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New Year’s Music Resolutions To Make

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With a new year soon underway, now is the best time to make a fresh start in all aspects of your life. With all the cliché resolutions that pop up every year for most people, such as losing weight or taking up a hobby, making a different promise to yourself could prove to be worthwhile. So this year, choose instead to make some musical resolutions.

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1) Listen to a different genre

Maybe you’re a hardcore metal head or bubblegum pop devotee. Try mixing things up this year by listening to a genre you swore off or haven’t even tried. Check out some country-pop crossovers such as Carrie Underwood or Lady Antebellum to ease the transition to country music, or put on some Broadway show tunes.

2) Learn to play an instrument

Being an audiophile is one thing, but learning to play a musical instrument adds a whole new level to music devotion. Piano and guitar are popular and fairly easy to pick up (for those of you who can’t sing)—plus, learning an instrument can help improve memory and hand-eye coordination.
3) Discover new groups/musicians
One of the great things about music is that new artists are being discovered every day. Ask friends for music recommendations, go to concerts or events in your city, or simply browse through a record store or online and pick a random band to listen to. Music is all about finding and trying new things; so don’t be afraid to try something different.

A Different Tune to Dance To

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In need of a change of pace? Want something that will shake things up? As is the case in most situations, music can be the answer. Here are some artists, both brand new and who have been around the block before, whose new albums will be just the thing you’re looking for.

Lorde – The Love Club (2013)

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Born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, the 16-year old New Zealander’s track “Royals” has snuck up onto the pop charts. The undeniably catchy tune combines solid bass and infectious, almost haunting vocals. Reminiscent of Florence + the Machine and Lana del Rey, Lorde’s first single off her album The Love Club takes a jab at mainstream songs today, critiquing fascination with opulence and extravagant displays of wealth. The lyrics, in particular the chorus, read through a list of things that separate Lorde from the lifestyle portrayed by so many musicians, including ‘gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom/bloodstains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room.’

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013)

The Scottish indie-rock band has returned from a four-year hiatus to release their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The new album manages to produce the same sound as the band’s hit “Take Me Out” while offering something intriguing to be discovered for new and old listeners alike. Recently released and just in time to add to your playlist, the single “Right Action” is an upbeat rock tune that perfectly captures the spirit of modern punk revival and indie rock, making it seem as though they picked up right where they left off.

Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest (2013)

Sara Bareilles 'The Blessed Unrest' album. Photo credit: billboard.comPhoto credit: www.billboard.com

A name not unfamiliar to many, Bareilles shows her usual musical style on her latest album The Blessed Unrest. Bareilles offers plenty of soul, heartache, and lessons of love on tracks such as “Manhattan” yet also inspires in her chart-topping single “Brave.” These songs are just some proof that Bareilles can stay true to her upbeat pop and soulful style, and also manage to keep her listeners captivated.