Pop

"sheknowsbutshedontknow" - Tove Lo

"sheknowsbutshedontknow" - Tove Lo

Sounds Like:

Ellie Goulding with a Swedish-pop edge

Why You Should Care:

There is no doubt that Swedish pop export Tove Lo loves to push buttons. With a directness unusual in the world of pop music, her new album BLUE LIPS (lady wood phase II) leaves no topic off the table. She thrives on pushing boundaries and BLUE LIPS opens a newly personal side of Tove Lo as she writes about constantly chasing a rush—be it from drugs, sex, or pushing boundaries.

Regardless of the topic, Tove Lo brings her signature strong electropop edge to the entire album. Her dark voice carries her throughout BLUE LIPS to express emotions that are well balanced with synth drum and bass lines. Split into two halves, LIGHT BEAMS and PITCH BLACK, the album is billed as a follow-up to her sophomore hit album Lady Wood.

In “shedontknowbutsheknows,” Tove Lo sings about a woman whose partner is doing things behind her back. The track is pure dance pop with an undercurrent of pain and darkness. The track feels self-reflective as Tove Lo encapsulates the feeling of denying something to yourself you know is likely true. While you will be bopping along to the rhythmic chorus, the track offers the undeniable sense of knowing that something is wrong, but struggling to convince yourself that it is not. Tove Lo seems poised to make you want to dance, while pushing you  to challenge yourself and get beyond your comfort zone.


Episode 323: Reputation - Taylor Swift

Episode 323: Reputation - Taylor Swift

With six albums under her belt, Taylor Swift has built a career that has made her one of the biggest pop-stars in the world. So how is it that her latest album, Reputation is such a complete, million unit selling failure?

Kevin and Marcus K. Dowling - both avowed Swift fans - are taking one for the team and attempting to navigate the depths the most narcissistic, cultural appropriating, and, to be clear, worst album of 2017. 

Yea...we're where fun goes to die. 


Tei Shi @ Songbyrd Music House - 5/12/2017

Tei Shi @ Songbyrd Music House - 5/12/2017

The transition from music blog darling to pop stardom is not an easy one. Fortunately, Valerie Teicher, also known as Tei Shi, is on the right track. Initial releases like “M&Ms” and “Nevermind the End” earned her some well-deserved buzz, but 2015’s “Bassically” put her on the radar for many, earning her opening slots for the likes of Years & Years and Grimes. After nearly four years of putting out singles and EPs, she signed with Downtown Records in 2016 and released her anticipated debut album Crawl Space in March 2017.


“Jenny Come Home” - Andy Shauf

“Jenny Come Home” - Andy Shauf

Sounds Like: 

Elliot Smith, Wilco

Why You Should Care: 

One of the newest artists on Anti- Records (label of the two influences cited above), Saskatchewan’s Shauf is poised to break out. Andy Shauf’s 2015 record Bearer of Bad News was a breathtaking collection of mostly harsh tales about drug addiction, murder, and the kind of world-weary ne’er-do-wells that would feel right at home in songs by another of Shauf’s labelmates – Tom Waits.


Crocodile - "Somehow"

Crocodile - "Somehow"

Sounds like: 

Harmonious 90’s pop with just a hint of fuzzy, buzzy feedback; a tinge of The Beatles by-way-of Oasis; The Connell’s for people who aren’t, uh, wusses*

Why You Should Care: 

There’s no reason that the East Coast should get all of the rock n’ roll fun (see The Trillions) and this five piece hailing from Austin, Texas is all the proof you need. On the kickoff track from their most recent EP Crocodile vs The Mutant Alligators From Space the band channels some good ol’ Gallagher brothers angst (complete with Beatles-esque “telephone-mic” vocal effect and a killer lyric hook - "I got strangers in my head that won't ever go away"), but there’s more to this band than a healthy respect for history.