listen: “Elevate” by St. Lucia

Even though it’s only May, there has been talk about what the song of the summer will be. Some early contenders include catchy hits by Iggy Azalea and Calvin Harris, but I would like to throw “Elevate” by the Brooklyn based St. Lucia into the ring. The band, which is lead by the perfectly-coiffed Jean-Philip Grobler, is … Continue reading

listen: “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is not your typical country singer.  You can definitely hear the country twang in her voice, but her lyrics don’t follow the typical country music blueprint. She is absolutely gorgeous, but she might be the first successful country singer to rock a nose ring. She is currently filling the void that the Dixie Chicks … Continue reading

listen: “Digital Witness” by St. Vincent

YouTube is a great source for parodies that comment on the state of the union or the affect of media through song, but it has been awhile since a song directly addresses the subject head on. Enter singer/songwriter Annie Clark aka St. Vincent. With her new single, “Digital Witness”, she talks about people use and are … Continue reading

listen: “Silhouette” by Active Child featuring Ellie Goulding

From the very first note, I was instantly taken by the song, “Silhouette” by the musician Pat Grossi who creates dreamy pop tunes reminiscent of the group, New Order, under the name Active Child. If that band name sounds familiar, it’s because one of his songs, “Hanging On” was covered by Ellie Goulding on her … Continue reading

listen: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

There are very few songs that actually make me happy. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is one of those songs that makes me…happy. After one listen, it’s hard not to want to jump up and start dancing down the sidewalk. Uplifting lyrics and a bouncy retro beat make this song instantly catchy. The song, which is … Continue reading

listen: “Underneath the Tree”

I feel like an musician has official made it once he or she releases a Christmas album. You can have 20 Grammys, but if you haven’t released a Christmas single or album, you still have work to do ( do you hear me, Kanye West?). The latest artist to release to a Christmas album is … Continue reading

listen: “Christmas Lights”

Thanksgiving has come and gone and today is the first Monday in December, which means in my eyes (and apparently my eyes only), that it’s officially the right time for Christmas to begin. For the next four weeks, “Thoughts.Suggestions.Lifestyle” will switch open the music page and suggest Christmas songs that you should listen to during … Continue reading

listen: MS MR

Songs: Bones, Hurricane, Ash Tree Lane I have been hearing about the band, MS MR, for about a year now and have only managed to actually listen to some of their songs a couple weeks ago. I’m glad that I found the time to do so because now, I’m obsessed. The duo, which consists of … Continue reading

Listen: Ellie Goulding

Songs: “Starry Eyed“, “Anything Can Happen“, and ” Hanging On” I remember the first time I heard “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. It was like nothing that I had heard on mainstream radio: a mix of electronic music with an ethereal feminine voice, I was obsessed.Then like most songs that are on the radio, it became … Continue reading

Listen: Ed Sheeran

Songs: “The A Team“, “Give Me Love“, and “Lego House” The media was up in arms this week when the Grammy nominations were announced Wednesday because popular acts like Justin Bieber and One Direction were snubbed. Let’s talk about how British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran wasn’t nominated for more Grammys, especially one for Best New Artist. … Continue reading

Listen: Citizen Cope

Songs: “Sideways“, “Let the Drummer Kick“, “Back Together” When I was in high school, my world revolved around Citizen Cope. I was obsessed with this blue eyed soul crooner. Unfortunately, some of his best work went under the radar, mainly because John Mayer had a hold on the white boy soulful pop singer/songwriter market. But … Continue reading

Listen: A Fine Frenzy

Songs: “Blow Away“,”Almost Lover” and “Now is the Start” I’ve been a fan of Alison Sudol aka Fine Frenzy for quite some time now. The first song I heard of hers was “Almost Lover”, a very haunting, emotional ballad about a love gone sour in 2006 and was immediately hooked. The group has released 3 … Continue reading

Listen: Rihanna

Songs: Diamonds, We Found Love, and What’s My Name? I’m pretty sure every since Rihanna came on the scene in 2007, she hasn’t taken a proper vacation. I feel like she has a new CD out every year, which is more than I can say for some top acts in the music business. While some … Continue reading

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