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The Boldest July 4th Playlist

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Happy Fourth of July! Today, as we celebrate America’s Independence, and thank the men and women who serve the country, Planet Stereo has put together a twenty song playlist to help you rock out while the fireworks burst.

  1. “All Summer Long” – Kid Rock: This is catchy and fun, sampling pieces of the classic “Sweet Home Alabama.” Great summertime tune.
  2. “American Idiot” – Green Day: iconic song, iconic album.
  3. “American Girl” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: great classic rock sound. I could listen to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers all day. So good.
  4. “American Pie” – Don McLean: I love this song. Great American track.
  5. “Jack and Diane” – John Mellencamp: A story about a typical American couple.
  6. “American” – Lana Del Rey: It’s called “American” and it’s by Lana Del Rey.
  7. “Party In The U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus: Well, she’s singing about the USA, and most people know the words for this…
  8. “Last of The American Girls” – Green Day: Another awesome Green Day track with a reference to America.
  9. “Young Volcanoes” – Fall Out Boy: “Americana, exotica, do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby?”
  10. “American Saturday Night” – Brad Paisley: Because every Saturday night would be better if Brad Paisley was the soundtrack.
  11. “American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz: What a badass song…Let’s hit repeat on this one!
  12. “America’s Suitehearts” – Fall Out Boy: The American media is pretty easy to parody, in fairness.
  13. “Firework” – Katy Perry: Fourth of July is basically synonymous with fireworks.
  14. “Born In The USA” – Bruce Springsteen: Classic July 4th song.
  15. “American Girl” – Bonnie McKee: She’s singing about growing up in America…albeit, a little eccentrically, but, you know.
  16. “American” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: What’s more American than Macklemore and Ryan Lewis?
  17. “Kennedy Curse” – The Maine: The Kennedy’s were the standard for American families, and The Maine have an almost-Americana vibe to them. Plus, every playlist needs a slow song.
  18. “Good Time” – Alan Jackson: Catchy as hell, country, and fun!
  19. “Wild & Free” – A Rocket To The Moon: Because, freedom!
  20. “Hello Brooklyn” – All Time Low: “Everybody knows there’s a party at the end of the world.”

Click below for the playlist and have a happy and safe Fourth!

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mtvU Premieres New Itch Video For “Another Man”

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mtvU has premiered “Another Man,” the new video from the acclaimed UK artist Itch.  Directed by Frank Borin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Five Seconds of Summer), the video was shot in Hollywood’s historic American Legion Hall. Watch here.

“Another Man,” is an amazing summer song; sunny and catchy with a sing-a-long chorus, clever lyrics, and a vibe so retro, I wasn’t sure if I was doing the 1001 Songs Challenge. Itch wrote and recorded the track with producer John Feldmann, who also worked on the rest of Itch’s debut solo album The Deep End.

The Deep End has received effusive critical praise both in the US and abroad. Alternative Press gave The Deep End four stars, saying “this is a big, shiny, smart and uplifting pop hip-hop record,” and Noisey called Itch “one of the UK’s s finest and most authentic songwriters.” Kerrang! declared The Deep End “A perfect Molotov cocktail of resistance to which anyone can grasp and subscribe, especially when it’s delivered with Itch’s fierce conviction and energy,” and The Big Cheese said “The Deep End sees Itch talking about the grit and grime of the gutter, real talk disguised as potential pop hits, an infiltration on the mainstream on his own terms. 9/10.”

Itch recently toured the US with Air Dubai and K-Flay, and he’ll be playing festivals across Europe through the summer.

Grab The Deep End here: http://bit.ly/1dqAkqi

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Hopeless Records Signs Trophy Eyes

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Hopeless Records excitedly announced the label’s newest signing, Trophy Eyes, yesterday! Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, the band began making waves worldwide with the release of their emotionally driven EP Everything Goes Away. The EP is now available to stream in its entirety from the Hopeless Records YouTube channel below:

 

You can also watch the new music video for “May 24” below:

 

“We are excited to announce our signing with Hopeless records, the production of our album in progress with the label, and the re-release of our EP Everything Goes Away,” said Vocalist John Floreani. “We’re honoured to work with them and along side some of the world’s best bands and some of our biggest influences growing up. We’d like to thank Hopeless for the opportunity and are stoked on what our future holds with them.”

 

Fans can also purchase the EP now through iTunes and the band’s merch store:

 

iTunes – http://bit.ly/QZTmJB

Merch Store – http://bit.ly/1kdm1Cm

 

Everything Goes Away Track Listing:

1. May 24

2. Cutting Teeth

3. Bandaid

4. Hourglass

5. Fortunate

 

Trophy Eyes are currently in the studio recording their debut full length, which will be released in the fall of 2014.

 

For more information:

www.hopelessrecords.com

Follow Trophy Eyes on social networks:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/trophyeyesmusic

Twitter: @trophyeyesmusic

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REVIEW: Alexz Johnson’s HEART EP

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In February, Alexz Johnson released her EP, HEART, and fans went wild, igniting social media. While a little slow to make this happen, I finally listened to the EP with my critical ear, and found that I didn’t just enjoy the tracks; they registered with me in a way that I wasn’t fully prepared for.

“American Dreamer” is an almost awe-inspiringly beautiful track. Coming over the speakers like a wave crashing against the shore, it is impossible to ignore Alexz Johnson’s booming, melodic vocals as she bares the weight of the inspirational lyrics. Everything about this song is optimistic and determined: take what life gives you, the good and the bad, and push on; keep dreaming. It’s a feel-good song, with such an “Americana” vibe to it, with a subtle reference to 80’s music (“The Tide Is High”).

As another single for the EP, “This Is Heartache” is noteworthy, in itself. In context with the rest of HEART, Alexz Johnson has cracked the code for writing/delivering a song about being heartbroken without churning out the same old “Boy meets girl. Girl and boy fall in love. Boy leaves girl. Girl is in agony. The end.” cliche`. The music is upbeat, the lyrics are pleading and emotional, and Alexz Johnson’s vocals are nothing shy of superb.

Seemingly making an attempt at a more soulful approach to a song, “Nothin’ On Me” is blunt, with exploration of the artist’s lower registers, with a chorus of gospel-like voices. Soul is the accessory we all wish we could wear with confidence, but aren’t sure if it’s our color, but Alexz Johnson wears it well; this melodic, bluesy style, with a classic rock-and-roll flare fits her like a glove.

Hearbreak seems to be a theme here, but not necessarily in the sense that most artists promote it. Continuing on with her soulful, bluesy edge, Alexz renders her tale of a lover who didn’t treat her right in “Thank You For Breaking My Heart.” I love this track. It’s full of emotion, and acts as a story of learning from heartbreak, hardening yourself, and moving on. Alexz’s vocals are ridiculously powerful. She is a complete power-house on this track, letting her vocals reach new heights, releasing an agony that she conveys wonderfully. If you check out any track on this EP, please, oh please, let it be this one!

One thing I really enjoy about HEART is the raw, melodic tone each track has. Unwaveringly honest and powerful, this EP encourages listeners to not only sing along, but to feel what is being sang about. Alexz Johnson is an artist who has a very recognizable voice, and her songwriting rivals some of the greats. HEART is more than an EP; it is a statement. It might say different things to different people, but one thing is undeniable: whatever it’s saying is coming through loud and clear.

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VIDEO: Get Involved! – “Let Your Guard Down”

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Get Involved!, the incredible new band featuring members of Thursday, Glassjaw, and From Autumn To Ashes, premiered their brand new music video for “Let Your Guard Down” with Brooklyn Vegan!  You can watch the video below, and also be sure to tune in to BBC Radio One this Monday (March 24th), to hear it featured!

On March 3rd, the band released their new EP, Silk Cuts; produced by Ross Robinson (Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, Blood Brothers).

 

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PLAYLIST: 19 Songs For Turning 19

On February 28th, I turned nineteen years old. Many things have changed over the years, but my love of music hasn’t, and nor has my insane desire to create a playlist every year. It’s the only way I really allow myself to fuss over my birthday. Anyway, here are nineteen songs I thought were right to ring in my nineteenth birthday. Enjoy!

1. “Like It’s Her Birthday” by Good Charlotte (2010)

 

2. “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard (2003)

 

3. “Birthday In Los Angeles” by The Maine (2013)

 

4. “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” by My Chemical Romance (2004)

 

5. “Run Don’t Walk” by Hey Monday (2008)

 

6. “Chocolate” by The 1975 (2012) (Yes, I am aware what this song is supposed to be about, but it’s catchy!)

 

7. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles (2013)

 

8. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (1987)

 

9. “It’s My Birthday” by Pixie Lott (2011)

 

10. “Happy Birthday” by The Click Five (2007)

 

11. “She’s Got Something” by Greg Holden (2009)

 

12. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen (1975)

 

13. “She’s So High” by Tal Bachman (1999)

 

14. “High School Never Ends” by Bowling For Soup (2006)

 

15. “Alone Together” by Fall Out Boy (2013)

 

16. “This Car” by Cassadee Pope (2013)

 

17. “First Time” by Boys Like Girls (2012)

 

18. “Poppin’ Champagne” by All Time Low (2008)

 

19. “The Very Last Country Song” by Sugarland (2008)

 

*BONUS: “Weightless” by All Time Low (2009), because this year is mine.

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Alternative Press Premieres July’s In-Studio Performance Of “Second Best”

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Earlier today, Alternative Press premiered an in-studio shoot with July performing their single, “Second Best,” during the band’s downtime at King Sound Studio in Paducah, KY. As part of King Sound Studio’s Alternative Press Instagram takeover, the studio invited July to film several in-studio videos.

“We had such a fantastic time down at King Sound Studio. Rick has such amazing facilities and he and his created created a fun and professional working environment that allowed us to create this awesome in-studio shoot!” says singer Devin Moody.
July recently won a contest on RyanSeacrest.com for having the best group cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and also finished a tour supporting Canadian solo artist SayWeCanFly. The band will be announcing a new tour in the coming weeks along with plans for new music.
The band’s debut LP, What We Signed Up For, is now available on TDR Records – http://www.tdrrecords.com/july

 

Click HERE to watch.

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Vinyl Thief Premiere Music Video and Announce SXSW Shows

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Vinyl Thief, the electro-rock outfit from Nashville have just premiered a new music video for their single, “Smooth,” from their new EP, Stop Motion. You can watch the video below!

 

 

Vinyl Thief will also be returning to play South by Southwest, after a successful run during SXSW2013, where the band earned a reputation for their insanely energetic live show after playing theBeautiful Buzzz showcase.  For more details on the band’s upcoming SXSW performance, please visit: http://vinylthief.com/.

 

A four-song preview to the band’s upcoming full-length, Fathoms, was also released recently. The EP has fans and critics eager to hear more, with support pouring out from the likes of VICE’s NoiseyDiffuser.fm and The Deli Magazine, who coined the new release “so completely, flawlessly realized…”

 

Upcoming SXSW Shows:

Big Picture Media x Glamour Kills Showcase

WHEN: Friday, March 14th | Set Time: 2:55pm

WHERE: The Blind Pig Rooftop | 317 E. 6th St. | Austin, TX 78701

ENTRY: FREE

INFO: https://www.facebook.com/events/363842043757786/

Official SXSW Showcase

WHEN: Saturday, March 15th | Set Time: 8:00pm

WHERE: B.D. Riley’s | 204 E. 6th St. | Austin, TX 78701

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TRACK: Weak Nerves – “Bedroom Rot”

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The Weak Nerves is a London-based band comprised of Sean Keane (guitar/vox), Oliver Jeffs (bass/vox), and Lee Munday (drums). Together, they have worked to produce a sound fueled by a 90’s infusion that has resulted in a 6-track EP that is due out at the end of March.

Last year, the band released a double A-side single Cheapskates/Bedroom Rot. The track ‘Bedroom Rot’ can be heard below. For those of you that consistently reminisce on the good old grunge days of the 90s, this is the song for you!

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Tegan and Sara Announce “Let’s Make Things Physical” Spring/Summer Headlining Tour

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Tegan and Sara are still on fire. The last year has been colossal for the sisters, with the release of their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, which marked their highest first week charting position of all time. The duo scored their first mainstream hit with “Closer” and circled the globe in support of  Heartthrob. Next up, the girls are taking off to sea with Paramore as part of the Parahoy!  cruise concert, then accompanying Katy Perry on the last leg of her international tour. In the meantime, they’ve just announced a run of 19 headlining dates including a stop at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and back-to-back nights in DC and Chicago in addition to some massive performances at slew of summer festivals.

“I Was A Fool” Official Video on YouTube

“Everything Is Awesome” Feat. The Lonely Island on YouTube

After a great first-run with “Closer,” Tegan and Sara are launching their second single from this album cycle this spring, “I Was A Fool,”  the follow up to their wildly successful first single. Today, Tegan and Sara released a “Closer” EP entitled Closer Remixed – Vol. 3 with 11 new versions of the song.
The Canadian-born duo teamed up with The Lonely Island to sing the theme-song, “Everything Is Awesome”, for The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, which opened up this month and has been blowing up the box office. There’s also a new song performed by Tegan and Sara, “Don’t Find Another Love,” in Universal Pictures’ movie Endless Love, a romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong).

 

On March 30th, Tegan and Sara will perform at the Canadian Juno Awards, of which they’re nominated for four! They’re also confirmed for Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa, FL, Hangout Music Fest, Suburbia Music Festival, and Firefly Festival in Dover, DE this summer.

Confirmed Tegan & Sara Tour Dates:

03/03          The Port Theatre – Nanaimo, Canada

03/04          Royal Theatre Victoria – Victoria, Canada

03/07          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas

03/08          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/09          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/10          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/11          Parahoy – Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/12          Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FL
03/14          Coliseo De Puerto Rico – San Juan, PR
04/05          Club Skirts Dinah Shore – Palm Springs, CA
04/07          El Plaza – Mexico City, Mexico

05/03          Big Guava Music Festival – Tampa, FL

05/03-04    Suburbia Music Festival – Plano, TX

05/06          The Blue Note – Columbia, MO ^~

05/07          Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY ^~

05/08          The Madison Theater – Covington, KY ^~

05/09          Canadian Music Week – Toronto, Canada
05/10          Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN ^~

05/12          Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN ^~

05/13          Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN

05/14          Music Farm – Charleston, SC ^~

05/15          The Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA ^~

05/16          Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Jacksonville, FL ^~

05/16-18    Hangout Music Fest – Gulf Shores, AL

05/19          The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC ^~

05/20          The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC ^~

05/21          9:30 Club – Washington, DC ^~

05/22          9:30 Club – Washington, DC ^~
05/25          Boston Calling Music Festival – Boston, MA

06/16          First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN ^#

06/17          The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL ^#

06/18          The Vic Theatre – Chciago, IL ^#

06/19-21    Firefly Festival – Dover, DE

06/22          Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT ^#

06/24          Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY ^#

06/28          Meijer Gardens Amphitheater – Grand Rapids, MI ^#

07/06          Sasquatch – Quincy, WA

09/09          Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC*
09/10          Rogers Area – Vancouver, BC*
09/12          Moda Center – Portland, OR*
09/13          Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA*
09/16          Honda Center – Anaheim, CA*
09/17          Honda Center – Anaheim, CA*
09/19          STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA*
09/20          STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA*
09/22          SAP Center – San Jose, CA*
09/23          SAP Center – San Jose, CA*
09/25          Jobing.com Arena – Glendale, AZ*
09/26          MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV*
09/29          EnergySolutions Arena – Salt lake City, UT*
09/30          Pepsi Center – Denver, CO*
10/02          American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX*
10/03          American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX*
10/05          FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN*
10/06          BOK Center – Tulsa, OK*
10/08          New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA*

~Let’s Make Things Physical Headlining Tour w/ Lucius     
^Let’s Make Things Physical Headlining Tour w/ The Courtneys     
#Let’s Make Things Physical Headlining Tour w/ My Midnight Heart

*Prismatic Tour w/ Katy Perry

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