The completely independent release of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' The Heist was one of the biggest surprises of last year, debuting near the top of the Billboard charts in its first week of release, topping the iTunes charts and recently went Gold — and it's honestly my favorite record of the last year or so, just edging out Murs & Fashawn's This Generation.
The video below, "Can't Hold Us," is the best tune on the album, in my opinion — and it's somehow been stretched into a seven-minute short film that includes skydiving, a pirate ship, a man getting a haircut on the beach, a huge party or two, and a giant damn flag that was actually flown atop Seattle's Space Needle.
It's kinda cool. Give it a look.
With Country Thunder 2013 wrapping up a mere few days ago, tickets have already gone on sale on Tuesday for next year's Country Thunder for $99.
Filled with cowboy boots, flannel shirts and a hefty supply of beer, Country Thunder 2014 is set in Florence, Ariz. from April 10 to 13.
I understand buying tickets far in advance when you know it is a concert you really want to attend, but the lineup isn't even up yet. I guess the country loving two-steppers have faith that their favorite musicians will be in attendance next year — or that they're counting on having the same good ol' time that they did at this year's edition.
The price of the four-day general admission pass that is now on sale will only continue to go up as the year goes on and the event gets closer. By Nov. 14, the pass will cost $120; at the gate, it will be up to $220.
This year's event reached its maximum capacity this year for the first time ever in its 20 year existence. There were 25,000 people and 5,100 occupied campsites, making the event a sellout.
For more information on Country Thunder 2014, including tickets and camping information, click here.
I’ll continue to reserve judgement on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby until it’s released on May 10, but if the film has 1/100 of the staying power of its highly anticipated soundtrack, it may be well worth the (seemingly never-ending) wait.
You can watch a preview above - released Tuesday - featuring 30-second clips of 12 songs from the soundtrack. Produced by Jay-Z, the project is shaping up to be an impressive reimagining of the book’s timeless popularity, juxtaposing the jazz-inspired sounds of the Roaring Twenties era with the music (and on more than one occasion, the lyrics) of some of the most influential acts in the industry today, among them Jack White, will.i.am, Lana del Rey and the late Amy Winehouse.
You can now pre-order the 12 song new CD, titled "Forever Halloween," to be released on June 4 on the 8123 website for $9.99. You can also order a CD bundle that includes a ticket to a show on the tour for $17.99, which is limited to 25 tickets per show.
Stream the band's new song, "Happy," on YouTube below. It is now available for purchase on iTunes.
Jimmy Eat World, the rock band from Mesa that formed in 1993, released a new single last week titled "I Will Steal You Back."
The song is off their seventh studio album, "Damage," which comes out June 11.
So excited to announce our new signing @jimmyeatworld will release their 7th album #Damage on 6/11! Details here — bit.ly/XYd1XE
— RCA Records (@RCARecords) April 3, 2013
Along with their new song and album, the band has also announced a "Home-State" tour throughout Arizona, beginning on May 3.
Empty beer cans, flashing for beads and chugging whiskey out of the bottle pretty much sums up the 20th annual Country Thunder Festival in Florence, Ariz — at least, from what I saw.
The festival consisted of four days of nonstop drinking, two-stepping and listening to live music from smaller country artists and headliners, such as Toby Keith and Eric Church, alike.
Sean Caldwell who experienced his first Country Thunder this weekend hit it on the head: "There's so many trashy girls here!"
People play games from beer pong to dizzy bat, finding new and strange ways to make new friends and keep drinking. Cruising in the back of a truck isn't unusual — neither is watching people jump in next to you, despite not knowing whose truck they just jumped in.
While being drunk for more than 12 hours straight is what many people who attend Country Thunder experience, it's definitely not what everyone's weekend is like. Families attend the festival as well and enjoy camping out, barbecuing and dancing at the campgrounds and in the venue.
Gilbert Ochoa from Tucson said he was most looking forward to watching Toby Keith since he didn't get to see him while on base in Afghanistan.
"It's a lot of fun and you meet a lot of great people at events like this," Ochoa said.
Everything becomes a dance floor at Country Thunder, from the roof of an RV to the road and any part of the dirt lot venue where people enjoy the live music.
"I like how ... they have like a carnival type area with food and ... the dance floor," said Rachelle Linn. "It's just a very fun atmosphere."
Vince Thomas from Glendale has been going to Country Thunder for four years and said he enjoys partying with friends and watching the performances.
"I think they do a great job out here," Thomas said. "I think they got it down the best they can to make everybody happy."
Latin folk duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are set to play the Rialto Theatre in July, apparently ending their boycott of Arizona as part of the Sound Strike movement.
The Mexico City pair made a name for themselves by playing the street of Dublin, eventually developing a cult following. With their 2006 self-titled record came even more recognition, and the two are now known for their percussive and technical playing styles that anyone would be surprised to hear coming from just two acoustic guitars.
Tickets for the July 17 show will go on sale this Friday, and can be picked up at the Rialto's website.
A new EP from Fleetwood Mac is set to drop any day now, shortly after the group embarked on their seven-month world tour in Columbus, Ohio on April 4.
The EP has no set release date or title yet, but has been foreshadowed by the band for quite some time: Stevie Nicks first mentioned that Fleetwood Mac was working on new material this winter in an interview with Rolling Stone before the band began rehearsals for the tour on February 15:
"We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey [Buckingham] two weeks ago we might play," says Nicks. "I had a really good time working with him for four days at his house. I got to hang out with his family and his kids, his grown up kids, and really connect with him again. We’re pretty proud of what we have done, and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger."
Hey, fans of Austrian electroswing and ice cream: Next Friday, April 19, is your lucky day.
The Rialto Theatre announced via its Facebook page last Friday, April 5, that Austrian DJ Parov Stelar would be performing on April 19. Better yet, if you stop for dinner at HUB Restaurant & Creamery before the show and present your ticket, you'll get 25 percent off your dinner bill.
The band is on a brief tour of the western U.S. in between their stops at Coachella before hopping the pond for an extensive European tour. Their latest record, The Invisible Girl, was released earlier this year.
Tickets to the show can be picked up at the Rialto's website.
American rapper, Jake Miller released his new EP, “The Road Less Traveled" today.
In my humble opinion, I think it’s pretty damn good. He sounds like a more mature Justin Bieber, with much better lyrics, similar catchy beats, and significantly less auto-tune (sorry Beliebers).
Miller, a student at the University of Miami who grew up in Weston, Fla., taught himself to play the drums and guitar at a young age, according to his website. His first live performance was in March 2011, where he opened for Snoop Dogg in Pompano Beach, Florida. He also has played alongside other notable artists, such as Mac Miller, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, and Asher Roth.