Jazz

New Jersey Newbie Brynn Stanley Is The Real Deal On Debut Album 'Hell, California'

7/20/2015 11:00am EDT
Brynn Stanley, Hello, California © Madison Records
There’s nothing like fresh blood in the music industry, sigh! New Jersey gives music its next potential star with bubbly pop singer/songwriter Brynn Stanley. The best way to characterize Stanley’s musical persona is a blend of classic and contemporary; a brand of pop incorporating jazz, retro pop, and a dash of blue-eyed soul.

Stanley describes her debut album Hello, California as “Upbeat and fun, with deep personal meaning and music that everyone can relate to.” Relatable being the key word, Hello California encompasses common human experiences such as the dastardly broken heart, makin...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

7/7/2015 8:49am EDT
R5 And Tyrese Among Albums To Check Out This Week
Music lovers everywhere, we are in new, unfamiliar territory– there is a new global music release day! No longer is Tuesday THE new music day, *sigh. The new global music release day that has been adopted is now Friday – that’s right, go on and crank up Rebecca Black. So those of you who anticipate spending your hard earned money to enhance you music collections on Tuesdays will now have to get use to shopping on Friday.

Now the question is, will Friday’s releases be worthwhile? Well, there’s a lack of big names/highly anticipated releases you might say. Is there a reason for this? May...
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50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

7/4/2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”

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James Last Dead At 86

6/11/2015 3:51pm EDT
James Last, King of Easy Listening, Dead At 86
He was called the Emperor of Elevator Music.

James Last, one of the world's most commercially successful bandleaders, died this week at the age of 86.

Last, also called the King of Easy Listening, recorded more than 200 albums and sold more than 100 million records over a career that spanned decades. Last had said last year that he had an illness, but the specifics were not disclosed.

Last's best years were the 1970s, when Easy Listening was in vogue. He was Billboard Magazine's star of the year in 1976. But anyone who has ever stood in a hotel lobby or inside of an elevator has probably...
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These Bands Have Bold And Controversial Names

5/31/2015 3:00pm EDT
15 Bold And Sexual Band Names
Not all band names were created equally. Some are clearly down to earth while others are bold and filled with controversy. A down to earth post of the best band names would be boring, SO, why not examine some of the boldest band names out there, shall we? No, this list doesn’t “go for the kill” – some are too hot for Starpulse or really anybody – but there are definitely 15 great, bold bands that grace this list.

1) N.W.A.

One of the boldest, most controversial names (and collectives) has to be N.W.A., which stands for N***az Wit Attitudes. As shocking as the name is outside of it...
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A$AP Rocky And Other Albums To Check Out

5/26/2015 9:45am EDT
A$AP Rocky
In what was poised to be a ‘slower’ release week, a surprise happened – A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. Besides A$AP, another rapper sports week’s next biggest release, Boosie Badazz. The rest of the releases are somewhat underrated and unsung, but there’s still a worthwhile crop of new albums to check out.

1) A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP (RCA)

Ah, these days there’s nothing like the surprise album, particularly the one that rewrites the featured album of the week at the last minute (literally). A$AP Rocky adds some ‘punch’ to this week’s new releases, particular...
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Moody Blues Alan Hewitt Talks New Album & More

5/18/2015 11:22pm EDT
Alan Hewitt promo photo
Alan Hewitt, the multi-talented keyboardist for The Moody Blues and platinum keyboardist/producer to the stars, has a new album out called, ‘Evolution’ (Red River/RED/Sony Music). It's a mix of rock, fusion, and jazz music with his supergroup, One Nation. He’s been the keyboard player for The Moody Blues since 2010 and he’s had solo smooth, romantic jazz albums including, 'Noche De Pasion' (2004) 'Retroactive,' (2009) 'Metropolis,' (2006) and 'High Fidelity' (2012) which he lends his vocals on the album. The other three albums he plays keyboards.

The band’s line-up includes, Alan Hewitt,...
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Lili K's Ruby Is A Must Listen

4/27/2015 8:40am EDT
Review: Lili K Delivers A Jazzy, Soulful Smash On 'Ruby'
Chicago musician Lili K represents fresh blood in the music game with a distinct throwback vibe. On her debut Ruby, Lili K showcases her exceptional musicianship, producing the effort herself and most of all, sharing her prodigious pipes for all to hear in their nuanced glory. Lilli K blends jazz and soul music like a champ throughout her debut, and her classical vocal training is always apparent; she’s flawless when it comes to developing a complete performance. Given her fine talents, Ruby proves early on to be a ‘must hear.’

“Mama Told Me” opens Ruby soulfully, offering a taste of wh...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

4/7/2015 10:07am EDT
All Time Low Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music
After a star-studded assortment of new albums last week, this week is much more subtle. The same bombast that greeted a long-awaited comeback by Ludacris, The Album About Nothing courtesy of Wale, and an album named after a Japanese repair technique (Kintsugi) by Death Cab For Cutie isn’t apparent this week. Even so, there are some interesting new efforts, led by irresistible Baltimore quartet All Time Low with their affinity for emo lyrics and the occasional dash of salty language. All Time Low and four others lead albums to check out this week.

1) All Time Low, Future Hearts (Hopele...
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Jeff Bradshaw Delivers Some Serious Ear Candy

3/30/2015 3:15pm EDT
Review: Jeff Bradshaw Delivers A Brilliant, Star-Studded Live Al
Few will deny how rewarding a dynamic, new studio album can be musically – it’s something like ‘ear candy.’ An experience just as rewarding, if not more so, is a dynamic live album. Live albums provide a more organic experience, one less concerned with the perfection of the studio and more focused on a rawer, looser, and oft-times more intimate experience. For trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, his latest live album Home: One Special Night At The Kimmel Center exemplifies the virtues of the live album, delivering an exceptional musical experience.

Over the course of Home, a takeaway is the fact...
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