Island Apollo Interview: Band Holds It Down With Latest Single

Good Morning Music Lovers! Would you like some great new music to fill your ears with? Of course you do, why else would you be here?!  Today I would like to introduce you to an up-and-coming Orange County band, Island Apollo. The band is made up of five members: Ryan Kilpatrick (Vocals & Guitar), Matty champagne (Drums),  Addam Farmer (Bassist), Heath Farmer (Guitarist), and Austin Farmer (keyboardist).  The band has released a new song, a follow-up to their 2015 self titled “Island Apollo” EP. At first listen, I absolutely loved “Hold It Down” and it just kept getting better with time. The mixture of the southern grunge guitar sound and crisp clear vocals gives them a sound all their own, can you dig it?!

I was lucky enough to interview the band and ask a handful of questions so we could get to know them a little better. Their answers even helped me digest their music a little differently knowing their background and musical influences. Check out the interview and their latest song “Hold It Down” below…

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Sigrid Debuts With ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ EP Out Today!

Happy Friday Everyone! How about some fresh new music to start off your weekend?! From the first few seconds of 20 year old Norwegian singer Sigrid’s breakout single “Don’t Kill My Vibe” I was immediately on board for whatever she would put out next, no questions asked. Today Sigrid dropped her first EP “Don’t Kill My Vibe” and I have yet to be disappointed. The EP is four tracks long and each one is SO GOOD. The slight raspiness of her voice mixed in with the crystal clear pop(py) beats is exactly what you’ve been looking for.  I mean it, turn on ‘Plot Twist’ and try not to dance, I dare you!

Anywho, give her a listen and have a great weekend everyone!

Artist Spotlight: Halfnoise

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Allow me to introduce you lovely fellow music lovers to Halfnoise aka Zac Farro, former drummer of the band Paramore. Halfnoise is Farro’s solo project. Now, Halfnoise was started in 2010 so I am a bit late to the game. I’m very happy to have stumbled across his music today. I would describe his sound as indie mixed with dream-pop. Halfnoise’ latest album “Sudden Feeling” is what I really want to share with you. I am not one to put on an album and like every single track from start to finish but with this one, it was a very easy listen and put me in such a great mood. I highly recommend you check it out but for now I will share with you my favorite track from the album, and if you like what you hear check out his website for tour dates and more music. Happy listening!

Phantogram and Big Boi Join Forces to Create New Group Big Grams

Big-Boi-Phantogram-Big-GramsIt feels like it’s been AGES since‎ Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter (aka Phantogram) started teasing that they were working on something with Outkast rapper Big Boi on Instagram in the way of very promising photos with not much to the captions other than “in the works” and “coming soon” (not soon enough Sarah and Josh, not soon enough). Pure torture is what those pictures were. Not only do I love every piece of music Phantogram has delivered to my eardrums, but then there’s Outkast. Oh Outkast, a very important piece of the puzzle that is the soundtrack to my youth..you feel me? (Of course you do).

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Pacific Air is Taking a Break…Enter: Mating Ritual

Yep, that’s right. The band Pacific Air called it quits (for now). Member Ryan Marshall Lawhon has a solo project in the works called Mating Rituals. Here is what he said about the new project:

Mating Ritual is alive and here to stay, independent and eager to mark out it’s own corner in the seemingly endless ocean that is the modern music community.

Mating Ritual is my first completely solo project, and I’ve spent the better part of a year working (mostly) by myself in a dark cave in the Valley to craft these tunes. With previous musical projects, I have always put rules on my songwriting to preserve some (possibly false) sense of continuity with myself. For Mating Ritual I let these hesitations dissolve and allowed the songs to go where they needed to, resulting in the most explosive, beautiful, textural and honest songs that I have been a part of, baby.

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I can dig it…can you? Like Mating Ritual on Facebook to stay up to date on new releases and check out two of his songs below and tell me what you think!

Phantogram – Phantogram

I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED!!

MAN! It’s been a great couple of weeks for music! Today Phantogram released a 4 track, self-titled EP to hold us over until their next album “Voices” comes out later this year. I’ve already made it know how ridiculously in love with the track “Blackout Days” and the others don’t fail to deliver that Phantogramieness that we all know and love. Check them out below….

Put This On Your Radar…You’re Welcome ♫

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Hey guys! I wanted to tell you about a band I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They’re called Pacific Air. I am pretty sure I came across their song “float” in one of my many favorite mixes on 8tracks.com and loved the song so much I decided to check out their other songs. This also happened to be a month before Lollapalooza where the band would be playing! Pacific Air is made up of two brothers from California Ryan and Taylor Lawhon. The crazy thing is these guys are AMAZING and they’ve only been an active band less than a year! What’s really impressive is in that almost year they’ve already opened for Passion Pit, Walk the Moon, Two Door Cinema Club, Atlas Genius, Youngblood Hawke, and Ra Ra Riot AND been invited to Lollapalooza, The Governors Ball Music Festival, and SXSW!

I was lucky enough to see Pacific Air last month at Lollapalooza. I decided I wanted to see them just based off of the one song of theirs I had heard and I was completely blown away by how great of a show they put on! (pictures below)

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Unfortunately They only have two more shows this year on the books and neither one of them is anywhere near FL *tear*. I am hoping that they will schedule some last minute shows later on in the year *fingers crossed*. Seriously though people, check out this band, I promise it’ll be worth your while. Listen to their album “Stop Talking” below. My favorite tracks (in case you wanted to know) are “Float” “Move” and “Duet in B Minor”.