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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Garth Brooks Friday, 8/8/14 Atlanta, GA
Iggy Azalea Friday, 8/1/14 Houston, TX
Jason Aldean Friday, 8/1/14 Erie, PA; Gainesville, FL;
Journey Friday, 8/1/14 Columbus, OH
Phish Thursday, 8/7/14 Santa Barbara, CA; San Francisco, CA
Phish Friday, 8/8/14 Eugene, OR; Seattle, WA
Phish Saturday, 8/9/14 Inglewood, CA; Chula Vista, CA; Las Vegas, NV
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Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Review

The title of Lana Del Rey’s third album, Ultraviolence, initially appealed to me because of its reference to A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, one of my favorite novels. Like the book (and Kubrick’s excellent film adaptation), Lana Del Rey’s newest release is dark and poignant with an essence of the surreal. Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange in a form of Russian-influenced English, which is important for readers because it acts as a sort of barrier, or protective force, as the disturbing events of plot unfold. Similarly, Del Rey’s soothing voice is like a layer of fog, obscuring the somber content within. Topics she frequently explores in her lyrics include depression, drug abuse, and infidelity, but she paints it with such a pop-romantic veneer that you’d think it a love song.

Ultraviolence opens with “Cruel World,” a ballad about heartbreak, but the track ranges from Amy Winehouse grit – “got your bible, got your gun” – to Miley Cyrus vacuity – “you like to party and have fun.” Del Rey refers to this style as “Hollywood sadcore,” at times profound, yet always cinematic, illustrating the tribulations of youth, but perhaps more accurately the loneliness of celebrity culture.

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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Brad Paisley Thursday, 7/24/14 Las Vegas, NV
Brantley Gilbert Friday, 7/25/14 Cincinnati, OH; Cape Girardeau, MO; St. Louis, MO;
Dierks Bentley Friday, 7/25/14 Stockton, CA
Garth Brooks Friday, 7/25/14 Rosemont, IL
Iggy Azalea Friday, 7/25/14 Baltimore, MD
iHeartRadio Music Festival Saturday, 7/26/14 Las Vegas, NV
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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Brantley Gilbert Friday, 7/18/14 University Park, PA; Worcester, MA; Bangor, ME; Des Moines, IA; Southaven, MS; Kansas City, MO; Tulsa, OK; Jackson, MS; Cedar Park, TX
Chris Young Monday, 7/21/14 Effingham, IL
Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Friday, 7/18/14 San Antonio, TX
Foreigner Friday, 7/18/14 San Antonio, TX
Iggy Azalea Monday, 7/21/14 Rochester Hills, MI
Jason Aldean Friday, 7/18/14 Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Columbus, OH
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Deal or No Deal: The 2014 Trade Market

July 16, 2014

Now that the All-Star Game is over, and the American League once again earned home field because of an exhibition game, baseball fans' attention will turn to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline -- one of the most exciting times of the baseball season.

The trade deadline can be akin to Christmas for many fanbases. Only a couple of teams will make a big move and get the nice shiny present under the Christmas tree. Some teams may choose to rebuild -- and should -- but it could mean losing a franchise player -- not too dissimilar from getting a nice lump of coal in your stocking. Of course, long-term that piece of coal could turn to gold, but it still can be disconcerting to lose your favorite player.

With a little less than half a season to play, we can safely eliminate a handful of teams from legitimate World Series contention. Barring a miraculous comeback, the Rays, Red Sox, White Sox, Twins, Astros, Rangers, Phillies, Marlins, Cubs, Padres, Rockies and Diamondbacks will not win the World Series. Sorry -- it's just not happening unless we see something historic.

Those 11 teams can still make a profound impact on the 2014 pennant race. Not only will they face playoff contenders throughout the rest of the season with an opportunity to play spoiler, each team's general manager has parts he can move to contending teams, shaping the playoff race.

Let's take a look at what three of the 11 teams could deal to contenders -- and if they should.

Texas Rangers -- The Rangers enjoyed the greatest run of success in franchise history between 2010-12, winning back-to-back pennants in 2010 and 2011, though ultimately losing the World Series to the Giants and Cardinals. Texas lost the first-ever Wild Card game to the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, before missing the playoffs altogether in 2013.

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Which Garth Brooks hits do you want to hear on his comeback tour? We know it's been a while since Garth Brooks last took the stage, so don't worry if you're a little rusty. Check out some of Garth Brooks' career changing tracks that made him into one of the greatest country artists of all time.

1. "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" Garth Brooks, 1989

This track was Garth Brooks' first single released off his debut album, also marking his first Top 10 hit.

2. "We Shall Be Free" The Chase, 1992

Garth Brooks was inspired to write this song with Stephanie Davis after the 1992 L.A. riots.

3. "The River" Ropin' the Wind, 1992

This top track led its album to No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts, the first in history for a country album to do so.

4. "More Than a Memory" Ultimate Hits, 2007

This track was a No. 1 hit even after Garth Brooks' retirement in 2000.

5. "Standing Outside the Fire" In Pieces, 1993

This track served as an inspiration for people with disabilities and received positive response from the Special Olympics.

6. "The Thunder Rolls" No Fences, 1990

This controversal track about domestic violence was banned from CMT and TNN, but still succeeded in raising awareness and promoted fundraising.

7. "Unanswered Prayers" No Fences, 1990

Garth Brooks' focus on the meanings behind love and life led this track to be made into a movie for the Lifetime Television Network.

8. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Garth Brooks, 1989

Released off his debut album, this track was Garth Brooks' second single, and his first to land at No. 1.

9. "Friends In Low Places" No Fences, 1990

This popular honky tonk track is one of the most well-known Garth Brooks songs and highlighted him as a superstar.

10. "The Dance" Garth Brooks, 1989

Serving as the last release of Garth Brooks' debut album, in 1990 this track pushed sales from 500,000 to 1 million within one month, and still remains a fan favorite.


(Read more about these top songs here.)

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Events On Sale This Week: 5/8/14

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. For tickets to these and more events, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concerts

Event

Date

Cities

Brad Paisley Friday, 7/11/14 Bristow, VA
Chris Young Friday, 7/11/14 Stockton, CA
Demi Lovato Friday, 7/11/14 Los Angeles, CA
Dierks Bentley Friday, 7/11/14 Nashville, TN
Dierks Bentley Tuesday, 7/15/14 St Leonard, MD
Earth, Wind and Fire Friday, 7/11/14 St Augustine, FL
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Has the time finally come!? Since Garth Brooks announced his retirement in 2000, country fans have been anxiously awaiting the day when Garth would return to the stage! Sure, he released some minor records like The Lost Sessions in 2006, some “hits” albums, and performed at a benfit here and there, but Garth took his retirement and family life seriously and wasn’t releasing much new material. In 2009, Garth came out of retirement to do a few weekend Las Vegas performances from time to time and had fans wondering--could this be a precursor to a Garth Brooks comeback? In 2011 Garth did hint that he might decide to tour again once his youngest daughter was in college, and he confirmed this teaser in December, 2013! Garth Brooks is coming back! But wait… when? Where?

So Garth Brooks announced he’d begin his comeback, world tour in Dublin, Ireland and tickets sold out almost immediately upon going on sale. But what about the U.S. tour dates? Meanwhile, over in Ireland, Brooks announced his two shows initially, and then added a third… and a fourth… and a fifth. And then… NOPE, never mind, they’re cancelled. On July 8th, Aiken Promotions announced that Garth Brooks’ five comeback shows in Ireland were cancelled due to opposition by the Dublin City Council, allowing only three shows. But, it’s all or nothing for Garth Brooks-- if there can’t be five shows then there will be “no shows”. However, he isn’t giving up. As of July 9th, Garth reached out to Aiken Promotions, banking on reconsideration. It’s all in the hands of the Dublin City Council, mayor and Aiken Promotions, and they have five days to make a decision until refunds are made on Monday. (to read more about this, click here.)

But, all is not lost! There’s some good news! (maybe…?) Garth Brooks revealed a press conference would be taking place today at 12 PM EST, and had everyone speculating what would be revealed. It has been anticipated that Garth would be announcing a label alliance for future recordings, and perhaps uncover his U.S. tour plans! Are we finally getting a response to our “Unanswered Prayers?” Garth Brooks, stop doing “The Dance” and tell us already! Well, looks like you may have your answer! Garth Brooks announced during his press conference that information about his tour will be revealed on July 14th! Stay tuned for Garth Brooks' U.S. and world tour dates!

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The All-Star Break is fast approaching, and symbolizes the half-way point of the baseball season. It's only the symbolic half-way point, though, since most teams have already played over 90 games. Yes, the 2014 baseball season is already more than half over. That's a little depressing, but there's lots of baseball left.

The All-Star Break is a good time to assess who the front-runners are for baseball's MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards -- so let's jump the gun a few days early, shall we?

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They're now in an unprecedented fourth decade, but they're not ready to stop.

U2 smashed all touring records between 2009 and 2011 on their 360 tour, despite supporting one of the band's least-popular albums to date. We finally heard a bit from U2 late 2013 and early 2014, when they released "Ordinary Love," which won a Golden Globe award, and "Invisible," which was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for the (RED) Campaign.

The Super Bowl commercial and subsequent appearance on Jimmy Fallon's first-ever episode of the Tonight Show was supposed to be the start of a launch of a promotional campaign in support of U2's 13th album. Bono and company halted those plans, though, and decided to hold off on announcing the album and subsequent tour in March.

Instead, U2 went to work with Paul Epworth, who did his own mix of "Ordinary Love," and Ryan Tedder -- although Tedder only worked with U2 briefly.

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