• Throwback: Tiesto – Just Be

    Throwback: Tiesto – Just Be

    By Amanda Crabtree on Thursday, July 31, 2014

    With a new hit album out, it’s easy to forget Tiesto was pushing boundaries and making waves as early as the late 1990s. He founded the label Black Hole Recordings in 1997, collaborated with Ferry Corsten to produce Gouryella in 1999, remixed Delerium’s “Silence,” featuring Sarah McLachlan, in 2000 and released his first solo album In My Memory in 2001. Quickly establishing himself

  • Rihanna’s Top 5 Love Songs…to Chris Brown?

    Rihanna’s Top 5 Love Songs…to Chris Brown?

    By Amber McKynzie on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    5. “You Da One” Recorded in 2011 and later released as the second single to help promote her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk, Rihanna dropped “You Da One,” as a quick metaphorical reminder of what Chris Brown meant to her during their good days. While the song comes across allusively explicit in the black-and-white video, Rihanna‘s “I need you with

  • Song Review: Jason Aldean — “Burnin’ It Down”

    Song Review: Jason Aldean — “Burnin’ It Down”

    By Todd Sterling on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    “We’re just hanging around, burnin’ it down/Sippin’ on some cold Jack Daniel’s, Jammin’ to some old Alabama with you, baby, laying right here naked in my bed/I’m just doing my thing; you love it when I sing, say it makes you feel like an angel/We about to get a little tangled up right about now, so girl let’s keep burnin’

  • Album Review: ZZ Top – The Very Baddest Of ZZ Top

    Album Review: ZZ Top – The Very Baddest Of ZZ Top

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, July 28, 2014

    Celebrating 45 years of beer drinking, hell-raising boogie-rock, ZZ Top now raid the vaults once again for an all-encompassing compilation whose title suggests the famously hirsute Texan trio show as much disregard for the rules of grammar as they do the short back and sides. With only one studio effort recorded in the decade-long gap since their last official best

  • Album Review: Jason Mraz – Yes!

    Album Review: Jason Mraz – Yes!

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, July 25, 2014

    Following in the footsteps of Kanye West’s GOOD Fridays and Justin Bieber’s Music Mondays, one of pop’s most mellow singer-songwriters, Jason Mraz, has been slowly drip-feeding his fifth studio effort by releasing a brand new track every week up to its July 15 2014 release. The fans of his coffeehouse-friendly sound unable to contain their curiosity until the full album hit the

  • Throwback: Ginuwine – 100% Ginuwine

    Throwback: Ginuwine – 100% Ginuwine

    By Amber McKynzie on Thursday, July 24, 2014

    2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Ginuwine’s platinum-selling, sophomore album 100% Ginuwine. After releasing his debut LP, Ginuwine…The Bachelor (1996), a 13-track project that solidified the Texas-born artist as the ultimate sexual crooner, Ginuwine—or Mr. Elgin if you’re nasty—elevated his raw lyrics with a more to-the-point, I-want-to-sex-you-down soundtrack perfect for any after hours party. Housing three additional songs over his first album, Ginuwine and

  • Top 5 Americana Albums of 2014…So Far

    Top 5 Americana Albums of 2014…So Far

    By Todd Sterling on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

      5. Corb Lund – Counterfeit Blues He may be Canadian, but song-slinger Corb Lund‘s music fits nicely alongside Americana acts like Robert Earl Keen and Ryan Bingham. In fact, after one listen to his latest offering Counterfeit Blues, it’s hard to tell if Lund is from Alberta, Mississippi or Texas. The twelve track collection, recorded live at legendary Sun

  • Artist Spotlight: Weezer

    Artist Spotlight: Weezer

    By Jon O'Brien on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Arriving on the rock scene at the tail-end of the grunge era, Los Angeles quartet Weezer provided a much-needed alternative to all the prevalent doom, gloom and self-angst with a potent blend of fuzzed-up power pop, supercharged melodies and an unashamed celebration of geekdom. Formed in 1992, the core line-up of frontman Rivers Cuomo, bassist Matt Sharp, guitarist Brian Bell

  • Song Review: Alesso – “Tear The Roof Up”

    Song Review: Alesso – “Tear The Roof Up”

    By Amanda Crabtree on Monday, July 21, 2014

    Progressive house genius Alesso was born Alessandro Lindblad, in Sweden, in 1991. Internationally acclaimed for his unparalleled talent at such a young age, Alesso has had hit after hit since his debut. From “Calling (Lose My Mind)” with Sebastian Ingrosso and Ryan Tedder and “If I Lose Myself” vs. OneRepublic, to “City Of Dreams” with Dirty South and Ruben Haze

  • Song Review: Jennifer Hudson – “Walk It Out”

    Song Review: Jennifer Hudson – “Walk It Out”

    By Amber McKynzie on Friday, July 18, 2014

    Officially introduced to music tastemakers in 2006 via Paramount Pictures Christmas Blockbuster Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson established herself as a melodic powerhouse with the release of the film’s No. 1 single, “And I’m Telling You.” Since then, Hudson has released two albums housing several radio hits. After her second album I Remember Me (2011) fans were hit with musical silence from the Grammy-winning

  • Throwback: Michael Bolton – Soul Provider

    Throwback: Michael Bolton – Soul Provider

    By Jon O'Brien on Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Previously the frontman of Blackjack, the short-lived hard rock outfit who briefly threatened to break through to the mainstream in the late ’70s, Michael Bolton didn’t have that much more luck as a solo artist until he reinvented himself as a blue-eyed soul crooner and became just as famous for his mullet hairstyle as his gruff Joe Cocker-esque tones. Spearheaded

  • Song Review: Florida Georgia Line – “Dirt”

    Song Review: Florida Georgia Line – “Dirt”

    By Todd Sterling on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

      They don’t come much hotter than Florida Georgia Line. The duo – Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard – hit the mark with country music fans right out of the gate with their 2012 single, “Cruise.” The song, a summer/fall anthem that married banjo rolls and rock guitars with a hip-hop beat, crushed the competition on its way to #1.

  • Artist Spotlight: Aly & Fila

    Artist Spotlight: Aly & Fila

    By Amanda Crabtree on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Nguib met as kindergarteners in Egypt. 15 years later twosome joined forces to become Egypt’s greatest DJ duo, Aly & Fila. Both born in 1981, Fathalah and Nguib became passionate about trance music in their teens, as they fell in love with the sounds of Paul Van Dyk, Chicane and Steve Helstrip. Fathalah and Nguib

  • Single Review: Korn – “Hater”

    Single Review: Korn – “Hater”

    By Jon O'Brien on Monday, July 14, 2014

    Nu-metal pioneers Korn have certainly had their fair share of detractors since bursting on to the rock scene with their ferocious sound over two decades ago, none more so when they embraced dubstep on 2011’s polarizing The Path Of Totality. But it’s only now that the Bakersfield quintet have decided to address their more outspoken critics head on with their

  • Album Review: Seether – Isolate and Medicate

    Album Review: Seether – Isolate and Medicate

    By Jon O'Brien on Friday, July 11, 2014

    It has been a turbulent few years for South African-American rock trio Seether since their fifth album Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray unexpectedly reached the lofty heights of No.2 on the Billboard 200 back in 2011. First, there was the departure of Troy McLawhorn, who returned to two-time Grammy winners Evanescence after just one record as lead guitarist for Seether, and

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