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Dua Lipa, Alexx Mack, Empire of the Sun & 46 More Artists: New Music Monday!

August 29, 2016

Dua-Lipa-skyelyfeAnother week, another slew of awesome new tunes.

The music selection has been particularly amazing lately, and this week brings you 49 more stellar sounds.

I’m so excited about Empire of the Sun‘s upcoming Oct. 28 album Two Vinesand I’ve included their brand new track “High and Low” on this week’s New Music Monday playlist.

Additionally, I’m totally digging Dua Lipa‘s high-energy “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” and my girl Alexx Mack‘s collaboration with Goldhouse called “Pleasure.”

There’s something for everyone this week. If EDM is your thing, check out Borgeous‘ “Higher,” if you like hip-hop, you’ll probably enjoy Dej Loaf‘s “Miami.” Into rock? Give John Travoltage‘s “Heist” a listen or Bad Suns‘ “Heartbreaker.” And for you pop lovers, had to include a little Britney on the list. I’m surprisingly digging Glory, and I added “Slumber Party” to the list. Speaking of pop, “Higher” by Carly Rae Jepsen is the perfect retro-sounding tune.

Check out the full playlist below:


Lifestyle Angelenos

5 Awesome Things to Know About L.A.! Pride 2016, Straight from the Festival’s President Chris Classen!

June 8, 2016
Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

Photo credit: Jeffrey Bertollini

LA! Pride has come a long way since its inception in the year 2000, when it was known as LA/Valley Pride (LAVP).

But even in really recent years, the festival that celebrates the LGBT community has majorly stepped up its game, bringing on top-tier musical acts (can we reminisce about last year with Kesha for a moment?!) and attracting a majorly diverse crowd.

This year (my seventh!), which kicks off this Friday (!), is expected to bring an even bigger crowd, especially by boasting performances by big acts, including Carly Rae JepsenCharli XCXKrewella and dozens of others.

But a musical upgrade isn’t the only big change you can expect this year. Skyelyfe caught up with Chris Classen, president of the festival and also president of Christopher Street West, which produces the three-day event. He dished on everything we all need to know leading up to (at least what I consider) the most fun weekend of the year!

Photo Credit: Own Your Pride Campaign

Photo Credit: Own Your Pride Campaign

From what went into selecting this year’s artists, to flashier decor and better food options, read below for five things to know about LA! Pride 2016:

1. Keep Your Phone Charged, Because There Will Be Far Too Many Photo Opps!

“World class musical acts, more inclusive programming, and interactive art experiences will be all over the festival,” Classen says. “I mean, wait until you see this thing. There are so many social media moments, you’ll have serious FOMO if you stay home.”

2. Much More Thought Went Into This Year’s Musical Lineup, But the Weekend Is Still Affordable

“This year we sat down and said, ‘Ok, let’s curate a lineup that’s diverse, cool, and broad,” Classen explains. “We wanted a mix of acts we love, but haven’t been ‘discovered’ yet, and some names people already love. We also added acts to the schedule, so it’s a really packed weekend of talent. The best part? It’s only $35 per day.”

3. Each Musical Act Has a Special Tie to the LGBT Community

“All of our acts are allies,” Classen says. “Many are openly LGBTQ, but the coolest change this year isn’t the headliners – it’s the entire lineup. Never before have we had a talent list that is as diverse as our own community.”

4. Classen Loves Being Behind the Scenes of West Hollywood’s Biggest Annual Event 

“Putting together the nations largest, ticketed LGBT event takes a year of preparation with a tight-knit team of dedicated people who become a second family to me,” he says. “But during the event, few of the attendees know who I am, and my favorite part of the weekend is being able to watch the joy and sense of wonder on people’s faces as they experience what we have put together for them.”

Photo credit: Jon Viscott

Photo credit: Jon Viscott

5. Kesha Left Her Mark on the Festival, Following Last Year’s Incredible Headlining Performance

“Being backstage with Kesha last year was one of my favorite memories of Pride,” Classen says. “She was lovely, and so genuinely excited to be a part of the event.”


Music Angelenos

This L.A. Pride 2016 Playlist Will Get You Stoked for the Festival!

June 7, 2016

Carly_Rae_LA_Pride_skyelyfeL.A. Pride Music Festival & Parade kicks off its three-day celebration on Friday, and this year’s lineup boasts some seriously impressive talent!

As I noted in April, Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX and Krewella are headlining West Hollywood’s hotly anticipated event, which also features live performances by Trina, Timeflies, Da BratGavin Turek, Gallant, EC Twins, Hailee Steinfeld, Timeflies, Daya, Bebe Rexha and a slew of others.

Can’t wait until the weekend to catch all of the acts? Check out the playlist below to get an earful of each one!

And come back tomorrow for my interview with L.A. Pride president Chris Classen!


Music Angelenos

Carly Rae Jepsen & Charli XCX Are Headlining L.A. Pride 2016!

April 26, 2016

Carly_Rae_LA_Pride_skyelyfeL.A. Pride‘s headlining act last year will forever be a tough one to follow (I mean, come on, it was Kesha!) – but – I will say I can’t complain about this year’s selection.

Carly Rae Jepsen will take center stage as the main act during the annual West Hollywood festival (which happens to be my favorite event of the year) from June 10-12, the organization announced on its website today. Charli XCX and Krewella are also among the headlining acts.

A slew of additional talent is slated to perform over the course of the weekend, including, Gavin Turek, Gallant, EC Twins, Hailee Steinfeld, Timeflies, Daya, Bebe Rexha and two throwback favs: Da Brat and Trina!

L.A. Pride, which celebrates love and equality for the LGBTQ community, has been home to other additional big performers in the past, including Tinashe, Demi Lovato and Jennifer Hudson.

If you’re feeling nostalgic over last year’s festival with the “Your Love Is My Drug” singer, fear not because just two hours south, you can catch my favorite pop star performing her hits at San Diego Pride on Sat., July 16 (you just might see me there!).


Carly Rae Jepsen, The Knocks, Tinashe, Way Out West & More: New Music Monday!

February 29, 2016

Carly_rae_jepsen_the_knocks_skyelyfeIf you need more than just a large cup of black coffee to get you going on this rainy-turned-disappointingly-sunny Monday, I’ve got just the fix!

My 18-song selection for this week’s New Music Monday is totally upbeat and perfect for putting you in the mood for a positive work week.

Carly Rae Jepsen teamed up with one of my favorite acts The Knocks on “Love Me Like That,” Tinashe and her consistently sexy vocals shine on “Ride of Your Life,” Don Diablo‘s remix of Birdy‘s “Keeping Your Head Up” will have you on your feet and Me & My Toothbrush impresses yet again with their signature disco-infused sound on “Living for the Moment.”

Click the playlist below for the full list, which also includes Autograf, Fifth HarmonyRameses B, Tritonal, Way Out West, Pr0files and – blast from the past – Mya!



Wilkinson, Gorgon City, Kaskade, JoJo & 12 More Artists: New Music Monday!

August 24, 2015

Wilkinson-Breathe-2015-1500x1500If you’re in the mood for a dance party, then I’ve got some tracks in mind for you!

Wilkinson comes through with a surefire hit yet again. The British melodic drum and bass artist never lets me down, and this time is no exception with the sweet and sexy “Breathe,” featuring Shannon Saunders.

Gorgon City‘s “Saving My Life,” featuring Romans, may not be anything groundbreaking when it comes to sound, but if you’re looking for something fun, light and easy to dance to – well, there ya have it!

These songs join 15 others in this week’s New Music Monday, which also includes Kaskade‘s “We Don’t Stop,” which takes a little detour from the artist’s typical signature sound. I am liking this particular tune more than many of his others in recent years.

Odesza keeps their signature sound, but takes things down a few notches with “Light,” featuring one of my favorites, Little Dragon. Keeping things upbeat are Neon Indian with “Slumlord” and Sohight & Cheevy with “Shine for Me.”

Now, let’s talk pop. More importantly, let’s talk JoJo! The once-youngin’ who gave us some of the best break-up songs of the mid-2000s is back! This time, with a dance-y tune called “When Love Hurts” (clearly her topic of choice has not changed). Also in the pop category, Carly Rae Jepsenwho has released several singles one-by-one over the last few weeks – has finally put out her hotly-anticipated 15-track, ’80s-inspired synth album Emotion. Give a listen to “I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance.”

Check out the entire playlist below, which also includes songs by Sharer, Gardens & Villa and Astropol.



Carly Rae Jepsen, Chet Faker, Banks, YG & More: New Music Monday!

August 3, 2015

carly-rae-jepsen-warm-blood-skyelyfeCarly Rae Jepsen is on a roll!

Her new releases continue to be totally on point, as she proves with last month’s “Run Away with Me,” and now her latest, “Warm Blood,” which is a little dark and mysterious while still providing one of her catchy signature hooks. It’s the perfect kickoff to this week’s New Music Monday selection. Her latest are set to appear on her third studio album “Emotion.”

And while on the subject of pop, check out the DJ Mustard-produced “Sorry to Interrupt,” by Jessie J, Jhene Aiko and Rixton. RAC and Madi Diaz‘s happy-go-lucky “Falling Hard” will make you smile, and Kate Boy‘s “Midnight Sun” will make you dance. And YG‘s “Twist My Fingaz” reminds me of that classic west coast rap sound from the ’90s.

Otherwise, this week’s playlist is mostly mellow. Chet Faker and Banks make an excellent team on their “1998” collaboration, while Teen Daze‘s “Along” is perfect little jam for winding down your day, and Cannons‘ “Body Talk” is slow and sexy.

Check out the entire playlist of 12 songs (which also includes Gardens & Villa, Peking Duk, SAFIA, Coyote Kisses and Karman Line) below:



Tame Impala, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hermitude & More: New Music Monday!

July 20, 2015

tame-impala-currentsI can’t speak for the rest of you, but I am loving L.A.’s midsummer rainy weather over the last few days. It’s been quite the unexpected surprise, and it has also given me the perfect opportunity to sit inside my apartment and casually enjoy new music.

This week, I have eleven new songs that are (hopefully) sure to kick your week off just right!

If you’re looking for something mellow to complement the overcast weather outside, give a listen to Tame Impala‘s “The Less I Know the Better,” which is definitely the best song I have yet to hear by them. I also recommend “Shaded In,” by Filous, and the very pretty “Indecision,” by Shura.

Carly Rae Jepsen is back with another one of her signature infectious poppy love songs: “Run Away with Me.”

And for a little more lively sound, I’ve included Bobby Burns‘ “Satellites” and Hermitude‘s “The Buzz.” And the vocal mix of Etienne de Crecy‘s “Smile” is just divine.

Click below for this week’s full New Music Monday playlist:



Erik Hassle, T.I., Manufactured Superstars, Strange Names, Katie Otro & 20 More Artists: New Music Monday, 4.20.15

April 20, 2015

NoWords_ErikHassleCoachella 2015 is officially over – but just because it’s time to put away the flower crowns and scrub off the flash tattoos doesn’t mean anyone needs to turn down the music!

Today I bring you 23 fresh songs, ranging from T.I.‘s catchy rap “I Go Hard” from the Go Hard soundtrack, to 16 Bit Lolitas‘ deep “I’ll Be True” and Matt Woods‘ electro-soul “Impression.”

Carly Rae Jepsen took a temporary departure from the bubblegum that made her a household name, with the release of “All That,” an ’80s-inspired ballad.

Meanwhile, Erik Hassle has graced us with his uncharacteristically upbeat “No Words.” While the Swedish artist still manages to shed a tear in the cover art for the new single, his typical sound of heartache has transformed into something a little more lively (even though he has said that yes, this song, too, reflects on a breakup).

And just today, new Ibiza-based tech house artist Katie Otro just released her very first track, a mix of Todd Terry‘s “Back Around,” available on Ministry of Sound, courtesy of Inhouse Records. Get a first look at the track and music video below!


With that, it’s now time to brush away those bye-bye-Coachella blues and check out this week’s New Music Monday playlist, which also includes tracks by Gramatik, Cut Copy‘s Ben Browning, Oddisee, Moons of Mars, Lord Huron, Strange Names and Alex Gaudino, featuring Manufactured Superstars.



Carly Rae Jepsen, Purity Ring, Madeon and 14 Other Artists: New Music Monday, 3.2.15

March 2, 2015

CarlyRaeJepsenShe’s ba-aaack!

Carly Rae Jepsen has cyberspace all riled up (in a good way!) over the release of her new single “I Really Like You,” which comes about three years after she skyrocketed to success with “Call Me Maybe.”

The pop starlet is just one of the 17 artists featured in this week’s New Music Monday, which also includes Purity Ring‘s “bodyache,” along with Madeon featuring Passion Pit on “Pay No Mind” and Big Sean featuring Jhene Aiko on “I Know.”

The list this week is pretty dance-heavy, with some melodic EDM by Tritonal, Mooij, Shaun Frank, Morgan Page and Eric Prydz Vs. CHVRCHES.

I’m also totally into new artist Chelsea Lankes. She has a soothing voice and a sexy sound, which is demonstrated on the Carousel remix of “Down for Whatever.”

Check out the playlist of new songs below: