1. We have only one problem with this Seattle-born/Queens, New York-based rapper’s Potential Fans mixtape: the title. Because when a project harnesses the production prowess of some major names in the game (Yuri Beats and Tommy Kruise to name a few), we blow right past “potential” and straight into super-fan status.

    When an artist’s own tracks are pure gold, the only thing that could elevate their worth is collaboration with other key players. And Aaron Cohen definitely plays nice in the industry sandbox.

    It helps that Cohen’s rapping style is almost a contradiction – it’s aggressively chill. It’s intense in a way that’s captivating, but it’s accessible enough for people who don’t consider themselves hip-hop aficionados to appreciate it. He’s catchy like Kid Cudi but with a classic 90s like tempo and flow (as heard on the track “Ego”).

    On the opener “True” he asks, “What are you going to do if your dreams don’t come true?” A question that’s relatable, resonating and is the perfect preface to the rest of the musical dialog. Lyrics to the title track “Potential Fans” shed light on the meaning of the phrase: “I ain’t got critics / I got potential fans.” And while the theme may seem a bit arrogant, Cohen does it in a “confident but not cocky” way that merits our respect.

    Second standout song “Why You Mad For” is notable for a few reasons. For one – the track is featured on the Grand Theft Auto 5 mixtape, a credible honor that speaks for itself. And then of course there’s the music. The distorted dramatic entrance is backed by a static synth and carried by a steady beat. While the chorus keeps the tempo, the vocal ferocity increases repeating the lines “Why you mad for? Why you mad for?”

    By this point we’re realizing Aaron Cohen is a rule bender. But we look the other way, because as we all know, good music is allowed to break the mold. 

    Cohen’s Potential Fans mixtape is out today via Decon Records. So stream it on Grooveshark & if you like what you hear, you can download it here.

    By Anna Murphy


  2. For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we’re bringing you six different Broadcasts from 1PM - 7PM EST in genres ranging from classical to rock to 90’s. Check out the schedule and listen in:

    1pm - Classical Classics 24h

    
2pm - Evolution of Rock

    
3pm - Classic Rock

    4pm - I Heart the 80’s -00’s

    
5pm - Best of 80’s vs. 90’s  

    
6pm - Power Hits 80’s 90’s 00’s


  3. Grooveshark flew two of our top Broadcasters to New York City to experience live shows and meet artists during this year’s CMJ Music Marathon. Re-Live NYC’s biggest music festival through the eyes of Emmagician and Migmagnific in this four-part documentary. We’ll be releasing a new video each week, so be sure to follow along.

    Want to have an experience like this?

    CHAPTER 1: Arrival and Background


  4. Today, in honor of Throwback Thursday, we’re featuring a wide variety of Broadcasts beginning WAY “throwback” with Baroque & Classical and winding-down the day with hits from the 90’s. Check out our schedule and come along for a musical journey through time.

    12pm-1pm - ♫♪Baroque and Earlier♫♪ (http://grooveshark.com/#!/masterofbaroque/broadcast)


    1pm-2pm - Classical Classics (http://grooveshark.com/#!/classicalclassics/broadcast)


    2pm-3pm - Classic Rock (http://grooveshark.com/#!/mesabjorn/broadcast)


    3pm-4pm - 80’s Hair Metal (http://grooveshark.com/#!/haremageddon/broadcast)


    4pm-5pm - 80s, Best of (http://grooveshark.com/#!/rarelink/broadcast)


    5pm-6pm - I ❤ HITS THE 80s~00s (http://grooveshark.com/#!/rebobne/broadcast)


    6pm-7pm - 90’s Goodies! (http://grooveshark.com/#!/jigglybum/broadcast)


  5. Earlier this year we launched Broadcast, a one-of-a-kind feature designed to give users a way to listen to music in real time, together, with friends and fans from across the globe. Now, you can bring your favorite Broadcasts along while you’re on the go! With Mobile Broadcast you can discover, access and listen to any broadcast available on Grooveshark.com. Mobile Broadcasts work while you’re in the car, at the office or walking around town. Just go to our website on your Android (4.0+) or iOS5.(1+) device to start listening today! 

    *Gingerbread versions of Android not currently supported.


  6. It’s not every day we encounter an artist who combines multiple genres into one unique and very holistic sound that just, well, works.

    Austin, TX native and multi-instrumentalist Max Frost’s influences come from “everything he’s ever heard.”  An admission that’s evident in his Adam Levine styled tenor, albeit infused with a unique staccato, or the Gnarls Barkley soul with an added electro-pop edge.

    Frost is an alluring enigma of an artist that can’t be pigeonholed in a category, and subsequently, neither can his new EP High Low High – released on October 9 via Atlantic Records.

    The opening track “White Lies” has already received rave reviews due to its accessible power pop characteristics – filled to the brim with punchy vocals, clever guitar rifts and strategically placed synth snippets.

    Another standout single is “Suspended Animation,” a swingy ballad featuring video game sounds and a funky folk sing-speaking style reminiscent of Shawn Mullins and 90s alt-pop.

    The EP respects our time; it’s a five-song sampler platter spanning 16 minutes (and just as many genres) that doesn’t leave us wanting. So if you like music, we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy this feast of a new release, available for purchase, here.


  7. #GSHARKLIFE

    Follow us on Instagram and and use the hashtag #gsharklife to find out what’s going on in the Grooveshark office.

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    We have a very special treat for our hip-hop heads today! Mass Appeal magazine be on-air at 3pm EST and South Florida hip-hop artist, Will Brennan, will join in to drop exclusive new tracks. Follow Mass Appeal on Grooveshark and tune in today for this broadcast exclusive! 

    Follow Mass Appeal on Grooveshark now!


  9. [Image via Shutterstock]

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    ALGORITHMS ARE A START, BUT THEY DON’T CURATE, PROVIDE CONTEXT, OR PERSUADE YOU TO LISTEN.

    Read more on Fast Company 


  10. This week, OVERWERK will be spending some quality time with two of our rockstar Broadcasters on Grooveshark. Be sure to join him this Wednesday and Thursday at 2pm EST when he hops onto both Emmagician's and WritheM's EDM broadcasts. You are not going to want to miss this!


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