Best of 2014



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!



Review: Echosmith + Fall Concerts Roundup



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



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: 

Review: Tove Lo



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.