Life isn’t always the easiest thing to figure out, including who we turn out to be and when we grow up. For the lucky few, there’s an innate security in knowing what works, what’s possible, and what’s within reach. It could be picking the best college to go to, the right company to work for, and for those like artist, actor, and entertainer Jorge Blanco, it could be just waking up and going to that particular audition.
Truth be told, this is something most wouldn’t feel amped to write about. Or maybe just not today. The music world once again grew heavy with the unfortunate loss of another talented artist, living now in our memories. On July 20, 2017, singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was found dead in his home, due to suicide. For long-time fans, and maybe the angst-ridden casual listeners, Bennington was the voice we found comfort in.
In the music scene, holding a benefit concert to raise proceeds for a particular organization for charity, especially out of a large scale catastrophe, is not uncommon. On May 22, 2017, at the Manchester Arena, twenty-two people were killed, and over one hundred injured during a planned bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. Grande and more than a dozen artists participated with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council to hold One Love Manchester.
Upon the release of her album, Honeymoon, for some (can you believe it?), it didn’t pack that punch they felt when they first landed up on tracks like “Video Games” or “This is What Makes Us Girls” in Born to Die. With Lust for Life, the entire album is one big road trip, exploring various facets of who Lana Del Rey is or may be. Lana Del Rey smiles outside of the Born to Die car, no longer looking dead inside, but primed and prepped for something. It appears she’s grown into what suits her. Released on July 21, 2017, Lana’s fifth album is a mixture of old, new, and upcoming. Here are some standout tracks on this 16-track album.
Making a decision sometimes is like trying to parallel park outside of a packed event. You know it has to be done, and it can be done, but the journey involves changing directions and focus, just for a few minutes. When there’s a large lineup of artists at one huge four-day long festival and your budget is questionable, you need a guide or a map of who and what to go to in order to make the most of it. Delaware is a budding state, and for some, it’s forgotten, unless passing through for some sales-tax free shopping or Firefly 2017. This year, the home-grown festival continues to boast big names, so here are 5 artists you must check out at Firefly, before hitting road back home.
Here at Cliché, we love to highlight new musicians that provide enjoyable content on the most accessible platforms. I owe many of my nights scouring for more material to add to my current music library to platforms like Bandcamp or even Pandora in its early days, recommending new artists and new sounds to my ears. Think of this as an ongoing mixtape series, from a person who wants the absolute best for you: good music and a great, growing collection. Read on for some indie artists you should know about.
Linkin Park released their seventh album, One More Light, on May 19, 2017 after a few months of behind-the-scenes footage on their YouTube channel, along with a few standard lyric videos promoting its various tracks. For fans since their iconic debut, there were a few bumps along the way due to a shift in the band’s sound and members taking time to explore their new musical interests. After Minutes to Midnight and A Thousand Suns, the band has continued into a space where they don’t try to do one or the other, but continue to blend, blend, blend, creating familiar yet new sounds group-wise, for the indecisive, open-minded listener. Does the new album stand up among Linkin Park’s rest?
From a local bluegrass band to Dollywood and the Grand Ole Opry, Carly Pearce can truly say she’s had a steady rise to the new light on her now. After being featured on Josh Abbott Band’s single “Wasn’t That Drunk” in early 2016, Pearce was already in a reset; a new publishing deal, new label, new writing partners, and new experiences. She was ready to make an official debut in the country music scene.
Sometimes when everything seems too overwhelming or confusing, there is a side of us with faith, telling ourselves everything is going to be alright in the end. In 2017, Benjamin Dunn of The Wild Wild continues forming this belief with the single “Alright,” a synthpop sound for enjoyment and nostalgia. With a new partnership with Descendant Records, The Wild Wild emerged a few years ago, a different sound from Dunn’s other project, Animal Orchestra. Dunn hopes The Wild Wild becomes a signal for listeners to enjoy themselves.
When it comes to music, artists are always looking for the song giving listeners a taste of their album sound. This process isn’t perfect, as some artists may release four or five singles if public response isn’t as expected or instilling thoughts of “This is gonna be a good one!” But, we’re talking about Lorde & Lana Del Rey, so no doubt they are releasing singles that give us a taste of the albums to come.
It takes a person with an ear and a will, showcasing their love for an original song, and putting their spin on it for individuality and sharing. Since the dawn of YouTube, plenty of artists and musicians have gained a new audience; music crawlers. A personal reference for someone who searches the internet for a new spin on their favorite track, be it drums, piano or guitar…or pretty much anything you can think of! In the beginning of 2017, there were appreciations of old and new favorites, and a chance highlighting versions that improved or cleverly reworked the original. Here are a list of YouTube Covers we are loving.
Despite album push-backs (including this mixtape), Charli XCX gifted fans with more of her alternative pop, in Vroom Vroom’s extension. Number 1 Angel is Charli XCX Continued, became available on all streaming platforms, including Charli’s official YouTube page, for free on March 10th with Asylum Records. Originally a project with producer A.G. Cook, founder of PC Music (known for distorting pop music and imagery), became a full-length mixtape, with ten songs and features. The project returns producer Sophie, other PC artists, and introduces budding names in the alt-music scene.