Fave Cover Friday: “Dear No One”

This week’s Fave Cover Friday is “Dear No One” by Tori Kelly. For those unfamiliar with Tori Kelly, a good description of her would be: sunshine manifested into an actual person. Tori began posting YouTube covers at the age of 14. Since then, she is now a signed artist with many original songs of her own. She is known for her outstanding range and ability to hit super high notes, example here. One of my favorite songs of hers is “Dear No One,” a rather slow, solemn song.

Originally, I actually had a different cover I wanted to share of this song, but as I was searching YouTube another artist caught my eye- a YouTuber by the name of Fatai. Her cover of “Dear No One” gave me chills. It was so different from the original and the tone in her voice was so soothing.

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Meghan Trainor Dazzles at House of Blues

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In what was a night full of exuberant dancing and exciting sing-a-longs, Meghan Trainor did nonetheless than put on a sparkling performance at her sold out show in Houston’s House of Blues. Promoting glittering self confidence to her fans, harmonizing as well as any R&B singer, and of course flaunting her amazing dance moves in her glitter and sequin coated outfits, Trainor captivated the venue with her sass and talent in perhaps the most crowded concert I have ever seen at the House of Blues.

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She started off the show with some slow, heartfelt jams like “3AM” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” and ended it with a mass dance party with crowd favorites like “Lips Are Movin'” and “Bang Dem Sticks.” She also delivered a wonderful dance along to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk.” Her audience, which ranged from ten-year-old girls to married couples, was very diverse and very united in their fandom for Meghan who makes her appreciation to her fans very clear. Apart from constantly reminding everyone of their inner and outer beauty, at one point in the night she brought up a star struck fan up on stage to dance with her.

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In all, the show was everything I expected and even a little more. Although everyone was standing shoulder to shoulder, the energy was incredible and Meghan Trainor was an excellent performer with a powerful voice and a charming stage presence, which consisted of a lot of her personal dating anecdotes, told in her cool East Coast accent and of course her music, which was very soulful, energetic and catchy. Most definitely one of the best performances I have seen yet with one of the most gorgeous and empowering performers out there.

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Kanye West Hypes Up ANOTHER New Song at the BRIT Awards Show

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Oh yes… Yeezy won’t stop, can’t ever stop! Kanye sets the fire ablaze, figuratively and literally, once he performs his new song “All Day” at the BRIT Awards and you better believe it had everyone in the audience screaming from Taylor Swift to his own wife Kim Kardashian West who introduced helped Kanye to the stage. I mean, even Taylor started to do her weird dancey-pose thing while next to Kim, both of them obviously feeling Kanye’s new music.

Bonus: Lionel Richie in awe as well.

Want to watch Kanye’s performance of “All Day?” Watch the video down below!

What do you think of Yeezy’s new song? Whether you love it or hate it, comment and let us know!

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Support Your Local Music Scene: Dear You

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The Texas music scene is an interesting market. Over the years, band after band has struggled to attract a hefty local fan base before branching out, and even well established artists struggle to sell concert tickets in the fourth largest city in America.

Hailing from Beaumont, Dear You is one of our own and they are certainly one of the more promising Texas acts of the last few years. In their five short years as a band, vocalist and guitarist Chris Roach, guitarist Thomas Marsella, and drummer Louis Moore have taken over the local music scene with their gritty pop-punk sound, and left their impact in the social media world with their fan-inclusive music video, “If Worried Were Weights,” as well as their ever-growing Twitter following. Their most recent EP I Can Only Blame Myself is an anthem record made up of those heartfelt lyrics that are guaranteed to make you want to sing along at the top of your lungs. The band is currently working on new music that they described as an interesting mix between “Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave, and Taylor Swift’s 1989.”

However, after being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a blown transmission in their van, the band had to cancel the remaining dates of their recent tour. This is a huge blow to a band well on their way to breaking into the national music scene, so Dear You has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to purchase a new van. If you would like to contribute, donate here.

Follow Dear You on social media, support their cause, and most importantly: support your local music scene!

Give them a listen:

Where will they be next? South By So What in Grand Prairie on March 20th

Get social: Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Spotify | Youtube iTunes | Bandcamp

You like? You’ll like: The Dangerous Summer, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard.

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Free Press Summer Festival Announces Lineup

The lineup for Houston’s very own music festival, Free Press Summer Fest, was finally announced earlier yesterday morning. Some of the headliners include, Skrillex, Weezer (!!!), R. Kelly, St. Vincent, Tears for Fears, Welcome to Houston (including Bun B!) and possible Frontier Fiesta performer, Chance the Rapper. The festival will take place at Eleanor Tinsley Park on June 6 and 7! If you’ve never been to a music festival, this is a great starter! It’s not as big as ACL or Bonnaroo, but you’ll still get a really great music festival experience.

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You can get your tickets here! General admission is currently going for 158.50 (plus tax) so get them ASAP! If you want to have a really ballin’ experience, you can purchase the Silk Pajamas package, which includes two passes for stage side viewing, complimentary water and beer at a few stages, and exclusive merchandise, at a startling price of $999!

Are you happy about the lineup? Who are you most excited to see? Leave a comment below!

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The Undisputed Queen of Japan, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Drops Short Version Music Video for “Mondai Girl”

She has been called “The Lady Gaga of Japan,” she has been name-dropped by and hung out with Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, and Linkin Park, and set the internet A BLAZE with her innovative and eye-popping music video imagery. Yet, there is something that sets her apart from the stereotype of typical “kawaii” and “J-Pop” normaties that plague the reputation of the market she’s associated with. Now, most of the videos coming from the continent of Asia tend to boggle/fascinate our American perceptions (for example last year’s “Chick Chick” video from China that has over 14 million views on Youtube, yo…) but Kyary actually has the songwriting and performance chops that set her apart from her contemporaries. This might be why she is the reigning Pop starlet of Japan and constantly releases iconic music videos. This is definitely one of my favorites singles she’s released from her 2014 LP “Pika Pika Fantajin” and this short version video for the single “Mondai Girl” (0r “Problem Girl”) will definitely hold you over till the full version comes out. To say I’m a fan of “J-Pop” by any means would be false, but, if YOU are or have always thought about getting into it, give Kyary a listen and watch this video and you will see the genre at it’s best.

Do you like J-Pop? Do you like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? Do you like long walks on the beach? Let me know in the comments below AND share this on social media and maybe this video can become the next “Chick Chick”

Probably not, that video was on another level…

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