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Author: "MADD" Manda Walsh

Music as Therapy

I believe it was Macklemore who said, “Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heartstrings. It acts as medicine.” If you’re any kind of music nut like me, then you understand this quote on a much deeper level than maybe most people. Yes, I enjoy music and I critique and analyze it, and I’ve also used it as the soundtrack to a countless number of occasions throughout my life. Whether on a road trip or short car rides, at parties or bars, on my commute to and from work or alone...

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Her ‘Reputation’ Will Be Great

It’s happened again. Taylor Swift not only broke the Internet, but she also broke some new records in true Taylor fashion. After giving the world a break from herself for three years, Taylor Swift is back with new music and as usual, people are losing their minds over it. “Look What You Made Me Do,” the first single off the singer’s upcoming album entitled Reputation, due out November 10th, made its debut late in the evening on Thursday August 24th and immediately caused a feeding frenzy among the media, critics, fans, and of course the haters. As if the...

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Lindsey Ell: The Project

After breakthrough artist Lindsay Ell released her debut EP titled Worth the Wait just three months ago, fans were already begging for more. After a lot of hype and much anticipation, Ell’s full length album entitled The Project was finally released on Friday, August 11th, and people are freaking out over it. Social media has exploded the last few days with status updates, tweets and Instagram photos expressing only the most positive feedback and highest praises for Ell’s grand slam of a first album. Adoring fans, fellow peers, and major artists, including Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley, have all...

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All Time Low’s Last Young Renegade Tour is Proof Pop Punk Survives!

Like every genre, pop punk has certainly experienced its share of changes over the years. Since its heyday back in the 2000’s when I was a teenager and young adult reveling in the scene, pop punk has seen a major shift in the bands that make up the sub-genre of punk rock. Bands that once dominated the scene have since disbanded, faded away, dropped off the face of the earth, or altered their sound so much that they’ve lost their core fans. Yes, there are still a few veteran pop punk rockers left that are hanging on with the...

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CMA Fest Takeover – The Top Five Lists

It’s been over a month since I returned from CMA Fest in Nashville, and I feel like now that I’ve fully recovered and let it all sink in, I can officially try to accurately describe in detail just how incredible of an experience it really was. Of course, it’s going to be impossible to give you a full, in-depth review in just one article. So, consider this part one of my two-part CMA Fest review. I feel like the best (and most fun) way to introduce you to just a fraction of what CMA Fest has to offer is...

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