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Eric Mooney/EUPH

Eric Mooney/EUPH


“[…] The slow and calculated introduction to the new 1975 seems to all be worth it once hearing this dance-pop track.“The Sound” feels like every hipster’s 2016 party anthem and simultaneously answers a question that hadn’t yet been posed by the fans of their first album. Where do we want them to go from here? Perhaps upon the release of “Love Me,” fans didn’t know what they wanted from the black gone pink and white gone purple four-piece. It seemed that at first, music lovers were in a standstill between accepting and rejecting the band’s new direction of 80s influenced pop music […]”

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“The buoyant plucks of Hozier’s acoustic guitar and the playful gallantry that accompanies its sound has always been a strange melody to play behind such somber and seriously lyrics. Since its release in 2014, “Cherry Wine” has been a pivotal song in propelling Hozier’s music career along with others such as “From Eden” and “Take Me To Church,” all which have a deeper meaning of something critical and culturally relevant. Once the listener gets past the sweet folk melody and Hozier’s soft vocals, the true meaning of “Cherry Wine” is revealed as a song about domestic abuse in a relationship between a man in a woman, only in this relationship, the woman is the abuser. […]”

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“LA project Nvdes is breaking barriers in the indie music scene with obscure vocals and pop-synth vibes that are luring listeners into unfamiliar territory. The collective of airy male falsetto voices and low-key media presence sets Nvdes apart from the typical indie pop bands of their liking. […] While the vocals are still untraditional, “Unforgettable” and “Before the Weekend” have a more relatable sound, comparable to bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Phoenix, and even a bit of 80’s George Michael. “Fela” on the on the other hand shows Nvdes’s ability and desire to make music that is a conscious step outside of the norm. […]”



“Usually you can tell the identity of an album within the first four tracks, or at most in the first half of the album. Silversun Pickups’s album Better Nature, released on September 25, did not follow this unspoken rule and switched up the instruments, mood, and pace of each track with some standing out more than others. Better Nature, unlike previous albums, seemed to appeal to the cries of angsty youth and their coming of age in songs like “Latchkey Kids,” single “Nightlight,” and “The Wild Kind,” and “Tapedeck.”

Erin Hampton/EUPH

Erin Hampton/EUPH


“Legrand stared into the mass of people with her long hair in the face and told her fans that she didn’t have much to say, because she could just feel a strong connection between them and herself. The feeling was clearly mutual as the audience in the sold out show shouted their love for French-born Legrand and Baltimore-based guitarist Alex Scally. Between songs and even after leaving stage the audience encouraged the band to give them all that they had, and even as the band left the stage, knowingly for only a moment, the theater roared with applause anxiously awaiting an encore.”