VOTD: Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show And Upcoming Tour Dates

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Finally our long nightmare is over—after freaking out an entire nation by lip-synching the National Anthem at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony, Beyonce hit the stage at Sunday night’s Super Bowl halftime show with a live performance of her biggest hits.  We can now rest easy, America.  We can now rest easy.

Whitney Houston Dies At 48

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Whitney Houston's Poor Perfomance Had Fans Walking Out
Sad news to report this Valentine’s Day weekend—singer, actress and model Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48.  Details at this time are sketchy, but Houston’s publicist Kristen Foster has confirmed that Houston has passed.  Read more after the jump.  UPDATES BELOW.

Monroe: BeatCrave Fav

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Los Angeles-based band Monroe, formerly known as Wreckonomics, have been carving a name for themselves in music scenes across the nation. The four-man band first got together in the summer of 2009 after studying music at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Now, they spend their days playing live shows in Los Angeles and are currently working on their debut album. Their first EP...

Castle Lights: BeatCrave Fav

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Like most any band worthy of a spin, Castle Lights evolved plenty before becoming what it is today. It initially started as a solo project for  Jeremiah Woods back in 2007, then it underwent a name change - from LightParade to its current moniker. Now, the Houston, Texas-based rock trio is a solid entity that seems to know its abilities and strengths. We say...

The Kickback: BeatCrave Fav

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The Kickback joins the ranks of Great Bands We Admire (as well as today's BeatCrave Fav) mainly for their live quality. We're sure you've experienced the band that sounds great in studio, but not so much on stage - well, rest assured that that's something not to be concerned with when it comes to the Chicago-based band. Originally from Vermillion, South Dakota, this five-piece...

The Good Rebels: BeatCrave Fav

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If The Good Rebels seem at all familiar to you, it's probably because you know them under the name Pan Am. The eclectic Los Angeles-based band credits their sound and inspiration from many a reputable source. With self-proclaimed melodic beacons include The Beatles, Oasis and The Kinks - as well as varied sixties themes and rifts - theirs is a sound that most anyone can...

10 Songs For Your New Year's Eve Playlist

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New Year's Eve is always a great opportunity for a fresh start. It's a chance to get get rid of negative vibes and tell yourself that this year will be your year. Or if you've had an awesome year, it's a time to celebrate and party like it's 1999. Whatever you're mood may be, we want you to welcome 2012 with open arms. So we've compiled a list of songs that will set the mood just right this...

10 Bands To Look Out For In 2012

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Top Bands in 2012
2011 has been a good year for music, but as we look ahead we can't help but feel excited about the new talent that lies ahead. Week to week we've been sharing new artists with you through our BeatCrave Fav series, and now is our chance to predict their future. We've compiled a list of Top Bands To Look Out For in 2012. Some of them, we've been lucky enough to feature in our...

The Top 20 Albums of 2011

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Without a doubt, 2011 was a year of great music. Wrapping up the year is no easy task, especially with so many new emerging artists hitting the indie scene and settled greats releasing records as good or better than their efforts decades prior. Our picks for the Top 20 Albums of the year cover a lot of ground, ranging from Indie Beard Rock to Spaghetti-Western, Rockabilly to Hip-Hop, and...

BeatCrave FAV OF THE YEAR Poll: Who Will You Vote As Our 2011 Fav?

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BeatCrave Fav of the Year Poll 2011
As 2011 wraps up, all the blogs are posting their end of the year lists. We'll also be presenting a ton of lists including Top Bands of 2011, Top Albums of 2011, and plenty more! However--we are kicking off the best of the best with some of the artists YOU - the reader - have chosen as some of our favorite BeatCrave Favs. We not only began highlighting some of the best...

Cassiopeia: BeatCrave Fav

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Cassiopeia started off as the side project of Missing Bricks, having since branched off from a primarily alternative rock sensibility to old-school rock n' roll with pop and folk influences. They bring forth a sound that American Bandstand would have loved - but that's not all. It is worth mentioning that reflective view back towards 1988 coupled with an overall essence of...

A House For Lions: BeatCrave Fav

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In our opinion, A House For Lion's debut EP, I Want Us To Be Remembered, has set the bar pretty high as far as debuts are concerned. On the one hand, an EP is a great way to precede a full-length, giving listeners a taste and letting things go from there as far a second helpings are considered. In their case, however, instrumentally and vocally they are so...

Love Connection: BeatCrave Fav

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Melbourne, Australia-based self-professed soul surf band Love Connection brandishes a summer-y sound fit for all seasons, even as autumn makes its presence known. Formed in 2009, they've made headway in a number of venues local and abroad. Their self-titled debut, released last year, is a dreamy, wispy repertoire with psychadelic undertones. This year they collaborated with...

Old Man River: BeatCrave Fav

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Old Man River, aka singer-songwriter Riley Brown, is probably one of the sweetest sounds we've heard lately. Whether performing solo or with a band, Brown brings to the fore the talent of stirring up emotions with more than special effects and pleasing visuals. But it would be doing the concept of Old Man River a disservice if we neglected to knowledge the...

Stars Go Dim: BeatCrave Fav

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Camaraderie and forged family ties within bands are necessarily a given, and Tulsa, Oklahoma-based pop/rock band Stars Go Dim are far from the exception in that regard. Bassist Michael Wittig and guitarist Joey Avalos met during their days as members of Christian rock group, Pillar, adding  vocalist Chris Cleveland to their ensemble, and finally forming in 2007. Theirs is...

Brian Buckley Band: BeatCrave Fav of the Month

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You voted Brian Buckley Band as your BeatCrave Fav for the month of August!  The four-piece band from Los Angeles consists of Brian Buckley, Mike McGraw, Dan Boderman, and Albert Estiamba, Jr.  Their latest album, Hysterical Blindness, came out June 21st, well-received and licensed to film and television alike. More recently, they won the "New Music Night"...

Alicia Lemke: BeatCrave Fav

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Our first Fav for the month of September is New York-based singer-songwriter Alicia Lemke. Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Lemke's studies in music at Berklee College of Music aren't the only elements comprising her talent. Her edge runs along a specialization in the relationship realm of the pop world - interjecting a wealth of emotion via lyrics that convey more often...

Album Review: Courtship- "Eve Remixes"

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San Francisco-based indie dream pop artist Courtship released his sophomore album Eve in May. Two of the tracks from that album have been re-compiled into a 4-track remix album, Eve Remixes, that features the chimera of four separate artists/bands: :papercutz, Drop/Dead, Albert Swarm, and...