Currently Listening To...

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You guy know the drill... Here are the songs I've been listening to since the start of January. This playlist includes a current favorite: "Mourning Doves" by Mikky Ekko. I'm a sucker for anything Mikky Ekko, because, that voice... If you don't know who he is, you may recognize him from the male vocals in Rhianna's "Stay With Me." Also featured- Childish Gambino, Purity Ring, Cold War Kids and more. If you're in the need for new music, these songs can definitely fix that problem.

RJD2 @ Brooklyn Bowl

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Bowling, booze, food and concerts - what else could ya need? Brooklyn Bowl became my new favorite venue last week when I saw RJD2. I've been meaning to hit this place up for a while now but the stars never aligned until recently when I got tickets as a Christmas present. No offense to RJD2, but I was equally excited to finally see the venue as I was to see the show. Brooklyn Bowl was everything I ever imagined and more - you could literally hear/see the show from anywhere in the venue. Even right up to the point where I stepped into the bathroom stall, I could see RJD2 doing his thing on a screen through a window leading to the concert area, that's my kinda place.

Besides discovering that Brooklyn Bowl is the best place on the planet, RJD2 was pretty cool too. I saw him briefly at Governor's Ball last year when I caught the end of his set and was really digging it, which lead to this show. I don't really listen to him on the norm (I really only recognized one of his songs), but he's just one of those performers that you need to see live. The set was a straight up dance party. Just a really, really fun show overall. You don't need to have listened to RJD2 previously to have enjoyed it, it was not one of those kind of concerts.

The opener, D.V.S*, was pretty good as well, kind of like a mini RJD2 (like I couldn't tell the difference at first). It was mostly him, his guitar and his computer for most of the hour long set but he had a violin, saxophone and piano player accompany him for some songs. Only one negative, the hat he was wearing has GOT to go.

All in all the night was hella fun. So two things: if you have a chance to see RJD2 live, I highly recommend it, and DEFINITELY check out Brooklyn Bowl as soon as you can.

Best of 2014

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A little late on this, but aren't I always? It’s hard to look back at all of 2014, especially with my awful memory, so thank God for Spotify and their new ‘Year In Review’ feature.  Most of this data is pulled from Spotify but I also created a Best of 2014 playlist based on personal faves thought up from my own noggin.

If you're interested in knowing what you listened to throughout 2014, I definitely recommend viewing your Spotify ‘Year In Review,’ especially if you listen to Spotify on the daily (like moi). It’s pretty interesting.
 
So, according to Spotify…
 
Top Genres

  1. Pop
  2. R-neg-b
  3. Metropopolis
  4. Synthpop
  5. Indietronica

(not even sure what most of these mean..)
 
Top Artists

  1. Banks
  2. Tove Lo
  3. Charli XCX
  4. Lily Allen
  5. Broods

Top Album

  1. True Romance by Charli XCX
  2. Queen Of The Clouds by Tove Lo
  3. Blue Film by Lo-Fang
  4. LONDON by Banks
  5. St. Vincent by St. Vincent

Top Tracks

  1. When We’re Fire – Lo-Fang
  2. Our Time – Lily Allen
  3. SuperLove – Charli XCX
  4. Mother & Father – Broods
  5. Nuclear Seasons – Charli XCX
  6. This Is What It Feels Like – Banks
  7. Waiting Game – Banks
  8. Brain – Banks
  9. Goddess – Banks
  10. Air Balloon – Lily Allen

Check out the playlist Spotify created for my 2015 listening based on what I listened to in 2014: 

And when I wasn't listening to the same 5 artists and songs on repeat I was listening to these.. 

What were your ‘Year In Review’ results? Comment below!

 

 

Artist Spotlight- Charli XCX

A few weeks ago, Charli XCX released her third full-length album titled, SuckerSucker is jam packed with catchy pop/punk tunes that are bound to be hits, in fact it's so catchy it's hard for me to pick a favorite song. I mean, the 22-year-old wrote Icona Pop's ridiculously catchy hit "I love it," as well as wrote and sang the hook for Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," another extremely successful song. While Charli is no stranger to creating hits, she's ready to break out of the songwriter/background singer role and have her own chart topping tunes.

Although her newest album is pretty different from her last, moody/dark/electropop album, True Romance, it's still very much Charli. I LOVED True Romance, so when I first heard Charli's new songs off Sucker as they were released by single, I was a little disappointed and worried for the album as a whole. When listening to the whole album, I had a completely different reaction. It's a great album, and will for sure appeal to more people than True Romance ever did.  Even though some may call her a sellout claiming her songs are too mainstream, there is no denying that these songs are damn good. In an interview with NME, Charli stated, "I'm not making a hipster album." And she most definitely didn't. 

While Charli has tamed it down since her True Romance days, she still doesn't completely blend in with today's pop artists. Her crazy, wild hair was more put together for her recent performances on SNL, the Late Show, etc., but she still had her unique outfits and dance moves. Maybe that's just growing up though..

Below is her newest music video for her single "Breaking Up," this video is a balance between old Charli and mainstream Charli (but maybe a little more mainstream). It does have similarities to old True Romance music videos while still appealing to the masses. I do miss old Charli, but I'm excited for everyone to at least know who she is and experience the magic that is Charli XCX. Check out her new music video and stream Sucker below.

Currently Listening To...

These past few weeks, when I wasn't listening to Christmas music, I was jamming out to new Charli XCX (the whole album is pretty damn good btw), Omarion's "Post To Be," which I can't get enough of, "If I go" by Ella Eyre, which I REALLY can't get enough of, and a random mix of others. Pause the xmas music for a bit and check out this highly addicting playlist curated by yours truly.

Christmas 2014 Playlist

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Holy cow Christmas is coming up quick. I am way behind on my Christmas listening fill for the year so between now and Thursday, I'm doubling up. If you're in the same boat, listen to my new Christmas playlist below. I made this list for this year's listening and it includes a mix of my favorite old classics as well as some new faves. While I thought I had plenty of time before the holiday and actually thought I was ahead of the game for once, I am not. So get your shopping done and those cookies baked, we got t-minus 6! Which is both exciting and nerve wracking.

And can't forget this one...

Unwrap Style Playlist

I find myself in Forever 21 quite a lot because it's both cheap and trendy. But Every time I'm there I find myself shazaming more often than actually looking for clothes. Lucky for me, Forever 21 created a Spotify playlist featuring the songs they have on rotation at their stores... so obviously that's all I've been listening to for the past week. While most songs I just listen to in the background of what I'm doing, some have made onto my personal rotation because they are THAT good. Forever's playlist curators know what they are doing. Give the playlist a spin, it consists of 10 hours of really fun songs that'll make you feel like... shopping.

Winter Show List

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When I think of winter I think about occasionally playing in the snow, but mostly snuggling up and being cozy at home. BUT some shows are worth venturing into the polar vortex for, and this is a list of them. I don’t enjoy being out in the cold so trust me when I say that these shows are MUST sees.

While I will try to go to all of these, lets be real, I won't. So I highlighted the shows that I will definitely be going to, aka the best of the best on this list, meaning shows ya need to go to.

You will find that some months are lacking. Part of that is due to me being super picky this season because like I said, I hate the cold, and part of it is just that there aren't a ton of great shows announced yet. So as Feb and March start approaching and more shows get announced, I will be sure to add them on here- make sure to keep checking back!

If I can get myself to leave my slippers and sweaters then so can you! See ya there ;)

Review: Echosmith + Fall Concerts Roundup

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So a few weeks ago (I’m so late on this!) I saw Echosmith, the last show of the bundle of tickets I bought back in the beginning of the fall. As excepted they were super fun and talented, but what really blew me away and stuck out to me well after the show, was the opening performer- Madi Diaz.

She was soo good and although I tried to recreate the set by listening to her at home, it wasn’t quite the same. Her voice live was so raw and unique and although I can listen to her on Spotify for hours, it doesn't compare to her live performance. DEF check her out!

Echosmith was great. They're age and lack of touring experience showed but that didn't stop them from putting on a fun set. In between songs lead singer, Sydney, would make little speeches sometimes becoming emotional, showing that their recent fame hasn't kept them from staying humble. I can see them (especially Sydney) becoming really good performers in the future. Good show, but the highlight of the night for me was fur sure Madi Diaz.

As you may already know from previous posts, this past fall I saw a bunch of amazing artists- HOLYCHILD, MØ, Linus Young, Tove Lo, Elliphant, Charli XCX, Madi Diaz, Echosmith and others. It was really exciting seeing so many powerful, up and coming female artists that I've pretty much been obsessed with this past year. Looking back, all were great shows, but I have to say my favorite was most definitely MØ. Her show will probably go down as one of my all time favorite live performances EVA. All-in-all, these girls kicked ass! Definitely my faves in music currently. 

Now I'm ready for some winter concerts... Check back soon for a list of MUST see shows coming this winter in the NYC metropolitan area. 

In the meantime, listen to the mix of the songs I remember most vividly from each night. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay PT. 1 Soundtrack

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I knew I was going to love the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1  soundtrack well before I even heard it. Learning that Lorde curated the collection was all I needed to know I would dig it… then I saw the track list and I was more than in love. Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Haim, Stromae, CHVRCHES… it's like it was made for me. I then saw the movie (wish the songs from the actual soundtrack were in the movie but whateva) and then finally, I listened to Mockingjay Pt. 1. To be honest it took a little getting used to at first, but in the end like always, Lorde blew me away. The songs flow really well together and have a hint of similarity, and the mood encompasses the feel of the film. In short, it’s flawless. Listen below to find out what I’m talking about: