Who: Paolo Nutini
For my whole life, I've always tried to beat my dad at finding artists and bands. And every single time he likes one of mine I have a mini victory that I received the golden approval. And I know for sure that if my Paolo Nutini albums randomly disappeared, they'd be tucked away in my dad's man cave, purposefully in the wrong section so I would never be able to find them again.
One thing I noticed straight away after discovering Nutini is that he's not afraid to spice it up and create an eccentric blend of soul and zest. Each and every one of his albums has something little different than the previous one, but to the point where fans are still comfortable with change. Some artists change their music and it's completely different and fans never really get used to it, but Nutini uses a lively mix of jazz, singer/songwriter, and island music to draw in more fans.
Who: Jacqui Treco
What: Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic
Sounds Like: Colbie Callait
To begin with this post, I just want to prepare everyone that this music is like nothing like I've ever written about, in the best possible way. Jacqui Treco is an amazingly talented young woman that was based in the Bahamas and now lives in the Netherlands. One word I can use to describe her music is tranquilizing. With the hypnotic guitar strums and gentle voice she carries, Jacqui's music opens up a world of peace and hope within the notes and lyrics of each track of hers. Having singer/songwriters like these are difficult to find in the music industry and finding musicians like these that sing and play effortlessly and beautifully while capturing blends of emotions all in one is found once in a blue moon. So thank you Jacqui for being my once in a blue moon because your music has touched my heart and helped me through many difficult times. Everyone give her some love and check her out!
My list was already long and then I woke up this morning with so many amazing new releases so of course I added a whole boat load. Looks like March is ending with a big bang of music!
Make sure to give Toxic a listen by my friend Laura Veras. This is her debut single and it's so dang catchy!
Pink Lemonade by James Bay
Hold my Girl by George Ezra
City Boy by Calpurnia
Found/Tonight by Ben Platt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Freaky Friday by Lil Dicky and Chris Brown
Bridges Burn by NEEDTOBREATHE
Burn the House Down by AJR
Change by Charlie Puth ft. James Taylor
Toxic by Laura Veras
Say Amen (Saturday Night) by Panic! At the Disco
Lost in Japan by Shawn Mendes
I Wanna Know by NOTD ft. Bea Miller
High Drunk Love You by Casey Abrams
I Want it Like That by Dylan Gardner
Trade My Trips by Knox Hamilton
Say Love by James TW
Bitches broken hearts by Billie Eilish
Clearly by Grace Vanderwaal
Palm Dreams by Hayley Kiyoko
Sha La la by The Technicolors
Here are my favorites of February. My absolute favorite one is Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We. Even if it's not your type of music, take a listen to it. Ed Sheeran wrote the song and his play on of words are fantastic!
Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't we
Love Somebody by FRENSHIP
10,000 Hours by PRETTYMUCH
Love Lies by Khalid ft. Normani
Growing Pains by COIN
Wild Love by James Bay
Figure This Out by The Wrecks
James Dean by The Wrecks
Way With Words by The Wrecks
White Eyes by The Wombats
Starcrossed Lovers by The Fratellis
Bringing the House Down by CLOVES
2018 has already been jam packed with new music and starting now, I'm going to be doing a monthly update of new releases in music. So here's my favorites for January and there will be individual posts for each month coming soon!
For you by Liam Payne and Rita Ora
If You Leave Me Now by Charlie Puth
My My My! By Troye Sivan
She Loves Control by Camila Cabello
Curious by Hayley Kiyoko
Supernova by Ansel Elgort
God Save Our Young Blood by BORNS and Lana Del Rey
Flowers by L. Martin
Lazy Boy by Franz Ferdinand
Who: Pale Waves
Where: Manchester, UK
What: Dream pop
Sounds Like: The 1975
I know I know, it's been too long. I'll tell you, I underestimated the workload of college, especially now that I go straight to work after classes and deal with a 10 hour day. But I'm back and feeling inspired to spice things up, so be prepared for some new things coming your way. When I realized how long there's been silence in my corner, the first band I thought to write about was Pale Waves. I found this band as my first semester of college was starting out and their music style automatically entranced me. After breaking into the music industry, the band had the opportunity to open for the 1975 and have released 5 singles since forming. Their debut album should be released mid-2018 and it's going to be well worth the wait.
Photo credit- nme.com
For all you Summer Salt fans- We've got news of new music
Read below for more info!
Imagine this- On your left is a skate contest going on, on your right is a band playing on stage and puppies being passed around and surrounding you are various food trucks. Now I know you're thinking, all of that at one place?! How can that be? 4 words: Skate Or Die Festival. This past weekend, me and my closest friend Greyson Sierp were able to volunteer to help set up this rad music festival and not only did we get to see some of our favorite bands perform, but we also had the opportunity to interview Phil Baier and Eugene Chung of Summer Salt.
Q: What is your favorite song to perform?
Phil: Give My Heart a Little Break
Eugene: There's a lot of songs we haven't released that I like performing but Give My Heart a Little break is a good one.
Q: What would you say is your biggest accomplishment as a band so far?
Phil: Having people come up to us after shows and selling merch.
Eugene: Having fans in different states- the internet's crazy.
Q: I know you mostly stay local in Texas, but soon you'll be performing at a festival in California. How is that?
Phil: I'm excited because I love the lineup of that festival.
Eugene: We love it because when we're on tour, that's all we want to do.
Q: What's the best venue you've performed at?
Phil: We played in Montreal once and that was international, this (Gas Monkey Live) is probably the biggest one we've performed at, and Mohawk in Austin is pretty cool.
Eugene: Every venue we play is really accommodating and everyone's nice.
Q: Would there ever be a Summer Salt and Euji collab in the future?
Eugene: I may do a remix of a Summer Salt song
We even got exclusive news about new music!
Eugene: We're going to be releasing our full length album in the next year with 12 songs
If you're looking for a new band with a surf feel to it, Summer Salt is definitely one to listen to. Watch out because before you know it, they'll be riding giant waves in the music industry.
Who: Billie Eilish
Where: Los Angeles
What: Indie/Alternative with a hint of R&B
Sounds Like: Lorde, Melanie Martinez
It's been almost two months since I posted, but lately I haven't been inspired to write. I have been stuck in such a rut finding new, smaller artists. So many bigger bands have released new material and I've been going through listening to that. One day I was scanning through my Instagram feed and saw that Megan Park posted about directing Billie's new music video of "Watch," so of course I checked it out and loved it! Even though Billie has that familiar sound, there's just something about her songs that's so different from anything else. Maybe it's because she mixes in some r&b into her songs or maybe it's because she has such a strong voice for only fifteen years old. So give it a listen and be forever grateful to me that I suggested her.
Who: Wheeland Brothers
Where: So Cal
What: Beachy Acoustic Pop
Sounds Like: Dirty Heads with a hint of Jack Johnson
Well folks, it's that time of year again where I fully invest myself into finding perfect songs to fit my summer playlists. I recently found out that I will be able to go to California next month with my best friend before we start this new chapter in our life. There's no better way to celebrate the graduation of high school than to road trip back home and create long lasting memories. But in order to make a perfect summer, you have to have the perfect soundtrack. The ideal music to listen to while driving down PCH, seeing the shoreline, and observing beach-goers skate down the sidewalk towards the pier. And I found exactly that while listening to a Spotify radio station created due to my fond interest in Sublime and Dirty Heads. Wheeland Brothers consist of two brothers (if it wasn't clear in their band name), Nate and Trev, who grew up in Orange County and incorporate a home-y feel in their music. The first song I heard of theirs is called "In With the Newport." The starting line of the song automatically gave off a Dirty Heads vibe with vocals similar to Jared Watson. If you listen to the beginning rap of "That's All I Need" by Dirty Heads while listening to "In With the Newport," you'll be sure to see a similarity in the style and vocals of the two groups. While the Wheeland Brothers can pull off some awesome raps, they have also done songs similar to Jack Johnson, so if you like the more mellow vibes, then listen to "Just Take It Easy" and I'm confident that you'll have a double take because it sounds just like Jack himself. The fact that this group has stayed true to their roots and have done more than one style in their songs is one of the many reasons that they deserve more recognition. So when you get the chance and want to listen to the perfect soundtrack to your summer, check the videos below and let the music take you on a trip to Southern California.
Who: Delmer Dennis
Where: Dallas, Texas
What: Surf Rock, Blues
Sounds Like: A hippy Young the Giant
Who: Summer Salt
Where: Austin, Texas
What: Alternative, Tropical Indie
Sounds Like: An Indie Beach Boys
Who: The Walters
Where: Chicago, Illinois
What: Alternative, Indie
Sounds Like: Mac Demarco
and The Lumineers
Because I'm graduating high school in less than a month, I've packed my weeks with concerts and other fun events. My most recent outing was the Summer Salt and Walters concert in Denton, Texas. This concert had to be one of my favorites because of the intimacy of it and the fact that I met amazing people there. All three bands that performed were spectacular, so I decided to wrap it all into one blog post and explain why each act was special to the concert.
Opening up a concert can either be good promotion or a sad reality. Delmer Dennis has to be the best opening act I've witnessed in all my concert going years. He immediately captivated me by the way he flowed right into his music so easily. Although few knew his songs, everyone caught on fast and realized the talent this dude had. The best part is that he lives in Dallas which means more concerts for me to go to!
Summer Salt was the reason I went to this concert. Their music is extremely similar to the Beach Boys in the sense of doowops and surf rock. Their presence on stage and the beginning rifs of their song put the audience in a trance and caused a sway in everyone's bodies. I know for a fact that I was busy looking like an idiot swaying around and waving my hands, but who cares, right? That's the point of good concerts. The best ones are ones that cause you to not care about how you look. Just being there and listening, not being self conscious about how people will look at you, just enjoying the music.
The Walters was a pleasant surprise for me. I only listened to one of their songs before, so I didn't have any expectations for their set. The audience though got so into it that it was hard not to appreciate it. I have to say that The Walters, as awesome as their studio EP's are, are much better live and in person. Not their music per say, but the way they engage with their fans during their set. Everyone screamed the lyrics as lead singer, Luke Olson, crouched over and made eye contact with every person in the front row. During their set, the guys of Summer Salt came out in the crowd and hung out with us and crowd surfed during the last song.
These guys did an amazing job sharing their music in an intimate way and I'm definitely going again next time they go on tour! Check them out!