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JazzRadio.com – Turn your Smartphone into a Jazz Jukebox

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The sounds of trumpets, Broadway music, the double bass and the saxophone have all contributed to the world of music history. They played an instrumental role in laying the foundation for classic rock musicians and modern blues artists. Unfortunately, the popularity of this form of music been buried in the past and in dusty vinyl records. Not many people are privy to the classy and soulful tunes that made jazz musicians the musical geniuses of the olden days.

Over the years however, an enthusiastic community of jazz music revivalists have sought to rekindle the passion for this criminally underrated form of music.

Thanks to the power of technology, the JazzRadio.com app brings the magic of your favorite jazz tunes and legendary artists to your smartphone. There’s nothing a session of mellow jazz melodies can’t fix for someone, be it their Monday blues or cheering up a patient undergoing suboxone addiction treatment.

It is currently one of the highest ranked apps and has the most popular network for jazz music on smartphones.

Getting Started

The JazzRadio.com app allows you to choose from a selection of over 30 radio stations dedicated to multiple forms of jazz that will make both casual listeners and genre connoisseurs rejoice.

Every single channel is handled by absolute professional radio jockeys and experts in the field who know jazz music in and out. This precision gives them the capability to stream the best music and garner votes and credibility from critically acclaimed jazz music professionals.

Here is a list of some of the most popular radio channels offered by the JazzRadio.com. They cover a wide variety of sub-genres in jazz music such as:

    • - Bass jazz
    • - Bebop
    • - Blues
    • - Blues rock
    • - Classic jazz
    • - Guitar jazz
    • - Holiday jazz
    • - Piano jazz
    • - Saxophone jazz
    • - Sinatra style
    • - Smooth jazz
    • - Swing
    • - Timeless classics
    • - Trumpet jazz
    • - Vocal legends

The interface of the JazzRadio.com app is fantastically designed and has a primarily lush red color theme with three primary tabs:

    • - Channels
    • - Community
    • - Premium

How to Use the JazzRadio.Com App?

On opening a particular channel, you get to see the song being played and the past 5 songs that were just played. You can save your favorite channels in order to instantly listen to only the channels you prefer to hear. If you want to multi-task while using the app, you have the option to listen to the radio in the background screen. You can control the volume even when your device screen is locked.

Fall asleep to your favorite jazz tunes, whether you prefer instrumental or vocal pieces, by setting a timer and falling gently off to sleep. Setting a timer ensures that the music isn’t playing endlessly, and this helps save your data usage. To further conserve data, use the Wi-Fi only option. Check out the optional buffer bar that shows you data usage so you can continuously keep a track of it.

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5 Indie Bands You Need to Know

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Are you tired of 30 Seconds to Mars? Does Vampire Weekend make you cringe? Is My Chemical Romance so five minutes ago? The good news is that when it comes to Indie music, there’s always something new to listen to. Strap on your best hipster duds, leave the razor in the cabinet and check out these five Indie bands you need to know.

Foals

Haven’t heard of Foals? Well, thank God those days are over. Five guys, two guitars, one drum, one bass, one keyboard — and three albums of awesomeness. Their latest release, Holy Fire, features 11 intense tracks with a kind-of-but-not-really 80s moody edge. Fans sometimes prefer their earlier release, Total Life Forever, because of its more original sound and its similarity to their first album, Antidotes, but new listeners may find Holy Fire more accessible.

Dirty Projectors

Every true Indie fan appreciates a little weirdness now and again, and when that mood strikes Dirty Projectors is your sound answer. The band has 11 members but sounds much smaller; distinguishing characteristics include incredibly nuanced vocals, abrupt changes in tempo and stylized, ethereal lyrics. One fan known to the writer described Dirty Projectors as sounding like “disorganized sex.” But in a good way.

Tame Impala

If you love the Beatles but want to step a foot in the Indie scene, try Tame Impala. Featuring a 60s vocal vibe and a synth-heavy sound, their two albums, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, hearken back to the earlier era’s acid rock. Especially listen if you love a good bass line.

Kimbra

Technically speaking, Kimbra may not be strictly Indie, but she’s versatile enough and talented enough to fit into a number of categories. Sometimes singing entirely a capella, sometimes using the loop pedal, sometimes giving a pop vibe and sometimes getting bluesy, each and every Kimbra song is a complete original. Check out the album Vows.

Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez is the best half-Swedish, half-Argentinian, folk-Indie-Spanish guitar player and singer working today. In fact, it’s very likely that he’s the only one meeting that description. Luckily, it matters not; his music is so cool that’s why Sweden is cold.

But seriously, Jose Gonzalez’s melodic, distinctive Spanish-style guitar and wistful, sweet vocals are perfect for everything from long road trips to out-of-town tournaments to making dinner to reflecting quietly on a Sunday afternoon. Try the tracks Down the Line, Killing for Love, Lovestain, and In Our Nature.

French Miami

Off-the-beaten-path time signatures, a little bit of synth and a little bit of guitar, French Miami brings back the 80s, but in a 21st century way. The downside? Their songs sometimes run a bit long. But no matter: check out the tracks God Damn Best, Science Fiction, Older and Suge Night Driving.

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The Best Indie Music Spots in America

thinkr1You can throw a rock and hit a club or café playing Rihanna, Lady Gaga or One Direction. Living in a place where you can hear music no one else in the world has heard is just one sign you live in one of American’s hot indie spots.

The term “indie” is open to interpretation. It could mean a band that has a following with no major label support, or a place with a thriving self-contained music scene. Whether you’re planning to move out of a boring town or just want a cool place to hang for the weekend, here’s a list of some of the coolest indie spots in America.

(Note: Big cities like New York and LA also have great indie scenes, but they were left off this list because, frankly, they’d still be prime music spots even without an indie scene.)

Austin, TX

You don’t need to perform background check investigations to know that this has become one of the biggest havens for indie music. Bands like Spoon, Pushmonkey and Alpha Rev call Austin home, but during the annual South by South West (SXSW) Festival, it seems like every indie band in the world calls it home as well.

Chapel Hill, NC

Like other college towns, Chapel Hill attracts music lovers from the neighborhood and larger nearby towns. In addition to being the home of hot indie bands like Ben Folds Five, Superchunk, and Squirrel Nut Zippers, its signature venue, the Cat’s Club, hosted some pretty good “obscure” bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.

Minneapolis, MN

Bob Dylan came from the fun half of the Twin Cities, but its reputation as a music hometown has never wavered. Even if it weren’t still a hotspot for hip new bands and home to cool clubs like the Varsity Theater, Minneapolis’s legacy is secure, thanks to Prince, Morris Day and the Time, the Replacements and Husker Du.

Omaha, NE

The hot little music scene that’s sprung up here over the past 15 years proves not all the big scenes are happening on the coasts. Home of Saddle Creek Records, Omaha can brag about its rich music history. It’s the birthplace of Elliott Smith, as well as bands like Cursive and Bright Eyes and the latter’s singer and songwriter, Conor Oberst.

Portland, OR

Before Portlandia put it on the map, this sleepy little brother to Seattle was already a haven for indie music. Since Elliott Smith came out of Portland, bands like the Shins, the Decemberists and Sleater-Kinney have gained worldwide acclaim. Plus, non-Portland bands could get signed to one of the city’s small labels like Pacific Northwest.

You don’t need to hit the big city to hear great music – check out one of these enclaves and hear a host of great local acts. Who knows, you just might hear the next big thing.

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