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Pop music concerts in San Fran area over next few months

My sister is moving from the UK to the San Francisco area in a few weeks. As a goodbye and good luck present I want to buy her tickets to a pop music concert in/near SF. Her tastes are quite broad, but mainly she likes good old sing-along pop music. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 25, 2014 - 9 answers

80 Bob Dylan covers released as singles in one 1965 fortnight?

Yesterday I was reading an article written by Johnny Black about Bob Dylan in an old (November 1998) MOJO magazine, and was intrigued by the following statement: "In one fortnight at the end of 1965, 80 cover versions of Dylan songs were released as singles." Is there any way I could find out exactly what those 80 singles were, short of writing to MOJO or Johnny Black and asking for the source of an article from well over a decade ago? Have any official data been retained (by, say, recording industry bodies or Dylan's publishers) pertaining to single releases during the mid-60s? Or have any Dylanologists organized such data?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Songs where he sings higher than she

I'm looking for examples of pop songs based on male/female vocal harmony, where the man is singing at a higher pitch than the woman. It sounds so fascinating to me. Every once in a while I'll hear an example on the radio, but I'm completely at a loss to recall them. Can you think of any? Bonus for songs where the man isn't employing falsetto to achieve this.
posted by oxisos on Mar 7, 2014 - 30 answers

Conscious Pop Music Hits of 2012-2014 for Play-List, Suggestions Needed

"Same Love" by Macklemore is the epitome of a conscious (social, environmental justice) pop music song that has been a hit over the past two years. I'm looking for others to create a playlist - pop music songs that have been hits with a socially environmentally conscious message, or at least are not misogynist or violent in any way - talk about love, relationships, etc in a respectful way. Can you make any suggestions? Thx!
posted by franklen on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Rihanna without Rihanna

I'm doing a mix CD challenge with my friends, and want to win. [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Dec 12, 2013 - 19 answers

I don't mean Switched On Bach, either.

I'm looking for examples of polyphonic pop and folk music. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper on Mar 17, 2013 - 14 answers

The worst earworm is the one you can't name.

"Sometimes I love you, sometimes I hate you -- sometimes I want you gone, sometimes you're my savior...." Maybe? I think? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Dec 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Le Pop Super-Bon!

Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant? Like Yelle (particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

What's this Venezuelan musical genre called?

In 2009 an acquaintance introduced me to a form of music that she said was very popular in Venezuela. It featured canned music, canned beats, and half-sung/half-rapped lyrics from people who seemed to be amateurs. She was very agitated about its rise, since she thought it was junk, and I agreed. I'm trying to remember what this was called, but the name isn't coming to me. Takers?
posted by 1adam12 on Dec 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Essential soundz of NOW

What essential hits of NOW must I have with me when I DJ tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Dec 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Russkaya popsa? Otlichno.

I use music a lot in my classroom. This year will be no different. Help me put together the best possible back-to-school playlist of school-friendly pop songs…with one caveat: they can’t be in English. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Aug 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Or we could just listen to, "It's a Small World," on Repeat

Around-the-World Party Playlist! I'm having an around the world potluck/costume/birthday party soon, and I'm looking for songs that support this theme. [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Jul 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Enough is Enough -- is she Guilty?

Can anyone help me track down this factoid (if it's even true)? Way before podcasts existed, I remember hearing a radio host or music pundit call Barbra Streisand a career annihilator (though I think he had a catchier name for it). He claimed that she held a unique position in pop music: that every number-one charting artist who released a duet with her a) saw that duet reach number 1 on the charts, and b) never had another number 1 hit again. I have never been able to find this statement again anywhere. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Make a pregnant woman cry.

What feel-good, sentimental, cheesy pop music should I listen to while pregnant? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Apr 24, 2012 - 33 answers

A Better Brand of Bubblegum

Fun but not vacuous, positive, current pop for my Katie Perry, Nicki Minaj obsessed 9 and 10 year old daughters. Help me guide their musical tastes toward the eclectic and sophisticated, while still being young, poppy, and fun. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Apr 10, 2012 - 41 answers

Podcast about pop music song construction.

I want to listen about popular music songs. I don't want to listen to just songs, but rather about how they're made. Things like instrumental contribution, song structure, different beats, along with examples of how they sound. [more inside]
posted by jefftang on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

"Someone Like You" sounds familiar.

What older song does Adele's "Someone Like You" remind me of? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Feb 16, 2012 - 26 answers

Music for pop princesesses

I'm looking for catchy pop songs w/ female vocalists suitable for young kids. It turns out I'm raising two pop princesses (aged 3 and 5) who love listening to music that I don't know much about. Help me find music to make a new mix tape that won't drive me and mom crazy! [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Feb 8, 2012 - 36 answers

If a pop song is used on an advert, who gets the money?

Pop music royalties: If a song is used on an advert, who gets the money? (UK) [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Dec 29, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for music...

I'm looking for songs that have infectious, surprising hooks. Help! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Dec 26, 2011 - 16 answers

ISO catchy, sonically interesting pop that isn't too harmonically weird.

ISO well-written, catchy pop music that is also interesting sonically. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Dec 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Can't think of any search terms

Google Fail. I can't think of any search terms to find this video, here's what I remember: 1. Very mosaic, brightly colored, pop music video (all animated). 2. Circa 1998 or thereabouts. 3. I believe the primary band members consisted of a heavy gay guy and a frail straight guy. 4. Super catchy tune. Help appreciated, thanks in advance. Additional info: A current running commercial is what brought this back into my mind. It may be a soft drink commercial, with lots of moving dots creating new mosaic patterns.
posted by Rafaelloello on Jul 11, 2011 - 3 answers

What fun music should I download?

Help me expand my library of cheesy pop nonsense music. [more inside]
posted by something something on Dec 21, 2010 - 22 answers

Songs that channel other artists?

What pop songs are pastiches of other songwriters' or performers' styles? I am not looking for parodies or comedy songs. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 10, 2010 - 56 answers

Khmer folk/pop song "Blue Basket" - what can you tell me?

Does anyone know anything about a Khmer folk/pop song called "Blue Basket?" [more inside]
posted by jtron on Jun 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me identify this female R&B/Pop artist.

I heard a retro song by a female R&B/Pop artist on Pandora and now can't remember any identifying details. Help? [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Looking for recommendations for recent popular music soundtracks

Does anyone have any recommendations for somewhat recent (post-2000) TV or movie popular music soundtracks (or some other kind of compilation)? I tend to like alternative rock, but I'm open to any genre. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Nov 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Now I've got to know what was that bus-dude's crime

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree is pretty unusual, in that its a romantic song about a recently released convict. It seems to be based on an urban legend, or possibly true story (see the wikipedia link). So my question is: Can we work out what the dude was in prison for? [more inside]
posted by memebake on Nov 1, 2009 - 26 answers

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward!

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward for the finder! [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Sep 14, 2009 - 29 answers

French-language versions of English pop songs?

I'm looking for French-language versions of well-known English-language pop songs. Any genre or era. (Bonus points for French versions of the New Wave songs from my youth...) My wife and I are learning French together, and I think this would be a fun way to add some color to that process.
posted by jdroth on Aug 3, 2009 - 32 answers

Upbeat Synthpop

I'm interested in finding more upbeat-sounding synthpop or alt/pop singles with electronic elements for my music library. [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on May 31, 2009 - 40 answers

Help me unlock the power of the four chords.

Why exactly is the appeal of those notorious four chords in pop music? I hear them everywhere, and I am starting to lose my shit. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on May 29, 2009 - 44 answers

I just wanna know, where did this song go?

Name-That-Tune Filter: uptempo pop/rock, female vocalist, and the hook contains the lyric "I just wanna know, where did she go?" Or something like it… [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Need some popular dance music recommendations.

I have been enlisted to DJ a high school dance. I need some cool, danceable music that I won't feel ashamed for playing. Now, I myself am a high school student, but my musical tastes deviate a little from what most of my compatriots would consider danceable. Whereas they listen to Basshunter, I listen to Selected Ambient Works 85-92, for example. However, I cannot play music that people will not like. Some suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Bahro on Mar 27, 2009 - 40 answers

What did the Pearl Beer "waterfall billboard" in Dallas say in 1996?

What did the old Pearl Beer "waterfall billboard" on I-35 in Dallas say in 1996? Am I crazy in thinking that the lyrics in the chorus of the Butthole Surfers song "Pepper" made direct reference to the text of the sign? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Mar 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Have You Heard of this Thai Pop Music Band?

Back in '95 while I was in Thailand on a movie shoot, one of the locals on the crew was playing some bubble gum-sounding Thai pop music I found kind of catchy. I would like to find it again, but I don't know what it was. I asked him the name of the band at the time and he said what I took to be either Mister Moss or Mister Mars. Either way, I can't find it. Does it ring a bell?
posted by jfrancis on Jan 5, 2009 - 3 answers

Peppy pop

Peppy indie/foreign pop? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac on Dec 29, 2008 - 23 answers

Sounds like...

There's this whole group of British pop songs that sound like the chorus to the song "Elenore" by The Turtles. Only I'm not British and don't know them. Do you? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 29, 2008 - 23 answers

Pachabel's Canon

Tracks based around Pachabel's Canon... does an even vaguely complete list exist? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jul 2, 2008 - 21 answers

Betrayed by the sound engineer... Great songs, Horrible recordings...

What are some brilliant songs that suffered from (or were totally ruined by) poor studio production? [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Mar 11, 2008 - 57 answers

1940s Song ID needed

A coworker of mine is trying to remember/identify a pop song from the 1940s, but all she has is some lyrics. [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Jan 29, 2007 - 4 answers

Pop songs like Unwritten

GirlPowerPopSongFilter: Songs like Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Nov 24, 2006 - 20 answers

the police and the wtf?

What are the lyrics of the Metric song Police and the Private about? Drug addiction? Prostitution? Post-9/11 security? I have listened to it 50 times and it's driving me completely nuts; I can't figure it out. The last lines seems to undo the above meanings.
posted by luriete on Nov 23, 2006 - 2 answers

Missing: cheesy pop song

I'm looking for an extremely cheesy song played on the radio in the United States in the early 1980's. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Feb 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Standards and pop songs for wedding reception

Yet another wedding music question: my sister has asked me to help her out by compiling a list of "standards and pop songs" for the DJ to play at her wedding. Because my taste in music is stuck in the Depeche Mode/New Order/The Cure era, I have no idea how to compile this list. [more inside]
posted by necessitas on Jan 1, 2006 - 15 answers

Why are country songs so often complete sentences?

Why are so many country music songs (compared to pop songs) titled with complete sentences? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Nov 11, 2005 - 11 answers

What's this song?

Can anyone help identify this song currently in heavy rotation on New Zealand radio stations (and possibly elsewhere)? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 26, 2005 - 4 answers

Pop vs Rock

What's the difference between Pop and Rock? [More Inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 15, 2004 - 37 answers

Hip French music recommendations?

Suggestions of French pop tunes/artists? I know a very kind, lovely 11 year-old girl who is recovering from hip surgery in a dull, rural town. She'll be going to France on an exchange next year, and I'd like to take her there a little early, via a mix-CD. She likes Garbage, Sheryl Crow, Blink 182, Alanis Morrisette and India Arie. Can you help me make something...uh... hip?
posted by stonerose on Mar 16, 2004 - 37 answers

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