FIVE FOR FRIDAY May 29, 2015

Here are 5 new songs making me happy these days:

1) WORK DRUGS “Hey Nineteen”

The more I listen to this song, the more I like it.  Super catchy beat from this Philadelphia based duo.  I’m excited to see them live at the Roxy in September!

Work Drugs: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

2) CLOSE TALKER “For The Sun”

Great stuff from this Canadian indie rock group.

Close Talker: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

3) SUNFLOWER BEAN “I Hear Voices”

This song makes me miss living in NYC.  It’s a fun, gritty song from this Brooklyn based trio.

Sunflower Bean: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

4) RIOTHORSE ROYALE “You’re Still Here”

Beautiful harmonies layered over a lush yet slightly sinister sound.  Love what this indie-pop duo is doing!  Shoutout to one of my fave music sites DAYTROTTER for turning me on to these guys.

Riothorse Royale:  Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

5) ROOSEVELT “Night Moves”

Really fun song from this talented indie-electric artist from Germany.  I can hear this in a car commercial.. He’s live at the Echoplex in LA July 16th.

Roosevelt: Website  Facebook  Soundcloud

That’s it for this week – Have a wonderful weekend!

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FIVE FOR FRIDAY – 5 New Songs To Start Your Summer!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Whether your plan is to hit the beach, have a BBQ, check out a music festival or just kick it by the pool, here are some great new, summery tunes!

1) NIGHTAIR “Clouds”

These SoCal rockers have bottled summer in this tune.  It just oozes joy – complete with a happy go lucky “I’m alright, I’m ok hey hey” rallying cry.

Nightair:  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

2) KID ASTRAY “Diver”

A fun, carefree sounding tune from this Norwegian group.

Kid Astray: Tumblr  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

3) KINGDOMS “Capture The Moon”

Love the synthy pop vibe to this song from the LA based band.

Kingdoms: Website  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

4) PATRICK JAMES “California Song”

A beautiful tune from the Australian crooner.

Patrick James: Website  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

5) ALINA BARAZ & GALIMATIAS “Show Me”

This sexy soundscape is perfect for the end of a long day – This is just what you need when relaxing in the hot tub.

Alina Baraz: Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

FIVE FOR FRIDAY – Belated Birthday edition

I missed last week because it was my birthday… Sorry about that.  But, back this week with 5 new songs for your listening pleasure!

First up – PALACE – a band from London that I’ve already been watching for some time.  I love everything I’ve heard so far, and they put this new song “Kilorean” out recently.  Another winner, in my opinion!  It’s dreamy and relaxed and bluesy yet happy sounding – put this on, pour a cocktail, go out to your yard or patio and say, “HELLLOOOO  WEEKEND!”

Their debut album is out in June and I can’t wait!  They’ve also got some tour dates in the UK this summer (jealous..) See their website for info.

PALACE SOUNDCLOUDPALACE TWITTER

Next – another band from the UK. (No surprise there – I seem to love a lot that comes from across the pond!) This is ECHOTAPE.  “All My Days” is a ridiculously fun, song with major party anthem potential.. This is destined to be played on festival fields.. The catchy lyric “All my days are rolling into one, my head’s like a sieve and I’m sinking some” – pretty much describes everyone at a festival anyway. Check it out and just try not to bop along:

Check out their Facebook page for a video of a recent TV appearance.

ECHOTAPE TWITTER

Third up we have FROOGLE & ALEXA HARLEY – with “Falling Down”.  This is a gorgeous, powerful song, off the collaboration EP, “Tunnel Vision”  From his Facebook, “Froogle fuses elements of jazz and r&b with state of the art electronics.”  – that combination works wonderfully here:

FROOGLE SOUNDCLOUD , TWITTER

ALEXA HARLEY FACEBOOKTWITTER

The next band brings me closer to home.  SMOKE SEASON – a LA based boy/girl duo known for their genre bending “electro soul”.  They’re sexy, sultry, and kick ass.. They’re playing “Brokechella” this weekend in LA – I hope to check em out.  Here’s their song “Bees”:

SMOKE SEASON SOUNDCLOUD, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE

And finally for this Friday – AQUILO.  Check out this gorgeous downtempo R & B tinged break up anthem  “Better Off Without You”:

If you live in the UK, you can see this English duo live this summer.  Hey Aquilo, please come play LA soon!!

AQUILO: SOUNDCLOUD, WEBSITE, TWITTER

Five For Friday – Holiday Weekend Edition!

Wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend, hope you’re already enjoying it!  Here are some catchy tunes to get you thru your travels, time with family, binge eating, or whatever makes you happiest.

1) GOLDEN COAST – Take You Away:

What a perfect song to start with!  A fun, catchy, long-weekend-sounding track from this LA based band.  It’s impossible to not feel transported and carefree when you hear this!  Also a great song for sync opportunities.  This band is playing on Tuesday night 4/7 in LA and I’m definitely going to check them out.

Golden Coast Facebook

Golden Coast Twitter

See Golden Coast in LA 4/7 at the Kick Kick Snare Event! 

2) OH WONDER – Midnight Moon:

This lovely UK duo has been quietly releasing one song at a time on Soundcloud on the 1st of every month.  Here’s the latest.  It’s catchy and sweet, and I love the turn it takes about 3/4 of the way thru.  Their debut album is out in September, and you catch them live in London, Paris, LA and Brooklyn this fall.  Tickets are for sale via their Website.  I think this band will be big in the next year!

Oh Wonder Facebook

Oh Wonder Twitter 

3) THE MAINE – Same Suit Different Tie

Here’s a new one from Arizona based “The Maine”.  This is off their upcoming 5th full length album out now.  It has a great, pop-y sound and it’s catchy as hell.  The band is touring the US now thru May.  Tour Dates HERE.

The Maine Website

The Maine Twitter

4) DIVE IN – Eighteen:

Synth-pop goodness from this Glastonbury based band.  The EP, “Eighteen” is out in late May.

Dive In Website

Dive in Twitter

Dive In Facebook 

5) ALLIE – Remedy:

The new single from this talented Canadian singer-songwriter, and it’s got some serious soul!  I like it more every time I hear it.

Allie Facebook

Allie Twitter