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Miley’s Malibu!

Miley Cyrus

Miley’s Malibu!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Miley Cyrus

I have to admit that I was a not so closeted Hannah Montana fan. So naturally, that spirit carried through to the woman under the wig, Miley Cyrus. Her new single, Malibu, brings her to a softer pop sound and is her ninth top ten song on the US Billboard Hot 100. Malibu is the first single on what will be Cyrus’ sixth studio album, following her last, Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz, a collaboration with The Flaming Lips. And let me tell you, this song is hot.

Miley Cyrus doesn’t only sing. She recently starred in Amazon’s Crisis in Six Scenes with Woody Allen and Elaine May and served as a judge on the eleventh season of The Voice. But we can’t forget that she comes from a talented family. Her father is country-singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus, her fiancé is Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, and her brother is Trace Cyrus, singer and lead guitarist for the band Metro Station. Then there’s her sister, Noah Cyrus, who recently landed in the musical scene herself. Her first single was Make Me (Cry), which is certified platinum. Looks like there’s nothing the Cyrus brood can’t do.

Miley is an activist and founded the Happy Hippy Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to help homeless youths, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations.

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Classic Concert!

The Classic West concert at Dodgers Stadium July 15th & 16th

Classic Concert!

  • By Ashley Halverson
  • Photo Courtesy of Event

Dodger Stadium is housing a truly epic event this July, the highly anticipated “The Classic West” concert that features two days of legendary bands that will blow your mind.  The collective album sales, Grammy awards and Rock and Roll Hall Fame honors that span across this lineup over the decades is above and beyond any festival you will find anywhere.

For Saturday’s lineup fans will take it to the streets with The Doobie Brothers and relish in the super 70’s sounds of hit makers Steely Dan.  The Eagles who are one of the most influential bands of all time will be flying without their fearless leader Glenn Frey who sadly passed away last year.  After much speculation the announcement came that Glenn Frey’s talented 24 year-old son Deacon Frey will proudly fill in for his father along with country music star Vince Gill.

Sunday’s lineup features the reunited Fleetwood Mac which has also inspired some super cool Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie duets. Journey will make an appearance during their world tour with singer Arnel Pineda who has been with them nearly 10 years now.  And the gods of elements Earth, Wind & Fire will also make a stop during their 2054 tour to light up Dodger Stadium. Want more?! Fly to New York to experience the epicness all over again at “The Classic East!”

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Halsey is HOT!

Halsey

Halsey is HOT!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Halsey

After the success of her debut studio album, Badlands, Halsey’s specific brand of synth-pop is back in her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. Charting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, this most recent album offers another peek into Halsey’s expansive and imaginative mind, telling a new story in a way only she can.

Much like Badlands, born out of Halsey’s state of mind and inner struggles, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, too, tells a story. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, her second album explores the hopeless side of love, in a way we can all relate to, even if only a little. The lead single, Now or Never, was released on April 4th, 2017, and is certified gold in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Ahead of its recent June release, the track Eyes Closed was used to promote the upcoming album. The second promotional single, Strangers, features Fifth Harmony singer, Lauren Jauregui. Other artists featured include Cashmere Cat and Quavo.

Halsey’s style is more than great lyrics and good beats. Her voice radiates through her words, and you can really feel what she feels as you listen. Halsey finds influence from artists like Panic! at the Disco and Lady Gaga but has stated she finds herself influenced more by films by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Harmony Korine.

For all things Halsey, click here.

Queen Cleopatra!

The Lumineers’ Cleopatra (new music)

Queen Cleopatra!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of The Lumineers

Cleopatra. Once the queen of Ptolemaic Egypt. Subject of the Shakespearean play, Antony and Cleopatra. Known as a highly formidable woman in world history. And now, the namesake of the second studio album of indie folk band, The Lumineers, following the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released in 2012.

Back in 2012, The Lumineers music came as a treat in a world overshadowed by more theatrical sounds. Its lead single, Ho Hey, was even nominated for Song of the Year at the AMA’s in 2013. Now, with Cleopatra, the group has done it again. Debuting at number one on both the UK Album Chart and the Billboard 200, Cleopatra received positive reviews and is certified gold in the United States. Its lead single, Ophelia, which is one of my personal favorites from the album, debuted number one on Billboard’s US Alternative Songs list. Its folk sound carried into its following singles, Cleopatra and Angela, which both faired decently on the charts as well.

The Lumineers’ cool and easy sound make them a top pick for any playlist. With thoughtful lyrics that explore a different side of love and understanding the world, Cleopatra offers a matured look at the world through music. The Lumineers offer a consistent sound that never tries too hard and always lands sweetly in the ears.

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