Music has always been a big part of my life. Growing up, I’ve swiped my sister’s or my dad’s CDs. From Avril Lavigne’s Let Go to the Reality Bites soundtrack, the groove of each beat lingers on my ear drums.
Before I delve into my top picks of the month, I used to work as a radio host at Loyola Marymount University’s online radio station and Blasts That Last, a local online radio station. Picking out songs seems like a chore, but what makes it fun is discovering what you’ve never heard before.
Grab a pen, a piece of paper (or iPhone if you’re more modern) and go!
- The Pink Slips
Dude, I don’t even know how to describe The Pink Slips. Fronted by Grace McKagan (a.k.a. Grave), her sound is basically punk with a little bit of synth. But, what I like about it is that you can really hear the drums, guitar and bass on the first listen compared to most L.A.-based bands. If you have yet to hear of their music, check out “Gimme” – it’s my personal favorite as it’s catchy, memorable and easy to sing to when you’re in an Uber. Although I have yet to see them live (it sucks for me as A) I live in Singapore and B) I REALLY want to so badly!), they’ve sold out a gig at The Troubadour, which is one of my favorite venues to catch up-and-coming acts. So, stay tuned for their EP because I’M GOING TO DOWNLOAD IT ON MY SPOTIFY THE MOMENT IT IS OUT!! (I’m ready to yell “Okurrr!” like Cardi B – OK!)
So, if you have any plans to travel this summer, they’re gonna be at Download, which hosts iconic acts like Guns ‘n Roses and Marilyn Manson. Thankfully, there’s also L7, an all-female fronted grunge band, so that makes it a nice balance to even out the heavy testosterone in festivals.
2. The Heirs
Moo-lah-lah!!! Where can I actually start?! I mean, if you’ve got a band with four good looking dudes and one incredibly hot chick, where are ALL of our eyes gonna be at? Fronted by two siblings, Brandon and Savannah Hudson, The Heirs is one of the very few bands you’ll hear of that has two vocalists. In fact, it creates a nice harmony too all of the synth-heavy inspired pop-backed beats. If you like Duran Duran and Fleetwood Mac, then you’ll like this band as their neo-retro look and sound are freshly contemporary.
Also, their music videos feel so cinematic. Seriously, YOU will be addicted! As for their songs, check out “Suburban Wonderland” – the track is dreamy, airy and something to dance to when you’re alone in your room.
(P.S. I’ve interviewed them before for Galore and they’re exactly as you see them: charismatic, fun and ready to blow you away!)
Watch out for this siren: Tanerélle‘s infectiously seductive hooks and alternative R&B sound will get you to listen to her music for HOURS. Based in Los Angeles, the Atlanta native’s main strength is a soulful, yet smooth velvety voice that is distinctly unique. It’s rich, but raw.
While a handful of artists use Instagram to promote their music, I feel that many are lacking in the engagement department as interacting with the fans can get them to feel his/her personality. This is why I adore Tanerélle: she’s upfront, unfiltered and hilarious. Trust me, you NEED to give her a follow!
As music is leaning into a politically-driven spectrum, one of the best songs to emerge is “In Women We Trust“, which calls for girl power in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp. Also, if you and your friends rant about bad dates with fuccbois, this is the song to raise all of your glasses to!
Fun fact: she DM’d me on Instagram to see if she can be featured on Galore and from there, I interviewed her! Although I did it last year, it’s one of my top faves.
4. Liz Y2K
She may sound familiar, but get ready to know her name: she is Liz Y2K. Backed by bouncing electronic beats, her Gwen Stefani meets Britney Spears voice and J.Lo swagger feels extremely reminiscent of your favorite pop CDs from the 2000s. Thanks to its extremely party-ready tunes, you can absolutely pop it in during a workout!
One of my go-to tunes is “Queen of Me” as it truly uplifts you into another world. If you can listen to it again on repeat, this is the one to jam to.
(In case you missed it, go catch my interview with her on The 405! Trust me, she’s like a human version of a trivia game.)
K-pop and rap may not belong in one sentence, but no one does it better than CL. If any of you live stateside or somewhere outside of Asia and never listened to K-pop, you need to add this chick’s name to your Spotify station.
When I first heard her music, I was blown away by the audacity of “Hello Bitches” as it’s saucy, packed with a tinge of swag and a whole lotta savagery. I mean, CL DOES NOT PLAY! As the former lead vocalist of 2NE1, she is able to trap you into her verses, choruses and energetic backdrop. Despite being known for her spitfire raps, CL has a sweet, tender vibe when she sings “No Better Feelin’” from My Little Pony’s soundtrack.
Although I’m having a bad case of itchy feet, her debut album will be worth the wait.