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Froot

“Come and fill your cup up, looking for some good luck. Okay sure. Hanging like a fruit, ready to be juiced.” Yes, yes, yes. Marina Diamandis aka Marina & The Diamonds just released her latest single Froot and as always, she nailed it. Her alluring vocals over a euphoric and melodic production combine with the clever, sexually discrete lyrics to make Froot a hypnotic indie-pop, stroke of genius. The lyrical composition though is what really had my head bopping. The chorus comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden you disappear into a magical world of music,  reminiscent of Mama Mia! Close your eyes and let Froot take you away to an exotic Greek island. I can’t say I’ve ever heard a track like this, which makes me even more excited for this album. Give it a listen and see if you enjoy the paradise I call Froot.

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ClassicKeep your summer alive with this indie-disco electronic tune. The Knocks never fail to disappoint me so I may be biased but in my opinion this is their best song to date. The production/vocal content is on point, the breezy guitar riffs backed by a thumping bass and charming piano keys instantly take you away to your best night of summer. Powers, whom I’ve never heard before supplies raspy vocals, ever so fitting for this smooth tune, crooning come to me baby don’t be shy, don’t be shy….what else could you ask for? Classic is a feel good song anyone can appreciate. Check out the quirky video below and get ready to groove.

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Digitalism-Wolves

No intro or build, just immediate bass. The bass is strong but not obnoxious or overpowering, it’s smooth and infectious – creating an intriguing backdrop for the rest of the song. I start by mentioning the bass line because it’s what made my ears perk up and take notice of the song in the first place. The vocals, provided by Young Blood Hawke are smooth and subtle, while choppy synthesizers hit hard mimicking the tempo of the bass. Combine the elements of Wolves and your product is that of a funky, indie-dance banger. Young Blood Hawke’s pitchy vocals make this track fun and bring the energy needed to match the heavily produced track. I’ve had my eye on Digitalism for a few years now as they’ve attracted some well known DJ’s to remix their tracks (Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz) and this tune, in my opinion surpasses any previous production I’ve heard by the German electro duo. Listen below and see for yourself.

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Michelle Lewis

Her hit single “Run Run Run” off her new album “The Parts of Us That Still Remain” has inspired many, especially after the tragic events that took place during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Michelle Lewis is a Berklee College of Music graduate who is a veteran to the Boston Music scene.  She is taking her music on the road kicking off a nation wide tour. I sat down with Michelle recently between sets at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge.

video directed by Nathan Laver

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A strange blend of blaring piano chords and auto tune with a voice reminiscent of Florence & The Machine, Galantis takes progressive house, a genre stigmatized of simplicity to a whole different world. I can’t say this song is groundbreaking, but what I can say is that the combination of musical elements heard here is something my ears have yet to enjoy. Piano in EDM, boring – auto tune in EDM, it’s everywhere. What made me give this song a second listen and eventually love it was the combination of the two and the way her voice seamlessly ebbs and flows between syrupy vocals and squeaky auto tune, it’s captivating. The powerful bass line/piano combination creates a massive backdrop for the vocals adding to the overall euphoric feeling of the song, finishing it off beautifully. Simple and powerful with intricate elements flawlessly intertwined throughout the song, RUNAWAY (U&I) is fun and fearless, you’ll want to get up out of your seat at work, kick your shoes off and shake your body like you never have before. Watch the fun video below and tell us what you think.

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You’ve heard his song “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” quite possibly, two hundred times in the past few months as Apple hounded holiday shoppers to buy iPod mini’s, bouncing in every which direction across television screens.

But Willy Moon is not just your average one-commercial hit artist.

The 23-year old New Zealand native is one of the most anticipated artists for 2013 landing on countless to-be-watched lists including Vogue’s 2013 Hot List. His cool, demure look infiltrates his fashion and demeanor as if he has just stepped out of a 1960’s Parisian Nouvelle Vauge film— have you seen that pout???

But he is no retro crooner.

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I don’t know her story and I don’t know how to pronounce her last name, but I do know her syrupy vocals and tantalizing lyrics have been tickling my fancy since 2010 with her debut album, No Questions Remain.

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First, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. Now, he’s tackling…soul?

After a 6-year hiatus, JT released a new single Sunday night, one which can only be described as the godchild of soul-R&B and swag. Entitled “Suit & Tie,” the song marks his re-entrance into the entertainment industry and presents an interesting preview into Timberlake’s future in music. The song’s a bump-and-grind type opening lulls listeners into the almost, dare I say it, groovy verse that follows, one which embodies the emotion of a sassy Aretha Franklin.

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Shipping up to Boston? The Dropkick Murphy’s are! The Quincy-born shamrock-n-roll band is coming back to home tonight for a free concert to promote their latest album “Signed and Sealed in Blood” which drops, you guessed it, today.

Head over to McGreevy’s in Back Bay for a live acoustic performance, a Q and A with band members and CD signing from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is 21+ and free of charge but if you want to get through the doors, make sure you line up early because admission is first come first serve. If you can’t make it in Boston Phoenix & WFNX will broadcast live from the festivities on their websites.

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This is the happiest, most danceable, synthesizer-driven, electronic pop song to round out the New Year, and I’m in love with it. The production of this song is insanely genius.

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Better known for his time in The Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am is actually an accomplished producer, singer, and designer in his own right. For his new album, “#Willpower,”  set to be released in February of 2013, Will.i. am teamed up with everyone aaaand their mothers. His collaborations are the cool-kid-list of the music world:

Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Beiber, Cheryl Cole, Kanye West, Nicole Scherzinger, David Guetta, Alicia Keys, Natalia Kills, LMFAO, Eva Simons, Chris Brown, Mick Jagger, Busta Rhymes, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, 2NE1, Lindsay Lohan,  and Kim Kardashian. That’s all for ONE album. 

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Blowing up across the pond in England, Sub Focus’s new single Tidal Wave is a floaty blend of synth-pop heaven that will have your body shaking and end up on repeat over and over again.

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Dan Deacon, the Indie king of audience participation talks time travel, the desert and his new album, “USA”.

JL: You used to live off the grid. No ID. No passport. Traveling only by car and train. Has seeing the world changed you?

It definitely changed my life. It introduced me to subcultures that I never would’ve had any knowledge of and just showed me there was more to the culture of the United States than chain stores and strip stores and suburbs. There is a genuine non-commercialized culture out there that exists for the sake of existing. It’s genuine culture. I have a hard time describing it. Going to beautiful places. You’re muted by the experience. When I first started touring I was very nihilistic and didn’t really think there’d be a future and relished in the idea of an apocalypse and now I would hate to see that happen to the Earth. I think that’d be terrible.

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The adolescent voice that embodied a suburban generation: Asher Roth. He’s a lover. Lover of booze, drugs, sleeping in, women, and sunshine. Dislikes: people that harsh his mellow vibe.

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Picture this: You’re sitting at your local sports bar on a Wednesday night listening to the deadbeat at the end of the bar complain about corporate America and his wife’s cooking for the 3rd straight hour. The sound of clashing pool balls circulates the room as the sports commentator droning from the nearby television announces that yes, Tom Brady missed his target yet again and the bartender shoots you another glare for reasons that you still don’t understand. It’s dark. It’s dank. It’s downright miserable.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Not if you live around Cambridge, at least.

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