A special December playlist for you. Plus Childish Gambino and Albert Hammond Jr

We can’t believe it’s already time to head into the big holiday rush. We could use a vacation (and a few jazzercise classes) after all of that Thanksgiving eating! Pace yourselves and get some musical motivation. Here’s what everybody was digging last week.

Here’s a Spotify playlist to help you ease into your Holiday Season: TastemakerX V25 “Home Stretch”

Marc, Sandro and the TastemakerX band 

Coachella rumors! SXSW announcements! Plus new music from Jake Bugg and Luscious Jackson

Greetings Tastemakers,

With the end of the year drawing close it’s time to start speculating about 2014 festival headliners. Rumor has it Outkast is reuniting for Coachella in April with Arcade Fire, Haim and CHRVCHES joining in on the fun. SXSW has already posted their confirmed line up as well which includes highlights like London Grammar, Poolside, and Avi Buffalo. We already can’t wait for the 2014 Festival Season to start!

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Fall’s here with Head and the Heart and Cults releasing new music

After a relentless sea of mainstream movies and music throughout the Summer, this is that time of year when heady films and serious music starts to trickle into the market. Yup, releases are optimized against awards shows, best of lists, and general holiday entertainment spending. As such we had to suffer through many fallow months, but now we’re in the thick of it. Good times are back.

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Top 5 Bands to Make Your Week. ACL & Treasure Island

Thanks loads for checking out the new and still beta TastemakerX 2.0! Obviously, like anything new and different, we are still working out the kinks at a feverish pace. Much to do, but we’re getting closer! For now though, it’d be amazing to see everyone curate their first full-length 12 artist collections. In addition to building a great personal feed of news, tour dates, tweets, video and photos, most users are spending a good amount of time listening to other peoples “Collections.” The more artists you have, the better the stations will be to listen to. 

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A Bevy of New Sounds!

This week we have two playlists to share with you all.

TastemakerX Discoveries V.2

TASTEMAKERX DISCOVERIES V.2

The first is comprised of new artists and tracks we discovered. You’ll hear a span of sounds: ambient electronic, hip-hop, indie rock, indie pop, alternative post-grunge, noise rock, synth-pop, folk, pretty much everything! We hope you enjoy it and discover a new genre / artist that you weren’t familiar with before. 

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It’s Friday | Let’s Talk About Your Fine Musical Taste!

TASTEMAKERS,

I hope you all are well and have had a chance to enjoy live music recently now that we are deep in festival season and as a byproduct, a la carte concerts! If you need a live music fix, check out our YouTube Channel where we’ll be posting live performances + music videos from our favorite artists + bands. Hey, if you can’t be at a show or festival physically, the next best thing to hearing and seeing music in-person, and in its purest form, is video. 

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