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Universal Studios Orlando concert series begins this weekend

Sing your way into summer with Universal Orlando Resort’s 2011 summer concert series. Six major artists will take the stage from now until July.

The Go-Go’s will be starting off the series this weekend. Fans will get to hear this famous punk group play some of their most famous songs, including “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips are Sealed,” and “Vacation.”

Nelly will take the stage the following Saturday. Other performers will include Trey Songs, Boys Like Girls, and Third Eye Blind. Drake will round out the series with a final concert on July 16.

Universal Studios goers will be able to attend the concerts with their regular admissions passes. The park will provide entertainment during the day, while the concerts will be put on each Saturday night.

The Go-Go’s will perform this Saturday at 9 p.m.

Taylor Swift Joins Forces with Band Hero – Xbox

Taylor Swift - band heroVideo game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero’s in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favourite chart-topping hits ‘You Belong With Me,’ ‘Picture To Burn’ and ‘Love Story’ in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season – Band Hero.  Allowing budding pop stars the ability to perform with friends and family in living rooms across the globe or take their newfound fame on the road as they command center stage with their band anywhere they choose, Band Hero confirmed today additional songs from both the console and Nintendo DS™ Lite set lists, comprised of the most fun to play, chart-topping hits. When the games ship on November 3, fans can live out their music fantasies as they step on stage as their favourite music superstars, including singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and Maroon 5’s Continue reading →

Los Angeles Music & Nightlife – Local Bands

mazzystar20002Since the ’60s, Los Angeles has served as home to several of the most eccentric-sounding and influential acts in the history of American pop. The Sunset Strip was the psychedelic rock capital of Southern California, giving birth to bands like the Doors and the underappreciated proto-punk group Love. Above the Strip looms Laurel Canyon, where musicians like Joni Mitchell, British bluesman John Mayall, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash hung out together and developed their folk-rock sounds (author Michael Walker wrote about the Laurel Canyon scene in his 2006 book, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood). Over in East L.A., a Chicano rock scene arose (and has been kept alive by the likes of the Plugz, Los Lobos, and in more recent years, Ozomatli).
The next two decades for L.A. saw the emergence of punk (X, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies), modern rock (the Go-Go’s, Oingo Boingo, Jane’s Addiction), metal (Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, the more funk-influenced Red Hot Chili Peppers) and the short-lived “paisley underground” sound—a psychedelic revival movement that begat the Bangles and Mazzy Star. Meanwhile, over in South Central L.A.—where the area’s most noteworthy pre-’80s contribution to pop was the funk band War—the gangsta rap scene exploded, thanks to acts like Ice-T, Cypress Hill and N.W.A., whose gritty, profane albums angered media watchdogs and politicians but sold like pancakes (remarkably without any airplay on top 40 radio). Two N.W.A. members—Ice Cube and Dr. Dre—grew disenchanted with the group and found greater success as solo artists. The laid-back “G-funk” sound of Dre’s solo albums redefined West Coast mainstream rap. Alt-rock also grew to prominence at the same time as gangsta rap’s explosion. Singer/songwriter Beck, the now-defunct, politically conscious metal group Rage Against the Machine and critics’ darling (and music supervisors’ favorite) Rilo Kiley are examples of popular alt-rock acts who hail from L.A.

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