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Fame and fortune may have come his way but Pittsburgh emcee Wiz Khalifa sticks to what his knows on his fifth album, Blacc Hollywood. The call-and-response party anthems like “We Dem Boyz,” “Ass Drop” and “Raw” find him celebrating a few of his favorite things while the impressive guest list — Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat and Curren$y – helps maintain the party vibe. Listen now.

Listen to these new releases and more on Music Unlimited:

  • Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Deluxe)
  • Kimbra, The Golden Echo (Deluxe Version)
  • Imogen Heap, Sparks
  • Various Artists, Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute to Motley Crue
  • Statik Selektah, What Goes Around
  • Smokey Robinson, Smokey and Friends
  • Dragonforce, Maximum Overload (Special Edition)
  • Colton Dixon, Anchor
  • Randy Travis, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am
  • Dirty Loops, Loopified (Deluxe Edition)
  • JJ, V
  • The Last Internationale, We Will Reign
  • Cyrille Aimee, It’s a Good Day
  • Maps, Realigned
  • Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Secret Evil
  • Smoke Dawson, Fiddle
  • Beach Day, Native Echoes
  • Wire, Document & Eyewitness 1979-1980

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Workout Mix: Hip Hop

Get into the zone with this carefully selected mix of hard-hitting hip-hop tracks, perfect for the gym or when out running.

New Releases: Mid-August, 2014

If you’re not enjoying the new album from Spoon, they you have a serious lack of rock ‘n’ roll in your life. The rest of this mix contains som great new tracks from Tom Petty and Sinead O’Connor, while Ryan Adams embraces his inner-Eagles, Shabazz Palaces creates some cosmic hip-hop, and Kimbra creates a new disco classic.

Underground Metal

We take a closer look at a selection of newly released underground and more experimental metal – covering genres from progressive to black metal, post-hardcore and noise-rock.

Remembering Robin Williams

We pay tribute to the Oscar™, GRAMMY, and Emmy-winning actor and revolutionary standup comedian. Working at hyper speed, Robin Williams’ comedy style was unique enough to get him cast as an alien on Mork & Mindy while he was also adept at playing introspective loners in such films as Awakenings, The World According To Garp and Good Will Hunting. While there are children’s songs on this mix, his standup, perhaps hard to listen to in light of his personal demons, is definitely for adults only. Rest in Peace.

Definitive 1990s Alt Rock Hits

In the 1990s alternative rock crossed over to the mainstream with Nirvana, Green Day, Pavement, and Beck leading the American charge. Across the Atlantic Radiohead, Oasis, and Blur brought new life to the British scene. 1980s veterans like U2, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, and Paul Weller continued to influence the ‘90s alt sound.

Classical New Releases

The Red Hot musical series’ latest offering tips its hat to Bach, offering a diverse and daring look at his lasting influence on everything from classical to jazz to modern pop. Richard Reed Parry is the latest indie rocker to go classical while Max Richter showcases his continued interest in combining the Old World with new, purposely glitch, technology. Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Daniel Hope are also two young performers who dazzle while Kronos Quartet have now been experimenting for over four decades.

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Pop’s reigning minimalist, Sade has continued to refine her style from the jazzy soul of her 1980s UK sophisti-pop beginnings to her global domination as a roots-of-down tempo torch singer. Everything about Sade’s music is lean, stripped-down and precise while her cool exterior expertly contradicts the often gritty subject matter of her songs, which deal with ordinary people struggling to overcome heartbreak, racism and poverty.

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James Bay, 23-year-old British singer-songwriter riding high with his new single “If You Ever Want to Be in Love,” tells us about some of the songs he considers “football classics” – cuts by White Denim, the White Stripes and Kodaline perfect for listening to while playing FIFA 14 on Playstation®4.

Watch James Bay’s complete Listen+Play FIFA14 Playlist video and don’t forget you can create your own ideal gaming soundtrack. Find out how here.

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Chicago rapper Twista returns this week with his ninth studio album, Dark Horse. Coming four years after his last release, The Perfect Storm, he describes it as an “action packed vintage Twista album,” full of the rapid-fire rhymes and catchy beats that have become his signature. It also features guest spots from Tia London, Wiz Khalifa and Tech N9ne. Listen now.

Listen to these new releases and more on Music Unlimited:

Twista, Dark Horse
Tank, Stronger
Sinead O’Connor, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss
Caleb Johnson, Testify
Alex Clare, Three Hearts
Porter Robinson, Worlds
Marco Beltrami, Giver (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dilate Peoples, Directors of Photography
The Gaslight Anthem, Get Hurt
Hilltop Hoods, Walking Under Stars
Randy Travis, Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am
Stiff Little Fingers, No Going Back
Watsky, All You Can Do
Naomi Punk, Television Man
The Paramedic, Diary of My Demons (Deluxe)
Jennifer Nettles, That Girl (Deluxe)
Adult Jazz, Gist Is
STL GLD, Moe Pope & The Arcitype Present: My Monday Morning Music

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Pop’s reigning minimalist, Sade has continued to refine her style from the jazzy soul of her 1980s UK sophisti-pop beginnings to her global domination as a roots-of-downtempo torch singer. Everything about Sade’s music is lean, stripped-down and precise while her cool exterior expertly contradicts the often gritty subject matter of her songs, which deal with ordinary people struggling to overcome heartbreak, racism and poverty.

The Last of Us: Friday Night Gamers

It’s almost the weekend which can only mean one thing…it’s time for a Friday Night Gamers playlist. This week saw the re-release of The Last of US and to celebrate this, we’ve created an all-new soundtrack to play along to. Enjoy!

Classic Rock Goes Disco

Rock and disco were supposed to be mortal enemies but everybody from The Stones, Elton John and ELO hit the dance floor during the late 1970s. The disco success of the Bee Gees and Rod Stewart lost them their rock fan base while the followers of KISS, The Grateful Dead and Alice Cooper just pretended like their heroes never got down and funky. David Bowie and Roxy Music earned cool points by frosting up black American grooves with icy European reserve, pointing the way to the 1980s dance-rock sound while Blondie and The Clash proved that even punks just wanted to have fun.

Hip-Hop: New Releases

This batch of hip-hop New Releases leads off with Trey Songz’ Fugees-quoting “Na Na” and then continues to some huge tracks from Drake, T.I. and T-Pain. If you like your hip-hop more on the cosmic side then try the new one from Shabazz Palaces or if you’re a fan of the old school, dig into the scratch-heavy Statik Selektah.

1982 Rewind: The Hits

Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Arthur, Flashdance – if any of these movies mean anything to you, you’re sure to love this mix of the hits of 1982. What an insane year for new wave (Human League, Soft Cell, The Cars), soul (George Benson, Dazz Band) and tight pants-wearing rockers (Journey, Survivor, Loverboy). But the artist of the year was definitely Hall & Oates whose Rock ’N Soul album was a sublimely crafted pop album. Hats off to Lindsey Buckingham whose “Trouble” might be the most perfect pop song he ever wrote.

A Galaxy Mixtape

Celebrate the success of the film Guardians of the Galaxy with this selection of songs featured in the sci-fi comedy.

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Jenny Lewis, the former Rilo Kiley singer who just released a wonderful new solo album, The Voyager, shares some of her favorite songs with Music Unlimited — including at least one that makes her feel like she’s floating in space.

Listen to Jenny Lewis: Artist Picks

“Red Eyes,” The War on Drugs
“Philly represent! My dad was from Philadelphia. He learned how to play music on a wax harmonica.”

“Baby,” Donnie and Joe Emerson
“This song is like a romantic trip to the moon, on GHB.”

“Acrobat,” Angel Olsen
“Angel has the most beautiful voice. She reminds me of Karen Dalton with short bangs.”

“Our Secret,” Beat Happening
“We covered this on The Postal Service tour. I played the drums on this cut to 15,000 people in Brooklyn. What were Jimmy and Ben thinking letting me do that? “

“Mellow Moods,” Bob Marley
“This is from an amazing comp of early recordings and demos. You know what to do to get yourself in a mellow mood, don’t ya?”

“The Boy is Mine,” Monica and Brandy”
“This is one of my favorite songs of all time. I’d love to do a cover of it with Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum Girls. But who would sing which part?”

“On the Steeple With the Shakes,” Califone
“I love this dude. I love his production and who doesn’t want a X-mas tiger?”

“What I Am,” Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
“Yep, I still love this song  — and the entire record.”

“Inn of the Seventh Ray,” Eleanor Friedberger
“I think Eleanor told me that someone suggested she write a song about this infamous Topanga Canyon hippie restaurant. Well done, Eleanor and the hummus is delicious, too.”

“Avant Gardener,” Courtney Barnett
“This is the best piece of art about as asthma attack since ‘The Goonies.’”

“Every Time the Sun Comes Up,” Sharon Van Etten
“Ah, Sharon. Her voice is like the peach melba desert from my favorite restaurant, Antoine’s in New Orleans.”

“Wonderful Life,” The Felice Brothers
“This song makes someone I know cry. Isn’t it a wonderful life?”

“Stoned and Starving,” Parquet Courts
“I can’t at all relate to this sentiment.”

“Chuck E’s In Love,” Rickie Lee Jones
“This song is about Chuck E. Weiss. Look him up!”

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Metalheads rejoice! Godsmack returns with its sixth studio album, 1000hp. The follow-up to the band’s 2010 gold-selling album The Oracle was recorded in its newly built 4,000-square-foot headquarters in Boston and produced by Dave Fortman, whose credits include work with fellow turn of the century head bangers Mudvayne, Slipknot and Evanescence. “1000hp” is both the title track and first single to be released from the album. Listen now.

Listen to these new releases and more on Music Unlimited:

Godsmack, “1000hp”
Spoon, “They Want My Soul”
Sir Michael Rocks, “Banco”
Jeff Cardoni, “Step Up: All In (Original Score Album)”
Angus & Julia Stone, “Angus & Julia Stone (Deluxe)”
Alestorm, “Sunset On The Golden Age (Deluxe Version)”
Elvis Presley, “That’s the Way It Is (Deluxe Edition)”
Bear In Heaven, “Time Is Over One Day Old”
Somi, “The Lagos Music Salon”
Arkells, “High Noon”
The Vamps, “Somebody To You”
The Wind and The Wave, “From The Wreckage”
Blues Pills, “Blues Pills”
John Garcia, “John Garcia”
Twin Peaks, “Wild Onion”
Ladada, “Ladada”
Andy Grammer, “Magazines or Novels”
Actual Water, “Call 4 Fun”

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Listen to these new releases on Music Unlimited this week.

  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers get back to their scrappy rock roots with the garage rock influenced Hypnotic Eye, the follow-up to 2010’s Mojo.
  • Shabazz Palaces, the duo of rapper Palaceer Lazarro and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Fly Guy ‘Dai” Maraire, come back with more spaced out hip-hop on Lese Majesty.
  • Jenny Lewis, the former child star and Rilo Kiley singer, comes of age on her latest, The Voyager.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers / Hypnotic Eye
Shabazz Palaces / Lese Majesty
Jenny Lewis / The Voyager
Eric Clapton / Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)
Fela Kuti / Finding Fela – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sir Michael Rocks / Banco
Bobby Patterson / I Got More Soul!
Sara Jackson-Holman / River Queen
Adelitas Way / Stuck (Deluxe)
Mogwai / Come on Die Young (Deluxe Edition)
Iggy Pop / Lust for Life (Live)
Anberlin / Lowborn
G.R.L. / G.R.L.
Hooray For Earth / RACY
James Blackshaw / Fantômas : Le Faux Magistrat

 

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The Soft White Sixties, a band on the brink of great things (and self-proclaimed purveyors of Working Class Soul), performed an intimate acoustic set in the Music Unlimited LIVE Lounge at San Francisco’s LIVE 105 radio station last week. We were there to get some photos and bring back the setlist, which was made up of songs form the quartet’s debut album, Get Right. Two important items of note: It was produced by Jim Greer, who had a hand in Foster the People’s hugely successful Torches; and it’s streaming right now on Music Unlimited. So you can go hear what all the buzz is about while scrolling through our gallery. Do it.

The Soft White Sixties LIVE Lounge Setlist:
City Lights
Lemon Squeezer
You Are Gold

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