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Adele

Monday, October 26, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Adele’s been out of earshot for a few years, almost ever since her album 21 exploded all over radios worldwide and she won herself an Oscar for the theme song of the (fantastic) James Bond film Skyfall.

But, mercifully, she is now back with a new single, and a new album, 25, due out on November 20th.

Admittedly, her voice is flat-out technically impressive - rich and powerful, with great range – but I think the thing that makes her songs so addictively heartbreaking is how convincingly she sings them. She throws every bit of anguish or regret or scorn a vocalist could possibly muster into her performances, leaving listeners with an impression of authenticity that is rarely achieved by many pop stars.

If you haven’t been playing it on repeat already, have a listen to Adele’s new tune below:

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Sia

Monday, September 28, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Last week, Australian artist Sia released the first new single from her upcoming album This is Acting. Co-written with Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr., the track was originally intended for Adele to use on a future release but was eventually cut from her track list. Interestingly, because of the song’s original intention, Sia says that she sings “Alive” from Adele’s point of view.  Mixing well-produced, up-tempo pop music with the organic and unapologetic breaks in Sia’s vocals, the tune has an interesting duality, and a very catchy sound.

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Grace Potter

Monday, September 14, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals) has taken a solo turn with her new album Midnight, released last month. Driven by plucky vocals with enough scratch to be soulful, the pop-rock record is the right balance of polish and blur, made of catchy songs that don’t sound recycled, redundant, or irrelevant.

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CHVRCHES

Monday, August 17, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The sophomore album from the Scottish synthpop act CHVRCHES is set for stores – digital or physical – next month. With the LP’s second single released last week, “Never Ending Circles,” the upcoming record sounds ready to continue the legacy of 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe, offering crisp and energetic electro-pop tracks, each laced magnificently with the airy sweetness of Lauren Mayberry’s near angelic vocals. Hear both the lead singles below…

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Tame Impala

Monday, July 27, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The third full-length album from Tame Impala, Currents, came out July 17th, and, leading off with the catchy as all get-out “Let It Happen,” this latest release from the Australian act provides dose after delicious dose of electronic, psychedelic rock-pop. Overall, I think the record is a great listen for fans of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album or MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, or perhaps anyone who has ever thought, “I really wish there were more songs that simultaneously remind me of Yeasayer and Michael Jackson.”  For me, stand-out tracks beyond “Let It Happen” include: “Eventually,” “The Less I Know The Better,” and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes.”

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(And, as a side musical note, also recently released, Wilco dropped a sneaky-surprise album – brazenly titled Star Wars – for FREE. Do your ears a favor, and investigate that a bit.)