• Hear This Now

    HEAR THIS NOW: EDITION 11 OF THE MUSIC SOUNDCHECK

    This is edition 11 of the ‘Hear This Now’ music roundup at TRB. Edition 11 is here of Hear This Now, and it’s been a while! In this roundup, we’ve got everything from Pale Waves to the Arkells (feat. LIGHTS), Mabel and Bastille to TDE’s Reason, and Beyonce’s new era. I have put together one massive playlist for listening titled, The Reclusive Blogger’s Mixtape Melodies. Rapper Joey Bada$$ has a new album out that everyone should check out. You can check out the music video for my favorite track ‘Where I Belong’ here. Beyonce enters her ‘Renaissance’ era. You can listen to my top two favorite tracks here and here. Maggie Rogers releases her new album ‘Surrender’ and Billie Eilish surprises with two…

  • Entertainment and Pop Culture

    INTERVIEW WITH… FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE CRANBERRIES & DRUMMER FERGAL LAWLER

    READ THE TRB interview WITH founding member and drummer OF The Cranberries Fergal Lawler about the early days of the band, aS the REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE BAND reissue their ‘stars’ anthology The Cranberries were one of the hardest-hitting bands gaining legend status as the fierce foursome conquered the 90s Alt-Rock scene with their unique indelible sound. A sound fully immeshed by their Irish roots and filled with raw emotional vulnerability. Led by one of the most distinctive and significant voices in rock, the late great Dolores O’Riordan rounded off with founding members Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler. They captured fans all over the world & gaining super hits with songs ‘Linger’, ‘Dreams’, & ‘Zombie’. These songs…

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    POP PHENOM LAUV RETURNS WITH A NEW SINGLE + VIDEO “ALL 4 NOTHING (I’M SO IN LOVE)”

    “All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love)” is the first single of Lauv’s new era which includes a new album + tour! Pop phenom LAUV is back with a glossy pop banger and a sure-fire contender for song of the summer! This new track ‘All 4 Nothing (I’m So In Love)’ is the first release from his forthcoming second album ‘All 4 Nothing’, a music video directed by Hannah Lux Davis and guest-starring Lauv’s real life love and musician Sophie Cates, has also dropped. If the name Hannah Lux Davis sounds familiar to you, then you are right. Lux Davis has made quite the name for herself as a music video director, working on music…

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    NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: THE BEST SONGS OF THE WEEK

    It’s New Music Friday! Check out the best in music for this week ending on July 23rd… In what looks like record temps pretty much everywhere as we hit the middle of one hot and unusual Summer. The music world, it seems has no defined ‘Song Of the Summer’ has truly emerged. As artists hype projects that have yet to drop (ahem, Kanye) and many impressive songs drop weekly (BTS “Butter”). I thought I share my picks of all the best songs in a new weekly format. So here is my New Music Friday picks a bit late but I’ve included a playlist. From Khalid’s Ambient influenced R&B track “New…

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    BASTILLE RETURN WITH FUTURE POP SINGLE “DISTORTED LIGHT BEAM”

    To the casual listener on the surface level, the new Bastille track is immediately catchy and makes you want to dance. The British quartet make their official return to the music scene on a new label (Republic Records), with a new look, and fresh sound for this new era. “Distorted Light Beam” captures the mix of nostalgia, hope fullness, and limitless possibilities coming out of a dark age. It is the future wave meats disco-pop bop for the ages. A true contender for the song of the summer. Seemingly capturing a feeling we all have coming out of heart-wrenching pandemic but feeling the need to readjust to life as fast…

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    INTERVIEW WITH… AMERICANA SINGER-SONGWRITER MARA CONNOR

    Mara Connor is an Los Angeles based Americana musician. Her penchant for melancholic melodies, lovelorn harmonies, and rich soulful guitar licks create her oeuvre. ‘Decades’ her new EP drops May 20th and features her take on different influential tracks from each decade starting with the 50s. I talked with Mara about the EP, her inspiration behind it and creative process, and a favorite of hers… the show Twin Peaks. THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Hi, Mara! Thank you for taking the time out! First off, How are you doing? MARA CONNOR: I’m well, thanks. I just went on a hike. THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you tell us a bit about your backstory…

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    INTERVIEW WITH… EDM MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER ELEPHANTE

    Parts of our Zoom interview have been edited for clarity. Electronic musician and songwriter Elephante is on the rise and wants to make a name for himself. In a world where audiences matter (the bigger the better) and the same types tend to run the game (you know who). So why would the Michigan-born artist whose real name is Tim Wu wants to enter such a fierce game? Well, the songwriter, who is classically trained in Piano left another formidable environment… the corporate world. Tim worked in Consulting before taking that huge risk to pursue happiness. It was at this turning point where he choose to follow his heart is…

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    WATCH NOW: VEVO X EASY LIFE LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEOS

    English Alternative R&B band Easy Life have premiered two new live performance videos of “Skeletons” and “Daydreams” for VEVO music. The live performance sessions are the first time Easy Life teaming up with VEVO since selected as an Artist To Watch in 2019. Easy Life’s unique musicality and almost effortless approach to their music are spotlit in both performances. You can hear more of the band very soon including tracks “Skeletons” and “Daydreams” as the band’s upcoming debut album, “Life’s A Beach” is out soon. The album for a June 4th release on Island Records. Check out both videos below and learn more about the band Easy Life as well.…

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    PALE WAVES RELEASE FOURTH TRACK ‘YOU DON’T OWN ME’ FROM UPCOMING SECOND ALBUM

    Manchester Indie Pop quartet Pale Waves have started off a new era of music with quite the bang! Pale Waves’ highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘Who Am I?’ is due out February 12 via Dirty Hit. Since last November Pale Waves have released four intoxicating singles from the record. Each of the band’s new tracks echoing in their new sound all while staying true to the what is the essence of Pale Waves. The first track ‘Change’, is a glimmering & nostalgic number. It focuses on the ups & downs of young adulthood and heartbreak. ‘She’s My Religion’ takes a sharp turn inward and emotionally. It sees frontwoman Heather Baron Gracie embracing…

  • Top Fifty Songs 2020
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    THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER’S TOP FIFTY SONGS OF 2020

    These are my top fifty songs of 2020! Let’s go! Hi, music lovers!!! It’s that time of the year again! I pick my top fifty songs of 2020. Yes, the one where every publication big or small does the yearly best-of roundup. While It has undoubtedly been a challenging year in and out of the music industry. Most of us having to switch gears finding new jobs, and new lives. For some of us, the impact of COVID-19 has hit home even more with the insidious virus infecting our loved ones. So for many of us, music has always been that anchor even more so this year. Yet, for me…

  • Music and Concerts,  The Reclusive Blogger

    WATCH NOW: ALFIE TEMPLEMAN “HAPPINESS IN LIQUID FORM” + “WAIT I LIED” – DSCVR VEVO

    Rising U.K. Artist Alfie Templeman Named One Of Vevo’s Artists To Watch For 2021. Multi-instrumentalist & Songwriter Alfie Templeman is one of VEVO DSCVR’s Artists To Watch in 2021. Alfie grew up in a musically talented and abundant household. His sister a pianist and trumpet player, father an avid collector of guitars. A young Alfie learned to play the drums at age seven, curious and intrigued by the sounds of indie and rock music. The artist from Bedfordshire caught the ears of many with an eclectic mix of jangly dream-pop. To celebrate making the list he performs two songs for VEVO DSVCR, “Happiness In Liquid Form” and “Wait I Lied”.…

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    WATCH NOW: GLASS ANIMALS // ‘HEAT WAVES’ (LIVE FROM MY DEN)

    See Glass Animals frontman perform live from the Artists Den! Live music series Artists’ Den has announced another episode of their new series ‘Live From My Den’. The new digital series spotlights artists performing in their favorite creative spaces or homes. Following previously episodes which featured musicians Aloe Blacc and Sebastián Yatra. Episode three which is out this Friday, features Glass Animals frontman, Dave Bayley. Airing exclusively on Variety.com on October 30th and filmed in Bayley’s London townhouse. You can expect to hear tracks off his band’s hit album ‘Dreamland‘, which blends psychedelia, pop, and rock. Even a few fan favorites. You can catch a special preview of the episode…