Lost Boy – Ruth B

Immediately after hearing this song on the radio, I pulled out Shazam to figure out what song it was and who it was. While I may be biased to loving the story of Peter Pan, Ruth B’s voice is something to admire.

I’m sure I will remember the first time hearing this song, not only was it a memorable occasion, but because the song captured exactly how I felt in that moment. The song personally gives me chills and takes me back to the moment that I had no cares in the world, when I was in Neverland.

More from Ruth B:

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Cinderella – The Knocks feat. Magic Man

With a beat to get your head bopping and your hips shaking, this song is the newest addition to my playlist on spotify.

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I had never heard of The Knocks previous to this song and I am so glad to have the introduction to the Dj duo. The song also gives Magic Man fans a little taste of what we may get during the Hotline Spring Tour and their upcoming album.

The Knocks’ Website | Magic Man’s Website | Buy it on iTunes

Waves – Sleeper Agent

The song, Waves, has stood out to me because of the mix of genres and overall tone of the song. I don’t feel like I’ve heard anything like it. With a catchy beat and incredible harmony between the lead singer and guitarist, this song is a win for me.

Once named Rolling Stone’s Band to Watch, Sleeper Agent called it quits in 2014. Even though the band is no longer together, the music stands on it’s own. I am personally lucky enough to have seen them in concert twice. Sleeper Agent had opened for New Politics and Magic Man in early 2014, which is where I had initially been introduced to both Sleeper Agent and Magic Man. Don’t you love when the opening bands are also amazing?!

iTunes | Spotify

Concert Review – Vance Joy

On Wednesday, Vance Joy kicked off the U.S. leg of the Fire and the Flood Tour in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was lucky enough to win both tickets and meet and greet to the show.

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The setlist seemed a lot different from shows I usually attend, mainly starting out with a song everyone will know, then ending with their biggest hit. This concert was different, most sat in their seats, as there was no general admission or pit, until the end of the show. This experience had fans singing along to the lesser known songs and everyone singing and dancing by the end of the show.

The commentary between songs gave them a lot more meaning. I recently found that Spotify has Vance Joy’s comments on each song on the album Dream Your Life Away.

12552937_467580190095796_9359373230419210_n As for the meet and greet, this was another experience that I had been through quite a few times, but Vance Joy and his team made it feel different. The ambiance in the room was quite calming, dimmer lights, fragrant candles, and some light music playing. This took away a lot of the jitters that were felt by the group in the hallway. I just want to point out in the picture, Vance is extremely tall and I am not short.

 

Overall, I left the concert a bigger fan of Vance Joy than I was before; And I was already at the point of singing the songs at the top of my lungs. Special thanks to Go963MN for supplying me with the concert tickets and meet and greet!

 

Artist to Watch – Dallon Weekes

With the release of Death of A Bachelor came the news that Dallon Weekes is no longer an official member of the band. This news hit fans hard, myself included, even though there have been signs of this coming. The seemingly inevitable fate of Panic! At The Disco has now approached, but maybe some great things can come out of it.

Exhibit A- Dallon Weekes

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Solo Dallon Weekes music confirmed!
Former touring bassist, then official member and now back to touring bassist, Dallon Weekes is now available to create his own content without the Panic! name tied to it. From everything he has created thus far, I have high hopes for any music with Dallon’s name attached.

I found out about Dallon Weekes during Panic!’s Too Weird era, due to the ear catching bass lines throughout the album. Dallon also wrote All The Boys, a bonus track on Panic! At The Disco’s album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, which was a fan favorite. With more digging, I came across his previous band The Brobecks and original songs like Sickly Sweet Holidays.

Be on the look out for tunes from Dallon Weekes and we’ll be listening to The Brobecks while we wait.

Twitter | The Brobecks (Bandcamp) | Dallon Weekes (Bandcamp)

Victorious – Panic! At The Disco

I’ve really been loving songs that I can crank the knob to the right it my car and scream the lyrics; this is one of those songs! But this song has so much more to it. The overall message, celebrate the little victories.

As seen in the music video, these little victories include but are not limited to: not calling your ex, beating the crosswalk countdown, and losing the game but getting the girl. While I wouldn’t recommend popping bottles for every victory, you do you Brendon.

Here’s to a more upbeat start to 2016, we will be victorious!

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Hopefuls of 2016

2015 has left us all in anticipation of what’s to come in 2016. Here’s a list of albums that leave us hopeful.

Magic Man

fashion_magicman_13Following Magic Man’s first headlining tour in spring 2015, the group announced they had begun writing their third studio album. On July 10, Magic Man announced the departure of Justine Bowe, Gabe Goodman, and Joey Sulkowski, returning the group to their original lineup of Alex Caplow and Sam Lee. As the band finishes their album and reforms a group, I am eagerly anticipating their return.

Panic! At The Disco

cover170x170With Death Of A Bachelor set to be released on January 15th and 5 of the 11 songs already being released, I still don’t know what to expect from this album and I’m okay with that. The single the album is titled after gives off a Frank Sinatra vibe, but the rest of the released songs seem to be a mix of their previous albums. I’m mostly excited to see how all the songs fit together.

Blink-182

cq5dam-web-1280-1280With Tom Delonge out of the picture, we’re all curious to hear new music from Blink-182. While their 7th album has been in the making for about a year, the band’s tribulation has delayed the process, but all seems promising that the album will be released in 2016.

The 1975

4557298The band announced their second studio album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, due out February 26, 2016. Two singles from this album have already been released and they leave me wanting more!

 

 

Let’s get 2016 started!

Best Of’s 2015

Everything in this post is the opinion of the blog owner and has no real input from the music industry.

Best Album: Blurryface – Twenty One PilotsTwenty_One_Pilots_-_Blurryface

This album has boosted the band’s popularity, landed them on numerous late night shows, radio plays on Top 40’s stations, and set them up for their upcoming arena tour.

 

Best Freshman Album: Badlands – Halsey81fqqH8qMnL._SL1500_

Halsey’s debut album, Badlands was released on August 28, 2015. After hearing the song New Americana on the radio, I dug deeper into the musical ability of the artist and was in awe. Halsey has to be one of my favorite finds of 2015.

Best Music Video: Coldplay – Adventure Of A LifetimeScreenshot 2015-12-30 at 10.30.38 PM.png

Who doesn’t love monkeys with a fantastic taste in music and impeccable
dance moves? Enough said.

 

Best Single: Renegades – X Ambassadors

This song was literally everywhere and I don’t recall anyone ever complaining about it.

 

Guilty Pleasure Pop Song: Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

 

Let me know what your best musical moments were in 2015, as this list is obviously biased to my liking.

Like A Lion – Bryan Lanning

I came across the Lanning family through their daily vlogs on Youtube, Daily Bumps. With two adorable kids, Missy and Bryan film their daily life and share it with the world. This past year, Bryan Lanning has leaped into the music industry and is making a big splash. Every song I’ve heard thus far has been amazing, with the uplifting messages, dance-worthy music, and the personal lyrics.

This song is so motivational in any situation, it reassures people that it is okay to be scared. Other motivational songs that I have come across don’t seem to be as powerful to me, due to the relatability that Like A Lion holds. Whatever the journey it is that scares you, should be faced like a lion.

Like A Lion is the debut single off of his “Like A Lion – EP”, the release is set for his birthday, January 20th. If you preorder on iTunes now, the EP is only $3.99 and you get this song instantly!

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Pre-Holiday Workout Playlist

A playlist that will both pump you up and help find music you like, the perfect combo! This playlist is great because it is filled with a number of awesome bands that are already known, like The Killers and Weezer, and introduces equally great smaller bands. It’s okay that you don’t know the lyrics yet, you’ll be out of breath anyway!