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Perfect High

Last night, Perfect High premiered on Lifetime, and there were several reasons why I decided to check it out. First, it was lead actress Bella Thorne‘s edgiest role to date, and as I’ve been lucky enough to encounter and interview the star at many points in my career, I had to support her project. Then, I’ve heard a lot of buzz surrounding another lead actor in the film, Ross Butler, who has also recently appeared in Disney Channel’s Teen Beach 2 and my personal guilty-pleasure TV show, K. C. Undercover. Finally, it’s a Lifetime movie, which is guaranteed to be equal parts overdramatic and crazy, which is exactly my kind of Saturday night.  Continue Reading »

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Listen and download: Windows Down Playlist

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These days the sun is out for a little longer and the pollen isn’t threatening to fly into my face/mouth as I drive with my windows down so I figured it was about time for a new playlist. This is the kind of stuff you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be blasting in your car. House, pop, indie, hip hop, R&B – a little bit of everything is there so listen up and check out the download link at the end of the post:

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Unfiltered Thoughts About Cronuts

Remember when cronuts first hit the dessert scene a few years back and literally everyone on the planet was clamoring to try out the half-donut half-croissant creation? There was no line too long to wait on, when the promise of a cronut was the final outcome.

Yeah, so I wasn’t really into it. I’ve never been much of a sweets person, (to the complete surprise/dismay/disgust of so many people I’ve come across) and as far as pastries go, croissants have always been too dry for my tastes.  Continue Reading »

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Listen and download: 10 Songs to Put a Spring In Your Step

Ooh a shiny new playlist of some really cool songs. Download the entire playlist up ahead:

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Listen: George Maple, “Where You End And I Begin” ft. GrandeMarshall

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George Maple, “Where You End And I Begin” ft. GrandeMarshall

Genre: future pop
George Maple sounds like: Jessie Ware’s vocals with Little Dragon production
Worth checking out: “Talk Talk,” “Vacant Space”
The ideal setting to play “Where You End And I Begin”: the next time you want to make a choreographed ’90s throwback music video…I don’t know, that’s the mood I’m getting from this song, okay?

The Australian-born, London-based singer and producer George Maple has been making waves with this track since its release last week. The song has a cool groove throughout, with Maple’s breathy vocals backed by a futuristic R&B beat. Some may recognize her voice from the memorable Snakehips track “On and On.”

Her EP Vacant Space was released this past December, and debuted #3 on the Australian iTunes Album Chart. Maple is currently on tour and making her rounds in the US with most dates at SXSW 3/18 through 3/21. After listening to her latest, we’re thinking you should put her on your list of artists to watch. Check out “Where You End And I Begin”:

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Listen: The Griswolds, “Beware The Dog”

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The Griswolds, “Beware The Dog”

Genre: indie pop rock
The Griswolds sound like: The Kooks circa 2008 jumbled together with Walk The Moon
Worth checking out: “16 Years,” “Right On Track,” “Down and Out”, “Not Ready Anymore”
The ideal setting to play “Beware The Dog”: the next time you’re driving yourself down to the beach…okay, maybe that won’t be happening anytime soon (WINTER, PLEASE GO AWAY). Correction: the next time you imagine yourself driving down to the beach.

“Beware The Dog” opens with a melodic surf pop guitar riff and then bounces right along into a chanting chorus – the making of a great summer jam if you ask me. In fact, the track just won the reader-voted award for ‘Single of the Year’ at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards last week. I know, I know, it’s definitely not summer and we’re not in Australia but let’s just let it happen and allow for some sunny music that we so desperately need in our lives. Listen up:

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Listen: MisterWives, “Reflections”

Lately NYC band MisterWives has been keeping busy promoting their debut album Our Own House (released February 24), appearing on shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers and Good Morning America. Their initial EP release, Reflections, was pretty pop driven, but after a listen through OOH, it’s obvious there’s more to this band than catchy hooks and dance parties. Lead singer Mandy Lee has a distinct voice, although I was sitting here for the past 20 minutes swearing that she did a performance with La Blogotheque, but it turns out I was getting her confused with singer Alex Winston. Both singers have collaborated with DJ/producer/electro duo The Knocks – which is how I first heard of Lee, on M83’s “Midnight City.” Another notable cover? MisterWives’s version of Sam Smith’s “Money On My Mind.”

MisterWives is on tour now. Check out Our Own House.

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