Interview: Alberta Cross Talks Going Solo & His Road Back to the Basics of Good Music

Oct 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Before Petter Ericson Stakee stepped inside an abandoned church-turned-studio in upstate New York to record a solo album, he was touring the country on the heels of his former band’s 2012 studio-produced album. Together with bassist Terry Wolfers, the duo called Alberta Cross, had claimed their stake in the music community with features on TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy and Californication.

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Introduce Your Music-Loving Ears to Your Inner Fashionista With the Stylish PRYMA Headphones

Oct 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Instead of creating headphones strictly for the audiophile, PRYMA is setting their sights on the fashion-forward affluent buyer who wants to look just as good as their music sounds. Launched by World of McIntosh and made in Italy at the Sonus Faber factory, PRYMA headphones definitely have the aesthetic part down. 

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Make Your Vintage Records Sound Like $30k With the SG1.2 Turntable

Sep 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

How much is music worth to you? Berkeley, California-based Spiral Groove is hoping the answer is $30,000. Their new SG1.2 turntable is a heavier improvement on their award-winning SG1.1, which was released in 2007. The SG1.2 features a redesigned aluminum platter (which helps to add those 20 pounds) and revamped Strange Attractors feet that apparently limit vibration. 

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Celebrate Frank Sinatra's Centennial Birthday at His Favorite Miami Beach Hotel, the Fontainebleau

Sep 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Instead of simply celebrating Frank Sinatra’s centennial birthday once, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is in the middle of a 100-day countdown where they offer special programming that highlights the Sultan of Swoon’s legacy. Why Sinatra? ‘Ole Blue Eyes spent a lot of his time at Fontainebleau—he even had his own permanent penthouse suite on the 17th floor—and performed several sold-out midnight shows at the hotel’s La Ronde Supper Club, alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. 

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Give the Gift of Marital Bliss with Wagner's Original Wedding March Manuscript

Sep 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

June may be the month for weddings, but it seems like someone we know is getting married every other week, which means there are a lot of gift registries to wade through. Instead of working off the couple’s pre-chosen list of mixers and Bone China, how about you gift the original manuscript for Here Comes the Bride? That’s right, the super old Richard Wagner tune that was originally titled Bridal Chorus is on sale through Moments in Time for $3.6 million.

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Can Erzetich Audio's Deimos Headphone Amplifier Rise to the Top?

Aug 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

You may already have favorite tech brands that you turn to for everything, but sometimes it’s a good idea to branch out and see what else is available. Erzetich Audio released Deimos, their prestige dual-mono headphone amplifier, just last year and we have to admit, it looks stunning. Made up of steel, aluminum, acrylic and a rustic wood face, the amp features digital volume control, linear display, and three separate power supplies (two analog and one digital). It promises a headphone impedance of 8-600 ohm, a 4 Hz-40 kHz frequency response, and 43000 uF smoothing capacitors per channel. We don’t know about you, but we certainly want to hook in now. 

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It May Not Be Surround Sound, But Grain Audio's Compact PWS Will Certainly Make You Think It Is

Aug 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Delivering a surround sound-like experience from a surprisingly compact design, Grain Audio’s Packable Wireless System (PWS) is definitely one of the better Bluetooth speakers we’ve tried. Not only does it sound great, it doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard to be cool. Wrapped in FSC certified walnut wood which promises to “naturally augment acoustics,” the PWS gives crisp tunes that sound freshly-recorded.

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Get Close Enough to Adam Levine to Get a Brag-Worthy Selfie With Him For Only $480

Aug 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Atlantic City has pledged to bring us more non-casino-based attractions and we are happy to see that that involves Adam Levine on a beach.  Joined by Nick Jonas and Matt McAndrew, Levine will be taking the stage with Maroon 5 on August 16 for one heck of a show. Though regular tickets are still available, the two VIP packages are really the only way to go if you want to see Levine up close and personal. You may even be close enough to pretend he is still single. 

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The Smart Cone Wireless Speaker Will Play What You Want, When You Want It

Aug 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Designed for the shape of our hands, the Aether Cone ($399) is a beautifully simple wireless speaker that reminds us of a megaphone. Available in black and copper or white and silver, the “thinking music player” learns what you like, when you like it. Meaning, if you always crank The Weeknd in the mornings, Cone will know and make it happen.

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7 of D.C.'s Most Prestigious Annual Balls and Galas

Jun 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When Washington D.C. politicians, socialites, and high-profile community leaders get together in ornate gowns, perfectly tailored suits and cocktails in hand, significant changes are sure to follow. Each year, the District holds some of the best galas, balls and events that bring a community of world-changers together to fundraise in lavish ways.

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Madonna's $27.9M Los Angeles Mansion Gives Us a Major Case of Déjà Vu

Aug 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Everyone’s favorite Material Girl is gracing the real estate market once again, but it’s giving everyone some major déjà vu. Back in 2012, Madonna listed her Sunset Boulevard mansion for $28 million, which was then dropped to $22.5M and eventually sold for $19.5M a year later. Now, the home is up for grabs again, but this time for $27.9M—until it’s eventually lowered, that is. The thing is that the home, though fresh to the market, doesn’t offer new photos or information. In fact, the description and images are simply copied from the 2012 ad.

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Copy Music's Top Dogs and Get a Pair of Perfectly Molded Customized In-Ear Headphones

Jul 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Audiophiles, prepare yourselves, because the sound of music is about to get so much better. The California-based Ultimate Ears may offer a range of wireless speakers, but their customized in-ear monitors are where it’s really at. Founded in 1995, UE headphones are used by top touring musicians all over the world and by using their website, you can get customized earbuds to fit perfectly inside your own ear too. 

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Marshall's London Smartphone is Calling and You Better Believe We're Answering

Jul 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There’s no way Marshall’s first smartphone isn’t an homage to The Clash’s infamous third album, London Calling, but that makes us love it even more. Without warning yesterday, the brand announced their plans to release London, a retro-styled Android phone that will immediately be a hit with diehard music lovers.

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Our 7 “You Should’ve Been There” Moments From Comic-Con

Jul 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Every year, networks and studios have to really do their best to wow fans and cosplayers at Comic-Con, and they certainly outdid themselves this time—just maybe not in the way you assumed. Though some of 2015’s most anticipated panels were worth the wait (holy moly, Star Wars), others failed to deliver anything new (like the contractually-silenced Game of Thrones cast). 

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Siri Who? Amazon Echo's Alexa Personality May Just Be Your New Best Friend

Jun 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It’s official, Amazon definitely knows how to create video advertisements, because the above clip for the Echo is incredibly convincing. Able to communicate with you just like Siri does, this speaker has its own brain named Alexa and is designed to adapt to your personality and needs.

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