Weekly Roundup 10/16 – 10/22

Favorite Single: “Deadlock” – Wave Break

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Favorite Music Video: “Temple” – Tonight Alive

 

 

Favorite Album: “Where The Mind Wants To Go/ Where You Let It Go” – I The Mighty

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Favorite Artwork: “Where The Mind Wants To Go/ Where You Let It Go” – I The Mighty

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Favorite Artist: Waterparks

Waterparks released their first single since last year’s “Double Dare,” the incredibly catchy “Blonde,” and announced their sophomore album “Entertainment.” Listen to “Blonde” here.

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The Perfect Song For Your Horoscope

Aries (March 21 – April 20): “The Man” – The Killers

Taurus (April 21 – May 21): “We Make Our Own Damn Luck” – Autumn Ruin

Gemini (May 22 – June 21): “Reckless Tongue” – Airways

Cancer (June 22 – July 22): “Shut Up (You Miss Me)” – Doll Skin

Leo (July 23 – August 21): “Missile” – Dorothy

Virgo (August 22 – September 23): “Stupid Things” – INHEAVEN

Libra (September 24 – October 23): “Kill For Candy” – DREAMCAR

Scorpio (October 24 – November 22): “Down” – Ruby Gyang

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 22): “Loving Life” – Rationale

Capricorn (December 23 – January 20): “Curtains” – Bloxx

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19): “Never About The Money” – Exnations

Pisces (February 20 – March 20): “Sure” – Emarosa

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Be Listening To Julie Elody

1. I can guarantee that you know someone struggling with mental illness: The Lighthouse is a song about pretending to be alright when you’re not and about confronting the dark spaces that exist inside you. If you can’t relate, chances are you know someone who can. Take a moment to try and understand, you won’t regret it!

2. Julie is real and her music is real too: She doesn’t sugarcoat anything and even when she feels like she has no idea what she’s doing, she’ll tell you that. It’s the breath of fresh air in this stuffy industry that you need.

3. She loves New Orleans as much as you do: When she moved here in 2010, Julie knew it was her home. But you won’t see her on Bourbon! Julie’s favorite NOLA spots include The Fly, The BullDog on Magazine, Snake N’ Jakes, Buffa’s and Gasa Gasa.

4. She’s going places: After several years as the lead vocalist of a funk-rock band and one year of a solo career under her belt, Julie has written so many genres of interesting and meaningful music. There’s no doubt this lady-boss will be making waves in no time.

5. I mean, why not? What else are you doing? Tell Netflix you’re ‘not still watching,’ put down the Candy Crush and give it a try. What do you have to lose?

Julie’s single “The Lighthouse” came out yesterday, and the artist had this to say on her new song:

 “I think we all have moments where we feel unhinged and The Lighthouse is a song about being okay with being a little broken.  My favorite line from the song is “there’s a lighthouse in this room I watched it go dark.  But there are matches everywhere what distracting spark.”  Even when everything feels like it’s falling apart, there’s always another way.  It may not be the healthiest thing to do, but we do what we need to do to survive and sometimes that’s enough.”

10 Alternative Songs That Were Made For Halloween

“Chains” – The Haxans

“Bloody Mary” – New Years Day

“Halloween” – AFI

“The Devil’s Rain” – Misfits

“Pet Sematary” – The Ramones

“Enjoy Your Slay” – Ice Nine Kills

“Dragula” – Rob Zombie

“Room 309” – Creeper

“Trick Or Treat” – Ghost Town

“Cemetery Drive” – My Chemical Romance

Weekly Roundup 10/2 – 10/8

Favorite Single: “Blue Light” – Kelela

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Favorite Music Video: “Stupid Things” – Inheaven

Favorite Cover: “New Rules” – The Amazons (originally by Dua Lipa)

Favorite EP: “Heavy” – YONAKA

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Favorite Album: “Rationale” – Rationale

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Favorite Artwork: “Rationale” – Rationale

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Favorite Artist: Rationale

Rationale’s debut album is an incredible collection of ambient yet anthemic tracks, and is wonderfully cohesive from album art to lyrics to music videos. Listen to “Rationale” above.

 

Weekly Roundup 9/25 – 10/1

Favorite Single: “Rocky Horror” – NoMBe

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Favorite Music Video: “Blue: Reimagined” – Emarosa

Favorite Cover: “My Sharona” – Royal Blood (originally by The Knack)

Favorite EP: “The Pale White” – The Pale White

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Favorite Album: “OK” – Otherkin

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Favorite Artwork: “Young Offenders” – High Tyde

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Favorite Artist: Creeper

It’s hard not to be surprised and excited when a band announces they’ll be writing a book. And a book that connects to the storyline of their music? That’s just too good to be true.

Related – Weekly Roundup 9/18 – 9/24

Why Lights’ “Skin & Earth” changes alternative music’s entire landscape

One of the things that people tend to tote as a reason for liking alternative music is storyline. Not everyone wants to listen to 100 songs in a row about heartbreak. So people look to concept albums, or albums that cover themes outside the mainstream.    Albums that talk about mental illness, isolation, death, or politics tend to be the most well-known concept albums. It is fairly rare for an album to have a concept that is an abstract idea, something pulled from a source outside of the artist’s life. There have certainly been examples. David Bowie’s “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” as well as, more recently, My Chemical Romance’s “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” were well-known and well-received albums that followed distinctly fictionalized storylines.

These albums were heralded as outliers, separated from the rest by an entirely different kind of artistic vision. They were, if not better than their contemporaries, at  the very least a step sideways, distanced from the crowd. With “Skin & Earth,” Lights is redefining the idea of a concept album, and ensuring that she will be the mark others aim for from now on.

Not only is Lights releasing an album centered around the idea of a post-apocalyptic world, but she’s also releasing an entire comic series based around the same world that is intertwined with the plot of the album. Both the comic book series and a slew of cinematic music videos expand the world of the album, pushing the boundaries outwards step by step. Everything is created with the purpose of sharing as much of Lights’ vision as possible.

The bio for the Skin & Earth comic series reads:

Skin & Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveal a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where corporations rule, this adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery begins here!

Set in a post-apocalytic world which can be explored on Lights’ Skin & Earth Instagram account via an interactive map, En is closely modeled on Lights herself, complete with the vibrant red hair. The key difference? En has the freedom to broach topics that Lights on her own would never consider tackling. Things like sex and fighting are new options on the table, options that Lights explores with gusto on “Skin & Earth,” in a way that she didn’t feel comfortable doing before.

Of course, no album can be completely conceptual, or there would be no real emotion behind the lyrics. Lights strikes the perfect balance of personal and abstract. If you were unaware of the concept behind “Skin & Earth,” the album still stands alone as a collection of catchy, mainstream-piercing alt-pop. But if you’ve looked into the world behind the songs, Lights has provided a veritable treasure trove of lyrics full of double meanings and hints about Enaia Jin and the world she inhabits.

Both the comics and the album are impressive works on their own, but combined they create an incredibly comprehensive and fleshed-out world. “Skin & Earth” is what every concept album should strive to be: a story told in such a way that it envelops the listener and delivers them to another world that feels as real as this one. A true work of creativity and imagination, that still feels fresh in an oversaturated musical landscape.

Favorites: “Skydiving,” “New Fears,” “Fight Club”

Similar to: Pvris, Broods, Zella Day

Listen to “Skin & Earth” here.

Related – Album Review: Pvris’ “All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell”