Prince: Master Craftsman

On April 21st, the world was shocked when it was forced to say a sad and far too early farewell to Prince, one of the most prolific, enigmatic, and influential artists of our time. He sold over 100 million records in his lifetime and Rolling…

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Penn’s Picks: Bowie Gems 1969 – 1979

Rarely has an artist’s death impacted so many people so deeply. Bowie defied genre. He defied gender. He goes down in the record books as one of the most innovative artists to ever live with a career spanning almost 50 years. In his honor, we…

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Penn’s Picks: Black History Month – 2016

In honor of Black History Month, we’re featuring 10 of the most influential Black artists and producers who have shaped the sound of popular music over the last hundred years. Limiting the list to just 10 was not an easy task, but we think you’ll…

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Penn’s Picks: Rockabilly Vol. 1

While a wide variety of genres and sub-genres shape today's mainstream hits, Rockabilly isn't usually one of them. However, that has changed with the release of Elle King's latest hit, "Ex's & Oh's." This Penn’s Pick Playlist features a combination of obscure gems and big…

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Penn’s Picks: Reggae Vol. 1

Since its inception back in the 1960s, Reggae has gone on to play a major role in popular culture, both in and out of the mainstream. This Penn's Picks playlist features a combination of obscure gems, live performances and hits by Reggae pioneers including Lee…

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Soul/Funk Vol. 1: 1968 – 1974

With Retro R&B/Soul and Funk being such a prominent influence in many of todays hits, we've put together a playlist that goes back to where it all began--circa 1968-1974. Interspersed with familiar hits, deep cuts, and killer live performances, this Penn’s Picks Playlist is designed…

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Jefferson Airplane Turns 50

Formed in 1965 and disbanded in 1972, Jefferson Airplane was one of the most successful, and arguably the best, of the mid-to-late 1960s San Francisco Psychedelic Rock bands. This Penn’s Picks Playlist spans the group’s entire career, featuring a combination of hits, obscure gems, live…

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70s/80s Rock & New Wave: The Next Big Thing?

Of all the trends that shaped the sound of the songs that landed in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 during the last couple of quarters, late 70s / early 80s Retro R&B/Soul, Funk and Pop have been among the hottest. This Penn’s Pick…

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Penn’s Picks: Clapton Turns 70

This Penn’s Picks Playlist features 10 cuts that span the first two decades of Clapton’s career, which is arguably his greatest. From The Yardbirds to Mayall to Cream and beyond, we feature a combination of studio and live gems that showcase the extraordinary talents of…

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Penn’s Picks: B.B. King

Blues legend B.B. King passed away on Thursday at the age of 89. Known as “the king of the blues,” this guitarist’s guitarist, who possessed a voice equally powerful, brought the blues to the masses for seven decades and inspired many of today’s greats, including…

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Penn’s Picks: Artist & Band Evolution: Vol.1

Most artists and bands have a point in their career where their sound and style evolves (or in some cases, devolves)  beyond what they were known for.  This can be brought about by boredom, the need to put food on…

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Penn’s Picks: Frontmen & Their Successors: Vol. 1 – Metal

In all genres, but especially Hard Rock and Metal, the frontman plays a pivotal role in defining a band’s image and sound. Vocalists such as David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Dianno, Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan were all…

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Penn’s Picks: Intros of the Ages: Volume 1

The nature of hit songs may change throughout the years, but the core craft fundamentals that make them so infectious, engaging and memorable remain exactly the same. A perfect case-in-point is the intro. Whether its plugging a featured artist, hitting…

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Penn’s Picks: Garage/Psych Volume 1

With the retro Psych/Garage trend in full effect, I thought it would be fun to kick off the inaugural Penn’s Pick Playlist with a look back to where it all began – the 1960s. Chances are that you’re already familiar…

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Penn’s Pick: Devo – Gut Feeling

NYC 1977 France 1978 Band: Devo Song Gut Feeling Writers: Mothersbaugh, Casale Year Released: 1978 Genre: New Wave/Punk/Garage Why it’s a “Penn’s Pick”: February 17th brought some sad news in the world of Devo, with the announcement that founding member…

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