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  • Top 5 Bands to watch when the Vans Warped Tour hits Holmdel, NJ on July 6

    Top 5 Bands to watch when the Vans Warped Tour hits Holmdel, NJ on July 6

    Now underway for its 20th consecutive summer, the Vans Warped Tour will hit Holmdel, New Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center on July 6. Artists ranging from Katy Perry to Green Day have gotten their start on the festival, and this year the punk rock traveling circus will feature over 100 bands...
  • Listen: Walk the Moon rocks the disco on new single 'Shut Up and Dance'

    Listen: Walk the Moon rocks the disco on new single 'Shut Up and Dance'

    Pop-rock outfit Walk the Moon premiered the new single "Shut Up and Dance" on Sunday (June 22). The giddy dance anthem previews the band's third studio album. Walk the Moon - comprised of members Nicholas Petricca, Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman and Eli Maiman - first released its debut album i want! i...
  • James Blunt: from serving his country to serving us great music

    James Blunt: from serving his country to serving us great music

    James Blunt had a smash hit in 2004 with the love song "You're Beautiful." The third single from the British singer's debut album Back To Bedlam reached the top spot on four different Billboard singles charts in the United States: the Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Pop 100. It also...
  • Fun achieves huge success thanks to Nate Ruess' past experience

    Fun achieves huge success thanks to Nate Ruess' past experience

    Before forming Fun., Nate Ruess had a decent indie career with the band The Format with his long time friend Sam Means. The two had been friends since grade school and fought for everything they achieved. When the time came for the two men to go their separate ways, Ruess took everything he learned...
  • Swedish singer Lykke Li aims for breakout with third album 'I Never Learn'

    Swedish singer Lykke Li aims for breakout with third album 'I Never Learn'

    Indie rock fans have been familiar with Lykke Li since her 2008 debut Youth Novels made her the darling of the music blogging community. But the larger music world is still getting to know the 28-year-old Swedish singer, whose dark, introspective pop music falls somewhere between Bat for Lashes and...
  • This week's best concert tours feature Katy Perry, Beyonce and Jay-Z

    This week's best concert tours feature Katy Perry, Beyonce and Jay-Z

    In a normal week, Katy Perry’s concert tour might be big news, but this is no ordinary week. The long-awaited joint tour from Beyonce and Jay-Z finally kicks off this Wednesday, June 25, in Miami. The entire focus of the concert industry will be on music’s power couple as they try to set aside...
  • Exclusive: Kelly Lynn Barber "completely psyched" to play NYC's The Bitter End

    Exclusive: Kelly Lynn Barber "completely psyched" to play NYC's The Bitter End

    Bridgewater, New Jersey native Kelly Lynn Barber will be making her New York City debut this summer- on Aug., the 20-year-old college student will be performing at the legendary Bitter End. A solo artist who takes influence from early 2000's female pop/rock icons as well as modern rock and punk...
  • OC Fair concert preview: Karmin and Fifth Harmony

    OC Fair concert preview: Karmin and Fifth Harmony

    Thus far, the variety of acts previewed for the OC Fair have generally come from the rock and roll camp. On July 18, a double dose of pop is coming to Costa Mesa with Youtube sensations Karmin opening for the headlining reality TV stars Fifth Harmony. Both are bringing worldwide acclaim and ticket...
  • Day by day guide to Summerfest 2014, America's largest music festival

    Day by day guide to Summerfest 2014, America's largest music festival

    With almost 1,000 acts performing on 11 stages over 11 days before nearly one million people, Summerfest is the largest music festival in America. This year’s event takes place from June 25-29 and July 1-6 along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee and presents superstars like Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band...
  • Christina Aguilera unleashed: Her debut single 'Genie in a Bottle' turns 15

    Christina Aguilera unleashed: Her debut single 'Genie in a Bottle' turns 15

    Pop icon Christina Aguilera launched her music career 15 years ago today with “Genie in a Bottle.” Among a bumper crop of female singers that appeared in the wake of Britney Spears, Aguilera set herself apart from the pack with the sexually-charged single. The then 18-year-old artist captured the...
  • Annie Stela gets the 'Whiplash Blues'

    Annie Stela gets the 'Whiplash Blues'

    Annie Stela’s new album Whiplash Blues, the singer/pianist’s second full-length release overall, begins with a scream. But not to worry, the shriek comes (apparently) from a little girl and falls somewhere between “Eek a spider!” and “Dad bought me a pony!” The juxtaposition of conflicting emotions...
  • Connie Francis: The voice that became the soundtrack of an era

    Connie Francis: The voice that became the soundtrack of an era

    Legendary '50s and '60s pop star Connie Francis’ music career began as an American Cinderella story. Rising from an Italian working-class neighborhood in Newark to the top of the Billboard charts, her life was marked with tragedy and loss, but the resilient icon forged ahead and today dedicates her...
  • Adult contemporary pianist Jim Brickman is music's gift to romance

    Adult contemporary pianist Jim Brickman is music's gift to romance

    Love songs make up a massive portion of the music world, but nobody does them better than Jim Brickman. Since the mid 1990s, the Grammy-nominated pianist and songwriter from Cleveland has built a career out of romantic instrumentals and soaring ballads with a variety of guest vocalists, and 20 years...
  • Nickelodeon-built boy band Big Time Rush still drawing fans after TV fame

    Nickelodeon-built boy band Big Time Rush still drawing fans after TV fame

    Big Time Rush has definitely hit the big time. Since being formed in 2009 for the Nickelodeon TV series of the same name, the foursome have enjoyed major commercial success thanks to strong appeal with their target demographic of kids and teens. Aside from five years of television stardom, they were...
  • Jon McLaughlin expands beyond his 'Enchanted' success

    Jon McLaughlin expands beyond his 'Enchanted' success

    You know Jon McLaughlin as the guy that sung "So Close," the Oscar-nominated hit love song from the Disney film "Enchanted." He even appeared in the movie, performing the song during the penultimate costume ball scene featuring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. But the singer with the boy-next-door...
  • Clay Aiken has moved well beyond being runner-up on 'American Idol'

    Clay Aiken has moved well beyond being runner-up on 'American Idol'

    Clay Aiken isn't labeled as "the guy who came in second in season two of 'American Idol'" anymore. That was more than a decade ago, and the singer from North Carolina has established a career far past the singing competition - even branching out into reality TV and politics, yet still with that...
  • Powerhouse singer Christina Aguilera continues to reinvent herself

    Powerhouse singer Christina Aguilera continues to reinvent herself

    Christina Aguilera is widely regarded as having one of the best voices in music. The notes she can hit and vocal runs she can undertake often blow away those around her. Yet power isn't all that makes a diva. Having been on a long journey from youthful pop star to mature female artist and family...
  • 'Idol' alumna Carly Rae Jepsen goes beyond 'Call me maybe'

    'Idol' alumna Carly Rae Jepsen goes beyond 'Call me maybe'

    After a third place finish during the fifth season of "Canadian Idol" in 2007, Carly Rae Jepsen likely never could have anticipated how much a couple of tweets from pop royalty Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez would skyrocket her career. Not only did Jepsen's "Call me maybe" get the attention of the...
  • Brothers' keeper: FinleyKnight discusses their outstanding debut

    Brothers' keeper: FinleyKnight discusses their outstanding debut

    Unless you’re planning on writing the world’s shortest book, there isn’t much material on musical brothers that actually get along. Now if it’s five volumes that you’re after rather than five pages, there are plenty of disharmonious siblings out there: Noel and Liam Gallagher, Don and Phil Everly...
  • Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block fame continues with solo career

    Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block fame continues with solo career

    Although Joey McIntyre might be known for being part of the mega-hit boy band New Kids on the Block, he has also developed a thriving solo career. From pop hits to jazz-inspired love songs, McIntyre continues to perform and delight his longtime fans. McIntyre’s latest solo album with ballads and...
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