Tuesday
Jan292013

[ALBUM REVIEW] TEGAN AND SARA - HEARTTHROB

[ALBUM REVIEW] TEGAN AND SARA - HEARTTHROB

I often get really excited to hear a new album from artists/bands that I love. But rarely do my anticipations ever meet my expectations, until I heard Heartthrob, out today! Tegan and Sara began recording their seventh studio album last year and released their first single, Closer, back in September. We included that song on a Hump Day Mix as soon as it came out. It would later get the coveted slot on my Fall Into Winter 2012 Dance mix.

Heartthrob is filled with 80's synth-pop infused with early 90's influences and the production value of 2013. The album has songs about relationships, heartaches, break ups, redemption, empowerment and most importantly, an optimistic view on love. I hope Tegan and Sara will take it as a compliment when I say it's a solid pop album from beginning to end. Even though they may be categorized as an indie act, this album couldn't be more mainstream. Released through Warner, the PR team did a great job promoting this album by placing exclusive tracks on awesome music sites such as Stereogum and SPIN, fashion magazines sites like Glamour and Vanity Fair, and interviews with Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) on Idolator and Cory Monteith (Glee) on Entertaiment Weekly.  Tegan and Sara will even be playing at Coachella this year on Friday, April 12 & 19! Hopefully they'll be reaching out to SugarBang for an exclusive on their eight studio album! Ok, onto the review...

Heartthrob starts off with a lead single Closer to get you right from the get go. The song is followed by another upbeat track Goodbye, Goodbye. The third song I Was A Fool takes you on a slower turn but considerably one of the strongest songs. I think what the girls are saying is that it's about realizing how far we let something go on before admitting the truth to ourselves. The album returns to more upbeat songs in I'm Not Your Hero and Drive Me Wild. The 80's synth-indie-pop sound in How Come You Don't Want Me sounds a little like Black Light Dinner Party's Older Together which is a great song! I think Love They Say sounds like a great track on Tegan and Sara's album but I can hear Wilson Philips releasing a song similar to that. The following songs Now I'm All Messed Up and my personal favorite Shock To Your System oozes out so much Charli XCX that she'd be proud to have had that song on her own album. Heartthrob is a must have to add to your Best Albums of 2013 collection. Stream it here!

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Heartthrob (Deluxe Version) - Tegan and Sara

Monday
Jan282013

[INTRODUCING] MONDAY MUSIC EARWORM WITH ON AN ON

[INTRODUCING] MONDAY MUSIC EARWORM WITH ON AN ON

This week's Monday Music Earworm artist goes to On An On! I featured their song "American Dream" from their upcoming album, Give In, due out tomorrow, in last week's Hump Day Mix. The Chicago-based indie pop band went through a slight line up change but one thing didn't change was their awesome music. Being released through Roll Call Records and produced by Dave Newfield, Give In is a great album for those looking to listen to some chill wave, dream pop music that's sonically pleasing to the ears. Curiosity piqued? Stream the entire album right here and if you like what you hear, support these guys and download their album. Be sure to check out the NEW video for their single "The Hunter" also off the same album!

On An On - The Hunter

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Friday
Jan252013

[LISTEN] FLASHBACK FRIDAYS - BEST OF BOY BANDS - PART 1 - 1/25/13

[LISTEN] FLASHBACK FRIDAYS - BEST OF BOY BANDS - PART 1 - 1/25/13

Earlier this week, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees announced that they're getting ready for a new North American summer tour. So in honor of this great news, this week's Flashback Friday will be dedicated to the Best of Boy Bands (Part 1)! We are defining "Boy Bands" as any all-male group that either played their own instruments or have swift choreography or have incredible harmonies or all of the above! You'll be taken back to the 60's with The Beatles and The Monkees, the 70s with The Jackson 5, the 80s with New Edition and Menudo, the 90s with Take That, All-4-One, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and many others!

Flashback Friday: Best of Boy Bands - Part 1 - SugarBang.com from kennygenius on 8tracks Radio.

Complete tracklist include:

'NSYNC - Tearin' Up My Heart
112 ft. Notorious BIG, Mase - Only You
2Gether - The Hardest Part About Breaking Up (Is Getting Back Your Stuff)
98 Degrees - Because Of You
All-4-One - I Swear
B2K ft. P. Diddy - Bump Bump Bump
Backstreet Boys - All I Have To Give
Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee
Five - It's The Things You Do
Hanson - Weird
LFO - Every Other Time
Menudo - Quiero Ser
New Edition - Cool It Now
New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
O-Town - We Fit Together
Take That - Back For Good
The Beatles - Love Me Do
The Jackson 5 - ABC
The Monkees - Theme From The Monkees
Westlife - More Than Words