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Skyelyfe’s 17 Favorite Songs of 2017

December 21, 2017

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Each year, I do two separate lists: one that features my top songs of the year, and one that features my least liked songs of the year.

Welp, this year proved a challenge because the songs were overall so bad and so homogenized, that I truly could not break down my 17 most despised. Whether it was anything touched by DJ Khaled or Selena Gomez (sorry, y’all—wasn’t feeling either of them this year, and I used to be the biggest Khaled fan back in the day), or “Bad and Boujee,” “Congratulations,” “Despacito,” “Location,” “Redbone,” those crappy, blink-and-you-missed-’em Katy Perry singles, and obviously anything Chainsmokers, etc., etc., etc., this year was musically rough.

That said, I did manage to hear 17 tracks that brought a smile to my face, and they definitely deserve mad recognition.

Below, in order from the bottom, my 17 favorite tracks of 2017:

17. “Winter” – PVRIS

I only got into PVRIS this year, but it was most definitely love at first listen. Their hard, melodic, dark rock brings an incredibly unique sound, but lead singer Lynn Gunn‘s vocals are a standout on every track. I saw them in concert earlier this year, and it only intensified my adoration for this rising band. “Winter” is just one of the many songs that truly represents this group’s signature sound.

16. “Gimme the Highlights” – Hortlax Cobra f./ Sibille Attar

If you love electronic music, but not all the crap that sounds the same, I’ve been raving about Hortlax Cobra (aka John Eriksson from Peter Bjorn and John) for years, and how HC has managed to still fly under the radar is beyond me. He released a full-length album this year, and “Gimme the Highlights” is my favorite—mysterious and melodic, this song just can’t go wrong.

15. “You Got Me” – SNBRN, BLU J, Cara Frew

Sexy, dark, progressive and melodic, this song epitomizes the formula to success. And in an era where everything in this “EDM/Dance” genre sounds the same, this song miraculously manages to stand out.

14. “Clap Your Hands” – Le Youth f./ Ava Max

Lively and upbeat, this track is what Billboard describes as “infectious funk,” and I’ve got to say I agree. Ava Max brings beautiful vocals, while Le Youth brings his signature delicious dance vibes.

13. “Falls” – ODESZA f./ Sasha Sloan

Appropriately and coincidentally released just before fall, this chillwave track was the perfect calm that the season needed. Whether on in the background while hosting guests, or as the soundtrack to my lengthy drive to and from work, this song epitomizes ODESZA‘s way of working their musical magic.

12. Kaleidoscopes – Transviolet f./ Reo Cragun

There’s something bittersweet about this this melodic gem. Expressing both love and heartbreak, this is an emotional track, but easy on the ears.

11. “Don’t You Feel It” – Sub Focus f./ALMA

I definitely had this one on regular rotation early in the year. Whether getting through a day at the office or while getting ready for a night out, this uplifting electro tune kept me in good spirits.

10. “Plain Jane” – A$AP Ferg

This song came through in the clutch at the very end of 2017, and there’s no doubt it will fly high up the charts in the year to follow. I can’t imagine anyone hearing this and not getting up to dance in the middle of the club, in their car or in their living room, as this is the ultimate banger!

9. “I Get the Bag” – Gucci Mane f./ Migos

When I heard “Bad and Boujee,” I was like hell no with these Migos guys (btw, I still wouldn’t be able to point them out in a crowd, and it took me months to learn Quavo is a part of Migos and not a separate entity altogether), but I’ve gotta say a few of their songs grew on me. “T-shirt” isn’t bad, “Motorsport” is good (that Cardi B again!), and “I Get the Bag” is a legit banger. Ok, to be fair, my boy Gucci definitely adds a lot to this track, but overall, slick flow, love the dark melody, I’m into it.

8. “No Limit” – G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B

It pains me to put G-Eazy on a top-anything list, but alas, here we are. That said, the real star of the track (and of the year) is obviously Cardi B, and I knew this would be a hit the second I first heard it. It’s getting mad radio play, and you know what? I say play away. I don’t see myself getting sick of this one any time soon.

7. “Bodies” – Wafia

This came in towards the end of the year, and has been playing on my rotation ever since. It’s super light, Wafia’s voice is incredible, and it’s just an all-around solid song.

6. “Devil in Me” – Halsey

Consider Halsey my unexpected breakout star of 2017. Had you told me a year ago that she’d make my Top 17 (No. 6, for that matter), that I’d pay to see her in concert and that I would speak very openly and frequently about her songwriting and skill, I would have said you were clearly joking. But after spending seriously the entire year listening to hopeless. fountain. kingdom. and BADLANDS, I’ve gotta say, I’m a wholehearted fan. Do I think the whole G-Eazy relationship is trashy? Yep. Do I think her radio singles get super old? Yep. But overall, Halsey’s music was basically the soundtrack to my year, so here’s to that. “Devil in Me” is my favorite track she released this year (“Strangers” in close second). This song is raw and powerful, a definite must-listen!

5. “Don’t Take the Money” – Bleachers

I found out Lorde is a co-writer on this song, which I never would have expected, but that said, right up there with “Sit Next to Me,” this song’s melody is an instant jolt of happiness. It also reminds of a particularly upward point in 2017, so many positive associations there!

4. “Sit Next to Me” – Foster the People

This song sparked immediate excitement in me when I heard it for the first time, and has continued to do so every play thereafter. This is without question my second favorite FTP track of all-time (“I Would Do Anything for You” being the first). It’s oddly difficult for me to listen to music when I’m not in the best mood, but this song is an exception. I can listen to it any time, any place, as an instant mood-booster.

3. “Reminder” – The Weeknd

This one’s a rare Weeknd radio single that didn’t get overplayed—which may be why it reigned supreme in my book. No, but really though, the melody on this track is A+. And hearing The Weeknd’s soothing vocals on anything is icing on the cake!

2. “Nirvana” – Ryder

Like the title suggests, this song is heavenly. It is so incredibly beautiful from start to finish, I feel like I’m floating on a cloud as I hear it. It came out at the very beginning of the year, so it’s been a minute since I’ve had it on heavy rotation, but listening to it again brings back all sorts of fond memories and happiness. This track will never get old.

1. “Privacy” – Chris Brown

Breezy has reclaimed his throne after a lackluster 2016. “Privacy”—which led up to the release of his hotly anticipated double-album Heartbreak on a Full Moon—was my jam, and Spotify seemed to agree, listing it as my most listened to song of 2017. While this sexy, dirty little ditty doesn’t even come close to my love for “Ayo,” this is for sure a banger and I’ll most definitely be listening for years to come.

Listen to all the favorites below:

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Skyelyfe’s 20 Best Songs of 2016

December 22, 2016


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Time to bid adieu to 2016, the year rap and hip-hop officially died.

The genre has been getting increasingly worse over the last few years, but this year really solidified its transition into an auto-tuned genre of its own called hip-pop. Yeah, I hate it. And unlike in 2015, this year we didn’t even have a Nic Nac Beats to swoop in and save the day with his supremely produced Chris Brown tracks. Whether it was rap, pop, electronic or otherwise, there definitely seemed to be more bad than good (in fact, you can check out my worst songs of 2016 list).

But, not all is atrocious. After much thought, I’ve managed to scrounge up a handful of redeeming tracks I genuinely love, and I’m sharing them below (in particular order):

20. “Champions” – Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz

Not a fan of Kanye solo, but I’ve always said that when he collabs, his songs tend to be much better—and this song is no exception. Great track-mates, great hook, great song.

19. “Might Not” – Belly f./The Weeknd

Honestly, this track may have made it higher up on the list if it weren’t for that gawd-awful 2 Chainz remix. Like if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it! Ugh

18. “Into You” – Ariana Grande

This song stands out because it is says OK, I can be sexy and I don’t even have to be trashy to do so! A rarity for this artist. Great track.

17. “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd f./Gucci Mane

Mike WiLL Made-It + Gucci = no-brainer recipe for perfection

16. “Say It (Clean Bandit Mix)” – Flume f./Tove Lo

If you read my Worst Songs of 2016 post, you will see my distaste for nu-school Flume. But this track happens to be great, and might I add that Tove Lo’s Lady Wood album (though this song is not part of it) is the best of the year.

15. “Want You” – Bearson f./Cal

While Bearson definitely identifies with “electronica,” he hasn’t nailed a signature sound, which is great, because I love all of the varying tracks he sends (via airwaves) my way—and this song is no exception.

14. “Either/Or” – Mt. Si

If you dig Classix, you’ll love Mt. Si.—which makes sense, given that 1/3 of this trio is Michael David of the incredible electropop duo. Seriously, it does not get better than this sound.

13. “The Winds of Change” – St. Lucia

Granted, nothing by this artist compares to “Elevate,” but this jam is pretty darn awesome. If you like that sound, you’ll love this, too!

12. “Valley of Dreams” – Cavaliers of Fun

See No. 4

11. “Be the One” – Dua Lupa

Dua Lupa has a beautiful voice/face/hair/sound etc. That is all.

10. “Freeway Lights” – Goldroom

I’ve been listening to Goldroom since he first debuted in 2012—and while it was definitely weird (and a little hard) to see his album featured at the Interscope pop-up shop at Hollywood & Highland alongside Lady Gaga, among others, I refuse to call him a sellout, because while perhaps slightly more produced than before, his sound is overall the same, and this a very light, sweet track that should appeal to everyone.

9. “Bullet” – Chelsea Lankes

How this girl is not a household name is beyond me. Each of her songs are well-produced, well-articulated and relate to everyone. This track is super uplifting and empowering.

8. “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake f./Justin Bieber

Personal woes aside, Justin Bieber is an incredible artist. Granted, this track goes to DJ Snake, but Bieber’s vocals are definitely an invaluable asset to this recording. This is a genuinely wonderful song from start to finish. It’s pretty, powerful and poignant.

7. “Innerbloom” – RUFUS DU SOL

This is your universally appealing track. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it.

6. “Into the Night” – Cardiknox

This track is fun and light. Do NYE makeup in your mirror to this! It will get you pumped up–promise!

5. “Goin Up” – Deorro f./DyCy

Let’s be honest—when we think of Deorro, we think “Five More Hours,” right? Welp, he’s got a catchy new little jam called “Goin Up,” and (no pun intended), it’s quite uplifting.

4. “Astral Division” – Cavaliers of Fun

Like their name suggests, these guys (guy?) are quite fun — well, at least judging by their music. Granted, I don’t know what this song means and I don’t know anything about the people (person?) on the track. They’ve done quite the job of maintaining a mysterious presence (we’re talkin’ 249 Twitter followers, folks!), but that’s what makes them all the more fun! Anyway, they are the only act to make this list twice (see No. 12), and I really hope to hear more (maybe learn more?) of them in 2017!

3. “Somebody Else” – The 1975

How this song wasn’t nominated for a Grammy is beyond me. Not only are the lyrics hard-hitting, but the melody is exceptionally beautiful. I will forever stay stumped while blasting on repeat.

2. “Kiss It Better” – Rihanna

I believe Rihanna was still dating Chris Brown when this song was in production, so it’s your guess as to whether or not he is the subject matter of this incredibly powerful song. But the highly underrated track allows you to feel both her desire and pain.

1. “In the Morning” – Kaskade/ZHU

I love this song from start to finish. I don’t think I’d ever get sick of it. It’s so reminiscent of old-school Kaskade, circa 2004. If all songs were like this, the world would be a much happier place.

**To note: “The Middle” by DJ Snake technically came out last year, so it was no. 3 on last year’s list, even though it didn’t break out until 2016. I feel the need to acknowledge that so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle 😉

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Skyelyfe’s 20 Worst Songs of 2016

December 21, 2016

songs-worst-2016For so many people, 2016 is considered the worst—and the selection of music releases this year has been no exception to contributing factors.

From Meghan Trainor‘s typically obnoxious, overbearing ditties to Lady Gaga‘s eyeroll-worthy “comeback,” to some very questionable collaborations, I just could not with these year’s tunes.

But it’s not all bad news, folks! Come back tomorrow for my list of 2o best songs of 2016!

In the meantime scroll below to see my least liked (in particular order):

20. “Starboy” – The Weeknd f./Daft Punk

The Weeknd’s album with this song’s same name is definitely not a disappointment, but the song itself is douchery at its (not so) finest.

19. “For Free” – DJ Khaled f./Drake

UGH. Again, douchery at its (not so) finest. Sorry, call me a hater, but present-day Drake is so annoying.

18. “Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga

I’m sure I speak for others when I say I’m not buying Lady Gaga’s folky, “real me” schtick. I think people want to hear and see her based on the reason they liked her in the first place: her over-the-top character image and her poppy persona. I don’t take this Joanne nonsense seriously at all. I mean, heck, I am the first to admit I even love Artpop, for crying out loud!

17. “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 f./Kendrick Lamar

For such a strong lyricist, you’d think Adam Levine could come up with something a little more crafty than “I don’t wanna know, know, know, know who’s taking you home, home, home, home and loving you so, so, so, so…” Also, I have an issue with songs that throw rap verses in when it doesn’t really serve a purpose.

16. “Hymn for the Weekend” – Coldplay

Come on, Coldplay, you can do so much better than this!

15. “oui” – Jeremih

I’ve never been much a fan of Jeremih, and this whiny, pathetic track (with terrible lyrics to boot) doesn’t help his case. “Hey, there’s no we without you and I” (<–well, duh!)

14. “Me, Myself & I” – G-Eazy f./Bebe Rexha

Luckily for Bebe Rexha, she had some decent material this year, post-this horrible song. G-Eazy on the other hand? I can’t get behind any of his 2016 material.

13. “Never Be Like You” – Flume f./Kai

As someone who has been listening to Flume since 2012, this radio-heavy track is such a terrible downgrade from the Australian’s incredible signature, under-the-radar experimental electronic sound. In fact, the whole Skin album is a disappointment. Sorry.

12. “One Dance” – Drake f./WizKid and Kyla

I meannnn…. see No. 19

11. “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” – Mike Posner

I totally agree with Time‘s take on this song (in fact, I agree with most of Time‘s 10 Worst 2016 Songs list altogether): “Originally conceived as a folksy pop song in the vein of Jason Mraz, there was something clever about Posner’s withering takedown of drug-taking EDM bro culture. But the much more popular Seeb remix sapped it of its wit, turning it into the exact thing it was satirizing. What a comedown.”

10. “A-YO” – Lady Gaga

It’s funny how we go from last year’s No. 1 skyelyfe track “Ayo,” by Chris Brown and Tyga, to this cringeworthy country-pop tune by Lady Gaga. Yes, I’m aware they have nothing in common except the title, but still, this a far cry from the 2015 tune.

9. “Bad Things” – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello

I saw Machine Gun Kelly live in 2011 at the now-defunct West Hollywood House of Blues, where he was another white, aspiring gangsta rapper. Welp, guess that life didn’t pan out for him so well, because now he’s lending his lyrics on a terrible hip-pop rendition of Fastball’s “Out of My Head” with now-former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello.

8. “NO” – Meghan Trainor

The song’s title speaks volumes.

7. “Me Too” – Meghan Trainor

If you’ve followed me on social media at all this year, well, you know all too well how I feel about a particular artist…

6. “Make Me…” – Britney Spears f./G-Eazy

The only thing worse than this song is quite possibly the music video (but, at least with the video, it’s entertaining in its own special way). It’s hard to believe this was the first single from the hotly anticipated Glory album. The album was actually pretty good, but with this (among a few others) as the so-called “breakouts,” it definitely didn’t sell me.

5. “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots

The two Twenty One Pilots dudes said it best themselves at the American Music Awards: “I think we’re only getting these awards because we were the ones who showed up!” Yeah, I mean their songs got more play than almost any others I heard on the radio this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I would definitely be a-ok with never hearing them again!

4. “7 Years” – Lucas Graham

I think I speak for many when I say I have no idea what this dude is talking about, and quite frankly, I haven’t been able to make it all the way through the song to find out.

3. “Private Show” – Britney Spears

See the third sentence in No. 6

2. “i hate u, i love u” – gnash f./Olivia O’Brien

The only thing that gets me misty-eyed over this melodramatic, aspiring tearjerker of a tune is that it got so much airplay this year. OY so bad.

1. “Stressed Out” – Twenty One Pilots

See No. 5

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Dance Your Way Through December With New Music from AlunaGeorge, Zara Larsson and 30 Additional Artists

December 1, 2016

alunageorge-blow-you-upFirst of all, yes, it really is December.

Secondly, when I think about this month, I think of either holiday tunes, Frank Sinatra or very, very mellow, stay-in-bed-all-day kinds of sounds.

Well, consider this year different, because most of the new material I’ve uncovered in the last month is pretty upbeat. So even if it’s raining outside, you can host your own dance party inside. 

AlunaGeorge and Zara Larsson bring it with fresh, upbeat electro-pop tunes, while a usual skyelyfe favorite Bearson released an equally lively “One Step at a Time” with Natalola. And if additional electronic music is what you crave, Seven Lions‘ “Cold Skin” and Marshmellow‘s “Ritual,” among others, also make up this list.

Pop lovers will dig Little Mix‘s empowering love anthem “Nothing Else Matters,” while The Weeknd, Vallis Alps, Day Wave and LIV slow things down with new songs as well. And skyelyfe’s pal Genesee released “Block Party,” featuring lolo.

Click the playlist below and get the party started:

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Still Having Coachella 2016 Withdrawals? Revisit Weekend One Once More With Pics & Details from Skyelyfe’s Favorite Parties!

April 20, 2016
Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Between the heat, the tedious driving and the endless flow of activity, Coachella is guaranteed to wear a person out. But we wouldn’t have it any other way, right?

Whether it’s running into an old high school pal in the Ferris Wheel line at Neon Carnival or dancing to your favorite musical acts with your festival crew at the Empire Polo Fields, there’s never any shortage of excitement during weekend one of the 3-4 day music celebration.

Although I still feel slightly (understatement) sleep deprived with barely a single clean, wearable clothing article to my name, I had such a blast this past weekend being in the mix of some of the desert’s best bashes and liveliest crowds. Although frolicking around the festival was indeed amazing (check out my Coachella 2016 playlist here!), I certainly put a solid amount of time into the parties. Scroll below for details and photos from some of the hottest (literally and figuratively) events that accompanied the festival during weekend one!

The Music Lounge Presented by Las Vegas and #WHHSH

Guests were given the ultimate Las Vegas-like experience by way of Palm Springs in the company of G-Eazy, DNCE, Balthazar Getty and DJ Equal, who each took a hand behind the turntables over the course of the two-day event. Celebrity guests, which also included Kat Graham, Kellan Lutz and Amber Rose, swooped up a generous selection of swag, including colorful kicks by Diadora (my new purple ones are so much fun!) and matching men’s sock and underwear sets from Related GarmentsARIA Resort & Casino‘s mixologist was also on hand to provide specialty #WHHSH beer cocktails.

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Photo credit: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Kendallbrent, Inc

Neon Carnival

In typical yearly fashion, Neon Carnival was the most packed party of this weekend. A slew of celebrities and tastemakers came out in droves to the coveted nighttime event, presented by Re/Done Levi’s and hosted by Tequila Don Julio. Guests at the hotly hyped bash – which included Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, Jared Leto, Joe Jonas, Scott Eastwood, The Weeknd, Derek Hough, Aaron Paul and Brody Jenner, to name a few – hopped on a variety of theme park rides, won game prizes and took in the sounds of DJ Rukus, DJ Politik and DJ Equal, while partying until 5:00 a.m.!

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

Photo credit: GETTY IMAGES FOR NEON CARNIVAL

REVOLVE Desert House

There was no lack of pretty faces and swag-filled bags at Revolve clothing’s picturesque desert house, which had been the home to Lacoste‘s former years-long Coachella celebration. Joico was on hand to spray guests’ hair with its popular new temporary Insta Tint colors; Ciroc and Baileys made sure no hand was left empty in the scorching sun, while Bai provided vodka mixers; ColourPop cosmetics provided a slew of colorful take home “lippie sticks” (my favorite snag of the day!); and Cult Gaia provided gorgeous custom flower crowns for the stylish soiree, which hosted Shay Mitchell, Emma Roberts, Alessandra Ambrosio, Warren G. and A$AP Rocky, Peyton List and Zoe Kravitz, among other bold-faced names.

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

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Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

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Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for A-OK Collective, LLC

Calvin Klein‘s packed CK Desert Sessions on Friday night was another fun hit of the weekend. Held in the middle of a Cathedral City strip mall warehouse, the celeb-heavy, beer-filled fete featured a set by Alesso, among other DJs. Meanwhile, one of Saturday afternoon’s biggest musts included Bootsy Bellows‘ Pool Party Presented by McDonalds, where Kendall and Kylie Jenner and their hot Hollywood crew (Hailey Baldwin, Bella Hadid, The Weeknd, Cody Simpson and even the sisters’ step bro Brody) were all in tow, where some of them munched on bites from the Mickey D’s food truck while lounging around. The lady Jenners and their party posse didn’t skip a beat all weekend. A day earlier, the gang made their way to the 1OAK and Up&Down-hosted pop-up event that included a DJ set by the Pizza Boys and an impromptu performance by Post Malone. Kendall and her friends passed out pizzas on the dance floor, while guests also munched on tacos, sipped on Budweiser and swooped up sunnies from Smoke x Mirrors and clothing from Aussie brand nANA jUDY.

Photo credit: Rick Williams

Photo credit: Rick Williams

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21 New Songs to Get You Set for September!

August 31, 2015

RAC-new-music-skyelyfeI know I say this every 30 days, but I seriously can’t believe tomorrow is already [insert month – in this case, September]!

And with a new month comes some fresh tunes to enjoy from some of the most favored artists of the moment.

From RAC, The Weeknd and the Biebs, to Avicii, Keys N Krates and SomeKindaWonderful, click below for a diverse new playlist of 21 songs you’ll be sure to enjoy as the weather (hopefully) gets cooler and fall gets nearer.

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SXSW 2015 Playlist: ASTR, Dipset, Kate Boy, The Knocks, Summer Heart & 72 Other Acts Worth Seeing at the Fest!

March 13, 2015

SXSW-2015-MusicAt long last, the music portion of South by Southwest kicks off on Tuesday in Austin, Texas! It’s time for almost a week of showcasing up-and-coming musical talent, while throwing in a mix of oldies-but-goodies.

I am in awe of the lineup. For a huge old-school hip-hop/rap lover like myself, this is like a total dream come true. The list of throwback acts is seemingly endless, ranging from Dilated Peoples and Dipset, to Do or Die and Freeway, to Kurupt and Lil’ Flip, to … I can keep going and going (oh, heyyy, Twista, Mannie Fresh, Too $hort, Slim Thug, DJ Paul, Atmosphere, my buddy Kosha Dillz – ok you get the idea).

But that genre isn’t limited to just acts from the past. Newer-on-the-scene artists Mike WiLL Made-It, The Weeknd, G-Eazy, Bobby Brackins, Migos, Dej Loaf, Rae Sremmurd, Trinidad Jame$, Ty Dolla $ign, I Love Makonnen and Rich Homie Quan are just a handful of artsts who will also make appearances during the music portion of the conference and festival.

Hip-hop not your thing? Fair enough, there are hundreds of other artists from varying genres who will also be performing next week. Tons of pop/rock (Real Estate, Best Coast, Geographer, GRMLN, Future Islands, Milo Greene, Pompeya), tons of electronica of all types, including many of my ongoing favorites (ASTR, Kate Boy, Kaneholler, The Knocks, Odesza, Summer Heart, Mystery Skulls, George Maple, Amason, Avan Lava, Cazzette) and a slew of others.

After browsing through the entire SXSW music lineup, below is a playlist featuring 77 artists I recommend checking out next week. Who are you planning to see? Sound off in the comments! And click here for the entire schedule.

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Shy Girls, Satin Jackets, Kid Ink, Seven Lions & Much More: New Music Monday, 2.9.15

February 9, 2015

shy-girls-2015-eyebarcode-billboard-650-e1423237543199I’m still trying to keep my eyes open in recovery from my Grammy weekend , so I’m going to keep this brief, but as we spent yesterday reflecting on the biggest hits of 2014, we must look ahead to all the good new music coming our way now.

That said, speaking of Grammy events, if you are a fan of The Weeknd (who I caught live on Thursday), then you will love Portland-based Shy Girls (Dan Vidmar), who I’ve been a fan of for quite some time. One word: sexy. I’ve included “Arrest Me,” featuring Tei Shi off his new mixtape 4wz. In case you are unfamiliar, the R&B crooner has toured with HAIM and Little Dragon, and his voice is featured on one of my current favorite tracks, “All We Need,” by Odezsa.

If nu-disco is your thing (it sure is mine!), I’ve included “Shine On You” by Satin Jackets, “Weekend,” by Mocki and “Heyho” by Dropic Thunder.

Listen to the playlist below for 15 new tracks, including Seven Lions, trumpet-infused electronic by Big Gigantic, radio-friendly rap by Kid Ink and some pop-rock by Randy Jackson‘s latest project North of Nine:

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Grammys 2015: Inside the Parties and the Backstage Official Gift Lounge

February 9, 2015

The MusiCares and Clive Davis pre-Grammy parties are annually the events most bustling with stars leading up to music’s biggest night – but that doesn’t mean they are the only fun happenings.

From hearing live performances by The Weeknd and Childish Gambino, to catching a DJ set by HAIM, there was plenty to see, do (and hear) this weekend, before everyone said cheers to last night’s big winner Sam Smith with specialty cocktails by Ciroc, the official toast of the Grammys!

My festivities kicked off on Thursday at the El Rey Theatre in L.A., where Rolling Stone and Google Play joined forces to put on a primarily hip-hop filled night with a killer DJ set by Samantha Ronson (who spun mostly throwback classics, ranging from Aaliyah and Mya, to Nelly and Jermaine Dupri), followed by live performances by The Weeknd and Childish Gambino. As guests – including Emma Roberts, French Montana and Leona Lewis – sipped on cocktails and munched on tray-passed finger foods, they could view some of the magazine’s most iconic covers, which continuously scrolled on the upper walls (including my favorite, which featured Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley).

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Google

Friday was an evening to remember at downtown L.A.’s picturesque Spanish Mediterranean Hotel Figueroa, where guests, including Calvin Harris, Madeon, Yacht, Local Natives and Twin Shadow hung poolside, taking in the sounds of a live performance by Niia, a DJ set by Alana and Este Haim and a DJ set by Childish Gambino for Opening Ceremony and The dFm‘s pre-Grammy celebration. From the very beginning to the end, the party was packed with some of the city’s most stylish music lovers and industry elite.

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

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Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

Photo credit: Joel Marasagan

On Saturday, up-and-coming rapper Bryce Vine used his charismatic stage presence, upbeat music style and adorable boyish looks to win over the intimate crowd at Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood during a private show. Guests at the event, which featured additional on-the-rise musical talents, sipped on hosted cocktails made with new soda beverage Caffeinated Club, a mixer with zero calories, no sugars and no artificial sweeteners.

After Sunday’s show, I started off at Create nightclub in Hollywood, where the King of Crunk himself, Lil Jon, took over the turntables for an approximate 90-minute DJ set, playing everything from his own hits to Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself.” Attendess at the party, hosted by Pandora radio and T-Mobile, munched on an endless supply of tray-passed bites, including lobster ceviche and pork belly tacos.

Following that event, I made my way downtown to the Continental Club, a chic loungey spot that featured a lengthy live performance by best R&B album nominee Bernhoft, who hails from Norway. I wasn’t really familiar with his music before, but his sexy soul-pop vibe has me newly smitten. The event, which also celebrated the launch of Keurig 2.0, provided all kinds of coffee-mixed specialty cocktails, a slew of various deserts (donuts and cake pops galore) and lite bites.

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Photo credit: Chris Weeks

Throughout the weekend, in between show rehearsals and other various things going on at Staples Center, where the big event took place, celebrities (including Usher, Common, LL Cool JBastille and Maddie Ziegler) made their way backstage to the official Grammy gift lounge presented by MTG. They snagged all kinds of goodies, ranging from New Era caps and Gibson guitars, to robotic toys by WowWee, crystal pendants from SIS by Simone I. Smith and a plethora of other gadgets and fine items.

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 1

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - GRAMMY Gift Lounge - Day 1

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

Photo credit: Lily Lawrence/WireImage

What was your favorite Grammy event this weekend? And what did you think of the show itself? Shoutout in the comments below!

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