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Interview: Beth Hart

posted May 6, 2015, 8:06 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Beth Hart in Milan

You might remember Beth Hart for her “LA Song (Out of This Town)”but since 1999, a lot of things have changed and her career’s been full of amazing collaborations, in addition to amazing songs written. Beth’s currently touring in Europe and playing sold out shows all around the Old Continent and we talked with her during her stay in Milan.

How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know your music?
I mean, I would pretty much describe my music like Americana music blended some rock and roll, some blues, some songwriter, some jazz even some songs that you can consider a little folkish, kinda Americana music, probably!

What could you tell us about “Better Than Home” and what does this new album mean to you?
Oh my God, this album means so much to me! It was a very very challenging experience, to the point where I even got kinda crazy and had a breakdown during it: the producers really challenged me to go deeper than ever and turn up my feelings about life, and family, and friends, and music, and God, and health and kinda covering the basis of what it means to me to be alive and what scares me and what I have faced and what helped me through difficult times! This album is very autobiographical but I think all over this album, musically, you can hear some soul in it, some singer songwriter in it, even some rock in it but not a lot… and not blues! I would say more singer songwriter with some soul influences, but lyricly I think that’s the most important part of the record: there’s a lot of stories!

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Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote

posted May 4, 2015, 6:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


As we head into the first week of May and Star Wars fans all over the world yell “May the 4th be with you”, one of my top anticipated releases of the year drops TODAY, beginning the month with a bang. Grammy nominated foursome Hiatus Kaiyote’s sophomore album ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is available everywhere in the U.S., providing more airport dancing jams for all (including me who’s previously danced in several terminals to ‘The World It Softly Lulls’ blasting from my headphones). Stumbling upon this Melbourne, Australia based group when they were scheduled to open for D’Angelo and Busta Rhymes at The Summer Spirit Festival in 2013, I’ve loved their unique blend of electro future soul/ jazz with world music influences ever since.

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Review: Pentatonix in Milan!

posted May 1, 2015, 11:06 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Pentatonix live in Milan

On the 14th of April, Pentatonix’s “On My Way Home” Tour arrived in Italy and I watched their amazing live show for 90 minutes in which Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola gave their audience goosebumps and made them sing along following their amazing voices.Pentatonix in Italy are very much appreciated: this American acappella group of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas, are loved and followed online by lots of people.

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Unsigned and Wound Up 11: Fan Picks

posted April 30, 2015, 4:53 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music Emissions presents Unsigned and Wound Up, Music News | comment 2 Comments

As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.

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Interviews: Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton

posted April 30, 2015, 10:52 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


In celebration of International Jazz Day and still buzzing from the Art of Cool Fest, I had the pleasure of speaking with duo Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton last weekend. Also viewing them live as a pair for the first time, their chemistry onstage is undeniable. Students at the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in NYC, they honed their crafts and Gretchen’s worked with several jazz greats and recently snagged a Best Jazz Vocal Grammy nod last year for her ‘Live In NYC’ album. Alan, who released his sophomore album ‘Origami for the Fire’ in 2014 has also worked with esteemed musicians like Esperanza Spalding, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sufjan Stevens.

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Review: Art of Cool Fest 2015- Durham Does It Again

posted April 27, 2015, 1:09 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


For live music lovers, it’s no secret festival season’s arrived. Tis the time to travel now that winter worries are long gone to see your favorite artists. No stranger to North Carolina as I made the trek to attend MoogFest last year, I knew NC, with pockets of vibrant, homegrown artistic communities, would be a dope spot for a fest. Reading the hype about last year’s inaugural Art of Cool (AOC) Fest, this would be a part of my 2015. Making the trek back to NC with several other jazz, funk and soul enthusiasts, we descended upon Bull City/Durham for a weekend of fun.

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Press Release Roundup: April 27

posted April 27, 2015, 11:02 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.




Red Bull Media House Announces Three-Year Partnership to

Co-Produce Bonnaroo Music Festival Global Livestream





Manchester, TN / Santa Monica, CA – April 23, 2015 – Bonnaroo and Red Bull Media House have partnered together to livestream the magic of one of America’s most iconic festivals.  Airing exclusively on Red Bull TV June 11-14, 2015, this year’s festival lineup of more than 100 artists, features talent from the likes of Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes and D’Angelo.
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Interview: Twin Danger

posted April 21, 2015, 9:33 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


In search of traveling music yet again and in anticipation of International Jazz Day coming up next week, there’s only one band who fits this situation perfectly- Twin Danger. Driving downtown in Austin for SXSW a few weeks ago, I got excited as I couldn’t miss their highway billboard announcing their showcases. After listening to their jazz cover with a sting of Queens of The Stone Age’s “No One Knows”, their UMG showcase stood firmly penciled into my SXSW schedule. Slow and seductive on the record but lively and energetic onstage, they pay homage to the club jazz of yesteryear with a modern noir edge.

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Review: The Script in Milan!

posted April 21, 2015, 9:11 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

The ScriptFrom the US to Japan, through Australia, New Zealand and South Africa: The Script‘s tour arrived in Italy recently. A few weeks ago, we had the chance to warmly welcome the Irish band to Milan. After the great success they had in 2013, the group returned to play the Mediolanum Forum in Assago and the audience that came equipped from every part of Italy, with lots of flags and posters of their favorite songs’, waiting for their moment to sing with Danny O’ Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power. Just a few minutes late, the show began and everything became green with balloons, bracelets and lights everywhere as the entrance left the audience speechless.

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Introducing: Eric Leboff

posted April 21, 2015, 8:00 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Introducing | comment Leave a Comment

With some surprise, my recent talks with Virginia native Eric Leboff led me to discover something I either hadn’t considered or just simply didn’t know before: a musician can be born inside of anyone. Leboff’s musical side has always been there, to be sure. From his college days, he found a great deal of inspiration. 16772_10204771715545085_3152120635021540121_n

I think for a lot of people what they listen to in college really resonates and even if you later “outgrow” those bands they stick with you in some sense and are almost part of your DNA. Read more

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