sadness and many different modes of sad music. But these are 10 terribly sad albums you should listen to before you die.

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Ten Out-Music Carol Covers: A Very Avant-Garde Christmas

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'Tis the season, as they say, to make merry -- to spike and quaff egg nog, to unearth crates of broken ornaments, to wrap overpriced boxed sets in radioactive tinsel. It is also the season, unfortunately, to suffer through traditional and more recent versions of Christmas carols you were already sick and tired of way before puberty.

With that in mind, Sound of the City is proud to present a brief survey of some unusually discordant and avant-garde versions of yuletide standards -- and fellow-traveler originals -- that are guaranteed to alienate everybody in your family into clearing out early. Just think: You'll have all the Heavenly Ham and pumpkin pie to yourself. Our list of jams appears after the jump.

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Six Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed to Like

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There's a lot of bad music out there, and at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu-metal is generally not much more than a relic of the '90s and early '00s that we're all still trying to forget. It's hard to get people to take you seriously when they find out that you genuinely enjoy the stylings of greaseballs with seven-string guitars. Believe it or not, though, some of these oft-maligned acts actually have some talent, and are worthy of a little appreciation. In keeping, we've produced a modest-size list to encourage people to get down with the sickness*.

*Note: Disturbed is not a nu-metal band you should ever admit to enjoying.

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Which Female Country Star is Your Favorite Rapper?

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Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitely tried their hand at playing in some form or other. Here, we compare rappers to female country stars. Because why not? GO!

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Hanson Brew a Beer Called MmmHops

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This month, lovers of beer and irony everywhere have been thoroughly enjoying the fact that everyone's weirdest kid band, Hanson, have not only grown up, come of age and started playing music again, but they've also launched their own beer--and it's called Mmmhops (see what they did there?). In light of that, as well as the trio's return to Irving Plaza on yesterday and today--and the release of new album Anthem this week--we're pretty sure Hanson feel like celebrating. Here are some other lines of musician-related booze the band could raise a glass with.

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The Best Dipset Songs Ever

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Time flies especially when one of your aliases is "The Fly Boys." It's been 10 years since the Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and the rest of that "hooligan gang" the Diplomats (a collective of Harlem hustlers and goons) released their double disc effort, Diplomatic Immunity. Since then they've gone through more then their fair share of label drama, beefs, break ups and make ups. To celebrate the fact that they were able survive the turbulent rap game, they are commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Diplomatic Immunity with a concert tonight at B.B. King.

Of course such an event deserves some shine so we compiled a list of their best songs as a group. No solo spots, just songs where at least two of the three star players rocked out together. Say it with us now... DIP SET! DIP SET! DIP SET! Owwwwwww!

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The 11 Best Fictional Bands of All Time

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Who the hell needs real bands when there are so many great fictional ones? Here's some of the best -- our list goes to 11, of course:

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Electronic Producers to Watch For in 2013

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This promises to be a fantastic year for electronic music, as the calendar is peppered with releases from some of the most exciting names around. Here are some acts to make sure you keep an eye on throughout the year.

A quick note: You can classify much of the music that follows as dubstep, a genre tag that's become almost altogether meaningless and not particularly useful when trying to describe a sound. (For instance, nothing below sounds remotely like Skrillex.) I'm of the opinion that many, if not all of the artists listed are exploring past the bounds of standardized genres and subgenres. But those of you who thirst for taxonomy can feel free to shorthand it as dubstep, with smatterings here and there of trance, house, and purple, if it'll help you sleep a little easier.

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Get Trippy Mane: Your Flawless Christmas Light Touring Soundtrack

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Now that Christmas is over and the presents are all unwrapped, you have no excuse but to switch off the computer, get up, wrestle on a cardigan and a sweater vest, grab your smart phone, and hit the streets. Vacate. Go. Get out, and look at some Christmas lights. Because, look, your hood didn't risk their necks and court the flu turning every available inch into an electrical fire hazard just so you could waste away December inside on Twitter, headbanging to Grimes and clipping your toenails. Christmas is awesome, hideously wasteful light outlays are awesome, and someday soon we'll all be living in a Mad Max-ian world where we'll miss having had a choice as to whether or not to spend the entirety of an evening goggling and bedazzled. So tour your local holiday lighting extravaganzas hard, dear reader, and often--and allow Sound of the City the pleasure of soundtracking your quest.

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