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My Top Albums of 2015

Here it is, my 100th post for Mackens on Music. And what a better post to have the honor than a review of my favorite albums of 2015. This will probably be my last post on this WordPress site,  so I hope you all enjoy it! The following albums are listed in no particular ranking […]

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My Top Albums of 2014

This year I definitely listened to a lot more (and a wider variety of) music, which led to me not listening to a select few albums nearly as much as I did last year. Consequently, I have a list of my top 10 albums from this year, with only direction for you to listen for yourself. These albums are listed in […]

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My Top 5 Songs of 2014

While the songs I listened to most in 2014 reflect a different scope of music, my top songs of the year were enjoyed in perfect proportion, making each listen a valuable use of my time. They were not often on repeat, but they could have been quite easily. Each song deserves a listen, regardless of your tastes […]

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Top 5 Tuesday: The Best Stadium Songs

While we’ve already experienced one disappointing week of college football (at least from a Badger’s standpoint), we can turn our sights on an easier schedule moving forward. Even better, the NFL regular season is right around the corner. To celebrate this, I bring you my favorite stadium songs. These are not all songs that I necessarily […]

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Top 5 Tuesday: Video Game Songs

Video games have been established for years as a medium capable of being considered an art form. Much like films, they can give a lot of credit to their soundtracks for adding emotion to what you experience apart from the visuals, dialogue, and sound effects. While some of the most critically acclaimed games are sure […]

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Top 5 Tuesday: Boy Band Songs

  Through the late 80s, 90s, and even with a 2010s resurgence via One Direction and others, boy bands have seemed to always be a prevalent part of both pop culture and 90 percent of the tweenage female population’s lives. Even if you didn’t grow up with NKOTB or weren’t pining for some crazy fad toy, you’d find from the […]

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The Top 5 Artists of NXNE

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally got around to sharing my experience of North by Northeast Music and Interactive Festival in the most accessible way possible. Below, IN PARTICULAR ORDER, are the best shows I saw from those four days in Toronto. 5. I HATE TODD and Oneiroi at Hideout – This was […]

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5 Reasons You Need to See Wild Cub Tonight

A band by the name of Wild Cub is coming to Madison tonight, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t go if your schedule is open. We’ve got five good reasons to convince you to go: 1. Their music is actually good – While the band is most easily described as an indie pop quintet, they […]

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My Top 5 Albums of 2013 – #1: Acid Rap

Of all the albums I listened to this year, Acid Rap was the one I listened to the most consistently throughout the year, as well as front to back and unabated. Technically speaking, Acid Rap isn’t even an “album”. It’s a mixtape that Chance has released for free. But with the level of production put into the […]

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My Top 5 Albums of 2013 – #2: The 20/20 Experience

NOTE: This ranking is specifically for Part 1 of JT’s 20/20 Experience. Part 2 was sub-par in comparison to Part 1. Since his humble beginnings as a Mouseketeer, Timberlake has been bred to be a pop star. Throughout the program he was surrounded by future stars, including Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and Britney Spears, but […]