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8 lessons learned from AOO Events party planner David Merrell
I'm not hard to please, (well maybe I am), but let me start by saying that outdoor heaters are the sign of a caring host. If you are planning an indoor outdoor party, be sure to think of the essentials to keep your visitors cozy and entertained. Last night's Hollywood holiday party was more than a get-together, it was a perfect example of how to "wow" your guests. I bring you the eight most important lessons I learned from attending David Merrell's (AOO Events) soirée last night. Special thanks to Valentine Group LA.

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Imagine Dragons pulsate crowd at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
Where Night One of the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas saw a line up that was headlined by System of a Down, Night Two was closed out by No Doubt who came in to replace U2 in the lineup. From the start at 5:30PM when Vance Joy's alternative singer songwriter style hit the stage with current hit song "Riptide," the Sunday night fans grooved along and showed they were undaunted by the "school night" concert. With the retro lineup that included Interpol, Modest Mouse and Tears For Fears, music lovers were treated to favorite songs of the past and present. SEE PHOTOS

Santa Claus lighting the Christmas Tree at Universal CityWalk December 2014 via lifeofarockstar.com
Rock star guide to holiday entertainment, concerts and Christmas shows
Bring on the holiday shows! If you are looking for things to do in the greater Los Angeles area this festive season, be sure to check out this list of must see holiday shows, theater, ballet, and concerts filled with music and entertainment. Not matter which holiday you celebrate, Christmas and Chanukah make a perfect reason to spend time with family and friends enjoying laughter and good times. Whether you give the gift of entertainment to a bestie or take the whole family out on an adventure to see a show, December is filled with endless opportunities to let the season envelope you in love. SEE GUIDE

Top 5 Most Popular and Least Liked Christmas songs in the U.S.
AccuRadio.com has announced its poll results for the 2014 Top 5 Most Popular and Top 5 Least Liked Christmas songs in the U.S and you will be surprised to see who does (and doesn't) make the list! They started by determining which states have the most Christmas spirit and then grabbed the highest rated songs of the top states and lowest rated songs of the bottom states. Bing Crosby and Chris Brown both make the list—see who's been naughty and who's been nice… READ MORE

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Nicole Hanratty bringing you entertainment news at Life of a Rock Star where new music happens and things get charitable.

Top 10 mistakes new musicians make
Top 10 mistakes new musicians make really starts with the basics of promotion and getting your message across clearly to the right people. I see a lot of new music releases. Most of it is not worth listening to once much less passing on to my readers. Why? Musicians today are in a hurry to keep up with the fast paced internet world and want to keep their fans gratified constantly. But they miss the mark when they think that it is new songs and tracks that need to be released to satisfy the insatiable need for more. READ MORE

Top 10 hot lead singers you will want to take to bed
To be completely superficial for a moment, I would like to buck the normal best of 2014 lists and just cut straight to the chase. Totally inspired by my love of a man playing the guitar with nothing but his voice filling the desperate air in the room, here's my LOAR list of
Top 10 Hot Lead Singers this year. The list is in no particular order. It aims to represent multiple genres but remember I've narrowed it down to just ten so please keep that in mind before you send hate mail. Here's my 2014 list of eye candy for your playlist that you will definitely want to take to bed and dream about. READ MORE

Musicians bring Christmas spirit to abused and neglected kids at Casa Pacifica
For the second year in a row, Life of a Rock Star is bringing in an array of talented and gratuitous musicians to sing to the children at Casa Pacifica as they enjoy a Christmas party in their gymnasium transformed by AMGEN. Returning musicians Ari Welkom and Katy Cappella will be donating their time along with exciting additions to the 2014 Christmas music lineup that include Scott James and LAYNE.

Top music choices for holiday gifts this season
This is the last Sunday morning for at least six or seven weeks you will wake up NOT hearing seeing or being bombarded with images of the holidays. While today can be all about your morning coffee, the news and football next Sunday will officially start the shopping season. We thought we would kick off now and get you started with a list of the
hottest new songs and best album releases—including Christmas music and soundtracks—on the EDM, electronic, indie music, alternative music, hip hop and pop rock music charts to ensure you show up (or send off) the perfect holiday gifts. Check them out here!

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Imagine Dragons "I Bet My Life" features Dane DeHaan and inspires survivalist strength
"I've told a million lies but now I tell a single truth, there's you in everything I do." Imagine Dragons "I Bet My Life" release their newest music video (the first single off of their upcoming album) and it is infused with symbolic survivalist imagery. After being beaten up and left to float away for dead down into the shaft of the water dam, a young boy (played by actor Dane DeHaan) gets back up under water. He looks through windows and sees life going by from within a safe house under water and he crawls into bed to heal. WATCH HERE

U2 Announce The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015
U2 Announce The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015
The dates for U2's upcoming iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 have been announced today by Live Nation. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, which begins in 2015, will see U2 play indoor arenas for the first time in a decade and will visit 19 cities worldwide during its first year with pairs of shows in each city.

Life of a Rock Star brings you new music releases, LOAR LOVES music reviews and a new perspective on hot bands and artists that are playlist worthy. With the latest in music news on new albums, music videos, tour dates and all things music and charity, our music and entertainment site seeks to shine the light on musicians that are working hard to share their art with you. Check out 2014 new music. Hear something you love? Tell us! We love to know when we have connected with you! Have a band, song or music video you made or you've seen and can't stop singing or playing? Share it with us please! You can send your music suggestions. Links can be emailed to music [@] lifeofarockstar [dot] com.

The Eeries self titled EP release via Interscope Records
The Eeries release self titled EP take Cool Kid to Seth Meyers
The Eeries grunge and dirty licks have been whipping heads and pushing hot new tracks like hit song "Cool Kid" on radio waves in an old school way…by demand. If you miss all things Nirvana angsty in rock, welcome back and live out the pain streaked throbbing melodies on The Eeeries new self titled EP released today via Interscope Records. READ MORE

She & Him new album "Classics" embodies vintage sound
The beautiful and timeless
She & Him "Classics" album debuts in the top 10 on the MEDIABASE today Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at No. 8 on top of Pink Floyd "Endless River" and Michael Buble "Christmas." The voice of Zooey Deschanel is extraordinarily lovable with her caramel rich and tangy voice. The album of covers by Zooey Deschanel and M.Ward is an extension of their ability to light up stages and connect with crowds on the simplest of levels. READ MORE

Life Leone "I Can't Say No" fosters throbbing ache for adventure
Whether it's the irresistible appeal of
Life Leone's seductive voice or the song that screams get up and go, "I Can't Say No" is Life of a Rock Star's Song of the Week for being all things compelling and fresh at the same time. Bound to find its place on your favorite road trip playlist, "I Can't Say No" fosters the throbbing ache for adventure with permission to say yes. Head out to North Hollywood this weekend to catch Life Leone's free show on the red bus at 5716 North Cahuenga on Sunday, December 7th at 4PM. LISTEN HERE

Katy Perry to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX halftime show February 1 on NBC
Global superstar KATY PERRY will headline the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLIX HALFTIME SHOW on NBC in University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015, it was confirmed tonight in an unprecedented multi-media, global announcement.  READ MORE