Fan Art Fridays: Paramore

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Paramore is back with some new music this week!

Their new song and music video “Hard Times” was released on Wednesdays, and Paramore fans are super stoked. So many things have changed about the band since their self-titled album came out in 2013. Hayley Williams got married, she died her hair blonde (loving it!), Zac Farro left for his solo project HalfNoise, and now he’s back!

So much excitement going on here!

In honor of this, enjoy a piece of Paramore fan art I found on Deviant Art by KoRniszonka. It features a 2012 version of the band, which included Hayley, Jeremy, and Taylor.

Oh, how times have changed.

Be sure to check out the original fan art on Deviant Art and watch “Hard Times” below!

Fan Art Fridays: Darren Criss

Today I was at work casually listening to the New Music Friday playlist on Spotify when I heard a familiar voice come through my headphones.
The song was “Lost Boys Life” and the artist was Computer Games–a band didn’t know until I Googled them and found out that Darren Criss is one of the members, alongside his brother, Chuck.

Yes. The familiar voice was Darren Criss’. I’m still dumbfounded. I didn’t even know he had a brother!

Anyway, I love the song and the rest of the EP that Computer Games put out this week. In celebration of this discovery, here’s a piece of fan art I found on Pinterest of Darren Criss. I have no clue who created it, but I’m totally digging the sepia feel of it.

Listen to the EP here if you haven’t already!

Fan Art Fridays: Ed Sheeran

I know I said I’d be back yesterday. I had every intention of posting but I got home from work very late and very tired.

But I’m here now with a new Fan Art Fridays!

Ed Sheeran’s new album ÷ is finally out and boy, did our Teddy outdo himself with the diversity aspect on the deluxe edition for this one!

From fast paced raps and dancable rhythms to slow ballads and foreign languages, Ed Sheeran’s album is a real treat that’ll probably get him a ton of new faces in the crowd on tour. I personally fell in love Twi song “Bibia Be Ye Ye.”

While snooping around Instagram, I came across this really creative fan art of Ed Sheeran by sarahasartist. Drawn on brown paper, the chorus of “Thinking Out Loud” dances across his slight grin. It’s the perfect transition from x to ÷.

Check out sarahasartist’s work over on Instagram.

Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Zedd!

zedd fan artZedd turned 27 today!

Seems like the birthday boy is pumping some “Adrenaline” for his special day, as his new track was released today.

“Adrenaline” is a collaboration with up-and-coming producers Grey. They’re so mysterious. I want to know more about them…

In honor of Zedd’s birthday, I’ve selected this incredible piece of fan art I found on Instagram by sirenmonkeyofficial. It really shows off his “True Colors.”

Enjoy “Adrenaline” below and view the original fan art here.

 

2015’s Best in Music

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Guys, my favorite moment of the year is here! I absolutely love looking through my Starred playlist on Spotify to curate my list of the best songs, artists, and albums of the year! This year’s list got pretty lengthy, so I decided to be very selective (which was almost impossible thanks to Spotify’s Discover Weekly) and cut my list down to 25.

Some fun international artists made it on to this list, as well as some artists that I’d heard in the past on mix albums and short EPs. I even got to see Trails and Ways and Neon Indian—two artists on my list below—live this year!

Enjoy my list of 2015’s Best in Music!

1. “Le Bal Des Oubliés,” Paradis, Couleurs Primaires. This EP snuck up on me. I didn’t know it existed until like three months after it came out but it’s an absolute French delight!

2. “I Give It,” Night Beds, Ivywild. Even though I can’t understand what’s coming out of Night Bed’s singer Winston Yellen’s mouth 95% of the time, the tone of his voice is just so good it doesn’t even matter!

3. “Company,” Justin Bieber, Purpose. No matter what crappy thing this boy does to worsen his reputation one thing is certain: he will always deliver good music.

4. “I Can’t Be Your Superman,” Skylar Spence, Prom King. Don’t doubt yourself, Skylar Spence.

5. “Dream About Me,” Trails and Ways, Pathology. These guys sound amazing live. You’ve gotta love a band that even lets the drummer sing lead on a track!

6. “Slumlord,” Neon Indian, Vega Intl. Night School. Psychedelic dreams, this one. I’d enroll in Vega Intl. any night.

7. “Science Fiction,” Christine and the Queens, Christine and the QueensWords cannot explain how happy I am that she decided to release an English version of this album! Also, enjoy this live performance and choreography (you won’t know what hit you at 1:08!):

8. “Light Up,” Mutemath, Vitals. I hadn’t heard these guys since the Twilight soundtrack they were on ages ago. I really hope they come out with a music video for “Light Up” at some point.

9. “Molecules,” Disclosure, Caracal. It was so hard to choose just one song that I loved from Caracal, but I went with “Molecules” because Disclosure sounds damn good singing on their own tracks without featured artists too!

10. “Me and the Rhythm,” Selena Gomez, Revival. This song was on repeat from the moment the full album was released and I regret nothing.

11. “Dopamine,” BØRNS, Dopamine. You just have to love BØRNS with his light pitch and the dopamine-like effect of his captivating lyrics.

12. “Learning for Your Love” (feat. Marcus Marr), Chet Faker, Work. This EP was such a pleasant surprise! I think Chet and Marcus should work together more often. Also, can somebody do a ballet choreography for this?

13. “Undiscovered,” Laura Welsh, Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). One of the best soundtracks of the year hands down. But like, really, how awkward would it have been if this film had a bad soundtrack?

14. “FOOLS,” Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood. Troye just keeps making his YouTube fans prouder everyday!

15. “Don’t Need Nobody,” Ellie Goulding, Delirium. Although I do miss her old folktronica and alt-pop sound, I don’t think this is a bad phase for her.

16. “True Believer,” Avicii, Stories. I don’t know why Avicii went that far in manipulating Chris Martin’s voice but it’s definitely laughable. So just laugh.

17. “I’m In Love With My Life,” PHASES, For Life. Such a fun song and music video!

18. “We’re Coming to You,” the bird and the bee, Recreational Love. I can’t explain the utter bliss I feel whenever I hear this song, but it is quite welcomed.

19. “The Line,” Seoul, I Become a Shade. Almost got to see them live. Seoul is such a beautiful mixture of melancholy and tranquility.

20. “The Less I Know the Better,” Tame Impala, Currents. WHERE HAS AUSTRALIA BEEN HIDING TAME IMPALA?! Gosh, they are amazeballs.

21. “I’m a Ruin,” Marina and the Diamonds, FROOT. I was shocked to find how depressing some of the lyrics were on this album but that doesn’t take away anything from its greatness.

22. “Beautiful Now” (feat. Jon Bellion), Zedd, True Colors. Beautiful now and forever.

23. “Testarossa Music” (feat. Gallant), Zhu, Genesis Series. Testarossa music? Try Testa-sexy music! Amrite?

24. “High Up,” The Maneken, Soulmate Sublime. Never in a million years would I have imagined taking a liking to a Ukrainian artist’s music, but I just love The Maneken’s accent!

25. “Spark,” Until the Ribbon Breaks, A Lesson Unlearnt. Until the Ribbon Breaks kind of reminds me of Anberlin. I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got in store for future projects!

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

Fan Art Fridays: Welcome to Instagram, Adele

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Last night I got a notification on my phone saying that Adele had joined Instagram. I immediately unlocked my phone to see her first photos.

The singer’s very first Instagram pic is of her gorgeous face with the caption, “25 out November 20th”.

25 out November 20th

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The amount of excitement that ensued in my bedroom at 11PM is unspeakable. I almost woke my aunt up.

As a warm welcome to Adele for her arrival on Instagram, I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to her. I found this piece of fan art on Photobucket. It’s by artist Sarah Badr.

I can almost hear her singing to me through this artwork. Needless to say, I cannot wait until November 20th! It’s been too long since her last album, 21, so my body is most definitely ready.

View the original fan art here, and enjoy the music video for her new single “Hello”!

Fan Art Fridays: Coldplay

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I just found out yesterday that Coldplay will be releasing their new album A Head Full of Dreams by the end of 2015!

According to Contact Music, the album is going to be way less somber than Ghost StoriesThe release date still has yet to be confirmed, but we do know that the songs on the album will have a more positive, upbeat vibe.

I’m really excited to hear A Head Full of Dreams. I wasn’t too pleased with Ghost Stories, so I’m hoping that they’ve gone back to writing songs like “Viva La Vida,” and “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart.”

To celebrate the good news, I decided to showcase this drawing of the band with the word “VIVA” in the backdrop.

View the original here.