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Oh Wonder – Landslide [MP3 + Lyrics]

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I’m heading home tomorrow to be with [part of] my family for a week, and there’s something almost unexplainable about the feeling of excitement and warmth that comes with the anticipation of the time at home. I hope this is something that’s known to each of us, and that everybody can feel. It doesn’t have to be your family – maybe it’s friends of yours – but I hope every person has somebody or something in his or her life that creates this sensation of comfort and love.

On the topic of comfort, I just heard the song Oh Wonder released today called “Landslide.” It appears to be born out of a pretty sad story wherein somebody has hit rock bottom, but that repeated “I’ll be there for you” line transforms it into something really sweet and uplifting. Listen closely for female vocalist Josephine Vander Gucht’s emphasis on certain lines; it’s pretty emotional. I’m feeling this a lot.

Hit the jump to read full lyrics.

 

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Ticket Giveaway: The Griswolds Concert in San Francisco

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Aussie wonders The Griswolds are coming to San Francisco! I’ve got two tickets to give away to two lucky locals. They’re performing at The Independent on 7/1/2015; it should be a fun, super high energy show!

To enter to win the tickets, EITHER:

1. Leave a comment on this post with your favorite song of the moment.

OR…

2. Tweet the following: “I’m entering to win 2 tickets to see @wethegriswolds in SF from @SunsetRearview – http://bit.ly/1CfVeze”

To be eligible: you must leave your comment/send your tweet by end of day (midnight) PST on Thursday 6/25. I will randomly select a winner on Friday 6/26 and will get in touch with that person via Facebook or Twitter – whichever they submitted through.

Check out the new music video for The Griswolds’ song “If You Wanna Stay” below. Or stream their debut LP, “Be Impressive” on Spotify. See their full US tour schedule after the jump.

 

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5 New Artists For Summer

Zara Larsson EP cover taken from Idolator

Summer is a time for new friends, good times, and most importantly, new artists. Allow me to help you get started on your search for the good ones.

5. Quigley
Quigley is an artist I’ve only recently run into, but she’s made herself a major place on all the important playlists on my iPod.

What You’ll Love:
Quigley’s use of her own vocal samples in songs creates a refreshing new style in a time currently dominated by heavy synth work in instrumentals. Her hooks are incredible, almost always staying in your head for the rest of the day.

Check this song out:
“Lost Again” from Quigley’s EP, “Initium” (released May 8th)

4. Amanda Fondell

Hailing from Linderöd, Sweden, is Amanda Fondell, winner of the 2011 season of Swedish Idol.

What You’ll Love:
Fondell’s slightly raspy, natural sounding voice is completely unexpected being the winner of a TV talent show, and the way she mixes both vocal and instrumental hooks is sure to impress any listener.

Check this song out:

“Let The Rain Fall”, from Fondell’s album, “Because I Am”

3. Black M

Black M is a french singer/rapper who has, after some work on Google Translate, become one of the main creators of the soundtrack of my life.

What You’ll Love:
Black M has an incredibly wide-open range of ability. No matter the type of track, the self proclaimed “Black Shady” (a reference to Eminem) always delivers great rhymes, good punchlines, and straight up catchiness.

Check This Song Out:
“Sur Ma Route” from Black M’s album, “Les Yeux Plus Gros Que Le Monde”

2. Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara is a brand new name from Toronto who has been knocking cover songs out of the park for a long time. Seriously, go back and look through her Youtube channel.

What You’ll Love:

Cara’s voice is something you’ve been waiting to hear for a long time. The control she shows on the song I’m about to direct you to absolutely blows me away.

Check This Song Out:
“Here”, Alessia Cara’s first single.

1. Zara Larsson

If you never listen to anything I tell you to listen to on this site, please- for the love of music- listen to Zara Larsson.

What You’ll Love:
Larsson, through only 17 years of age and one United States EP, has shown the complete package already. Songs like “She’s Not Me PT 1 & 2” display a total grip on the ability to write relatable songs, while the songs like “Uncover” point to a already top-notch vocal abilities that will only get better.

Check This Song Out:
“Carry You Home” From Larsson’s first US EP, “Uncover”

 

 

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Halsey – Hold Me Down

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Halsey’s new track “Hold Me Down” is prescient of her status as a pop star on the rise.  In the last 9 months she has emerged as one of 2015′s most promising new artists.  20 year-old Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, who goes by Halsey, went from posting demos to her SoundCloud page to being the most tweeted about artist of SXSW. Her ascent has been so swift that the music world is still reeling from her almost instantaneous success.  After making waves with her EP Road 93, released shortly after she signed to Universal subsidiary Astralwerks, Halsey begun popping up everywhere. She has 323k Instagram followers and 269k on Twitter; she’s a textbook example of the power of social media for musicians in 2015.

Currently sporting long blue locks, at first glance she appears to be nothing more than a Brooklyn scenester or possible a Katy Perry impersonator, but once she opens her mouth her talent becomes undeniable. The bio on her website is refreshing in its simplicity: “I am Halsey. I will never be anything but honest. I write songs about sex and being sad.” She’s a weirdo, for sure, but Halsey may be the exact breed of weirdo that pop seems to embrace. She follows in the footsteps of Charlie XCX, Grimes and maybe even Sia with her ability to walk the fine line between pop music and something darker, more brooding.

“Hold Me Down” is an electro-infused pop ballad that arrives in time for the lazy afternoons of summer spent by the pool gossiping and sipping lemonade.  It’s not the best track Halsey has released to date, but it functions as a nice teaser for her forthcoming album Badlands due out in August. With shows coming up at Hangout Fest and Lollapalooza and an opening spot on Imagine Dragons’ summer tour, Halsey has a summer planned that guarantees her exposure to a whole new set of fans. Halsey is coming and you can’t hold her down.

 

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Best New Songs of May 2015

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Summer is officially in full force and we have the music to accompany your ears. 18 news tracks, specifically picked out from our writers. We have newcomers such as High Rule and Joey Aich, and then some more well known artists like Chance The Rapper & ASAP Rocky. Either way, it’s great. Enjoy!

Download Best New Songs of May 2015

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Lostboycrow – C’est La Vie

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Lostboycrow continues to put out melodic, and somewhat genre bending music that is hard not to love. “C’est La Vie” is no different as he moves forward with taking over the LA music scene. “C’est La Vie” means that’s life in french (in case you weren’t aware or are smarter than me. Thanks Google!).

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Made in Heights – Pop It In 2

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Made in Heights are the definition of catchy mixed with a slight dash of trippy cool. This time around they’ve got a track to expose to the world called “Pop It In 2″. Although it may start out slightly silly, the serious beat and mesmerizing sound is too serious to ignore. It’s on their new album “Without My Enemy What Would I Do” which is out today for everyone to check out. This track is most likely just one of many must-hears of Made in Height’s fresh tunes, but get the first taste below.

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Jaymes Young & Phoebe Ryan – We Won’t

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Jaymes Young collaborates with Phoebe Ryan, the voice behind the popular Ignition/Drugs cover, to bring “We Won’t.” Combining the soothing vocals of both over a soft electronic backdrop creates this affectionate tune that should easily win you over. This is great in every way possible. Check it out below!

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Dornik – Drive

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Dornik, the London-based artist, has been releasing solid track after solid track for the last year. He first grabbed listeners’ attention with his mysterious, catchy jam “Something About You” and now he’s released his latest gem to the collection. “Drive” is smooth, catchy, and brings its own special r&b vibe. Dornik will be sure to have everyone groovin’ and wanting more. Check out the addicting single below.

 

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Jordan Bratton feat. Chance the Rapper – Prisoner

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Jordan Bratton may be young, but he’s already managed to get heads turning with his soulful music for the last year. He already got Fabolous to be a part of a remix for his catchy track “Danger”. This time around he’s got Chance the Rapper to help out on his new track, “Prisoner”. It’s an incredibly chill tune that will not only hook in Chance the Rapper fans, but also bring in some new Jordan Bratton admirers. Don’t miss out and check out “Prisoner” below.

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Shakka – They Dunno Nuttn’ (Feat. Cashtastic)

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Shakka just released a new song, “They Dunno Nuttn’”, as part of his new EP, “The Bootlegs”, and I was totally blown away.

Check “They Dunno Nuttn’” Out right here!

Shakka is a name you should know from his collaboration with Wretch 32, “Blackout”, but he is on a path to make a major name for himself with work like this. His voice is totally different from anything I’ve heard in a long time, and the way his rapping and singing comes together over the beat is perfect. The guest verse from Cashtastic is a glove-tight fit for the sound as well.

The rest of “The Bootlegs” EP is incredible as well, specifically “Rollin’ With Elephants”. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

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-Kyle Copier

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Abby Diamond – Love To Watch You Leave

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Spring is blossoming, the sun is shining, and there’s nothing better than feel good music to accompany the times. Abby Diamond is a rising star from San Francisco and she’s here to reel us in with her tenderly beautiful style. “Love To Watch You Leave” is just one of many to come from Miss Diamond, but it’s one that should not be passed by. It’s chill and infused with an effortlessly cool r&b sound. If you’re into artists like Jessie Ware, Abby Diamond is the one to watch. Tomorrow is the release date of her new EP and it’s sure to only be the first of her many wonderful works. For now, check out her already released tunes on her soundcloud which can be found below.

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