Music Monday: Justin Bieber

Yep, you read that right. I never would have thought I'd listen to and LIKE the Biebs. But I do. It happened because I just throw Spotify on at work and don't really pay attention to the artists sometimes. So I heard "What Do You Mean" and thought it was catchy. I decided to look at the artist as it was playing, and was floored to see it was Bieber. I actually ended up liking a few other songs of his after I listened to his more recent stuff. Who knew?! He actually grew up and I can appreciate this version of him. Plus this segway cover is pretty awesome:

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- L

Music Monday: Adele - 25

When Adele released "Hello" the world collectively lost it's mind. We've been waiting for her to settle down after motherhood and bless us with her soulful ballads again. As with most anything, the Internet finds a way to nit pick on certain things. And I will not stand for it with Adele. Calling her mediocre? Stop it. Just stop it. Saying the lyrics to "Hello" are not original or inspiring? Because Fetty Wap is SO profound. Please.

Anyway... I obviously love Adele and it was a no brainer to pre-order her album on Google Play. Though I do wish I would have gotten the Target CD with the 3 bonus tracks. I still may go pick it up. She is one of the very few artists I will actually buy an album from. Normally I just buy a few tracks here or there, but rarely an entire album. I woke up on Friday and was happy, ok ECSTATIC to see Adele's album had been added to my Google Play library. Unfortunately I didn't have time to download it on Wi-Fi until I got to work, so I couldn't soothe my ears on the train ride into the city. I plugged in almost immediately at the computer and was not disappointed. I can say I've had this album on absolute repeat this entire weekend. I listened to it initially in order, to get a feel from the album, and then on shuffle x10000 because I like mixing it up.

Just like her previous albums, her songs give you ALL the feels. While her last album, 21, left us feeling her heartbreak, 25 gives you hope. She calls it a makeup album, and some tracks are more uplifting than others. I think it's a good mix. I definitely fell in love with "Water Under The Bridge", "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)", "I Miss You", and "Sweetest Devotion" immediately. I like the direction of this album and I hope she doesn't leave us hanging for another 5 years before releasing another album. 

Did you buy Adele's album yet? What are you waiting for?

 - L

***Disclaimer - I did purchase this album and am NOT being compensated in any way for this post. I also am not a music genius or any type of self proclaimed audiophile.***

Music Mondays: 2014 Summer Concert Season

Hello again!

First of all, apologies for my months long hiatus from this blog. While unexpected, my self-imposed hiatus allowed me to discover many new artists which I will share with all of you in upcoming blogs entries.

For this entry, however, I chose to focus on something a little different. Today is the first Monday of June and no matter what the calendar says, it is already summer in my mind. With that thought, I would like to talk about one of my favorite times of the year, summer concert season! There are a lot of great concerts happening this summer and I will talk about the three that I am looking forward to the most, beginning with Bruno Mars.

Bruno Mars Superbowl 48 Half Time Performance

If this year's Superbowl proved anything, is that this guy can put on a show. I was always a fan of his music but after this performance, I had only one thought in my head: I have to see him live. Although he's only two albums into his career (Doo Wops and Hooligans & Unorthodox Jukebox), Bruno has more than enough hits under his belt to put on a great show. And that's not counting the songs on his albums that aren't singles. The Moonshine Jungle tour starts on June 4th and goes until September. You can purchase tickets here.

Steve Aoki

You would be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree with the statement that EDM (electronic dance music) is the biggest thing in the music world right now. From music festivals to official remixes of songs that are outside of the genre, EDM slowly built itself into the monster that it is today. Enter Steve Aoki. The son of Rocky Aoki (owner of the world famous Benihana restaurants), Steve has become one of the biggest names in EDM. This summer he will be doing a worldwide tour starting June 4th. If you happen to live in one of the countries he visits, I highly suggest you go to a show. If you're lucky enough, you will be caked. Tickets can be purchased here

I cannot close this blog entry without speaking about what will be the biggest tour of the summer, Beyonce and Jay-Z's "On The Run" tour. It is well known that I am a huge fan of Jay-Z so I was sold on his half of the tour, however, I was never a fan of Beyonce...that is until I listened to her lates self titled album. Mega stars in their respective genres, the Carters will begin the tour on June 25 and end on August 6th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Below I've listed more artists that are touring this summer.

One Direction - April 25th - October 5th

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Jack White - May 29th - August 31st

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Justin Timberlake - July 9th - August 12th

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One Republic - June 2nd - August 1st

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Queen (with Adam Lambert) - June 19th - September 1st

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Romeo Santos - May 21st - July 12th

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Katy Perry - June 22nd - October 11th

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Of course, there are many tours happening this summer. If you know of one that I didn't list but should have, please comment below.

-JSR