INCUE Fall 2016

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InCue Fall 2016

Meet our staff Claire Whitley Guest Writer

Luis Torres Program Director

Brenna Schaake PR Director

TJ Tranchell Student Media Adviser

Linzy Bonner Station Manager

Jack Olson KUOI News


Jackie Hamblen Chief Librarian

Masen Matthews Music Director

Griffen Winget Production Director


Making radio waves College Radio Day is near and dear to Saia was contacted by Dr. Quicke and many radio enthusiasts, but it is especially asked to join the music board to assist with important to the followers and members of music selection for the big day’s Vol. 1 album. the University of Idaho’s very own KUOI. KUOI contributed by recording a song by The The tucked away radio station has played Horse Thieves, a local Spokane band. The a prominent role in the national song, “Tumbleweed,” was selected to celebration of college radio stabe on the album. According to Saia, tions and their creatively unique “Tumbleweed” has been played over programming. Aimed at raising 6,500 times on Spotify since then. awareness about college and high Since the launch in 2010, KUOI school stations, the project was members have made sure to pardesigned to encourage people to ticipate in promoting the day by listen and become regulars to staputting on live remote broadcasts, Brenna Schaake tions that are more creatively free. emceeing and disk jockeying durKUOI Anthony Saia, a radio disk ing Vandal Overnight Games and jockey for KUOI at the time, contributing to the National Sihelped contribute and support the idea as mulcast. The National Simulcast is aired on it was celebrated. Peter Kreten and Dr. Rob 500 radio stations a year according to Saia. Quicke of WXAV FM and WPSC FM origi- Interim President Don Burnett sent KUOI a nally created the day. The first celebration letter of encouragement and recognition for was held in Oct. 2016, but then was pushed their participation and activity with the day. to the Nov. 4 in coming years to help recruit College Radio Day has brought attention and plan, according to Saia. to more than just campus radio stations

but to current issues as well. Last year the College Radio Foundation was invited to the White House to talk about the “It’s On Us” campaign to end physical assault. The group met with high-ranking officials and presidential advisors. They also covered the topic of college affordability. Saia mentioned that they met in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the role of media and how college radio plays a large role. The group was invited back in 2016 as well to talk about prominent issues and received letters for both years signed by the president addressing the importance of the impact that college radio has. The station hopes to continue the tradition of playing a large role in growing and raising awareness about College Radio Day. We hope you tune in this next year and broaden you listening tastes. You keep listening and we’ll keep spinning. Brenna Schaake can be reached at


Bob Dylan: Blowin’ in the Wind At 75 years old Robert Allen Zimmerman, To go against the system, listen to “Masters commonly known as Bob Dylan, has created of War” from “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” 37 studio albums, won 10 Grammys, an soundtrack. Oscar and a Golden Globe, and received the On rainy days play “Don’t Think Twice It’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. What more Alright,” which is also off “The Freewheelin’” could this legend do? Win the Nobel Prize, Bob Dylan album. that’s what. When you need someone to agree that life The man, the poet, the never-ending touris a struggle listen to “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna ist, Dylan just keeps going. With his Fall,” which coincidently is from “The unmistakable voice and harmonica, Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” Apparently his songs surpass the melodious I really love this album. lyrics to become these statements of For the feeling of lost love, “Girl protest, of love, of life itself. From The North Country” is a great He is the foundation of folk song to listen to. This song also music, even when reinvented with an belongs to “The Freewheelin’ Bob Jackie Hamblen electric guitar. Ever heard Jimi HenDylan” and there is a kickin’ version KUOI drix blast “All Along the Watchtower” of this that features Johnny Cash on or Guns N’ Roses screech “Knockin’ “Nashville Skyline.” on Heaven’s Door” or Adele croon “Make You For when you are feeling upbeat and conFeel My Love” into the microphone? Dylan frontational listen to “Like A Rolling Stone” wrote all of those. Who would of thought? For from the album “Highway 61 Revisited.” those of you not familiar with more of Bobby’s The song about drugs that you study in work, let me give you some recommendations English class is “Mr. Tambourine Man” from based on my personal favorites. the album “Bringing It All Back Home.” For those in love and loving it, “If Not Some other great Dylan hits are “SubterFor You” off the “New Morning” album is a ranean Homesick Blues,” “Blowin’ In The perfect listen. Wind,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Shelter From The

He is the foundation of folk music, even when reinvented with an electric guitar.

Storm,” “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” “Boots of Spanish Leather,” (which The Lumineers just did a great cover of p.s.) and many, many more. In October, shortly after his first performance at Desert Trip in California with many of the other classic greats, Dylan had the honor of receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature as the first songwriter in history. And if that’s not saying something about his artistic talent, I don’t know what is. Jackie Hamblen can be reached at


Andy Sydow, left, and Seth Beamer, right, perform at the Corner Bar in Fremont, Nebraska, in October 2016.

From the heart Denver band tours country, but loves Moscow, bagels Claire Whitley KUOI

The air is musky, the room darkened, but the stage at John’s Alley in Moscow is alight. Four young men prepare for their set, pints of beer sitting next to them. The lead singer, Andy Sydow, approaches the microphone and the show begins. Andy Sydow and his band, made up of Seth Beamer on bass, Troy Thrasher on drums and Luke Bastion on keyboard, from Denver encourage patrons of the Alley to


dance and sing along with them as they perform. They even partook in shots of Fireball that were bought for the entire bar. The 25-year-old Sydow said he has been playing music for six or seven years, and his band in the most recent reincarnation has only been together since September. The band, self-described as Americana and Rock and Roll, plays everything from blues to folk, or just good songs, Sydow said. With how big DJs have gotten, the clubs all have the same music, Sydow said. “We are more improvised than that,” Sydow said. “Our music is fun and different.” The band tours around all over the

You’ll have the funnest time you can have with your clothes on. Andy Sydow, lead singer

country. They have been to Austin, Lincoln, Nebraska, and McCall, Idaho, as well as Moscow.

Andy Sydow | Courtesy

Andy Sydow | Courtesy

“We all wanted to play music for people,” said the bassist, Seth Beamer. “It’s what we wanted to do when we grew up.” Sydow said the band is currently working on a new album. The last extended play, “A Little Messed Up,” was released in October. Thrasher mentioned tour dates booked in Alberta which will be the first time they’ve performed in Canada. Thrasher said he enjoys touring and meeting fans from outside Denver. While in Freemont, Nebraska, Sydow said someone from the crowd joined them on stage and played guitar and a younger man and MCed for the band. Those two became part of the family and they make sure to see them when they are in town. “It’s fun to make genuine interactions with people,” Sydow said. While in Moscow, the band talked with fans during intermission and thanked

Above: From left: Luke Bastion, Troy Thrasher, Andy Sydow and Seth Beamer during a photo shoot earlier this autumn. Left: Andy Sydow sings at a concert at the Bluebird in Denver. Directly above: Andy Sydow and the band performing at the Hog Wallow Pub in Salt Lake City in October.

people for dancing and even had a dance off with me during the second half. “Our shows are more like a party than a show,” Sydow said. “We get everyone involved.” Sydow said the band likes to joke around with each other and they call each other friendly dudes or regular guys. Beamer video blogs their tours and travels, and Thrasher said they have rap battles in the car from time to time. “We’re all really good looking and funny and smart,” Sydow said. “Come party with us.” The band has been to Moscow before. Sydow originally came to play at the Alley in June, and the entire band played a set in October. Sydow said they loved Moscow when they arrived because Moscow is similar to Denver, where the band is from. Thrasher said that the bagels from Moscow Bagel and Deli were the best part

More info For more information and show dates visit or view Seth Beamers vlogs on YouTube under @sethbeamermusic

of his trip. “Those are the best damn bagels in the country,” Sydow said. Sydow said that there should be a big shout out to the owner of John’s Alley. The band will be returning to the venue Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Sydow said he guarantees it will be a good time. “You’ll have the funnest time you can have with your clothes on,” Sydow said. Claire Whitley can be reached at or on Twitter @Cewhitley24


Top picks for 2016 Masen Matthews KUOI

Danny Brown — "Atrocity Exhibition" Trying to find the words to describe “Atrocity Exhibition” is difficult. On one hand, Danny Brown is a lyrical monster and this is another stellar addition to his catalog. Consequently, the berating references to cocaine and other drugs in literally every single song throughout this album leaves one to wonder if Danny would be on his way to joining the infamous “27 Club” if he wasn’t already your dad’s age. Either way, this is a release that effortlessly stands as one of the better hip-hop albums of 2016 by showcasing an excellent balance between consistency and experimentation. Recommended tracks: “Ain’t It Funny,” “Really Doe,” “When It Rain,” “Dance In the Water” GUEST VOICE

Touche Amore — "Stage Four" “Stage Four” may be the most intimate and personal Touché Amoré record to date. Lyrically, the album is dominated by subject matter related to the passing of vocalist Jeremy Bolm’s mother. The instrumentation throughout the release is crafted to compliment the subject matter. Despite the hardships, this release stands as the group’s most polished work to date and showcases a greater level of musical cohesion between band members than previous releases. Recommended tracks: “Palm Dreams,” “Skyscraper,” “Displacement,” “Flowers and You” GUEST VOICE

Bon Iver — "22, A Million" In recent years, it has been unclear when and if Bon Iver would return from the shadows of their inactivity. Fortunately, that question was answered with the announcement of and subsequent release


of this magnificent record. Gone are the days of the folk-laden Bon Iver that brought us “Skinny Love” and a new wave of trendy folk artists. This time around, Bon Iver opted to shift into a focused realm of autotune-driven experimentation and the result is 35 minutes of unique (albeit polarizing) gold. Recommended tracks: “33 “GOD”,” “29 #Stafford APTS,” “10 d E A T h b R E a s T” GUEST VOICE

A Tribe Called Quest — "We got it from Here (Thank You 4 Your service)" Should hip hop artists and collectives reemerge after 10 plus years away and release surprise albums? After Dr. Dre randomly decided to damn the entire world with “Compton,” it seemed like the answer may be a resounding “no.” Luckily, ATCQ has proven that the hype surrounding this release was worth it. While the collective has made it clear that this is it for them, “We Got It From Here…” isn’t a release that will leave fans yearning for more. Put simply, this is a relevant album in 2016 and still stands out in today’s saturated field of quality hip-hop. Recommended tracks: “We the People…,” “The Space Program,” “Dis Generation” GUEST VOICE

ing in different times. Whether you love them or hate them, this sort of technical absurdity is the reason why The Dillinger Escape Plan is such a prominent cult favorite today. “Dissociation” is one of the most phenomenal releases in the Dillinger catalog and it serves as the perfect swan song for a band quickly facing their impending end. Recommended tracks: “Limerent Death,” “Symptoms of Terminal Illness,” “Low Feels Blvd”

Every Time I Die — "Low Teens" Hardcore giants Every Time I Die has been around for quite a while at this point, but “Low Teens” demonstrates that they have no intention of slowing down their chaotic brand of face-meetscheese-grater abrasion. Here, vocalist Keith Buckley delivers what may be the best performance of his career from the climactic opening track “Fear and Trembling” to the final seconds of the epic closer, “Map Change.” All of this greatness is topped off with a surprise cameo by Panic! At the Disco vocalist Brendan Urie on “It Remembers.” If there’s one heavy album from 2016 to pick up and get in to, it’s this one. Recommended tracks: “The Coin Has a Say,” “C++ (Love Will Get You Killed),” “Fear and Trembling,” “It Remembers” GUEST VOICE

The Hotelier — "Goodness" The Dillinger Escape Plan — "Dissociation" In many ways, The Dillinger Escape Plan is one of the most inaccessible and purely abrasive bands in existence today. Their song structures exist in a sort of start-stop frenzy and there are points on nearly every track where it feels like vocalist Greg Puciato is incoherently screaming on top of two guitars, a bass and drums all playGUEST VOICE

For better or worse, The Hotelier’s third release is an album about love. The album isn’t about the kind of cheesy love documented across your parents’ Journey albums or by sappy ballads of days past. Rather, it effortlessly portrays all the feelings of happiness, excitement, nostalgia, grief and other emotions that go along with love, relationships and feeling connected to others. This is a cohesive, focused record GUEST VOICE

and it serves as a phenomenal follow up to The Hotelier’s 2014 album-of-the-year “Home, Like No Place Is There.” If you just exited a romantic relationship and feel like shedding a tear, look no further. Recommended tracks: “Goodness,” “Pt. 2, Piano Player,” “Two Deliverances,” “End of Reel”

Aesop Rock – "The Impossible Kid" Aesop Rock does not get enough credit for being one of the busiest rappers alive. “The Impossible Kid” is another excellent outing and the fact that Aesop can still release original, unique albums like this is something to marvel at. The 15 tracks on this album contain aggression, narrative, malice, melody, wordplay and everything else you could ever want out of a hip-hop release. Put simply, Aesop Rock is as great as he’s ever been and “The Impossible Kid” shows that he has no intention of slowing down. Recommended tracks: “Mystery Fish,” “Dorks,” “Blood Sandwich,” “Kirby,” “Rings” GUEST VOICE

Explosions In the Sky — "The Wilderness" Explosions In the Sky is a band that has suffered as a result of maintaining a stale, overdone sound for quite some time. Recent releases have been dominated by predictable climaxes, drawn-out instrumental passages and generally boring song structures. This album finally breaks that mold and provides something fresh and unique, but it does take some time to grow on the listener. “The Wilderness” is an ambitious foray into new territory for these post-rock veterans and it is incredibly refreshing to hear a release that doesn’t sound like a rehash of the “Friday Night Lights” soundtrack. Recommended tracks: “Wilderness,” “Disintegration” “Anxiety,” “Colors In Space,” “Logic of a Dream” GUEST VOICE

Into It. Over It. — "Standards"

Into It. Over It. songwriter Evan Weiss seems to possess an infinite amount of songwriting ideas, and this release is proof of that. “Standards” contains a perfect blend of minimal, lyric-driven tracks and rock-inspired emo anthems. Some of the tracks here are destined to become staples of the Into It. Over It. discography and this record is an obvious standout in a bustling emo genre that has faced a huge resurgence in recent years. Recommended tracks: “Open Casket,” “No EQ,” “Old Lace and Ivory,” “Closing Argument” GUEST VOICE

across the past couple years, Modern Baseball returns with an album that lyrically addresses death, depression and other subject matter that radiates maturity in comparison to older works. While the lightheartedness of previous releases will be missed, it is clear that Modern Baseball is at a point where they are ready to be taken seriously. Recommended tracks: “Wedding Singer,” “Note to Self,” “Just Another Face,” “Apple Cider (I Don’t Mind)” GUEST VOICE

Jeff Rosenstock — "WORRY." Former Bomb the Music Industry! frontman Jeff Rosenstock left a hole in our hearts when the cult band called it quits a couple years ago. Luckily, Rosenstock’s solo career picks up exactly where the band left off. This is an album is full of fun, energy-laced rock songs that are lyrically relatable and well written. There’s nothing overly complex about this album, but the simplicity helps the tight songwriting shine all by itself. Recommended tracks: “We Begged 2 Explode,” “Festival Song,” “Staring Out the Window At Your Old Apartment,” “Push Push” GUEST VOICE

Dance Gavin Dance — "Mothership" While Dance Gavin Dance may forever exist as the band that everyone saw on the banner outside Hot Topic growing up, there are a number of reasons why “Mothership” stands as a stellar release. Vocalist Tillian Pearson finally found his niche within DGD after three albums with the band. More importantly, it finally sounds like they have a band-defining sound that they are confident in. Instrumentation, particularly on behalf of drummer Matt Mingus and guitarist Will Swan, is top notch and there is an interesting polarity present that shows DGD turning over a leaf that is both more poppy and more technical than ever before. Recommended tracks: “Chucky vs. The Giant Tortoise,” “Deception,” “Betrayed By the Game,” “Man of the Year” GUEST VOICE

Modern Baseball — "Holy Ghost" Modern Baseball has come a long ways for a band that has built a career upon anthems about drinking cheap beer and going to college parties. With a flurry of personal issues facing the band

Other noteworthy 2016 releases to check out: Jimmy Eat World — “Integrity Blues” Ulcerate — “Shrines of Paralysis” Animals As Leaders — “The Madness of Many” Kevin Devine — “Instigator” Katatonia — “The Fall of Hearts” White Lung — “Paradise” Thrice — “To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere” BadBadNotGood — “IV” O’Brother — “Endless Light” Mitski — “Puberty 2” Norma Jean — “Polar Similar” Masen Matthews can be reached at


Student Me Griffen Winget KUOI

It was the winter of 2016. Leaves fell like bodies upon a battlefield. Frost crept silently, blanketing indiscriminately the pathways upon which students trudged like mindless zombies. Bemused expressions flashed on their faces as the distant sounds of metal on metal rang through the still morning air. Unbeknownst to them a battle raged. A timeless war waged throughout the years that quite possibly approached its conclusion. One final skirmish between the two titans of student media, KUOI and The Arg. The stench of ink stained newspapers permeated the air. CDs littered the walls, dripping vile black liquid onto the battered linoleum floor. The third-floor hall had been converted into a battlefield overnight. On one side, a battered hodgepodge of copier machines and dated office chairs culminated into a rudimentary barricade. Directly opposite sat a couple of couches with questionable stains and a tan filing cabinet that seemed to have come directly from the 60s. Altogether just as impressive as their counterparts. The tension between both sides hung in the air like a haze. Each side waiting for the other to start the final clash that would ultimately decide the victor. Though the hall was not very long, no sound rang out over the barren landscape. An unspoken understanding passed through the silence and soon a warrior from each side crept out. It seemed as if the River Styx and its ferryman Charon appeared then, to accompany those who knocked on death’s door and those who had already passed through. Gently the warriors took their dead, cradling them as you would a newborn babe. Too soon the reverie was broken. A loud crack accompanied by the blur of records as they flew through the air. Only a few found their mark as was evident by the smattering of screams that broke the thick silence. Chaos erupted as the Arg retaliated. Red pens and keyboards rained down upon the KUOI combatants. Blood, like red ink, splattered the walls as a gruesome Jackson Pollock scene began to unfold. Numbness encircled the minds of the KUOIs as they began their counterattack. The battle


Blake Coker | Argonaut

edia Mayhem raged for what seemed like hours. Neither side gaining traction as more and more bodies fell to the cold and bloody floors. If either side had stopped to wonder at the cause for all of this, they would have been met with few answers. The war between KUOI and the Argonaut had been going on for generations. As each generation faded they passed along a profound hatred for the other side. The original reason had been lost long ago. They fought out of expectation and need for purpose. As the din of the battle reached its crescendo there came a most peculiar sound. That of a chuckle. It was not loud, in fact it seemed impossible that it could reach through the sounds of fighting as clearly as it did. Each side paused, searching confusedly for the source of the laugh. Only then did a man step from an unseen alcove. He wore a suit fitting a ringmaster at a circus. He held only a cane that he seemed to tap to a rhythm of an unheard song. His bright red hair could be seen peeking out from under his hat as if trying to escape some kind of prison. He wore only a smile on his face. A smile full of genuine warmth and happiness that stood in stark contrast to the bleak expressions held by both sides. He paused as he got to the center of the hall and began to study both sides. His smile faded and was replaced by a look of sadness so deep that you could be lost in it. This only lasted a moment however and his smile returned as if it had never left to begin with. He called out to both sides asking for only their bravest and best fighter. After a moment, the shock wore off and two unas-

suming women strode through the battlements to meet with the man. Fear mixed with anger seemed to emanate from them as each step brought them closer to meeting. Nearing the middle the man put up each hand signaling a halt. He seemed to gather himself and asked for their names. Linzy from KUOI’s side and Claire from the Argonaut faced each other. Neither breaking eye contact as they sized up their opponents. The man with the cane explained that this would be the fight to end it all. The war had gone on long enough and he was sorry he let it get that way. This confused the two but not for long as he asked each to bring their weapon of choice. Linzy drew forth a battle axe whose dark steel head was shaped oddly like a microphone. Claire pulled a longsword made of finely polished iron with a handle shaped like a pen. With their chosen weapons ready the man looked at each fighter. He seemed to almost begin to say something but stopped and simply tapped his cane twice. Claire surged forward lifting the sword high above her head. As she came towards Linzy her food slipped on the ink stained floor and sent her careening wildly. Linzy, seeing the opportunity, rushed in to take advantage of her foes poor footwork. Only to trip on a discarded record sending her to a quick and painful meeting with the wall. Undeterred by her accident, Claire clambered to her feet using her sword for support. They both faced each other once more and began to trade blows. Except neither one could swing their weapon with any semblance of skill. It quickly became apparent that both had no idea how to

really fight with their chosen weapons. It seemed as if a fog had cleared from their minds as they began to look around them in bewilderment. Their eyes alighted upon a man wearing an outlandish top hat and equally ostentatious cane. Claire questioned the man, we now know as T.J., as to what exactly was going on. Why, specifically, was he skulking in the corner and why were her and Linzy trying to batter each other with foam weapons? The people on both sides seemed to wake themselves from their stupor and began to clamber over the makeshift barricades. T.J. gave both Claire and Linzy a sheepish grin saying simply that he was trying to have a little fun and quite possibly got a little carried away. Linzy, fiery as ever, exploded into a tirade about how it was dead week and there was no time to play T.J.’s silly games when she still had a whole magazine to design. She had enough on her plate trying to “herd cats” as she called it, in reference to getting her staff to submit articles for said magazine. Claire simply stared menacingly at him and said only one thing, 32 pages. She then stormed off to the Arg office leaving dazed reporters and spinning office chairs in her wake. T.J., as if by magic, seemed to disappear leaving only the sound of someone franticly shutting a door in his wake. The remaining bewildered students began the decidedly boring task of righting cabinets and picking up discarded CDs. That, my friends, is how the great battle between KUOI and The Arg found its end. Griffen Wingetcan be reached at

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Legacies to rem Luis Torres KUOI

This year brough controversy, separation and a plethora of deaths in pop culture, especially in music. Who would of thought the December 2015 deaths of Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland (Dec. 3), Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister (Dec. 26) and Natalie Cole (Dec. 31) would start a ripple effect on the list of notable musicians who passed away this year. No matter how many music personnel we’ve lost in 2016, each have their own contributions to music from the way the guitar is played to breaking cultural barriers. They may be gone, but their works and involvement will never be forgotten by music enthusiasts.

David Bowie (Jan. 10) The British icon passed away from liver cancer, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album “Blackstar.” Bowie set the bar from his ravishDavid Bowie ing fashion to his fun and meaningful songs that stood the test of time. His musical style has paved the way for several artists by making music not just an art but a way of life.

Glenn Frey (Jan. 18) The head honcho of the Eagles brought brilliant storytelling and high quality sound to classic rock in the 1970s. Whether it is “Take It Easy” or “Tequila Glenn Frey Sunrise,” Frey was the Eagles and without his versatile career, a huge hole in classic rock will exist. It’s his contributions to music


that make him a legend.

Maurice White (Feb. 3) The seven-time Grammy Award winner and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire died in his sleep after battling with Parkinson’s Disease. White’s contributions to Maurice White the group was undeniable with countless hits and innovative sound that symbolized black pop for two decades.

diabetes. The “Five Foot Assassin” spent his prime with A Tribe Called Quest and brought a different style of hip-hop during the 1990s. Perhaps his Phife Dawg legacy is his kind personality and energetic lyrics that spit out words people didn’t hear at the time.

Prince (April 21)

George Martin (March 3) Often known as the “Fifth Beatle,” Martin’s involvement helped produce 23 number-one hits in the United States. Without his contribution to music, the British George Martin Invasion would not have been be viewed the same way nor would The Beatles.

Frank Sinatra, Jr. (March 16) The son of Frank Sinatra died of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida. He carried the torch of the Sinatra name after Frank Sinatra, Jr. his dad passed away in 1998. In an AP interview, Sinatra, Jr. said his dad’s fans weren’t ready to give up listening to his music and he felt that carrying the torch would keep his father’s legacy alive.


Christina Grimmie (June 10) Not since Selena’s death in 1995 has a young female artist been taken away by bullet. This was the case for 22-yearold singer Christina Grimmie. The popular Christina Grimmie YouTuber and competitor on “The Voice” lost her life while signing autographs following her concert in Orlando, Florida. Grimmie’s death shocked young music fans everywhere and left them wondering how far her career would’ve gone.

Scotty Moore (June 28)

Phife Dawg (March 22) A man who epitomized personality in early hip-hop died from complications of

The master of sexual records and rebellious guitar playing shook pop culture and didn’t shy away from battling with music labels. Prince did it his away and kept himself fresh which made him a bonified superstar.

Scotty Moore

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards once said, it was Moore he wanted to be like instead of Elvis Presley. Moore, a sought after guitarist, changed how guitar

member playing occurred with his contributions to “Hearbreak Hotel” and “Jailhouse Rock.” Moore’s sound transitioned music to what it is now known as rock ‘n’ roll.

Juan Gabriel (Aug. 28) Mexico’s version of James Brown and John Lennon died from a heart attack, leaving his large collection of music behind. His romantic ballads and flamboyant Juan Gabriel performances are a thing of legend and he gave it his all in each of his songs. Gabriel sold over 100 million copies worldwide and impacted Latin music in a way that probably won’t happen again in our lifetime.

Jerry Heller (Sept. 2) The controversial manager of the “World Most Dangerous Group” N.W.A died from a heart attack while driving. His contributions on the growth of West Coast rap has been overshadowed due to his depiction in

Jerry Heller

Music lost its share of iconic and innovative personnel in 2016

“Straight Outta Compton” which Heller claimed harmed his once credible reputation. Outside of hip-hop, he represented various rock groups such as Journey, REO Speedwagon and Pink Floyd.

Rod Temperton (c. October) Temperton died after battling with cancer in London with his date of death unknown. Recruited by Quincy Jones, Temperton worked with Michael Jackson and Rod Temperton wrote smash hits like “Rock With You” and “Thriller.” Jones described Temperton’s as a disciplined composer that only wanted the best for each work he’s produced.

Pete Burns (Oct. 27) The front man of Dead or Alive launched to brief superstardom with the

1985 single “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).” Since his only hit, Burns’ bizarre life had its share of media scrutiny. His appearance at “Celebrity Pete Burns Big Brother” brought him back into the limelight after wearing a gorilla skin coat on the show. Burns, 56, died from cardiac arrest.

Leonard Cohen (Nov. 7) Cohen’s incredibly deep voice and range of subject matter made him different from other artists that came out Leonard Cohen at the time. His will to writing songs that cover all types of subjects is a form of art that is all but lost in today’s music. Luis Torres can be reached at


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