New on Slacker – Cafe Acoustic

Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 5.57.36 AMThink Sunday mornings. Think coffee and a quiet day with the reading material of your choice. Think the corner cafe in your neighborhood; a place where you can relax and be alone with your thoughts. That’s Café Acoustic, our new station on Slacker.

The expert Slacker curators have created a station that’s all about setting a mood, and as such, you’ll hear world-class acoustic songs from across the musical spectrum. From classic singer-songwriters to Nashville troubadours,  jam bands to today’s neo-folk stars – this station is a showcase of acoustic texture and great songwriting.

Listen to Cafe Acoustic here and let us know what you think!

“Royals” is the Song Stuck in Our Heads

LORDE-472x472The 16-year-old singer/songwriter, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a.k.a. Lorde, is already a big deal in her home country of New Zealand.

Lorde was discovered by Universal when she was only 12 after a  performance at school talent show. Her record deal came shortly after and now the  soulful singer is set to release her debut album this September. Her first single, “Royals,” highlights her alluring singing style driven by an addictive groove.

Check out “Royals” now and listen on demand—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head (and soon to be stuck in your’s too) on Slacker.

Rock The Bells Festival Announce Artists Additions to Lineup

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 1.09.01 AMThe Rock The Bells festival announced a dozen additions to it’s 2013 lineup this week, including Riff Raff, Action Bronson, and Deltron 3030. Those acts join hip-hop stars like Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, and Kid Cudi. And to top it off: they are promising hologram performances from Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E.

Other additions include notable EDM artists Pretty Lights, Chase & Status and Mimosa.

Guerilla Union CEO and founder Chang Weisberg said of the new additions and EDM add ons, “It’s also important to acknowledge the gap being bridged between hip hop and EDM. They’re no longer two solitary genres and we’re starting to see major overlap between both styles, especially in areas like LA, NYC, and DMV. Rock The Bells tenth year marks the perfect time to celebrate that influence with acts like Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Chase & Status and Mimosa. Hip-hop is not one dimensional, it’s actually more diverse than it’s ever been, and I’m glad that we’re able to showcase and celebrate the many different sub-styles of the genre.”

In unprecedented hip-hop history, more than twenty artists on this year’s bill are releasing new albums this year including Curren$y, Danny Brown, Deltron 3030, Dom Kennedy, Earl Sweatshirt, Hopsin, Juicy J, Schoolboy Q, and many more.

The festival lands in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C and New York starting in September. Click here for dates and ticket info.

Hear the lineup on Slacker’s Hip Hop station.



Jerry Bergonzi: By Any Other Name – New On Slacker Modern Jazz

Jerry+Bergonzi+JerryBergonziThere are only a handful of musicians who can simultaneously navigate through the obstacle course of chord changes on John Coltrane’s Giant Steps with finesse while totally reworking the song’s melodic content, essentially making it a fresh, new composition. That is exactly what saxophone master Jerry Bergonzi has done with PG 2013 (Giant Steps) and several other standards on his new album, appropriately titled By Any Other Name.

Bergonzi, who recorded nine albums with Dave Brubeck from ’73 – ’81, is widely appreciated as both a fluid improviser with a muscular tone and a top educator. On this offering, Jerry and his forward-looking quartet use the chord changes of Bye Bye Blackbird, Joy Spring, and Star Eyes as lift off points for their own spontaneous compositions.

There is nothing simple about the music Bergonzi and his colleagues pursue. Phil Grenadier’s trumpet solos match Bergonzi’s tenor work for intensity and complexity and the quartet breathes as one.

Check out Jerry Bergonzi on Slacker Modern Jazz as he lays down stunning original work based on his knowledge of what’s come before!


The Slacker Tour is Headed for Mayhem

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 5.04.58 PMThe 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks of this Saturday June 29th through August 4th and the Slacker Tour is heading to three shows beginning with this Saturday’s show at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

The Mayhem Fest  is featuring Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head Behemoth and more. Plus this year’s tour will, for the first time, feature four stages – The Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, The Jagermeister Stage, Musicians Institute Stage and the Sumerian/Headbang For The Highway Concourse Stage which will feature local bands performing. Click here for the full lineup.

The Slacker Tour bus is heading to Mayhem so make sure to stop by, say hello, and hang out for a bit.  We have a cell phone charging station, sign ups for one month free Slacker Premium, tons of activities and games, free swag and even chance to win a full year of Slacker Premium!

You can prepare for Mayhem with Slacker’s Mayhem Fest station and tickets can be found at

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




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