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Bear Attack is back with a music video for its song "Broke." Although being broke is never fun and trying to win over a love interest is tough, I absolutely adore this tune! It's romantic and the music is a blanket of good vibes.
I'm a fan of thoughtful, creative and simple videos and "Broke" hits all of those marks. Also, keep an eye out for a quick cameo of the lead singer from Mora Mora!
Did you enjoy the "Broke" video?
Comment below to tell me what you think of these bears!
Dressed as unenthused salesmen, Los Angeles-based rock band Mora Mora filmed a compelling cover video for Lorde's "Royals." The video concept, a brainchild of keyboardist Leland Cox, is a true depiction of what it means to have a lifestyle that's far from glamorous.
"I really like the idea of a deadpan reading of the song," explained Cox. "Draws a nice contrast to the chorus energy."
To build up the chorus, the video transitions into dramatic performance scenes lit by fluorescent lights. It's a fun way to showcase how dynamic Mora Mora is live.
The band first performed this cover at the University of Southern California's Welcome Back concert in August and fans loved it. "A bunch of people came up to us after and asked if we were gonna record it so we did," said lead singer Matias Mora.
A friend of Mora's showed him Lorde's hit song a while back and thought it was really cool. "I love that it's basically vocals and drums," he said.
Watch the video below!
Mora Mora is currently brainstorming ideas for its song "Don't Say," a fan favorite. If you have any suggestions, email the band at email@example.com and get their EP for free!
Catch Mora Mora live in Los Angeles at Tommy's Place on Oct. 25 with Bear Attack!
Have an opinion about this rock cover of "Royals"?
This is no joke. The sequel for Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience has arrived a week early and it's just as delicious sounding as the first album released back in March.
Featuring recently released singles "Take Back The Night" and "TKO" and guest appearances by Jay Z and Drake, this album proves that the year of the JT Takeover is far from over. The smooth charm and soulfulness from Part 1 flows right into Part 2.
If you missed it, here's the promo for the new album.
Prepare yourselves to be swept off your feet and listen to the free stream on itunes HERE! (PS. Must have iTunes downloaded to your computer)
The 20/20 Experience - Part 2 of 2 hits stores on September 30.
Is Part 2 as good as Part 1?
I have a strong feeling that Katy Perry's upcoming album, Prism, is going to be empowering!
First, she sang about the importance of standing up for herself and speaking (or rather roaring) her mind in "Roar." Now she has another powerful new single, "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J, that continues with the theme of being resilient.
A lot of Katy's hits are typically high-energy and "poppy". 'Dark Horse' is a new sound for Katy. Her voice is sultry and floats on top of a simple hip-hop beat. I praise that type of simplicity!
I'm not sure if it will be as big of a hit as 'Roar,' but then again, I was wrong about the success of her 2011 single, "E.T." in collaboration with Kanye West.
Take a listen and tell me what you think:
Prism will be in stores October 22.
Is "Dark Horse" another hit?
Crash The Party did a fantastic job capturing the playfullness of the tune with an awesome acoustic arrangement. Best cover of the song?
You be the judge and watch below:
Was this the best cover of "Best Song Ever"?
Feel free to share other 1D covers in a comment below!
Fall Out Boy's Take This To Your Grave is so 10 years ago, but has continued to house some of my all-time favorite FOB songs. Alternative Press released its October cover featuring the reenactment of the band's 10-year-old album cover.
Take This To Your Grave was the album I had on repeat to help me through tough times during high school. I can't wait to read this cover story with "Saturday", "The Pros and Cons of Breathing" and "Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" playing in the background. Cheers to the years of our angst!
Here's a quick clip of the boys in the apartment this photo was shot in:
Who's excited for this exclusive oral history?
Is Take This To Your Grave YOUR favorite album?
Are you as obsessed with "Roar" as I am?? When I saw that Crystalyne covered Katy Perry's new single, I was a happy gal! It's the perfect song for feeling empowered and independent. Prepare yourself for some goosebumps because this cover is stellar.
Are you a fan of this cover?
Read my Q&A with Crystalyne's Marissa HERE.
The last installment, the title track, feels like a dark eulogy for the Welsh singer's Electra Heart persona during her sophomore album.
To celebrate the album and the sassiness of Marina, here's a timeline of Marina and the Diamonds' journey as Electra Heart.
Part 1: Fear and Loathing
Part 2: Radioactive
Part 3: The Archetypes
Part 4: Primadonna
Part 5: Su-Barbie-A
Part 6: Power & Control
Part 7: How To Be A Heartbreaker
Part 8: E.V.O.L.
Part 9: State of Dreaming
Part 10: Lies
Part 11: Electra Heart
Electra Heart will be missed, but my anticipation for Marina and the Diamonds' next album is at an all-time high.
Which Electra Heart video is your favorite?
What do you think Marina and the Diamonds will do next?
Chat with me by commenting below!
Season Three of Teen Wolf is STRESSFUL!
Each episode is chaotic, but I'm certain about one thing - Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O'Brien), the witty (and human) best friend of Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), is my favorite character. He has some of the best one-liners, a big heart and just the right amount of awkward goofiness.
Unfortunately, he's a bit of an emotional wreck this season. Somehow he's managed not to give up though. While the rest of the cast has used their werewolf or weapon skills against Peter Hale, Papa Gerard, the alpha pack and *insert other bad guys here*, Stiles is right by their side giving his two cents.
Here are 10 reasons why Stiles would be a great sidekick for you:
1. He has a dependable blue jeep and will always be the driver.
2. He dosn't have super powers, but utilizes his resources to help the team.
3. He's realistic....
4. Thanks to Dr. Deaton's wisdom and mountain ash, he has more faith in himself (and a little magic).
5. When things aren't going your way, he'll remind you it could always be worse.
6. If you're on the brink of death, he'll do his best to save you.
7. He never gives up and tries to think of plan B, C, D, E, etc.
8. Stiles is BEYOND loyal.
9. He's also humble.
10. But we all know he plays a huge part in every victory.
Would you trust Stiles as your sidekick?
What do you love about Stiles?
Crystalyne has two things I love – a strong female voice and lyrics with a “hey! Listen up!” attitude. This four-piece alternative band from Toronto, Canada recently popped up my radar and after spending a good amount of time on the group’s Youtube channel, I was hooked. (Anyone who successfully covers Paramore and The Story So Far is good in my book!)
When the members started jamming together a few years ago, they realized they were a great fit for each other not only as a band, but also as friends. After receiving an offer to tour across Canada, they took a chance and hit the road. “Needless to say, we never looked back,” said lead singer Marissa Dattoli.
The band released a new single, “Secret”, at the start of summer and will be filming an official video this month!
Enjoy this Q&A with Marissa where she talks about sharing her vulnerable side, being a self-funded band and Paramore!!
Which artists have influenced your music from the get-go?
When we were growing up, we listened to a lot of The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Blink-182, and Underoath. I feel like those bands had a huge influence in shaping us as people, and in turn shaping our songs, especially our song content. For me, Paramore came into the mix a little later, and it really inspired me to go after my dream of being the front-woman of a band.
What are the pros and cons of being an up-and-coming band in Canada?
Being an up-and-coming band in Canada is really tough these days. We've toured across Canada once, and did a few southern Ontario tours, but financially touring isn't always the easiest thing to do…actually it's NEVER easy, especially if you're an independent band. We self-fund all of our endeavors, and since we're not signed to a label for future releases, we have to do a lot of self-promotion. All we want to do is reach new people, and connect with them, and a lot of the time that means hanging out at other bands concerts with an iPod and headphones stopping every person and saying "Hey, wanna check out our band?"
You can only imagine how much rejection we face in that aspect, but on a positive note, we really believe in Crystalyne and we want to do everything possible to propel ourselves into the limelight. In terms of the pros of being an up-and-coming band, I guess the biggest one would be that we have something fresh to offer people. We're not trying to imitate any other artists, we're just being ourselves, and I think a lot of people really enjoy that about us.
Which aspects of life are you most drawn to writing about?
Breakups...hahaaa I don't know why, but I'm a very angsty person! I've been through the ringer with guys and my past relationships never ended well. I'm also the type of person that bottles up a lot of my emotion, and the only way I can express myself is through singing. You probably hear this all the time, but writing songs and singing my feelings is the best therapy. There were so many times in the beginning where I'd start crying in the middle of a song on stage, because my feelings were just so raw. It's been a few years since we put out "Navigate", and I don't cry anymore, but I still very much feel that betrayal deep in my heart, and I don't think I'll ever fully let that go. So, I'm always drawn to write about it.
Is it ever tough for you to share your lyrics with the guys or your fans?
With fans, never. At least not yet. With the guys, sometimes! Haha. For the most part, I tell them everything anyway, but "Wolves" was a little bit on the tough side to share. It was the first song that we fully wrote showing my vulnerable side about my last breakup. I had shown my anger a lot, but I tried to keep my depression at bay. It was the first song where I let my walls down and was like, "***Insert Ex's Name here***, you suck so much, but lose sleep over you and want you back, even though we're terrible together'". I was afraid to say all that in a song, but the guys never judged me and supported me through my recovery.
Will you be releasing any new music and/or have upcoming gigs?
We're currently working on another EP. It's been a little bit of a slow process, but we have new songs coming your way (hopefully late 2013/early 2014). In terms of gigs, we're playing the Grape & Wine Festival in St. Catharines and Koi Fest in Kitchener in the fall.
Scenario: Any band in the world will say yes to touring with you. Who would you call?
PARAMOREEEEEEE. Hahaha. I think we'd all be stoked to meet those guys, since they're the embodiment of where we want to be in a few years.
Can you spill any details about your upcoming video shoot for "Secret"?
I'd like tooooo, but it's Top "Secret" ;)
Are you a fan of Crystalyne?
Who's on your band radar?
Comment with your answers below!