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Aer, the hip-hop and reggae duo from the Boston suburbs, has an underground hit on its hands with its self-released, self-titled album. Much of its success can be attributed to the eclectic influences of members David von Mering and Carter Schultz, who on their artist playlist reveal a fondness for modern rock, party jams and sensitive singer-songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones.

AER Need For Speed Playlist

Grouplove, “Ways to Go”
Alabama Shakes, “Hold On”
Jake Bugg, “Taste It”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”
Aer, “Says She Loves Me”
Cake, “Let Me Go”
Portugal. The Man, “Purple Yellow Red and Blue”
Bahamas, “Lost In The Light”
Jeff Buckley, “Grace”
Arctic Monkeys, “R U Mine?”
Norah Jones, “Travelin’ On”
Dr. Dog, “Rock & Roll”
Aer, “Won’t Laugh”
Chief Keef, “Every Day”
Disclosure, “You & Me”
Gary Clarke Jr., “You Saved Me”
John Newman, “Cheating”
Fatboy Slim, “Praise You”
Drake, “Trophies

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Listen to the latest playlists compiled exclusively for you by the experts at Music Unlimited.

50Cent20050 Cent: Artist Rewind

With guidance from Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent swaggered onto the hip-hop scene in 2003 with Get Rich or Die Tryin’. A hugely hyped-up release, the album delivered the goods, going platinum 8 times over. He’s remained a powerhouse ever since, mixing up tales of his past life with hooks that can be deceptively sweet. His new album, Animal Ambition, is now available.


50 Cent: Guest Spots & More

50 Cent largely plays the part of the worst/best party guest ever. He shows up, grabs all the attention, takes the party up a notch, drops the mic, and goes home a winner.

Editorial0214_alt-dance_200x200Indie Dance Rock

In 2000, Phoenix’s mix of lush ‘70s soft rock and kinetic dance pop made them stand apart. Today, they top the Indie Dance Rock scene, which also draws inspiration from such disco-ready 1980s bands as New Order and Talking Heads. Even bands like Arcade Fire and Belle & Sebastian aim for the dance floor instead of the local bookstore.



MU_EditorialPlaylists0114_SongsFromTheVillage-200x200Songs from the Village

Don’t let the Best Picture winners fool you, Inside Llewyn Davis was one of the finest films of 2013. The movie is very loosely based around the early life of Dave Van Ronk and we’ve taken that as a starting point to explore the amazing sounds coming out of Greenwich Village in the early ‘60s.



mariah200Mariah Carey in the 21st Century

As the ‘90s ended, hip-hop and R&B had become intertwined and Mariah Carey was able to navigate the new landscape, earning big hits with help from people like Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. By the arrival of The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005, Carey was again in top form, performing genre-defining hits like “We Belong Together” and “It’s Like That.”

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With The White Stripes, Jack White brought the elemental sound of the blues back into rock ‘n’ roll. Free of extraneous fluff, The White Stripes were a pure mixture of garage rock, Kinks-ian pop sensibility, and showmanship. They were one of the best live acts of the ‘00s. White has kept the purity and love of music at the forefront of all of his post-Stripes endeavors, whether it’s with The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather or his increasingly panoramic solo adventures. His latest, Lazaretto, looks to keep the bar raised high.

Jack White: Rewind Playlist

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Listen to these new releases on Music Unlimited this week.

  • Jack White is back with Lazaretto, his second solo album. After stepping away from the White Stripes with Blunderbuss, he continues innovating in his own way.
  • Whispers is the new record from Passenger, the stage name for indie-folk singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg and it’s one we highly recommend this week.
  • While Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make their return to the big screen you can listen to the soundtrack for 22 Jump Street. Featuring contributions from Wiz Khalifa, Duck Sauce and others it’s the perfect complement to the hilarious movie.

Jack WhiteLazaretto
PassengerWhispers (Deluxe)
First Aid KitStay Gold
Fatboy SlimFatboy Slim Presents Bem Brasil
Various ArtistsPepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game
EchosmithAcoustic Dreams
Andrew BirdThings Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…
Chrissie HyndeStockholm
The RippingtonsFountain of Youth
Various Artists22 Jump Street: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
O.A.R.The Rockville LP
POLIÇAShulamith (Deluxe Edition)
Big SmoKuntry Livin’
Colbie CaillatGypsy Heart Side A
TombsSavage Gold
HELLYEAHBlood For Blood
Cut CopyFar Away (Alternative Version)
Tijuana PanthersWayne Interest
 FuturisticTraveling Local

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Army of the Pharaohs is a Philadelphia based hip-hop collective founded by Jedi Mind Tricks MC Vinnie Paz that features a rotating lineup of underground stars. On the outfit’s latest album, In Death Reborn, that includes Apathy, Celph Titled, Crypt the Warchild, Doap Nixon, Planetary and several others. The group’s deep appreciation for the golden age of rap is evident in both the new release and its Music Unlimited playlist, which features classic cuts from the likes of EPMD, Boogie Down Productions and Wu-Tang Clan. Listen to it now.

Army of the Pharaohs Artist Playlist

Army of the Pharaohs — “God Particle”
Juice Crew — “The Symphony”
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien — “Burnt”
Wu-Tang Clan — “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”
Smif N Wessun — “Cession at Da Doghillee”
Boogie Down Productions — “Self Destruction”
EPMD — “Headbanger”
The D.O.C. — “The Grand Finale”
Professor X — “Close the Crackhouse”

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Mariah Carey is back with her first new album in five years, the gospel-tinged Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. Partially named after a self-portrait the octave spanning singer made when she was 3-years-old, in many ways the new release feels like a throwback to classic Mariah. It revives the windswept ballads that first made the singer famous, boasts a collaboration with the rapper Wale that quotes her infamous duet with ODB and features a faithful cover of George Michael’s ’80s hit “One More Try.” We celebrate its arrival on Music Unlimited by looking back at her work through the years, as well as some other defining musical pairing between hip-hop stars and divas.

Listen to Mariah Carey’s artist channel on Music Unlimited.

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Check out the new releases on Music Unlimited this week!

50 CentAnimal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win
Fucked UpGlass Boys
Meshell NdegeocelloComet, Come To Me
The OrwellsDisgraceland
Lucy HaleRoad Between (Deluxe Edition)
Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal
Matisyahu Akeda 
MigosNo Label II
Echo & The Bunnymen Meteorites 
Pete Molinari Theosophy
Miranda LambertPlatinum 
BirdyFire Within
Sage FrancisCopper Gone 
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Only Run 
Elvis PresleyBossa Nova Baby: The Ultimate Elvis Presley Party Album
King Buzzo This Machine Kills Artists
Lee Fields & The Expressions Emma Jean

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Editorial031714_Superheroes200x200Superhero Movie Themes
With the X-Men, Captain America and Spider-Man back in theaters we present the best orchestral superhero movie (and character) themes. Nobody has ever topped John Williams’ exhilarating Superman theme from 1978 but it was Danny Elfman’s dark and brooding Batman theme from the next decade that set the template for all future works (even in the funniest movies like Iron Man and The Avengers). Only Michael Giachinno, channeling John Barry’s Mod-era James Bond work, gets jazzy with The Incredibles.



kanyeKanye West’s Star-Making Collaborations
He’s such a celebrity that people have forgotten about Kanye’s music. We’re going back to his early, pre-solo-stardom days when he was producing and rhyming for the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Janet Jackson and many more. He had a sound and style all his own.




clashThe Clash: MU Icons
Defining genre and a generation from their inception in early 1976, The Clash hold legacy as one of the most significant British bands ever, with London Calling remaining one of the most influential rock albums of all time.




coverGreatest Cover Versions
What happens when a great song gets a loving sonic makeover? Brilliance! Van Halen pays rocking homage to The Kinks, Florence + The Machine slow down “Addicted To Love,” Nirvana reminds fans how awesome Bowie is, Nelly Furtado uncovers Gnarls Barkley, and Chris Cornell puts the creepiness back into “Billie Jean.”



Graduation_200x200Graduation Day
Graduation is a time for celebrating past accomplishments and looking towards the future; leaving old friends behind and making new ones on the road ahead. Artists as diverse as Green Day, R. Kelly, Fleetwood Mac and Florence + the Machine philosophize about having the courage to take the next big step.

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This Sunday, Bay Area radio powerhouse LIVE 105 will bring the best in modern music to the Shoreline Amphitheater with BFD 2014 and Music Unlimited will be there.

This year’s event features over 35 bands across four different stages, including acts like Fitz & The Tantrums, Foster the People and M.I.A.; as well as hot indie acts such as New Politics, Kongos and Walk the Moon. The concert will also feature several up-and-coming local bands, like The Hundred Days, Everyone is Dirty and others. You’ll find many of these on the MU BFD playlist, which you can enjoy now.

The full BFD music lineup for Sunday is here. And be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ for more!

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Bob Dylan celebrated his 73rd birthday earlier this week and it feels like he’s led nearly as many lives. He began as a Woody Guthrie acolyte, imitating the dust-bowl balladeer as faithfully as a baby boomer from Hibbing, Minnesota, could. It wasn’t long before he found his own voice, spearheading the early-1960s folk revival as well as the singer-songwriter movement, and introducing poetry into pop music. Through countless changes in sound, image, and even religion, he retained his unique artistic vision even when his popularity occasionally waned. By the 21st century, he was enjoying an upsurge of critical and popular interest based on a series of powerful late-career albums that crystallized his aesthetics and unique world view.

Listen to Bob Dylan through the years on Music Unlimited

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