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Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

July 4th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...
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Ed Sheeran’s Excellent Chart Numbers: This Week in Music

July 3rd, 2014 9:40am EDT
Ed Sheeran’s Excellent Chart Numbers: This Week in Music
Ed Sheeran should be beaming "ear to ear." Why? According to billboard.com, Sheeran moved 210,000 copies of his sophomore album, X (pronounced 'multiply'). That’s a healthy sum, particularly given the new normal that is album sales. With 210,000 copies sold, the takeaway for the British singer/songwriter is that he truly has a shot – at gold and maybe platinum.

Sheeran wasn’t the only artist experiencing a 'come up.' Rapper G-Eazy took his cocky and confident These Things Happen to #3. The 46,000 copies isn’t exactly 'the second coming,' but it's not too shabby either. Compared to ot...
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5 Albums to Check Out : This Week In Music

July 1st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
5 Albums to Check Out : This Week In Music
Previously on 'Albums to Check Out' (June 24, 2017), Ed Sheeran’s sophomore album X served as the most highly anticipated album release. X had been generating buzz for a minute – several technically! Big 'guns' dropping new albums this week are Robin Thicke and Trey Songz.

Thicke and Songz both lay claim to a number one album on their résumés (Blurred Lines and Chapter V). That said, latest projects Paula and Trigga seem to have lower expectations. Regardless, both lead a list of five albums to check out July 1, 2014.

1) Paula: Robin Thicke

(Interscope)

Robin Thicke quickly retu...
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CD Review: The Nearly Deads - 'Invisible Tonight'

June 28th, 2014 3:13pm EDT
CD Review: The Nearly Deads - 'Invisible Tonight'
The evolution of the Nearly Deads from their very well-received Survival Guide EP to Invisible Tonight, their debut full length, is palpable, evident right off the rip with the intensely mature “I Said,” one of the most powerful tracks you hear this year in the rock world. Enigmatic frontwoman Theresa Jeane, aka TJ, is the linchpin, a sheer force at the helm of this talented powerhouse outfit, and the proof is in the pudding as they say early and often on Invisible Tonight (check out the hook on the album’s title track, and her utterly lofty vocals on “Changeover”). Some of Invisible Tonigh...
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Review: Ed Sheeran’s Star Rises on ‘X’

June 26th, 2014 8:10pm EDT
Ed Sheeran, X – a review
Ed Sheeran, X – a review

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran's profile has risen tremendously over the past couple of years. While 2011 debut album + didn't blow the charts away when it bowed, the album received a lift from his Grammy-nominated hit, "The A Team", a memorable and meaningful song by all means. Sophomore album X ("multiply") elevates Sheeran's stardom, delivering a captivating pop album.

"One" and "I'm A Mess" open X more minimal-minded, embracing Sheeran’s acoustic-pop and folksy side. "One" is the more understated track, pacing itself until the second verse adds ...
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7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music

June 24th, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Albums To Check Out : This Week In Music
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, featured some of the more highly anticipated albums of the year, including new releases from Lana Del Rey (Ultraviolence) and Sam Smith (In the Lonely Hour).

This week, with many albums being released ‘off-cycle’ on Monday, June 23 the album releases are a bit more ‘down to earth.’ Still, a highly anticipated sophomore effort from Ed Sheeran leads a list of 7 albums to check out.

1) X: Ed Sheeran

(Atlantic) The red-headed British singer/songwriter follows-up 2012 debut album +, which was led by Grammy-nominated hit "The A Team." Sheeran easily racks up the m...
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Pearl Jam 'Lets It Go' In Milan

June 23rd, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Pearl Jam Frozen
Pearl Jam is one of those bands that has international renown across the world. They have global fame and fans world round - which is, interestingly enough, a common trait they share with another entertainment superpower; Walt Disney Studios. It just so happened that last Friday night (6/20/14) those two worlds collided.

During their tour in Milan, Italy, frontman Eddie Vedder transitioned from the song 'Daughter' into a short rock-rendition of 'Let It Go' originally sung by Idina Menzel in Disney's smash hit, Frozen. Needless to say, it was a completely different experience at a Pearl Jam...
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Maroon 5's 'Maps' Shows That There Is No Hope Left For The Band

June 21st, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Maroon 5
A long time ago, a band emerged from sunny Los Angeles, California with one of the best pop debut records in recent memory. That record was called "Songs About Jane" and it featured a plethora of radio hits that were both instanly memorable and also instantly replayable.

That band's name is Maroon 5, and "Songs About Jane" skyrocketed them and their charismatic leader Adam Levine to instant stardom. Their music, however, seemed to travel in the exact opposite direction of their fame, and every attempt to follow "Songs About Jane" has ended with less than superb results.

Then came "Overexp...
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Queensryche Headlines Empire City Casino Summer Concert Series

June 20th, 2014 8:30am EDT
Queensryche
Queensryche is one of the classic rock bands you’ve seen on MTV in the 90s with their famous ballad, ‘Silent Lucidity’ from their commercially successful 1991 release, ‘Empire.’ They have sold 30 million albums worldwide and continue to play sold-out performances around the world. The current line-up is Michael Wilton (Guitar) Todd LaTorre (Vocals) Scott Rockenfield (Drums) Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Parker Lundgren (Guitar).

In an exclusive Starpulse interview, lead vocalist Todd LaTorre took time out from his busy schedule to speak with me by phone about the band’s upcoming concert at Empi...
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Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia

June 19th, 2014 1:32pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight - St. Lucia
While there is certainly no shortage of 80's inspired synth pop bands out there at the moment, few are as brilliant and purely enjoyable as St. Lucia, the stage name and band of South African pop wizard Jean-Philip Grobler.

The band's masterful self-titled record is filled with tracks that pay tribute to Grobler's Afro-pop heritage, and brings to mind 80's afro influenced pop records by greats like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, and Sting.

Every chorus is massive, and tracks such as "The Way You Remember Me" and "Closer Than This" are sublime, filled with pulsing drums, huge harmonized choru...
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