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The Head and the Heart Interview: Good Awesome Rock n' Roll is Inspiring
The Head and the Heart Interview: Good Awesome Rock n' Roll is Inspiring
If last year's three sold-out shows at The Wiltern aren't enough to raise your eyebrow, hearing that The Head and the Heart will be playing the Hollywood Bowl certainly will wake you up to the folk rock band that's storming the live scene. The Head and the Heart's current tour includes Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York, Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Lollapalooza, and Squamish amongst others before they land at the coveted Los Angeles venue Hollywood Bowl on August 10, 2014. We chat about everything from their style of music to Tyler's potential just revealed in this interview new love interest.

Martin Garrix is a Happy Surprise: Exclusive Coachella Interview
Sitting down to chat with the hottest new artist in EDM, Martin Garrix, can only be described as akin to having an out of body experience. His energy is pervasive, his smile contagious. Rarely do I meet anyone his age--Martin Garrix is only 17 years old--that has as much drive, charisma and self confidence. While he seems superhuman, it's really just his massive desire to succeed and dominate his craft that lies beneath his perceived super powers that come across from the moment he utters the word, "Hello."


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Childish Gambino "Because the Internet" Tops Sales Reports with Artist Wanting Out of Glassnote Contract
Childish Gambino "Because the Internet" sales are up week of April 14th - 20th on the StreetPulse report Weekly Sales Reports via StreetPulse and All Access (Vol #569 4/21/14). Coming in at this week's number 12 spot in the "Overall" report, the hip hop artist is siting on top of albums by Afghan Whigs, OutKast, Pogues, Civil Wars, Chvrches, Pixies and Arctic Monkeys. Yet seven days ago, Childish Gambino tweets (in three consecutive tweets) "so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us. and it wasn't handled correctly. we were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. so I'm done. someone buy me out of this contract."

Dave Mustaine Talks San Diego Symphony, New Record Album, and Upcoming Tour (JACK audio interview)

Video Interview: Band of Skulls Talk Metalheads, Hipsters and Nirvana

Future Islands on Polarizing Performances & Aerobics Videos 
(Video interview)

Art Alexakis Discusses Summerland Tour, Everclear’s Changin Line Up & New Album 
(JACK interview)

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KiD CuDi’s Day Two Performance Steals the Show at Coachella
Around 4:45 on Saturday afternoon, herds and herds of people began to make their way towards the main stage of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. These people set out to find a good place to watch the mind blowing show KiD CuDi was sure to perform for the last leg of his “Cud Life” tour. For many people, the rapper was Coachella’s main event; one Cudi enthusiast even went so far as to say, “Kid Cudi is going to blow the f%$#@ing face off the earth today!”

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.

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.

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Coachella Photos 2014
With art everywhere you look from fan fashion, style and clothing to musicians on stage, Coachella is not only a music lover's haven it's a photographer's dream. We captured the images that were a magical feast for our eyes. Enjoy our rock star view of Coachella. Photos taken by Nicole Hanratty and LOAR contributor Jake Gould (pictured left.) These are our highlights and this is your inside look at the carnival like playground that draws music fans from around the world.



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.

OneRepublic "Love Runs Out" New Single Available Now with Re-Packed "Native" Album
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OneRepublic never runs out and the release of their new song "Love Runs Out" only strengthens the devotion to the alternative pop rock sound that accentuates Ryan Tedder's voice with insistent drums that dig into your soul. The new single is released on the heels of the success of the popular OneRepublic "Native" album that still has hit song "Counting Stars" at the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (where it peaked at number 2).

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.

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.

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

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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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