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AKB48 member Haruka Shmazaki on the front cover of the TYPE-A edition of the groups' 40th single “Bokutachi wa Tatakawanai.” Official album artwork.

SoundBreak: Heavy Rotation

May 22, 2015

The spring semester is over and summer is just around the corner, no matter how gloomy it may look outside. Time to sit back and relax after a semester...

Rancid lead guitarist Lars Frederiksen performing at House of Blues Las Vegas on July 2013. Photo by Tyler Newton.

SoundBreak: Punk’s not dead: A look at some of punk rock’s best albums, artists and eras

March 11, 2015

Rising from the ashes of the rebelliousness of the early ‘70s, punk rock became more than just some run-of-the-mill musical genre “that the kids were...

AKB48's Team K during the final performance of the 2014 revival of their fourth stage show “Saishuu Bell ga naru” in the AKB48 Theatre in Akihabara, Tokyo on April 16. AKS, Courtesy photo.

SoundBreak: AKB48’s Team K steps out of the classic J-pop box

December 10, 2014

Looking back, 2008 was a very interesting year for music. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” reached its 25th anniversary, pop punk pioneers The Get Up...

SoundBreak: Going back to basics with a punk classic

The Clash bassist Paul Simonon smashing his bass during a 1979 New York City concert at The Palladium. Photo by Pennie Smith.

Angelica Wallingford

October 14, 2014

Music has gotten really electronic and computerized over the years. You can’t turn on a radio station or download an album without hearing songs saturated...

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