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Stellar Young Perform at Overit Studios

SYnew2 copy (1)On October 2nd, 2015, Overit Studios had its grand opening party in Albany, NY. Stellar Young took part in the event, performing an exclusive in-studio acoustic session at the church-turned-recording studio.

During Stellar Young’s time at the studio, they also took the time to talk about the birth of a song idea, their creative process, and more. You can view the full session/interview below, courtesy of Overit Studios, who provide full production capability for every aspect of audio, video, and digital services.

“The space and vibe of the studio really set the mood for a great session,” says Erik Flora (guitar/vox). “We spent some time rethinking our songs to fit a more intimate acoustic set. When approaching an acoustic version, it’s almost like writing a brand new song.”
You can check out the exclusive session below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

 

 
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100 Artists You Must Hear In 2015

Another year, another group of incredible artists who have found their way onto our playlists. All throughout 2014, Planet Stereo has brought upcoming, new, and popular artists your way. Now, as we prepare to enter 2015, here is your roadmap to the artists that we expect big things from this year. Some familiar faces may grace this list, but also some new ones. Below, you can see Planet Stereo’s 100 Artists You Must Hear in 2015.

 

2015

 

1. Lake Malawi – The UK-based band, led by a two-time MTV Award Winner and two-time Nominee, Albert Cerny, seems to be on the path to success, having already opened for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, performing at the Great Escape Festival, and much more.            Facebook   Website

2. The Actions – London-based alt-rock duo have an undeniable raw energy, seamlessly blending alternative rock with psychedelic electronic sounds. Their high intensity will charge you and your playlist, setting you on the right track in the new year.          Facebook    Website

3. Seaway –   Canadian pop-punk band who cite their influence as a scene from the hit film American Pie. Need we say more?      Facebook

4. Close Talker – Canada’s Close Talker is one of the many rising stars from the indie rock explosion of last year, garnering attention left and right for their single, “For The Sun,” calling attention to their  upcoming LP, Flux.                 Facebook      Website

5. Thieves & Lovers –  A new alternative rock band that is already entrancing listeners, despite their very new beginnings. With two EPs under their belt, they’re ready to tackle 2015…and your playlist.                Facebook      Website

 

 

6. Young Statues – The indie-rock band from Philadelphia have a unique flare for penning introspective lyrics, and matching them to a melodic tune. With their new album, The Flatlands Are Your Friends, out now, the band is looking forward to a busy year of touring. Be sure to catch a show!   Facebook      Website

7. 7East – Pop duo comprised of Pia Toscano and Jared Lee. Together, the pair make wonderful music that will have you singing along with every word. The pop-duo’s first single dropped a few months back, but 2015 is full of promise for amazing new music.                 Facebook

8. GO WOLF – Belfast-based pop four-piece that create indie-pop with a flare reminiscent of the 80’s. If you love bands like Rooney, this is the group for you.  The earworms the band comes up with, much like their popular single, “Talk To You,” will have you singing along unknowingly and coming back for more.                  Facebook      Website

9. Nikos – Recommended for fans of feel-good pop-rock, with a style reminiscent of 30 Seconds To Mars meddled with the arena-quality of MUSE. The more you listen, the more you’ll find yourself dancing around to every note. NIKOS’s self-titled debut EP is out now.                 Facebook      Website

10. Summer Heart – The Swedish dream-pop act has a unique way of presenting indie-quality vocals with upbeat pop music. Reminiscent of HelloGoodbye, Summer Heart’s melodic, upbeat music is more entrancing with every listen.     Facebook

 

 

11. Wise Girl –  The NYC-based pop trio released their sophomore acoustic EP, Sing Me To Sleep, earlier in 2014, later releasing their single, “Don’t Go,” to positive reviews. With an attention grabbing power-pop attitude, further emphasized by the stellar vocals and the energetic structure of the songs, Wise Girl is impossible to ignore. They’re poised for excellence in 2015. Be sure to get on board NOW.                 Facebook      Website

12. Jocelyn Arndt – Effortlessly blending indie-rock with soul and blues through skillful songwriting that evokes emotion, Jocelyn seems to have cracked the code to connect with listeners. Co-writing with her brother Chris, the pair are a brilliant team that bring about amazing sounds that are sure to dominate in 2015.                  Facebook      Website

13. Seiichi Daimo – A musical prodigy now working on a solo career, Daimo is awe-inspiring. His debut EP, In The Inbetween showcases a modern approach to a classic sound that will leave you breathless.         Facebook      Website

14. Sinclair – With just her debut EP, Sweet Talk, Sinclair has proven herself to be phenomenally talented. As previously said, the debut was not an introduction, it was an “explosion.” It is inevitable that Sinclair will shoot to stardom, and Planet Stereo thinks 2015 is the year.                  Facebook      Website

15. Redlands –  The Colorado-based alternative rock/indie band has only been around since the summer of 2013, but already making headway in an ever-growing scene. After recording their debut EP, The Lonewolf, with renowned producer Matt Grabe, and playing Warped Tour, Redlands has gone back into the studio with members of This Century. Lots of exciting things are coming for Redlands, and we can’t wait to hear them!                  Facebook      Website

 

 

16. Veronika Jokel – The NYC-based indie pop/blues act shocked listeners in 2014 with her soulful vocals and catchy music. With a rich, smoky sound, Jokel is reminiscent of the greats, providing an original, strong voice to her generation.                  Facebook

17. Jesse Davidson – The Adelaide-based musician with a lot to say. With tracks like “Big Bois Gotta Eat” and “Ocean,” Davidson has spectacular vocals that help shape the character behind each track, perfectly blending with the carefree instrumentals. Put him on your playlist for your next beach visit!                  Facebook

18. Heidi Merrill – A shockingly talented pop artist. With catchy tracks and stunning vocals, Heidi Merrill is one to watch this year! Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Merrill is poised for stardom in 2015, and Planet Stereo just has one thing to say: “Called it!”                Facebook      Website

19. The Cinema –  The indie-pop side project of an amazingly talented duo, comprised of Matt Malpass and Lydia’s Leighton Antelman, who, despite being on opposite sides of the country, make fantastic music together. Their sophomore album, Talking In Your Sleep, is out NOW.                 Facebook      Website

20. The National Parks – Indie/folk band that makes the simplest of tunes sound magnificent. The more you listen, the more you’ll love them. With each track and well-made video, The National Parks offer an original sound, and beautiful melodies.               Facebook      Website

 

 

21. Light You Up – The alternative rock band from Birmingham has been generating some major attention as of late. Their debut album, All We’ve Ever Known, comes out on January 26th, and it’s already got critics throwing praise left and right. With features in Kerrang! and more, Light You Up are on their way to a successful 2015.                  Facebook      Website

22. Contra – The bright, electrifying bass-pop band Contra have already been playing off our love of nostalgia, and 2015 will be no different. After recently releasing their latest single, “1992,” from the forthcoming album The 90’s Are All That, the band will be releasing their later singles, “1996” and “1998” by spring of 2015. Get ready to want to binge watch classic 90’s Nickelodeon shows!                  Facebook      Website

23. Kelsea Ballerini – The sweet country pop artist may be young, but with smooth vocals, Kelsey Ballerini is an up and coming star. With her single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” from her debut EP is catchy as hell, and a wonderful introduction to your new favorite artist.     Facebook      Website

24. PVRIS – You’ve probably heard their name get passed around a few times, but the Massachusetts -based trio is one group we can’t wait to see more of in 2015. With their debut album, White Noise, out via Rise/Velocity Records, the band has left listeners desperate for more…and hopefully, more is what we’ll get!                Facebook      Website

25. Commonweather – Another addition to the amazing music scene of Chicago. The alternative rock band produce their sound with a confidence and sophistication that is stunning for a band who only formed in 2014. With quality work and talented members, big things are coming from this band.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

26. Hannah Schneider – The alternative/electronica/folk-pop songstress from Copenhagen had listeners buzzing in 2014, and there’s no doubt the buzz will continue. With her latest album, Me vs. I, Schneider boldly showcases her storytelling and vocal abilities, wowing anyone who hears the album.                  Facebook      Website

27. Lime Cordiale – We’re still buzzing about this band from Sydney, and you should be to! With a catchy jazz-rock-‘n’-roll sound, you’ll be singing and dancing to their EP, Falling Up The Stairs, for weeks at a time.               Facebook      Website

28. BoyMeetsWorld – If you love pop-punk at all, you will love these guys. The Cincinnati-based five-piece are recording their debut full length, and after listening to their EPs, you’ll be just as pumped for it as we are!                   Facebook      Website

29. Frank Hamilton – The London-based singer who wowed everyone with his #OneSongAWeek challenge. You’re definitely going to want to give him another listen!                  Facebook      Website

30. Alex & Sierra – Yes, you’ve probably heard their names thrown around a few times, but this amazing duo from Florida is going on tour with Andy Grammer and you’ll definitely want to know their names before the tour kicks off!                  Facebook      Website

 

 

31. Geppetto & The Whales – With their debut full-length dropped in early 2014, showcasing the Belgian indie band’s musical sophistication and their youthful style. Each note carries a pure, confidant sound that may act as a breakout for the band.          Facebook      Website

32. Ruby My Dear – The alternative five-piece with members from Australia, New Jersey, LA, Vegas, and Seattle is one of the most talented unsigned bands that have graced Planet Stereo in the last year. The band’s jazzy roots, upbeat-po attitude, and stunning melodies make them one to watch.         Facebook      Website

33. Plaid Brixx – On their EP, Chemistry, Plaid Brixx demonstrated a consistency and 80’s-esque quality to their music, surprising critics and listeners alike with their sophisticated new wave/rock fusion. 2015 holds the recording of a new album and a lot of touring. We recommend you jump on board with this NOW.                  Facebook      Website

34. Rob Lynch – The Warped Tour alum from the UK is amazing everyone with both his music and his incredible sense of humor. His debut album, All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul, is out now, as well as his hilarious #StandingInTheWayOfLove calendar. Pick up a copy of both today!                  Facebook      Website

35. Sigrid Zeiner – Effortlessly fusing electronic-pop and folk together, the Norwegian singer-songwriter pushes boundaries, utilizing her background as a classical singer, her ongoing degree in pop music, and sleepless nights of self-taught production skills. In September of 2014, she released her EP, Uncomfortable, hooking in listeners to her dramatic, quirky sound.   Facebook      Website

 

 

36. The Millenium – A non-traditional blend of indie, acoustic, electronic-pop sounds to create a genuine, original, and melodic work of art. Between their ability to tap into the raw emotions behind love, loss, and life itself, and their dedication, this unsigned band is forging a name for themselves without sticking to the mold.         Facebook      Website

37. Revisionist – Toronto’s own acoustic punk group who tackle songwriting in a refreshingly poetic and honest way; no pretenses required. There is a gut, unpolished sound that makes their style stand out, bringing the stories presented with a very human power to them.  Facebook

38. Aaron Parker – The country singer who deserves every bit of praise he receives. After a successful tour opening for Cassadee Pope (NBC’s The Voice winner and ex-Hey Monday front woman), Aaron Parker has electrified fans across the country. With an entrancing sound, sincere attitude, and undeniable work-ethic, Planet Stereo declares 2015 the Year of Aaron Parker.           Facebook      Website

39. Michael Malarkey – The talented actor/musician is known for playing Enzo on The Vampire Diaries, but has also showcased a talent for Bob Dylan-like storytelling. After playing various punk and hardcore bands in his youth, Malarkey has developed his storytelling abilities and his alternative folk rock style.        Facebook

40. The Way Away – Garnering fans with catchy vocals, high-paced tempos, and a traditionally pop-punk style, the Minnesota band has steadily been building a name for themselves, spending the majority of 2014 working on their sophomore EP, Carry On, and their first music video. With their determination and evident passion, big things are on their way for The Way Away.   Facebook

 

 

41. Taylor Barrett – A fresh face in music, singer-songwriter Taylor Barrett has been compared to the likes of John Mayer and Jason Mraz. At just 22 years old, the Virginia Native will release his debut album, Great Falls, on March 10th, and from there, who knows where this incredibly talented artist will end up?               Website

42. Foxing – If you’re looking for a unique band to amp your playlist up in 2015, Foxing may be it for you. With singles like, “Rory,” from their album Albatross, the Saint Louis band will fascinate you…and maybe bring out your love of Gilmore Girls.                  Facebook

43. East of Eli – As a talented actor/musician, Nathan Wrest has highlighted his strengths, captivating audiences in major films to independent projects, and now, as a singer-songwriter. With a classic rock and roll storytelling style, East of Eli’s Nothing Ordinary showcases the artist’s growth.                  Facebook      Website

44. The Weekend Riot – The Philadelphia duo believes it was fate that brought them together…as well as their incredible determination to persevere. Thankfully, Ace Enders recognized their charismatic energy and talent, co-penning their first track. Their debut single, “25 Minutes,” is out now, and if you’ve ever wanted to travel, you should probably hear it.          Facebook

45. Nick Santino – The former A Rocket To The Moon frontman has forged a trail many solo artists can only dream of. With a unique, dynamic sound, the singer-songwriter delivers a cinematic sound with releases like Savannah, his latest EP.                  Facebook

 

 

46. Stellar Young – Fusing multiple genres together, Stellar Young creates a signature, melodic sound that draws from folk, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and more. Having shared the stage with acts like We The Kings, Civil Twilight, and more, Stellar Young is poised for mainstream success. Their new album, Vessels, was just released (December of 2014), and is sure to be a breakout for the group.                  Facebook

47. Anais Aida – The progressive R&B songstress from France has a soulful, yet powerful beauty behind her music, exploring love and loss through self-reflection. With the pairing of rich vocals paired and dramatic instrumentation, Aida is enchanting.                 Facebook

48. The Attic Ends – The Brooklyn-based four piece indie-rock/dream-pop group that draw from the classic rock of the 60’s and the mainstream 90’s. With lush melodies, powerful vocals, and a fearless approach, The Attic Ends are captivating.                  Facebook      Website

49. Travis Hayes – Honesty goes a long way in songwriting, and so far, Travis Hayes’s honest musical sensibilities have charmed listeners. With a brilliant lyrical perspective, Hayes documents heartbreak, growing up, and every milestone in between with all the charm and charisma of a James Joyce character.                  Facebook      Website

50. Shawn Mendes – The up and coming singer songwriter will be touring all throughout 2015, having generated buzz left and right in 2014. With spectacular tracks like “Life of The Party,” the young artist shows a lot of promise.                Facebook      Website

 

 

51. Elena Ovalle – The Bay Area singer-songwriter delivers her soulful pop tunes, pulling from her personal experiences. Throughout high school and college, Ovalle has performed in choirs and talent shows, although, nowadays, her audiences are a little bit bigger… Her new single, “Shoot Me Down,” was released on December 9th, and it won’t be long before she’s blowing up the mainstream with her refreshing style.                 Facebook

52. My Drunken Haze – The psychedelic pop five-piece from Athens, influenced by the 60’s cinematic sounds. Following the release of their self-titled debut via Inner Ear Records, the band has released their first music video, “Carol Wait,” which premiered on Exclaim!     Facebook

53. Taylor Locke – Ex-Rooney guitarist debut single and video generated enough buzz about his forthcoming album, Time Stands Still, which is expected in the new year. As his first solo album, Locke has assured listeners it’s a far cry from the typical singer/songwriter affair.       Facebook      Website

54. With Beating Hearts – The side project of The Material front woman, Colleen D’Agostino. Venturing into the electro genre, Colleen released her EP, The Wolves, at the beginning of 2014, revealing a new layer to her musical personality.         Facebook      Website

55. Alexa Ferr –  At just 19 years old, the Canadian R&B/pop artist has been dubbed the “Rugged Popstar.” A triple threat, Ferr was an extra on the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato Disney film, Camp Rock 2. Her EP, No Good, was released in 2014, and even more incredible things are in the works for the young artist; expect new music, videos, and much more!         Facebook      Website

 

 

56. Twin Forks –  The Americana folk rock band needs no introduction. Founded by Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, the Nashville based seven-piece band released their debut full-length album in February of 2014, and since then, seem to be growing rapidly. 2015 will hopefully bring more for this amazing group.                  Facebook      Website

57. Jennie Abrahamson – A pop artist who takes a unique approach to the creation of her sound. Her fourth album, Gemini Gemini, was written in the spring, recorded in the summer, and completed in the winter, expecting a spring 2015 release. With wonderfully noisy rhythms and melodic undertones, Abrahamsson will be releasing her new single, “The War,” on January 19th.                 Facebook      Website

58. Little Envy –  The San Francisco based duo, comprised of Joseph De Los Reves and Koosh Sazena, proved they were one to watch with their latest release, Little Envy, released in early December. With the lead single, “Boy,” the band has been featured in Alternative Press, on Absolute Punk, and more.            Facebook      Website

59. Wyland – Ah, smoothie music; a perfect blend of rich, emotive content, and excitable pop music. Who can beat soaring vocals, songs that perfectly capture the struggles of growing up, and ambient beats? No one, really.                   Facebook      Website

60. Billy The Kid –  The Canadian folk singer garnered popularity with her edgy, honey-sweet music, enchanting audiences on the Vans’ Warped Tour in 2013. She stands apart with her impressive guitar skills and “can-do”/DIY attitude. She recently worked on an album with Frank Turner, which is available for pre-order NOW.                 Facebook      Website

 

 

61. Eric Dash – Singer/songwriter Eric Dash has quickly become a Youtube/Vevo sensation with his first single, “One More Love Song.” Dash’s smooth vocals convey an authenticity that, alongside beautiful lyrics and catchy melodies, will launch this pop artist to the next level.   Facebook      Website

62. Vinnie Hines –  Working hard to pay his dues in the music world, the singer/songwriter from Illinois is a full-time soloist for Carnival Cruise Lines, but so much more than that. The talented artist released two of his singles, “My Kind of Crazy” and “The Riddle” in early 2014. The simplicity in his music is probably what makes it so stunning, as well as the plethora of influences that have collided to give him an original sound.                 Facebook      Website

63. Shayna Steele – Jazz/R&B vocalist Shayna Steele showcases how incredible she is not just with her powerful vocals, but her years of experience, including many years working with a plethora of artists like Bette Midler, Rihanna, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more. Her sophomore full-length, Rise, is set to release later this month and we cannot wait!      Facebook      Website

64. Throw The Fight – With a DIY, classic approach to rock and roll, Throw The Fight produce music with a pulse. There is a pure energy in each track, and it’s pulling attention from all angles, as the band tours with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Sevendust, and more.                  Facebook      Website

65. Get Involved! – Featuring members of Thursday, Glassjaw, and From Autumn To Ashes, the pedigree post-hardcore band aids in the craft of strikingly original music. Their highly anticipated EP, Silk Cuts, produced by Ross Robinson, debuted to rave reviews, and hopefully acts as a preview for a busy and impressive year for the band.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

66. Emergency Tiara – The New York City-based pop artist and fashion blogger is smart, stylish, and determined to craft upbeat, catchy music to entertain the masses…and running a stellar fashion/lifestyle blog, of course. Her debut EP, Until The Stroke Of Midnight, was released in 2014, featuring the single, “Around.”                  Facebook      Website

67. Rayvon Owen – The Buzzed featured R&B/pop artist started off singing in choirs and touring with gospel artists, and it seems all that practice paid off! His dedication to his craft and his genuine personality extend into ever aspect of his work, spurring an undeniable future filled with success.      Facebook      Website

68. The Plastics – The indie rock band from Cape Town has been stunning critics and listeners alike since the 2010 release of their debut album, Shark, which was produced by Gordon Raphael, the award-winning producer best known for his work with The Strokes. Their sophomore album, Pyramid, dropped in 2014, featuring a new material, a new guitarist, and the band’s first set of UK tour dates.                Facebook      Website

69. Eric Zayne – Soul-infused pop-rock music that is reminiscent of pop music from the late 80’s, early 90’s. With a sophisticated quality to his songwriting and performing skills, Eric Zayne is an artis on the rise, with his 2014 EP, AutobiograMe featuring performances from Amber Riley, Matisyahu, Rozzi Crane, and King Blaise.          Facebook

70. NÖME –  With beat-orientated, synth-driven tunes, the UK-based quartet has captured the attention of digital media outlets across the world. The powerhouse group has the makings of a larger-than-life band, with songs that capture love, loss, and the perpetual struggle of a youth missing out on childhood.          Facebook      Website

 

 

71. Justin Stein –  Generating buzz from critics, the pop/R&B singer with a classic style is mesmerizing. With a 60’s flare, Justin Stein provides the perfect “rock out with a hairbrush” music. He also showcased his talents during his Tribute Tuesdays Youtube series, which is worth giving a listen. If you love Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and the like, you will fall in love with Justin Stein.                 Facebook      Website

72. Myke Terry –   The ex-Bury Your Dead frontman returned to his roots of funk and soul, with his solo EP, Red Handed. The EP captured his soulful vocals, and the depth of his storytelling abilities with honest tracks with a realism provided by a lifetime of experience.       Facebook

73. Misterwives – The NYC band that blew up 2014 with hit singles like “Reflections” and “Vagabonds.” With infectious tunes, MisterWives seemed to come completely out of nowhere, suddenly bursting onto the scene and landing a spot on a nationwide tour with Bleachers and Twenty One Pilots.                  Facebook      Website

74. Brian Marquis – Former guitarist for Therefore I Am who debuted as a solo artist on Equal Vision Records. The Americana/folk artist showcases his musical prowess with his album, Blood & Spirits, launching his success and notoriety for introspective lyrics, dynamic tracks filled with brilliant melodies, and crowd-interaction.                  Facebook      Website

75. Driver Friendly – Their name isn’t a lie; their music really is driver friendly. Starting off as a high school garage band, Driver Friendly quickly found themselves with a developing, loyal fancies, sparking the determination of the group even more. With melodic, electrifying songs, this band is on their way to something incredible; here’s hoping 2015 is the year!       Facebook      Website

 

 

76. From Indian Lakes – American indie rock band From Indian Lakes stunned listeners with their independently released sophomore album, Able Bodies, mesmerizing fans with their ability to create a seamless fusion of genres. The band’s their album, Absent Sounds, was released on October 7th of 2014, and the band will continue to tour in support in 2015.                  Facebook      Website

77. Wild Party – The Texas based pop four-pieceare filled with a vivacious, undeniable energy that puts them on the map for ‘must hear/see’ acts of 2015. Following a successful run touring with Andrew McMahon and Hellogoodbye in support of their debut album, Phantom Pop, Wild Party have generated an ever-growing fan base and a reputation for putting on an amazing live show.       Facebook      Website

78. Sleepwave – The brainchild of former Underoath singer, Spencer Chamberlain, Sleepwave is a rock band based in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the short time they’ve been a band (2013), the duo announced their debut album, Broken Compass, which was released in 2014 via Epitaph Records. The band will be touring in support of the critically acclaimed album throughout 2015, which is sure to sell tickets quick, considering how brilliantly they did touring with Tonight Alive in support of Taking Back Sunday and The Used.                   Facebook      Website

79. Taylor & The Wild Now – With an articulate, soulfully-driven sound, Taylor & The Wild Now, comprised of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker, have a truly inspired quality to their music. Like the perfect cup of coffee, it’s blended just right, mixing indie, soul, and folk, with rich, melodic undertones, and clever lyrics.         Facebook      Website

80. The Starless –  Electronic rock is steadily growing, etching out its place. As the genre works on doing that, artists like The Starless are working just as hard to stake their claim on a place in the music industry, with passionate, experimental tunes that convey the adventurous, bright spirit behind the band itself.                 Facebook

 

 

81. Friends w/0 Benefits – Meet the band who are unafraid of laughing at their own expense. The San Francisco-based band are pursuing the goal of opening the world’s eyes to “the current state of boredom and misinformation caused by technolgy” through their punk-disco sound.              Facebook      Website

82. John & Brittany – The rock and roll duo of John & Brittany have ignited the scene in 2014 with their new EP, Stories To Be Told.  With powerful lyrics and dynamic songwriting, the duo are on their way to becoming a smash hit.                Facebook      Website

83. Smashing Satellites – The more you listen, the more you realize this is what the musical lovechild of Prince and Neon Trees would sound like…and it’s awesome! If you’re looking for an interesting pop artist to start the new year off right with an electrifying playlist, look no further!           Facebook      Website

84. Gerard Way – The former MCR frontman went solo and stunned the world with his psychedelic tunes and his solo debut, Hesitant Alien. If you were a fan of My Chemical Romance, this is…entirely different, but a necessary listen.              Facebook      Website

85. 3PM – After forming in the summer of 2012, the Baltimore band took their love for pop-punk bands like blink182, Green Day, New Found Glory, and Yellowcard, creating their own version of the sound. Their sophomore album (produced by Paul Leavitt) came out last summer, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon!              Facebook      Website

 

 

86. Tamar Haviv – The unique stylings of this singer-songwriter have left artists like Paul McCartney and Amy Ray, and critics alike in a sense of awe at her limitless talent. With the summer release of her debut album, You and Me In Pajamas, Tamar Haviv continues to charm listeners.           Facebook      Website

87. KIVEN – The modern rock band from LA released their debut self-titled album back in February, with the single, “In The Fire,” which went Number 1 on KROQ Locals Only and more. Along with wowing crowds with amazing performances, KIVEN has a skill for fusing together melodic alternative rock/jazz styles with prog-metal.                  Facebook      Website

88. Mark Weber – After playing in alternative and pop-pink bands all across the Chicago suburbs, this solo artist has been doing it all, releasing Crashing: In Color, on July 15th of 2014. With just one listen, Weber will captivate your attention with his endless talent.            Facebook

89. Lakes – The California rock band will have you stomping your feet and enjoying each note of their crisp, raw sound. Not only did they release a Christmas EP, but they also tend to tour a lot. Check out their socials to see when they perform in your town!                  Facebook      Website

90. NoNoNo – Swedish trio NONONO have a remarkable sensibility about them. With their self-described “beat-oriented” debut, We Are Only What We Feel, NONONO is a powerhouse of talent; a fact made evident with each listen.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

91. Wasi – Energetic is the best way to describe Wasi’s sound. A tie between dance-pop and punk music, they’re the Energizer Bunnies of music, guaranteed to electrify crowds. The trio have been working hard, and 2015 has some exciting things in store for the group.       Facebook      Website

92. Homemade Crazy – After the release of their album, Synergy, Homemade Crazy had a very busy 2014. With such a dynamic sound, Planet Stereo expects nothing but greatness from the Nebraska four-piece. Keep your ears out!                  Facebook      Website

93. Weatherbox –  The alternative indie-rock group from San Diego are all that and a bag ‘o chips. Having toured with the likes of Say Anything, Cartel, and more, the band has already etched out quite a name for themselves. Their EP, Flies In All Directions, is out NOW.              Facebook      Website

94. David Rosales – After dropping his sophomore solo EP, Along The Way, back in June of 2014 to critical acclaim. Consisting of an Americana style and an affinity for writing profound lyrics, we’re looking forward to an exciting year for Rosales.                  Facebook      Website

95. Arc & Stones – Taking it back to a classic sound, the Nashville band released their sophomore EP, As You Were, in 2014. With soulful vocals and a bluesy musicality, Arc & Stones are a great reminder of what it really means to be rock ‘n’ roll.                  Facebook      Website

 

 

96. Royal Tailor – Their Essential Records debut, Black & White, was GRAMMY-nominated, and Royal Tailor just continues to get better. The band combines multiple genres to create a sound all their own that will appeal to many different listeners.                 Facebook      Website

97. Lost In Los Angeles – The alternative-pop group from, where else, Los Angeles fuse brilliant, swelling melodies with cinematic flare that will leave you both breathless and entranced. With each track, LiLA showcases incredible talent, originality, and an irresistible musicality.      Facebook      Website

98. Alexz Johnson – The incredibly talented singer-songwriter/actress is still wowing fans with her music. Each release adds a new layer to this brilliant artist. Her latest album, Let ‘Em Eat Cake, is out now, and she’ll be on tour in 2015!              Facebook      Website

99. Typefighter – The self-described “garage pop” group from D.C. released their first full-length, The End of Everything, in 2014, garnering praise from critics left and right. With a larger-than-life sound, we predict that 2015 holds big things for the group this year.                  Facebook      Website

100. Eilidh McKellar – The indie-rock/blues songstress from Scotland will knock your socks off. With her old-school style and progressive attitude, McKellar brings soul with her spectacular vocals and a knack for making her guitar sing.                 Facebook      Website

 

 

 

So there you have it! Be sure to go and check out these awesome artists, and keep your eyes peeled for their music throughout the new year. Planet Stereo will still be on the look-out for new/up and coming artists in 2015, so if you know someone whose music we have to hear, be sure to send them our way!

 

Happy New Year…

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Top 15 Albums of 2014 (Liv’s List)

This year has been a whirlwind for music releases; week after week, new albums have appeared left and right. Some have been amazing, and some…well, some could have been better (but we won’t name names). Anyway, here are my picks for TOP 14 Best albums of 2014 (in no particular order).

 

15. Lowborn by Anberlin, released on July 22nd, 2014, via Tooth & Nail Records.

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What a fantastic final album; it’s bittersweet, but such a work of art. It’s emotionally charged, with stunningly well-written lyrics, not that I’d ever expect anything less from Anberlin.

14. Cavalier Youth by You Me At Six, released on January 26th, 2014, via Virgin Records.

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The band’s fourth studio album is every bit of fresh, original, and entrancing as their first. You Me At Six seem to get more personal on the album, and approach a more pop-rock sound than on their previous releases.

13. Restoring Force by Of Mice & Men, released on January 28th, 2014, via Rise Records.

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You know an album is good when a band goes the extra mile and records an acoustic version of it in its entirety. There is a raw power throughout Restoring Force, and the brilliance behind it is impossible to ignore. The departure from the modern standard brings ripples to the scene overall, but also showcases the growth and artistic development of each member in Of Mice & Men.

12. Head Or Heart by Christina Perri, released on April 1st, 2014, via Atlantic Records.

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Personally, I adore this album. Not as much as her Ocean Way Sessions album, but it’s definitely up there as far as favorites go. There is so much vulnerability, personality, and vocal power on this album, it demands to be replayed.

11. Vessels by Stellar Young, released on December 16th, 2014.

 

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As said in my review, “Vessels has a sound that I could only imagine the musical lovechild between Anberlin and fun. would. Stellar Young prove to be a wildly talented group, not that there was ever any doubt about that. The album is beautifully executed, with a powerhouse presence and an undoubtable quality to it. ”

10. In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith, released on May 26th, 2014, via Capitol Records.

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There is so much beauty and power displayed on this album. Every song is enchanting in its own right, launching Sam Smith into the limelight as the true star he is. Finally, the soul has been brought back to pop music!

9. 1989 by Taylor Swift, released on , 2014 via Big Machine Records.

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As someone who has followed Taylor Swift’s career from the beginning, it amazes me to see the personal growth of the songstress, typically known for tearing down her exes and writing every girl’s breakup anthem. On 1989, Swift shows a more mature, poetic approach, with an original artistic flare. There’s something on this album for everyone, including some of the catchiest lines…and the best misheard lyric of 2014. “Gotta love those Starbucks lovers…”

8. Bloom & Breathe by Gates, released on October 21st, 2014, via Pure Noise Records.

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Wow. A debut album that has a cinematic, sophisticated sound to it, and is genuinely a work of art. Throughout the album, the band’s dedication to their craft, and their limitless talent, is obvious. I’m expecting a lot from these guys!

7. Imaginary Enemy by The Used, released on April 1st, 2014, via Hopeless Records.

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If you didn’t rock out to “Cry” at some point this year (especially you Octane Radio listeners/gym rats!), you’re lying to yourself. That single set the spark for this album, and once I listened, I couldn’t get enough. I daresay I’ve played this album more than I should have, but it was worth it.

6. May Death Never Stop You by My Chemical Romance, released on March 25th, 2014 on Reprise Records.

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Another bittersweet listen in 2014; it was brilliant in its musicality and as an overall summary of an amazing band’s career, but so hard to listen to knowing it was the last MCR release. As far as “greatest hits” albums go, I’m voting this as one of the best. “Fake Your Death” is such an anthemic, brilliant new track, and I love delving into my nostalgic side through the older tracks.

5. Forever Halloween (Deluxe Edition) by The Maine, released on June 17th, 2014, via Universal.

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Forever Halloween was amazing; the deluxe edition? INCREDIBLE. As I said in my review for Infectious Magazine, “While Forever Halloween was near-perfect as it was, it is difficult to imagine the album without these extra songs now that they’ve been heard. The Maine continue to show growth and excellence as the years wear on.”

4. Duality by Set It Off, released on October 14th, 2014, via Equal Vision Records.

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Brilliant, catchy tracks, all decorated with the originality of Set It Off. This reminds me of a heavier version of The Cab’s Symphony Soldier in that I just want to play the whole album again and again and again.

3. Talking In Your Sleep by The Cinema, released on December 16th, 2014 [independently released].

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I have so much respect for this album. First off, because it comes from the minds of two very talented men, but also because the album took two years to make, and was accomplished while they both worked on different coasts. Just…wow. It’s an incredible group of songs, and, best of all, it’s another release that avoided the cursed “sophomore slump.”

2. Slow Me Down by Sara Evans, released on March 11th, 2014, via RCA Nashville.

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Catchy as hell, with a poppy, uptempo tone that is impossible not to love. It’s a perfect driving/car-aoke record; I promise, you’ll sing your heart out to basically every song.

1. Heart On My Sleeve by Mary Lambert, released on October 14th, 2014, via Capitol Records.

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Mary Lambert can do no wrong. The songstress has crowds enchanted with her stunning vocals and her fearless way of tackling subjects people don’t want to talk about. With songs like “Secrets,” Lambert has resonated with listeners, and opened up a beautiful story.

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

House of Mercury by Ship Captain Crew

Fictionist by Fictionist

All That Gold by James and the Drifters

High Noon by Arkells

Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem

 

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REVIEW: Stellar Young – ‘Vessels’

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Stellar Young know how to put out a quality record, and if that wasn’t obvious through their previous work, it is glaringly so when listening to Vessels. “The Reunion” comes in slowly, almost in a tantalizing way. By the time it truly begins, the anticipation for the album is already in place. The desperation that exists is raw, and only further emphasized by the brilliant dynamic in range from John Glenn (vox/keyboard). Everything about this track reminds me of my first rock show as a kid; standing in the venue and feeling awe-inspired by the bands in front of me.

There is a continuation of nostalgia on “Hitting Reset,” standing out as strikingly catchy, with a building instrumentation that adds and edge to the track. The vocal harmonies crooning, “Love,” through the speakers are enchanting, pulling listeners in even further, much like the first single, “Nomad.” As far as singles go, has a brilliantly impulsive feel behind it, driven by well-timed beats, vocal harmonies, and stunning guitar (Erik Flora). Lyrically and musically, it packs a punch, and sounds as though it could be the battle cry between lovers in an indie film. The imagery in every line is powerful, to a degree that is almost overwhelming (see also “Keep Up”).

Stellar Young effortlessly put forth an album that is not just something nice to listen to, but a piece of work that stands out amongst the rest. The variety on this album alone shows both an artistic development, as well as personal growth; from the Warped Tour worthy (“Helen I”) to almost indie-rock-dance-tech quality (“Box of Echoes,” “Former Life”), Stellar Young are difficult to box neatly–they splash all over the page, creating a unique, well-crafted style. “Little Specs” has a softer style, with a steady drum beat (courtesy of Curt Mulick),  that seems to add to the overall pulse of the track. The more I listen to it, the more certain I am that this is my favorite song on Vessels, just for how perfectly orchestrated it sounds, while still maintaining a raw vulnerability; the humanity on the album. A close second is most likely “We Got Away,” which takes perfection to a new level, acting as the perfect stage both for Stellar Young’s storytelling abilities, but also the depth of their music.

However, if we’re going to talk about instrumental prowess, let’s take a look at “Red Lights,” which is filled with fast-paced, electrifying tones, and a classic, edgy, “screw you” attitude, transitioning into a haunting bridge that showcases both Glenn’s vocal abilities and  Dave Parker’s skills on the bass. Lyrically, “Amity” is the standout, sounding fun, silly, and upbeat in an irresistible way, but with deeper meaning to the lyrics, as well as a hopeful sound that carries through, making perfect sense in the current mad state of the world.

Vessels has a sound that I could only imagine the musical lovechild between Anberlin and fun. would. Stellar Young prove to be a wildly talented group, not that there was ever any doubt about that. The album is beautifully executed, with a powerhouse presence and an undoubtable quality to it. More of this in 2015!

For more on Stellar Young, please click hereVessels will be released on December 16th.

[12/16 UPDATE: Vessels is now available in physical and digital formats.]

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