Here Are The 2018 Oscar Nominees

Here Are The 2018 Oscar Nominees

The 90th Academy Awards will happen Sunday night March 5th. Early Tuesday morning the nominees were announced.

And the nominees are…



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Boston Calling Lineup Announced

Boston Calling Lineup Announced

The lineups for Coachella, Governors Ball and Boston Calling all came out this week. This is definitely the earliest on record that these lineups have come out and they each tell an interesting story.

Coachella – ROCK IS DEAD! Long live hip hop and Beyonce!

Governors Ball – who can we book that will fill this random island outside of New York City? People like Halsey? Check! People used to love Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Check! Third Eye Blind has like a fan left? Booked!

Boston Calling – No no no. ROCK IS ALIVE!

All next week, here on Mod 102.3, we will get you into Boston Calling and we have to say it is the most intriguing of the lineups to us. Let’s compare headliners to headliners.

Eminem – okay he’s on all three. Fine. I hope he plays no new album and just “Lose Yourself” a whole bunch!

Jack White (Boston) – Jack White (Gov Ball) – The Weeknd (Coachella) – Coachella clearly made a decision that pop/hip hop acts were the key to the promise land and that the target for their festival is 18-30 year olds . Is The Weeknd a headliner? I would say sure. Will his set be interesting? No question.

Boston and Gov Ball took the other approach. Jack White is still a name. He attracts beer drinking thirty-somethings and might be someone your drunk uncle who likes Foreigner might be into. “Oh that’s the duh-duh duh- duh guy song? The one they play at the Pats?”. Let’s hope it’s a lot of White Stripes songs and nothing from the Cold Mountain soundtrack.

The Killers (Boston) – Travis Scott (gov ball) – Beyonce (Coachella) – Nobody is bigger than Beyonce. Personally I thought this was going to be Justin Timberlake, but she has more cred and fits this new version of Coachella vibe better. Also she owes them one. People will legit freak and put their middle fingers up during “Sorry”. I’m into seeing that YouTube video.

Travis Scott isn’t a headliner. It seems that Halsey should be higher up on this bill. I assume his set will be a million guests and I guess Kylie Jenner shows up?

The Killers, oh how I loved you, but do you still matter? “The Man” showed that people still care a bit, but it certainly isn’t 2004 anymore. But in Boston on a beautiful night in the summer, I’m pretty fired up to shout “and someone will drive her around down the same streets that I did!”

All and all I think each festival depends on the person you are:

Coachella – really into EDM, Hip Hop and big Top 40 artists. Also love that celeb life and wanted pics of you on Just Jared.

Governors Ball – just like hits from all different kinds of artists. “Maps” at this time into “59 Sound” over here into “The Way Life Goes”.

Boston Calling – you are into beer drinking, guitars and possibly crying when The National plays “Fake Empire.”

Mod Top 10 Songs of 2017

Mod Top 10 Songs of 2017

The best songs of 2017

10. Halsey – Bad At Love

9. Lord Huron – The Night We Met

8. Post Malone – Rockstar

7. The Killers – The Man

6. Childish Gambino – Redbone

5. The Revivalists – Wish I Knew You

4. Imagine Dragons – Believer

3. Khalid – Location

2. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This

1. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still

Khalid’s ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ proves his future isn’t so broke

Khalid’s ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ proves his future isn’t so broke

Khalid certainly hits the nail on the head with his new song “Young Dumb & Broke.” If the title itself doesn’t draw you in immediately, surely his soothing melody and relatable lyrics will. The breakout artist has come out with hit after hit in his short two-year career, and he is only 19.

This song is an anthem for anyone who has ever been young, dumb, broke, or all three. When writing it, Khalid said he wanted it to come from a place of honesty, and it definitely shines through in the song’s lyrics. The song keeps it simple with just two verses, but still manages to come across as well thought out and relevant.

The music video is almost nostalgic in a sense. Even though Khalid only graduated high school a little over a year ago. It takes place during what seems like a school day and contains flashes of superlatives like “Class Clown,” “Most Likely to Succeed,” “Best Hair,” etc. The video also features familiar faces such as Normani Kordei from Fifth Harmony, artist Black Party, and familiar faces from the 90s and 2000s like Wayne Brady and Kel Mitchel, to name a couple.

One thing is for sure, Khalid knows what he is doing. With each coming song, he hits it out of the park. “Young Dumb & Broke” already has nearly 40 million views on YouTube and was only posted at the beginning of August. Meanwhile his 2016 hit “Location” has over 120 million. There is no doubt the future is bright for Khalid.

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To Coldplay, fourth time’s a charm

To Coldplay, fourth time’s a charm

Because Coldplay has so many iconic songs associated with them since the band’s inception, it is hard to pin down which album is the one that made the band. However, it can easily be said that “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” is definitely up there.

The album came out in 2008 and was the band’s fourth of their career. One would imagine it would be hard to keep the success going after notable songs such as “Yellow,” “The Scientist,” and “Fix You” off of their previous albums, but Coldplay went back to the studio to put together what would probably be their most popular album.

When heading to the studio in 2006 to work on the album with producer Brain Eno, they told Rolling Stone that they wanted to “try something different” and close the chapter on their first three albums, which lead singer Chris Martin referred to as a “trilogy.”

Their gamble paid off. When “Viva la Vida” was released in June of 2008, it landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart and became their first ever album to do so. It ended up staying on the chart for one week shy of a year. It also gave them their most successful year at the Grammy Awards in 2009: They came out with three awards from seven nominations including Best Rock Album.

Since then, Coldplay has still had many successful albums and singles like this year’s hit “Something Just Like This,” a collaboration with the Chainsmokers that peaked a No. 3 on the charts. They even released a new EP earlier this year called “Kaleidoscope.” One thing is for sure, Coldplay isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

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Halsey’s new song flips the script on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Halsey’s new song flips the script on ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Halsey’s new song entitled “Bad at Love” is basically a compilation of all of her failed past relationships. With each lyric, she chronicles a real-life relationship that she has been in, and why exactly it went wrong. There is no doubt writing this song was very therapeutic for the singer-songwriter and claims she was inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet.”

This inspiration can clearly be seen in the song’s music video, with yellow convertible and all. The video matches the song’s rebellious overtones and screams “girl power” as Halsey, an outlaw, and her three friends escape the clutches of police sent to arrest them. They each outsmart the police and drive off into the desert leaving them in their dust, literally.

The singer said it was important to go against the regular portrayal of Juliet being the naïve girl who would die for someone she had just met. Instead, this song clearly celebrates being a strong independent woman who would get out of a relationship as soon as she was not happy in it. In essence, she chose to love herself at the end.

The song, let’s be honest, is so relatable. Even if we have never been in a relationship, there is always one thing we think we are bad at. The fact that Halsey is able to admit to herself that her relationships with others and herself need work is inspirational to say the least. “Bad at Love” is so much more than a break up song, but a song that showcases what a great writer Halsey is.

The Killers ‘The Man’ Brings Killers Sound Into The New Decade

The Killers ‘The Man’ Brings Killers Sound Into The New Decade

Although it is hard to believe, it has been nearly five years since The Killers have released new music. Their last album Battle Born came out in 2012, and lead singer Brandon Flowers was not shy about expressing his disappointment in it even calling it “aimless” in one interview. However the band has hopefully made a comeback with their new album Wonderful Wonderful and especially their new single, “The Man.”

According to Flowers, the song is about a part of him that came through a lot at the beginning of his career; one that stemmed from an “insecurity.” The song is about him coming to terms with the person he once was at the start of his career. Someone who he mentions was very negative and did not represent the person who he really was.

The song’s lyrics are obviously playing on this and seem sarcastic and ironic. Lyrics like “Don’t need no advice, I got a plan” and “Nothing can break me, you can’t break me down” point to the image of a man who is headstrong and thinks he has got it all.

The music video follows different types of “dudes” who all start off seemingly cocky and masculine – a gambling cowboy, a guy who rides a motorcycle, and a guy who woos all of the ladies with his piano playing skills, to name a few. But, by the end of the video we all discover they have flaws and insecurities, like Flowers himself.

Flowers takes the irony one step further by making the single’s cover a picture of his son in an oversized leather jacket – a boy in men’s clothing. Smart. It is clear what Flowers is trying to accomplish with this single. “The Man” is able to take The Killers classic sound and bring it into the new decade. While Flowers has stated this is a personal song, there is definitely a place for it in today’s society.

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Lord Huron haunts with song made famous by Netflix

Lord Huron haunts with song made famous by Netflix

Lord Huron’s song “The Night We Met” is a perfect example of the power of Netflix. The song was famously featured on the Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” and immediately skyrocketed into popularity. The audio of the song itself has over 20 million views on YouTube. Those who follow the band closely know that this song actually came out two years ago on Lord Huron’s album “Strange Trails.”

The song can be interpreted in many different ways. Some believe the lyrics point to the loss of a first love, whether it is by just a break up or death. Of course, those who have watched “13 Reasons Why” might think the latter.

Fans of the show absolutely fell in love with it as the lyrics and score are haunting and pay tribute to the tragic plot of “13 Reasons Why.” While the band has not spoken much about the song specifically, they did release a lyric video because of the popularity of the song. Not to mention there are of course tons of fan-made music videos which include clips from the show.

However, the lyric video is a standout. The video coincides with the song’s and band’s indie vibe by being shot on what looks like Super 8 film and starring a James Dean type character driving around a night. The lyrics flip flop from being show as closed captions or bold words popping up on the screen. Overall, the music video is just as beautiful, haunting and unsettling as the song itself.

Needless to say, this song is a gem even without its fame from a Netflix show. The song has been received well not only by fans of the show, but indie lovers in general. It is simple and sweet and its lyrics are definitely thought provoking and not at all in your face. Hopefully, Lord Huron will keep on hitting home runs with their spooky melodies.

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Lana Del Rey goes from “Born to Die” to having “Lust for Life”

Lana Del Rey goes from “Born to Die” to having “Lust for Life”

Lana Del Rey has come quite a long way from her sophomore album “Born to Die.” Recently, she released her new album entitled “Lust for Life.” Talk about changing one’s tune. “Lust for Life” is the second single to be released off of her fifth album of the same name and features Billboard Top 100 artist The Weeknd.

The singer said this was the first song she wrote off the album, but it was difficult for her to nail down, referring to it as a “Rubik’s Cube” in an interview with DAZED Magazine. However, the song seems effortless and totally Lana. Rick Nowels – who has worked with artists like Fleetwood Mac and Madonna – helped produce the song along with The Weeknd himself.

Most people who just listen to the song will believe that its lyrics are upbeat for a Lana song. The song title itself is quite positive if you think about it. But, the music video – which has nearly 60 million views on YouTube – seems to say otherwise.

It takes on the dream-like quality that most of Del Rey’s videos have, both in setting and actual quality that the film is. She takes the lyrics of “We climb the ‘H’ of the Hollywood sign” and “We dance on the ‘H’ of the Hollywood sign” quite literally as her and The Weeknd do both of those things in the video.

The ending comes as some sort of a shock as Lana decides to slide down the end of the Hollywood sign and symbolically commit suicide to assumingly be with her deceased boyfriend played by the Weeknd – in true “Lana” style. Overall, “Lust for Life” does not stray from Del Rey’s unique sound whatsoever. One thing is for sure, Lana’s fans are loving this new album.

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