badlands review

Badlands from Ashley Frangipane, better known as Halsey, is the electro alt pop convergence you’ve been waiting for.

Halsey

Fewer albums have held such interesting and entertaining capacity for me. I love any artist who creates a concept album; the artistry behind Badlands seems instantly enhanced by the thought and detail of the world inside of Halsey’s mind. There’s an eclecticism to the collection of tracks that keeps you from ever getting bored as Halsey takes you on a tour through this imaginary city.

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some summer songs

woah, alliteration! new music Friday or whatever brought us a couple things. so before you head out for a Friday night with friends, or a sunny Saturday filled with fun, check yourself and make sure you’ve got the right new tracks added to your summer playlist. here’s the scoop: da boys be ballin’ (and Ina Wroldsen deserves some credit) wanna dance? wanna fall in love? wanna make babies with your summer fling?? Continue reading

i got better: a thank you to bleachers

I am always listening to music.

It seems like whenever I’m listening to music, I’m always listening to Bleachers.

Sometimes I am listening to be listening, and sometimes I am feeling.

A year ago, I was on the front end of what was a really bad year in a lot of ways. I felt lost and lonely and broken.

Jack Antonoff and Bleachers just celebrated Strange Desire’s first birthday, so I think now is a good time to write a long overdue thank you note.

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i really like you + bleachers: a review

USA TODAY interviews Carly Rae Jepsen, promotes her new single

Carly Rae Jepsen is a pop hit powerhouse. That’s basically musical fact; it’s almost annoying how everything she releases is undeniably catchy, but it is what it is.

She knows how to create a chart topper, and it turns out she and the man behind Bleachers, Jack Antonoff, collaborated quite a bit when working on her soon to be released in the US album, E•MO•TION.

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i am obsessed with hana

If you haven’t listened to her yet, I need you to look up HANA immediately and fall in love.

HANA

I found this amazing song Clay a few weeks ago, per suggestion of the inimitable Grimes, and since, I’ve been incapable of listening to much else. We should all be thanking HANA for doing the music industry, our ears, and our hearts a huge favor.

I’m obsessed with finding music with meaning, like real, emotionally charged songs with depth and dimension. We have enough single ready, one dimensional songs crafted solely to climb the charts. I stopped being impressed by that long ago, and HANA isn’t doing that.

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new music tuesday

the good, the bad, and carly rae jepsen

On Tuesdays, no one is a better friend than those people at Spotify who spend their work hours compiling and pairing songs into every sort of playlist imaginable because on Tuesdays, those lovely little music loving humans tell me exactly what new songs to listen to. I have a mad appreciation for the oldies, but really pride myself on knowing what artists and songs are gonna blow up before the masses ever hear ’em, so I like to hear music the minute it comes out.

So after a perusal of Spotify’s list, and a visit to iTunes to make sure there was nothing I’d missed, I wrote up a few thoughts on what you need to listen to, and what you need to sacrifice a sacred skip on.

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