Stream Prince Now


In 2015 Prince removed his music from nearly all streaming services. Although Tidal users retained the ability to stream Prince’s work, the majority of music streamers were left without the Prince catalog. That is no longer the case. Today the catalog returns to Spotify, Apple Music, and more! Go to your favorite music streaming service, listen to the great Prince, and add some classics to your favorite playlists! Below, relieve the fantastic Purple Rain album.

Boston Calling 2017 — First Look

This year, Boston Calling is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex after years at the city hall plaza. The move, as well as transitioning the festival from two events per year to one event per year, allowed Boston Calling 2017 to book an incredibly impressive lineup. In fact, Consequence of Sound ranked this lineup the 4th best of year.

Any lineup with Tool right now is going to turn heads, and while Chance the Rapper is currently being hailed as the greatest living rapper, there’s something admittedly unique about seeing Mumford and Sons in the middle. — CoS

Boston Calling 2017 Lineup Poster

Beyond headliners Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance, Boston Calling did a great job with the undercard. Cage the Elephant put on a great live show, Weezer has fantastic natlagia factor (plus their latest album is pretty good), and Run the Jewels are touring their highly popular third album. To me, however, The XX and Bon Iver are must sees! The XX’s most recent album is fantastic; in fact, the lead single was one of my songs of the week late last year. Bon Iver also put out a new album recently, plus I just discovered the hit song Skinny Love. Overall, I’m very excited for Boston Calling and look forward to reporting more on the festival as it draws near.

On Hold by The XX

I attended Bonnaroo 2013, but I missed seeing The XX. Looking back, missing The XX is my biggest regret from Bonnaroo. Over the last few years, The XX have been mostly quite. That has all changed. The XX recently announced a new album (“I see you”) – coming out early next year – as well as the first tour dates for the corresponding tour. Moreover, they have released On Hold, the first track from the new album.

The sound is upbeat and modern. It’s different than other songs by The XX, but in a good way. It’s fresh and new, while keeping those familiar vocals front and center. I’m a big fan and can’t wait for “I see you” to be released in January.

All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem

I was at Lollapalooza a few weeks ago. As I’ve mentioned before, I love music festivals. I’ve attended governors ball, Okeechobee, and Lollapalooza this year, with mostly likely more on the horizon for 2016. One headliner that dominated festival lineups this cycle was LCD Soundsystem. To be honest, when I first saw LCD at the top of Coachella lineup I was disappointed. Who are these guys? How are they headlining? I’ve never herd of them. That was all a mistake.

As I learned in my preparation for Lolla, LCD Soundystem is amazing. Their music is unique and fun. The lyrics are catchy and the music itself is exciting. I recommend checking out their entire song catalog, but I have to share my favorite LCD song: All My Friends. This might be a perfect song. It builds up, it’s so easy to dance to, and it makes you wonder where your friends are tonight. If you don’t know LCD, please give this song a few listens. It took me several listens to get into it, but I’m so glad I did.

Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Today is the second day of The Governors Ball Music Festival and I am incredibly excited. As I’ve mentioned before, I look forward to music festivals all year long and really loved attending the inaugural Okeechobee Music Festival earlier this year. Governors Ball 2016 has an incredibly diverse lineup of artists, but to me, the draw of the weekend is The Killers. I love this band. I’ve seen them several times already [most recently at Firefly 2015] and I will always buy tickets when they play close by.

2004’s Hot Fuss is as close to a perfect album as you will find. Every song on it is fantastic. Even 12 years later, the music on this album has not become dated nor dull. I’ve embedded the entire album to this post, but the official song of the week is Mr. Brightside. I picked Mr. Brightside, instead of a lesser known track, because the energy derived from festival of people yelling the lyrics is too much to pass up. To me, the passion and excitement of the crowd really makes or breaks a live performance. When Mr. Brightside is blasting, the energy level is cranked up to 10.

7 Years

The song of the week today is 7 years by Lukas Graham. Coming from Denmark, Graham’s new, self-titled album is surprisingly deep. However, 7 years is certainly the most popular track as it currently sits at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 [As of May 28]. Specifically, 7 years is a coming of age story that that jumps from a mother’s words of wisdom to her 7 year old son to the recollections of a 60 year old man. Definitely give it a listen.

Song of the Week

I love music [music festivals too]. Sitting at my desk, walking down the street, or working out at the gym, you are likely to find me with headphones on and music playing. The array of music I listen to is broad. I’m a huge Beatles fan. How can you not be? Seriously, how can you not be a Beatles fan? However, I also enjoy mindless rap hits. The spectrum is large, varying based on my mood, time of day, and the like.

Because of my love for music, I’ve decided to share one song per week that is really catching my attention. There is no way to predicate the song or genre in advance. It could be a throw back [again, The Beatles can take over any week of listening] or a pop hit from the week. Regardless, each Friday I’m going to post one song that’s been absorbing me.

This week, I’ve got a song by The Strumbellas. I’ve actually been listening to their latest album Hope a bunch this week [by a bunch, I mean non-stop]. Specifically, for the inaugural song of the week, I want to recommend Young & Wild. To me, this is a perfect summer song. Upbeat music, catchy lyrics, easy to dance to. I’ve embedded the entire album below [because it’s all worth a listen], but make sure to check out Young & Wild.

Boyz n Poizn — Phoebe Ryan

I really like Phoebe Ryan. I saw her last fall and sadly missed her twitter reply about meeting after the show. Her debut album is slated for release sometime this year, but today Boyz n Poizn, her second single for the album, dropped. I actually remember her playing this in the fall and loved it. I highly suggest listening to the track below.

2016 is going to be a huge year for Phoebe Ryan, so if you have not already, start following her.

Confirmed: Mega Festival Coming This October

Update:
This festival was confirmed as Desert Trip.

First reported by the LA Times last week, Goldenvoice (the organizer of Coachella) has landed some of the biggest headliners on the planet for a mega-festival. Slated for later this year, the event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, the same location Coachella takes place. The tentative plan is for Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to open the festival on October 7th. The following day, Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney will headline. Finally, The Who and Roger Waters [Pink Floyd] will close the event on October 9th. Unlike other festivals, particularly Coachella, the artists will perform full sets. It also appears that the festival will consist of only these six artists. I was originally suspicious of this report, but it appears to have been confirmed by Neil Young’s manager and the Who’s Roger Daltrey.

Frankly, this is a once in a lifetime event. I am a huge Paul McCartney fan and am willing to travel a great distance to see him perform. Throw in the Stones and I am sold. An event like this would limit my availability to attend Austin City Limits, but it would be hard to turn down a lineup like this.