Tuesday Tunes: Songs of Nostalgia

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

This week for Tuesday Tunes we decided to mix it up, and give you a little background on some of the songs we love to listen to.  One amazing thing about music is the way certain songs stick in your head, or will remind you of a specific time or place, no matter when you return to that song.  We thought of some of the songs that are especially nostalgic to us, and have shared a brief explanation of just what these songs remind us of and mean to us.  What songs hold significant memories for you? Share them with us!

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Sierra’s Picks:

  • “I’ll Run” – The Cab - If you know anything about me, this song isn’t a surprise. I’ll Run is the first song I ever heard from The Cab and it instantly made me fall in love with the band and their music. It will always remind me to stay true to myself and fight for what I want.
  • “Holiday” – Green Day – This song reminds me of one of my best friends and summer camp in ’04 when we sang this song ridiculously loud outside of our cabin.
  • “Finale B” – Rent Soundtrack – Probably my favorite song from my favorite movie/musical. This reminds me of freshman year, meeting the people who immediately became my best friends, and getting overly emotional over musical theater.

Bailey’s Picks:

  • “Blackbird” – The Beatles – I actually sang this for my senior recital when I was in Chorus in high school.  Not only am I reminded of that moment where I got on stage and sang in front of more people than I ever had before, but I’m also reminded of senior year in general.
  • “If I Had a Boat” – Lyle Lovett – This is probably one of the oldest songs I have in my memory.  It reminds me of my dad and sitting outside in the sun with the family.
  • “Babel” – Mumford & Sons – Best concert on my life was put on by Mumford.  I went with family and friends and we watched from the green lawn underneath a beautiful, starry night summer sky.

Leigh’s Picks:

  • “I Won’t Give Up” – Jason Mraz - This song came to me during a rough time in college. One of my best friends (who has a knack for mixed tapes) burned me a cd with this song. It instantly gave me comfort, and to this day still makes me feel hope and like I’m safe at home.
  • “Mannequin” – The Summer Set - This song is part of one of my most nostalgic albums, Everything’s Fine. It came out the summer of my first Disney cruise, literally the most magical vacation I’ve taken. I was so anxious to hear this song especially, and now every time I hear it I long for and remember the fun I had in paradise.
  • “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison - This could be my family’s theme song.  It’s one of my dad and brother’s favorite songs, and it plays at nearly every family wedding.  Safe to say, it’s fun and filled with memories.


Kings of Leon Announce Summer Tour

April 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Kings Of Leon have announced the third leg to their 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour. The band will kick off the summer amphitheater tour on July 31 in St. Louis, MO. Joining Kings of Leon on select dates will be Young The Giant and Kongos.

Tickets for the general public go on sale April 25 via Live Nation. Check out the list of dates below.

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Outside Lands Announces Single-Day Lineup

April 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

This week, Outside Lands, a music festival in its 7th year, has announced its 2014 single-day lineup! The festival will again take place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 8-10, 2014.

Tickets went on sale Thursday, April 17. General admission tickets have sold out, but you can still purchase VIP. Tickets are available here.

Check out the full lineup below. Did anyone get tickets? Who are you excited to see?

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Women in Music: Jen Appel, CEO of Catalyst Publicity Group

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Catalyst Publicity Group is a boutique PR & marketing firm based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Catalyst team sets out to make a unique mark in the PR landscape by providing innovative and unique ideas and dedication to their clients.

We had the opportunity to speak with Catalyst’s CEO, Jen Appel, about her journey, Catalyst’s vision, and we received some insight on working in entertainment PR. Read what she had to say below.

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New Music Video: One Direction – You & I

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

One Direction has released their highly anticipated music video for new single, “You & I”. Watch the video above and tell us what you think!

Is anyone seeing the bands on tour this summer? Let us know in the comments!

Album Review: The Colourist

April 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

If you’re looking for a quick idea as to what The Colourist’s sound is all about, just take a glance at their self-titled 2014 album cover. It features a clump of glitter, shimmering like a galactic sky, which becomes an appropriate representation of their music. The Colourist is comprised of Adam Castilla, Maya Tuttle, Kollin Johannsen, and Justin Wagner, and they are bringing an upbeat, electro-pop sound to the indie-pop-rock music scene that shimmers just like the iridescent image on their album cover.

The Colourist is the quartet’s first full album, offering 11 tracks, four of which are off of their 2013 EP, Lido, including “Little Games.”  The chorus of this track is very catchy, much like the bridges on every other track. This song is an example of how the California-based group maintains their colorful groove even through songs that aren’t necessarily lighthearted in content. The lyrics of this song, for example, describe a destructive relationship, but the excited and dense melody of the music wouldn’t suggest so.

This is done again in “Fix This,” a song that begs of forgiveness and second chances. The melody is ironically fast paced with highly energized, characteristics that can be used to describe almost every other song on the album.

Indeed, each track runs the risk of being indistinguishable from another if it weren’t for the lyrics. Although The Colourist is undoubtedly fun and contagious in that sing-along way at times, the album is most lacking in variety. There might be too much of the rapid tempo and bright percussion.

“Stray Away” provides the most change. It is the closest the group gets to a ballad, with an acoustic sound and lovely string instrumentals. The sound matches what is expected from the lyrics, and listeners will be moved when Castilla and Tuttle sing “I don’t want to fall in love” harmoniously. It’s a favorite, and reveals a potential for The Colourist to expand their repertoire.

Other notable songs off the album include “We Won’t Go Home,” an especially percussive, anthemic tune; “Put the Fire Out,” which is like an angsty Paramore-esque song (minus the Hayley Williams); and “Tonight (Young Hearts).” This last one is likely my favorite and is a great jam to play at the end of a night out.

The Colourist will be playing out West over the next month, headlining shows in Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, and California before heading to the East Coast in June. This album would undoubtedly make for a great live set, so if you have the opportunity, catch a show! Until then, The Colourist is available for download on iTunes now.

Overall rating: 3/5

Recommended tracks: “Tonight (Young Hearts),” “Stray Away,” “Wishing Wells”

Tuesday Tunes: End of the Semester

April 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

For all you students out there, the end of the semester is quickly approaching! To help you get through your finals, we wanted to share some of the songs that keep us motivated to finish the year off strong. Tell us what songs you’re listening to to help get through the school year, and subscribe to our playlist here.

Keep On Keeping On – Travie McCoy ft. Brendon Urie
Schoolin Life – Beyonce
Rather Be – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Paris – Magic Man
Best Day Of My Life – American Authors
The Great Divide – The Mowgli’s
Save – The Rocket Summer
Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
Hands In The Air – Miley Cyrus ft. Ludacris
Stronger – Britney Spears


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