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Top 20 Music Videos of 2015

michael persallEach year, our favorite artists give us music to enjoy…and, more often than not, some amazing music videos to go along with it.

At Planet Stereo, music videos are one of the top things we get asked to cover, and most of the time, that’s fine by us! This year, the normal “Top 15” list had to be extended to 20! There were just too many amazing videos to choose from! Check out our picks below and let us know in the comments what your favorite music videos were this year!

 

1. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

Highly Suspect’s official video for their single “Lydia,” from their album, Mister Asylum. It really is filled with incredible visuals, and was filmed entirely underwater…in one take! It’s beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. And hey, the song has been nominated for a Grammy!

2. Sam Smith – “Writing’s On The Wall”

Considering that this video was teased relentlessly, its release was like a moment from the “Hallelujah” chorus. The video is stunningly cinematic, much like the track itself…and of course, it helps that Sam Smith can do no wrong and that the track is for a Bond film!

3. Tillian – “Satellite”

Animated by John Howe, “Satellite,” is both a wonderful, unique video, and a definite stand-out for the year!

4. PVRIS“White Noise”

I cannot praise PVRIS enough; there’s just too much talent to even begin to try. And the video for “White Noise,” which pays homage to the horror film Poltergeist, is excellent.

5. New Found Glory – “Vicious Love (ft. Hayley Williams)”

Not only is this video incredibly funny, but it features guest vocals (and an appearance) from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams (a.k.a. the Future Mrs. Chad Gilbert). The track itself is incredibly catchy, but the video is both comedic and full of great Halloween ideas.

6. The Maine – “English Girls”

Yet another clever video! The Maine’s video for “English Girls” shows the members of the band on a pretty crazy night out, leaving everyone wondering: Who did John O’Callaghan wake up next to?

7. Marianas Trench“One Love”

There’s something about Marianas Trench’s music video for “One Love” that is so 2003…in the best possible way. The track has a powerful sound, and, when added with the great visual, how could you not love it?

8. Adele – “Hello”

Adele is back, and she came back with a simple, “Hello.” The video broke the records set by Taylor Swift’s VMA-premiered “Bad Blood,” and is stunningly pieced together.

9. Lady Gaga – “Till It Happens To You”

Lady Gaga’s new Grammy-nominated track, “Till It Happens To You,” is an extraordinary song with a strong presence. The video brings the song and the scary statistics about sexual assault on college campuses, to life. The song is from The Hunting Ground film, which is available now: http://bit.ly/1E6XAFl The video warns that there are triggering, graphic scenes depicted, and I will reiterate that now: TRIGGER WARNING. This video contains graphic images that may act as a trigger for some people.

10. Ella Henderson – “Mirror Man”

The soulful track is powerful, memorable, and the video is just as strong. Ella Henderson’s vocals are golden.

11. Bring Me The Horizon“Throne” (…and “True Friends,” just for the storyline.)

The Game Of Thrones vibes from this video are all there, and the quality is unreal. The editing is perfect, with everything timed excellently.

12. Panic! At The Disco“Emperor’s New Clothes”

The makeup and cinematography of this video are…wow. I mean, Brendon Urie becomes a devil.

13. All Time Low“Something’s Gotta Give”

This was easily one of the best videos of the year, no questions asked; it’s funny, it has zombies (zombie makeup!), and, of course, a catchy track to go along with it.

14. DIVIDES “Echoes Fade”

My favorite thing about this video (and all of DIVIDES’ recent videos)? They’re all made in-house. The band filmed and edited the whole thing, and it’s extremely impressive. “Echoes Fade” is the kind of video that you just find yourself mesmerized by, and rightly so.

15. Taylor Locke – “Call Me Kuchu”

“Call Me Kuchu” is soulful, and reminiscent of classic rock. Inspired by the documentary of the same name, the song and video come together in a stunning metaphor; shedding light on the lack of basic human rights in Uganda, where being gay is considered criminal. The music video, directed by art/editorial photographer Logan White, acts as a satire, featuring Dr. Kuchu, a turn-of-the-century magician and snake oil profiteer.

16. Michael Persall“The Move”

The Move,” an upbeat tune that perfectly captures a sweet courtship, all the while showcasing some of Persall’s enviable vocal talents. The indie-pop/rock single is radio worthy, with perfect timing, a happy-go-lucky charm, and a fantasy appeal, as seen in the music video.

17. Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

“I Am” is a video that proves “a little goes a long way.” It is so simply put together, but carries such a weight visually (and musically). It’s truly minimalism at its finest.

18. Halsey – “New Americana”

This video has the post-apocolyptic edge that I imagined Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” would have. It helps that the song is ridiculously catchy.

19. Set It Off – “Ancient History”

Set It Off have released some pretty cool videos recently, but “Ancient History” works so well with the whole time-travel kind of thing (very fitting for the year of Back To The Future). 

20. Jade The Moon – “U Take Care”

Jade The Moon’s “U Take Care” video has a stunning, haunting feel to it. The video, written and directed by Chad Rook, is wonderfully symbolic, working well as a metaphor for the effects of love and hurt. With soaring vocals, the electro-pop track is sensational.

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Q&A: Leighton Antelman of Lydia

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Arizona-based indie-rock three piece Lydia announced their upcoming fall headliner, The Run Wild Tour. The North American Tour features dates across the country with a quick stop in Canada, and will be the band’s first headlining run since their sold out Illuminate Tour back in early 2014. Lydia will also be expanding their current discography as they gear up to drop their next full length album this fall; coinciding with the tour. The band just released their new single, “Past Life,” and it speaks volumes about what we can expect from the group’s new album. As they gear up for their busy fall, frontman Leighton Antelman took the time to chat about the new album, touring, and his favorite fall activities. 

Planet Stereo: Hey Leighton, how are you doing?

Leighton Antelman: I’m doing good, thanks.

PS: You’re headed out on a fall headliner, The Run Wild tour, and as it gets closer, are you getting excited for it?

LA: Yeah, absolutely, we’ve been making the record for quite a while now, and we’ve just been behind the scenes, and no one’s been able to see what’s been going on. So it’s cool to be able to put stuff out there and let people experience what we’ve been doing for, you know, the past year and a half.

PS: Yeah…and I mean, I’ve been looking at the pre-order bundles online, and you guys are selling coffee with one of the bundles. Where did that idea come from?

LA: [laughs] Um…our management just sent that over, because I kinda had the same reaction you had. I was like, “Coffee, huh? Oh, okay that’s cool.” I mean, it’s awesome, I like it a lot, but I certainly can’t take credit for it. I wish I could.

PS: [laughs] It’s very creative. I saw the coffee beans on the picture, and was like, “Is that really coffee??”

LA: [laughs] Me too!

PS: It’s an interesting marketing pull. I think you’ll sell a lot of those, because people are always trying to find a good cup of coffee.

LA: Yeah, we’re bringing them on the road with us too.

PS: Cool! I’ll have to pick one up [laughs]. I was also going to ask you; is there anything you can tell us about Run Wild, and what the fans can expect?

LA: Um…I guess, I think I’ve said this before, but it’s definitely darker than our last release, Devil, and, um…it’s not like we set off to write a certain type of song, it just came out a little bit darker. I don’t know, I guess we spent time on it, we took our time, we didn’t try to really rush it. People have expectations to start with, and as they’re listening, so I try to let them do their thing and I just try to do my thing, ya know [laughs]…If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. At the end of the day, I can’t do anything about it either way.

PS: Well, you guys just released the single “Past Life,” right?

LA: True, we did.

PS: It was really good, so, if that’s how the rest of the album sounds, I would say you’re going to get good feedback for it. But you’ve said that this is a lot darker than your previous release. Do you think that’s the only difference between this new material and your previous material?

LA: I guess…we’ve put out darker material in the past, but I try my best to just let it happen. So this one just turned out a little darker. But I think sometimes, people take “darker” to mean “heavier,” and…I don’t know, almost like, evil-er or something.

PS: I didn’t find “Past Life” to be too dark, although, whether or not that’s me listening wrong, I don’t know. I can understand now, looking back at it, what you mean by saying it’s a little darker, but you’ve still maintained this very…happy energy that you guys have. It was impressive.

LA: Well, we’re actually releasing a second song tomorrow morning, and that one is definitely not as dark, it’s like, a more upbeat sound to it, with a darker undertone. So I guess people are going to have expectations going into that one.

PS: Yeah, definitely. Going back to touring, you’ve got this big tour coming up, and it’s your first headliner since the Illuminate Tour, I mean, is there a bit more pressure, or do you feel more at home being the headliner?

LA: Wow. I didn’t even realize…Is this really our first headliner since the Illuminate Tour?

PS: Yeah…I’m pretty certain…I hope.

LA: Yeah, oh wow. It is. I didn’t even notice that. Sorry! [laughs] No, there’s no more pressure, I honestly like headlining more, but, I mean, there’s pros and cons to both headlining and supporting. But since we haven’t been [headlining] in over a year, I am really excited to be back headlining. It’s more fun. I feel like the fans kind of feel more connected and just want to hang out and talk, and want to come more to the show when you’re headlining, but there’s cool parts of supporting as well.

PS: The last time I saw you guys performing was when you were supporting The Maine, and you guys looked like you were having an absolute blast; it just looked like everyone got along.

LA: Yeah, we do. We’re on the same management, and we’ve known those guys for years, so that was a bit of a special circumstance. But yeah, it’s cool. All of the people you meet on support tours are awesome. I mean, twenty guys, that are all musicians, on the road for a month-and-a-half, cool, random stuff is going to happen.

PS: So you’ve been a band for about ten years, which, in today’s scene, is basically unheard of. How do you think you guys have navigated that? What do you think is the main reason you guys have stayed together so long?

LA: Hmm…I don’t know. I mean, not to be cliche or anything, but if we didn’t have fans coming out, we wouldn’t be a band still, so that’s, I guess, what it all boils down to. The fans just keep allowing us to do this, so as long as they allow us to do it… We were going to make music regardless, but it just depends on if people are gonna give a shit or not, and they have for ten years, so it’s cool.

PS: Speaking of making music, during the songwriting process, do you find collaborating with your bandmates, to come with ease, or is it a bit of a struggle, like, “Let me just write it, and you can add stuff later”?

LA: We’re actually all really good about that. When we’re all writing, we all just call each other out, so there’s no passive-aggressive, “I don’t like this part, but I’m not gonna say anything” attitude. I mean, there’s just three of us writing, and so, if one person has an idea, and we all like it, we go with it. If one person doesn’t like it, we find a different route to take it. It’s a really healthy way. The only time we get into trouble is when you add in an actual producer, because you haven’t lived with them in close quarters for a month-and-a-half, and for a whole year at times, so you don’t know them too well. But just collaborating with artists in general is a cool experience, and that’s the cool part about it, cool things come out of the unknown, I feel; like not knowing their personalities, or just people you haven’t had personal relations with.

PS: That probably makes it easier to separate yourself and take ego out of the equation.

LA: Yeah, well, that’s the cool part. We get the songs to a certain point in our group, when we’re all happy with them, and then when we go into the studio with a producer, it’s not all scatterbrained, and everyone’s fighting, it’s just easier. If that makes sense?

PS: Yeah, that does. The thing that always fascinates me when talking about the songwriting process, is where do you guys find time to write, especially when you’re constantly on the move?

LA: Yeah, we are, but it’s kind of something that if you’re a painter or a piano player or a whatever you like to do, if you really like to do it, you find time to do it. At the end of the day, at this point, it’s kind of my job, and it’s something I enjoy doing. Even when we’re on the road, there’s a lot more down-time than people realize; there’s soundcheck and interviews, and then you play, but other than that, which takes up maybe 4-6 hours of your day, there’s a lot more of the day left. I like to write when I’m on the road, and then, when we get home, that’s kind of all I do…just write.

PS: So it sounds like you guys have a set schedule, and since a lot of our readers are going back to school, and I like to stick with the seasons, I have some Fall/Back-To-School questions for you.

LA: Sure, let’s do it.

PS: What was your favorite class?

LA: Hmm…I don’t know if it was my favorite class, but I always enjoyed math, if I’m being honest, just because there was always a certain answer, and there was no wiggle room. It seems weird in my profession, because music isn’t a math, but, I don’t know the reason, I just always enjoyed math when I was in high school.

PS: Does that mean that if music hadn’t worked out, we could have been seeing you as an engineer?

LA: [Laughs] I don’t know! I wish I had one of those fall-back careers, that I could be like, “Oh, if this doesn’t work out, I’m gonna go do that instead,” but I don’t. I probably should have…That would have been a smart way to go about it.

PS: No way! Your back-ups are always a bad idea anyway! Dreams first! We’re all very glad you chose music.

LA: [Laughs] Well thank you.

PS: What was your soundtrack in high school?

LA: I love the band The Ataris. They were great in high school and had just come out with this record called Endless Forever. We just played a couple of festivals with them and I was like, high school fan-boying a little [laughs]. It was weird because we were playing on the stage next to theirs directly after them, so our sets kind of overlapped, so I only got to see the first half of their set. Who else did I used to listen to…? I can’t really think of who I used to be super into in high school.

PS: Favorite fall activity?

LA: Hmm…Depends on where in the country you are, I guess. Fall here is still pretty hot. I guess on the east coast, it’s pretty cold.

PS: Well, I mean, here, Florida stays pretty hot. It’s not really until December that we get a chill…

LA: I don’t know then. What’s a fall activity in Orlando?

PS: To be honest, it’s like, “Oh, I can go to a concert with a scarf on!” [laughs]

LA: That’s the difference? You just add a scarf and it’s fall [laughs]?

PS: Yeah…It’s that and going for coffee with friends. I don’t know.

LA: I guess in Arizona the fall activity…well, I live in a place called The Valley, and we’re surrounded by mountains, so everyone goes hiking, because it’s when the weather stops being intensely hot.

PS: That’s lucky! Okay, last one; homecoming or prom?

LA: I think I’d go homecoming just because it’s like…fall/winter time, because summer is brutal in Arizona and homecoming is a hometown favorite.

PS: So stepping away from the fall questions…What advice would you offer to young musicians just starting out; maybe that you wish someone would have told you before you got started?

LA: I don’t know…it’s a weird industry. I don’t know if I’ve ever necessarily learned anything that was true 5-10 years later; it’s a pretty evolving industry. I’d just say maybe reconsider? [Laughs] I mean, if you’re going to do it, you’re gonna do it, and I’m not gonna say anything that’s like, “Oh, I never thought about it that way!” If you’re going to do it, you’re gonna do it regardless of whatever anyone says. Just do it. [E/N: Nike, please don’t sue us!]

PS: Now, this is my last question, and I ask it to everyone. I have to put an asterisk on this though…This is in no way a threat on your life; it’s merely a philosophical question. If you knew this was your last conversation/interaction with another human being, and you could choose your last words, what would they be and why?

LA: [Laughs] Jesus.

PS: I know, it’s heavy right? [laughs]

LA: Yeah [laughs]. I don’t know…I mean, I’m never good with goodbyes, so I don’t think I have much to offer. But I want to ask a rebuttal question; what’s the best thing somebody’s said to you when you’ve asked them that?

PS: I’ve had a lot of really good ones and a lot of really random ones. One was like, “See you on the other side, mother chucker.” The best was probably, “Not in the face!” The worst was, “YOLO.”

LA: They said “yolo”? No!

PS: Right? I kind of died inside.

LA: I’m sorry. I wish I had something prolific to say…

PS: It’s okay! You know what, I have to say this, because it’s quite funny, you say things like, “Oh, I don’t think I have anything to say for this,” but within that, you normally say something quite memorable, like, “I’m never good with goodbyes.” That’s actually really cool!

LA: [Laughs] You can put that then!

PS: Thank you so much for doing this interview. I wish you the best of luck on the Run Wild Tour.

LA: Hope we see you out there!

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15 Songs From June ’15 You Have To Hear

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It is official. Summer is here! So while we’re all soaking up the sun, making summer playlists, and maybe attending a festival (…or two…), Planet Stereo has rounded up 15 songs from June that you have to hear while the summer heat rages on!

1. The Maine“English Girls”

It’s hard to say there’s only one song from American Candy that you need to hear, because the album is fantastic. But the band’s music video to go along with “English Girls” is nothing short of wonderful, and makes the song even better.

2. Pierce The Veil – “The Divine Zero”

New music from PTV! Finally! “The Divine Zero” is the perfect Warped Tour theme, which works, because they’re on Warped. If you have the chance, catch them live. They’re ridiculously memorable!

3. Anthony Raneri“Sorry State of Mind”

Bayside’s Anthony Raneri just adds another reason to love 2015 musically. More artists coming forth as solo artists (on the side, of course), and it’s fabulous. Add on how awesome the video for “Sorry State of Mind” is, and you can’t really go wrong!

4. The Technicolors“Tonight You Are Mine”

If there’s one band you have to see live, especially playing this song, it’s The Technicolors. There’s something so edgy and effortlessly cool about The Technicolors as a whole, but “Tonight You Are Mine” just seems to push that idea one step further. The accompanying video is visually stunning, and a must-see, as far as I’m concerned.

5. August Burns Red – “Ghosts (ft. Jeremy McKinnon)”

August Burns Red is joined by A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon for “Ghosts.” The track features some amazing guitar work, and a back and forth voice-off between Luhr and McKinnon, which is definitely enjoyable. ADTR/ABR tour anyone?

6. Parkway Drive – “Vice Grip”

This is the kind of song I can just imagine being a hit live…especially in an amphitheater. “Vice Grip” just radiates power.

7. The Wonder Years“Cardinals”

Once again, The Wonder Years prove how amazing they are. “Cardinals” is a powerful track to begin with, and the video just adds to it. Send it to a friend if you’ve not been great recently.

8. Knuckle Puck – “Disdain”

A catchy as hell punk track. If you’re looking for a song to revive the angsty, punk-loving teenager that resides in all of us, this could be the song to do it.

9. Sorority Noise – “Art School Wannabe”

Quirky, painting a colorful picture with vivid, illustrative lyrics, and fantastic instrumentals. I could just play this again and again. It’s awesome, and it’s a commentary on stereotypes, in my opinion.

10. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

One of the best videos I have seen in a very long time. It is beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. When fans commented on the video, which was filmed in ONE take, at how long she could hold her breath, the band sang her praises, commenting on how she could actually hold her breath for upwards of six minutes!

11. Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”

Disturbed are back from their four-year hiatus with a new song, “The Vengeful One,” and the accompanying animated video from award-winning filmmaker Phil Mucci. It’s hard to ignore.

12. As Cities Burn – “Prince of Planet Earth” 

This is the first new song the band have released in six years! And it is IN YOUR FACE, in a great way. Parts loud and chaotic and part melodic, it’s an intriguing listen.

13. Delta Rae“All Good People”

A protest song without being obnoxious. In protest to the tragedy that occurred in Charleston, the band wrote and recorded this song, “All Good People,” as a means of expressing their “outrage, sadness, and insistence that things must change.” It is extremely powerful.

14. Hundredth – “Inside Out”

All I can say is: Just look at the video.

15. The Ivory – “I’m a Mess”

This song is a total ear worm! Alesana’s Shane Crump shows that he’s just as talented as a singer as he is a bass player. “I’m a Mess” is such an amazing track, and yes, that is Sierra Kusterbeck in the video with him.

BONUS

Mike Posner – “Be As You Are”

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Lydia Announce Fall Headliner w/ The Technicolors

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Arizona-based indie-rock three piece Lydia announced their upcoming fall headliner, The Run Wild Tour. The North American Tour features dates across the country with a quick stop in Canada. This will be the band’s first headlining run since their sod out Illuminate Tour back in early 2014.  Setting this tour apart will in fact be the band’s set list – which will now include brand new songs for the first time in several years. Lydia will expand their current discography as they gear up to drop their next full length album this fall; coinciding with the tour. The official release date and album title have not yet been announced.

Lydia will be joined by Run For Cover Records’ Seahaven and Turnover, with fellow label-mates The Technicolors. The latter made their 8123 debut with Ultraviolet Disguise, a brand new EP earlier this year. The release saw The Technicolors in an opening slot on the sold out American Candy Tour with The Maine, Real Friends, and Knuckle Puck this past spring – playing some of the largest venues in the band’s career. Today, The Technicolors drop a brand new music video for a single off the new EP called “Tonight You Are Mine”. You can watch the video HERE.

Tickets for The Run Wild Tour go on sale Friday June 26th at 10am local time. The tour dates are below.

For more on Lydia, click HERE. To purchase tickets or buy a CD, click HERE.

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TOUR DATES (*Turnover not appearing)

Sept 15 – The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ

Sept 17 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX

Sept 18 – The Parish – Austin, TX

Sept 19 – Trees – Dallas, TX

Sept 20 – Warehouse Live (Studio) – Houston, TX

Sept 22 – The Social – Orlando, FL*

Sept 23 – Crowbar – Ybor City, FL*

Sept 24 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL*

Sept 25 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA

Sept 26 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN

Sept 27 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC

Sept 29 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC*

Oct 1 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY*

Oct 2 – The Hollow – Albany, NY

Oct 3 – World Cafe Live Downstairs – Philadelphia, PA

Oct 4 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA*

Oct 6 – Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY*
Oct 7 – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON

Oct 8 – Musica – Akron, OH*

Oct 9 – The Loft – Lansing, MI

Oct 10 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

Oct 11 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN

Oct 13 – Firebird – St Louis, MO

Oct 14 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS

Oct 16 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

Oct 17 – Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT

Oct 19 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

Oct 20 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA

Oct 22 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Oct 23 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA

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The Maine Premiere “English Girls” Music Video

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The Maine premiered the brand new music video for their song, “English Girls.” The video premiered on MTV, and shows the members of the band on a pretty crazy night out, with everyone wondering: Who did John O’Callaghan wake up next to? “English Girls” is from the band’s latest studio album, American Candy, which is out now on 8123. Check out the video below and let us know what you thought!

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Martian Mashup Episode 1 (ft. The Maine)

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It’s finally here! The first episode of the Martian Mashup on Planet Stereo Radio! This episode features music from Fall Out Boy, PVRIS, The Technicolors, All Time Low, and Taylor Swift, as well as an interview with The Maine on the final day of the American Candy tour.

 

 

Be sure to check back next week for Episode 2, featuring The Technicolors. For more information, please ‘like’ Planet Stereo on Facebook.

For the video version of Planet Stereo’s interview with the Maine, click HERE.

 

 

*Planet Stereo has no ownership of any of the songs used. They are used for entertainment purposes only. No copyright infringement intended. Each song/artwork belongs to the respective artist.

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15 SONGS FROM APRIL ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

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Four months into 2015, and the spectacular new music just keeps on coming! Here are the 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for April 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see:

1. Panic! At The Disco – “Hallelujah”

If you’re looking for incredible, booming vocals, a gospel-esque soundtrack, and, of course, something you can sing along to this spring, check out Panic! At The Disco’s latest single. It carries on the

2. This Century – “Soul Sucker”

A new single from This Century, finally following up to their debut. Featuring plenty of falsetto, pop-anthem flare, and big, sing-along choruses, the single was definitely worth the wait!

3. Refused – “Elektra”

Back from the grave, Refused brought out their first single in 17 years, “Elektra,” leaving many fans jumping for joy. April seems to be the month for bands reemerging. Thank goodness for Spring.

4. All Time Low – “Missing You”

The strikingly different track from All Time Low’s latest album (and UK No. 1), Future Hearts. With alternative rock/indie blends, each line will show you a new side to the band’s already lovable style.

5. The Weepies – “Sirens”

Folk duo The Weepies are back with their amazing new album, Sirens, and the title track is a must hear (for life, not just for April). Stunning, angelic vocals, rich instrumentals, and raw beauty encompass this song in every line.

6. Blessing A Curse – “Down The Rabbit Hole”

The new music video for “Down The Rabbit Hole,” showcases both the band’s musical talents and a dark creativity, with a plot revolving around a murderous villain whose face remains concealed by a creepy bunny mask, and, of course, there’s an awesome plot twist.

7. Lost Element – “Twenty Five”

“Twenty Five” is catchy, perfectly illustrating the emotions of the average “twenty-something.” Lost Element has a nostalgic sound, while also still showing elements of exploratory tones, which only adds to their charm.

8. Redlands – “Adventurer”

“Adventurer” is dedicated to Chase Martinez, who plays bass in Redlands, and his wife Brenna Martinez, whom he lost in a motorcycle accident on March 28th of this year. The track is a beautiful addition to the band’s growing discography, and will make you want to hit the repeat button a million times over.

9. Come & Rest – “Slowburn” 

A new kind of performance video, featuring cinematics, and of course, a track that bares all emotions without hesitance.

10. Rachel Potter – “Tail Lights”

Stunning country vocals, a track worthy to be on a road-trip mix, and lovable as hell. There’s really not much more that can be said for this amazing new single.

11. Brand New – “Mene”

Fans, rejoice! Finally, a new song from Brand New! As of right now, I like it, but I’m not sure whether I’m going to add it to my list of favorites just yet. However, it is repeat-button worthy, and will leave you wanting more.

12. Twenty One Pilots – “Tear In My Heart”

The piano-driven love song utilizes comparisons to slasher films to drive the point home, and the video is no exception. This time, Quentin Tarantino’s style of cinematography plays a heavy hand in brining the love story to life.

 13. The Maine – “Am I Pretty?”

Another extremely catchy track from The Maine’s latest album, American Candy. With fun beats, beachy vibes, and clever lyrics, you don’t want to miss out on this song!

14. Adam Lambert – “Ghost Town”

Adam Lambert is back with his new single, “Ghost Town,” which perfectly fuses catchy dance beats and indie rock style. Of course, Lambert’s stellar vocals still shine, booming throughout the track.

15. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Therman”

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be an assistant to Fall Out Boy, this video shows you just how crazy it could get. Watch as the band’s “assistant” accompanies the guys on a variety of tasks, from Crossfit to indoor skydiving to crushing a truck, all while rocking out to the catchy single from American Beauty / American Psycho.

Honorable Mentions
Running Young – “Did You See

Busty & The Bass – “Models”

The Local Strangers – “Red Dress”

Kaya Stewart – “In Love With a Boy”

Ky-Mani Marley – “All The Way”

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Nick Santino Releases First Solo Music Video

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Boston-based singer/songwriter Nick Santino just released his brand new music video for “Have a Little Faith In Me,” which stems from his 2014’s debut solo album, Big Skies. The video premiered exclusively on VEVO, his first video as a solo artist. The ex-A Rocket To The Moon frontman has since spent his time touring and releasing new music under his self-titled solo project. Last week, he announced a summer acoustic tour in support of Sleeping With Sirens.

Santino is currently on the road in support of indie-folk duo Oh Honey, on the spring Postcards Across America Tour wrapping up this week. In May he will return to Texas to support fellow 8123 artists The Maine and The Technicolors for a couple of one-off shows. Following those dates he will head out on the We Like It Quiet Tour; an acoustic run with Epitaph Records’ Sleeping With Sirens and Fearless Records’ The Summer Set.

Below, you can view the new video and a complete list of remaining tour dates.

TOUR DATES

Postcards Across America Tour w/ Oh Honey
4/15 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
4/18 – Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
4/19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe

The Maine, The Technicolors Support Dates
5/19 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
5/20 – San Antonio, TX – Kapone’s

We Like It Quiet Tour w/ Sleeping With Sirens, The Summer Set
6/04 – San Diego, CA – SOMA
6/05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *SOLD OUT
6/07 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
6/10 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
6/12 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *SOLD OUT
6/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
6/14 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall *SOLD OUT
6/16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East *SOLD OUT
6/19 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Center
6/21 – Orlando, FL – The Social
6/22 – Orlando, FL – The Social *SOLD OUT

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The Maine Announce LIVE Q&A

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The Maine have announced a surprise Ask Me Anything Q&A session that will available tonight on Reddit. The session is scheduled for Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

The Maine just kicked off their headlining American Candy Tour, with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors and have released their sixth full length album, American Candy, on March 31.

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15 SONGS FROM MARCH ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

Here we go again! 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for March 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see. This month, we’ve got some amazing new releases from some of the best artists. As the months go by, it’s getting harder to pick just fifteen.

Anyway, check out some of these amazing tracks below:

1. All Time Low “Kids In The Dark”

This just encompasses everything I believe music to be about: escaping your problems, and finding unity in the middle of the crowd. Add in how catchy this song is, and I don’t think you can go wrong.

2. Trophy Wives – “Threshold”

It’s a fast-paced track that just makes you want to bounce around like a crazy person, and the chorus comes in brilliantly. The vocals remind me of 2009/2010 punk, when the harder chord progressions and screamo undertones started to really come in.

3. Set It Off – “Ancient History”

The song itself is catchy and cleverly pieced together, and then you add this video which seems to hint at Adam Sandler’s Click, had I actually found that movie as enjoyable as this…

4. Sam Smith – “Lay Me Down (ft. John Legend)”

This was my favorite track on Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, so when he released as a single, I was thrilled…and now he’s added John Legend?? Granted, some of the beloved theatrics is gone, but it’s still impeccable, and this video for Red Nose Day is so beautiful.

5. Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the pure power of this track? Yes, okay, wonderful.

6. The Maine – “Miles Away”

Another single from American Candy, and it’s wonderful. Kicks off the album as the first track, with a sing-a-long quality.

7. Cordelia & The Buffalo“Free”

There are no words to express how much I love this single; soulful vocals, ethereal instrumentals…magic.

8. Light You Up“All We’ve Ever Known”

This makes 14-year-old me extremely happy. It’s anthemic, catchy, and powerful.

9. PVRIS “White Noise”

Another play on the movies, this time tackling Spielburg’s Poltergeist with a top 40’s worthy twist.

10. Youth League – “Young/Old”

A perfect introduction to the new Cardigan Records signees, showcasing just what they’re capable of.

11. Cajsa Siik – “State of Low”

A stunning new track, filled with harmonies, and ethereal instrumentals. The song radiates quality and sophistication.

12. Ella Henderson – “Mirror Man”

Soulful track, visually stunning video…you can’t go wrong.

13. Meg Myers – “Sorry”

Looking for a break-up anthem for the month? This is it. Meg Myers has an enchanting way about her, and it’s completely underrated.

14. Sam Hunt – “Take Your Time”

Wonderful instrumentals, stellar vocals, and a new way at writing about the initial “bar approach.” It’s gorgeous.

15. Shawn Mendez – “Life Of The Party”

This was a great track that popped up towards the end of last year and now there’s finally a video. It effortlessly fuses the melodics of an indie act with the booming lyrical style of a top 40’s anthem.

BONUS, because why not:

BriBry w/ Dodie – “You’re Alright”

Leon Bridges – “Come Home”

Oh Honey“Sugar, You”

Mariana’s Trench – “Here’s To The Zeros”

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