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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a progressive band that blends classical music and rock into a truly unique experience. The band is currently on an exhaustive winter tour, which has Trans-Siberian Orchestra playing everything from old favorites to new songs off of the band’s latest disc, Night Castle (download right here).
Lifehouse stopped by The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles recently to treat fans to a special acoustic performance of their current single “All In” and track “Falling In,” both on the band’s latest album Smoke & Mirrors (download here).
Looking for some holiday music to get you in the mood this season? Then look no further than Wilson Phillips – Christmas In Harmony. The recently released album, which you can download here, offers 13 holiday classics delivered by the powerful, often angelic voices of Wilson Phillips, a trio comprised of Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chyna Phillips.
Acclaimed band The Aquabats! is back! Fans of The Aquabats! will be pleased to know that the band is issuing a new album, titled Hi-Five Soup!, on January 18, 2011. You can see the official tracklist for Hi-Five Soup! below and find The Aquabats! downloads right here.
What features iPads and a sample of “Love Shack”? That’s right, the new single from Far East Movement – who you probably know from “Like a G6” – and Roger Sanchez, “2Gether.” You can see the official video right here at Bloginity – check it out below.
Chiodos has just revealed the official video for “Caves,” the lead track on the band’s latest disc, Illuminaudio. The album is Chiodos’ first with new vocalist Brandon Bolmer, who replaced Craig Owens. You can download Illuminaudio right here and find other Chiodos downloads here.
If I had a dime for every time a music fan or critic hailed an artist as “the next [insert music god here],” I’d be as wealthy as any of today’s megastars.
Trunk Muzik 0-60 doesn’t waste too much time dwelling on haters, although given Yelawolf’s talent and the praise this disc has been attracting, he’s sure to be making plenty of envious peers about which to write on his next effort.
Angels & Airwaves, one of the side projects of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, is set to release a movie called Love in March 2011. Love was the name of the band’s latest album, which was released (fittingly, I might add) on Valentine’s Day 2010. Thanks to “corporate underwriting”, according to DeLonge himself, the album was released free of charge.
The Soul Train Awards 2010 paid tribute to music legends and up-and-coming artists, with icons such as Ronald Isley and Anita Baker honored for their long history of contributions, and newcomers like Melanie Fiona cited for their potential to have prolific careers.
Accomplished producer and in-demand remixer Alex “XXXchange” Epton has come together with lifelong friend Chris Devlin (of Devlin & Darko) and video-collage artist/producer Ghostdad to form WIN WIN.
Jared Evan, one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in hip hop today, rocked The Viper Room back in September and now fans who missed the show, or those who want to relive it, can check out Jared’s larger-than-life performance of “Miracle” on Bloginity – see the video below.
If you thought that ambient music couldn’t be accessible, then you’re in for a surprise. The Sky Life has perfected the fusion of airy, atmospheric sonic experiences with straight-ahead rock on the its sophomore effort, Roots and Wings. Even the name of the album seems to reflect the band’s ability to unite soaring instrumentals with solid, grounded and catchy rhythms and lyrics.
GQ has released its Men of the Year list, giving a nod to five individuals who contributed to society (or at least entertainment) during 2010. In the pictures below, you can see the GQ Men of the Year: Drake, Steven Colbert, James Franco, Jeff Bridges and…Scarlett Johansson. Yes, Scarlett Johansson made the Men of the Year list as the “babe of the year,” which seems a bit confusing.
Being Kanye West’s media trainer could be one of the most difficult positions in all of media. Kanye West is at the top of the rap game, knows it, and doesn’t have qualms about letting everyone else know, too. In a word, West can be blunt, which doesn’t always go over well, and is often the reason that West is misunderstood.