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La Roux
La Roux "Uptight Downtown" Gets Summer Grooving
When a song pops up on our playlist here at LOAR and someone stops the flow of work to shout out, "Who's this" you know something special is brewing.
La Roux created that buzz yesterday eliciting a "start it over" and "turn it up!" Go ahead, throw La Roux "Uptight Downtown" on your office speaker and see what happens…we guarantee someone will bust a move.

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Down With Webster are Fun Magnets with No Shortage of Magic
Toronto’s Down With Webster “Party For Your Life” tour opening for Hoodie Allen earlier this year took the U.S. by storm and this talented group are shaking things up in the electro pop fused hip hop world. Down With Webster plays New York City tonight (7/22) The Studio at Webster Hall and Chicago at Subterranean on July 24. Bassist and one of the founding members Tyler Armes spends some time talking about what they learned on tour with Hoodie Allen, their music video "Chills," connecting with fans, and magic.

Jessie Ware Announces Headline Tour Dates in October
UK soul chanteuse and two-time Brit Award nominee JESSIE WARE has announced that she will follow her European tour dates with a strings of shows in North America, visiting San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York City in October. Please see below for all upcoming dates. Tickets are available via lottery. Register at for the chance to get first priority tickets.

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Shwayze Steals The Crown From The El Rey Theatre
Thursday, 17 April 2014—Hollywood, California— When his career began in 2004, Shwayze dedicated every moment and penny he had to his craft and in 2008, after the release of his first album, all that hard work finally paid off. His self titled album immediately became a top 10 hit and spawned two top 25 singles in a matter of months. From there, Shwayze’s career took off. MTV even gave him his own reality TV show.

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Martin Garrix "Animals" Nominated for MTV VMA Award
Amsterdam, July 18, 2014 – 18-year-old DJ Martin Garrix is the only Dutch artist to be nominated for a Video Music Award. The nomination is in the MTV Clubland category for his hit single, “Animals.”  Competitors in the same bracket include Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, and DJ Snake & Lil Jon.  

Young Rising Sons
Young Rising Sons Still "High" Release "King of the World"
Want to know what's bopping around inside my head this morning? Never a dull moment and always loads of new music in my mailbox here at Life of a Rock Star™, today's hot song is by Young Rising Sons. And, "if I was king of the world" I would be telling everyone about Young Rising Sons.

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The Young Wild "Moment Goes" New Music Video Conjures 80s Vibe
"Could you let the moment go?" asks The Young Wild in summer anthemic pop rock melodies that beckon to climb to the top of your playlist. Think about it then hit repeat and listen to the lyrics one more time. Poetic lines like "You know my eyes turn you to stone that mid-day morning," take us back to the day when songs were riddles and meanings were left for the listener to decipher.

Princess Superstar
Princess Superstar is a Firecracker with "Je ne sai quoi magic" and No Nanny
Princess Superstar is no newbie in hip hop world, but her just released album "I'm A Firecracker" is dropping some fresh new beats. Mixing up psychedelic rock with poppy sass, the EP includes highlight song "Push You Away" with highly relatable comical lyrics like "I didn't mean it, I was on my period" and "I'll put your real name back into my phone." Honest, funny, and authentic this pop culture questioning female hip hop artist, mother and new reality show TV star of "I Love Princess Superstar" is a pioneer in her genre.

Clockwise plays the Troubadour July 15, 2014 for EP Release Party, photo credit Nicole Hanratty
Clockwise Show Brings "The Dancing World" Alive
Clockwise "Dancing World" EP Release party at Troubadour unfolded in live form with the palpable feel of the electro folk band's music last night filling the room with soul. With the EP's first single release "Dancing World," we saw soft tones and a beautiful message to keep dancing through life's troubles unfold in a dramatic meets ethereal music video. Last night the dramatic and ethereal collided as Clockwise took the stage and played their hearts out for their fans.

Mosco Rosco Gets All Hands Clapping at Troubadour
Last night
Mosco Rosco, an indie rock band from New York lit up the stage at the Troubadour on Santa Monica Boulevard. This group got every pair of hands clapping and feet tapping along to their funky beat. The smooth style of Peter Harper on the guitar and keyboard vibed well with J. Blynn’s energetic stage presence.

Vance Joy
Top 5 Songs of the Summer (So Far) 2014
Indie music fans will love this new music list comprised by contributor Jake Castillo with his favorite five tracks to sing along to this summer. Hot songs from Priory, Cloud Nothings, Vance Joy, Breach The Summit, and Skizzy Mars all make his list. Have a listen to the Top 5 Songs of the Summer (So Far) of 2014 and let us know what your favorite songs and new music releases are this summer!

Mary Lambert
Mary Lambert "Secrets" First Single Off New Album
Loving the hip hop honesty of this new Mary Lambert song as she reveals her "Secrets!" We're right there with Mary Lambert and potentially have similar secrets. Sometimes we cry a whole day, act passive aggressive and are completely scared of the dentist! #SoWhat

Macy Gray North American Tour Dates with New Album
Macy Gray North American Tour Dates with New Album "The Way"
News that Macy Gray is set to tour this fall is giving LOAR "the giggles." The voice that can inspire anyone to open up their heart and soar, Macy Gray streams her newest song "Stoned" in advance of the October release her new album "The Way." A welcome comforting addition to our Life of a Rock Star editor Nicole Hanratty's "Music to Rock Your Playlist in 2014", Macy Gray makes everyone feel "Stoned."

Danity Kane Universal CityWalk interview with LOAR contributor Sarah Walsh July 10, 2014 photo credit Natalie Klein for
Danity Kane Talks Getting Back Together, Lemonade and Tyga
Danity Kane and Moxie Raia kicked off the Universal “5 Towers” stage for the launch of Universal CityWalk’s free summer “Music Spotlight Series” last night. Before the multi-platinum group Danity Kane hit the stage they spent some time chatting with Life of a Rock Star™ about getting back together, growing up, and working with Tyga on their new hit song "Lemonade." Watch the live interview and check out the hot concert photos!

Adrian Lux "Make Out" features "Lauren Conrad" and Amusement Park Surprises
GRAMMY® nominated Swedish producer/DJ Adrian Lux is bringing his new "Make Out" EP to hot clubs where he can connects with his fans beyond just "Smoke and Mirrors." Perhaps best well known for his breakout hit song "Teenage Crime" Adrian Lux loves to get into the music with the club goers and has the unique ability to read the room, ride the emotions and provide an experience that is genuinely focussed on the fans.

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"Begin Again" Soundtrack Sings of Love and Heartache
"Begin Again" soundtrack music from and inspired by the original motion picture has a pop music friendly feel with Keira Knightly's acoustic singer songwriter sweet voice dominating the the love and heartache theme of the album. Adam Levine's lead track "Lost Stars" slows down the universe to see love in slow motion play out between one man and his love soaked heart.

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Travel to Loreto Mexico a Must (Cake Optional)
When a best friend has a birthday, it's time to celebrate and the destination is theirs to choose. With summer time opening up a free window and no other obligations holding me back, I was an automatic yes. Hence,
"Four Girls, Four Days, Forever In Love With Mexico" was born.

Flyleaf press photo via MSOPR
Flyleaf "Set Me On Fire" with Ignitable Track
With stunning vocals and an ignitable track tinged with pleading drums and rousing guitars, Flyleaf "Set Me On Fire" blazes a new trail for the release of their new album ""Between The Stars" due out September 16th via Loud & Proud Records. And don't you worry Kristen May, LOAR has it cranked up to 12 letting the passion and the furry bleed through this hot new music release.

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"Ugly Heart" New Music Video Gets G.R.L. in All Kinds of Trouble
How much trouble can five pop singers get into? Enough to be arrested and taken down to the station with this new music video "
Ugly Heart." Released this week G.R.L., featuring the British singer dancer and model Lauren Bennett, takes over the police department and lineups for their mug shots, dancing all the way.

(Cheryl Koo fashion show at high end Hollywood dinner dance hot spot supperclub the restaurant Los Angeles,  photo credit: Nicole Hanratty)
Top 5 Rockstar Fashion Looks LOAR Loves from Cheryl Koo
Fierce Los Angeles dancer / fashion designer Cheryl Koo is set to premiere her new CM2K Fall 2014 line at Traffic Beverly Center this month. Fans of her all-black rock star fashion clothing line include hip hop mega star Nicki Minaj. The Cheryl Koo CM2K line pushes forward leaving the hipster trends at its heels. These designs embody the look and feel of where high street and club fashion is headed tomorrow.

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Molly Dworsky (Soccer) Team Lorde Parody Music Video Scores Big
Molly Dworsky has done it again with this super funny video. Spoofing a Lorde song and making us laugh out loud poking fun of suburbia on the soccer field in perfect FIFA World Cup spirit, Dworsky scores big. Molly Dworsky (Soccer) Team Lorde parody music video is replete with matching shorts and various cleats to help help you dribble and relive your youth. (Hopefully sans the goal score for the other team.) And for the record, kicking is harder than it seems…

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Staples and Katy Perry “Make Roar Happen” for Washington D.C. Teachers
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- June 25, 2014 – Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continue to “Make Roar Happen” in Washington, D.C. today by announcing 55 local classroom projects have been funded as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to

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Chromeo Makes Safety Video Fashionable & Disco Friendly for Mallard Air
The electro rock musical duo Chromeo is looking spiffier than ever in their comedic laced disco flavored safety instruction video for Mallard Air. This funny music video is a boarding pass to fashionable travel of the entertaining kind.

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London Highlights Top 5 Things To Do July 2014
Where to go in London this month? Here are five cool events and things to do in London that are sure to add a splash of adventure to your trip and be memory making activities. From hot music from Jose James to The Chap Olympiad, dive in and get exploring this July!

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Jessie J Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Collaborate to Create "Bang Bang" Anthem
Talk about triple threat… Hot new music release "
Bang Bang" from Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj is sure to set off some major explosions! The collaboration is set to be the first single off of Jessie J’s upcoming new LAVA/Republic Records album expected out this fall.

Photo above:  B.o.B. performing live at Wango Tango 2014, photo credit LOAR
Music is a Muse Like No Other
"I've got the magic in me…" [B.o.B] Lyrics like this have the power to transpose a mood, lift a moment, and define an outlook on any situation. What I love most about music is the way it creates feelings, alters behavior and entices the listener to engage in life whether that means closing a door or opening a new one.

Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke "Paula" is a Soul & Funk "Emotion Explosion"
Regrets run deep on Robin Thicke's new album "Paula" in love soaked lyrics that cry out for forgiveness and second chances. Track after track Thicke sings about everything he lost and getting "her" back… "Should have kissed you longer…should have held you stronger," he sings with the sound of a man bearing a broken heart. [“Get Her Back”] Read the track by track review.

Trevor Hall Soulshine Tour
Trevor Hall Chats His Never-ending Spiritual Journey and Chapter of the Forest
Trevor Hall, now on the Soulshine Tour-- the first-ever music and yoga lifestyle tour--with Michael Franti & Spearhead spent some time chatting with Nicole Hanratty about his upcoming new album. Read the interview and see him this week at the Greek Theatre and the Santa Barbara Bowl.



Jargon Party self-titled album Broods OneRepublic Trevor Hall Chapter of the Forest

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