Podcast: Jay-Z’s Surprising Second Act

With the release of 4:44, Jay-Z has added to an impressive second half of his career. On our latest podcast, Kiel Hauck and Brock Benefiel discuss Jay-Z’s career since the release of The Black Album and how he has maintained massive cultural relevance and fame despite his missteps. The discussion also includes Jay’s best albums and songs and how current artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have been impacted by Jay-Z’s legacy. Listen in!

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What is your favorite Jay-Z album? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Predicting the Song of the Summer

Today marks the first day of summer, and you know what that means – time to sing along to the Song of the Summer! But wait, where did that term come from? And what does it even mean? And does any of this even matter?

Richard Clark joins Kiel Hauck to discuss the history of the “Song of the Summer” and reflect on some of their favorite summertime tracks. They also break down the elements that make a summer song successful and even offer up some guesses for 2017’s song of the summer. Listen in!

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What is your favorite song of the summer memory? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: The Best of Paramore

Last month, Paramore released what may be the best album of their career in After Laughter. This month, their breakthrough album, Riot!, turns 10 years old. Amidst all of the Paramore hubbub, we decided to break down the band’s discography on our latest podcast. Included in the discussion are Kiel and Kyle’s top 10 Paramore songs, thoughts on the bands legacy, and praise for Hayley Williams as a trailblazer in the scene. Listen in!

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What are your favorite Paramore songs? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: The Brilliance of Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.”

A new Kendrick Lamar album has officially arrived! Brock Benefiel joins Kiel Hauck to discuss DAMN. and how it fits within Kendrick Lamar’s discography. The duo discuss Kendrick’s growing legacy, the absence of a true rival, and the variety of sonic and thematic ground covered on the new album. They also share their favorite tracks from DAMN. and rank Kendrick’s full length albums. Listen in!

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What are your thoughts on DAMN.? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Interview with Garron DuPree of Eisley

It’s been one month since indie pop outfit Eisley released I’m Only Dreaming, their fifth full-length album, and now the band is back out on the road. During a recent tour stop in Indianapolis, Eisley bassist Garron DuPree talked with Kiel Hauck about how recent lineup changes impacted the band’s writing process and how he views Eisley’s evolution. Garron also shares the excitement the band felt while working with producer Will Yip and how the band’s new form provides more freedom than ever before. Listen in!

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*This podcast mistakenly refers to Garron as Sherri’s brother. Garron is Sherri’s cousin.

What is your favorite song from Eisley’s new album, I’m Only Dreaming? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Podcast: The Best of A Day to Remember

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As A Day to Remember’s breakthrough album For Those Who Have Heart turns 10 years old, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz discuss the band’s career and break down their discography. From their favorite songs to the band’s evolution and determination to stay true to themselves, this is a conversation A Day to Remember fans won’t want to miss. Listen in!

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What are your favorite A Day to Remember albums and songs? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Podcast: Who Won the 2016 Hip Hop Title Belt?

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Another year is in the books, and 2016 was filled with a variety of great music. But who stole the show in the world of hip hop? Kiel Hauck and Brock Benefiel discuss the theory of the hip hop title belt and which rapper dominated 2016 the most, including Chance the Rapper, Q-Tip, Kanye West and more. Listen in!

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Who do you think won the hip hop title belt in 2016? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Podcast: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade – 10 Years Later

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It’s hard to believe, but The Black Parade is officially 10 years old. On this episode of the podcast, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz reflect on a classic by My Chemical Romance. They share their memories of the album, why it was so important to the scene, break down their favorite “what ifs,” and discuss the impact the album had on the band’s eventual demise. Listen in!

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What are your thoughts on The Black Parade 10 years later? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Podcast: The Best of Yellowcard

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As the pop punk world mourns the the loss of Yellowcard, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz take a look back at the band’s incredible career. The two discuss the Yellowcard’s recent self-titled release and break down the band’s extensive back catalogue, discussing their favorite albums and songs. Listen in!

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What is your favorite Yellowcard album? Share your thoughts in the replies!

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Podcast: Backstage at Vans Warped Tour 2016

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Summer is here – and so is the Vans Warped Tour. On this episode of the official It’s All Dead Podcast, Kiel Hauck catches up with bands backstage at this summer’s tour. Interviews include The Word Alive, State Champs and Against the Current. Get the inside details about the country’s longest running music festival and learn how bands survive on the road – listen in!

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