Okay, so Ke$ha’s new album drops tomorrow. When she first came out onto the scene a couple of years ago, we honestly didn’t think she was going to make much of an impression. Well, she proved us wrong with hit after hit. Granted, we’re not the biggest fans of the genre and can find her voice a bit nasally. But her success speaks for itself. Check out the single C’Mon on her upcoming album Warrior.
Alicia Keys is indeed a girl on fire. Every couple of years she releases a new album that blows us away. That’s true for her latest release, Girl on Fire. She’s done a lot over the last few years, including marrying a big-time producer, having a baby, and acting, it’s amazing she had the time to record and write this record. We’re glad she did. Check out the title track of Girl on Fire, but we also recommend picking up the entire album.
The Sacramento based band is back and better than ever. Deftones have been around for over 20-years and they show no sign of stopping. Their latest album, Koi No Yokan, sticks with their heavier roots but, as always, remaining extremely catchy. Released on November 14, the album is most like their 2000 release White Pony. It’s beautiful while angry at the same time. Listen to their single, Tempest.
Who ever keeps breaking Taylor Swift’s heart is really doing her a favor. A broken heart seems to be her muse, as is clear listening to her latest single Red, the title track of her newest album. Perfectly blending country and pop, Swift has the forumla down. If you like country, you’ll like this album, if you like pop, you’ll like this album. It’s a win win and so far has received excellent reviews. Honestly, we’re not the biggest fans of this genre, but we have to admit, it’s pretty catchy. Take a listen to Red.
If you’re a fan of hip hop then you’re going to love today’s New Music Monday. Rapper Macklemore and his buddy, DJ and producer, Ryan Lewis have been working on hard their album The Heist. Released on October 9, the album sold a surprising 97,000 so far and debuted number 1 on iTunes. Not to mention, it’s currently number 2 on the Top 40. That’s really impressive for an independently recorded and released album. The music has a great message behind it. Anything from equal rights to not being bought by major labels, Macklemore has a way with words that makes you feel good. They even make their own music videos. Check out Thrift Shop.
The Musical Instrument Museum is one of the coolest places in the Valley. With exhibits that feature music from all over the world, there’s a lot to learn when your there. On Saturday, November 3, the MIM will be unveiling its new and improved hip hop exhibit with an all day event.
From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you can immerse yourself in Hip-Hop culture through rhythmic sounds, beats, and B-boy movements. Hosted by Johnny Castro, co-founder of ILL-PHONIX (a collective of MCs, musicians, and artists), member of Furious Styles Crew, and instructor of Hip-Hop at Paradise Valley Community College, the day will be filled with fun.
Often called the Jimi Hendrix of DJing, Qbert will be performing. For a list of all the activities, click here.
For those of you who don’t recognize the name, you surely would recognize some of his music. Most famous for his bands Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service (more of a musical eruption of talent that only released one album back in 2003), Ben Gibbard is back with his second, and first completely solo album. Taking cues from his melodic driven past, his album Former Lives is sure not to disappoint. The most of the music is puts out is great anyway, this is just another one to add to the collection. Take a listen to the song Teardrop Windows.
It’s been 13 years since Ben Folds Five have released an album. That all changed on Sept. 18 with their newest album, The Sound of The Life of the Mind. It’s piano rock at its finest. Going back the roots we missed so dearly since the late ’90s. It’s been a long wait since we’ve the amazing piano riffs and slick bass lines of Ben Folds Five. The Sound of The Life of the Mind brings us back to over a decade ago when wore out our CD player with Brick and we couldn’t be happier. Check the title track of Ben Folds Five’s latest album.
Time for a ’90s throwback. It’s been 11 years since No Doubt has released a studio album and it’s been almost 20 years since the release of their spectacular Tragic Kingdom (that brought us hits like Just A Girl and Don’t Speak.) Released on September 21, No Doubt brings us Push and Shove. We have to say, we really enjoy the title track. It’s part back to their roots (ska remnants) with a contemporary twist that features synths. It’s catchy, fun, and really quite good. We don’t know about the whole album yet, but so far, we recommend Push and Shove. Take a listen to the title track.
We’ve waited three long years for Mumford and Sons to release a new album. The 2009 smash hit Sigh No More practically wore out our iPod. Well friends, the wait is over. Released on September 24, their new album, Babel, has exceeded our hopes. This folk band that hails from the U.K. is simply amazing. From them, we’ve learned that you don’t need fancy electronics to make good music, which is quite refreshing to see (and hear for that matter.) All you need is an acoustic guitar, stand-up bass, keyboards, and a banjo. It’s like these came straight out of yesteryear. Check out their single, which we’ve graciously provided you, I Will Wait.
It’s been two years since Band of Horses has released an album. September 18 changed that with the release of their fourth studio album, Mirage Rock. It’s a bit more happy than some of their other releases, but nonetheless we enjoy the seamless tones and melodies. The single, Knock Knock, featured in the video we provided, is a glimpse into the new album. Sure, it’s a bit corny, but we’ll always have a soft part in our hearts for Band of Horses.
It’s Madness. We mean that in a good way. The latest track from one of our favorites, Muse, is great. The UK group has done it again and we’re extremely excited for their newest album The 2nd Law. They’ve definitely have the budget for a great music video, so we hope you watch that as well. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. So if you have sometime while you’re at the office, grab some headphones and enjoy.
Like you ever needed an excuse to dance. Legendary British DJ Paul Oakenfold will be heading to Scottsdale on Friday, September 21. Arguably one of the world’s best DJs, Oakenfold will be performing at El Santo’s Relentless Beats event.
He’s worked with music legends (aside from being a legend himself), like Madonna on her latest album, and U2. His record label Perfecto is one of the leading and pioneer labels of dance and trance music today. If you’ve ever found yourself in a club then surely you’ve heard his music.
Even though El Santo covers 25,000 square feet, we’re pretty sure it will sell out. For just $20 you can enjoy awesome dance music and the great atmosphere of El Santo. For tickets, click here. For table reservations, send an email to [email protected]
We know we’ve mentioned the XX before but we had to again. In late July, we brought you track off of XX’s then upcoming album Co-exist. Well, last week the album finally dropped and we couldn’t be more excited. Soft melodies and moving choruses, we love their new work. In this video you can listen to their song Chained. What’s more is that you have the option to check out some of the other tracks. This will be the soundtrack of work day too.
Their 2005 album Silent Alarm was critically acclaimed and won several awards, including ‘Indie Album Of The Year’ at the 2006 PLUG Awards. After what seemed like a disappearance, even though they have released three more albums since Silent Alarm but this one might take them to the top again. Bloc Party, the British kings of indie rock have done it again with their latest album Four, released this month. Taking cues from The Cure, Radiohead, and Mogwai, Bloc Party is here to stay.
Johnson’s ninth album, “UnderDogs On Top,” was produced by the great Quincy Jones, which he says is destined to be #1 on the Billboard charts.
From 5 to 6 p.m. anyone can enjoy Johnson’s “nu jazz” for free in the hotel’s lobby. Afterwards you can meet the legendary artist, get a photo op and autograph while mingling with him and other local celebs. To top it off, ZuZu, Valley Ho’s premier restaurant will be having a happy hour with $6 appetizers and $4 beer, wine, and signature cocktails.
At the event, donations for the American Cancer Society will also be accepted. August 20 will be a night of jazz, drinks, fun, and even the possibility to help out a greater cause. What’s not to like?
Hotel Valley Ho | 6850 East Main Street | Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Musical Instrument Museum, in north Phoenix, is probably one of the coolest places around the Valley. If you’re tired of your traditional art museum, then the MIM is exactly what you’re looking for. It features galleries and exhibits of music from all over the world, past, present, and future.
Not only that, they put on a number of concerts and events throughout the year. Let’s take a look at what September has offer you Valley lovers of music.
Sunday, September 9 | 7 p.m.
An organic blend of acoustic and electric folk rock music laced with luscious five-part vocal harmonies
Friday, September 14 | 7 p.m.
Friday, September 14 | 9 p.m.
Brilliant and award winning Cuban-born musician, who’s an ace trumpeter and flügelhorn player
Tickets: 7 p.m.: $42.50-$47.50, 9 p.m.: $37.50-$42.50
Grizzly Bear, the Brooklyn-based indie rock band has done it again. Their new album, Shields, might be one of the most highly anticipated albums coming out this year. It has been almost three years since we have seen anything new from them and honestly we can’t wait until September to listen to this new record. The track Yet Again, is the first one released and we can already tell it’s going to be a hit. If you like anything that ranges from psychedelic rock to experimental, then this is the band for you.
Celebrating all things UK seems to be the theme of the month, so we are honoring that in this week’s New Music Monday. English Indie duo, The XX, have finally come up with the new single we’ve all been waiting for and it’s true to the sound we instantly fell in love with. Here is “Angels” off their forthcoming album “Co-Exist” set to drop in early September of this year. Enjoy.
Since their debut LP, “Manners”, dropped in 2009, Passion Pit has been the go-to band for the kind of music you blast while walking down the street feeling great about your life. The upbeat synth sounds have also been the choice for many a movie trailer and hoards of similar sounding bands emerged not too far behind in the wake of their success. Now a sophomore effort is in the near future (“Gossamer” is scheduled for a July 24 release) and it’s already getting rave reviews from critics who say the sound is growing more complex, but fans of the original will not be disappointed. Here is “Constant Conversations” for your audio enjoyment.
For over two decades, Cat Power has been captivating audiences with her unique voice, style and stage presence. Unlike many artists (but much like our dear angst-y friend, Fiona), some singer/songwriters just get better with time which is why we are stoked on her new track, “Ruin”, and very much looking forward her first solo album in six years, “Sun”, dropping early August. Enjoy.
Although it’s an entire season away, we have news regarding the Arizona State Fair that will be the topic of conversation for months to come.
The 2012 fair is scheduled set for October 12 through November 4 with the fair’s annual concert series scheduled for various nights of the week.
This is your chance to see artists from all genres live at the Veteran’s Memorial Colosseum for free (general admission section) with the purchase of fair admission. Upgraded tickets are also available.
This year’s artists have just been released, here’s the lineup:
In honor of his recent announcement and new single, we are giving a shout out to Frank Ocean. Everyone’s favorite ghost- writer-turned-solo-artist is making waves in the music industry for more reasons than one, but we really only care about the music, right? Listen to Sweet LIFE and be on the look out for Ocean’s first full length album, Channel Orange, set to drop July 17.
The Wiley One, an Arizona-based Hip-Hop, Reggae, Blues (and more) band, released a new music video for their latest single, UFO Man. UFO Man is a track off the band’s lastest album, Kill It With Love, which was released earlier this year.
We found their latest spin on the music video concept unique to say the least. Be sure to let us know what you think below. For more The Wiley One music videos, click here and for concert dates, click here.