Discover: Seth Glier

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I’m often listening to Spotify in order to find new music and I found him…

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…his name is Seth Glier and he’s so delightful! 🙂

I’m not picky when it comes to genres and therefore I’m also a very big singer/songwriter fan! Seth came up as a suggested song for me and I was really surprised to hear the depth and beauty of his music! The first song I heard was “Plastic Soldiers”.

>>> Take a listen to it here on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/plastic-soldiers <<<

I love a good story song and I’m a sucker for a unique voice…Seth offers both! So you can go ahead and guess that I was hooked from first listen…which doesn’t happen for me too often, by the way.

As a 24 year old young man from the Massachusetts area, Seth has made his way from an opening act to the headliner of his own concerts including appearances at major folk festivals! But that’s not all…He’s even received a nomination from the Recording Academy (AKA the Grammys) for the work he did on his album “The Next Right Thing” that was released on January 11th, 2011.

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Since that album was released, Seth has gone on to play along with a variety of respected artists & bands including: James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Edwin McCain.

He plays over 250 shows a year and so naturally…most of his songs are written on the road!

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Right now…you guessed it…Seth is on the road promoting his latest album:

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Check out his 2014 tour dates here: sethglier.com/tour

For more information about Seth, visit his official website (www.sethglier.com) and go ahead and send him a tweet of encouragement (twitter.com/sethglier) 😀

Thank you Seth for making music with great substance that makes us think!

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Electric Zoo 2014 Festival takes over NYC!

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They’re so many music festivals every single year, but NYC is partying like it’s Labor Day…

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…this weekend during the Electric Zoo electronic music festival!

Electric Zoo began in 2009 and takes place at Randall’s Island Park every Labor Day weekend! The festival boasts some of EDM’s heavyweights such as David Guetta, Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Kaskade, and Nicky Romero.

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There are over 150,000 fans in attendance every year that travel from all over the world to see their favorites from EDM! And according to Billboard: “Electric Zoo might not be the country’s largest, splashiest, or most hyped electronic dance music festival. But we’re going to go on record and say that it’s the best.”

So there you have it! 😀

After perusing the show schedule (lineup.electriczoofestival.com), I can honestly say that I would most like to see:

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David Guetta, Zedd, Nicky Romero, and Kaskade

I’ve seen David G before, but I can’t wait to see him play a set again!!!

In some not so happy news, there were two drug-related deaths at Electric Zoo last year and because of the major concerns regarding safety of festival attendees…there are drug sniffing dogs and heightened security. They have to do what is best for the majority of the people there so I have no problem with it.

If you’re at Electric Zoo this weekend…feel free to tweet @musicrowgirl with all your crazy EDM moments! I would love to hear from you!

I wish I were in NYC for the festival, but at least everyone has Monday off to recoup! 🙂

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One Direction breaks 2014 ticket sales record!

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One day, Simon Cowell had an epiphany and put five young men together as a group…

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…and today they are rolling in the dough!

Yeah, you guessed it! I’m talking about the british boy band One Direction! And I’m really quite amazed at the amount of money their tour has made, but not only that…

They are playing in sold-out football stadiums!

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Can we just pause for a minute and say whaaaat?!

So it’s safe to say that Simon Cowell has never regretted his psychic abilities since the day before he formed this boy band! I know I wouldn’t!

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Simon was responsible for forming the group and I do want that to be known because never once have I seen five guys (who auditioned on their own) become formed into a group right then and there on TV! So thanks to Sir Cowell and the X Factor…the world was introduced to the boy band that would break records for sales and the amount of screaming fans!

You can watch SNL’s skit here with Paul Rudd: http://www.hulu.com/watch/569132

I died laughing when my friends showed that to me! 😀

So today I’m learning that One Direction has broken the record for 2014 when it comes to tickets sold and subsequently…gross profit!

They shattered the $200 MILLION ticket sales glass ceiling with a whopping $230! I don’t even know what to say but WOW!

Right now, One Direction is on their 2014 Where We Are Tour and they have sold 2.7 million tickets for a total of 53 sold out stadium concerts! I’m sorry, but all I can picture is Simon Cowell throwing money into the air and “making it rain” HAHA It’s so hard not to imagine what SiCow is doing right about now!

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I know a lot of people are freaking out over One Direction and how they need to go back to London and blah blah blah. However…I didn’t like them in the beginning, but I do think that their music is charming and I would never throw shade at anyone that’s successful!

Bravo to 1D for making it this far and for their major success in the US & the world!

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Beyonce’s dad says elevator fight was planned!

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I’m absolutely appalled by the words that are coming out of Jay Z & Beyoncé’s camp…

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…that are both impossible to believe and silly to even be said!

It turns out that Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, stopped by the radio station for 104.1 KRBE in Houston, Texas and he was not afraid to spill the beans on his own idea for why the elevator fight went down!

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Mathew was asked to give a statement about the elevator fight so at least we know he wasn’t just saying this for no reason. And by “this” I’m referring to:  “It’s called a Jedi mind trick. A Jedi mind trick fools you a lot of the time. All I know is everyone is talking about it. Ticket sales went up, Solange’s album sales went up 200 percent.”

Hear Mathew’s radio interview right here:

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Mathew explains in the interview that his first name only has one “T” in case you were wondering why I can’t spell “Matthew” HAHA Turns out I’m correct with just one “T”!

So despite the weird spelling of his first name, I’m actually appalled that he said what he did! First of all, if Beyoncé & Jay Z wanted the elevator tape to get out…why didn’t they get the audio recording too?! Can you just imagine how many more video views they would have gotten if audio was present???

I know I can’t!

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So Beyoncé’s dad is trying to convince us that the famous “elevator fight” was pre-planned and was meant to serve as a Jedi mind trick? Yeah, that’s basically what he’s alleging here and I’m shocked!

The reason why I’m most shocked and think that Mathew’s theory is an impossibility is because the female security guard (who recorded the elevator footage with her cell phone camera and sold it to TMZ) was fired from her job once they found out she did it! So if Mr. & Mrs. Z would have wanted for that video to be leaked…they would have hired someone to break into the control room. film the tape, and leave.

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No matter what, we all know that’s shady business and to me it just seems like if you were going to do such a thing…you would hire a person to film it and hire a lookout. It wouldn’t be done by a regular employee!!

Beyoncé and Jay Z have nothing to worry about when it comes to ticket sales and that’s yet another reason why it’s hard for me to believe Mathew’s elevator fight theory.

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Mathew is pushing his nose back into his daughter & son-in-law’s business after being fired as Beyoncé’s manager in 2011 and word is that they are not even on speaking terms! 😦 Mathew is divorced from Beyoncé’s mother Tina as well so he’s kind of an outsider.

I wish Mathew the best and I hope that he can patch things up with Beyoncé soon!

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Brandon Flowers recording new solo album!

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Brandon Flowers is not only the lead singer of The Killers…

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…he’s also a force of freaking nature!

Okay, maybe a force of music is more like it! 😀 Brandon is constantly working on new music and he seems to be inspired a lot which is wonderful!

He’s busy working on his second solo album now of which has no title…yet! Although I am very pleased to say that he’s working with…

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Vampire Weekend, Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid, AND Justin Bieber on his newest project!

I know you may have a hunch that I’m going to mention the amount of elation I felt when I saw the name “Justin Bieber” being mentioned here…and you’re right! How cool is it that Bieber has enough “street cred” in the music industry to work in the studio with Brandon Flowers?!

But seriously…all “stred cred” aside, perhaps I can go ahead and infer that Brandon likes Justin and respects his musical talent! Yeah! That must be it!! And I’ll have you know that Ed Sheeran, the king of the singer/songwriter genre, told everyone to take a listen to Justin’s album “Journals” and he mentioned being impressed by it!

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So besides JBiebs, I am so excited for anything that the indie girl group “Haim” does because they are crazy talented too! 🙂

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Ariel Rechtshaid is a new name for me but that’s only because he’s a famous producer who works behind the scenes. He’s the same producer that produced No Doubt’s comeback album “Push And Shove”!

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Brandon spoke about Ariel in an interview with NME recently and said: “He’s taking me out of my comfort zone. Normally I make demos and they’re pretty similar to how the song ends up, but he’ll take a song and be like, ‘I hear this’. It’s incredible… his palette and his range, what he’s able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we’re hitting it off.”

His last solo album was released on September 14th, 2010 and made quite a stir!

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Flamingo was a great album and I really enjoyed his single “Crossfire”:

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Brandon’s last album with The Killers was a compilation album released at the end of 2013 called “Direct Hits”! They’re one of the most experimental rock bands I’ve ever known and have been around since 2004 in mainstream music! So this year marks the 10 year anniversary of The Killers!

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At 33 years old, Brandon has accomplished so much in modern music and I respect the time he takes to do a solo project every now and then! 🙂

Congratulations to Brandon for creating music with your band and on your own!

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The Chainsmokers wanna be like Kanye!

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Nothing delights me more than writing about electronic dance music (EDM)…

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…and today I need to revisit some friends to my blog: The Chainsmokers

Many people lovingly refer to them as “the #SELFIE guys”, but in actuality, Drew Taggart & Alex Pall are so much more!

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They’ve only been joined at the hip as a DJ duo since 2012, but don’t underestimate them for that! They’ve broken so much ground in popular music and in EDM that it never ceases to amaze me!

Ever since the song “#SELFIE” surfaced in December 2013/January 2014, Drew and Alex have been in such high demand that they were invited to play shows all over the world including famous EDM festivals such as Miami, Florida’s Ultra Music Festival and Boom, Belgium’s Tomorrowland!

Now that’s what I call a 2-year dream come true!

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Now the guys are looking to become victors of the loudness wars yet again with their latest single, “Kanye”. The song was released not too long ago (on August 5th) and as the official followup to “#SELFIE”, it has very big shoes to fill!

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“Kanye” features the singing duo “SIREN” and The Chainsmokers decided to use their platform as DJs to debut them as a duo to the world! “SIREN” is formed of longtime friends Skyler & Kat and are based out of Los Angeles!

Check out their official Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/sirenxxmusic

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“Kanye”, as you probably have guessed by now, is an ode to the crazy rapper Kanye West and exclaims that it would be great to be like him…be the king of you all day, do whatever you want, and let your ego fill the space of any room you enter. It’s an interesting thought and perhaps just a silly EDM interpretation of wanting to live while you’re young and enjoy every moment before it passes you by! 😀

Alex and Drew told me that Kanye has heard the song and he loved it!!!

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I’m glad he loved it!

Take a listen to “Kanye” right here, right now:

SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/thechainsmokers/kanye

Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/1kDxLifAXYG0I81ynPPRcn

Before I tell you to go buy it on iTunes (smarturl.it/ChnsmkersKanyeiT), allow me to share with you my favorite Kanye quote of all-time:

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You sure got me there Kanye! What ever did you do?!

I really like the song & I hope that my buddies The Chainsmokers will make history again!

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The Top 7 VMA moments of 2014!

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Last night was the night of the most unpredictable award show of the year…

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…the Video Music Awards!

The VMAs are put on by MTV and are known for shocking the world with antics, unforgettable moments, and performances you’ll be talking with your coworkers about at the water cooler for the whole week!

I’m going to count down my Top 7 moments of the 2014 VMAs for you right now:

1) Iggy Azalea’s red carpet outfit!

Although this may not have happened during the award show itself, I still have to mention it! Iggy Azalea showed up to the VMA’s wearing a Versace gown that was flown in from Milan, broke open because it didn’t fit her, and tailored to fit her body! AH-MAY-ZING!

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2) Nicki Minaj’s opening act!

So the show started off with Ariana Grande singing her song “Break Free”. Then directly afterwards Nicki Minaj sang, twerked, danced, and awed the audience with a performance of her new single “Anaconda”. Then directly after Anaconda was over, Jessie J started singing her hit single “Bang Bang” and Nicki Minaj showed up to rap in a new outfit less than 2 minutes after her Anaconda performance! To say I was moved by Nicki Minaj’s performances would be silly, but to say I was impressed is accurate! 😀 Go Nicki Go!

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Watch the opening performances here:

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3) Taylor Swift shakes it off

All eyes have been on Taylor Swift lately because of her bold move into Pop music and her new single “Shake It Off” that sparked a positive response from most. Taylor performed her new single and when she was on top of the giant 20 foot tall numbers “1989” (in honor of her new album’s title) she got everyone’s attention when she said something to the effect of: “I’m not jumping off this thing! All these snakes biting people! It’s dangerous!” HAHA So she ran down the stairs to get down to the stage and continued on with the song! 🙂 It was clever & hilarious and let me just mention that the anaconda that bit one of Nicki’s backup dancers on Friday did not make an appearance on the real show! #ThankGoodness

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4) Sam Smith performs “Stay With Me”

Everyone’s favorite soul singer of the year, Sam Smith, was in tow to perform his worldwide hit song “Stay With Me”. We had shots of Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians rocking out in the audience, but my favorite part was when my mom called me to say “He’s amazing! He has such a beautiful falsetto!” 🙂 The world is in awe of Sam and rightfully so! He’s so talented and might I say…our answer to a male version of Adele!

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5) Robin Williams tribute

Robin Williams was given a tribute along with a beautiful song…Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars”. That’s my new favorite song and it has such a beautiful message. There was nobody to announce the tribute…it was just a quick montage of photos of one of the world’s favorite comedians of all-time. Rest in peace Robin and well done, MTV.

Listen to that beautiful song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRjCeoBqrI

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6) Iggy Azalea performs Black Widow with Rita Ora

Iggy performed her new single “Black Widow” with Rita Ora and so many dancers dressed like black widow spiders! Iggy was really impressive like I know her to be and I enjoyed watching Taylor Swift and Lorde geek out singing the chorus together 🙂 Meanwhile, Iggy & Rita had the most fabulous outfits that were made to look as if they were wearing spiderwebs! Gwen Stefani would approve (yes that’s a No Doubt reference) #Spiderwebs

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7) Beyoncé confuses us and shows us how egocentric she is

Beyoncé was given the largest performance time of the night and she decided to start off with slow songs that were very indulgent. She then moved onto “Drunk In Love” (without Jay Z) which was all anyone wanted to hear from her latest album anyways! Then she did a crazy chair dance and moved into “Partition”. The rest of the performance was so self indulgent I couldn’t even believe it. I would have rather heard a collection of her hits and to be honest…her performance was way too sleazy for a mother to perform. #RealTalk

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Until next year…let me know what you thought of the 2014 VMA’s!

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