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Jay Chou, A Unique Singer

Jay Chou, a famous Chinese singer, was born in Taiwan and grew up in a single parent family dynamic while also being raised with the help of his grandmother. She and his mother have always been the two most beloved women in his life. At the mere age of 3 years old, his mother noticed his talent in music and used the family's savings to invest in a piano. Jay had a happy childhood, with his love for music from birth and the piano as his best friend. By the time Jay was studying in middle school, his parents had…
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Perth Band "The Tommyhawks" Power Up Ahead of Second EP

At a time when the music industry’s habit of questionably treating women is in the spotlight, it’s refreshing to see new music continuing to emerge unhindered from all-girl bands. The ways the industry sometimes undervalues, and other times is openly hostile to, women’s involvement in music scenes is not news, but recent testimonies to the industry’s sexism from Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, not to mention Ke$ha’s highly publicized, but unsuccessful, court case against producer Dr Luke, have brought the ways ongoing industrial sexism stymies women’s participation into a public conversation. Understanding the systemic…
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The World Domination Plans of Musician Mary Ocher

If you wanted an extraterrestrial experience, you would normally have to camp outside Area 51, or recite your favorite Scully and Mulder quotes. Now you only have to visit a stage (probably somewhere around Austria, Italy or Germany), or put one of Mary Ocher's albums on.The Russian-born performer is a favorite musical alien, who has flown in from Ziggy Stardust's home planet, and crash landed into Kate Bush's backyard. She's stepped out into our world covered in jewels, beads and sequins, playing otherworldly songs on her guitar, and walking to the rhythm of tribalistic drumbeats. Over many rotations of the…
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Treetop Flyers

 Like many, I am not a fan of labeling music according to genre. When someone asks what this or that band sounds like I always pause; I look to the ceiling or the floor for a magic answer that will adequately put into words, that of which, I had heard with my heart. It is what makes me a poor salesman. But, if you want to sit down with me over a beer or two and listen to a record, then you can decide for yourself which box you need to file them in for quick referencing. Chances are, the…
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Junkyard Groove

 Junkyard Groove is an alternative rock band that was formed in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 2005. The bands initial roster met almost randomly and decided that the Indian rock music scene was in need of some sprucing-up. Together, they formed a band that literally shaped the rock and roll scene of India. With their original singer-songwriter, Ameesh Thomas, the band released its first studio album titled 11:11 in 2009 following a few EP releases and they became an instant success. Post the release, the band garnered a substantial fanbase and their popularity soared astonishingly. The album’s success had even earned…
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Kelley Stoltz: Revival of the Fittest

It has been said that one day music archeologists will uncover the music catalogue of Michigan native, Kelley Stoltz, buried in a chest at the feet of the Golden Gate Bridge and unveil its riches to the un- anointed masses. Thereby, restoring the balance of injustice heaped upon this vastly underrated musician. I find this such a sad proposition, considering that over the past three years, Mr. Stoltz, has released some of his strongest and most accessible work. Why then should he have to wait to receive his due? Artists that mine similar veins of psychedelic tinged pop/rock songs have…
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Lang Lang, A Famous International Pianist

Lang Lang, the first Chinese pianist employed in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and five major U.S. Symphony Orchestra, won a number of classical music awards, including German classical echo award, the British classical music award, the Bernstein art achievement award, international Mendelsohn award. Born in a family full of atmosphere of music on June 14, 1982 in Shenyang City, Lang Lang at two and a half years old began to learn playing the piano, by the age of 12 in Germany ettlingen Fourth International Youth Piano Competition won the championship and outstanding artistic achievement award. At the end of 1997,…
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BEHIND THE BEAT: GRAMATIK

Hidden away in a remote part of Slovenia was a boy who would creep into his sister’s room to snatch away a few funk, jazz, and R&B sounds off of the cassette tapes she had.  Growing up in Slovenia had various profound effects on Denis because the culture was seeped in languages. It was common for most Slovenians to fluently speak two or three different languages during childhood. Denis fluently speaks Slovenian, Croatian, English, Italian, and Macedonian.  It was in middle school when he discovered hip-hop and became one of the first MC’s on the Slovian Coast. Him and one…
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OOGEE WAWA

Fusing reggae, pop, punk and hip hop..Oogee Wawa is the way to go if you’re looking for feel good music. Their mission: To spread positive vibes wherever they go.  The name came from one of the groups first bartending books that showed you all the different ways to say cheers in all different languages. The very last word on the last page read Oogy Wawa-Zulu. They decided to take the phonetically spelling of the word because it was easier to chant and became their saying instead of cheers at the bar.  Around 2 years ago on a crisp fall evening…
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Road Scholars: Survay Says! Won't Slow Down

In 2008, a time when critics and fans alike were dismissing the idea of any new voices flourishing particularly those of high-energy, riff-based, horn-driven anthemic music. A motley sextet of Jersey boys set out to prove that they were worth some attention; a good thing they were so persuasive. Seven years later, with four full-length records, thousands of loyal fans, and an increasingly booked tour schedule that includes dates at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY and the iconic Middle East, in Boston, MA, Survay Says! has no intention of slowing the momentum they've worked tirelessly to build.  In Blairstown, NJ, amid…
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New York Punk Band, "Big Eyes" Getting Warm for Winter.

The well established, octane fueled punk band Big Eyes is holding steady at their ground breaking progress, and showing unstoppable momentum going into this upcoming  winter with booking quickly sold out shows and and non-stop studio time. The  power trio, consisting of  Kate Eldridge (Vocals/Guitar), Dillan Lazzareschi (Drums), and Chris Costalupes (Bass) have evolved  their sound since landing on the scene back in 2009 with a demo.   The demo  ‘Big Eyes’ was a self named into to the band  that was honest and justified in its boasting rock vocals, edgy guitar grunge riffs, and a power drilled, driving rhythm section.…
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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

The Durham siblings never aimed to form a band; they simply began playing songs at a local pub for the fun of it. The siblings—Kitty, Daisy and Lewis—were eventually asked to play a festival. Without any band name to offer, the promoter wrote “Kitty, Daisy & Lewis” on the poster. The name stuck. The London-based band, anchored by the songwriting, multi-instrumentalist Durham siblings, recently released its third album, the plainly-titled Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third. Their music is better left unlabeled, an inspired hodge-podge that celebrates musical history while reinterpreting it. Each album is like a lovingly-crafted quilt, stitched…
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The Story of Sonny Boy Slim: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr's smooth sound is energizing and invigorating yet soothing and evocative; classically soulful, but with a modern sensibility. True to the blues, he sings about universal, timeless topics. Clark Jr. prefers to keep biographical details a bit vague, focusing instead on the biography of his musical evolution, but in every note of his, you feel the music history that he carries within himself. His recently released, and well-received, album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, further showcases his development as an artist, while harkening back to the roots of the blues. “The Healing,” offers reverberating bass and classic…
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