Resonance

Fall Out Boy proves once again with American Beauty/American Psycho there’s still room at the top of the charts for actual rock bands.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.23.01 AMSure, Fall Out Boy is now far from an actual rock band (and well removed from the rockers they once were). But they whip up a gloriously hook-laden stadium pop confection, borrowing melodies from Suzanne Vega and even reworking The Munsters’ theme!

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Former Company Of Thieves vocalist makes a name for herself as a solo artist.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.37.31 AMLos Angeles based Genevieve swaps indie rock for alt-pop with the release of the incredibly infectious Colors (Single). Backed with distorted guitars, electronic keyboards, synths and a boom-bap beat; she sings about everyday struggles with a message of inspiration, repeatedly chanting, “Show your true colors, girl!”

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The original Idol returns with the year’s first pop anthem.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.20.32 AMFans will not be disappointed with Kelly Clarkson’s new, brassy, high-octane single Heartbeat Song. Recalling hints of Since U Been Gone (Single) and My Life Would Suck Without You (Single), it blends bits of rock, hip-hop and EDM. This is a taste of her highly anticipated comeback album, Piece By Piece – released this March.

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” – Rosseau

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.24.50 AMMiami native Kat Dahlia worked on My Garden over the past three years. She boasts the buzz to prove it, having made believers out of industry and audience, alike. Showcasing her astute lyricism and powerful vocal prowess, My Garden is an honest, introspective and relatable inauguration, falling beautifully between genres.

 

Twee-pop luminaries’ ninth studio outing eschews the café for the dance floor. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.28.33 AMThat’s right; Belle & Sebastian have made a dance album. Sort of. Don’t worry; with Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance they would still sound right at home on a Wes Anderson film soundtrack. But those catchy baroque-pop sensibilities are now sometimes punctuated with more pronounced rhythms. Check out The Party Line and Nobody’s Empire for further evidence.

One of techno’s leading artists, Maceo Plex makes underground dance music perfect for late nights and long drives.
Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.33.33 AMPlex drops another tech-house banger in his Conjure series and he’s shooting for the stars. A stalwart of Ibiza clubs Space and Amnesia, Conjure Infinity finds him bringin’ the funk with throbbing bass and gritty synths, expertly intertwined over pumping four-on-the-floor kicks.

 

Sexy R&B slow jams with trap bass lines bouncing around clubs from Sacramento to Hollywood. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.35.48 AMThe Capital City California duo Blaq Tuxedo is changing the sound of R&B by mixing the moody vibes of The Weeknd with the club beats of Chris Brown. Guests Ty Dolla $ign & IAMSU! get In this Thing with an updated G funk feel.

 

 

Musicologist

I dig all things ‘60s: garage punk, obscure psych, Stax and Motown soul stompers. My first CD purchases were REM’s Out of Time and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. I still own both! I’m pretty much immersed in music – hitting up local record shops, catching live shows at crusty dives, and DJing around town at various venues and bars.

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