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Mumford and Sons: Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 22, 2013

So, I was on YouTube a few minutes ago and thought I’d check out Mumford and Sons in Brooklyn, in May of 2010. Ah! There it was. But no. It’s only 11 seconds. The uploader’s sad note: “Battery went dead!” No problem. The entire concert is right here. Mumford and Sons is a nice pubs-to-riches story. British folk-rockers who worked their way from small gigs to YouTube hits, Billboard bullets and Grammys glory. In the end, they prove, what counts is the…

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Marvin Gaye: Live in Amsterdam

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 16, 2013

Before Frank Ocean, Trey Songz and Cee-Lo; before R. Kelly, Maxwell and Usher, and before Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and Al Green, there was Marvin Gaye. Sure, there were soulful balladeers before and with him (think Smokey, Otis and Stevie; Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway). But for a lot of music fans, Marvin was the man.  There’s plenty of audio covering his career, from Motown in 1963 (first hit: “Hitch Hike”) to just before he wa…

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Classic Album: Elvis Presley

Ben Fong-Torres Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 9, 2013

The Classic Albums series usually tells the story of the making of a landmark recording. An admirer of, say, the Doors, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel or Fleetwood Mac get to go behind the scenes, into the recording studio, and into the minds of the artists and producers as they chose songs, worked up arrangements, and put song to tape.  Session players, backup singers, engineers, roadies, publicists, label execs – they all have their say about how a particular album came about…

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Center Stage: Blake Shelton

Posted to Artist Spotlight on April 6, 2013

In our recent iOS update 1.4, we introduced a new FREE section to our app called Center Stage to spotlight premier artists. We’re excited to announce that we’re kicking off our first Center Stage Artist with only the biggest name in country Music right now! Blake Shelton. Blake fans not only have his new album “Based on a True Story…” to be excited about, but we’ve got two new full-length concerts right here in the Q. (See concert video below)…

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