Sour Grapes – Luv Bishop

We’ve been covering Austin-based M.C. Luv Bishop and his sister, Cara for some time now. While Luv ensured his status as a legit artist with 2014’s “My Element,” a breezy slow-burner with bright production, Cara destroyed the early months of 2015 with impressive tracks like “Summer of ’09” and “Voices.” It’s now July and Luv’s back, this […]

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Swear – Late Ride

Elisa and Alex Florido aka Late Ride, the electronic music duo responsible for one of Secret Songs’ cutest singles, aren’t the first kiddos on the block to blend twee samples with club-ready synths. (P.C. Music, anyone?) But Late Ride’s bonhomie feels more genuine and less artificial than many of their contemporaries—somewhere behind the busy Ableton clips and scenes, a human […]

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Rookie of the Year – Mackned

Seattle-bred M.C. and producer Mackned has been stirring things up with THRAXXHOUSE—the obscure Los Angeles label responsible for one of 2015’s most memorable displays of emo-tinged hip-hop—for almost a year now. The rapper graced 2014 with multiple releases including a collab mixtape with labelmate Key Nyata and an eerie collection of instrumentals. 2015’s “Rookie of the Year” finds Mackned […]

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Songs to Listen to During the Summer

Here’s a selection of songs with summer #feels. 1. “Cheerleader” (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI  Type of #feels: pseudo-reggae commercial pop  2. “Costa Rica” – Uno (ft. Billionaire Black)  Type of #feels: Escape from the cops on a speedboat  3. “Hard to Wait” – iji  Type of #feels: Make omelets with your BB after good sex 4. “Kangaroo Pockets” […]

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Leaf Surfer – Petite League

The Syracuse garage rock outfit Petite League is an anomaly in 2015. The quartet’s fuzzy bonhomie exists within a pop culture machine that quickly dismisses geniality in favor of opinionated seriousness. It’s no surprise that frivolous beach rockers like Best Coast and Wavves no longer have the blogosphere by the balls—those artists didn’t project a strict social dogma onto the current music platform. (Of […]

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