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“I love you Coachella! Do you love me?” The crowd cheered mildly. “I think you love me more than that. Let me hear it!” Louder applause. “That was about 4 ½% better. I’ll take it.” And so was the back and forth for 45 minutes between The Hives front man Howlin Pelle Almqvist and a crowd of about 15K people in front of the Main Stage. Over the course of the set the crowd would be playfully berated into submission by the arrogant yet amiable antics of Pelle and an arsenal of the catchiest pop-punk tunes created over the last decade. During the band’s hit song from 2007, “Tick, Tick, Boom,” the band actually stopped the song in the middle and got everybody – literally everyone in the crowd to sit down. Upon the signal from Pelle, everyone then jumped up and a melee ensued until the end of the song. (more…)

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Body paint. There must have been a memo, because everyone seems to have got it. Variations of face paint are expected from the peace and love set, but this year everyone from fraternity boys to techno girls are slathered with tribal paint on their face and arms like they just arrived with Mad Max and are looking for Thunderdome. Which appears to be the Gobi tent despite the lush sounds coming out of it; all the tribes are represented for the performance by The Head and the Heart. The Seattle collective has gone from complete unknown to festival highlight in one year thanks to incredible live performances and word of mouth. The Laurel Canyon revivalists would fit nicely on bill with their city mates, Fleet Foxes, but today are managing just fine on their own thank you. The applause after the closing number, “Rivers and Roads,” is deafening.

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The weather report had predicted rain, but beautiful morning blue skies said otherwise.  Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys chatted with a fan outside the hotel.  Scars on 45 packed their van, having played a radio station sponsored gig in the hotel the night prior.  The ride to the festival grounds were traffic free as the large number of LA based ticket-holders were still in route.

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Thousands of fans are already en route to Indio, CA for Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2012.  While the hundreds of artists performing are enough to excite any die-hard music fan, we’ve compiled our Top 10 most anticipated happenings during the upcoming weekends: (more…)

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The Music Unlimited continues to expand across the globe as it comes to both Belgium and the Netherlands. That makes 16 countries around the globe it’s now available in, the most of any digital music subscription service.

Keep an eye here for even more news about the Music Unlimited service as it continues to expand to additional countries, new devices and more in the coming months.

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Celebrating it’s 21st year, Lollapalooza has announced the 2012 line-up for August 3rd – 5th at Grant Park in Chicago, IL.

The three day long festival features some that were expected, including the newly reunited (as of two days ago) At the Drive-In. The Black Keys are making serious rounds this summer as well as Jack White and The Shins, all supporting their latest albums. Passion Pit make their return after spending some time in the studio and Sigur Ros finally hit the US after recording their forthcoming record, Valtari. However, the biggest news is Black Sabbath, performing their only North American 2012 date after Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma.

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Featured New Releases:

Monica – New Life 

Monica’s personal life has been pushed into the forefront the past few years, specifically during her reality shows, Monica: The Single and Monica: Still Standing. Now that the shows are over, the context of her “New Life,” shifts to creative restructuring due to changes at her long-time label. This opened up the doors to new collaborations, including production by Missy Elliott, some writing contributions by Jazmine Sullivan and guest appearances by Wale, Rick Ross and Mary J. Blige. Something not so new? A reunion between Monica and Brandy on the track, “It All Belongs to Me,” their first song together since the smash hit, “The Boy is Mine,” in 1998.

If You Like:   Brandy, Fantasia, Ashanti
Recommended Track: “Without You”

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The wait is almost over! The much-hyped Coachella Music & Arts Festival kicks off this Friday in Indio, California. Due to high demand, this year the fest  has been extended to two identical, massively sold-out weekends, packed to the brim with incredible music.

If you can’t stand the suspense, let loose by listening to the new Coachella 2012 Premium Channel, available now on the Music Unlimited service! This limited time channel is packed with over 100 tracks from many of the artists performing, compiled into one convenient location.

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This week, the legendary Patti Smith announced the release of  her first studio album in eight years, Banga, on June 5th. To kick off the news, she released a brand new single, “April Fool,” now available on the Music Unlimited service.

As we welcome Spring with open arms, here are 10 other “April” songs to help you get in the mood for the season.

  1. Manchester Orchestra – “April Fool
  2. Courtyard Hounds – “April’s Love
  3. Sublime – “April 29, 1992 (Miami)
  4. Neutral Milk Hotel – “April 8th
  5. Sugarland – “April Showers
  6. Taproot – “April Suits
  7. Rufus Wainwright – “April Fools
  8. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “April Skies
  9. Three Dog Night – “Pieces of April
  10. Simon and Garfunkel – “April Come She Will

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As Canada celebrated the best records released from homegrown talent over the last year with the Junos, (Drake, Feist and Justin Bieber to name a few), the Music Unlimited service was there to take it all in. With Deadmau5 and Our Lady Peace playing our launch parties, we had a little help making an entrance! Checkout our event pictures and weekend wrap-up.

“People are going to be talking about this show for years” exclaimed Our Lady Peace vocalist, Raine Maida, to a crowd of contest winners, Junofest wristband holders and music industry folks in town for Canada’s single biggest music event each year.

Indeed the Bronson Centre crowd was treated to a blistering two hour set which covered mid 90’s hits from OLP’s, Clumsy, record to their latest album, Curve, which released yesterday. (Music Unlimited customers in Canada have of course enjoyed the exclusive preview of, Curve, all last week!). The band graciously met with contest winners following the show and tried out their new PlayStation Vitas.

Mansion nightclub was the place to be on Saturday night as a lucky few were treated to a 2 ½ hour set from Ontario’s own, Deadmau5. The night began with a high energy performance from Canadian rap star, Kardinal Offishall. The Mansion arrival of some of Music Unlimited’s favorite artists including Hedley, Down With Webster and Marianas Trench signaled the moment was near as the clock struck 1 a.m.

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