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July 2015

Shura at Mercury Lounge (NYC) 7.28.15

A little bit of London came to NYC’s Lower East Side last night in the form of Shura (aka Aleksandra Denton). The singer/songwriter/producer performed for a youth-filled, sold-out crowd at the city’s beloved music venue, Mercury Lounge. Clad in a denim jacket much too heavy for the 90-degree weather, Shura (and two band members) entranced the audience with an intimate 45-minute set.

Highlights: “2Shy” is undoubtedly one of the best songs to be released in 2015 so hearing it live in all its effervescent glory was a trip. The trio also performed an unsuspecting-yet-brilliant mash-up of Fine Young Cannibal’s “She Drives Me Crazy” and Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag” which made this music fan giddy. And while the music was stellar, the real star of the show was Shura’s intense hair-swaying during every instrumental break.

So basically you should see her live. And at the very least, check out her music!

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Passenger “When We Were Young”

The poignancy of life in a song.

Tove Styrke “Baby One More Time”

(Britney Spears Cover)

Dope all around.

Mas Ysa “Margarita”

Start your morning off right with this stunner.

Us The Duo “Better Together”

(Jack Johnson cover)

Happy wedding day to my sister and brother-in-law.

Mr G Sings “The Caged Bird Sings”

Spotify has this new feature where you are given a playlist of 30 songs each week that are recommended just for you. This song was on mine. And I dig it.

R.City “Locked Away” f/ Adam Levine

Heard this one in the car today. I usually know most of the songs on the radio so I was pleasantly surprised to hear something I was unfamiliar with.

Years & Years “Without”

 

Olly Alexander’s voice is one of the sexiest things going on right now in music land. This trio deserves every bit of accolade they have gotten so far and then some. “Without” is sonically as smooth-as-butter yet lyrically cuts you like a knife. Somethings tells me Olly & Co. will be around for, yep, years and years.

Carly Rae Jepsen “Run Away With Me”

If the songs I’ve been hearing are any indication, Carly Rae’s new album is (in my opinion) most likely going to be her best one yet. “Run Away With Me” sparkles and shimmers in large part due to its M83-“Midnight City”-esque sax breaks.

You know what they say, sax sells 😉

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