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Summer Guide to Camping with Kids
Fourth of July weekend is the perfect time to take the family out camping!  But, it can be overwhelming to pack up the kids and all of their stuff just for a weekend in the woods.  Real Simple has your 9 Step Guide to Camping with Kids which offers tips on making camping food prep easy to packing glow sticks for your family to light up the night with!

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Feel Good Friday Video: New Christina Perri - Burning Gold

Pure Girl Power!  Awesome!  RLITM says this will be a HUGE hit...reminds us, in a good way, of Sara Bareilles' Brave..

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On Demand Video: Startling "Don't Text And Drive" Campaign

This is not a bloody, gory car crash video.  It is a well done, STARTLING anti texting and driving video from Volkswagen.

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Shocker! AGBW's Chad Shares Story Of Having Multiple Sclerosis
Wow, when Chad and Ian introed a few of their songs at Starry Night In The Garden, they mentioned some major challenges they had dealt with over the last 5 or so years.  It certainly sounds like one of them was Chad's bout with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Paramore's Best Gig Ever: A Cruise Ship? Yep...

Paramore's Hayley Williams recently told British newspaper The Guardian that the band played a cruise ship. ''I really wanted to walk out to Come Sail Away. I really wanted to ham it up with the whole theme. But no, we didn't do any show-tunes, much as I would have loved that. Taylor (York, guitarist) wore Hawaiian button-up T-shirts the whole time. But I think we did a really good job of not making it cheesy, while also making fun of how ridiculous the whole thing was. And those two shows that we played were two of my favourite shows of the last four, five years – especially the second one, where we played more deep cuts."

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On Demand Video: Pearl Jam Covers "Let It Go"

Who knew Eddie Vedder was the next Idina Menzel?

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"Physical" Still The Sexiest Song Of All Time?

Just saw a quick blurb of something we've mentioned in Summer's was on this date in 2012 that named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit 'Physical' as The Sexiest Song Of All Time.  Have there been any songs in the past two years that would make the Top 10 Sexiest list?  Blurred Lines? John Legend's All of Me?
Billboard's Top Ten Sexiest Songs of All Time are:

1. Olivia Newton-John - 'Physical'
2. Rod Stewart - 'Tonight's The Night'
3. Boyz II Men - 'I'll Make Love To You'
4. Next – 'Too Close'
5. Marvin Gaye – 'Let's Get It On'
6. Donna Summer – 'Hot Stuff'
7. Captain and Tennille – 'Do That To Me One More Time'
8. Madonna – 'Like A Virgin'
9. Exile – 'Kiss You All Over'
10. Rod Stewart – 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy'

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Maroon 5 NYC Warm Up Gig Gets Harsh Review
When it comes to reviews, RLITM reminds you that so many things can influence the writer: were they in a bad mood that day, were they forced to review an act they plain just don't like, or do they have a grudge against the performer for something thats happened in the past?  Wondering if one of those things was present in the NY Daily News review of a Maroon 5 warm up show.  Brutal...

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Starbucks Raising Prices. Will it stop you from getting the Grande?
Starbucks will raise prices on coffee by 10 to 20 cents tomorrow. Food and iced-coffee frappuccino drink prices will not be raised. The price jump is due to arabica bean prices rising. Are you obsessed with a grande double mocha latte?  Check out Buzzfeeds 26 warning signs.  It's Buzzfeed funny!

26 Signs You're Hopelessly Obsessed With Starbucks

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Feel Good Friday Video: Finn The Cat Welcomes Soldier Home

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2014 Critics Choice Television Award Winners

Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Best Actor In A Drama Series: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Best Actress In A Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Best Comedy Series: Orange Is The New Black

Best Lead Actress In A Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Movie: The Normal Heart

Best Mini-Series: Fargo

Best Reality Host: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Best Talk Show: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Actress In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Best Actor In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Animated Series: Archer

Best Reality Series: Competition: Shark Tank

Best Reality Series: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Critics' Choice Louis XIII Genius Award: Ryan Murphy

Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Tie—Allison Janney, Mom & Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is The New Black

Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine Nine

Best Supporting Actress In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Allison Tolman, Fargo

Best Supporting Actor In A Movie Or Mini-Series: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Best Guest Performer In A Drama Series: Allison Janney, Masters Of Sex

Best Guest Performer In A Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black

Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Bellamy Young, Scandal

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Thank You Buffalo For An Incredible Starry Night In The Garden!

Wow, we had said it all along that this may be the last time you see A Great Big World this up close and personal, and last night you saw why!  They delivered one of the best Starry Night In The Garden performances EVER!  You knew it would be a special night when Ian opened by saying "You do know that most of our songs aren't slow and depressing, right?"  And then they tore the place up!  They are destined for huge certainly got the feeling they may be performing on the Grammy's next February, and maybe even accepting a writing award!

And Kodaline put on one of the tightest opening performances ever, showing why they are making waves from Dublin, Ireland to the U.S..
Being great musicians and having incredible energy kept many glued to the stage early on when most would be hitting the food and wine tents.  We have a feeling Kodaline have a ton of new fans in Buffalo this morning!

Thank you to all the Starry Night sponsors, volunteers, restaurants, wineries, and Botanical Garden workers who set up early, and stayed all night to make it magical for all.  And THANK YOU BUFFALO...some of your tickets dollars will go so far in helping the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens continue it's renaissance.

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Follow A Great Big World's fan clubs at @ABGWrockstars and @Team_AGBW
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Get 2 Know The Artists Of Starry Night In The Garden 2014

Need directions to the Botanical Gardens?

There is nothing like the innocence of a band realizing they are becoming rockstars...having the breaks go their way...all while they scratch their heads saying "How did this happen to us?" That shines through so clearly as Ian and Chad from A Great Big World join Rob Lucas to talk up Starry Night In The Garden 2014.
  Ticket sales close at noon today (6.18) at


Kodaline’s Steve Garrigan was hilarious in our warm up chat for Starry Night In The Garden! Maybe it was the alluring Irish accent?

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On Demand Video: Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon Ride A Coaster

...and hit a bug along the way!  Hilarious!

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On Demand Video: This Dog Loves The World Cup, This Dog Doesn't!

The dog that doesn't is riiiiight at the end!

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On Demand Video: Fake Grey Poupon Commercial

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