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Rixton "Wait On Me" New Music Release and Summer Tour Dates
Rixton release new single "Wait On Me" is offers up a heart for free so long as you "say what you mean and mean what you say." This hot new single from this British band we are in love with packs the swagger of summer in a tight love track that delivers a full punch.

Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell funny music video
Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell
Funny or Die has a Monday morning muse for Kristen Bell and Mary Poppins fans. Mary Poppins gripes about the lack of living wage stating, "I don't get these birds for free." Kristen Bell brings back a classic with Mary Poppins spoof that addresses modern day issues.

Jana Kramer at Universal CityWalk July 24, 2014
Jana Kramer Chats Love and
Jana Kramer played Universal CityWalk 5 Towers free summer concert series Thursday, July 24 and Life of a Rock Star™ Nicole Hanratty spent some time chatting with the country music star known best as Alex Dupre on the CW's One Tree Hill. She asked Jana Kramer about the transition from songs "Why You Wanna" and "Whiskey" to "Love" and her work with charity

Lecrae New Album "Anomaly" Available for Pre-Order Now
Lecrae, the critically-acclaimed Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist has launched the pre-order for his seventh studio album, Anomaly. Featuring guest artists Andy Mineo, Kari Jobe, for King and Country and Crystal Nicole, the album is available now as a pre-order at the iTunes store, on Amazon and at Merchline. Fans will receive two new songs from Anomaly, "Fear" and the first single, "Nuthin," as a free MP3 download with the pre-order through iTunes and Merchline. Anomaly has already impressively landed at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and #2 on the Overall iTunes Top Album chart.

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.

Shwayze at El Rey, July 17, 2014.  Photo credit: Jake Castillo for
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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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.

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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."

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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.

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