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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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Sounds For Summer: "Fiona Coyne" Saint Pepsi

July 9th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Saint Pepsi : Fiona Coyne
It'd be easy to argue that Degrassi's most memorable character was Jimmy Brooks, mostly due to the fact that he was portrayed by a young Drake who has gone on to be one of the more influential figures in R&B.

Ryan DeRobertis, under the moniker of Saint Pepsi, has now presented us with the fact that it may have instead been Fiona Coyne, a rich socialite from Manhattan (where DeRobertis originates from). The song fits her image perfectly: smooth disco funk riffs reminiscent of what was found on Daft Punk's last record blend with a bouncy bassline and DeRobertis's fantastic vocals.

This mark...
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Alternative Music Spotlight : American Authors

July 9th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Alternative Music Spotlight : American Authors
Some of you may be familiar with 'American Authors' from their infectious song 'Best Day of My Life.' You can hear them slowly starting to trickle onto popular stations on the radio. They fall firmly in the same vein as Imagine Dragons, Smallpools and the Vamps.

Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, the American Authors have a musical style that can only be described as indomitable, positive and incredibly optimistic. Almost every song they produce is not only upbeat, but has a fantastically happy dose of content at its' heart.

From songs like "Luck" to "Believer" the American Authors sing ...
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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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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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