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St. Lucia Brings Back the 80's at Levels

Whoever said 80’s synthpop was dead?

The spirit of the 80’s was very much alive at Levels this Thursday night as New York indie pop outfit St. Lucia took the stage. Dressed in tacky button downs and slacks Jean-Philip Grobler and his team slammed out jam after jam of synthy goodness.

Bright choruses echoed as St. Lucia played their hits, ranging from older favorites like “Before the Dive” and “All Eyes on You” to their new dance anthem, “Elevate.” One particular song, “We Got it Wrong,” had Grobler leading the audience in a repeating chorus lasting nearly the entire song. It felt like a house party from a John Hughes film. Right down to the haircuts. How could you not love these guys?

If you missed St. Lucia this time around, you can catch them on tour with Two Door Cinema Club this fall in a city near you. You can also download their new EP featuring “Elevate” and exclusive remixes from Passion Pit and more on St. Lucia’s Facebook page for a limited time.

Keep jamming friends, and keep it real.

Port Vue Releases Teaser Snippet

Port Vue performing at Songwriters Club's Thon Benefit Concert

Penn State band Port Vue brings us a snippet from their first upcoming studio EP! The Pittsburgh rock group spent a large chunk of their summer recording with their label and fans like me have been waiting for some new music since this tweet back in July. The song “What You Wish For” is a fun jam perfect for the winding down summer season. This teaser is sure to get fans excited for the new album set for release in the fall.

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7 Remixes That Are Better Than the Original

Let’s face it: most remixes are shit. Adding a generic club beat or a 30 second 2 Chainz verse to a song does not make it any better and more often than not, it seems like a remix is simply a gimmick to milk a good song for all it’s worth.

But once in a while, when you sift through all of the crap, you find a real gem that is worthy of being called a remix. A true remix mutates the archetype into something far more superior and is so good, you might find yourself listening to it more than the original song.

Here, friends, are some shining examples:

1) The Virgins – “Rich Girls (The Twelves Remix)”

You may have heard this song in the White House | Black Market commercial a few months back. If you can’t dance to this, you have no soul.


2) Lana Del Rey – “Blue Jeans (Smims & Belle Remix) [Feat. Azealia Banks]”

“Blue Jeans” is arguably one of Lana’s best, but this remix is all Azealia and that’s perfectly okay with us.


3) Wolfmother – “Woman (MSTRKRFT Remix)”

MSTRKRFT gives this Wolfmother track a heaping dose of funk and attitude that makes “Woman” that much more badass.


4) Jessie Ware – “Running (Disclosure Remix)”

As of late, it seems as if Disclosure can do no wrong and this remix of a somewhat dull Jessie Ware song is every bit as good as their debut album.


5) Beck – “GhettoChip Malfunction (Hell Yes) [8Bit Remix]”

It’s hard not to like a song that sounds like Super Mario on acid.


6) Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool (A-Trak Remix)”

Precisely half of this Phoenix remix is cool enough for a day at the beach, while the other half is hot enough for the dance floor. Win-win.


7) Rebecca Ferguson – “Glitter & Gold (Cahill Club Mix)”

Yes, this can be classified as a generic club beat. But it’s so damn good, who cares?

Karmin releases new "Acapella" song

It seems like acapella groups are gaining popularity as fast as vampires and werewolves did after Twilight. Karmin’s taken a page from Pitch Perfect and  hopped on the “sans-instruments”- band wagon. Like literally ANYTHING else Karmin does… I love it. Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan bring the Karmin-sound were used to, but this time there is minimal use of instruments. The sounds in this track are mostly all human made… from their mouths. Which is impressive in itself, and totally compliments Amy’s usual rap/singing style featured in the song. The only thing I dislike about this new release is that Amy is blonde. It’s a little aca-awkward. But as per usual I’m obsessed and this track only makes me more excited for their new album to drop this summer. Take a listen this metaphor-packed jam… it won’t be a hard pass.

Also I don’t apologize for all the Pitch Perfect references 🙂