New Spanish Indie Music: La Bien Querida

441x273_thumb_00000683Spain’s own Ana Fernandez-Villaverde first made a name for herself in the Indie circuit with a demo recorded with Horacio Nistal under the band name La Bien Querida, which translates to “The Well Loved”.  After winning an annual demo competition, they signed to Spanish label Elefant Records and quickly release their first album titled “Romancero” that quickly gained them the recognition they deserved with their live performances and festivals throughout Spain.

With the first single off there debut, apply titled 9.6, the song garnered re-mixes by Guille Milkyway and Hidrogenesse that showcase the disco pop sounds of the song. Now with Spain taken care of, La Bien Querida had its sites on the rest of the world, including the U.S.A.  Released here in the states on the well known L.A. based Nacional Records, La Bien Querida’s “Romancero” was starting to make waves here as well.  The future looked bright!!!!

Released in 2011, La Bien Querida’s second album called “Fiesta” further demonstrated their creative and eclectic brand of pop combining different genres and sounds with Ana’s introspective lyrics.  On June of that year, “Queridos Tamarindos” is released as a limited-edition red-vinyl single.  This song is accompanied by two previously unreleased tracks, with one of them called “Diferente”. Ana herself describes the single as “A summer song where everything is different on vacation”.  And to top it off, she pays homage to her idol “The Cure’s” Robert Smith by designing the cover of the “Diferente” single with a collage made by Ana herself to hide a homage to “Boys Don’t Cry”.

With their latest release, titled “Ceremonia”, La Bien Querida, which are now a highly establish Spanish act, have created a masterpiece which crosses New Order, Kraftwerk, Love & Rockets and My Bloody Valentine with a post-punk sound that just elevates them to the next level.

With their “Ceremonia 2013 Tour” underway in Spain, look for a U.S. tour later in the year and in 2014.  Also check out Slacker’s “Indie Rockero” for songs like “A Veces Ni Eso”, “Golpe De Estado: and many

Bastille’s Single “Pompeii” is the New Song Stuck in My Head

BASTILLE-472x472When British band Bastille released their latest single, “Pompeii,” adoring fans throughout the UK and Europe were clamoring for it, pushing it to number two on the UK charts.

Pompeii’ is an addicting combo of catchy infectious pop, complex arrangements with Dan Smith’s beautiful lyrics to appeal to an indie crowd, and even Gregorian style chanting.


While Bastille have been slowly bubbling under the surface and building a steady fan base – we think this may be the single that sends them over the edge. They are your new favorite band – you just don’t know it yet.

Check out “Pompeii” by Bastille now—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.


“I am the DJ” Featuring Jillette Johnson

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 2.47.46 PMThe second installment of Slacker’s new series “I am the DJ” is out now with Jillette Johnson. Slacker sat down with New York singer/songwriter and mapped out an entire radio station comprised of her favorite songs.

This music journey includes stories about artists and songs that have inspired and helped shape the talented singer/songwriter into who she is today. Tune in to hear an amazing collection of songs, from The Beach Boys and Johnny Cash to Rufus Wainwright and Arcade Fire, with personal stories of why they are so special. Listen here.

Slacker’s Scott Riggs had an opportunity to sit down with Jillette recently in New York where they discussed her new album, DJ’ing her own Slacker station and more. Take a look.

You can also take a look at Jillette performing her song “Peter Pan” for her Slacker “I am the DJ” session.

For more on Jillette and other performances check out




Celebrate LGBT Pride With Music on Slacker

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.18.18 PMJune is officially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) and the month has been ripe with milestone news, special events, and a massive amount of support for the LFBT community.

Celebrate LGBT Pride with a Slacker Radio station that’s as diverse as the gay community itself. On LGBT Pride, we’ve got anthems from “I Will Survive” to “Born This Way,” historical supporters like Judy Garland and Kylie Minogue, plus out and proud artists from Adam Lambert to Elton John, R.E.M to Frank Ocean.

And of course we’ve got all the hot dance tracks to soundtrack your Pride celebrations. As Pride month is ramping up to its climax this upcoming weekend, Slacker’s LGBT Pride will help you cultivate your party playlist and get pumped for a good time.  You can find Pride celebrations in your area happening this month and beyond  right here.



New Music First: Kaskade, M.I.A and Cady Groves

We’ve got some upbeat new releases that are sure to help welcome in the summer. Take a look at these fresh new tracks:

Cady-Groves-472x472In 2011, Cady Groves released a single called “This Little Girl”, which featured the lyric “This little girl is capable of murder, if you hurt her.” Clearly, she’s not your average 23-year-old pop starlet. Now she is back with a new single from the “Smurfs 2” soundtrack, and the Slacker curators think this will be her first big hit. You can listen to “Forget You” on Slacker’s New Pop First.

M.I.A. has released “Bring The Noize,” the follow-up to her 2012 Grammy-nominated single “Bad Girls.”  Both tracks will be featured on the upcoming “Matangi” album, which itself is the subject of some very public drama between M.I.A. and her label. This track is much more aggressive and chaotic than “Bad Girls” and we love it. You can hear it now on Slacker’s Electronic Hits.

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 12.20.49 AMTaking a step back from several EDM trends, fan and industry favorite Kaskade has done something he has never done before on his new single “Atmosphere” –  Kaskade himself provides the vocals. Something that he does quite well. The single boasts all of Kaskade’s trademark qualities like delicate piano work, a memorable vocal track, and a swift uplifting progressive house drop. His new album of the same name will drop this September. In the meantime you can listen to “Atmosphere” on Slacker’s New Dance First. 



Kelly Clarkson Goes Country with “Tie It Up”

clarkson-472x472Kelly Clarkson has been flirting with country music for the past few years and her new single, “Tie It Up” finds her extending that flirtation.

A little bit of country, a heavy dose of catchy pop hooks and that amazing voice that has won her so many fans. Kelly Clarkson definitely croons her best Southern charm with this refreshingly upbeat wedding song.

Her new album isn’t due until early 2014, but, you can hear her new song, “Tie It Up” now on demand. It is the new Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.




Artist of the Week: Prince

princeThe 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 he continues to reinvent himself as an artist. That and he seems to lack the ability to age.

Our new Artist of the Week is as effervescent and energetic as ever. Along with the new album he just kicked off his North American tour and is lending his talent in a rare collaboration for Janelle Monáe’s new album. If you get a chance to, make sure to see Prince live on the tour – it will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear the best of Prince, his collaborations with artists like Sheila E, The Time, and Vanity 6, the artists that influenced him like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stone, and the artists that followed in his musical legacy like D’Angelo, Pharrell Williams, and Jaime Lidell.

Click here to listen to Price’s Artist of the Week station.


The Best 90’s Nostalgia Tours For Festival Season

It’s officially concert and festival season i.e. SUMMERTIME!!! If you’re a ’90s music lover like I am you gotta check out tours from some of the biggest bands of the decade. Super boy bands New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are teaming up for a power house tour filled with their signature love songs and coordinated dance moves. Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls will be pounding out hit after hit after hit while the Counting Crows and The Wallflowers will be rocking it out. All three tours are (hopefully) coming to a city near you.

In true Slacker music sharing fashion I’ve got one new song from one classic song from all the bands plus links to get information and tickets to their show. So dig into your boxes in the attic, grab your Doc Martens, flannel shirts and overalls and get ready for these totally wicked ’90s tours.

New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees are all touring for all the boy band lovers out there. Don’t be ashamed, we are fans too.

nkotb-new-kids-on-the-block-2314655-1280-960New Kids On The Block
New Music: “Summertime” 
The classic you need to know: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)”
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Boys II Men
New music: “More Than You’ll Ever Know” 
The classic you need to know: “Motownphilly” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

98 Degrees
New music: “Microphone” 
The classic you need to know: “Because Of You” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

For anyone wanting to dig deep into some 90s rock nostalgia, Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls are both on tour. Counting Crows are at on the road again and who can resist seeing The Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan on stage again.

Matchbox Twenty
New music: “She’s So Mean” 
The classic you need to know: “Push” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

jakobdylan_bpGoo Goo Dolls
New music: “Rebel Beat”
The classic you need to know: “Black Balloon” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Counting Crows
New music: “Untitled (Love Song)” 
The classic you need to know: “Mr. Jones” 
For tour info and tickets click here.

The Wallflowers
New music: “Misfits And Lovers” 
The classic you need to know: “One Headlight” 
For tour info and tickets click here. 

Listen to all these ’90s bands on Slacker “90s Hits”  and on “’80s, ’90s & Today” 

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