We are less than two weeks (10 days, to be exact) away from Weekend One of Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival, the massive gathering in the California desert featuring a wide range of musical genres and colorful fans that pack the Empire Polo Fields each year. Sony Entertainment Network will be on hand in the PlayStation Tent both weekends as fans visit between sets from The Postal Service, Phoenix, Modest Mouse, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend and more.

To kick us off, the Music Unlimited service is featuring the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival Channel, with a large offering of the festival’s headliners, up-and-comers and everyone in between. Get to know who’s playing before you head to the fest or just have your own festival in the comfort of your own home (air guitar optional). We will have updates leading up to Coachella, so stay tuned on the blog, Facebook & Twitter!

 

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Featured New Releases:

Tyler, The CreatorWolf

Tyler, The Creator has never been one for a quiet entrance, but the Odd Future ringleader seems to be doing so with Wolf. Sure, a few of his usual antics have been done for show (like asking reviewers not to talk about the album for a week until fans could make their own judgments. Whoops.) but the twist and turns of a relatively young man’s fame have re-focused the rapper on his primary goal – making the music that got him there in the first place. The album was solely produced by him and, unlike Goblin, he puts his energy into the beats and the overall aesthetic of these songs as a whole rather than the bursts of controversy that may have isolated fans from a very talented artist. Also featuring: Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, Pharrell, Erykah Badu and more.

If You Like: Odd Future, Tech N9ne, MF Doom
Recommended Track: “Parking Lot”

Killswitch EngageDisarm The Descent

Longtime fans of Killswitch Engage are getting a bittersweet taste with this new album, which features former vocalist Jesse Leech, who rejoined the band 10 years after his final album when Howard Jones left the band in 2012. A band that has grown together over time moving forward with the creative force of the past, which brings an interesting perspective into every track. The demons that kept Leech from his lead vocal duties are explored as titles like “A New Awakening,” “The Hell in Me,” and “In Due Time,” as he gears up for the heavy touring and duties of a band member again. The band is doing a run through Europe this month, winding down in May at a few festivals in the Midwest.

If You Like: All that Remains, Escape the Fate, Atreyu
Recommended Track:  “Blood Stains”

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Our weekly New Releases recap is jam-packed with gritty film blockbusters and tons of TV. See what’s releasing this week!

D-J-A-N-G-O…the D is silent. Love, liberty and the pursuit of vengeance hits the Video Unlimited service this week as Django Unchained releases today before DVD and Blu-ray. Jaime Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson help tell director Quentin Tarantino’s unorthodox version of Django, the slave whose brutal history with his former owners finds him face-to-face with German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz. Be the first to own the Academy-Award winning film for Best Original Screenplay today!

From gritty to greatness, Academy Award winning actress Naomi Watts and actor Ewan McGregor star in The Impossible. It’s the incredible true story of a family caught in one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, this film will have you reaching for the tissues and dancing for joy. Own it now before DVD and Blu-ray!

Mid-season TV is back in stride and several networks are gearing up for their epic season finales. This Friday (4/5), the psychopathic thriller Hannibal releases on the Video Unlimited service. The season premiere takes us back to the origins of Hannibal Lecter, who once masqueraded as a brilliant psychiatrist in the employ of the FBI. You won’t want to miss the masterful manipulator’s story come to life in this stylized telling of Hannibal.

The madness continues in season four of MAD. This season’s rendition of the iconic animated sketch comedy series features a twisted mix of humor and animation styles that pulls back the curtain and exposes the sordid truth behind movies, TV shows and games. Make sure to catch up on previous seasons and watch each episode the day after it airs!

Visit the video store on your Sony Entertainment Network compatible devices, or simply visit the Sony Entertainment Network web store, to see all the hottest new releases in movies and TV.

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Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator is dropping his new album Wolf tomorrow and also dropping by late night TV this week.

On the other side of the spectrum, country superstar Blake Shelton will be back performing on Leno, promoting his latest album. Continue down the country road with performances by The Band Perry on Letterman, Gloriana on Leno and Gary Allan on Kimmel.

Finally, indie rock fans can catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs who will be performing on Letterman, Cat Power on Fallon and Cold War Kids on Kimmel. The legendary group The Flaming Lips will also be performing on Letterman. Check out the rest of the week in TV below.

The Late Show with David Letterman: The Band Perry, The Flaming Lips, Tyler, The Creator, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: The Goo Goo Dolls, Blake Shelton, Gloriana, Gin Wigmore

Conan: Darius Rucker, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Janelle Monae, Gordon Lightfoot, Ryan Bingham, Cat Power

Late Night with Carson Daly: Vacationer, Tift Merritt, Delta Rae, Damien Jurado, White Arrows

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Cold War Kids, Gary Allan, Seth Sentry

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Winter is coming and so is the new season of Game of Thrones. Based on the bestselling novels by George R. R. Martin, this epic fantasy series has captivated loyal fans and general audiences alike. This weekend, Sony Entertainment Network is gearing up for its anticipated return by helping you get caught up on the latest happenings from the ancient land of Westeros and beyond, with seasons 1 and 2 now available in SD and HD.

Season 1 introduced us to the noble House Stark, led by Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), Lord of Winterfell, and Warden of the North. Lord Stark is called to assist the contrite King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) ruler of the Seven Kingdoms when Jon Arryn, his chief advisor and Hand of the King, mysteriously dies.

In Season 2 the quest to control the all-powerful Iron Throne continues as winter is quickly approaching. House Lannister pulls strings to maintain control of the Throne but finds it comes at a price as they must deflect numerous attacks to remain in power. Meanwhile, White Walkers may be stirring beyond The Wall, adding new perils for the men of the Night’s Watch and possibly the people of the Seven Kingdoms.

You can find all episodes of Game of Thrones seasons 1 and 2 here.

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During SXSW, we had the chance to host Kevin Lester during the Music Unlimited Presents Showcase in Austin, TX. Fans packed into Sony City on the rooftop of Hangar Lounge as he kicked off the night. The Singaporean rapper is preparing for his international debut with Everything You Love You Hate on 4/9, featuring the single “Hear Me Go.” In speaking to personal life and experiences in his home country, he hopes to resonate with fans who appreciate his authentic sound and message. Read more about Kevin Lester (aka The Lion City Boy) in our Sony City Spotlight.

Watch the video below, where he talks about his upcoming album, how his represents Singapore and just how many hours he spent getting to Austin (hint: A LOT.)

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You may have noticed that the Music Unlimited service has been rolling out some new channels, featuring new and more in-depth genres and even a new era (2010’s)! We already told you about the Game Music Channel, but see the list below of more that are sure to satisfy whatever mood you’re in.

 

 

 


1. 2010’s
Featuring artists such as: Adele, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Mumford and Sons


2. Classic Rock
Featuring artists such as:  The Who, Aerosmith, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac


3. Old School Hip-hop
Featuring artists such as: Run DMC, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest

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There was no stopping Bilbo Baggins and the band of Dwarves as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped this week’s list of movies purchased on the Video Unlimited service. The heroic halflings used their sharp swords and pointy arrows to hold-off an aggressive assault by Zero Dark Thirty and a rated/unrated double team from This Is 40. After breaking the bank at the box office and stockpiling award nominations, Les Miserables was able to sing and dance its way into our top ten.

Check out the complete list below and be sure to tell us what flick you plan to watch this weekend by commenting below:

  1. Rise of the Guardians
  2. Les Miserables – The Movie
  3. The Collection
  4. Life of Pi
  5. Wreck-It Ralph
  6. Red Dawn
  7. This is 40 (Unrated)
  8. This is 40
  9. Zero Dark Thirty
  10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Earlier today, we posted a video with Kenny Loggins and the members of his latest project, Blue Sky Riders, who released their debut album Finally Home. He may be starting from scratch with this new band, but Loggins is a prolific artist with a substantial resume featuring hits from his solo work, the duo, Loggins & Messina and massive hits from soundtracks for films like Footloose, Top Gun & Caddyshack.

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday celebrates Kenny Loggins and his many musical hats.

Loggins & Messina
Album: Sittin’ In (1971)
Song: “Danny’s Song”

Album: Caddyshack Soundtrack (1980)
Song:  “I’m Alright”

Album: Celebrate Me Home (1986)
Song: “Celebrate Me Home”

Album: Top Gun – Motion Picture Soundtrack (1989)
Song: “Danger Zone”

Album: Footloose (15th Anniversary Edition) (1992)
Song:“Footloose”

Album: Return to Pooh Corner (1994)
Song:  “Return to Pooh Corner”

Blue Sky Riders
Album: Finally Home (2013)
Song: “Feelin’ Brave”

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Blue Sky Riders is the exciting new project led by the iconic Kenny Loggins and two of Country music’s top songwriters. Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr have penned songs for Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and Wynonna Judd (to name a few). The songwriting trio’s debut album, Finally Home, is full of the great songs, great harmonies and great musicianship. With a pedigree like theirs, it’s not surprising that they have already played the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared at the Grand Ol Opry. The group recently met with Music Unlimited to talk about their partnership, the Finally Home record and some of their favorite new music. Check out the video and their upcoming tour dates, including a stop at Stagecoach Country Music Festival next month.

 
 
Blue Sky Riders Tour Dates

04/18/13 Bend, OR Tower Theatre
04/19/13 Mill Valley, CA Sweetwater Music Hall
04/21/13 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
04/24/13 Los Angeles, CA The GRAMMY Museum
04/26/13 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon Club
04/27/13 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s
04/28/13 Indio, CA Stagecoach Festival 2013
07/18/13 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
07/20/13 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center

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