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INTERVIEW WITH CANADIAN POP-ROCK SINGER JOCELYN ALICE

Meet Canada’s Jocelyn Alice a Pop leaning Singer-Songwriter whose 2015 breakout summer song “Jackpot” put her name on the musical map. Now with her current single out “The Dark”, a track about strength and healing. I interviewed the singer about it, her creative and writing process, and why she feels social media is not integral…

INTERVIEW WITH BROOKLYN INDIE ROCK DUO THE BERGAMOT

Riding the wave of newly garnered successes and fans from their latest projects, The Bergamot are happy just seeing where it takes them.

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POP DUO MAGDALENA BAY LEARN “HOW TO GET PHYSICAL” IN THEIR NEW DANCE POP TRACK

Electro-pop duo Magdalena Bay is back with a fun and fresh new single “How To Get Physical.” An infectious pop bop that highlights the duo's penchant for nostalgic and glossy dance beats. The groovy bassline is set right in the pocket amongst twinkling synths. Ironically, the band says the track is an anthem for the…

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S’ TEN BEST ALBUMS OF 2019

Well, readers, it’s that time of the year again, the list of my favorite albums (and EPs) that left the biggest impression on me from 2019. My list usual boils down to what struck my ears the most and what got multiple listens so that may not be what other fellow journalists and publications pick.…

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER'S TOP FORTY BEST SONGS OF 2019

Hi, friends, it is that time of the year again, the year-end music roundup where I recap all of my favorites from 2019. It has been a mega year for tuneage, and like always, my list usually boils down to what struck and got stuck in my ears the most. The listicles here tend to…

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ELECTRO-POP DUO MAGDALENA BAY RELEASE GLOSSY POP JAM "OH HELL"

Magdalena Bay is a rising Electro-pop duo signed to Luminelle Recordings, comprised of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin. The singer-songwriter and producer duo have written music together since high school. The band derives inspiration from such artists as Charli XCX and Carly Rae Jepsen just released a brand-new single called "Oh Hell". The track's subject…

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INTERVIEW WITH ENGLISH SINGER AND SONGWRITER KARIMA FRANCIS

Critically acclaimed English Singer-Songwriter Karima Francis having made a name for herself with her blend of captivating and honest lyrics intertwined through haunting melodies rooted in folk-rock. The singer who first started in the music industry at age thirteen, teaching herself, drums, guitar, and finally songwriting all by eighteen. Seeking new inspiration from her London…

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CELEBRATION OF BLACK CINEMA PRESENTED BY CRITICS CHOICE ASSOCIATION

Monday night at The Landmark Annex for the first year ever was the Celebration of Black Cinema presented by the Critics Choice Association. The first years' honorees were not only celebrating Black film making and the first black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. They celebrated Eddie Murphy with a career achievement award, Nia Long, Kasi Lemmons, and…

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S FAVORITE MUSIC ROUNDUP VOLUME 5

Howdy! It's volume 5 of my music roundup! As per usual this post will highlight my favorite songs that I've been listening to. It's a short one but let's get into it! 1. THE JAPANESE HOUSE // "CHEWING COTTON WOOD" English artist Amber Bain aka The Japanese House has dropped a stunning new track. The song "Chewing Cotton Wood" is a…

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INTERVIEW WITH SWEDISH POP SINGER-SONGWRITER VIOLET DAYS

Violet Days is artistic moniker of Swedish Pop Singer-Songwriter Lina Hansson. Her latest EP "Lovers and Losers" is out now on Virgin EMI and we chatted about the creative and recording process behind it and music in general. You can check it all out below then stream the EP afterward. THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: So are…

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INSIDE THE CAPITOL ROYALE WEEKEND KICKOFF PARTY…

Capitol Records held it's second annual Capitol Royale, a music and tech festival geared to bring together the music industry, creatives, and the tech field. This year's theme is "Music on the Move" and on Friday night the kickoff party for this year's event was held at Avalon Hollywood. It featured some of music's fiercest…

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S FAVORITE MUSIC ROUNDUP VOLUME 4

Hey, guys! It's volume 4 of my weekly roundup! As per usual this post will highlight my favorite songs I've been listening to. Let's get right into it! 1. BEA MILLER // "THAT BITCH" Bea Miller snapped on this one! The Pop Singer-songwriter went there and gave us a full feminist bop for the ages.…

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INTERVIEW WITH DEATHBYROMY… MUSIC’S’ NEW GOTH POP PRINCESS

INTRODUCING DEATHBYROMY… MUSIC'S' NEW GOTH POP PRINCESS AND CAPITOL RECORDS NEWEST SIGNING THAT'S READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD... On the eve of her album release show at Bardot Hollywood, I sat down with the artist known as DeathbyRomy at Capitol Records. The hallowed ground and sacred halls seemed to carry even more weight so late at night. Upon…

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S FAVORITE MUSIC ROUNDUP VOL. 3

Hey guys! We're back with volume 3 of my favorite songs of the week and beyond. This post will feature a bunch of songs I've been hitting the play button on more than once. Let's get straight into it! 1. SAM SMITH // "I FEEL LOVE (DONNA SUMMER COVER)" This gorgeous modern reinterpretation of the…

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RISING POP ARTIST ALEXANDER 23 EXPLORES HIS MANY SIDES ON DEBUT EP “I’M SORRY I LOVE YOU”

Chicago native and Indie Pop Newcomer Alexander 23 has released his debut EP "I'm Sorry I Love You" on Interscope Records. The singer-songwriter who self-produced the EP fuses his own unique style amongst the many genres featured on this fun and introspective collection. The first track "Dirty AF1s" is what first put him on the…

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SINGER AND PRODUCER DWY WAXES NOSTALGIA ON NEW SINGLE “BMX”

South London singer and producer DWY (pronounced 'dee-wee') has released a new experimental track called "BMX" that's a must-listen. The artist is signed to Loud Robot, the subsidiary record label of J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Productions. DWY is set to release his debut mixtape "8-Bit Memories" along with a coordinating short film about various forms…

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THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S FAVORITE MUSIC ROUNDUP VOL. 2

We are back with volume two this post will feature more songs I love and a brief reason why I love them! So let's get into it! 1. FRANK OCEAN // "DHL" One of my favorite artists is back! Yes, Frank Ocean randomly dropped a single "DHL" a collab with EDM producer Boys Noize. It's…

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BRITISH ROCK BAND BASTILLE TURN UP THE VOLUME AT THE GREEK THEATRE

South London band Bastille returned to Los Angeles Saturday, October 12th with their Doom Days Tour Part 1 with opener Joywave. The "Happier" and "Quarter Past Midnight" musicians played a twenty song set to an amphitheater packed with fans thrilled to see their favorite band play under the beautiful nighttime sky. Indie Rock band Joywave…

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POP SINGER MARINA LIGHTS UP THE GREEK THEATRE WITH OPENER ALLIE X

Songwriter and Pop singer Marina (formerly Marina and The Diamonds) brought her Love + Fear tour to The Greek Theatre this past Friday, October 4th. The artist known for her songs like "Primadonna" and "Orange Trees" brought her A-game with strong and gorgeous vocals. Marina's performance also included choreographed interpretive dance routines from her and…

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BARNS COURTNEY + THE HUNNA AT THE FONDA THEATRE // CONCERT REVIEW + GALLERY

Last Thursday (September 26th) Alternative Rock Singer-songwriter Barns Courtney brought The 404 Tour to Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre. The artist released his second studio album 404 and is touring in support of that release with the English band The Hunna. Both hit the stage performing favorite tracks like "Hollow", "You and I", and,…

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VIOLET DAYS // “INK” – SINGLE REVIEW

Violet Days is the artistic moniker of Swedish singer Lina Hansson she has just released her latest single Ink out on Virgin EMI. The song was co-produced with long-time collaborator Kris Eriksson. The song speaks on the ravages of a toxic relationship and breaking free from its damaging restraints. Violet Days uses strong heartbreakingly beautiful…

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RATIONALE (FEATURING AYELLE) // “HURTS THE MOST” – SINGLE REVIEW

From the opening notes of the new track by singer and producer Rationale, I knew I was in for a ride emotionally. The artist born Tinashé Fazakerley in Zimbabwe presently residing in South London is back with another fire song. This time it's a beautiful duet with rising star Swedish-Iranian singer Ayelle. The song called…

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INTERVIEW WITH DREAMY SYNTH-POP DUO (AND REAL LIFE COUPLE) MOONRAY

Moonray is a synth-pop duo and real life couple from Austin, Texas who free-spirited music that is inspired by glittery 80s electro-pop and icons of bygone eras such as Jimi Hendrix and Prince hopes to imbibe lots of happy vibes into the world. Meet Jonray and Barbara of Moonray in my interview below where the…

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INTERVIEW WITH DOG DRIVE MANTIS A BAND FUSING GENRES AND SOUNDSCAPES TO CREATE THEIR ECLECTIC SOUND

Dog Drive Mantis is the eclectic Toronto based band comprised of Derek Serbin, Mike Papaloni, Carmen Haines, and Neilroy Miranda. Their use of multiple genres, diverse soundscapes and textures, and being unafraid to bend the rules when it comes to music and sound, have made them an exciting new band. You can learn more about…

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YSSY // “AT LEAST WE KNOW” – SINGLE REVIEW

Toronto Synth-Pop duo YSSY is back with another glittering single. At Least We Know is an infectious pop anthem written, produced, and released on the bands’ Spruce Sound Label imprint. YSSY fills this modern pop disco track with lush rhythms, cool melodies, glitchy synths, and bouncy drums. They assuredly make a sublime late Summer anthem.…

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BARNS COURTNEY // “404” – ALBUM REVIEW

The English Rock Singer-Songwriter known for his Punk-Rock swagger Barns Courtney has released his subsequent studio album titled 404. Anyone familiar with the internet will instantly recognize the album title, as 404 is what you get when you encounter nothing online. On this record, he implements the term (AKA error pages) to explore feelings of…

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WHAT IS THE CARPOOL KARAOKE MIC AND HOW DOES IT WORK? FIND OUT BELOW!

“This is a sponsored post and giveaway by The Singing Machine and Carpool Karaoke Mic. We also received samples from them as well. The post also contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything through one of those links we'll get a small commission which helps to keep us going at The Reclusive Blogger. Any and…

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INTERVIEW WITH … BRITISH POP-R&B SONGSTRESS NIKITA BASSI

Nikita Bassi is a British Pop-R&B Singer whose latest single "Rescue" from her upcoming SATIN EP is drawing critical acclaim. The song features lots of bright world percussion inspired by her Punjabi-Indian roots intertwined haunting cathedral organ as it talks about a toxic relationship. Nikita Bassi's SATIN EP is due out on September 19th and…

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ALICE LIMOGES // “YELLOWSTONE” – SINGLE REVIEW

Multi-instrumentalist and Singer-songwriter Alice Limoges is examining new musical territory on her new single Yellowstone. Thereon, she beckons to the attentive listener that there is a delightful world beyond the computer screen that we should all go out and genuinely enjoy. The Maine native has carved out a name for herself in the underground and…

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NATALIE SHAY // “PEOPLE LIKE ME” – SINGLE REVIEW

On the heels of success with her 2019 single, The Feeling (which reached number 4 on iTunes) and 2019's Yesterday, the Twenty-year-old Indie-pop singer Natalie Shay is continuing to make waves with People Like Me. The classically trained guitarist from North London finds a pleasing middle ground between Indie rock and 80s esque electro-pop. The…

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OCNS // “HAUTE COUTURE” – SINGLE REVIEW

We last heard from the Raleigh, NC alternative-pop band OCNS on 2018's You, and now the band who I have formerly covered is back with not only a brand-new single but a fresh sound as well. On the shimmering new single "HAUTE COUTURE", the band not only elevate but experiment with their sound making it…

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BAD // “SWEAT” – SINGLE REVIEW

In a year where funky retro beats and sounds from the 80s have made their appearance known quite heavily in practically every hit out now. From such artists as Lizzo to Billie Eilish and far beyond. Now BAD an NYC based duo comprised of Julia Brex and Jackson Hoffman is looking to stake some claim.…

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THE DARKNESS // “HEART EXPLODES” – SINGLE REVIEW

English Rock band The Darkness drop new single "Heart Explodes". The song is off the bands' upcoming concept record Easter is Cancelled. The album is due out October 4th the band will tour the United States in 2020, and are currently opening up for Ed Sheeran in the UK for a string of dates. “It’s…

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FRANK IERO AND THE FUTURE VIOLENTS, GEOFF RICKLY, & LOW SPEECH // CONCERT REVIEW + PHOTO GALLERY

Frank Iero and The Future Violents brought the Barriers World Tour to its concluding stop at The Troubadour this past Saturday. The band was touring on the heels of it's newest release Barriers with openers Geoff Rickly and Low Speech. The support remains high for the former My Chemical Romance member. With many fans lining up early for the 8:00 PM door time and wearing band tees from some of Frank's former musical endeavors. The first act…

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TRB GUEST BLOG: INDIE POP-ROCK BAND ‘MAYVE’ TALK FAVORITE SUMMER SONGS!

Alternative-Pop band Mayve has released a brand-new single, Slide. Taking nods from 80s electro-pop and dance, and featuring their take on modern culture in the lyrics. The single, Slide is catchy with a touch of darkness. Since we at The Reclusive Blogger enjoyed this song, we had the band write a guest blog (The first one!) right at the peak of Summer. Read below to see what Mayve selected as their favorite songs this Summer. Hello and welcome, we’re MAYVE, an alternative band from NY. We’re influenced by the music of the…

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INTERVIEW WITH ACOUSTIC POP SINGER-SONGWRITER EMMA LAMONTAGNE

Emma Lamontagne is a young pop singer-songwriter hailing from Ottawa, Canada. Emma has honed her skills performing at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, and the Grassroots Festival. Flash forward to now where she has recently released her catchy first single Love Games. It's off her upcoming debut record. Check out our interview below to…

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DYSPLAY // “DREAM” – SINGLE REVIEW

DYSPLAY the Electro-Pop duo of Eric Scullin and Devin Hoffman harkening back to 80s Synths and bright neon lights just dropped another fun infectious dance track. DYSPLAY is Eric Scullin from FAULKNER and film/tv composer and former AWOLNATION touring bassist Devin Hoffman. The duo last released a song in 2018 and are playing a show…

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SIRIUSXM’S COFFEE HOUSE PRESENTS MATT COSTA, JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT AND MATT HARTKE // CONCERT REVIEW + GALLERY

Last Thursday at the iconic Troubadour in West Hollywood Sirius XM's The Coffee House Tour made a stop in Los Angeles. The tour is Sirius XM's Coffee House station in a live format. It features three of its biggest artists from the station Matt Hartke, JD & The Straight Shot, and Matt Costa. If you…

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GIRL WILDE // “I DON’T WANNA DIE” – SINGLE REVIEW

Girl Wilde has dropped another fun and wild single on us featuring her unique brand of Bubblegum Grunge. The track called "I Don't Wanna Die" has Girl Wilde in an introspective mood on it and an extrospective one as well. Girl Wilde is a singer whose penchant for delving deep into her shadow sides with…

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KIANJA // “THERE’S NOTHING MORE” – SINGLE REVIEW

British singer-songwriter Kianja unveiled a brand new track "There's Nothing More" out now on Best Laid Plans. The song was co-written with Bastille's Dan Smith and produced with frequent collaborators Mark Crew and Dan Priddy. It is the track third we've heard from this very promising and fresh talent and is off her upcoming debut…

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UPPERMOST // ’23rd STREET’ – SINGLE REVIEW

French-Persian Electronic Producer Uppermost (aka Behdad Nejatbakhshe) has dropped a seriously dope track on us. The song "23rd Street" is a sweet fusion of house, funk, DJ, and Old School hip-hop. Uppermost taking inspiration from such artists as Daft Punk, Bonobo, and Deadmau5, to create an atmospheric instrumental that is all at once groovy and…

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SAM SMITH // ‘HOW DO YOU SLEEP?’ – SINGLE REVIEW

Singer Sam Smith is back with a new one. On “How Do You Sleep?” we find the singer in fierce and freeing vibe and his immediately recognizable vocals soaring on this Dance-R&B track. The music video for the track has Sam breaking out into a few dance moves for the first time surrounded by dancers.…

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INTERVIEW WITH… TORONTO POP NEWCOMER ANGELIQUE

Angelique is a Toronto based Pop/R&B newcomer looking to make a name for herself. Her "Wings" (Freestyle) is a experimental track where she expresses many of raw emotions that todays youth go through. Angelique discusses that and much more here at The Reclusive Blogger. THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start out with an easy and…

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BANKS // III – ALBUM REVIEW

BANKS the genre-blending singer-songwriter returns with her third LP aptly titled III. The record was produced by BANKS herself and BJ Burton, who worked with such artists as Bon Iver and Francis and The Lights (who is featured in a track on this record). III is a highly emotional record for not only BANKS herself…

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INTERVIEW WITH… POP NEWCOMER ALEXANDER 23

Alexander 23 is the emerging singer-songwriter from Chicago whose current track “Mars” is creating a ton of buzz. I got to pick his brain a bit on a few of his faves, his songwriting and habits and touring with Alec Benjamin. Check it all out below! THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start off with a…

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INTERVIEW WITH … INDIE ELECTRO-POP BAND GOLD FIELDS

Gold Fields are an Indie Electronic Pop five-piece consisting of Mark Robert Fuller, Vinci Andanar, Rob Clifton, Luke Peldys, and Ryan D’Sylva from Australia. The band released their second full-length record, Dalawa since 2013’s Black Sun. The band's song ‘Cocoon’ from Dalawa was also just remixed by DJ/Producer Maya Jane Coles. I interviewed Gold Fields…

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RAPPER LIL BABY PARTNERS WITH DORITOS FOR BEATMAKER CONTEST

Atlanta Rapper Lil Baby, best known for his certified platinum debut album “Harder Than Ever” is teaming up with Doritos for an exclusive and exciting rapper beatmaker contest. The 2019 BET Awards Best New Artist winner has created a custom and unique sample for beatmakers and rappers to use. Lil Baby and Doritos want to…

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JAGWAR TWIN // ‘DREAM / DREAM’ (LIVE IN A LIVING ROOM) – MUSIC VIDEO

Atlantic Records Musician and Songwriter Jagwar Twin (musician alias of Roy English) dropped a new video featuring a stripped back new version of the his song “Dream / Dream” off his debut record ‘Subject To Flooding’. The black and white clip was directed by Ryan Fleming and features Jagwar Twin singing the anthemic track over…