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Life Is A Series Of 'Happy Mistakes' For Heffron Drive's Kendall Schmidt

September 10th, 2014 3:46pm EDT
Life Is A Series Of 'Happy Mistakes' For Heffron Drive's Kendall
Upon the release of their first CD "Happy Mistakes", the members of Heffron Drive are embracing their past but looking towards their musical future. A unit since 2008, Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt first came together when the two found they had a shared goal; to make original music for the masses. A child actor, Schmidt had the chance to pursue his childhood dream with the big boys over at Nickelodeon, who cast him in their series about a band trying to make it in Hollywood, "Big Time Rush."

With that came adulation, fame and tons of media exposure. Schmidt made sure that Belt was taken...
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Ariana Grande Leads New Albums: This Week In Music

August 26th, 2014 9:12am EDT
Ariana Grande Leads New Albums: This Week In Music
After some rather unexceptional release weeks, the music industry looks to be picking up some steam in regards to bigger album releases. This week, many new titles were released off-cycle, hitting stores on Monday, August 25. Some of the artists dropping new music this week included Ariana Grande, Kem, and Brad Paisley. Grande, who’s had big hits this summer, leads the charge this week with My Everything.

1) Ariana Grande, My Everything (Universal Republic)

Pop’s new ‘it’ star releases her highly anticipated sophomore album, My Everything, which follows up 2013’s #1 debut, Yours Tru...
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Exclusive Song Premiere From 'The Voice' Star Caroline Glaser

August 11th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Exclusive Song Premiere From 'The Voice' Star Caroline Glaser
Caroline Glaser impressed both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on The Voice. Now she's hoping to win over audiences with the release of her new EP Better Days Vol. 2. We have an exclusive song premiere from the forthcoming EP - as well as some insight from Caroline about the record, which is scheduled for release next month.

"I've been through a lot of ups and downs this past year, and a lot of these songs are really personal," Caroline continued. "These tracks, although at times [they] come across as sad, all have a hopeful message. I am at a point in my life where I am having to overcome a...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in Music

August 7th, 2014 10:44am EDT
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in
After a lengthy drought (understatement), Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers finally claim their first #1 album with Hypnotic Eye. Outperforming prognostications, not to mention the sales of the band's previous album (Mojo), Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies. Like so many other weeks throughout 2014, Tom Petty's veteran collective were the only album to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. This is even more disappointing to some extent because of the number of new albums that landed within the top 10.

Eric Clapton, another veteran musician, unsurprisingly debuts right behind Petty at #2. As re...
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Review: Spoon's 'They Want My Soul' Is A Tour De Force

August 6th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
Review: Spoon's 'They Want My Soul' Is A Tour De Force
It rarely never hurts when your band gets is described as a ‘critical darling.’ For Austin, Texas indie-rock band Spoon, they exemplify the critical darling label. For years, Spoon has shown masterful consistency, delivering notable alt-classics such as “I Turn My Camera On” and “The Underdog.” On They Want My Soul, the band’s first new album in four years, Spoon continues to live up to its ‘darling’ title.

First and foremost, Spoon never misses a beat on They Want My Soul – it is a tour de force by all means. Opener and promo single “Rent I Pay” sets the tone from the jump with its ...
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Godsmack And Spoon Lead New Albums: This Week In Music

August 5th, 2014 9:00am EDT
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Summer 2014, sadly, remains a lethargic time for new music. July definitely didn’t give folks much reason to pull out their billfolds or redeem those handy-dandy iTunes cards to purchase a full album. Honestly, everyone should be thanking 5 Seconds of Summer for providing a lift with their self-titled debut.

This first week in August isn’t exactly ‘hot’ either (still talking about albums here of course), but as The Temptations once sung, “beauty’s only skin deep, yeah, yeah, yeah!” While the industry could stand that Taylor Swift sized release about now, a pop compilation (Now 51) and ...
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7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry

August 2nd, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry
Last year, Alanis Morrisette admitted many radio stations wouldn't play "You Oughta Know" off her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. The reason? They already had two women in rotation on the radio. For years, the music industry has presented its own set of challenges specific to women. Whether it's executives telling how a young pop star should sex up her act to not being taken seriously by critics within their music genre. There are, however, a group of women who are using their voices and their music as an opportunity to push back and change what's considered the norm within the music indust...
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Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This Week In Music

July 29th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Rock Legends Eric Clapton And Tom Petty Release New Albums: This
Last week, July got a bit of a spark with pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer releasing their highly anticipated, self-titled debut. Midwest rapper Common would also drop his tenth album, Nobody’s Smiling.

This week, there seems to be no sure-fire bet like 5 Seconds of Summer, but there are some veteran artists leading the charge for the new releases. Those include Eric Clapton, Tom Petty (& The Heartbreakers of course), and the late, great James Brown. Here are five new albums to check out this week.

1) Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, (Bushbranch / Sur...
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CD Review: Concord America - "Suns Out Guns Out" (Post-Echo)

July 20th, 2014 5:34pm EDT
CD Review: Concord America - "Suns Out Guns Out" (Post-Echo)
Part Weezer, part Black Keys, but all cool would be an astute way to describe Concord America’s Suns Out Guns Out EP. Another way to describe this album is, well, just plain cool. While Suns Out Guns Out on the whole is an explosion of fuzzed out quirky indie rock – mind the latter - rock (the monstrous riffs of “Vanilla Bastard” are not to be missed, “Crown Vic” is sheer garage inspired madness). “So Gay” is the purest of diamonds in the rough; a hit single lying in wait that could impact at radio tomorrow if given the chance, and the fun doesn’t stop there on Suns Out Guns Out. There’s al...
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CD Review: I Can See Mountains - "Gone Beachy"

July 20th, 2014 4:54pm EDT
CD Review: I Can See Mountains - "Gone Beachy"
As fate may have it, rumors of the demise of Buffalo’s quirky powerpop merchants I Can See Mountains have been greatly exaggerated. After playing what many thought to be their farewell show last December, band members Matt Cox and Kevin Hoffman have emerged from the depths with a new EP in Gone Beachy, a three song release that heaps loads of sunshine upon listeners. From the massive opening riff of “My Aquatic,” which features the infectious wordplay and idiosyncratic songwriting that made the band a fan favorite in the first place and the bouncy call-and-response of the Blink-182-esque “S...
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