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Event Tickets On Sale This Week

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our events of the week are Jimmy Buffett and the Bottlerock Festival in Napa, CA. The 2015 BottleRock lineup features such talented artists as Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, Robert Plant, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, and many more! Garth Brooks announced another stop on his world tour - Denver! So get your country music tickets soon, Colorado fans. MLB is preparing for the 2015 season, so grab your baseball tickets while you can. For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concert Tickets On Sale

Event

Date

Cities

Alan Jackson Thursday, 1/15/15 Nashville, TN
All Time Low Friday, 1/16/15 Philadelphia, PA
Bottlerock Festival Thursday, 1/8/15 Napa, CA
Chris Botti Thursday, 1/8/15 Detroit, MI
Charlie Wilson Friday, 1/9/15 Greenville, SC; Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Louisville, KY; Newark, NJ; Columbia, SC; Nashville, TN; Mobile, AL; Kansas City, MO; Birmingham, AL; Oklahoma City, OK; New Orleans, LA
Diana Ross Friday, 1/9/15 Grand Prairie, TX; New Orleans, LA
Elton John Friday, 1/9/15 Reading, PA; Woodlands, TX
Garth Brooks Friday, 1/16/15 Denver, CO
Jagged Edge Thursday, 1/15/15 Milwaukee, WI
Jimmy Buffett Friday, 1/9/15 Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL
Loretta Lynn Thursday, 1/8/15 Onamia, MN
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Following the Dallas Cowboys' controversial win over the Detroit Lions in the NFL's Wildcard Weekend, ticket sales for the Cowboys' NFC Divisional Game in Green Bay increased more than 250 percent on Ticket Liquidator, pushing the average ticket price to the most expensive of this weekend's divisional games. Despite missing the playoffs for the past five seasons, the Dallas Cowboys, nicknamed "America's Team," have consistently been the most sought-after ticket in the NFL. Now, with start quarterback Tony Romo and the rest of the team in position to play for the championship in Super Bowl XLIV, fans are eager to be a part of what they hope will be a historic season.

Ticket Sales for Dallas Cowboys vs Green Bay PackersFollowing the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Detroit Lions, ticket sales for Dallas's matchup against the Green Bay Packers increased more than 250 percent.
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"Somebody stepped inside your soul,
Somebody stepped inside your soul
Little by little, they robbed and stole,
Till someone else was in control"

"Listen to these voodoo vibes," -- Lykke Li

U2 seldom have an artist featured on any of their officially released album tracks -- but the Irish band threw their for a bit of a surprise in September. Swedish singer Lykke Li joined Johnny Cash and B.B. King as notable artists featured on a U2 album track -- and Li did not disappoint. Lending her voice to the chorus of "The Troubles," Li's vocal is haunting, and fits the mood of the song perfectly.

Li opens "The Troubles" with its chorus, and immediately sets the tone for the song. Singing over a faint string section and bass drum, the Swedish singer subtly sings "Trouble's" chorus in an almost-mocking manner -- as if to antagonize the protagonist in the song that they had been wronged, and lost control of who they are.

The "voodoo vibes" kick in shortly thereafter, with a string section rushing to the forefront of the music, before Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. join the song in earnest.

Not to be outdone by Li, Bono opens the first verse with an equally haunting melody. We've all been at this point, haven't we? Unable -- or perhaps unwilling -- to accept the troubles in our lives, and too blinded by our own feelings, thoughts or actions, to truly realize and accept our troubles.

"You think it's easier To put your finger on the trouble
When the trouble is you
And you think it's easier To know your own tricks
Well it's the hardest thing you'll ever do"

"The Fly," U2's lead single off of Achtung Baby is described thematically as a phone call from hell. "The Troubles" thematically feels like "The Fly" is calling back, repentant, with advice -- from somebody who has been there and done that.

Li joins Bono in the background of "Trouble's" pre-chorus, when the song's protagonist, determined, acts on his observations.

"I have a will for survival
So you can hurt me, and hurt me some more
I can live with denial
But you're not my troubles anymore"

The pre-chorus is a wake up call -- and a sense of rebirth. The protagonist realizes his troubles, stops losing sight of who he is and what he stands for, and vows to get rid of his troubles, and instead vows to survive.

"You think it's easier
To give up on the trouble
If the trouble is destroying you
And you think it's easier
But before you threw your rope
It was the one thing I could hold on to
"

Again, haven't we all been there before -- unwilling to give up on a person, idea or even substance, even if we know that it's detrimental? If you haven't, then you've lived a very charmed life. The last line, however, illustrates why it's difficult to quit whatever our troubles is, as often times, it feels like the only thing that we have.

"Troubles" launches back into its pre-chorus and chorus, before stepping into its middle eight:

"God knows it's not easy
I'm taking on the shape of someone else's pain
God, now you can see me
I'm naked and I'm not afraid
My body's sacred and I'm not ashamed"

Again, the protagonist realizes that the relationship or addiction is causing all sorts of pain -- and it's not even his. He knows he's unnecessarily bearing somebody else's crucifix, but knows it's time to stop, and asks God to look at him at his weakest and most vulnerable -- perhaps for guidance, perhaps for mercy.

"Troubles" then enters its final chorus:

"Somebody stepped inside your soul,
Somebody stepped inside your soul
Little by little, they robbed and stole,
Till someone else was in control"

This time, however, Bono is wailing in the background, before singing the song's final line -- all the while The Edge ends the song with a simple, yet effective, guitar solo, over the voodoo strings.

While "Every Breaking Wave" will likely be remembered as Songs of Innocence's hit song, "The Troubles" may be the album's best song -- and is one of U2's best songs since Achtung Baby. Taken literally, the song is clearly about a domestic relationship gone wrong, but it doesn't have to be taken literally, as addiction to anything -- drugs, alcohol, gambling -- can be even more detrimental than an abusive relationship.

Musically, "The Troubles" goes where U2 haven't quite gone before. The song doesn't belong to any particular era of U2, and perhaps would fit best with "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," and "Stateless" -- from U2's post-Pop but pre-All That You Can't Leave Behind world. The result is U2 venturing outside of their collective comfort zone, and crafting one of their best and most unique songs in their entire catalog.

"The Troubles" proves that U2 still have their A-game, even after all these years, and will be remembered as one of U2's finest moments.

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Anticipated Albums of 2015

2015 is finally here and with it are the most anticipated albums of the new year's first quarter. Though we're looking forward to many rumored releases from bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica, the following are the confirmed albums we're waiting for in the coming months.

1.) The Pale Emperor – Marilyn Manson

Manson's ninth studio album is creating anticipation because it is expected to sound more bluesy and less, well, disturbing. His recent work on the hit TV show Sons of Anarchy has no doubt influenced The Pale Emperor as it soundtracks select episodes with that redneck biker vibe. In an interview with FADER, Manson said, "What I hadn't ever found, till now, is the blues. The blues changed the way that I sang." The album will support the band's upcoming "Hell Not Hallelujah" Tour, which starts later this month.

2.) What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World – The Decemberists

The Decemberists are one of those bands that never get as much credit as they deserve. Their seventh studio album will be released January 20th, and I'm very much looking forward to this talented group's new material. The Decemberists will begin touring in support of What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World this spring!

3.) American Beauty/American Psycho – Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy's sixth studio album will be released January 16th, and it is jam packed with postmodern referential songs like "Uma Thurman," Novocaine," and, of course, "Centuries." The track "Immortals" is featured in Disney's latest film, Big Hero 6, and "American Beauty/American Psycho" samples Motley Crüe's "Too Fast for Love." Get pumped because a Fall Out Boy tour can't be too far behind!

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Event Tickets On Sale This Week

Here's a list of the hottest events with dates going on sale this week. Our event of the week is the New England Patriots AFC Divisional Playoff Game. We're rooting on the Pats here in Connecticut, so if you are too, pick up your NFL Playoffs tickets ASAP! Charlie Wilson has a big on-sale day as well this week, so if you love R&B, check out the Uncle Charlie tour schedule for a show near you. Additionally, Elton John, Loretta Lynn, and Chris Botti are rocking the box office; buy 2015 concert tickets today! There are many WWE events to choose from, so see when your favorite wrestlers will be throwing down near you, and get your WWE tickets soon. For tickets to these events and more, head over to Ticket Liquidator.

Concert Tickets On Sale

Event

Date

Cities

Chris Botti Thursday, 1/8/15 Detroit, MI
Charlie Wilson Friday, 1/9/15 Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Louisville, KY; Newark, NJ; Columbia, SC; Nashville, TN; Mobile, AL; Kansas City, MO; Birmingham, AL; Oklahoma City, OK; New Orleans, LA
Elton John Friday, 1/9/15 Woodlands, TX
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It's New Year's Day!

2014 certainly was an interesting year in the entertainment world. Taylor Swift exchanged her acoustic guitars for synthesizers and released one of the best pop records of the year, while Garth Brooks came out of his retirement and announced his world tour. Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea became overnight sensations, and Charli XCX made her presence felt in the mainstream.

The Kansas City Royals returned to the World Series for the first time since 1985, and came oh-so-close to winning it all. Likewise, the New York Rangers returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in two decades, but fell to the Los Angeles Kings. The San Antonio Spurs continued their dynastic run in the NBA, knocking off the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The Seattle Seahawks perhaps started their own dynasty, dismantling the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl -- and capturing the NFC's No. 1 seed headed into the 2015 playoffs.

The happenings of 2014 really set the stage for 2015 -- and there's lots to look forward to this coming year. Here's the top 15 events of 2015 to look forward to.

15: Bette Middler's "It's the Girls" Tour: The icon is supporting her first studio album in eight years!

14: Iggy Azalea's "Great Escape" Tour: The "Fancy" singer has a chance to cement herself as one of the best rappers today!

13: The GRAMMY Awards: Music's biggest night is sure to have memorable performances from the world's biggest stars!

12: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Is this the year these legends finally square off in the ring?

11: Garth Brooks' World Tour: He's out of retirement, and touring all year long!

10: Opening Day: Symbolic end of winter -- and it means we get baseball back on a nightly basis. Yes, please and thanks!

9: The Kentucky Derby: The annual Run for the Roses! Will there be a Triple Crown winner this year?

8: The Who Hits 50! Tour: The legendary band are back on tour -- and this could be their final tour, ever.

7: Star Wars Episode VII: J.J. Abrams is at the helm, and let's face it -- The Force Awakens can't be worse than Episodes I and II, right?

6: Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" Tour: The Foo Fighters are one of the last great rock bands -- be sure to see them live in 2015!

5: 5 Seconds of Summer's "Rock Out With Your Socks Out" Tour: The stage is set for 5SOS to explode into the mainstream next year -- will they seize the opportunity?

4: Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean's Tour: Two of country music's biggest stars will be on the road together for a handful of dates!

3: Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour: Music's new Pop Princess will undoubtedly put on an awesome show everywhere she goes!

2: Super Bowl XLIX: It's the biggest game of the year -- how can you NOT look forward to it?

1: U2's "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" Tour: U2 are returning to arenas for the first time since 2005, and are regarded as one of, if not the, top live act in all of music!

Interested in going to any of these events, or anything else in 2015? Ticket Liquidator has you covered! You can save $20.15 on your orders $150* and up through 1/7/15 with discount code CLBRT15!

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"California" is one of U2's finest pop moments

December 30, 2014

 

U2 aren't synonymous with California by any stretch of the imagination. The Beach Boys, Katy Perry, 2Pac, Red Hot Chili Peppers and others all seem to have an authoritative hold on California-related songs -- but that didn't stop U2 from channelling their inner west coast on Songs of Innocence.

"California (There is no End to Love)" is the third track on U2's latest offering -- and simply put, the song oozes joy, whether you like it or not. Beginning with church bells, synthesizers and an ode to the Beach Boys, as Bono and Edge play on Barbara Ann by singing "Barbara, Santa Barbara." On first listen, it's a bit jarring, but after repeated listens, the intro, Santa Barbara and all, works.

Written about the band's first-ever trip to California, Bono recalls his experience during "California's" verses, but does so in a way so that the song has a universal meaning -- thanks in large part to the song's brilliant chorus.

"California, then we fell into the shining sea
The weight that drags your heart down
Well, that's what took me where I need to be
Which is here, out on Zuma
Watching you cry like a baby
California, at the dawn you thought would never come
But it did,
Like it always does"

Musically fueled by warm synthesizers, pulsating bass and a driving beat, "California" just feels happy. The the song bears no musical similarities, its mood is akin to that of "Beautiful Day" -- just a warm, rock-pop song that seemingly only U2 can pull off so well.

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Best Songs of 2014

December 29, 2014
Best Songs of 2014

2014 is coming to an end, and we've narrowed down the top ten best songs of the year, as well as the most catchy tunes (though those ones are not necessarily the best). What songs made YOUR list?

Top 10 Tracks of 2014

1.) “Weight of Love” – The Black Keys
2.) “Money Power Glory” – Lana Del Rey
3.) “Something From Nothing” – Foo Fighters
4.) “Prince Johnny” – St. Vincent
5.) “Lazaretto” – Jack White
6.) “Black Out Days” – Phantogram
7.) “Every Breaking Wave” – U2
8.) “Ten Tonne Skeleton” – Royal Blood
9.) “No Rest for the Wicked” – Lykke Li
10.) “Seeds” – TV On The Radio

Top 10 Guilty Pleasures of 2014

1.) “Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake (feat. Lil Jon)
2.) “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
3.) “Boom Clap” – Charli XCX
4.) “Flawless” (Remix) – Beyonce (feat. Nicki Minaj)
5.) “Problem” – Ariana Grande(feat. Iggy Azalea)
6.) “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
7.) “Lemonade” – Danity Kane
8.) “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON
9.) “Jealous” – Nick Jonas
10.) “Back to the Shack” – Weezer
©Jack White, 2014

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8 Ways to Rock Festivus

December 23, 2014
Festivus

Not everyone enjoys the annual wallet-depleting, spoiled-kids-whining, tacky-decorations-galore fest that is Christmas. December 23rd has thus become a secular holiday to celebrate in alternative fashions. Today’s the day to air your grievances and attribute anything to a Festivus miracle. Popularized by the Seinfeld episode, we have a few of our own ideas to make your Festivus rock while still staying in spirit (including a Seinfeld marathon).

1.) Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale - Known from his former rock n' roll days in the band Twisted Sister, Dee Snider's take on Xmas is sure to look more like an episode of Metalocalypse than The Nutcracker. As a metal band sells their souls to the devil to ensure their fame, they realize that such trickery comes with a price. If you want to experience something totally off-kilter and you happen to be in Chicago, check out Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale.

2.) This Foo Fighters Black Metal Ugly Christmas Sweater

3.) Die Hard - Watch all the "Christmas" movies that have nothing to do with Christmas, but are played on TV stations because there's one scene where it's snowing or the events happen to occur on December 25th (e.g. Harry Potter, Lethal Weapon, Lord of the Rings, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, Rent).

4.) Anti-consumerism - Don't buy anything today. The crowds will be monstrous, and if you haven't done your shopping yet, it's pretty much too late anyway. Way to go.

5.) Blast Van Halen - Overpower all Christmas music with some serious guitar shredding.

6.) Non-traditional dinner - Eat whatever you want as long as it's not ham, turkey, fruitcake, or apple pie. Order Chinese take-out or stay true to the Seinfeld episode with spaghetti and meatloaf.

7.) Let it go - Your grievances, that is, NOT the Frozen song. Tell the people who've disappointed you this year what you really think. You'll feel much better afterwards, even if they don't.

8.) Seinfeld marathon - Watch the Festivus episode, obviously, but enjoy a few more while you're at it. The next two days are going to be stressful at best and very messy at worst, so get your humor hour in now before it's non-stop family fun and Uncle Ted inappropriately rearranges the reindeer on your front yard and is walking around the neighborhood drinking a bottle of Jim Beam in his Santa suit.

Happy Festivus!

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Last Minute Gift Guide

Christmas is only a few days away, so if you're still searching for that perfect present, check out our last minute gift guide:

Motown Mamma – Treat the supermom in your life with Broadway tickets this holiday season. No stage production can compare to those of the Great White Way, so book a trip to NYC via our Travel page and secure your seats to Motown: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, or any of the other amazing performances waiting to be experienced in the Big Apple.

Dangerous Dad – Is your father displaying signs of a mid-life crisis? Is he browsing motorcycle ads, breaking out his old records, or taking a sudden interest in starting a dad band? If so, concert tickets to shows like Def Leppard, U2, Bob Seger, or The Who are the best way to let him re-live his glory days whilst enjoying quality time with the best gift-giver ever – you!

Sassy Sista – Teenage girls can be hard to please, especially if, like, their Instagram posts aren’t getting as much attention as they think they deserve. Distract them from the perils of social media this Christmas with One Direction tickets, Taylor Swift tickets, or 5 Seconds of Summer tickets. She will be OMG-ing for days and officially be the coolest kid at school.

Brawny Bro – Sick of hearing the sports highlights on repeat? Send your brother out for the day with college football tickets, NFL tickets, or NHL tickets. Root on your home team with him for some family bonding or enjoy the peace while he has a bro date with his best dude. Either way, you'll be his new favorite sibling.

Cool Cuz – There’s always the cousin that’s just too cool for school. Tickets to concerts like The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Gogol Bordello, or Flaming Lips will definitely appease them, if not crack their façade of ironic indifference. Go the indie route, and you’ll be in the clear.

Grumpy Granny – Grandparents are hard to shop for, but they like to party from time to time too! Give the gift of a classy night out with Andrea Bocelli tickets or New York City Ballet tickets. Joel Osteen is always a good option as well for fans of the famous preacher. Remember, the oldies are goodies; tickets to Neil Diamond or Barry Manilow are sure to turn your Na-Na's frown upside down.

Tiny Tim – For the little tikes in your life, circus tickets or Disney on Ice tickets are an awesome answer for the winter blues. Get out of the house and see Olaf the Snowman perform fantastic feats or acrobats flying through the air. Sharing magical experiences like these are what the holidays are all about, after all.

And if all else fails, get a Ticket Liquidator gift card to let your loved ones choose which event they most want to see this season. Best of luck with the rest of your holiday shopping!

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