Modern Musicology

Modern Musicology covers topics on rock and pop ranging mostly from 70s, 80s and 90s (with occasional excursions into 60s and 00s).

Anything is fair game — classic rock, R&B, folk, punk, prog, rap, metal, and more.


Modern Musicology #86 - Sleepy Kitty Interview

Modern Musicology #86 – Sleepy Kitty Interview

Sleepy Kitty This week Rob, Steph and Alan have the great pleasure of interviewing Evan Sult and Paige Brubeck, who together make up the rock duo Sleepy Kitty. We talk at length about their new BLESSING/CURSE, their philosophy of art, their influences, adding new players to their live shows, Paige’s love of musicals, Evan’s time in Harvey Danger . . . and,

Modern Musicology #85 - 50 Years of Hip-Hop

Modern Musicology #85 – 50 Years of HIP-HOP

HIP-HOP WE’RE BACK! After a week off for Dragon Con (which Alan and Rob were attending), the Modern Musicology team is back with a new episode celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of HIP-HOP! 50 years ago, Cindy Campbell threw a party in the rec room of her family’s Bronx apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick

Modern Musicology Podcast #84 - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

#84 – Dark Side of the Moon at 50

Dark Side of the Moon This week we celebrate the (belated) 50th Anniversary of arguably the greatest rock album ever recorded, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. We’re joined by DJ, journalist, and self-professed Floydian Widgett Walls of to discuss the history and impact of this groundbreaking album, its importance, and its legacy. It’s the

Modern Musicology #83 - Music Books

Modern Musicology #83 – Music Books

Music Books Rob and Alan geek out on one of their favorite topics: music books! Both are avid readers of books of all types about music — biographies, analyses, histories, what have you. The discussion goes from recent reads of books by John Robb, Richard Evans, Nick Hornby, Nick Griffiths, Jann

Modern Musicology Podcast #82 - The Music of 1988 (Part 2)

Modern Musicology #82 – The Music of 1988 (Part 2)

Music of 1988! We continue on our journey through 1988 with the albums released in the second half of the year (June through December). We hit the highlights in rock (Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Crowded House, Nick Cave), rap (NWA, Public Enemy, Fat Boys, Stetsasonic), metal (Metallica, Slayer, Helloween, Anthrax), alt and

Modern Musicology #81 - The Music of 1988 (part 1)

Modern Musicology #81 – The Music of 1988 (Part 1)

The Music of 1988 The Modern Musicologists (Anthony, Rob, Stephanie and Alan) take a look at the albums that were released in the first half of 1988! We hit the highlights in rock (Robert Plant, Cinderella, Van Halen), rap (Boogie Down Productions, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Run DMC),

Modern Musicology #80 - MTV

Modern Musicology #80 – MTV!

MTV This week we celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important and iconic phenomena of the modern music era: MTV. It began life on August 1, 1980 and within a few years changed the entire cultural landscape, from music and fashion to advertising to television. In this show we

Modern Musicology #79 - Reviewing the Wham! Documentary

Modern Musicology #79 – WHAM!

WHAM! This week your hosts Rob and Alan, joined by our good buddy JM Tuffley, do the jitterbug as we take a peek at the new Wham! documentary on Netflix. Described by Decider as “a buddy film disguised as a music documentary, Wham! tells the story of how Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael met, became besties, formed a

Modern Musicology #78 - METAL!

Modern Musicology #78 – METAL!!!

METAL!!! This week the MM gang (Stephanie Seymour, Anthony Williams and R. Alan Siler) is joined by Matt Alschbach of The Rock and Metal Profs Podcast to talk all things hard rock and heavy metal! We talk about where our love of metal began (for Alan and Matt it was two different shows on the same tour in 1979),

Modern Musicology #77 + Tommy Stinson Interview

Modern Musicology #77 – Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson Interview This week we’re honored to be joined by Tommy Stinson, former member of The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, and Bash & Pop, to talk about his new album with Chip Roberts, Wronger. We talk about Tommy’s songwriting process, writing songs so good they make your butt pucker, creating music in the

Modern Musicology #76 - What Makes a Great Singer?

Modern Musicology #76 – Great Singers

What Makes a Great Singer? That’s the question that we explore this week! This episode is a recording from a live we did on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel on Sunday, July 2, 2023. We talk about what we listen for in great singers, what part charisma and performance play in it, how

Modern Musicology #75 - Surprise Favorites

Modern Musicology #75 – Surprise Favorites

Surprise Favorites You know those songs, or maybe an album or an artist, that totally catch you by surprise? Either it’s an album that you discovered in a surprising way, or an artist you don’t care for but that one song stood out for you, or maybe it’s someone that

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