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New Sheet Music from Vitamin String Quartet

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We've added three brand new string quartet arrangements to our sheet music collection: 30 Seconds to Mars' "Hurricane" Eric Clapton's "Beautiful Tonight" Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Attention, Lads and Lassies! St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday and why not celebrate it with some Irish music, VSQ-style. We’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite artists who hail fromIreland, including Snow Patrol, The Cranberries, and U2. Enjoy, and be sure to wear your green this weekend!

Check out the albums featured on our playlist below:


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Snow Patrol’s Empires

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The road to success has been a rather long slope for Northern Irish alt-rockers Snow Patrol, but in 2012, they can look back and say they’ve come a long way. A new band record was set last year with Snow Patrol’s sixth studio album, Fallen Empires, debuting at #5 on the Billboard charts, followed by an international tour. But like many rising acts, it wasn’t always this way. Snow Patrol survived two name changes (“Shrug” and “Polar Bear” were already taken), local gigs and jobs at strip clubs, pubs and bars called Lucifer’s Mill and Nice N Sleazy, and the departure of a drummer (though the band did have better luck with drummers than Spinal Tap), before even getting signed. And once they had made it onto Scottish independent label Jeepster, home of Belle & Sebastian, they still didn’t see the progress they’d hoped for. With the freedom of an independent label came lax promotional efforts and the label dropped the band after the second album, which sold many critics but not enough copies to make a great profit. Since the band wasn’t selling enough records, lead singer Gary Lightbody had to sell his record collection to pay rent, and the band got by sleeping on fans’ floors and getting into nightclubs by pretending to be members of Belle & Sebastian. Though slightly disheartened, the band stuck with it, encouraged by manager Danny McIntosh and his gold colored splitter bus that the boys traveled in. During the band mates’ transition phase, they grabbed an acoustic guitar and wrote “Run,” which would be released on the ironically titled 2004 album Final Straw, their first success with Polydor Records. From there, “Chasing Cars” on 2006’s Eyes Open became a Grammy-nominated hit favorite and the band continued to lace more of their songs with pop hooks and radio-friendly melodies. On the band’s most recent Fallen Empires, walls of guitars are softened with simple synths and electro beats, but earnest lyrics and rock integrity remains.

Check Out: VSQ Performs The Hits of 2012 Vol. 1 Available now at iTunes

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Music Mondays: Spring Fever

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We're only five days into the month of March and VSQ has already caught a powerful case of Spring fever! With just three more weeks before Spring officially makes its way out of hibernation, we've mustered together a few of our favorite Vitamin String Quartet "Springtime" covers to keep this fever burning until it's official arrival. 1. Dog Days Are Over - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Florence and the Machine 2. Nine in the Afternoon - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Panic! At The Disco 3. Boston - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Augustana 4. Ocean Avenue - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Yellowcard 5. Today - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Smashing Pumpkins 6. Speeding Cars - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Imogen Heap 7. The Cave - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Mumford & Sons 8. Beautiful Day - Vitamin String Quartet Performs U2 9. Chocolate - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Snow Patrol 10. Do You Realize?? - Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Flaming Lips 11. Pumped Up Kicks - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Foster the People 12. Dare You To Move - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Switchfoot 13. Maggie May - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Rod Stewart 14. Look After You - Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Fray 15. In Bloom - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Nirvana 16. Clocks - Vitamin String Quartet Performs Coldplay

Listen to our "Spring Fever" playlist on Spotify now!

What are some of your favorite tracks that put you into "full spring?" Share below!

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