PopTara’s Artist To Know: Allie X

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Hey sisters,

I’ve recently pushed myself out of the comfort of hiding behind a blog and onto the air! Live! Every Wednesday I’ll be hosting my own music show, PopTara from 8:30pm-10:30pm.

I’ll be playing new pop tracks and showcasing underrated pop talent. PopTara was born to say, “hey world, pop music is good, and we all know it.”

Half way through my show I’ll be serving tea on the Tea Time with Tara segment about a pop artist who I think is super sick and everyone else should as well.

I’ll still be blogging every Thursday, so for those of you who weirdly like to read, don’t worry, I’ll still be here in written form.  : – )

Last week was my first show! It was a fun experience and I want to thank everyone who was listening along, I appreciate you sisters. < 3

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The Tea Time with Tara artist from last week’s show was miss Allie X. Allie X is a dark electro pop artist who could also pass as the gothic version of Ellie Goulding. She was recently featured on the Netflix original, Sierra Burgess is a Loser, soundtrack, with numbers such as Kid Wonder and Sunflower. The Canadian singer / songwriter has written for other artists such as Troye Sivan and Lea Michele. Allie X currently has two full length albums out, and has a third being released in October titled, Super Sunset. Her sound is often airy yet edgy and knows how to put on  highly unique performances. Be sure to check her out!

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Meditations: Talking about David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and New Music by Old People

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David Byrne is one of many musicians currently suffering from the rare condition called “old age”

People often dismiss new music put out by older acts and artists, arguing that these projects are nothing more than sad attempts by old people to recapture their former glory.  While not always wrong, putting on this mindset can make you a bit oblivious to some of the great tracks that these aging veterans have been able to put out.

For example, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters both released some of the finest material of their careers just in the past couple years.

Gilmour’s “Rattle That Lock” (2016) was a fantastic showcase of incredibly solid tracks that covered a lot of musical ground from psychedelic funk to jazz, all while featuring some vocal and guitar work that rivaled even his most celebrated Floyd moments.

Waters’s record, “Is This The Life We Really Want” was released the following year and was just as solid; serving less as a conventional album and more as one long suite that eloquently tackled the issues plaguing our society with his now signature razor sharp lyrics and emotional delivery.

These are just some of the many records released in the last few years by aging rockers that have broken through this stereotype with flying colors. That being said, there is still reason that this stereotype exists.

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Best Albums Of 2017

2017 is almost at an end and though it has been a terrible year for politics, and basically everything else, 2017 however, has been an incredible year for music. 

Back in March, I put out an article highlighting some of my favorite albums that had been released early on in the year. Since then, we have been graced with even more outstanding, 10/10, listen-from-start-to-finish albums, so I would like to take a moment to showcase my top 15 picks (in a very particular order) of 2017: 

15.) Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

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Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is Ariel Pink’s 11th studio album. The album is an intimate and humble piece, containing a combination of pop and rock anthems.

TOP SONGS:  I Wanna Be Young // Bubblegum Dreams // Do Yourself A Favor 

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Just Teenage Talk

Hey guys! As it may be known by now, I really, really love an artist named Annie Clark, otherwise known as St. Vincent. I’ve pretty much had her new self-titled album on repeat since it came out last year. So, it could easily be assumed that I flipped out when I heard she released another new song, titled “Teenage Talk”.

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A few days ago, Clark performed “Teenage Talk” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but released the official version shortly before the performance. Originally, however, the song premiered on HBO’s Girls.

The song seems like a perfect anthem for reflecting on the awkward, angsty teenage years. Clark croons the words “That’s just teenage talk/ I don’t think the past is better, better/ Just cause it’s cased in glass/protecting us from our now and later.”

In an exclusive interview for the song, Clark describes the meaning behind the song with the memories of growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas with her friends. She explains, “We were kind of outsiders and we had to find our way through suburban Texas childhood…and so I wrote this song in the memory of our fun times together.”

In a way this song resonates a lot with me, as I grew up in the suburbs of the city I now call home, Chicago. Even though my teenage years are drawing to a close, this song fills me with the vibes of growing up and having great times with my closest friends.

Listen to “Teenage Talk” below, and tell me what you think of it by commenting and sharing!

-Sonia

Spotlight: St. Vincent

 

 

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Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent’s recent release of her self-titled album has received raving reviews as one of the year’s best alternative albums thus far.

Released in February of this year, St. Vincent has been dubbed best new music by Pitchfork, receiving an 8.6 out of 10 stars.

As her fourth studio album, Clark is not new to the music scene. Her previous album, Strange Mercy, was released in 2011, and she also did a collaboration album with David Byrne titled Love This Giant in 2012.

With the announcement of her new album at the end of 2013, Clark released a single called “Birth in Reverse,” to give us a taste of this transcendent sound. Other popular songs off her self-titled album include “Bring Me Your Loves” and “Prince Johnny.”

St. Vincent brings all sorts of sounds and genres in her self-titled album. Listen to one of my personal favorites, titled “Digital Witness,” and get a taste of St. Vincent’s distinct sound and artistic style here:

What do you think of Clark’s sound and artistic style? Do you think it is worthy of the title ‘best new music’ by Pitchfork in February? Share your thoughts in the comments!

-Sonia