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Aiden Jude
Aiden Jude "Tonight" Hits Beatport and Astonishes Music Industry
If you haven't been paying attention to the youth of the electronic music generation then it's time to sit up and take notice. Teens are inching their way into the field with unprecedented talent indicative of being raised in a world where making music on a laptop is as common as eating cereal and watching cartoons. Last weekend LOAR chatted with hot 17 year old Martin Garrix and the brother and sister teen duo of Carbon Airways--both grabbing headlines at Coachella this year. But the youth takeover doesn't stop there. Meet Aiden Jude. At just ten years of age, he was born to make music despite what his critics say.

Tom Odell Kickstarts Coachella Weekend Two 2014 photo via TOM ODELL AWH
Tom Odell Kickstarts Coachella 2014 Weekend 2
Friday, 18 April 2014--Indio, California--Weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was kickstarted by British musician Tom Odell at 12:00 PM sharp making him one of the first acts of the day. Odell just completed his third headlining tour in the UK during which he played the Brixton Academy in London and the 02 Academy Sheffield. I was one of the first people to arrive at the Mohave tent where Odell was set to perform. The tent was empty when Odell sat down in front of his piano, but that did not stop him from giving it his all.

13 Things to Pack for Coachella:  Travel to Indio, California (Photo credit Natalie Klein April 2014 Coachella Weekend One)
13 Things to Pack for Coachella: Travel to Indio, California
If you're thinking of attending Coachella and you have never been to the famed music festival before, here are 13 things to pack for rock star preparedness to enjoy the weekend of your life. Whether you're doing Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival camping style or slipping in and out of your hotel at night, you will want these things in your bag/car/locker/ aka within reach.

Lana Del Rey Appears Regal Day Three of Coachella 2014
Lana Del Rey Appears Regal Day Three of Coachella 2014
Lana Del Rey is Indie music's queen and she wore her crown well on Sunday, April 13, 2014, on the Outdoor Stage of Coachella during her 8:15 PM time slot. Emerging from the smoke and fog in a floral orange dress that was Coachella appropriate (backless and flirty while still vintage in style) singing "Cola," her eager fans lapped up every note. Lana Del Rey's movements were purposeful, slow and well executed. Speaking to her adoring crowd Del Rey said, "Finally back in the U.S., I never thought it would happen. …I can't tell you how right it feels to be here …and start my tour here."

(Photo:  Matt Schultz lead singer of Cage The Elephant playing the main Coachella Stage on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Matt Schultz climbs the lighting rafter in the middle of the field after crowd surfing his way to it.  Photo credit:  Nicole Hanratty,
Coachella 2014 DAY 2 Moments in Music: Cage The Elephant
“There ain’t no rest for the wicked” and there ain’t no rest for Coachella music festival goers--which admittedly may be one and the same. Yesterday, on day two of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California I witnessed a moment by chance that I know will be replayed for years to come. While walking out of an interview in the artist compound, I was lucky enough to catch the end of Cage The Elephant (band I love) on the Coachella Stage (also known as the main stage).

Martin Garrix interview with Nicole Hanratty Coachella 2014
Martin Garrix Slays Coachella Announces New Song with Ed Sheeran
If LOAR could only interview one act at Coachella, Martin Garrix would be the hands down pick. Every single hip teen knows who this beautiful--there’s just no other word to describe his flawless face--Dutch 17 year old boy is and the entire world is about to see his brand explode. Martin Garrix blew out the Sahara Tent Friday, April 11, 2014 at Coachella igniting music festival goers and setting the EDM world on fire with his “energetic” (as he accurately describes it) brand.

The 1975 Grab Fans at Coachella and Pack Outdoor Theatre
The 1975 Grab Fans at Coachella and Pack Outdoor Theatre
Tucked into the exact middle of Sunday's lineup on the Outdoor Theatre stage at Coachella (four acts before them and four after), The 1975 pulled in music festival goers as they began to arrive en masse for the day at their 4:05 time slot. Coachella attendees showed up to see the Manchester band play live favorite songs like "Chocolate" in the hot sun that beat down on them as the band delivered up a commendable Coachella debut. "This is our first time…thanks for coming to watch," Matthew Healy said to the gathering crowd that was growing by the minute.

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey "West Coast" Sizzles Out Now On Interscope
A massive draw to Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lana Del Rey's new song "West Coast" hit the LOAR playlist this week. From the pop soul tropical sound of the opening beat through the building bass this sizzling song is "playin'" on full blast. With gorgeous melodies tempered by sexy deep samplings of classic Lana sounds, this song is a blend of sand and surf that conjures images of hot sun and a slow motion love story unfolding on the beach.

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance "May Death Never Stop You" Exposes Raw Underbelly of Band
19 tracks and 12 music videos compiled chronicle the best of My Chemical Romance in "May Death Never Stop You" (Deluxe Version). The band's "best of" music release March 25, 2014 via Warner Bros., have the iconic punk alternative rock band on top of the Billboard Hot 200 charts coming in with their second week on the chart at number 9 after debuting at number 2. (Frozen Soundtrack still holding on to the number one slot.)

KONGOS Lunatic
KONGOS "Come With Me Now" No 1 Alternative Song
All the way from South Africa, it seems the band that opened up for Linkin Park years ago is ready to explode. This band's story is one to inspire every band ready to call it quits. Three years after the initial release of KONGOS "Come With Me Now" the song is holding the number one spot on Alternative spins this week according to MEDIABASE. The song also peaked at No 1 on Billboard's Alternative Song Charts and holds the spot this week on top of Arctic Monkeys "Do I Wanna Know."

The Black Keys Turn Blue
The Black Keys "Fever" Groovy Intro to "Turn Blue" New Album
The Black Keys has us guilty of loving this band to a fault. We are pretty sure they could put out a rendition of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and we would gush over it. Having admitted that, (and no we are not seeking any help) Life of a Rockstar is counting the milliseconds for the release of The Black Keys new album "Turn Blue" released single "Fever" will certainly hold us over.

“American Idol” Season 10 finalist James Durbin plays guitar during a performance at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, March 22, 2014. Durbin visited the Transit Center to perform for U.S. troops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman George Goslin)
American Rock Star James Durbin is Shining a Little Bit Brighter: "Celebrate" Album Interview with Nicole Hanratty

(PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman George Goslin

If there’s nothing more American than hard work, overcoming obstacles and giving back, then
James Durbin is the quintessential American. Known for his incredible voice, the new album “Celebrate” highlights Durbin’s versatility and is filled with songs that reveal both depth of character and a core strength in acoustic pop rock style songwriting.



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Rock Star Shopping Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills
On a sunny day in Southern California there is no more luxurious place to park and stroll than Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Bright colors glittering in the windows of the boutiques that line one of the most elite shopping districts in the world beckon you to wander inside. The sunlit shiny shops offer up a candy like selection of goodies that dance in front of your eyes.

5 Seconds of Summer She Looks So Perfect
5 Seconds Of Summer "She Looks So Perfect" Number One Song of the Week
Number one on iTunes singles charts in three different countries (Sweden, Ireland, and the UK),
5 Seconds Of Summer known to fans as 5SOS "She Looks So Perfect" makes LOAR Song of the Week. The four heartthrobs from Sydney Australia--Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin--that make up this pop rock band are hitting Los Angeles next weekend playing The Wiltern on April 12th.

DISCOVER NEW MUSIC Arctic Monkeys Captain Kidd Zendaya Replay Song of the Week X Ambassadors The Reason EP new music release via KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records The 1975

Nicole Hanratty
holychild "Playboy Girl" Electro Pop: No Surgery Necessary
Reminiscent of early Madonna in her groundbreaking creative grass roots days, Liz Nistico (the female half of the duo holychild) takes on social issues with electro pop pun and sexual commentary that is Ms. Magazine worthy in new music video "Playboy Girl." No need for plastic surgery, Nistico and her bandmate Louie Diller make a candy filled sugar binge look both grotesque and sexual all at once, arguably the precise point of "Playboy Girl."

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