Zane Lowe is my favorite interviewer. He allows artists to fully answer questions and he makes the whole interview feel more like a friendly conversation about the art of music and its impact on the artists themselves and the fans. If you don’t understand Billie Eilish, this interview might help:
News broke that Camila Cabello is going to star in the latest version of Cinderella! This will mark her acting debut, and the singer will have a big hand in the making of the soundtrack as well. The idea for this new adaptation came from late night host, James Corden.
Troye Sivan’s written homage to Ariana Grande as one of Time’s 100 most influential people is ADORABLE. Sivan is a true friend of the pop singer and this short beautiful dedication shows the world why Ariana is so impactful in music and our society.
Ahead of Earth Day on Monday, Lil Dicky released a fun and inspirational video as an ode to our Earth, featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Halsey, John Legend, Sia, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and so many more! Each artist plays a different animal in what feels like a short animated film. I don’t know what possessed Lil Dicky to make this but it’s pretty funny and cool. Check it out below:
In the wake of Beyonce’s film Homecoming on Netflix, the iconic singer released merch to go along with her visuals from her 2018 historic Coachella performance. Some new pieces include cropped hoodies, t-shirts, long sleeves, and more…AND new broke that Lemonade is hitting all streaming platforms Tuesday, April 23. FINALLY!!!!!!
If you haven’t heard of SWMRS, let me give you a glimpse into what it’s like to witness their insanely cool live show.
These Oakland, CA natives know how to throw a sick punk party. Starting off the show with their fun little tune, “Steve Got Robbed”, the crowd sang every word as the band took the stage ready to blow the roof off.
Four of the members played front and center with some huge guitar power, while the drummer (who is…of course…Billie Joe Armstrong’s son) kept the hard beats alive in the back.
Co-leader, Cole Becker flails around with Freddie Mercury-esque energy while wiping his sweaty bleach blonde hair out of his face and scream-shouting every harsh note. It’s easy to be entertained when Cole himself is such a show to watch.
They played several songs off their latest album, Berkeley’s On Fire, including “Lose, Lose, Lose,” “Trashbag Baby,” “Too Much Coffee,” and “Hellboy”. The band also performed the crowd favorite, and their 2015 hit, “Miley” while every tween shouted along.
Cole’s politically charged monologues spilled out throughout the set showing his support for the LGBTQ community, the Me Too movement, and how important it is to make a change in the world. “When you walked through the door, you joined a community. We gotta look out for eachother… and stop sexual assault.” He went on to motivate the crowd to stay hydrated and be safe; something not enough punk bands emphasize on.
The whole night felt like one big party full of pure fun. Not to mention, opening bands Destroy Boys and Beach Goons were fantastic starters to this hearty meal of music.
Kacey Musgraves’ new merch: The Grammy winner released a fresh batch of merchandise to her online store. Including a cute Golden Hour inspired mug, long sleeve tees, socks, and even a coloring book!
Billie Eilish’s music video for “bad guy”: Billie Eilish continues to push the boundaries with artistic visuals, unique vocal patterns, and an image unlike any other pop singer in the genre. Check out the eclectic and fun “bad guy” below.
Sabrina Carpenter‘s recent interview with Zach Sang: The pop singer discusses the inspiration behind her recent track “Pushing 20”, upcoming new music, and what you can expect from her live shows.
“Monopoly” music video: Ariana Grande and Victoria Monet come together for a beautiful FU anthem meant to make you dance and laugh with every verse. This video is memetastic…I love it. Watch for yourself:
Fellow music blogger, Paige Backstage: This Toronto native posts music reviews, band spotlights and even some fun lifestyle content. Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her adventures (also, her insta stories are so fun and REAL.)
Gia Woods‘ new single: This 22 year old seems to be on a roll. “Keep On Coming” is another fun pop song showcasing the singers unique vocal tones.
Beyonce signed a deal with Adidas: This partnership will have Beyonce as a member of the creative team working on new footwear, apparel, and plans to relaunch her activewear brand Ivy Park.
Over the past year we’ve seen this Ohio native gain traction in the music scene. Complex said, “There’s something special about him, and he keeps revealing new layers to his creativity that continue to pull us in.” He even earned a guest appearance on John Mayer’s Instagram livestream show called Current Mood. Cautious Clay‘s latest release is a 6-track EP titled Table of Context.
Context feels honest and stays aligned with his other discography. Vocal harmonies and soulful melodies line each song like pouring honey in hot tea. “Settler’s Paradise” feels the most R&B while “Honest Enough” sounds like the standout song off the EP (in my opinion). The desk on the cover of the EP is the actual desk Cautious has written all of his music, it literally serves as his table of context.
Check out my short and sweet Q&A below:
“Honest Enough” feels raw and real. What inspired this track?
“My past relationships, or my last long term relationship inspired it. It felt like, in many ways, I was trying to keep it together without it necessarily being what was the best for both of us at the time. I’m almost telling myself that I was trying to be honest enough when in fact it wasn’t that way. I was trying to make excuses for something that wasn’t really working.”
How has your life changed in the past year due to the uphill success of your music?
“Occasionally getting recognized!”
What inspired you to include so many background vocals and harmonies in your music?
“I just love harmony and I think it’s really interesting sounding. I guess it’s my background in jazz and instrumental music.”
What does the rest of 2019 look like for you?
“A lot of interesting touring, music videos and some cool collaborations.”
Switched On Pop: I stumbled upon this podcast a little over a year ago and always catch up whenever I can. Not only do Nate and Charlie dissect songs down to the tiniest note, but they date back musical themes to even classical times. You WILL feel as though you fully understand a song after you listen to their analytically genius conversations.
Rebel Hearts: I’ve interviewed Sam before. She is the mastermind behind this genius podcast focusing on music and women in music (and our opinions on music.) As a fellow Paramore lover, Sam speaks to the pop/punk/alt lover in all of us through simple conversations with friends and an eye-opening lyrical analysis.
Song Exploder: Their recent episode is with Mumford and Sons. The Grammy-winning band explains the song “Beloved” off their latest album. I love Song Exploder because all of the information comes straight from the artists mouth; no assumptions or digging here…what you hear is what you get.