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And with the ending of another month comes another CTL playlist with some of the songs I've been jamming to this March. (If you watch Broad City, you will notice that I've been binge watching it recently as 57% of the songs are from the show.) Other songs were discovered on SNL (George Ezra's 3/28 performance), Hypemachine (Phoebe Ryan) and Purity Ring's new album, another eternity.

What did YOU listen to this month? Comment below with the songs you loved in March!

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As you can tell from this week's cover photo, I'm over winter and the cold, as is everyone I'm sure. With another winter month down, spring is on the horizon.. HALLELUJAH. Before we leave February in the dust, here is a playlist of the songs I've been listening to for the second half of the month.

This playlist is a mix of new songs and songs I recently re-discovered. Favorites on the list: Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter," "Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)" by YACHT and "Lost Stars" by Adam Levine (kind of lame, I know, but I re-fell in love with it after seeing his performance at the Oscars).

PSA: if you haven't already googled 'Truffle Butter,' DON'T. I'm still gagging... Also, Lil Wayne's rap in this song is the most amazing rap ever. A bit dirty for my little ears but it is so, so good. 

What songs were you obsessed with in February? Comment below!

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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.

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.

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...

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: 

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And here's another one... I hadn't done one in so long I figured I could get by with doing two in a row. This week's CLT is a little more radio pop, with most of the songs first discovered on Spotify's "New Music Tuesday" playlist. I'm hoping I'm ahead of the curve here, and I'm introducing you to future hits that you can later say, "Yeah, I knew about that song months ago..." All great songs to mindlessly enjoy and bop along to while going through the weekly grind. My favorite songs on the list: "Medicine" by the 1975 and "Tribe" by Theophilus London ft. Jesse Boykins III, both are pretty addicting. Comment with your favorite new tunes below!

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What have I been listening to lately? Here's an overview: new Tinashe (her album, Aquarius, is DOPE), Tay Swift’s 1989 (f u for taking your music off Spotify. Anyway, my fav's off the album are "Bad Blood" and "New Romantics"), all the songs on the lil playlist below (my favorite: Broods' "Mother & Father." Can't. Get. Over. It.) and the soundclouds directly below that (songs not found on Spotify). Let me know what songs you guys have been digging recently!

Also, not to exaggerate or anything, but I’m OBSESSED with my new Gramofon. If you’re not familiar- Gramofon is a WiFi device that allows you to play music wirelessly from your smartphone onto your sound system, and it’s literally life changing. If you’re into streaming like myself and want to change the way you listen to music as well as make streaming through speakers 1000x easier, check out Gramofon here: www.gramofon.com.

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Review: Charli XCX

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Last week Chali XCX brought prom to Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom. Balloons, prom signs, drink specials such as “Spiked Prom Punch,” and Charli dressed in a cheerleading uniform- all the high school prom necessities. With signs reading “It’s Prom Suckers” (Suckers is also the name of Charli’s upcoming album, set to release in December) and “Pussy Power," it wasn't your typical prom... it was so much better. 

Charli and her band- bassist, guitarist, drummer- all females dressed in matching cheerleading uniforms and one with cat ears, reminded me of Josie and The Pussy Cats (you know, the movie where an all female band delivers subliminal messages to their listeners through music…). At one point she had us chanting "Pussy Power," which also had me thinking back to the movie.

As expected, Charli was a great performer. Her voice was pawsome and dance moves were tight (she had this awesome move that was kind of like punk krumping). She performed a few new songs such as "London Queen" and "Break The Rules" but also some older ones like "Nuclear Season" and "Black Roses." She closed the night with "Boom Clap" and performed “Fancy,” but instead of just having a back track for Iggy’s rap parts, she rapped herself and it was 1000x better than the real thing. Also like her krumping, it was like a punk version of the song. 

Charli shouting, "It's prom bitches!" and falling balloons and confetti shooting over the audience during the last songs, topped off the night. It was a magical prom. 

Wine and Indian food made us miss Femme but we did make it just in time for Elliphant. Her performance was kind of like being in an episode of Skins and what I imagine my life would be like if I were part of the UK rave scene. Meaning her set was soo much fun. Straight up dance party. She and her weird British accent (and also her DJ) slayed the stage. And the best part? She closed with “One More.” So perfect. 

Charli XCX is as cool as they get. Cooler than cool and she is going to be big. I mean, really big… just wait for it.

Review: Tove Lo

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Last Wednesday Tove Lo took over Webster Hall and killed it. She performed almost all of her songs from her recently released debut album, Queen of The Clouds. You may have heard Tove Lo on the radio either from her single “Habits (Stay High)” or her feature on Alesso’s “Heroes (We Could Be).” If that’s all you know of Tove Lo I strongly suggest you listen to her full-length, as it is full of catchy as hell songs and I literally can’t stop singing them. It’s actually getting out of control, since last Wednesday I’ve been singing in the car, the shower, around the house, the store… basically everywhere. Apologies to those around me.

Queen of The Clouds is a pop album but edgy with shameless lyrics. She sings about sex, porn, drugs, throwing up, etc. - “I eat my dinner in the bathtub then I go to sex clubs watching freaky people gettin’ it on.”

Throughout the night she called her audience “babes” and threw out condoms and rolling papers into the crowd. Queen of The Clouds has a short intro and two interludes, and throughout the show extended versions of these, accompanied with Tove Lo’s lips, played on a screen. The interludes revealed an intense romance story and thoughts on love and passion. These breaks went really well with the performance and the crowd went wild for them. She kind of reminds me of an edgier Katy Perry and regular Robyn (maybe only the Robyn part because she’s Swedish).

The opening band for Tove Lo was Linus Young (girl and guy duo), a really good band but also a really weird opener for a pop artist. Their sound was super different from Tove Lo’s, a lot slower for one thing. They sounded great but it was way too chill and it didn’t set the right mood for the headliner. Linus Young vaguely reminds me of the Once soundtrack but with a sexier sound. I wasn't in the right frame of mind when seeing them live but I’ve been listening to them since on heavy rotation. Their album, Category 5, comes out tomorrow! Be sure to check it out.

Listen to both Tove Lo’s Queen of The Clouds and Linus Young’s singles below.