[Stream + Lyrics] Maggie Rogers – Alaska

Every now and then an artist emerges from the depths, plucked out of thin air, and causes the world to stir. With some good Internet fortune and a major co-sign from Pharrell, Maggie Rogers finds herself in that very (viral) situation. After completely blowing Skateboard P’s mind during his masterclass at NYU, Rogers went back to work to mix and master her demo of “Alaska.” The young talent has finally unveiled the polished product, and the result is an amazing blend of folk, dance, and pop that glitters and bounces just as much as it speaks with honesty and vulnerability.

Stream Maggie Roger’s “Alaska” below, and sing along to the lyrics too!

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Sleigh Bells – Champions Of Unrestricted Beauty (MP3 + Lyrics)

Sleigh Bells have been known to bring an unpolished, noisy (in an energetic/edgy way) sound to their material and it’s what has gotten them the fanbase they have today. Although they still seem to be cooking up new tunes in the studio, today they took the time to share a new treat with their followers. “Champions of Unrestricted Beauty” isn’t quite as rough and tough as some of their other work, but instead it’s a bit of a pop delight. It’s just one piece of the puzzle, but it gives us a taste before the duo finishes their next album. Listen to the fresh track below and check out the lyrics+credits included in a Tweet from the band.


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[Download] Hoodie Allen – Champagne and Pools (ft. Blackbear and KYLE) – MP3 + Lyrics

We can all agree that the best part of going to the movies is seeing the previews, right? And the best part of the previews is when you see that preview with a super stacked cast, right? What about when you get a super stacked cast on a song? I remember when a remix of Travis Barker’s “Forever” dropped and it had Drake, Kanye, Weezy and Eminem and I lost my shit. (Straight talk – I’d cut Drake and replace him with Kendrick, but beggars can’t be choosers.)

So Hoodie, Kyle and Blackbear just dropped a song together. AND they’re about to go on a tour together. That in itself is exciting, but what I dig even more about it is that they’re collaborating on a song, which likely means during the tour they’ll all perform together, which is one of my favorite things to see. (Straight talk again – headliners should always bring their opener out for a collaboration – people love that! And it’s respectful. Do more of that.) So shout out to Hoodie for doing that.

Get yourself out to a show – should be a super energetic performance by three dudes who pour their hearts and souls into their music. Hit the jump for more information on the tour and song lyrics.

I’m semi-famous, kinda aint shit, kinda sorta like almost made it, it’s like I went from star in the making to “oh yeah him, yeah I hope he makes it,” when the hell did all that begin? 

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Disclosure – Jaded [Video + Lyrics]

As they gear up for their ever-nearing release of Caracal, Disclosure drops yet another single and accompanying video. The visuals continue the futuristic and dystopian theme of the pervious two releases, and this time our heroine is being brainwashed in a bleak corporate warehouse of sorts. Perhaps this is a nod to the track’s overall message, which speaks to the Lawrence brothers’ growing distress with the EDM industry. Although Disclosure have been known enlist elite talent like Sam Smith, “Jaded” features vocals from the group’s very own Howard.

Watch the impressive music video below, and don’t forget to check out the lyrics as well!

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[MP3 + Lyrics] Chance The Rapper & Noname Gypsy – Israel (Sparring)

Ever since the release of Surf, Chance The Rapper has kind of been like Mr. No Days Off. First, he gets based with the god himself, Lil B. Now, he gives us this gem with none other than the most-commonly-featured Noname GypsyHopefully this continues since Chance never actually dropped a solo project since Acid Rap. With a baby on the way and a big tour coming up, Chance is gearing up for a hell of a finish to 2015 and early start to 2016. Sorry for not really talking about the new release, but like, it’s Chance–of course it’s dope. You don’t need me to tell you that. Lyrics after the jump!

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[MP3 + Lyrics] Marika Hackman – Wolf

When Arjun interviewed Marika Hackman, the first thing he said was “music can be simple and not basic.” You might have to think about that for a second, but it’s actually the perfect description of Marika Hackman’s music, or as much as we know of it at this point. Just yesterday we were given “Wolf,” the third track from Marika Hackman’s Sugar Blind EP out December 9th via Dirty Hit Records. The song itself, produced by Charlie Andrew (who also produced Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave), is quite simple. Nothing jumps out at you or seems unexpected. But it’s far from basic; beneath those beautiful vocals of Marika Hackman’s lies a rather dark story. Hit the jump for my best stab at the lyrics for this hauntingly beautiful single, “Wolf.”


Related: Read a Sunset in the Rearview interview with Marika Hackman and learn more about Hackman’s relationship with producer Charlie Andrew

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London Grammar – Strong [MP3 and Lyrics]

London Grammar

People often ask me who I’m listening to these days, and for some odd reason, I always freeze up and have trouble finding an answer. I need to remember to tell people that one of the breakthrough artists I’ve been hooked to this year is London Grammar. The English trio crossed many radars with the release of their EP Metal & Dust in February 2013, but the rock group really rose to fame with the release of their single “Wasting My Young Years” in June. At the core of London Grammar’s existence is the breathtaking voice of lead singer Hannah Reid. On this single, “Strong,” Reid exudes raw emotion in her vocals on the chorus: “Yeah I might seem so strong, Yeah I might speak so long, I’ve never been so wrong.” The harrowing vocals are the main feature in the song, and they’re paired perfectly with the but the legato instrumentals in the background. Another incredibly impressive showing from London Grammar, which is exactly the reason I’m considering them as one of the breakthrough artists I’ve been watching and listening to in 2013.

[Hit the jump for the full lyrics]


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Josh Schroeder – In A Concrete Forest

Josh Schroeder is a singer-songwriter whose music reminds me of two musicians whom I consider to be legends in the music industry: Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. This song has a bit of a dark and haunted feel, but it’s masked by Schroeder’s delicate voice that ripples and quivers like waves on a still ocean, much like Buckley’s. I hope not to put Schroeder’s life in jeopardy by comparing him to two artists whose lives ended early, both assumedly from acts of suicide. Josh, if you’re reading this, please take it as a compliment that I compare your music to that of such artistic geniuses and set aside the fact that both men died young.

This is the type of gentle indie music that I believe will never get old for me. I tend to go through phases with music, but this is timeless. It’s classic beautiful music decorated with lyrics that tell a story poetically and wispy guitar riffs that gently blow through my head like the wind in the trees. I will hold on to this song forever.

I will search endlessly
In a land of dying dreams
In hope your eyes I’ll find
Your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, your eyes I’ll find
I’m in no man’s land for you

MP3: “In A Concrete Forest” – Josh Schroeder

Buy Full Album:
Love Is a Shade - Josh Schroeder

Photo Credit: Meredith Adelaide

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Game & Yelawolf – Rough [MP3 + Lyrics]

Game & Yelawolf

Game has some good lyrics, but delivers them pretty poorly on this track. It’s easy to tell with him, though, that a slower beat and name-dropping is the way to go. This song samples Pearl Jam, and as usual,  Yelawolf sounds good. I love hearing hip hop tracks where the rappers talk about stuff that you know is true. Both Game and Yeller are talking about their recent pasts in this song, coming straight about their lives. I wish that Yelawolf had two verses rather than Game, but I’ll take what I can get. This seems pretty raw though, there’s not even a hook. Credit to FADER. Hit the jump to see full lyrics.

“Rough” – Game & Yelawolf

“Rough” – Lyrics

[Game – Verse 1]

What do you do when life gets too hard for you
Shed tears or is that too hard for you
I’m just a man, reflection of my family
Meaning you ain’t gotta have one to understand me
I got kids, I got friends
Only difference between me and you is I don’t care about this Benz
I care about Will, he was dying and neede me
I care about the Grammy they gave Missy, they cheated me
But they cheated Drake, they cheated Justin Bieber
Guess America don’t like Canada we some f-ckin heathens
Game can’t watch his mouth that’s why his daddy beat him
Same mouth made him millions and now his daddy need him
Finally got a black president look at how they treat him
Kids starvin in Africa why only Oprah feed them?
What happened to the music that I know
I miss it, U2 I guess we feel like Bono

[Game- Verse 2]

The living, the dead
These Dre beats, my head
“My Life,” featuring Wayne
That was Jayceon, this is Game
Adjacent to the fame aint chasing a dame thing
So tonight let all of your pain be champagne
I can’t tame my killers but I can tell them chill
I might give you a pass depending how I feel
The bipolar bear
They said the end of the world is coming, I know it’s here
Cuz California cold this year
Detox, R.E.D..
M.C.’s dead
Kill them softly like Lauryn Hill
Skin heads going K-K-Krazy cuz a n-gga in a foreign wheel
We all born to die, some of us born to kill
If that don’t wake you up I hope tomorrow morning will

[Yelawolf – Verse 3]

Never thought I’d see the day when I, would roll up in the parking lot
And having people comin up to me for a photograph of the shit I talk about
Yela can I get an autograph, Alabama so proud that we just can’t wait
Congrats on the Shady deal, any news on the release date?
I told them what I can, shake another hand, sign another autograph it’s cool
Got fans gettin inked up, dedicated to me, I love you too
Got 3000 sold, the spirit of rock and roll
Long barrel .38, loaded I’m John Wayne in Geronimo
So I don’t really know what’s going some of these p-ssies pants in a ball
Cuz I never done shit but get better and believin’ in God
And leavin’ my mom at 15 with a dream and a cross
A cross that I didn’t see until I was nailed to it for believin’ it all
That I could ever be accepted the way that I saw it
I mean I knew it would be hard, but really, come on yall
Oh I’m a redneck? F-CK YOU tatted on my neck
I sip High Life in a can at the Grammy’s now add that to my rep

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Janelle Monae – Cold War

MUSIC VIDEO: “Cold War” – Janelle Monae 

*Janelle Monae breaks into tears in her new music video*

[The first few seconds are muted, but the video begins shortly after]

If you’ve been following Sunset for more than a week, you likely know that I am a huge fan of Janelle Monae. Having watched her rise in the ranks has been really exciting. After watching this video, I feel even stronger about her talents. 

Let’s forget for a second that Janelle is drop-dead gorgeous. Forget that she’s now famous. Forget that she can sing and dance. You there yet?

Okay, so now that that’s behind us, let’s remember that childhood is tough. It’s even tougher for kids who were a little different. Theatrical kids? Talented as they may be, they’re often teased by the jocks and bullies. When Janelle sings the line “I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me” (at which point in this video, she begins to cry), I imagine that she is alluding to something along these lines in her childhood. 

Janelle is one of the more theatrical, daring, and rule-breaking artists in the game right now. She is different, and for that, she is gaining fame in the industry. But I am willing to bet that for many years, that only put her at the bottom of many lists. That’s my interpretation. 

Take a second to read the lyrics if you wish.

So you think I’m alone
But being alone’s the only way to be
When you step outside
You spend life fighting for sanity

This is a cold war
you better know what you’re fighting for
This is a cold war
Do you know what you’re fighting for?

If you wanna be free
Below the ground’s the only place to be
Cause in this life,
You spend time running from depravity

This is a cold war
You better know what you’re fighting for 
This is a cold war
Do you know what you’re fighting for?

When wings of the weak can
Bring grace to the strong
Make all evil stumble
As it flies in the world

All the tribes come
And the mighty will crumble
We must brave this night
And have faith in love

I’m trying to find my peace
I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me
And it hurts my heart
Lord have Mercy aint it plain to see

That this is a cold war
You better know what you’re fighting for 
This is a cold war
Do you know what you’re fighting for?

Even if my interpretation is off, there’s no getting around the fact that this is a beautiful video, shot in one continuous take and only revealing the shoulders and above of Janelle. It’s emotional and real, and gives us some insight into what Janelle is really like behind her typical persona of flipped up hair, dancing shoes, and a men’s dancing suit.

What do yall think?

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MGMT – Honey Bunny


“Honey Bunny” – MGMT

Fucking weasel, you’ve lost your touch
Skinny as hell, but it’s not enough
Life is a mineshaft of love.
But don’t dig too deep.

via beartist

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LYRICS: Wale – Diary [Poem]

See All I Wanna Do Is Be Relevant,
Just Tell Me That I Ever Meant Anything More,

That You Could Ever See Me And You In Another Light,
But Its Like The Dark Women Indoors In The Darkest Nights By The Wrong Man,

See All Of Them Have Made You Incapable Of A First Impression,
What It Do Is I Channel My Aggression With No Cable Or Antenna,

Just Intentions To Impress You If Capable,
Hoping That The Material Possessions Can Materialize To A Better You,

Cars, Nothing I Drive Can Drive You Out Of This State Of Mind,
For Such An Ugly Picture And,

Money, Nothing I Buy Can Buy More Time For Your Ears To Tell Your Heart To Listen to It,

Diamonds, A Girls Best Friend Is What They Say But Believe Me With The Right Allegiance Shorty You Gonna Shine Anyways,

And Everyday That Goes By Is A Couple More Lines In Her Diary,

The Day Before Is Better Than The Present,
So Anyone Presented In Her Presence Is Doing These Life Sentences,

There’s No Key For Release,

No Reason To Be Around,

Her Minds In The Clouds,

She Writes It All Down,

In Her Diary…



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