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311Last Tuesday, (on 311 day) alternative rock stalwarts 311 released their 11th studio album (another happy coincidence) Stereolithic, their first in three years and the first on their brand new label, 311 Records. This is the first time the band has been independent in over two decades, giving them the freedom to reward devoted fans they’ve picked up along the way with cool exclusives including an autographed guitar and custom drum sticks via PledgeMusic. They’ve always been hyper-devoted to their followers, including an annual 311 cruise, so it makes sense that they would feel empowered enough with such a rich history to branch out on their own.

The band gave us a list of some of their favorite rock songs, including the first single from the new album, “Five of Everything.”  Listen to the whole thing here.

311 Artist Playlist

  1. 311 – “Five of Everything”
  2. The Clash – “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”
  3. Bad Brains – “I Against I”
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Knock Me Down”
  5. Beastie Boys – “What’cha Want”
  6. Fishbone – “Sunless Saturday”
  7. Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
  8. Pennywise – “Time to Burn”
  9. Queens of the Stone Age – “The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret”
  10. Deftones – “Change (In the House of Flies)”
  11. Incubus – “Privilege”
  12. Rage Against the Machine – “Bulls on Parade”
  13. Tool – “Forty Six And 2”
  14. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
  15. System of a Down – “Toxicity”
  16. Fugazi – “Waiting Room”
  17. NOFX – “Linoleum”
  18. Nirvana – “In Bloom”
  19. Pearl Jam – “Corduroy”
  20. Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock”
  21. Soundgarden – “Blow up the Outside World”

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NewReleases318Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • A long-awaited follow up to alternative hitmakers Foster the People’s debut album, featuring the single, “Coming of Age.”
  • The debut full-length album from the crowned prince of this generations surge of EDM, Skrillex.
  • YG’s debut album on Def Jam, which includes appearances by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jeezy & more.
  • The official soundtrack to the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted featuring the muppets themselves as well as the film’s stars, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban & more.

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AloeBlaccYou may not have known it, but you probably already love Aloe Blacc.  That is, if the stronghold that Avicii’s summer smash “Wake Me Up” had on the Music Unlimited charts is any indication, as he was the voice that made that song. However, he’s seen plenty of success on his own with his breakout track, “I Need a Dollar,” and his latest hit, “The Man,” off his new album Lift Your Spirit which dropped yesterday. He is performing several times this week at SXSW, followed by Coachella before an all-summer-long tour opening for Bruno Mars.

Check out the playlist he sent us of tracks that lift his spirits while he’s busy & out on the road below. Listen to the whole thing here.

  1. Aloe Blacc - “The Man”
  2. Eugene McDaniels  - “Jagger the Dagger”
  3. Al Green  - “Love and Happiness”
  4. Marvin Gaye  - “What’s Going On”
  5. Bill Withers  - “Lovely Day”
  6. Sly & the Family Stone  - “Dance to the Music”
  7. Donny Hathaway  - “A Song for You”
  8. Nena – “99 Luftballoons”
  9. The Doobie Brothers  - “What a Fool Believes”
  10. Cat Stevens  - “Where do the Children Play”
  11. King Pleasure  - “Moody’s Move for Love”

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NewReleases311Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • The second compilation featuring Young Money Entertainment’s marquee acts, including Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga & more.
  • A perfect celebration of 311 Day with the band’s first album on their own label, funded with help from their fans.
  • Aloe Blacc’s chance to shine on his own after being part of one of the biggest songs of last year, “Wake Me Up.” Featuring his own smash hit, “The Man.”
  • The lucky 7th album from country star Sara Evans, which includes features by Gavin DeGraw and Isaac Slade from The Fray.

New Albums Available This Week [3/11/14]:

Various ArtistsYoung Money: Rise of an Empire 
311 Stereolithic
Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit
Various Artists – Divergent Original Movie Soundtrack
Sara EvansSlow Me Down
Luke BryanSpring Break 6…Like We Ain’t Ever
Juanes Loco De Amor
Capital CitiesIn A Tidal Wave Of Mystery” [Deluxe Edition]
OzomatliPlace in the Sun
LedisiThe Truth
MetronomyLove Letters
ElbowThe Take Off & Landing of Everything
Joywave How Do You Feel?
Bradford CoxTeenage (Original Soundtrack)
Architects UKLost Forever // Lost Together
Chlöe HowlRumour EP
No Mythologies to Follow
The ShrineBless Off

New Singles Available This Week [3/11/14]:

Fun.“Sight Of The Sun”
Sevendust “Black”
Matisyahu“Watch The Walls Melt Down”
Youngblood Hawke “Pressure”

Coming Up Next Week [3/18/14]:

Foster the PeopleSupermodel
SkrillexRecess
Kylie MinogueKiss Me Once
Enrique IglesiasSex And Love
SoundtrackMuppets Most Wanted
YG - My Krazy Life
Taking Back SundayHappiness Is
Tycho- Awake
Madlib & Freddie GibbsPiñata
The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
Kevin DrewDarlings
Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow
Glee Cast - Nationals
Kaiser Chiefs Coming Home
The Pretty Reckless - Going To Hell
I Am the AvalancheWolverines
David Bisbal - Tú Y Yo
Amy Grant Time Again . . . Live
George MichaelSymphonica
Love & Theft Night That You’ll Never Forget
Dirty Vegas Let the Night EP
La Dispute Rooms of the House
The BothThe Both

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HeartofAustin_GenericThis week, thousands of people from around the globe will descend on Austin, TX for one of the biggest music experiences of the year. We are getting in on the fun once again this year with The Heart of Austin, Presented by Sony, We’re excited to partner with ‘stache media, Entercom Communications, Lively, and King’s Hawaiian for a three-day event kicking off on Wednesday and taking over two downtown venues until Friday. Music Unlimited & Video Unlimited will also have a set up within Hangar Lounge to experience the service between sets.

Not only will we be entertaining the folks in Texas, but those of you at home, too! We’re pleased to announce that the Live Events Viewer on PlayStation® 3 will be broadcasting the performances FREE all three days. This includes sets from Band of Skulls, Lucius, The Orwells, Ingrid Michaelson & Nicole Atkins as well as Music Unlimited’s Friday showcase featuring Travi$ Scott, Collie Buddz, The Bots & more. See the full line-up each day below and be sure to download the Live Events Viewer app from PlayStation® Store on your PS3 to access. You can also stream online here.

We’ll remind you each day to tune-in, but for now, get familiar with the artists in The Heart of Austin Playlist on Music Unlimited.

*All Showcase Times are CST & Subject to Change.*

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Every week, we round up some of the great new Featured Playlists you can find on the Music Unlimited web and mobile apps. Check out the latest below!

NewOrleansLivesNew Orleans Lives 

New Orleans is celebrated as the cradle of American popular music and it still has one of the world’s most vibrant music scenes. Festival mainstays such as Trombone Shorty, Galactic and The Rebirth Brass Band are just the tip of the Big Easy iceberg as the city has also given us rappers such as Lil Wayne, Juvenile and Mystikal, metal acts like Down and indie outfits like Generationals. City elders such as Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. refuse to slow down.

Featuring: Trombone Shortly, Juvenile, Harry Connick Jr.

1990Rewind

1990 Rewind

In retrospect, 1990 was the year alt culture went completely mainstream. Sure, the success of Depeche Mode and The Cure foretold this, but no one ever expected it to come from a punk rock group from Seattle. While that fabled trio is represented with “Sliver” below, the bulk of this playlist finds noisy guitars working in tandem with the influence of acid house and hazy, summer-of-love psychedelic imagery. The end result: a mixture of danceable indie, noisy bliss, and groundbreaking hip-hop.

Featuring: Nirvana, Sonic Youth, A Tribe Called Quest

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Echosmith

Bands like Tegan & Sara, Haim, The Kinks, The Band Perry & Hanson are just a few that feature one or more siblings as players, finding common ground in their upbringing to create together. A new rising sibling collective is Echosmith, featuring not one, not two, but FOUR brothers & sisters that have made a mark in a short amount of time. After hitting the pavement on Warped Tour and opening for Owl City, Neon Trees & more, they released their debut album Talking Dreams last October. After appearances at next week’s SXSW and Popscene in San Francisco, they will be jumping on the Warped Tour bus once again in June through August.

As a common topic of their songs, the band sent 20 love songs to listen to as an ode to ’80s pop, indie rock, and more. Listen to the whole thing here.

Echosmith Loves You Playlist 

1.   The Cure  – “Just Like Heaven”
2.   Echosmith – “Surround You”
3.   Tegan and Sara  - “Closer”
4.   Lord Huron – “End of the Earth”
5.   Coldplay – “Sparks”
6.   Jason Reeves – “Back With Me”
7.   John Mayer – “Who You Love”
8.   Berlin – “Take My Breath Away”
9.   The Smiths  - “There is a Light That Never Goes Out”
10. Brian McKnight – “Back at One”
11.  U2 – “Two Hearts Beat As One”
12.  Radiohead – “All I Need”
13.  Seal – “Kiss From a Rose”
14.  The Cure – “Friday I’m in Love”
15.  Modern English – “Melt With You”
16.  The Zombie – “Time of the Season”
17.  The Shins – “Girl Inform Me
18.  Jimi Hendrix – “Foxy Lady”
19.  Echosmith – “Tell Her You Love Her”

 

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PharrellPharrell Williams released his latest solo album, G I R L yesterday, following a spectacular performance during the Oscars® of his nominated song, “Happy (from Despicable Me 2.)” This follows a year where he became one of the most prominent stars of 2013, thanks to his work on huge hits by Daft Punk and Robin Thicke. But Pharrell has been on the scene for years, whether fronting the band N.E.R.D. or creating a new kind of pop hit as one-half of production duo, The Neptunes. He’s one of the most in-demand producers around, taking home seven GRAMMY® Awards over time, but hadn’t released any solo material since 2006.

Journey through some of his biggest accomplishments in our new Pharrell Williams: Productions, Guest Spots and More Playlist, now available on Music

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NewReleases34Check out what’s new on the Music Unlimited service this week! Read the highlights and browse new albums below.

Highlights:

  • The new solo album from one of music’s most in-demand producers, Pharrell Williams, featuring the Oscar® nominated song “Happy.”
  • Rick Ross6th album that includes an all-star list of guest appearances from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Big Sean & more.
  • Glee star Lea Michele’s much anticipated debut solo album, a deeply personal insight into the actress who suffered the loss of her co-star boyfriend, Cory Monteith last summer.
  • Coldplay’s brand new single from their upcoming album Ghost Stories, out just in time for summer on May 19th

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It was a night for upsets, surprises and selfies at last night’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. With so many amazing and critically-acclaimed movies to choose from, which ones won and which ones walked away empty-handed? We’re glad you asked.

Gravity took home the most statues at the end of the night, seven in all, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón and a half-dozen other awards, mostly in technical categories like Best Cinematography or Best Film Editing. 12 Years a Slave came in second with three wins, in the traditionally prestigious categories, including the biggie: Best Picture. Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress for her breathtaking work in that drama. Likewise Dallas Buyer’s Club took home three trophies, including wins for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, which went to Matthew McConaughey and his co-star Jared Leto. The major awards were rounded by Cate Blanchett’s win for her outstanding performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

12 Years A Slave’s third win came for Best Adapted Screenplay, while one of the year’s most original movies, Her, won – appropriately – the Best Original Screenplay award.

On the musical side, one of Gravity‘s seven awards was for Best Original Score courtesy of composer Steven Price. And the mega-smash hit “Let It Go” from Frozen beat out all contenders to take home Best Original Song. The ceremony was also filled with great performances of those nominated songs, as U2 did a stripped-down version of “Ordinary Love,” Idina Menzel gave a show-stopping rendition of “Let It Go,” Pharrell Williams revved up “Happy” by wading into the crowd to get stars dancing, and Karen O and Ezra Koenig slowed things down a bit with “The Moon Song” from Her.

Don’t forget – you can listen to the nominated songs and other music from this year’s award-winning movies in the Oscar Nominations 2014 playlist on the Music Unlimited service.

View all the winners and the rest of the nominees here. Haven’t seen all of them? That’s alright, they’ll be coming to the Video Unlimited service so you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home.

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