Travis Barker and Marshmello Slay Coachella 2017

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In front of a couple hundred thousands fans, drummer Travis Barker and Marshmello battled it out at Coachella. Punk rock and EDM have evolved and combined forces.  The electronic dance movement has proven to have staying power as it remains atop the global music charts and mega star DJ’s like Marshmello continue to headline music… read more

Kendrick Lamar Stays Humble

The best lyricist in the game, Kendrick Lamar is set to release his latest Album on April 14th. Follow us @Rockstardreams1 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… 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… read more

The Sidewalk Sessions presented by launches “The Sidewalk Sessions” in partnership with Dr. Jekyll’s Craft Beer. We are now booking artists from all genres of music including alternative, rock, hip-hop, punk, electronic, DJ’s, R&B, folk, funk, pop, singer/songwriters, etc. Local and touring artists are welcome. Booking Friday / Saturday nights throughout the summer at Bruno’s on Fillmore and Eddy… read more

Alesana Myth Fades To Legend

Alesana wrapped up a west coast tour this past weekend, tore off their wings, destroyed all vanity, burned the wax and left it all on the road.   One things for sure, Alesana hit the stage this past month like they just stepped out of the studio and onto the Vans Warped Tour for the… 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… 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 Follow us @Rockstardreams1 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… 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,… 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… 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… 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… read more

South by Southwest 2016 is a Wrap! 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… 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… 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… 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… 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

Jay-Z is Dropping A New Album

Hov is back! Jay-Z announced that he is releasing a new album titled 4:44. The album will be release exclusively through Jay-Z’s own streaming service, Tidal in partnership with Sprint. Sprint owns a 33% stake in Tidal. The marketing move is exclusive to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers. Hip-hop heads rejoice, however you’re going to… read more

Third String Records Is Building a Solid Roster

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TX based indie label, Third String Records is steadily evaluating and signing bands.  Founded by So What?! Music Festival producer Mike Ziemer, Third String is starting to make waves in the alternative music scene. Flagship artist’s, Assuming We Survive played the entire Vans Warped Tour in 2016 and were one of our favorite break out… read more

Jay Alvarrez Pushes The Limit

Free spirit, dare devil, international traveler. . . Jay Alvarrez lives life to the fullest. We’ve been following the adventures of social media influencer and entrepreneur Jay Alvarrez for a couple of years now. Just when we thought he just did the coolest thing we’ve ever seen, he pushes the envelope just a little farther.… read more

Royal Blood Release New Video “I Only Lie When I Love You”

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Royal Blood just threw down another hard rock banger. Just released on their YouTube channel, Royal Blood have graced us with another anthem for those of you in tumultuous relationships. Lyrics below, I think we can all relate. Pre-order “How Did We Get So Dark?” here: Royal Blood – I Only Lie When I… read more

Battle Tapes Are Solid Gold

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Emerging electronic synth rock 4-piece Battle Tapes, hit the road to promote their new EP FORM. More cow bell! Nah, more synth! It’s impossible not to dance to Battle Tapes electronic pop infused guitar grooves on songs like “Valkyrie,” “Solid Gold” and their latest single “No Good.” Hop on your Tron cycle, pull up to… read more

One Love Manchester Brings Hope

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Ariana Grande fought back tears as she sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” Tragic terrorist attacks have encapsulated the U.K. over the last couple of weeks, including a bombing outside of Ariana Grande‘s last concert in Manchester. However Great Britain and the world are staying steadfast, strengthened by the rallying call, One Love Manchester. Initiated by… read more

Sigrid “Don’t Kill My Vibe”


Emerging Norwegian pop artist Sigrid, stole our hearts and our vibe. We think you’re going to love this song and performance as much as we do. All we can say is pizzaz, charisma, soul, beats and pop breakdowns…just bounce! Sigrid appeared on the Late Late Show with James Cordon last week as part of Apple… read more

Deaf Poets Turn Up The Reverb

Garage rock duo Deaf Poets are worth all the riches. With Top 40 being dominated by EDM, pop and hip-hop, sometimes you just need a little rock n’ roll to fine tune your soul. Miami natives, Sean Wouters (lead vocals / guitar) and Nico Espinosa (vocals / percussion) recently released their full length album Lost… read more

Halsey’s “Eyes Closed” Is So Good

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Halsey debuts a stripped down version of “Eyes Closed” and it is everything. Follow us @Rockstardreams1 Try not to get chills listening to this song. Halsey takes a step back from EDM infused pop songs with a stripped down rock ballad in “Eyes Closed.” Her vocals soar over a few guitar chords as she reflects… read more