Women of September

New Music: Women of September

It’s mid-September and 2022 is quickly fading away. Within the last few weeks, artists and record labels have seemingly rained down with new music releases. This week, we focus on brand new tracks from some powerful female artists in our New Music: Women of September playlist. New to the blog artists Wyldest, Yazmin Lacey, and merci, mercy bring a fresh sound, while fan favorites Bella Rose and Bonnie Kemplay continue to drop hit after hit.

*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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Women of September

New Music: Women of September

// “Drinks and Dreams” by Bella Rose //-Pop

Bella Rose releases heavenly new single, “Drinks and Dreams,” her third solo track of the year. The Nashville pop artist is formerly known from indie pop band, The Young Something. Recently, Bella Rose and former band member, Alex Bonyata continue to write and produce songs together for Bella’s solo career. “Drinks and Dreams” is pure pop, strikingly flawless vocals and fresh production. Bella’s vocal style, songwriting, and charm form the perfect combination of a rising female pop star.

// “Pieces” by Yazmin Lacey //-Contemporary R&B

Singer-songwriter Yazmin Lacey of Nottingham, UK shares stunning single “Pieces” this month. “Pieces” is the first single from the artist since 2020. Soft, sultry, jazzy, and vulnerable, “Pieces” showcases Yazmin’s artistry and songwriting expertise. Smooth brass instrumentals compliment the simplicity of the concentrated vocals, leaving an ominous outro. We can picture this track spinning sweetly on a 7″ vinyl, soundtracking colder evenings to come.

// “Inky Road” by Wyldest //-Indie rock

“Inky Road” is the final track from Feed the Flowers Nightmares, the latest album from British indie artist Wyldest. The closing song reflects on twists and turns like a winding road leading to the relief of being home. “Rolling, I can’t believe, we’re free, I’m home,” Wyldest muses on “Inky Road” as the song seems weightless and optimistic. Check out Feed the Flowers Nightmares in full for the complete journey of her latest project.

// “Into You” by merci, mercy //-Alternative

Australian alternative artist merci, mercy amps up our Women of September playlist with latest single “Into You.” Surrounded in bright colored florals on the cover art, “Into You,” is a poppy, break-up track with a catchy, yet bitter chorus. “Into You” is the opening track of merci, mercy’s new EP is it me, or is it you? which debuts September 30th. Upbeat pop synths play contrast to heartbreak and self-reflective lyrics on this colorful track.

// “Static” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Singer-songwriter

Dirty Hit artist of Edinburgh, UK is building her debut EP with a chain of recent singles, the latest “Static,” out this week. On Kemplay’s third single, the alternative singer coins her songwriting style with soft tones and heavier guitars. It is impossible not to draw the comparison between her label mate, beabadoobee, on “Static.” Although similar, major credit goes to Kemplay for her guitar skills and songwriting. “Static” reflects on a feeling of hopelessness and uncertainty at a difficult moment during her career. Running out of things to say, running out of things to do, the 6-song EP will debut November 14th.


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Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022: Lineup Playlist & Artist Spotlight

Hopscotch 2022 is knee-deep in talented artists from the emerging music scene. Headliners Courtney Barnett, Perfume Genius, and Kim Gordon take the stage at City Plaza Thursday-Saturday this weekend in downtown Raleigh. Undercard must-see artists include Tomberlin, Amythyst Kiah, Hand Habits, Nation of Language, Yaya Bey, and so many more. Today, we let you in on some of the best kept secrets of Hopscotch 2022.

Hopscotch 2022

Hopscotch 2022 Lineup Playlist

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Artist Spotlight

// Amythyst Kiah //

Tennessee singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah brings her unique style to Moore Square on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Kiah’s songwriting blends her inspiration of American roots music and alternative rock with critically acclaimed single, “Black Myself.” Her latest EP Pensive Pop is a collection of cover songs that shaped Kiah’s musical repertoire. Her country ballad spin on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” lands Amythyst Kiah at the top of our watch list.

// Charley Crockett //

Country singer-songwriter and guitarist Charley Crockett will headline Moore Square on Thursday at 8:45 pm. Rooted in busking the streets of New Orleans and Dallas, TX, Crockett’s discography spans eleven albums in the past seven years. His second album of 2022, The Man From Waco, will release this Friday. Fans of blues, country, and Americana gawk over his vast resume of songwriting and collaboration. Must-hear tunes include “I’m Just a Clown,” “Jamestown Ferry,” and “Welcome to Hard Times.”

// Hand Habits //

Hand Habits is a solo indie-rock act founded by musician and guitarist Meg Duffy. Now a local L.A. artist, Hand Habits is known for their contributions on albums for Weyes Blood, The War on Drugs, and William Tyler. Among other highly recognizable achievements, Hand Habits is currently playing guitar for Perfume Genius! The style of their solo work is a lovely fuse of soft vocals and hushed instrumentals. “No reply” and “placeholder” are our top picks for easy listening. Catch Hand Habits this Friday at 6:45 pm at City Plaza.

// Late Bloomer //

Indie punk band Late Bloomer is a hidden gem out of Charlotte, NC. Late Bloomer’s top song “Heaven” is a fan favorite right from the first few seconds. Vocals bring nostalgia from ’90s bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. The trio recently announced new EP, Where Are The Bones, available now on Bandcamp and streaming everywhere Friday. Stream “Restless Nights” for a chill-out fall tune about changing your outlook on life. Late Bloomer plays a late-night gig at Slims on Saturday at 1:00 am.

// Nation of Language //

New York indie pop band Nation of Language adds some synth spice to this year’s Hopscotch lineup. Similar to the likes of Dry Cleaning and Ela Minus, Nation of Language combines synth-pop with a bit of melancholy. “Across That Fine Line,” is the obvious festival-type track you may hear on Saturday evening at City Plaza (6:00 pm). Our other song recommendations include “This Fractured Mind” and “September Again” for dance-inducing music yet, thought-provoking lyrics.

// Tomberlin //

Tomberlin is back for her second Hopscotch music festival appearance and this year is a big one. Solo folk singer-songwriter Sarah Beth Tomberlin released her sophomore album this April. Must-hear tracks from Tomberlin’s discography include “tap,” “Wasted,” and “Any Other Way.” Tomberlin is scheduled for double performances this weekend. Catch her at The Pour House on Friday at 10:30 pm and Moore Square on Saturday at 5:10 pm.

// Yaya Bey //

Brooklyn R&B singer-songwriter Yaya Bey is coming in hot for Hopscotch with her new album Remember Your North Star (June 2022). Bey experiments with crossing genre lines on tracks “keisha,” “reprise,” and “alright.” Pitchfork deemed Remember Your North Star as Best New Music of June 2022. Don’t miss Bey performing at City Plaza on Friday at 5:30 pm.


*POETRY DANS LA RUE strives to promote new and upcoming artists in the music scene all over the world. Our goal is to provide a platform to ‘on the rise’ artists and encourage fans to discover new music.

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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall

Ba-dee-ya dancin’ in September! New Music Friday rolls into September with a Glimpse of Fall playlist for cooler cozy nights. Songwriters Dermot Kennedy, Billy Raffoul, and Dean Lewis round out the sweeter sides, while The Wonder Years, Dwain Brown, and Nina Nesbitt bring the spice. This playlist is the perfect soundtrack for breaking out the fall decor.

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New Music Friday: Glimpse of Fall Highlights

// “Kiss Me” by Dermot Kennedy //-Singer-songwriter/Pop

Dermot Kennedy’s fourth single from upcoming album Sonder, “Kiss Me,” resonates a similar poppy sound to hit “Something to Someone.” “So, I let this night in my lungs, you’re all that I want to breathe,” revels Kennedy in eloquent artistry. In true Dermot fashion, the songwriter captures the feeling of fleeting memories flashing by like billboards on a highway. Sonder has a new release date of November 4th, pre-order the album here.

// “Better” by Billy Raffoul //-Singer-songwriter/Alternative

Canadian singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul drops “Better,” his first solo single in the last two years, this week. Raffoul has one of the most identifiable voices, one you may recognize from music featured on This Is Us. “Better” follows his debut album International Hotel in 2020. The single is an acoustic charmer with endearing lyrics, “I wanna make you smile, wanna put you back together, you’ve been hurt before, I wanna love you better.”

// “I Should Be a Bird” by Nina Nesbitt //-Pop

Scottish pop singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt released her long-awaited third album, Älskar (“love” in Swedish), today. Nesbitt’s vocals shine on soothing downside track, “I Should Be a Bird.” At 28, Nina embraces vulnerability and carrying the weight of a relationship on “I Should Be a Bird.” Her more mature sound and writing defines the back-and-forth battle between giving it all and letting it go. Check out the rest of Älskar and listen to the album here.

// “Fatherhood” by Dwain Brown //-Hip-hop/Rap

Londoner Dwain Brown is a poet and spoken word rap artist. Brown’s newest single, “Fatherhood,” delves into the struggles of parenthood with a positive hopeful spin. His words reverb alluringly and draw the listener in closely to reveal his story. Dwain Brown paints a picture of his childhood to growing into his role of a father in a beautifully written, insatiably catchy single.

// “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth” by The Wonder Years //-Rock

Pennsylvania pop-punk band The Wonder Years are set to release their SEVENTH album, The Hum Goes On Forever September 22nd. TWY bring the heat on single “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” combining trademark pop-punk guitars and angsty lyrics. The chorus rings high, “But oh, I wanna build, wanna build you back from memory, something that can stay, that can stay here when you go.” The title line, “Old Friends Like Lost Teeth,” gets heavier then fades to a hushed vocal on the final pre-chorus.

// “How Do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis //-Singer-songwriter

Dean Lewis always has the recipe for a good cry. “How Do I Say Goodbye” is a heartfelt tearjerker written about Lewis’s father being diagnosed with cancer. The artist’s story has a happy ending as his father is now in remission, but the song resonates with fans that may be facing the same journey. “How Do I Say Goodbye” puts words to a situation that often feels too emotional to vocalize.


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Emerging Now: Best of Raleigh

As Raleigh, NC steadily grows, so does the Raleigh music scene. We’ve zoomed in on local upcoming music artists to create an Emerging Now: Best of Raleigh guide and playlist. Local residents of Raleigh can easily catch these artists playing events while exploring the Triangle. Check out our song picks and playlists below featuring Christian James, Paige King Johnson, Heather Sarona, Stray Local, and more!

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Best of Raleigh Top Songs

// “Lately” by Christian James ft. Laith, and Chico //-Alternative/Hip-hop

Christian James, local Hip-hop/Rap artist, released a more Alternative style single “Lately” this May. “Lately” is an infectious earworm that takes us back to the days of streaming “Waves” by Mr. Probz while enjoying a summer cocktail. The single incorporates clever lyrics, “Baby, baby grab the phone seven digits, seven minutes till I land, Amy Winehouse records spinning like a ceiling fan.” The verses hit with just the right amount of diction and flow leading to an undeniably catchy pre-hook and chorus. “Lately” is one of those songs you listen to once and can easily sing along by the last chorus. Follow Christian James for more new music coming next week!

// “Window to Break” by Heather Sarona //-Americana Singer-songwriter

Holly Springs native Singer-songwriter, Heather Sarona, debuted her first album Head Above Water this past January. “Window to Break” is a standout coda to the Alternative-folk style LP. Haunting lyrics like “My treasure and my pride, there for you to take, my window’s yours to break,” showcase the vulnerability of being unguarded in a relationship. Her folky vocals and southern charm will win you over in this soothing single. You can catch Heather in the Triangle over the next few months with her next appearance on September 17th at Mason Jar in Fuquay.

// “Maybe We’re All” by John Sierra //-Singer-songwriter

“Maybe We’re All” is a pensive, thought-provoking track by Raleigh Singer-songwriter John Sierra. The beautifully written, coffeehouse playlist type song, embodies longing and commonality. Sierra recounts several stories of lonely passersby and links a common ground by singing “Maybe we’re all looking for love, maybe we’re all looking for home.” Check out John Sierra live around Durham and Raleigh from now until December!

// “Holding Hope” by Jon Ward Beyle //-Folk-rock

Jon Ward Beyle has an Avett Brothers-esque style of vocals and storytelling on single “Holding Hope,” from debut album Worth Stopping For (2021). “Holding Hope” is reflective and wistful, a perfect Folk-rock ballad that starts soft and amps to close. The track is a true homage to songwriting in the sense of being able to connect with listeners and send a powerful message through music. Jon Ward Beyle frequents one of our favorite venues in Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle, and is set to play at The Evening Muse in Charlotte this Friday with Courtney Lynn & Quinn.

// “American Beauty” by Paige King Johnson //-Country singer-songwriter

If you’re looking for an America’s sweetheart country singer in the Triangle, Paige King Johnson is your girl. Her single “American Beauty” off of her debut album Honky Tonk Heart (released June 2022), could easily land her a few gigs opening for some of your favorite country artists. In fact, Paige has already been an opening act for the likes of Kane Brown, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, and Gabby Barrett! “American Beauty” is a ‘tale as old as time’ classic country song with mature flawless vocals. The story of “American Beauty” is a reminder to young women, as well as a personal anthem to the artist, that you can chase your dreams, and everything will work out. Paige has several upcoming tour dates in the area. She’ll be playing with local The Voice star, Britton Buchanan, in Sanford this Thursday!

// “Shiver” by Stray Local //-Indie-pop

Stray Local is an upbeat Indie-pop band that you may stumble upon while out in the Raleigh area. The husband-and-wife duo, Hannah and Jamie Rowen, have several catchy singles including “Shiver,” an easy listening pop track. Stray Local are also avid runners, and “Shiver” is a great soundtrack for a scenic jog in the triangle. Catch them live as they hop from breweries to coffeeshops in the area.

// “Worthless” by Tiger Beach //-Indie-rock

Raleigh’s own Tiger Beach is on a roll of releasing new music. “Worthless” is our favorite track of their recent releases over the past year. Reminiscent of Wallows Tell Me That It’s Over vocally and The Cure’s Disintegration sonically, “Worthless” defines Tiger Beach’s Indie-rock sound. The key change on the bridge draws you in closer to the melancholic chorus, “Tell me that it’s always just so worthless, tell that I’m wasting all of my time, tell me that I’m never gonna make it.” The defining repetitive bassline continues through the end in a culmination of power surging sounds. Follow Tiger Beach for updates on upcoming shows!


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New Music Friday: Emerging Now

New Music Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Don’t worry, we’ve got the cure to get that god awful song out of your head. We are rounding out July with some hot new tracks from The Lucky, Bonnie Kemplay, and a brand-new album from Beach Bunny. Put in those earbuds, pour yourself a drink of choice, and crank up the tunes. Happy listening!

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TRACKS

// “19” by Bonnie Kemplay //-Alternative pop

Dirty Hit’s newest sign-on, Bonnie Kemplay, debuts her record deal with single “19” this week. “19” enthralls the listener with pure vocals and concentrated instrumentals, leading to a heavier surround-sound from the second verse. When the young singer reassures “this feeling’s gonna pass,” the track comes to a dramatic sonic height until the end realigns with the start. “19” is the perfect depiction of a song that goes through a wave of emotions.

// “Better Days” by The Lucky //-Pop rock

Recently rebranded pop rock trio of L.A., The Lucky, drop their third single “Better Days” today. The Lucky paired promotion for the song with throwback pictures from their childhood days. “Better Days” is described as the juxtaposition between the happiest moments of your childhood and the struggle of wondering if you will ever feel that happiness again. The single has just the right amount of self-deprecation contrasted by the recollection of better times to make it resonate with just about everyone.

// “Guts” by Andorra //-Rock

Philly-native rock band Andorra delivered unexpected rock bop, “Guts,” this past month. “Guts,” the second single from their forthcoming album Boogie Night Blues has a cute little ‘shoobie doobie bop, bop’ chorus. Andorra cites having fun and letting the songwriting come naturally as inspiration for the track. Backtracked by contagiously upbeat music and mostly positive cheerleader-type lyrics, “Guts” has the perfect contrast of rock vocals paired with dance-inducing instrumentals. The band describes “Guts” as “rock n roll, boogie music for footloose line dances and John Travolta’s twist from Pulp Fiction.”

// “Loving on Hope” by Hertha Elama ft. The Facade & Slaper’King //-R&B/Singer-songwriter

Hertha Elama is an emerging artist from Namibia, Africa. She premiers her new single “Loving on Hope,” today along with a beautiful music video. Hertha is breaking the scene and perfecting her contemporary indie-pop style music, hoping to reach fans from all over the world. “Loving on Hope” showcases Hertha’s mesmerizing voice, similar to the likes of R&B artist, H.E.R. We think this song would fit in perfectly among R&B playlists worldwide.

// “Weeds” by Beach Bunny //-Indie-rock

Chicago’s Indie-rock band Beach Bunny, drop their sophomore album Emotional Creature today. “Weeds” debuted on Wednesday alongside its music video counterpart. An internal monologue pep talk feminine anthem, “Weeds” encourages amour-propre. “You can’t blossom if you keep growing gardens out of weeds,” reminds listeners to love themselves before placing their problems on someone else. We are eager to spin the rest of Emotional Creature and discover more intricacies inside the mind of Lili Trifilio.

// “Panic Attacks” by Yellow Days //-Alternative

Solo Manchester, UK artist Yellow Days drops a new EP entitled Apple Pie today. The artist leaves a rather heavy caption alongside the EP announcement, “A STORY OF PLEASURE & INDULGENCE TALKING OF SEX, EMOTIONAL DEPENDANCE, MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE.” “Panic Attacks” catches our eye from the title and does not fall short in capturing the paralyzing feeling of overwhelming anxiety. Alongside mind-bending, yet Zenlike instrumentals and production, Yellow Days digs deep on the feeling of mental health spiraling in an uncontrollable way.


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The Perfect Back to School Playlist for Your Summer Nostalgia Needs

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Welcome back to school! Bonne rentrée ! Whether you’re a student, teacher, parent, or school employee it’s the time of the year when we say goodbye to the pool days and hello to the well, you know! Here’s a Back to School playlist for those early mornings, late-night study hours, and some well-deserved carpool karaoke Starbucks runs. Let’s take a look at some of the ‘so-long-sweet-summer’ tracks featured on this playlist!

“Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” by Taylor Swift

Taylor released her 7th album as a rather strategic finale to summer days sending you back to school with some singalong anthems. “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” sounds like a trip down memory lane to walking the halls on the first day of school. As Taylor chants out, “GO!” “FIGHT!” “WIN!” throughout the song, you get the impression that you are sitting sideline at a fall football game.

“People” by The 1975

With an opening line like “Wake up, wake up, wake up, it’s Monday morning, and we’ve only got a thousand of them left,” this track is practically a personal alarm clock. Now, I must say, while this track is not entirely off-brand for The 1975, it is not an easy-listening tune for the masses. The band took several risks with “People.” They ultimately go back to their roots by adding more of an early 2000s punk influence. If you listen intently to the lyrics, you will find that it is a wake-up call on many levels.

“Do You Remember?” by Chance the Rapper and Death Cab for Cutie

This song screams nostalgia. I think that anyone can relate to the idea of being younger and feeling as though summer would never end. The Death Cab for Cutie feature caught me by surprise on this track. The collaboration of these artists paints the perfect ‘summer-coming-to-an-end’ picture. If you are a Death Cab fan, it adds to their summer song repertoire (Summer Skin, Summer Years). It’s bittersweet, yet optimistic. Check out the rest of this album from Chance. I guarantee that there is a collaboration for everyone.

“Nostalgic” by A R I Z O N A

Okay, we may have a theme here. While this early June release features those familiar ‘woah-oh-oh’ choruses from A R I Z O N A, it strips back their usual dance anthemic sound. The reflective lyrics and repetitive beats evoke clear images of driving down a backroad with the windows down.

“She Plays Bass” by Beabadoobee

The Dirty Hit artist and alternative/indie songwriter, “bee-ah-ba-ba-doo-bee” has done it again. Soothing vocals over poignant yet straightforward lyrics will calm your mind after a long day. Hold off for the unexpected outro, and you will hear an entirely different side of the song.

Enjoy this Back to School Playlist! Good luck, kids, parents, teachers & school employees!

Hopscotch 2019

Hopscotch 2019: Lineup Playlist

Raleigh’s own Hopscotch Music Festival is back for year ten September 5th-7th. Rolling Stone denoted Hopscotch as having, “an extraordinarily cool roster of bands with a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere.” With most recent years featuring acts like Gary Clark Jr., Young Thug, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Solange, Lizzo, The Revolution, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Miguel, it’s time to pay attention to Hopscotch 2019.

This year’s lineup has some clear stand-out acts at first glance. Hopscotch continues to build their brand in becoming a must-watch scene for up-and-coming artists. Let’s take a look at some artists to watch from Hopscotch 2019.

Snail Mail: Thursday 9/5

Lindsey Jordan, or better known as the alternative one-woman act Snail Mail, is headed for the City Plaza stage. Her songs have a very chill yet punk sound. She is similar to the likes of Soccer Mommy with her raspy voice and ’90s grunge music style. Her songs “Pristine” and “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl in the World” will take you back to ’90s teen angst movie soundtracks and artists like Liz Phair or Fiona Apple.

Kurt Vile & The Violators: Thursday 9/5

You may be familiar with Kurt Vile as the former lead guitarist from The War on Drugs. Indie-rock singer-songwriter Kurt and his band, The Violators, are back to play their second Hopscotch set. Songs like “Wakin On a Pretty Day” and “I’m an Outlaw” are tailor-made for folk, indie, rock, or country music fans alike.

James Blake: Friday 9/6

Music fans are excited to see James Blake is headlining Hopscotch 2019. “Retrograde” is a stand-out song that builds so much, it slaps you in the face with its power. We have a soft spot for “Limit To Your Love” which is a more piano-based track as opposed to his usual electro style. Overall, there is a lot to say about this artist and his innovative style, he is one you will not want to miss!

Raphael Saadiq: Saturday 9/6

Raphael Saadiq will be playing at City Plaza on Saturday. His most recent release, “Something Keeps Calling,” ft. Rob Bacon is a song with emotional vocals that cut through to your heart on first listen. Vocalist and bass guitarist for the R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné!, Saadiq has also produced songs for iconic artists including Whitney Houston and John Legend.

Phantogram: Saturday 9/7

Can we now agree that this lineup is stacked? And, we haven’t even discussed the undercard yet. Phantogram is a dream pop duo that you have likely heard before. Their hit “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” is their most well-known festival-style track. Check out the music video that they released yesterday for “Into Happiness” for a taste of what you can expect at Hopscotch.

CHVRCHES: Saturday 9/7

Ultimate. Festival. Band. Headlining. Hopscotch. CHVRCHES is coming in hot from their pump-up Coachella set this past spring. Their songs are irresistibly catchy with lyrics that get embedded in your brain. Some crowd favorites are “The Mother We Share,” “Miracle,” “Leave a Trace,” and “Get Out.” You can catch them lighting up the main stage at Red Hat on Saturday night.

Here is a shortlist of other MUST-KNOW artists on the Hopscotch 2019 lineup:

Thursday 9/5: Joey Purp (Hip hop), Yowler (Alt/Indie), David Nance Group (Alt/Indie), Lucy Dacus (Indie rock), Tomberlin (Folk)

Friday 9/6: Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist from Band of Horses), Deerhunter (Indie rock), Channel Tres (Dance/Electronic), The Waston Twins (Alt country), Ryley Walker (Indie folk/Blues), Orville Peck (Country)

Saturday 9/7: Cate Le Bon (Folk/Pop), Daughter of Swords (Folk), Boogarins (Psychedelic rock), Matt Martians (Southern Hip hop), Kelsey Waldon (Country)

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Chasing Music Goosebumps

Music Goosebumps

Have you ever gotten goosebumps the first time you heard a song? I’m talking within the opening 30 to 60 seconds of the song. Like, you know right away that it’s a song that speaks to you. Something about it strikes you instantly whether it’s the chords, the emotion it evokes, or the lyrics. You look up the artist, download it, and frantically listen to the rest of their discography. Well, this is me, chasing music goosebumps every day.

GO-TO GOOSEBUMPS SONGS

I’m sure you’ve heard a song that has given you goosebumps upon first listen. Immediately you want to learn all of the words and scream it from the top of your lungs and share it with everyone you know. Some of these songs can evoke the same feeling no matter how many times you listen to them. My all-time “music goosebumps” songs include “Robbers,” by The 1975, “Konstantine,” by Something Corporate, “Thunder,” by Boys Like Girls, “Give Me Love,” by Ed Sheeran, “Out of the Woods,” by Taylor Swift, and “Your Own Disaster” by Taking Back Sunday. What about you?

THE MUSIC GOOSEBUMPS TEST

As I listen to new artists and new songs, I always try to find music that captures that same feeling. You might be listening to the radio or a new album when suddenly a track pops up and speaks to you more than the others. Or, you can throw on a random playlist and WHAM! (not the band), one catches you by surprise, and you are spiraling down the rabbit hole of discovering a new artist. Something about that song made you stop and take a minute to look up the artist, download it, or add it to your library.

MY RECENT GOOSEBUMPS PICKS

This time of the year is always the best time to discover music for me as a teacher. I have more time over the summer to pay attention to and to listen to new artists. Here are a couple of recent tracks that I looooved on first listen that fell into the music goosebumps category. You can check out all of the artists on their Spotify pages linked below.

Nothing to Say by Wilmah

Let me tell you about this song! It’s perfect if you are into early 2000’s pop/punk (TBS, Brand New, All Time Low) meets The 1975 and LANY. However, it’s the deep cut; it’s the emo ballad-like song of those albums. OMG, it’s so good you might cry. Lyrics, boys, yes! I’m listening to it now, and I need to stop fangirling. Just check them out.

Time by Angelo De Augustine

This whole album is a gem. He has a Bon Iver vibe on this song, but the lyrics and storytelling are reminiscent of Van Morrison. This song has a childlike vibe and will make you feel nostalgic even if you have never heard it. The songwriting is stunning, “I’ll keep on lovin’, someday she’ll love me, I’ll love you for free…” I immediately listened to the entire album and bought it on vinyl.

After Rain by Dermot Kennedy

Not recent but this might be up there with one of the best songs I have ever heard live. He’s even better in person. This song has so much emotion and conviction. The song builds and builds. I don’t think he or anyone in the crowd takes a breath when it gets to the last verse. Then everyone sings back, “You won’t go lonely, yeah.” You may cry again. Check out his new tracks “Lost” & “Outnumbered” as well.

Wild by The Japanese House

Amber is amaaazing. Thanks, Dirty Hit for spoiling us with the best artists. This song will give you “Still” (2015) vibes, and I love it! Upon first listen on BBC Radio 1, (thanks Zane Lowe), she reminded me so much of Imogen Heap. I didn’t know I had been missing that vibe in my life since first hearing “Hide and Seek” (2005). Amber is a remarkable lyricist and also produces her tracks alongside George Daniel of The 1975. So much talent!

Better Luck Next Time by Kelsea Ballerini

This song was written by Darius Coleman and featured on the new NBC series Songland. If you are into songwriting and lyrics, check this show out. Kelsea Ballerini fell in love with this song on the show, and her recorded version of it sounds soooo good. It’s a perfect breakup track. Darius also has his own thing going on and just released a new single “High of U.”

Sanctuary by Joji

Immediate goosebumps! What is this, and where did it come from!? Go. Listen. Now. “Cause I’ve been aiming for heaven above but an angel ain’t what I need.” *Plays it on repeat for the entire month & memorizes all of the lyrics.*

Resolution by SAFIA

This song has a similar vibe to “Sanctuary” but reminds me more of Years & Years or Mansionair. These last two tracks are from Billie Eilish’s “Left Front” playlist. So, thanks, Billie, and now cue the gospel choir.

THE PLAYLIST

So, it’s safe to say that I’ve yelled enough about some new favorite songs and it’s time to give it all a listen. Check out the ‘Forever Goosebumps’ playlist below to experience it for yourself. Not your jams? Make your own goosebumps playlist and start adding those new tunes.

What are some of your go-to music goosebumps songs? Anything new that I NEED to listen to right now?