What to Heck 2016?!

Me getting through 2016:

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2016 may have been filled with hate and death. Most see this year as being depressing but I see it as a reality check. A not-so-friendly reminder to take life a day at a time and be considerate to others. As life goes on, there are seldom guarantees but we can always count on one album, band, or song to keep us going.

A few albums/EPs that I constantly return to have been

  • Nothing But Thieves – Self Titled
  • Bad Suns – Disappear Here
  • The Wrecks – We Are The Wrecks
  • Young the Giant – Home of the Strange

I’ve listened to these artists so much that they’ve taken over my ‘Top Songs of 2016’ playlist on Spotify, despite the short amount of time it’s been since finding these killer jams.

There were also a lot of amazing concerts that took place this year, I definitely beat my record from last year and I’m really wishing I would’ve kept track.

Anyways, what were your top music loving moments of 2016?

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Lovetap! – Smallpools

It’s recently come to my attention that Smallpools isn’t known to most, so I am here to fix that!

As the title track, this song is from the band’s first full-length album; which also includes all the songs from their self-titled EP.

The band released their debut single “Dreaming” online on May 16, 2013, quickly reaching the #1 position on The Hype Machine, as well as reaching #23 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. The single was released as the first single off their debut self-titled EP.

I’ve had a number of the songs from this album on my playlist, if you liked this song, check out what I’m listening to here: https://play.spotify.com/user/1226074587/playlist/33FQjyaYgjz7sZQFLRqY50

Listen & Connect:

iTunes | Spotify | Twitter | Website

Grand Canyon – The Wind + The Wave

Following an amazing Covers EP, The Wind + The Wave has released the single off their upcoming album Happiness is Not a Place. The sophomore album is highly anticipated to fans of the band, including myself and the duo is definitely feeling the pressure.

Happiness Is Not A Place has the distinction of containing the first positive songs Lynn has ever written, including the title track and the rollicking first single “Grand Canyon.” “’Grand Canyon’ is about my brother,” she says. “I almost lost him to a major car accident a few years ago. To me the song is about the ability to appreciate what’s in front of you and not take the things that matter most for granted. Yes, life has a lot of shit, but can you try to find a way to be happy before it’s all over, seemingly in the blink of an eye.” The album’s title encompasses how Lynn felt over the two years of writing the album. “It’s the idea that you never arrive at happiness, put your feet up, relax, and just bask in your destination,” she says. “That doesn’t happen. In my brain, happiness is a journey, not a destination. You’re constantly making an effort to be a better person and that’s what makes you happy or content with your life.” She adds: “I have a tendency to write sad things, so writing these songs that felt hopeful is a really big thing for me.” source

In March, The Wind + The Wave made the switch from RCA to Island Records, where Patty  and Dwight have been working with Butch Walker on the album, giving a “rawer and rougher” vibe to the album. Walker stated “[I] wanted the performances to have a ‘just learned the song’ vibe to them. I hate the way a lot of records these days, especially on the radio, sound so overthought.’ My favorite records growing up were all made in a week and had fire because the artists had a lot to prove. I wanted this record to sound like The Wind and The Wave had something to prove as well. I also knew that with Patty’s lyrics, we would be able to make something special. She writes incredible words and you can’t fuck that up if you keep it out front of the music.”

The album does not have an official release date yet. But you can catch them on tour with either Butch Walker OR Bishop Briggs and Kaleo, dates here!

Listen and Connect:

iTunes | Spotify | Twitter | Website

Good Grief – Bastille

The first single from their sophomore album, “Good Grief” snagged my attention from the very beginning, mainly because I’m a sucker for a good bass line.

Good Grief debuted on June 16th on BBC Radio 1, where the band was interviewed after the premiere.

Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons revealed that their sophomore album  [Wild World] will be released in “late summer.” The album will “go through a variety of sounds, but it is very much us [Bastille].” via BBC Radio 1.

Who else is ready for more Bastille tunes?!

Spotify | iTunes | Website | Twitter

Talk Too Much – COIN

With a free trial of Sirius Radio, I was fortunate to find this song on Alt-Radio. I am excited to share this song with you before it becomes the summer anthem. The first time I heard the song, I was dancing in my car, learning the words and wanting more. Thankfully, COIN has another album, so hello more music!

I know I have heard of the band before this single but I’m 100% sure I didn’t hear any music because I would have been hooked on the spot.

This song has been added to my spotify playlist of songs I jam to at work, listen here!

Listen & Connect:

iTunes | Spotify | Website | Twitter

Celebrate – Lost In The Wild

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Josh Mellman and his music. Now I want to share what I’ve found with the world.

Lost In The Wild is a one man production and is sprouting his roots from the Midwest. With a lot of soul, some poppy vibes, and a dash of rap, his music is a genre of it’s own.

Give it a listen and tell me what you think!

Listen and Connect:

Celebrate (album) | LITW site | Twitter | Download

Hotline Spring Tour – Concert Review

I attended the Hotline Spring show last night, as Magic Man is one of my top 3 favorite bands, so this review may be a little biased but I will do my best.
HOTLINE SPRING - FL ADD 2This is the first tour back for Magic Man since 3 of the 5 members left. During the long break between tours, Magic Man has been working on a new album and scrounging for new touring members. These members had big shoes to fill and I think they did an awesome job. I’ve seen Magic Man in concert more than a hand full of times, and they never cease to amaze me. Every concert, I see them gain crazy amounts of fans, I’m going to assume it’s for their music and not just their looks.

The Varsity Theater is definitely my favorite venue in the Minnesota, and I was thrilled to see that the concert was being held there.  I love that these bands are still small enough to come hang out with fans after the show and the venue allows it. The popularity of this band may sky rocket soon, so go check them out now and meet them easily while you still can!

During the sets, the audience heard quite a few new songs from both The Griswolds and Magic Man. I have been anticipating both of their albums along with many fans, with their hinting at new music on social media and both bands’ freshman album releases being from 2014.

I had a ton of fun at this concert, personally feeling the kick drum rattle my ribcage for the first time in a long time, was an incredible feeling. I am a concert junkie and although I have recently done a concert review for Vance Joy, the venue and lack of a pit made it feel less like a concert and more like a video. Another reason for my enthusiasm over this is that the show was perfectly placed during my highest stress point in my college career, the fact that I was able to let loose and dance my heart out gave me the release and escape I desperately needed.

Have you been to this tour, what did you think?

Check out the Tour | The Griswolds’ Twitter | Magic Man’s Twitter

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:

Spotify | Twitter | iTunes

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