In The Mixtape: Winter Music Conference, Aerosmith, Jack White’s Solo Gig

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What’s up COED nation! I hope you’ve enjoyed your week so far. I know we did. Austin, Texas got ripped a new one by hundreds of bands who got the opportunity to showcase their talents for the thousands of people who came down to the weird capital of the world for a couple of days. It felt like we had literally no time to recuperate from SxSW before we headed down to Miami for Ultra. Finally, though, the road to recovery is here and it leads right into New Orleans for the Final Four. If you plan on enjoying some good music while watching some sports, you came to right place. Let’s get this thing started!

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ULTRA

If you’ve never been or heard of it, Ultra is best described as the biggest electronic music festival in the world. I know that there are a lot of challengers to the throne before, after, or even during Ultra, but the fact remains that it’s going on during THE week when nearly every single DJ is in one city. Does everyone play at Ultra? No. But you’re guaranteed to find more than enough of what you like.

Winter Music Conference

Not to be confused with Ultra, Winter Music Conference is a 10-day long event which sees DJs from all over the world convene in Miami. Beautiful weather, girls, and music make for the perfect cocktail of partying. If you’ve never been, book your reservations now. Things can get a little expensive.

JACK WHITE

Fresh off an appearance on SNL a couple weeks ago, Jack White is back. The former White Stripes, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather member is about to release his first solo album titled Blunderbuss on April 24th. The second single off the album, “Sixteen Saltines” hit iTunes this week. Additionally, White made headlines by telling NME magazine that there was no chance he would ever get back with the White Stripes. Is there some lingering bad blood with former bandmate Meg White? Who knows, but you will get to hear some White Stripes classics on his solo tour this spring.

BOY BAND DOMINATION

UK teen sensation, One Direction occupied the number one spot this week on the Bilboard Top 100. The young Brits sold 176,000 copies of their debut album Up All Night. Did we just go back in time or something? Could this be the reincarnation of NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys? I truly, truly hope not. But one thing’s for sure, boy bands are back at least for this week.

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FAST FORWARD

AEROSMITH

Somehow someway these Boston old timers are still making music. When they aren’t in the press bashing each other, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith know a thing or two about making good music. They’ve made up and have decided to bring the old gang back together; they hit the road starting on June 16th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their new album is set to be released in May. Maybe some time on the road could make Tyler a little tougher on American Idol.

MAROON 5

Maroon 5 will be dropping another album on us this June, titled Overexposed. What is that title all about? Adam Levine? Overexposed? No way… The album will be produced by some of pop music’s heavy hitters, such as Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, and Benny Blanco. Adam Levine just cant seem to do anything wrong now a days, so expect this to be another massive Maroon 5 hit.

MADONNA

The material girl’s brand new album “MDNA” hit stores this week. To promote the album, she made a surprise appearance at Ultra Music Festival alongside Avicii this past weekend. Madonna seems to test the ends of time when it comes to making music. Chick’s still crafting funky pop tunes with sexual undertones and personal transformations deep into her 40’s. Of course, hooking up with the likes of M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, and LMAFO doesn’t hurt her chances with the cool kids. Her divorce from Guy Ritchie is one of the many topics that she touches on this album. Does she have what it takes to deliver another hit? We’ll soon find out.

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