Fresh: ValslistRadio App

Finally, everything you love about right on your phone! Make It Better’s Val Haller, who worked closely with her son on the project, says that her playlist-building app is truly one of the first apps geared toward busy adults. If you don’t have time to discover new music on your own, Val does the […]

A Halloween Playlist

This downloadable playlist is the perfect Halloween party mix.   Don’t let the frightful titles fool you—this mix is great new music by the best new artists (and not just for Halloween!) HALLOWEEN – Frightful Graveyard Shift by Sam Roberts Band Culture of Fear by Thievery Corporation Land of the Bloody Unknown by The Middle […]

Valslist: Artists Who Give Back

Musicians and songwriters give us their gifts. Melodies. Harmonies. Lyrics. Dance Beats. Personality. Stage Presence. Now that’s entertainment. But some artists go above and beyond the call. They create music for a cause, to benefit the needy. Their music moves us, changes us, improves us, makes us think and calls us to action. I received […]

Venue Spotlight: Pitchfork Music Festival

Union Park, Chicago July 15-17   A mini-Lollapalooza featuring lesser-known, up-and-coming bands, Pitchfork Music Festival is just as fun. Whether your kids are begging you to let them go, or you yourself want to go, here are some fest tips that bridge the gap. Get your tickets soon. Three-day passes are already sold out. But […]

A Music Note

If I had a dollar for every adult who said, “I just ask my kids to download music for me”—I would be a rich woman. It’s the trend (or the curse) of the busy adult—have the kids do it for you. But do you really like the music they choose? Most of you say not […]

Oscars Playlist

Whether you’re host or guest for the Oscars, a good playlist is a must! Download this one at RED CARPET PLAYLIST (for your Oscars party) 1.    Own It by The Black Eyed Peas 2.    Do You Want It All? by Two Door Cinema Club 3.    Big Dreams by Molehill 4.    Binga Bong! by Glenn […]

A Valentine’s Day Playlist

Card? Check. Flowers? Check. Dinner reservation? Check. Back to your place? Check. MUSIC? Check. VALENTINE  Be Mine Stoned Love by The Supremes Pretty Eyes by Alex Goot The Luckiest by Ben Folds Who’d Have Known by Lily Allen Lovely Day by Lee Ritenour I Was Made to Love Her by Stevie Wonder You Are My […]

A Super Bowl Playlist

Since most football players are beasts, we had fun using animal band names in this list—a trend in the music industry!   SUPER BOWL Let the Rumpus Begin 1.    Laredo by Band of Horses 2.    Location by Freelance Whales 3.    Cannibal Queen by Miniature Tigers 4.    8 4 8 by Young Mammals 5.    Coronado by […]

Women Who Rock

Who says men cornered the market on beng musical influences?   Here are a handful of female singer/songwriters you must know—now! Joni Mitchell: May stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Val’s take: “The inspiration of many female singer songwriters today.” Natalie Merchant: Socially conscious poet with […]

Valslist Guide to Lollapalooza

One of the country’s premier music fests, Lollapalooza, comes to Grant Park Aug. 6-8. Val’s Tips: A 3-day pass is $215, and a 1-day pass $90. Private cabanas = pay more for comfort. Get your tickets now. They sell out AND it’s a fun thing to look forward to. When the line up comes out, start […]