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  • Artist Of The Week: Bruno Mars

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    This week, singer Bruno Mars performs on one of the biggest stages an artist ever gets, the Super Bowl Half Time show. It’s the culmination of a great year for the 28 year old singer, named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine and scoring five Grammy nominations. In celebration, Slacker has put together a […]

  • Artist Of The Week: Aaliyah!

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    Singer Aaliyah was one of pop music’s hottest rising stars at the time of her death in a plane crash in 2001. Even at her young age, she had already managed to pave the way for R&B artists like Beyoncé and Ciara to cross over to pop success. Aaliyah would have turned 34 years old […]

  • Artist Of The Week: Dave Matthews Band!

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    Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews may have a light touch musically, but he’s had a huge impact on the world of music. The Dave Matthews Band was the highest grossing touring act of the first decade of the 21st century, and they’ve been nominated for 14 Grammys over their career. Dave himself turns […]

  • Bjork is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    Is there any artist as unique, iconoclastic, and unconventional as Bjork? The Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress and multi-instrumentalist turns 48 years old this week, and Slacker celebrates her extraordinary work with a station featuring music from throughout her career, including her solo work, her three albums with The Sugarcubes, and collaborations with artists like 808 […]

  • Spotlight on Artist of the Week Lady Gaga

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    There’s no one who combines art, sex and substance like Lady Gaga. Today, November 5 we get our next Gaga fix with the release of her third album “Artpop.” Slacker’s celebrating with a station featuring all things Gaga, including music from her prolific career, influences and collaborators. Listen to Lady Gaga on Slacker’s Artist of […]

  • Artist of the Week Tribute to Lou Reed

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    It’s difficult to properly eulogize an artist as impactful as Lou Reed. So-we are going to pay tribute to Lou Reed the best way we know how—via music. On this week’s Artist of the Weekstation dedicated to the icon, you’ll hear work from all eras of his career- with the Velvet Underground, as a solo […]

  • AFI is the Artist of the Week

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    If you can keep a band together for one decade you’re lucky…but two decades? Why that’s outlandish! Good for AFI that was always kind of the goal. They started in high school with a hardcore punk sound and basically took that sound and threw it in the washing machine with a load of darkness. After […]

  • Paul McCartney is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    He was in a boy band and survived, and managed to live through the ‘60s, ‘70s and even the ‘80s. He can make a mammoth arena feel like the tiniest club and still manages to be the biggest act at any music festival. Paul McCartney is still going strong at age 71, making him perhaps […]

  • Radiohead is Slacker’s Artist of the Week!

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    Since their 1992 debut, Radiohead has constantly redefined their sound, staking their claim as one of the most progressive bands today, breaking barriers not only with their music, but also how they sold it. The second week in October happens to be a big one for Radiohead, frontman Thom Yorke’s birthday was yesterday October 7th, […]

  • Artist of the Week: Gwen Stefani

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    From Ska tomboy to Pop goddess, Gwen Stefani conquered the world with No Doubt, then dominated the charts with two solo albums, finally coming full circle to make another No Doubt album last year. Stefani turns 44 on October 3rd, so what better time to celebrate her voice and style with a station that features […]

  • Bruce Springsteen is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    Rebel. Patriot. American Icon. Bruce Springsteen celebrates his 64th birthday this week, and in honor of that milestone Slacker presents a station filled with music that expresses his honesty, passion and soul. On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear songs from throughout Springsteen’s incredible career, as well as tracks from artists that […]

  • Artist Profile: Jack Johnson

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    Surfer, activist, and mellow troubadour Jack Johnson releases his 6th studio album, called “From Here to Now to You.” As he recently stated in an interview, “I play around with stuff but I don’t really feel the need to reinvent myself to remain relevant. I feel part of a tradition of singer-songwriters, of playing acoustic […]

  • Nirvana is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    22 years ago this week, Nirvana released “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was meant to be an introduction to Nirvana’s soon-to-be-released “Nevermind” album, and as hard as it is to believe today, the song was not an instant hit, nor did the band or their record label expect it to be. Flash forward several months […]

  • Nine Inch Nails is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    This week Nine Inch Nails release their 8th album, “Hesitation Marks.” It’s their first work since Trent Reznor put the band on hiatus in 2008, and the album features contributions from King Crimson’s Adrian Belew, long time collaborator Atticus Ross, and famed producer Alan Moulder. On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear […]

  • Shania Twain is the Artist of the Week

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    15 years ago, Shania Twain scored her sixth number-one country single with “You’re Still the One”. This song went on to become an international mega-hit, and it earned her 4 Grammy nominations, of which she won 2. This week, she celebrates her 48th birthday, and Slacker is paying tribute the Queen of Country Pop. Shania’s […]

  • Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    This week marks the 65th birthday of one of the most legendary frontmen in Rock and Roll. To properly celebrate Robert Plant’s birthday and in recognition of Led Zeppelin’s status as one of the greatest and most culturally important bands of all time, Led Zeppelin is Slacker’s Artist of the Week. Without Led Zeppelin there […]

  • Madonna is Slacker’s Artist of the Week!

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    This week, Madonna will celebrate her 55th birthday and Slacker is honoring the influential material girl by making her Artist of the Week.  Her early saccharine pop delivery mixed with sexual undertones continues to influence artists like Katy Perry and Ke$ha. The influence that her over-the-top stage show and choreography had can be seen today […]

  • Hip Hop Game Changer N.W.A is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    This week marks the 25th anniversary of N.W.A’s legendary “Straight Outta Compton.” In 1988, rap music sounded nothing like N.W.A. To the mainstream music fan, rap was the frat-boy antics of the Beastie Boys, the hardline political activism of Public Enemy, and an assortment of jokers and boastful urban youth. It’s hard to put “Straight […]

  • The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week to Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday

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    This week would have been Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday, and Slacker is joining music fans all over the globe in celebrating his life, memory, and music. As a founder of the Grateful Dead, he wrote and performed songs that galvanized an entire community. His musical legacy spans 4 decades and transcends generations. He was incredibly […]

  • Hip Hop Supergroup Rich Gang is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    Rich Gang is the hottest hip hop supergroup we’ve seen in over a decade. Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment have come together under the ubiquitous YMCMB umbrella—AKA Young Money Cash Money Billionaires—and this week they’ve released an album that is absolutely stacked with today’s hottest rappers. Featuring YMCMB members Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, […]

  • Artist of the Week – Pharrell Williams

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    Slacker’s Artist of the Week is Pharrell Williams. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” may be the song of the summer, but the summer belongs to Pharrell Williams - besides producing and providing vocals on the current #1 song in the world, he’s featured on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Frank Ocean’s upcoming record, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail,  Kelly […]

  • Slacker’s Artist of the Week is Cultural Icon Jack White

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    Jack White is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week!  This week marks Jack White’s 38th birthday, and to try to summarize his work as a musician, producer, entrepreneur, actor, and all-around cultural icon is a daunting task. Simply put: he is a true Rock and Roll renaissance man. As the front man of the White Stripes, […]

  • Artist of the Week: Kanye West and His Musical Evolution

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    Kanye West has entered into a new stage as an artist and as a public figure. On one hand, there is his public persona—outspoken self-promoter, generator of outrageous soundbytes, and Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy. On the other, there is Kanye the artist—one of the most accomplished rappers and producers in the history of hip hop, […]

  • Artist of the Week: Prince

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    The Purple One turned 55 this month, and he is celebrating by preparing to release a new album with his latest backing band, Minneapolis’ 3rdEyeGirl. On recording the new album, he said “I don’t have time for old people…I want to work with young people.” It’s a fitting approach, as his music is timeless and […]

  • Artist of the Week Sigur Rós Release New Album

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    This week Iceland’s Sigur Rós released their seventh album of ambient, ethereal post-rock—an album that they describe as “more aggressive” than their previous records. Whereas their previous material was whimsical, optimistic, and even child-like in nature, this new album finds the band doing what they do best—creating cinematic, atmospheric soundscapes—it’s just that these soundscapes are […]

  • The Lonely Island Bring Comedy to Artist of the Week

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    This week, self-described “frappers” The Lonely Island release their second album of what can best be described as “comedy-rap”. Akiva, Jorma, and Andy have produced an album as crass, taboo, and hilarious as you might imagine- featuring songs like “Diaper Money”, “Spring Break Anthem”, “YOLO”- which was featured as a digital short on SNL, and […]

  • Queens of the Stone Age – Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

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    At this point, Queens of the Stone Age is a project of Josh Homme and friends. From his stoner-rock beginnings in California’s Mojave Desert to his current status as a swaggering rock icon and sought-after guest star on numerous other projects, the Queens remain his most consistent outlet and output. This week, Queens of the Stone […]

  • Artist of the Week Demi Lovato Grows Up

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    Demi Lovato is one of those artists that is frequently referred to as an “old soul”. From her beginnings as a Disney princess, her public battles with an eating disorder, her recovery–and now with the release of her new album “Demi”—her redemption. At only 20 years old, she has made a remarkably candid, emotional, and […]

  • Michael Jackson is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    It was 30 years ago that a 26-year old Michael Jackson surprised and delighted the world when he first publicly performed his” Moonwalk” dance move on the Motown 25 anniversary television special. At the time, “Thriller” was his latest record, and it was on the way to becoming the all-time classic that we know it […]

  • Vampire Weekend is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

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    Vampire Weekend have been the subject of so much hype and critical attention- both positive and negative- that it’s hard to believe that their new album “Modern Vampires of the City” is only their 3rd effort. While they will always be the poster boys for a culture of Wes Anderson films and prep-school kids discovering afro-pop […]

  • New Artist of the Week: Snoop Lion is “Reincarnated”

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    Snoop Lion is Slacker’s new Artist of the Week. Last summer, Snoop Dogg took a trip to Jamaica with Diplo, where he says he was given the name Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest. He released a documentary this year about his experience, spiritual awakening, and name change. And this week, he released his new […]

  • New Weekly Series Spotlights Artists With On-Demand Music

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    We have a few new additions to our weekly spotlights here at Slacker that we are extremely excited about. Our Artist of the Week station has been such a big hit that we decided to also spotlight an album as well as a few songs we have on heavy rotation each week. Best part?  ALL […]

  • Legend Willie Nelson is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

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    Slacker’s new artist of the week is country music legend Willie Nelson. The master singer-songwriter- who is also an actor, poet, author and activist- will turn 80 years old this month, but that hasn’t slowed him down. He released a new album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, this week, which is a collection of […]

  • Artist of the Week – The Postal Service

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    Slacker’s new Artist of the Week is The Postal Service. A decade ago, a one song collaboration between Jimmy Tamborello–AKA DNTEL–and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard turned into a full album, which tuned into one of the most beloved indie records of the 2000s. Now, on the 10 year anniversary of the album’s release, […]

  • Artist of the Week Robin Thicke

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    Robin Thicke announced his return to music last week- by premiering a video for his new single “Blurred Lines” that features he, T.I., and Pharrell Willams dancing with nude models. The video has been banned from YouTube, but only after racking up over 1 million views in less than a week. If Blurred Lines is […]

  • Slacker’s New Artist of the Week – The Strokes

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    Welcome back to Slacker’s Artist Of The Week. The Strokes are back in the game with their 5th album- called “Comedown Machine”, and while this record will still appeal to long-time Strokes fans, they are a long way from This Is It- and the band seems fully comfortable with that. Led by the single All The […]

  • Artist of the Week – Justin Timberlake

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    Slacker’s Artist Of The Week is Justin Timberlake. From his boy-band beginnings to rocking both SNL and the hipsters at SXSW in the last week- JT has done a remarkable job of trading his frosted tips for a suit and tie. His new album- The 20/20 Experience- dropped this week, and a co-headlining tour with […]

  • Artist of the Week – The Band Perry

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    Slacker’s Artist Of The Week is The Band Perry. Kimberly, Neil, and Reid Perry are siblings from Mississippi that broke through in 2010 and 2011 with huge hits like “If I Die Young” and “All Your Life”. They are currently preparing the release of their second album- Pioneer is due April 2nd, and they’ve already […]

  • Brit Sensation Emeli Sandé is Artist of the Week

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    Emeli Sandé is a 25 year old British/Scottish artist that is poised to make a major impression in the US this year and is spotlighted as our new artist of the week. After dropping out of medical school in her 4th year, she went on to become one of the biggest artists in the UK. […]

  • Trinidad James is Slacker’s New Artist of The Week.

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    This week we would like to introduce you to Atlanta rapper Trinidad James- he is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week. I had the chance to interview Trinidad James at the Grammys this year, and it was there that I realized how truly eccentric and unique he is. Check it out:     Trinidad James is […]

  • Artist of the Week’s Florida Georgia Line are Country’s New Stars

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    Slacker’s new Artist of the Week is Florida Georgia Line. The band is composed of two friends that met in college: Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Brian’s from Florida and Tyler’s from Georgia, hence the name. And when they meet in the middle, they make some of the biggest hits in Country music right now. […]

  • Grammy Winner fun. Debut New Artist of the Week

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    Slacker’s new Artist Of The Week is New York based indie pop group fun. It’s a bit ironic for the trio to have won the Best New Artist award at this year’s Grammys, as they joked throughout the ceremony, they are not actually “young” any more. In fact, the band is the product of 12 years […]

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