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Ty Dolla $ign Drops A New Album

Hip-Hop and R&B king, Ty Dolla $ign drops a new studio album Beach House 3.

Since emerging under the Taylor Gang umbrella backed by Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign has been pouring out the hits with smooth R&B vocals, exceptional style, and poignant flows.

His new album Beach House 3 optimizes the artist’s progression in songwriting, wordplay, and catchy… read more

San Francisco Music Conference 2017

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The San Francisco Music Conference takes place on  Saturday, December 16th, 2017.

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The San Francisco Music Conference will feature music industry panel discussions from major and independent record label A&R, producers, managers, publicists, endorsement specialists, publishers, synch licensing firms, booking agents, talent buyers, and more.

The conference will be held amongst the stunning San Francisco skyline and… read more

Top 5 Tom Petty Songs

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Tom Petty passes away at the age of 67 and leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

The LAPD confirmed on Tuesday evening October 2nd that rock n’ roll artist Tom Petty died after going into cardiac arrest in the early morning hours.

He clung to life throughout the day as reports filed in that… read more

Kendrick’s Music Matters

Kendrick Lamar’s Performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards was absolute fire.

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Further cementing himself as one of the greatest MC’s of this generation if not all time. Compton, CA native Kendrick Lamar once again proved his lyrical dominance.

Lamar performed “DNA” and “Humble” as dancers literally became human torches matching the napalm of… read more

Will SoundCloud Survive?

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SoundCloud was on its deathbed before being bailed out over the past week.

What is going on and what does this mean for the millions of artists who share their music on the streaming platform? Here is the nuts and bolts of the challenges and opportunity as reported by TechCrunch.com

“SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the… read more

The Defiant Ones Inspires Possibility

HBO’s The Defiant Ones sheds light on the lives of music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

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I knew after catching a glimpse of the trailer that this four part documentary would be compelling but I didn’t realize the raw emotions I’d experience while watching it.

The show kicks off at the pinnacle of Iovine… read more

Kendrick Lamar Stays Humble

The best lyricist in the game, Kendrick Lamar is set to release his latest Album on April 14th.

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No graphic art, no photos, just a blank canvas graces the cover of Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming LP which is simply titled Album at the moment. Pay attention to the message not the aesthetic.  *Update: Kendrick Lamar changes album title to… read more

Beats Headphones Review – Are They the Best on the Market?

Dr. Dre and his team continue to innovate Beats headphones.

 

Since their debut in 2008, Beats headphones have been dubbed the best headphones by Beats reviews from around the world.

Other than being associated with major music producer Dr. Dre, Beats have also been endorsed by celebrities including superstar Lady Gaga and NBA athlete Lebron James.

Beats by… read more

10 Songs To Help You Kick-Start 2017

With reckless disregard for regard or genre, here are 10 songs to help you kick-start 2017.

 

Some old, some new. These songs will make you head bang and circle up a mosh pit, while others will have you ante-up and take on the new year and make it your bitch!

After your adrenaline’s rolling and you’re ready… read more

Tupac Inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

“COMPLEX.  PERSONAL. FEARLESS. TUPAC IS AUTHENTIC AND LARGER THAN LIFE.” – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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Tupac Shakur will officially be immortalized along side Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Journey, Nile Rodgers, YES and the Electric Light Orchestra on April 7th, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. 

One of the most influential artists and icons… read more

SF Music Tech Summit Drums Up Innovation

The SF Music Tech Summit is a melting pot of musical minds, innovation and cutting edge technology.

Now in its 18th year, the SF Music Tech Summit took place at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA on Monday.

The summit brought together thought leaders from around the industry from companies like Pandora, Smule, TAG Strategic, Warner Music… read more

Chance The Rapper Continues To Elevate His Game

Chicago hip-hop artist, Chance The Rapper continues to evolve as an artist and redefine the ever changing music landscape.  After being photo bombed during an interview by super star Beyonce’  at The MTV Music Awards, Chance aptly uttered, “This is my life right now.” Indeed it is.

After rising to fame after his sophomore mixtape Acid… read more

Long Live Vans Warped Tour!

The 2016 Vans Warped Tour is a wrap and left a wake of memorable music moments in its path.  For over 20 years the annual traveling music festival has been a collision of major and emerging artists, breakout bands, punk rock culture and SoCal style.

Throw back bands from Warped Tour yesteryear like Atreyu, Good Charlotte,… read more

Jack White Plays First Vinyl Record in Space

Just when we thought Jack White, the rock n’ roll icon and front man of The White Stripes and The Dead Weather couldn’t get any cooler, he launches a vinyl record into space to commemorate the 7th anniversary of his indie label Third Man Records.  If you’re going to go big, why not be the… read more

Coachella Is More Than Music, It’s Nourishment For The Soul

The annual Coachella Arts & Music Festival wrapped up this past weekend in Coachella Valley, CA  in the middle of the desert just outside of Palm Springs.  We hopped in an RV with a Go Pro and drove down from our HQ in San Francisco, CA to take in the first weekend.


 

Coachella has become… read more

South by Southwest 2016 is a Wrap!

Rockstardreams.com was a proud sponsor and media partner to a showcase hosted by our friends at The Catalyst Publicity Group and Third String Productions this past week at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.

The Aquariam Bar on 6th Street was our home for the day and featured some killer performances from emerging artists  including Night… read more

Wiz Khalifa “Khalifa” Album Review

Wiz Khalifa dropped his highly anticipated sixth studio album, Khalifa on February 5th, 2016 

Reviewer: Joseph Nelson 

Khalifa in a way is a return to form for Wiz Khalifa, not to take away from his earlier releases.  The album has many of the topics and themes we have grown accustomed to; drugs (primarily weed), women, money, love, pain and Wiz’s admiration… read more

The NAMM Show Should Be On Everyone’s Bucket List

The NAMM Show 2016 wrapped up this past weekend in Anaheim, CA and it was a vibrant circus of music, people and culture  

The top gear manufacturers and mom and pops from around the world including Fender, Les Paul, NORD keyboards, Ernie Ball, Pioneer and SJC Custom Drums showcased their latest and greatest music tech… read more

Artist Relations Gear Preview 2016

 

Every year Artist Relations holds a private gear preview just before The NAMM Show

Artist Relations is one of the premier endorsement specialists connecting gear manufacturers with the hottest artists in the music industry.

Brands like Lewitt Audio, Klotz Cables, Big Joe Stomp Box Company, Artesia, Tectonic Audio Labs, ASPRI, Relish Guitars and more are featured just… read more

EST19XX – Meet the Brotherhood and Band Behind Machine Gun Kelly

Ohio natives, Machine Gun Kelly and his crew EST19XX go hard! Mix in punk rock with hip-hop and this band delivers a killer live performance that is laced with vicious lyrics, heavy guitars, sick beats and drummer who is just nasty behind the kit. We caught up with the talented mix of musicians who make… read more

Avenged Sevenfold Acoustic LIVE Performance

Avenged Sevenfold played their first ever completely acoustic live performance from The Grammy Museum.

Ax7 has added another notch to their illustrious careers.  They’ve featured acoustic guitars during live performances before.

However, this is the first time that Avenged Sevenfold has played an acoustic set in its entirety.

Performing classics like “Roman Sky” and “Hail To The King,” M. Shadows… read more

5 Metal Songs to Add to Your Playlist Right Now

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Long work week have you down? Need a break for your METAL health?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 recently released songs to help you relieve stress and kick your problems to the curb.

In no particular order and solely depending on your current state of rage, we’ve put together a few of our current favorites. The… read more

2018 Grammy Nominees Announced

2018 marks the 6oth anniversary of The Grammy Awards.

Hip-hop is dominating the charts and the nominations led by Jay-Z followed by pop and EDM favorites. Music has evolved and changed a lot over the last 6 decades.

The Grammys have been there every step of the way to award breakthrough new artists and iconic musicians that… read more

Eminem and Skylar Grey Perform “Walk On Water”

Skylar Grey’s  vocals graced the stage alongside Eminem during SNL this past weekend.

The songstress and MC have collaborated on multiple songs over the years that have all reached the Billboard charts and platinum success.

Eminem and Skylar Grey performed their latest single “Walk On Water” and classic hits “Stan” and “Love The Way You Lie” during Saturday… read more

Lil Xan Signs with Columbia Records

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Emerging new wave rapper Lil Xan is making a name for himself with “Betrayed.”

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At first glance, you may be thinking to yourself, “what have all these face tatted lil’ rappers done to hip-hop!?” Then the Bobby Johnson beat kicks-in and within a few bars you realize Lil Xan is a real MC with wordplay for… read more

2018 Will be the Final Year of Vans Warped Tour

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Founder, Kevin Lyman has announced that 2018 will be the last year of the iconic Vans Warped Tour.

For 3 generations, the Vans Warped Tour has influenced and set new trends in music and pop culture while creating a blueprint for how to successfully run a music festival. It’s with a heavy heart that we share… read more

LyricMerch Allows Fans To Wear Their Favorite Lyrics

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LyricMerch is changing the game with synch licensing for clothing and accessories.

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There are those lines in songs that say it all, simply and perfectly. Now you can emblazon these lines on high-quality t-shirts, caps, mugs, and even shower curtains–and do it legally, giving back to your favorite songwriters and artists. 

LyricMerch is a new consumer-facing… read more

gP. Kicks-Off The Rooftop Sessions

San Francisco trip rock lords, Ghost Parade ignited The Rooftop Sessions presented by Rockstardreams.com

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The Bay Area is a melting pot of eclectic musical styles and break-thru artists from Jefferson Airplane to the Grateful Dead, Santana, Metallica, Journey, G-Eazy to Kaskade and countless others.

We wanted to honor all of the artists and songs that… read more

The Bay Area Bands Together Thru Music

Metallica, Dave Matthews, and G-Eazy helped bring together the community for Band Together Bay Area.

Celebrities, musicians, and athletes banded together at AT&T Park in San Francisco on November 9th to raise millions of dollars for Band Together Bay Area.

Led by community and business leaders like Rabi Ryan Bauer, Marc Benioff of Salesforce and concert promoters… read more