The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack…Amazing! #TFIOSmusic And Live Stream in Case You Missed It!

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We loved the book The Fault in Our Stars from the very chapter.  We love all of John Green’s books.  And based on the movie trailer, which already has us crying, we can’t wait for the movie premiere on June 6th.  And today, the soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars was released, with all kinds of sick, no pun intended, indie bands and new music, especially from Ed Sheeran, that has us uber-excited! This past week, John and the cast and musicians, put on a special YouTube live stream with music and questions and answers.  We’ve posted it below in case you missed it! And make sure afterwards to go to the iTunes link and order the soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars! Trust us…you won’t be disappointed!


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Is Phillip Phillips the Next Dave Matthews or Just a Copy…Official Raging Fire Video

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We love Phillip Phillips.  We love Dave Matthewsmore.  Well, maybe at least we thought we did until last week when we saw Phil play his new hit Raging Fire live on American Idol.  For so long, we had been comparing the two, really comparing Phillip to Dave as a “cover” that we never really gave him credit for his own work.  He sounds like Dave.  He plays like Dave.  He even dresses a little bit like Dave and dances a little bit like him when he plays.  But the reality is that Phillip Phillips is an amazing artist in his own right.  We’re super excited to see what he has in store.  If it’s anything like Dave, then he has quite a career ahead of him!

Check out the video performance of his cover of Dave Matthews’ The Stone and his own Raging Fire, available now!


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Obsessed with Goldroom’s Adalita ft. Chela!

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Foy Vance…A Backstage Interview

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The moment he opens his mustached mouth you get the same fabulous feeling as when a cool blonde slides a glass of Jameson your way across the bar; a little Irish sure does do a body good.

We fancied that if Foy Vance could travel from Europe to Nashville for us, we could road-warrior our way from Indianapolis to Music City for him. 
Why not? We’d been fans of his yearning-filled heartbreakers for years, having first heard his album “Hope” while strolling through the streets of Manhattan.
We stood tapping the toes of our ankle boots on a chilly night, hands jammed in our pockets.  We were ready to wait, as good diligent fans, till the doors of The Basement would open to let us in.  But sooner than we anticipated, the doors opened and Foy and his band stepped out onto the bar’s weathered porch. In a thick daydream-inducing accent, he announced that he wanted to sing a couple of songs for those too young to get in or too late to snag the sold out tickets.  Outside, in our world, he played two songs that elicited a sing-along and soft applause, everyone wowed by the gracious unexpected serenade, making us love him even more. 

Afterward, we followed the band back to their RV, and got to ask the blue eyed charmer a few questions.

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Raannt: How would you describe your style?
Foy Vance: Honest.

RT:  Describe the audience you usually look out into the crowd and see.  What kind of people resonate with your music?

FV:  It is ever-changing.  There was a time when I was growing up when you were either a mod or a rocker or a punk.  It was quite segregated.  But now the vast majority of people I know are into everything from Black Sabbath to Celine Dion.  That’s a bad example: she’s terrible, I think.  (To which our photographer and his manager heartily disagreed.) Maybe everything from Black Sabbath to Michael Jackson.  People are into music that matters, that speaks, although it used to be quite segregated.  So I don’t really think of a specific audience because people are so aware of what truth is. They’re exposed to so much.  Music shouldn’t be a marketing exercise.  You should be putting out what you believe in.

R:  How has your fan base grown here in America?

FV:  I think that [being featured on] Vampire Diaries and House helps.  Over here that’s a bigger thing than other places.  People used to listen to the radio. Now people are watching True Blood and say “What the f*** is that song?”  That’s been a huge part of it, that’s why tonight is sold out.

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R: How do you define sexy?
FV: You.
(Did we mention he was a charmer?)
Really, it’s anyone who doesn’t realize they’re sexy.

R:  Who are a couple musicians you love that deserve more attention?

FV:  You’re looking at them. [Pointing at band mates.]  Conor is in The Uncontested, which got rave reviews on the Irish Times and from the BBC.  Lee, my manager, writes songs that would break your f***in’ heart.  Whether you like it or not, and you may not: it’s true. There are two types of music: true and not so true. True and Justin Bieber.

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R: What are the three simple luxuries you love having with you from home for your time on the road?

FV:  My girlfriend, making love to her, and a CD of ‘The Uncontested’ (bassist Conor McCreanor’s band.)

His eyes danced while we chatted, hands busy rolling a cigarette, a slight grin constantly spreading under an upturned copper mustache that’d make a bare-knuckle boxer from a couple hundred years ago jealous.

We joined the crowd filling The Basement to the brim and spent the next couple of hours swaying, swooning, and singing along.  The notes from Foy’s new album “Joy of Nothing” came accompanied with stories and swigs of beer.  On more than one occasion, he called incredible southern songbirds out of the audience to come join him onstage, as if they were old friends.

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There was pure Nashville magic mixed up in his lilting lyrics, the exposed brick, and neon lights.  We joined him in the last chorus: “When I need to get home, you’re my guiding light, you’re my guiding light.”  Over & over & over we sang, in fact, we sang him right out of the building.  We sang until we were all a little raspy and till that Tennessee tavern felt just like a pub full of friends. 
Maybe even an Irish pub at that.

Buy Foy Vance’s newest album Joy of Nothing or any of his albums here at iTunes!


Written by Kate Martin for raannt

Images by Kate McKallagat


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R.I.P. Lou Reed! May You Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

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We were deeply saddened to wake to the news of Lou Reed‘s passing.  Forever one of our favorite musicians, with The Velvet Underground and in his solo ventures, his music shaped us as individuals and forced us to rethink “normal”.  His ballad to the alternative, Walk on the Wild Side, was our anthem for coming into our own. Cause of death has not been released.

Dead at 71…He will forever be missed!


For more information on Lou Reed’s passing check out this article on Rolling Stone!


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James Blunt’s Bonfire Heart Official Video is Our New Favorite Fall Song!

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We were already diehard James Blunt fans when we saw the release of his newest official video for his hit single Bonfire Heart…and we fell in love even more.  The video is the bubbly lovechild twin of Lana Del Rey‘s desperate Ride video…another one of our favorites! James Blunt just keeps getting better and better with every turn! Check it out and see if you don’t agree that it’s the perfect song for fall!


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Glee’s Puck Sings Bruce Springsteen’s No Surrender on Finn Farewell! See Both Versions Here!

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Last week during Glee’s Farewell to Finn, one of the saddest episodes ever to grace the halls of McKinley Hall, several of Finn’s classmates and friends sang songs of dedication.  Our favorite was Puck’s version of Bruce Springsteen’s No Surrender.  We grew up on Bruce Springsteen, so the song had a special place in our hearts as well.  Check out both versions below and let us know what you think. We think Puck not only paid homage to Finn, but did a really nice dedication to Bruce Springsteen as well!

Click Here for the Bruce Springsteen version at iTunes!

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Tom Swoon Remix of Linkin Park’s “Burn It Down” to be featured on Linkin Park Remix Album RECHARGED

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Set for release October 29, Linkin Park’s new remix album RECHARGED will feature Tom Swoon’s remix of “Burn It Down.” The epic remix is exactly the kind of uplifting and melodic banger that you would expect from Tom Swoon and his production perfectly compliments the style and energy of Linkin Park. Tom Swoon is in good company on the album, which also features Linkin Park’s new track with Steve Aoki, as well as remixes by Dirtyphonics, Datsik, and many more.

Preview the Remix:

 RECHARGED Tracklisting:

1. A Light That Never Comes (Linkin Park & Steve Aoki)

2. Castle of Glass (M. Shoda Remix)

3. Lost in the Echo (KillSonik Remix)

4. Victimized (M. Shoda Remix)

5. I’ll Be Gone (Vice Remix feat. Pusha T)

6. Lies Greed Misery (Dirthyphonics Remix)

7. Roads Untraveled (Rad Omen Remix feat. Bun B)

8. Powerless (Enferno Remix)

9. Burn It Down (Tom Swoon Remix)

10. Until It Breaks (Datsik Remix)

11. Skin To Bone (Nick Catchdubs Remix feat. Cody B Ware & Ryu)

12. I’ll Be Gone (Schoolboy Remix)

13. Until It Breaks (Money Mark Headphone Remix)

14. A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin Reboot)

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Franz Ferdinand Delightfully Horrifies Us with New Video for Evil Eye(Official Video)

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If you haven’t heard, Franz Ferdinand recently released a new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions.  A few days ago they released the official video for their new hit single Evil Eye…and we love it!!! As huge Franz Ferdinand fans and huge horror movie fans, the video is perfectly disgusting and horrifying! There’s even a few cameos by some our faves like Marilyn Manson and, we think, Jim Carey! Check it out and let us know what you think! Don’t forget…it’s almost Halloween season!


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Nine Inch Nails NEW Album Hesitation Marks & Tour Exposed

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Nine Inch Nails’ new album Hesitation Marks will be released September 3rd.  We are huge fans and can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this time.  Check out the VEVO released Part 1 Video below of their 2013 tour and click the iTunes button to pre-order their new CD!



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