The Five Question Challenge with Pentatonix’s Mitch Grassi

Pentatonix PTX Vol. III

By: Jacob Elyachar, Pentatonix is one of the most successful a cappella groups of all-time! Since their victory on The Sing-Off’s third season, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado and Kevin Olusola’s EPs have made it to both the Top 10 and Top 20 of the Billboard 200. The quintet is a […]

The Five Question Challenge with Jesse Kinch

"Rising Star's" reigning champ and Capitol Records artist Jesse Kinch tackled "The Five Question Challenge." (Photo courtesy of Jesse Kinch)

By: Jacob Elyachar, When I first heard Jesse Kinch sing “I’ve Put A Spell On You” on Rising Star, I knew that he was going to take the ABC singing competition by storm! Performance after performance, the Long Island rocker commanded the stage and gave viewers chills with his outstanding covers of “Billie Jean” […]

New Music Releases: Week of September 15, 2014

Barbra Streisand Partners

By: Jacob Elyachar, This week’s New Music Releases features a diverse group of artists at various stages in their careers.   Partners by Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand is one of the greatest singers of all-time! For her 34th studio album, Ms. Streisand recruited a dozen of the music industry’s most beloved male vocalists to […]

The Five Question Challenge with Smashing Satellites’ Salvatore Costa

Smashing Satellites' Salvatore Costa tackled "The Five Question Challenge" and talked about the band's debut EP: "SonicAluzion A-Side" (Photo courtesy of Aluzion Records)

By: Jacob Elyachar, It is a pleasure to welcome Smashing Satellites’ lead singer Salvatore Costa to Jake’s Take! Before he joined this band, Salvatore was the lead guitarist and a vocalist for rock band My Darkest Days. After releasing two successful albums with My Darkest Days, Salvatore left the band and worked on a […]

New Music Releases: Week of September 8, 2014

Train fans would be pleased with the San Francisco pop rock band's latest record. (Album cover property of Columbia Records)

By: Jacob Elyachar, Welcome to another exciting edition of New Music Releases! This week, I dove into some of the most anticipated albums of 2014 and revealed my prediction on who is this year’s “breakout solo act”!   Bulletproof Picasso by Train For those of you that waited for Train’s Bulletproof Picasso, you will […]

A Conversation with Semi Precious Weapons’ Justin Tranter

Justin Tranter Semi Precious Weapons

By: Jacob Elyachar, 40 years ago, New York-based band The Ramones changed the music world forever when they introduced punk rock to the masses. Today, one of the legendary group’s many heirs, the Brooklyn-originated & LA-based Indie Pop-Rock band Semi Precious Weapons, is about to claim their birthright with the announcement of their fourth […]

New Music Releases: Week of September 1, 2014

Maroon 5 V album

By: Jacob Elyachar, V by Maroon 5 V marks Maroon 5’s fifth studio album and the first time in four years that keyboardist Jesse Carmichael participated in the album’s recording process. Since Hands All Over, the LA based band has been slowly evolving their music to a pop rock-based sound. With the help of […]

New Music Releases: Week of August 25, 2014

Darius Rucker Homegrown Honey

By: Jacob Elyachar, This week’s edition of  New Music Releases packs some serious star power!   My Everything by Ariana Grande For the past couple of years, sophomore albums have played an important part in how artists survive in today’s music industry. My Everything showcases why Ariana Grande is one of the most talked […]

Katy Perry “Roars” into the Sprint Center

Katy Perry Performs At The Odyssey Arena, Belfast

By: Jacob Elyachar, One of today’s biggest pop princesses, Katy Perry, is in the midst of her third world tour: The Prismatic World Tour. After conquering the United Kingdom, Canada and most of the continental United States, the two-time American Music Award-winning songstress took her show to Kansas City’s Sprint Center. As ecstatic KatyCats […]

New Music Releases: Week of August 18, 2014

Smokey Robinson Smokey and Friends

By: Jacob Elyachar, I am so excited to welcome everyone to the latest edition of New Music Releases! We have a lot to get too…so let’s get this party started!   Smokey & Friends by Smokey Robinson The Motown icon gathered an A-list of singers to tackle some of soul music’s greatest tracks. Each […]

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