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DoYouHearTheMusic.com – Favorite Albums of 2015

18 Dec

They saying time flies when you’re having fun and that must apply to me with music because it took me a bit to remember just how much great music was released this year. With the countdown to 2016 just a couple weeks away I wanted to put together some of my favorite songs, albums, concerts, and moments in music this past year.

Today I wanted to share a list of albums I have been digging throughout the year.  I know I’ve forgotten some but this list gives

Albums (in alphabetical order)

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Beirut – No No No
Big Grams – ST
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect
Bully – Feels Like
Chris Stapleton – The Traveller
Circa Waves – Young Chasers
Courtney Barnett – Sometime I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Django Django – Born Under Saturn
EL VY – Return To The Moon
Ella Eyre – Feline
Elle King – Love Stuff
Family and Friends – XOXO
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Foals – What Went Down
G-Eazy – When It’s Dark Out
Grimes – Art Angels
Halsey – Badlands
Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
Ibeyi – ST
Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors
James Bay – Chaos and The Calm
Jamie xx – In Colour
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Kip Moore – Wild Ones
Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Lower Dens – Escape from Evil
Madeon – Adventure
Major Lazer – Peace is the Mission
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
Mikal Cronin – MCIII
Modest Mouse – Stranger to Ourselves
Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
Royal Headache – High
Rudimental – We The Generation
San Fermin – Jackrabbit
Shamir – Rachet
Tame Impala – Currents
The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
The Fratellis – Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied
The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It
The Vaccines – English Graffiti
The Wombats – Glitterbug
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
Twerps – Range Anxiety
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Vetiver – Complete Strangers
Viet Cong – ST
WATERS – What’s Real
Waxachatchee – Ivy Tripp
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
Years & Years – Communion
Zac Brown Band – Jekyll + Hyde

What I’m still devouring:
Christopher Owens – Chrissybaby Forever
Dilly Dally – Sore
Ducktails – St. Catherine
Empress Of – Me
Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
FIDLAR – Too
Girlpool – Before The World Was Big
HEALTH _ Death Magic
Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones
Justin Townes Earl – Absent Fathers
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Kehlani – You Should Be Here
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – ST
Son Lux – Bones
St. Germaine – ST
The Charlatans – Modern Nature
U.S. Girls – Half Free

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Life is Beautiful 2015 Single Day Lineups are here!

12 Aug

Party People! If you haven’t already, you better move quick and snatch up your tickets to attend Life is Beautiful 2015, September 25-27 in Downtown Las Vegas. The single day lineups have dropped and while single day tickets go on sale Thursday, look at the below and I can’t find a way for you not to want to attend all three days!

Need a little more inspiration? Click HERE to listen to the Life is Beautiful 2015 Radio Station on Pandora.

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Life is Beautiful 2015 Linep Is Here!!

21 May

I’m very happy and proud to share with you the 2015 Life is Beautiful Festival lineup! We released the lineup earlier this week and the feedback has been tremendous. I truly hope you like this year’s collection and find both artists you love and artists to discover. While putting together the lineup I usually go a bit silent on DoYouHearTheMusic.com but now I’m ready to unleash a fury of new music for your ears, get some posts up of some of the baby bands on the Life is Beautiful lineup and a whole bunch of other fun things!

Tickets to Life is Beautiful are on sale now! I hope ou pick up a pair and make plans to head to Downtown Las Vegas for what is going to be an amazing weekend of peace, love and music!

P.S. we have more to announce 🙂

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New Music Tuesday: Imagine Dragons, Steve Earle, Elle King, José González, Phosphorescent

17 Feb

What’s not to love about New Music Tuesday?! Today brings a whole heap of new music and much to be excited about. As a Las Vegan, it’s a big day as Imagine Dragons with the release of Smoke+Mirrors, the long anticipated follow-up to Night Visions. Crazy to think of just a handful of years ago seeing them perform in front of tiny crowds and now rocking to thousands. Also out today, I’m excited about a new one from Steve Earle with the release of Terraplane, one of my latest obsessions of the last year, Elle King, releases her debut album, Love Stuff, Jose Gonzalez returns with Vestiges & Claws and a live album to snatch up, PhosphorescentLive at the Music Hall.

Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors

 

Steve Earle – Terraplane

 
Elle King – Love Stuff

 

José González – Vestiges & Claws

 

Phosphorescent – Live at the Music Hall

REVISITED: My thoughts on the 2015 GRAMMY performances

9 Feb

Each year the day after the GRAMMY Awards I try to post my thoughts on each performance here on the blog. To be honest compared to past years I thought there were a bunch of underwhelming performances this year and instead of poking holes in the lackluster, I want to mention the moments of awesomeness.

  • My favorite performance was Jeff Lynn of ELO and Ed Sheeran, that was as awesome as it got last night.
  • John Mayer is mounting his comeback to the mainstream audience. Last week he was guest hosting the Late Late Show and last night joining Ed Sheeran (along with Questlove and Herbie Hancock) was brilliant. I’d love to see what those two could do together on an album.
  • “FourFiveSeconds” is clearly Rihanna’s song and Kayne was just Kanye and Sir Paul, man I love him but it didn’t even appear that he was really part of that performance. Regardless, loved hearing that song live. Lots of GRAMMY wins collectively on that stage.
  • Perhaps it’s just that I have been a huge fan of Beck for years but I really enjoyed his performance of “Heart Is A Drum” with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
  • A tip of the cap to the GRAMMY’s for recognizing the rise in country music. Eric Church delivered a great performance, Miranda Lambert equally the same and Brandy Clark with Dwight Yoakam was great.
  • Having one of the biggest Latin superstar musicians, Juanes, perform was a great achievement to draw in a different audience and showcase a different genre to millions
  • Simple and just perfect Beyonce and Katy Perry. Both traditionally have elaborate set designs and moving parts but last night it was just enough and worked extremely well.
  • Thank you Annie Lennox
  • I said it after seeing them on NYE, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga it works and I for one am happy to see Gaga in this role, I believe she was meant to play this part and I hope they are able to continue performing together for a long time to come.
  • Sam Smith and Mary J Blige, bravo
  • Wasn’t crazy about Pharrell’s performance but I understand the artistry and what a HUGE coup having Lang Lang and Hans Zimmer perform alongside.  Rad and so Pharrell to pull off something like that.

New Video: @ImagineDragons – “I Bet My Life”

12 Dec

Brand new video released today by Imagine Dragons for their new single “I Bet My Life.” Caught these guys in concert last night at X 107.5 Holiday Havoc and as always, the guys delivered a massive show. It’s always amazing to see the hometown band just crush it on stage here in the neon desert and never shy away from professing their love of Las Vegas!

DoYouHearTheMusic.com Fall 2014 Playlist Vol. 1

14 Nov

TGIF and to lead you into the weekend here is a new playlist to crank up and listen up! Hope you enjoy it.

VIDEO: 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival MUSIC Recap

22 Jun

Oh man, just 24 hours from the 2014 Life is Beautiful lineup! I cannot wait to share this year’s lineup with everyone. Each minute we get closer to releasing it the more excited I get. I hope my enthusiasm and love for the talent assembled for year two of the festival is shared by you as well after tomorrow.  I hope that as you watch this video below which recaps the music portion of Life is Beautiful 2013, you get pumped to create a whole new set of beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

“A music festival is a gathering of a lot of strangers but I must say that music by the end of the night it always makes me feel like I know everybody that I shared that experience with and there’s nothing else in the world that can do that like music.” – Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons at Life is Beautiful Festival

 

 

What @LifeIsBeautiful was to me

5 Nov

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Well it came and went and now the countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014 is underway. Wow, what a wild year 2013 has been. I don’t know if I can yet fully put into words just exactly what the last 12 months have been like but to go from this idea of a four festival in one weekend to actually seeing it come to life and people having the best weekend ever was truly special.  It’s not just the music that stands out to me as the shinning moments but rather the memories of people grinning ear to ear and having the best weekend ever.

It was :

seeing my family come through the gates and out of chance being in front to greet them

witnessing a friend who traveled from London be the first one through the gate

watching some of my best friends in the world rocking out to Capital Cities and me surprising them to finally say hi

people chilling in the secret garden listening to HAIM and scoping out the amazing art murals

a packed group of people gathered waiting for Zarkana to take the street for their performance

people lined up to head into the speaker venues to see some brilliant minds give speeches

Downtown come to life in a way I have never seen before

people finally experiencing this vision we had been talking about

being told thank you by countless supporters

riding the ferris wheel and seeing the footprint from high above

the look on a teenager’s face when we fixed a mistake he made when trying to purchase a ticket to the festival

seeing a community come together

running into friends at the El Cortez after party raving about day one and the excitement for day two

hearing all the comments about the great food there was to eat

seeing artists like Zio Ziegler, D*Face, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Doze Green, Ana Marietta, etc. have their art work taken in by thousands of eyes

meeting a father and daughter on Sunday morning at The Beat and hearing about their different experiences at the festival on day one and how thankful they were to have made the trip

seeing grown adults act like kids getting to bowl backstage at Brooklyn Bowl

seeing Beck don a rhinestone cape a la Liberace

The Killers honoring Lou Reed

Kings of Leon’s first show in Vegas since 2009

capturing a sea of people rocking out to Imagine Dragons

seeing two of my staff get to perform at Life is Beautiful

the copious amounts of confetti that made people happy

the Tibetan prayer flags as you entered the footprint

falling in love with Super Sprowtz activation for the kids

my golf cart not moving for nearly two days but in the perfect place for my 10 minute escape from The Killers set to catch a few moments of Empire of the Sun

Jake Wagner replacing my golf cart sticker with “Shine Bright Like A Nyman”

the moment I saw the first post go up at the Downtown Stage

waking up on festival morning realizing that we were about to do something special

watching people with 3-D glasses check out an amazing mural by Las Vegas artists

seeing the best Vampire Weekend show I’ve ever seen

looking at the joy on the faces of the Mystere characters backstage after just performing “Radioactive” with Imagine Dragons

bringing friends into FOH to catch a couple shows  which I know made their experience that much more special

riding a bicycle around the festival footprint when nobody was on it

Dawes performing at Grills & Guitars

hearing about the performances from Robert DeLong, STS9, Big Gigantic, Poolside, Cosmic Suckerpunch from friends who’d never listened to those artists and be blown away

the crowd of people lined up outside of Insert Coin(s) waiting for their limited edition New Era Life is Beautiful hat and a pop up performance by F. Stokes

seeing the Red Bull Tour Bus pull into the festival grounds and a realize that program we dreamed of come to life

witnessing Michael Jackson ONE on the Downtown Stage

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all my people in the box office and credential trailer, thank you!

the good vibes that came from listening to Omar

Team Bacon & Eggs

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Nok Hockey

our “let’s have a fucking festival” t-shirts

the countless hugs and high fives

taking in the Kings of Leon show with my family

learning from the best

a dream come true

sure there were a whole lot more memories but I hope this gives you an idea….

Slowly I’m crawling out of the hole I was and getting a chance to see friends, catch up on life and return to the “real world.”  Thank you all for you patience as I at times was unresponsive, non committal and sometimes short.  I hope you didn’t take it personal, I was just embarking on an adventure that would consume me.  Was it worth it?  Every second!

 

 

 

Countdown to @LifeIsBeautiful: 21 Days – twenty one pilots

4 Oct

Figure now is as best a time as any to start a little countdown to Life is Beautiful. I can’t believe how fast the last year has gone and here we are just three weeks away from the festival kicking off with our Grills & Guitars party with music by Dawes and Todd Rundgren. But in honor of 21 days from the festival, here’s a little music from twenty one pilots who will be performing on October 27. Hope to see you in Downtown Las Vegas and join me for what’s going to be an epic weekend.

Peace + Love + Music

Craig