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Alternative Music Spotlight : MAGIC!

July 7th, 2014 11:03am EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight : MAGIC!
Like catchy pop-rock? Like reggae? You'll love Canadian reggae-fusion group MAGIC!

The Canadian foursome shares musical DNA with pop-rock bands like the 1975, but takes a lot of inspiration from traditional reggae. Their music is reminiscent of a more accessible, more fun version of 311 or Sublime. Though it has a great deal of reggae influence, it certainly has a predominantly British pop-rock feel - and with heavy hitters such as Bastille and the 1975 garnering so much fame, that's a very good formula to follow.

Lead singer Nasri Atweh is a unique fit for the role he fills in the grou...
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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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Indie Folk Spotlight : Old Crow Medicine Show

July 2nd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Remedy : Old Crow Medicine Show
Like good ol' fashioned Americana style music like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty? Well, we've got some good news for you - it's coming back, in a big way. And there's few better bands to showcase the blue-blooded American hunger for Folk music than Old Crow Medicine Show.

Old Crow Medicine Show has flown mostly under the radar, getting their start in 1998 and influencing high profile bands such as Mumford and Sons with their unique, decidedly old school sound. They've been called everything, from bluegrass to alternative country, but really the only title that truly fits the band is 'folk' - and...
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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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Sounds for Summer: 'Swimming Pool Blues' Miniature Tigers

June 28th, 2014 10:00am EDT
Miniature tigers : Cruel Runnings
Summer is finally here, and it's the perfect time of year for road trips, backyard parties, and any number of other events that require music, or at least are made better with it.

In order to perfectly soundtrack these events, this weekly article will feature a song that perfectly fits the season in one way or another.

What better way to kick off this series than with a strong contender for pop song of 2014, "Swimming Pool Blues" by Miniature Tigers, a song that is so Summery it practically smells like salt water.

The song begins with a simple acoustic guitar and drums, and then heats ...
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Alternative Music Spotlight: Penguin Prison

June 27th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Penguin Prison : Penguin Prison
Chris Glover is the sole man behind what is perhaps New York City's goofiest and most fun pop group, Penguin Prison, a project that stands in stark contrast to his more emotionally charged contemporaries like Passion Pit and Phoenix.

Even the name Penguin Prison is goofy, and it's clear that Glover doesn't take himself too seriously, which is probably the reason that his most well known song is "Don't F**k with My Money," a song that's both laugh out loud hilarious and unbelievably catchy, and avoids being a gimmick because of it's immaculate production and it's absolutely perfect vocal ho...
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Electronica Friday : Ten Tunes To Go Home and Chill Out To

June 27th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Electronica Friday : Ten Tunes To Go Home and Chill Out To
Okay everyone. The week is almost over. Friday evening is nearly upon us. But what's Friday without some relaxing music to kick back and chill out to? Well, if you're in need of some music to just mellow out to, never fear, because we're here to give you ten EDM songs that you're going to just love.

Whether it's cuddling on the couch with your significant other, listening to while you read, or just something to hum to while you're cooking dinner, these songs are sure to provide a calming backdrop whatever Friday evening activities you have planned.

You can always use Starpulse Radio to li...
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Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In Music

June 26th, 2014 8:18am EDT
Lana Del Rey Outruns Competition On Billboard 200 : This Week In
Put aside all the "I wish I was dead" controversy for the moment, as the ever-controversial Lana Del Rey has reason to celebrate this week. According to billboard.com, Del Rey sold a triumphant 182,000 copies of her sophomore album, Ultraviolence. Ultraviolence was expected to top, as prognosticators correctly predicted sells in the 180,000 copies ballpark.

Del Rey outran a loaded chart week, specifically trumping golden boy, British R&B newcomer Sam Smith, who also hit it big selling 166,000 copies of In the Lonely Hour. Smith has no reason to hang his head in the runner-up spot part...
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Electronica Spotlight - Feint

June 24th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Electronica Spotlight - Feint
Feint is a U.K. born composer who has made a name for himself as an independent artist and very prolific DJ. Feint, also known as Andy Isaac H, has a unique and signature sound that accompanies his music.

While he is perhaps best known for his Liquid Drum and Bass, his other signature special is 'Gaze' an electronica style take on the popularized 'Nu-Gaze' of the early 2000s. His sound is ethereal, ambient and almost haunting, but at the same time uplifting and beautiful. These tendencies are best exemplified in songs like "Laurence" and "Skydance"

But Feint is more than just a competan...
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