29 Songs to Hear from April 2016

We’re a little late to the party with our April playlist, but better late than never! We asked our staff to choose some of their favorite tracks released last month to create our April playlist! Featuring brand new tracks from artists all across the board from Thrice to Beyonce to blink 182 to Kesha – the playlist even includes an acoustic throwback from Hit The Lights!

Check out the full list and Spotify stream below! What songs stood out to you last month? What songs do you want to see on this month’s playlist? Let us know by shooting us a tweet at @_lucyoutloud!

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27 Songs to Hear from March 2016

With new music being released on a daily basis, there are sure to be a few that stand out as favorites. We asked our staff to choose some of their favorite tracks released this month to create our March playlist!

Check out the full list and Spotify stream below! What songs stood out to you this month? Let us know by shooting us a tweet at @_lucyoutloud!

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50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW

It’s that time of year again and South By Southwest (SXSW) is just around the corner! We’ve decided to bring back our “50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss” feature and spent hours trying to narrow down our favorite acts. Not making it to Texas for the event? We’ve got you covered!! Check out our Spotify SXSW playlist which features one song from each artist on it here or at the very end of the list below!

Andy Frasco & The
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Americana/Rock
Recent Release: Happy
Song To Check Out: “Tie You Up”

Where to catch Andy Frasco & The U.N.: 3.16 – 12am – New
Fronteir Showcase @ Swan Dive; 3.17 – 3pm @ Shangri La; 3.17 – 6pm @ Doc’s Bar
& Grill; 3.18 – 6:45pm – The Most Definitely & Wind Up Records
Presents: THE YARD

Hometown: Denver, CO
Genre: Heavy Rock
Recent Release: Kill Tonight
Song To Check Out:

“Kill Tonight”

Where to catch BANDITS: 3.16 – 5pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.17 – 1am – Boomtown Music Showcase @ 512 Bar; 3.17 – 5:20pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ Thirsty Nickel; 3.17 – 9pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ Blind Pig Rooftop; 3.19 – 5pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ San Jac Saloon

Hometown: Liverpool, UK
Genre: Alternative/Pop
Recent Release: Banners
Song To Check Out

: “Shine A Light”

Where to catch Banners: 3.16 – YouTube Showcase @ Coppertank; 3.16 – British Music Showcase; 3.18 – McDonald’s Loft

Barns Courtney
Hometown: Ipswich, UK
Genre: Americana
Recent Release: “Glitter & Gold”
Song To Check Out

: “Fire”

Where to catch Barns Courtney: 3.16 – 10pm – Americana Music Association @ Lamberts; 3.17 – Floodfest Day Party @ Cedar Street Courtyard; 3.17 – WFUV Day Party @ Hotel Saint Cecilia; 3.18 – 10:40pm – Paradigm Showcase @ Stubbs BBQ; 3.19 – KGSR Live @ W Hotel; 3.19 – 11pm – NME Presents: Official SXSW Showcase @ Latitude 30

Beach Slang
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Genre: Punk
Recent Release: The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Song To Check Out:

“Bad Art &
Weirdo Ideas”

Where to catch Beach Slang: 3.14 – The Onion & AV Club Present Just Another Manic Monday @ Barracuda; 3.16 – 3:30pm – Secret Sounds Presents Falls Festival and Splendour In The Grass At SXSW @ Sidewinder; 3.16 – 10:30pm – Jansport & Noisey Present Bands And A Bonfire Under The Big Sky @ Cheer Up Charlie’s; 3.17 – 12pm – Waterloo Records In-Store @ Waterloo Records; 3.17 – 2:35pm – Pitchfork Party @ Barracuda; 3.17 – 5pm – Biggest Little Day Party @ Frank; 3.18 – 12:30pm – Spin At Stubb’s @ Stubb’s BBQ; 3.18 – 6pm – SXSW Outdoor Stage @ Lady Bird Lake; 3.18 –1am –  Flowerbooking, Topshelf & Polyvinyl Show @ Sidewinder

Hometown: Bergenfield, NJ
Genre: Indie Alternative
Recent Release: Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Bleachers: 3.18 – 12:05am – Bud Light Music Showcase @ Bud Light Factory

Blue Healer
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre: Indie Rock
Recent Release: “Luminescent Eyes”
Song To Check Out:

“Luminescent Eyes”

Where to catch Blue Healer: 3.13 – 5:30pm – Side One Track One Showcase @ Volstead Lounge; 3.13 – 9pm – Do512 @ Antone’s; 3.16 – 8pm – New Frontier Touring Showcase @ Swan Dive; 3.17 – 3pm – Mercy Lounge Presents New Americana Party @ Craftsman; 3.18 – 12pm – QSC Showcase @ Austin Convention Center; 3.19 – 5pm – Eye in the Sky Future of Music Showcase @ Shiner Saloon

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Pop
Recent Release: Moth
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Chairlift: 3.16 – 12:10am – Stereogum Showcase @ Bud Light Factory; 3.17 – 9pm – YouTube Showcase @ Coppertank Events Center; 3.18 –4:05pm – The Pitchfork Parties @ Barracuda

Daniel Eyes  & The Vibes
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre: Indie Rock
Recent Release: Sweet Dreaming
Song To Check Out:

“Sleeping With the

Where to catch Daniel Eyes & The Vibes: 3.14 – 7:30pm – Solstice Live Showcase @ Empire Control Room; 3.17 – 1pm – Sound Dessert Showcase @ Stay Gold; 3.17 – 2:55 – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Handlebar (Rooftop); 3.18 – 2pm – Party In My Pants @ Little Woodrow’s; 3.18 – 1am @ Gigtown Presents 6th Annual Future of Music Showcase @ Shiner Saloon; 3.19 – 9pm – Austin Music Foundation Showcase @ Tiniest Bar In Texas

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Pop
Recent Release: SWAAY
Song To Check Out

: “Toothbrush”

Where to catch DNCE: 3.16 – 12:55am @ Monster Energy Outbreak House; 3.17 – Music Is Universal Day @ JW Marriott; 3.17 – 3pm – Waterloo Records Day Party @ Waterloo Records; 3.18 – 12:15am @ Scoot Inn; 3.18 – 3pm – West of the Fest @ Key Bar

Fickle Friends
Hometown: Brighton, UK
Genre: Indie Pop
Recent Release: “Say No More”
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Fickle Friends: 3.16 – 6pm –The Most Definitely and Concord Music Group Present The Yard Day; 3.17 – 1pm – Music For Listeners @ El Sapo; 3.17 – 12am – Pukkelpop x Disco Naivete Showcase @ The Sidewinder (Outside); 3.18 – 4:40pm – The British Music Embassy Day @Latitude 30

Hometown: Hood River, OR
Genre: Pop
Recent Release: Sounds EP
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch flor: 3.16 – 3:45pm @ The Yard; 3.16 – 8pm @ McDonald’s Loft; 3.17 @ Des Moines Embassy; 3.17 – 6pm @ Westin Hotel; 3.19 – 10:15pm @ Sidewinders

Grace Mitchell
Hometown: Portland, OR
Genre: Pop
Recent Release: “White Iverson”
Song To Check Out:

“Breaking Hearts”

Where to catch Grace Mitchell: 3.16 – 5pm – New Shapes Showcase @ Barracuda (Outside); 3.17 – Music Is Universal @ JW Marriott; 3.17 – 11pm – Floodfest @ Cedar Street Courtyard; 3.18 – 9:55pm @ Scoot Inn; 3.19 – Perez Hilton’s One Night In Austin @ Act Live at the Moody Theater; 3.19 – 10:50pm – Austin City Limits Live @ the Moody Theater

Great American Canyon Band
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Genre: Americana
Recent Release: Crash
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Great American Canyon Band: 3.17 – 4:30pm – The Midwest Music Foundation and Boulevard Brewing Company Present The 7th Annual Midcoast Takeover @ Shangri La; 3.18 – 10pm – Greenbelt Touring Official Showcase @ Tellers

Great Caesar
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: Great Caesar on Audiotree Live
Song To Check Out:

“Hey Mama”

Where to catch Great Caesar: 3.13 – 4pm – McDonald’s Showcase @ Textile; 3.17 – 1am – ASCAP Showcase @ Speakeasy; 3.19 – 2pm – Southwest Invasion @ Whole Foods

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: Waking Up The Giants
Song To Check Out:

“Bob Marley”

Where to catch Grizfolk: 3.16 – 6pm – The Showtime Roadies House @ Clive Bar; 3.16 – 9pm – Culture Collide/Stubhub @ Bangers; 3.17 – 12:45pm – Music Is Universal Party @ JW Marriott; 3.18 – 12:30pm – Windish Party @ Mohawk; 3.18 – 10pm – “Homegrown” Grammy Museum Showcase @ Tap Room; 3.19 – 4pm – Waterloo Records @ Waterloo Records; 3.19 – Pandora @ The Gatsby

Harvest Thieves
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre: Americana
Recent Release: Rival
Song To Check Out:

“Your Damn Vanity”

Where to catch Harvest Thieves: 3.12 – 9pm – Hotel Van Zandt @ Geraldine’s; 3.13 – 5pm – Austin Town Hall and Side One Track One Showdown @ Volstead Lounge; 3.14 – 3pm – Mother Falcon’s “All The Friends Ball” @ Spiderhouse; 3.14 – 9pm – Antone’s x Capital One; 3.16 – 6th Annual Lucy’s Fried Chicken Revival @ Lucy’s Fried Chicken; 3.16 – 5:20pm – Austin Indie Radio Showcase @ The ABGB; 3.18 – 1:40pm – Lone Star Music/Koke-FM Party @ Threadgill’s; 3.18 – 5.15pm – Future of Music Showcase Presented by Gigtown @ Shiner Saloon; 3.19 – 5:30pm – Friends of East Cameron Showcase @ The White Horse; 3.19 – 11pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Victorian Room at the Driskill

Hey Marseilles
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Genre: Alternative Rock
Recent Release: Hey Marseilles
Song To Check Out:

“West Coast”

Where to catch Hey Marseilles: 3.16 – 4:30pm – ListenToAir.com Day Party @ AGBG; 3.16 – 10pm – Showtime Roadies Showcase @ Clive Bar; 3.17 – 1pm – Sirius XM Radio @ Omni Hotel; 3.18 – 1:30pm – Baeble Music Day Party @ Empire Control; 3.19 – 4pm – Gingerman Day Party @ Dogfish Head

Icarus The Owl
Hometown: Portland, OR
Genre: Rock / Pop Punk
Recent Release: Pilot Waves
Song To Check Out:

“I Am the

Where to catch Icarus The Owl: 3.16 – 8:15pm – Max Volume @ Spiderhouse Ballroom; 3.17 – 3.45pm – Rocker Stalker/Switch Bitch Records/Behind The Curtain Media Presents Day Party @ Hole In The Wall (Middle Stage)

Jeremy and the Harlequins
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: “No One Cares”
Song To Check Out:

“No One Cares”

Where to catch Jeremy and the Harlequins: 3.17 – 9pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Continental Club; 3.19 – 1pm – 18th Annual Industry of Music Showcase @ Ginger Man; 3.20 – 2pm @ Carousel Lounge

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: Edges
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Jocelyn & Chris Arndt: 3.16 – 9pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ San Jac Saloon; 3.17 – 1:30pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Handlebar; 3.18 – 8pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ The Blind Pig

Judah & The Lion
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Genre: Americana
Recent Release: Folk Hop N’ Roll
Song To Check Out:

“Take It All Back”

Where to catch Judah & The Lion: 3.19 – 10pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Lamberts

Hometown: Rock Island, IL
Genre: Indie Pop/Rock
Recent Release: My Wild West
Song To Check Out:

“Don’t You Give Up
On Me”

Where to catch Lissie: 3.17 – 8:30am – KGSR Radio @ The W Austin; 3.17 – 4:30pm – NoiseTrade Presents: FRYE SXSW Days @ Swan Dive; 3.17 – 8:30pm – “Homegrown” Grammy Museum Showcase @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop; 3.17 – 11pm – Thirty Tigers Official Showcase @ The Majestic; 3.18 – 5:40pm @ Willie Nelson’s “Luck Ranch;” 3.19 – 12pm @ Waterloo Records parking lot; 3.19 – 2pm – SPIN @ Bud Light’s Brazos Hall

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Alternative Rock
Recent Release: Comeback Queen EP
Song To Check Out:

“I Don’t Wanna
Have To Lie”

Where to catch LOLO: 3.19 – 12am – Official SXSW Showcase @ Buffalo Billiards; 3.19 – 2pm – Pandora Discovery Den Showcase @ The Gatsby

Magic Giant
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Folk
Recent Release: Set On Fire
Song To Check Out:

“Set On Fire”

Where to catch Magic Giant: 3.16 – 3pm – Stubhub! Party @ Bangers; 3.16 – 10pm @ Monster Energy Outbreak House

MC Lars
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Genre: Lit-Hop
Recent Release: The Zombie Dinosaur LP
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch MC Lars: 3.19 – 9:25pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Karma Lounge

Milk Teeth
Hometown: Stroud, UK
Genre: Punk
Recent Release: Vile Child
Song To Check Out:

“Swear Jar

Where to catch Milk Teeth: 3.17 – 10:30pm  – Artist Group International SXSW Showcase @ Javelina

Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Pop/Rock
Recent Release: Our Own House
Song To Check Out:

“Not Your Way”

Where to catch Misterwives: 3.18 – Bud Light Music Showcase @ Bud Light Factory

Night Argent
Hometown: Pasco, WA
Genre: Pop/Alternative
Recent Release: “Kamikaze”
Song To Check Out:

“Nothing More

Where to catch Night Argent: 3.16 – 2:50pm – The Best Lil Big Fest @ The Tiniest Bar in Texas; 3.16 – 6:50pm – Catalyst Publicity Group and Third String Productions Showcase @ The Aquarium

Odd Folks
Hometown: College Station, TX
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: Monica
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Odd Folks: 3.14 – Three Links; 3.15 – Modern Noise Showcase @ Badlands; 3.16 – Catalyst Publicity Group and Third String Productions Showcase @ The Aquarium; 3.17 – 3pm – Party on the Patio Showcase @ Cheers Rooftop Patio Bar

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Genre: Electronic Pop
Recent Release: “Golden Chains”
Song To Check Out:

“Love You To The

Where to catch OHLAYINDIGO: 3.15 – 4pm – RedGorilla Music Festival @ The Roof Top on 6th; 3.17 – 12:40pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Handlebar (Rooftop)

Hometown: NJ
Genre: Alternative Rock
Recent Release: Every Good Boy
Song To Check Out:

“Flying Man”

Where to catch Owel: 3.17 – 7pm – Party On The Patio @ Cheers; 3.18 – 6pm – 3rd Annual Hand Drawn Records Showcase @ Brass House Austin

Hometown: Manchester, UK
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: Wild Nights
Song To Check Out:

“Dazed by You”

Where to catch PINS: 3.15 – 5:30pm – Babe Fest/Tom Tom Magazine @ Salvage Vanguard; 3.16 – 4pm – She Shreds Showcase @ Hotel Vegas; 3.17 – 3pm – Smear Magazine Party Seneca Falls Co-Op; 3.17 – 8pm – Pias Showcase @ Latitude 30; 3.18 – 2:45pm – Jackalope Party @ Jackalope; 3.19 – 12pm – Music For Listeners Party @ El Sapo; 3.19 – 6:25pm – Street Legal Guitars Party @ Street Legal Guitar Shop; 3.19 – 9pm – Warp Magazine Showcase @ The Blackheart

Hometown: Beaumont, TX
Genre: Punk/Rock
Recent Release: “Bliss”
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch Purple: 3.13 – 12:30am @ Hotel Vegas; 3.13 – 5pm – Peachy Party @ Swan Dive; 3.14 – 5:30pm – Strange Brew 5 @ Hotel Vegas; 3.15 – 5:45pm – Casual Strangers Day Party @ Guero’s Taco Bar; 3.17 – 3pm @ Red Bull Sound Select; 3.17 – 5pm @ Doc’s Motorworks; 3.17 – 8pm @ Lucky Lounge; 3.18 – 1pm – Siren Sound Temple Party @ Stay Gold; 3.18 – 6pm – The North Gate Main Event @ Carousel Lounge; 3.19 – 5pm @ The Firehouse Hostel

Quiet Company
Hometown: Austin, TX
Genre: Indie Rock
Recent Release: Transgressor
Song To Check Out:

“Holland 1945”

Where to catch Quiet Company: 3.17 – 1am – Official SXSW Showcase @ Palm Door on Sabine; 3.18 – 103.1 iHeart Austin 3rd Birthday Bash @ Maggie Mae’s; 3.19 – 12:45pm – Quantum Collective Southwest Invasion @ Whole Foods; 3.19 – 11pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Scoot Inn

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock/Pop
Recent Release: “My Heart Beats 4 U”
Song To Check Out

: “My Heart Beats 4

Where to catch Rooney: 3.17 – 1am – Official SXSW Showcase @ Soho Lounge

Royal Teeth
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Genre: Indie/Dance/Pop
Recent Release: Wild
Song To Check Out

: “Wild”

Where to catch Royal Teeth: 3.18 – 11pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Esther’s Follies

Strangers You Know
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Indie Folk Pop
Recent Release: Loosen up the Leash
Song To Check Out:

“Tell Me I’m

Where to catch Strangers You Know: 3.18 – 8pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Tap Room at the Market

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Rock
Recent Release: Beverly Hells EP
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch SWIMM: 3.16 – 1pm – The Beehive at SXSW @ Swan Dive; 3.17 – Get Buzzed @ The Brew Exchange; 3.18 – “Homegrown” Grammy Museum @ Tap Room at the Market; 3.19 – Double Dutch @ Sidewinder

Hometown: London, UK
Genre: Alternative Pop
Recent Release: “Chances”
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch sykes: 3.19 – 8pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ The Townsend

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Folk Rock
Recent Release: “Never Knew You Loved Me Too”
Song To Check Out:

“I Thought That We
Said Goodbye”

Where to catch Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones: 3.17 – 4pm – Rachel Ray Feedback Party; 3.18 – 6:30am – KGSR Live; 3.19 – 12pm – KDRP Live; 3.19 – 8pm @ Central Presbyterian Church

The Ballroom Thieves
Hometown: Boston, MA
Genre: Alternative Rock
Recent Release: “Bury Me Smiling”
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch The Ballroom Thieves: 3.17 – 12am – New Frontier Touring Showcase @ Swan Dive (Inside)

The Christopher Brothers
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Genre: Alternative / Pop Punk
Recent Release: Dog Daze
Song To Check Out:  “The Girl Next Door”

Where to catch The Christopher Brothers: 3.16 – 5pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ The Handlebar; 3.18 – 4:30pm – Texas Rockfest @ Main Stage; 3.19 – 3pm @ San Jac Saloon

The Courtesy Tier
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Rock/Pop
Recent Release: When You Were Young
Song To Check Out:

“Little Rock”

Where to catch the Courtesy Tier: 3.14 – 8pm – Priced For Punks Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlies; 3.15 – 10pm – SXSW Showcase Presented by SweetWater Brewing @ Burnside Tavern; 3.17 – 3:15pm – RockerStalker/Bitchswitch Records/Behind The Curtains Media @ Hole In The Wall; 3.18 – 12pm – RockerStalker Presents SXSW Brooklyn BBQ @ Hotel Vegas Annex; 3.18 – 3pm – RockerStalker/Bitchswitch Records/Behind The Curtains Media @ Big Bang Bar

The Gills
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Genre: Alternative Rock
Recent Release: “Gimme Gimme”
Song To Check Out:


Where to catch The Gills: 3.19 – 11pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Trinity Hall at Old School

The Grahams
Hometown: New York, NY
Genre: Americana
Recent Release: “The Wild One (Big Pink Mix)”
Song To Check Out:

“Glory Bound”

Where to catch The Grahams: 3.15 – 6pm – Sun Radio Broadcast @ El Mercado; 3.15 11:30pm – Official SXSW Showcase @ Saxon Pub; 3.18 – 9m – Official SXSW Showcase @ Hilton Garden Inn (18th Floor); 3.19 – 12:30pm – Jenni Finlay & Conqueroo Present Rebels & Renegades @ Threadgill’s on Riverside; 3.20 – 3pm @ Continental Club

The Head and the Heart
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Genre: Pop
Recent Release: Spotify Session
Song To Check Out:

“Lost In My Mind”

Where to catch The Head and the Heart: 3.19 – 12am – Culture Collide & Showtime Present The Showtime Roadies House @ Clive Bar

The New Regime
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Genre: Alternative
Recent Release: Exhibit B
Song To Check Out:

“We Rise, We Fall”

Where to catch Reckless Serenade: 3.18 – 1am – “Homegrown” Grammy Museum @ Tap Room; 3.19 – 10pm 0 Trinity Hall at Old School

The Routine
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Genre: Funk, Rock
Recent Release: Black Tropics
Song To Check Out:  “Too Rich”

Where to catch The Routine: 3.16 – 12am – RedGorilla Showcase @ The Blind Pig Pub; 3.17 – 2:10pm – Big Picture Media Showcase @ The Handlebar (Rooftop); 3.18 – 1:40pm – Texas Rock Fest; 3.19 – 7pm – RedGorilla Showcase @ The Handlebar (Rooftop)

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Genre: Alternative Indie Rock
Recent Release: The Cosmic Drama
Song To Check Out:

“I’m Ready For You
To Come Back”

Where to catch Weatherbox: 3.15 – Funeral Sounds & Broken World Media Showcase @ Eden House Co-Op

Check out our SXSW Spotify playlist below!

LOL Playlist:: David Bowie

It didn’t seem fitting for us to only share one post about the legendary David Bowie. Having given us five decades of his music, we thought it was only right to put together a playlist of our staff’s top picks! 

Here’s a look at our top 13 David Bowie songs!

1. “Under Pressure”
Chosen and written by Eric Riley

It’s is a bad, bad day. The world lost one of its most daring, eccentric, talented, all-around brilliant artists today. And, on top of that, I also lost any last remnants of belief in the possibility of magic or immortality. Because, I mean, if there were one person who possessed agelessness and never ending youth, it would have been David fucking Bowie.

I mean, throughout the seventies, he lived off of milk, red peppers, and cocaine. And still made music and toured and acted and all of that. What a champion.

Anyway, this is difficult – for the obvious reasons and for others. Obviously, I wasn’t expecting this. So I didn’t have a reaction prepared; I’m mostly just sitting here listening to Ziggy Stardust in my underwear.

And then, it’s difficult because where do you begin. The point of this is to choose one song, but that would be cramming a five-decade career into one short paragraph. And a legacy like Bowie’s physically can’t be compressed so easily. But I’m going to do what I can. And here goes.

Under fucking Pressure. I could say just that, and that would be enough. I’ve typed three words and my eyes started to water. It’s the greatest song ever written and I’ll punch you in the stomach if you disagree, mainly because if you don’t feel that pit in your gut every time you hear it, then that’s the least I can do for you and you have much bigger issues to worry about.

I’m not sure where I was the first time I heard it. But I can say that it was the same place I heard if for a second time. And a third. Because even though I can’t remember where or when it was, I remember making my dad play it again. And again. It was unlike anything I had ever heard. It was this clean, simple bassline / clap combo backed with mostly vocal nonsense, and it grows and grows into this huge mess of musical chaos. And it is flawless.

Either Bowie’s or Mercury’s vocals on their own are strong enough in any other setting, but here, neither of two of the greatest vocalists in history could have carried this song alone. Just before it comes to a close, there’s the controlled frenzy of both voices swirling together, drums and snares firing off, some piano thrown in for good measure, and then it calms to the same bassline and snaps to carry you out.

I’m having a tough time writing about this because it’s something that has never needed to be written about. Saying its a “classic” does it injustice, and also grants extra credit to some other lesser-worthy songs that have been given that label. It’s obviously a classic, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the song of a generation for every generation. There are deaf blind people without electricity who still probably know every word to “Under Pressure.”

Play it at my wedding.
Play it at my funeral.
Play it at 2am six times in a row so the cops have to get called for a noise disturbance when my girlfriend and I cleaning my apartment after drinking a bottle of wine and burning a frozen pizza. Hypothetically.

So, again, today is a bad, bad day.
We lost an icon.
But, I was wrong about magic and immortality.
Because if there are people who are going to live forever, one of them would be
David fucking Bowie.

2. “Heroes”
Chosen and written by Kelly Peacock

Driving through darkness before crossing bridges with bright lights, I can’t help but think of “Heroes” by David Bowie. In love with the adventure I am on, Bowie’s voice makes me feel alive. I have so many doubts about love and who deserves my love the most. When I listen to Bowie’s voice in this song, it makes me feel adventurous. It makes me feel like love is worth the journey, and that the moments I am in now are the most important. “Heroes” makes me feel like despite any doubts or mistakes I could make with love, it doesn’t make me any less of a hero. To be brave enough, to be bold enough, to be loved and loving enough to go on a wild ride—that makes me a hero.

3. “Changes” chosen by Zach Foerst

4. “Golden Years” chosen by Gina Garcia

5. “Rebel Rebel” chosen by Gina Garcia

6. “Under Pressure (The Used/My Chemical Romance cover)” chosen by Anthony

7. “Space Oddity” chosen by Caitlyn Willard

8. “Suffragette City” chosen by Kerianne Wilson

9. “Dancing In The Street” chosen by Merva Sayegh

10. “Within You” chosen by Carina Browder

11. “Fame” chosen by Lucy Binetti

12. “Be My Wife” chosen by Jon Hecht

13. “Station to Station” chosen by Jon Hecht

Lucy’s Top Songs of 2015

Sometimes it feels like you waste an entire year and once
New Years Eve comes around, you start to question what it is that you actually
accomplished that year. I can proudly say that 2015 was not one of those years
for me. After a difficult 2014, I spent these past twelve months working on my
own happiness and doing what I love without thinking twice about it. 2015 was
the year I graduated college, built up an incredible team for Lucy Out Loud, and
redeemed myself on more than one occasion by overcoming internal fears.

My 2015 playlist is filled with songs of love, loss,
adventure, empowerment and new beginnings. Some songs are just fun-dance tunes
while others tug on my heartstrings and bring back memories, both good and bad.
Ultimately, 2015 was the year that some of my favorite artists made their
redemptions (JoJo, Good Charlotte, Hilary Duff, Busted) just like I made some
of my own.

Here’s to a new year filled with new opportunities and overcoming any/all of the obstacles that may be in your way.

Thank you for supporting us ♥ You can find my playlist below!

1. “Sledgehammer” – Fifth Harmony
2. “English Girls” – The Maine
3. “Tear In My Heart” – twenty one pilots
4. “Run” – COIN
5. “Say Love” – JoJo
6. “What Happened To Your Band” – McBusted
7. “Adventurer” – Redlands
8. “Uma Thurman” – Fall Out Boy
9. “Let’s Not Be Alone Tonight” – R5
10. “Makeshift Love” – Good Charlotte
11. “Sparks” – Hilary Duff
12. “Bitter” – Emily West
13. “I Dare You” – Bea Miller
14. “Stone Cold” – Demi Lovato
15. “Same Air” – The Rocket
16. “Wildest Dreams” – Ryan Adams
17. “I’m Good” – The Mowgli’s
18. “Take My Love” – The Lone Bellow
19. “Fucked Up” – Young Rising Sons
20. “Meet You There” – Busted

Bonus: “Love Me Like You Do” (Cover) – McBusted

Eric’s Top Songs of 2015

I tried to keep songs from my AOTY list to a minimum, but
that was tricky because A. I don’t listen to a lot of radio and B. these albums
were the Top 20 for a reason! Anyway, not totally sure if “Uptown Funk” was
this year or last year, but who cares, that song will be on my yearly
soundtrack every year until I die. “Downtown” is about buying a Moped and
cruising for girls and is perfectly ridiculous. “Same Old Love” is so catchy
that it hurts, and “Can’t Feel My Face” makes me realize how much I can’t dance
and how much I also don’t care. Basically, this list is just me saying that
life is too short to pretend to not love pop music.  Check it out below!

1. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson / Bruno Mars
2. “Downtown” – Macklemore
3. “Not Today” – twenty one pilots
4. “Same Old Love” – Selena Gomez
5. “Black Magic” – Little Mix
6. “America’s Sweetheart” – Elle King
7. “Here” – Alessia Cara
8. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato
9. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
10. “Clearest Blue” – CHVRCHES
11. “Mad Hatter” – Melanie Martinez
12. “Gasoline” – HALSEY
13. “Wait for It” – Hamilton OBC
14. “Hello” – Adele
15. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
16. “Ship to Wreck” – Florence + the Machine
17. “Unsteady” – X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
18. “Chateau Lobby #4″ – Father John Misty 
19. “Savages” – Marina and the Diamonds
20. “Hell and Back” – The Airborne Toxic Event

Carina’s Top Songs of 2015

2015 went by so quickly for me that I genuinely forgot what releases came out this year. Looking back, 2015 wasn’t my favorite year in music, but it was a year full of solid releases from Big Sean’s heartfelt memorial to his grandmother in “One Man Can Change the World” to Carly Rae Jepsen’s spotless pop jams. While nearly every best of list has Kendrick Lamar on it, it’s hard to ignore the impact of To Pimp a Butterfly, the juggernaut of the year. While Butterfly certainly packed a punch, artists like Adia Victoria and Angel Haze charmed listeners with honest lyricism in what may be some of the most underrated releases of the year.

Indie pop artists Halsey, Melanie Martinez, and Troye Sivan covered the latter months of the year with concept albums that weren’t necessarily game changers, but ones that told stories of love and loss one wouldn’t expect from someone so young. Though I’m more likely to remember this year for the memes than Hilary Duff’s comeback moment, these are the artists I’m hoping to see more from in the new year. Check out my playlist below!

1. “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar

2. “Losing Myself” – State Champs

3. “Palm Reader” – The Wonder Years

4. “Moonrise Kingdom” – Angel Haze

5. “Gasoline” – Halsey

6. “Fools” – Troye Sivan

7. “Soap” – Melanie Martinez
8. “One Man Can Change the World” – Big Sean

9. “Michael” – theSAGAS

10. “Howling Shame” – Adia Victoria

11. “Fourth of July” – Fall Out Boy

12. “Bella Disorder” – Better Off

13. “24 Floors” – The Maine
14. “Crowns and Castles” – ASPIRE

15. “Trap Tears” – Raury

16. “Daffodils” – Babeo Baggins

17. “Dead Guy” – Dog Party

18. “Bad Seed” – Beach Weather

19. “Warm Blood” – Carley Rae Jepsen
20. “Confetti” – Hilary Duff

Zarrin’s Top Songs of 2015

My top 20 consists of songs with more of an optimistic note
with a dash of Halsey. Indie pop and a bit of pop punk was my choice of music
this year, so I’ve listened to artists like Fall Out Boy and Twenty One Pilots
heavily over the past 12 months. However,
The Colourist has blown me away with their indie pop style and light-hearted
vibes. 2015 was a mixture of new things
and nostalgia for me, but a little more hope for 2016. Check out my playlist below!

1. The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall Out Boy
2. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
3. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
4. Hold Me Down – Halsey
5. I’m Good – The Mowglis
6. T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves
7. All Over – Cruisr
8. LA Devotee – Panic! At the Disco
9. Cecelia and the Satellite – Andrew McMahon in
the Wilderness
10. R.I.P.
2 My Youth – The Neighbourhood
11. It’s
Alright – Kid Astray
12. Until
You’re Big Enough – Mayday Parade
13. Sound
of a Broken Heart – Jukebox the Ghost
14. Smile
– The Royal Concept
15. When
I’m Away – The Colourist
16. Frail
Love – Cloves
17. Monogamy
– Self
18. Diet
Soda Society – The Maine
19. Ride
– Twenty One Pilots
20. Reflections
– MisterWives

Kelsey’s Top Songs of 2015

My musical journey in 2015 revolved around some serious bad ass
girl power while also uncovering my newfound love for bluesy-rock and soul
music from the likes of Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff who have become
my new favorites. And, with a new year, comes with the top go-to party jam; I
mean, who could deny the pure, sick joy that came over you when “Trap Queen”
came on, no matter where you were.

This was definitely the year of Miguel for me – his album Wildheart was one of the most played
full-length albums by me this year, clearly, since I had to put more than one
of his songs from the album on my list!

Happy New Year and cheers to more good music in 2016! Check out my playlist below!

1.  “Trap
Queen” by: Fetty Wap
2.  “Don’t
Wanna Fight” by: Alabama Shakes
3.  “Pretty
Thoughts” by: Alina Baraz
4.  “waves”
by: Miguel
5.  “Old
Thing Back” (feat. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant) by: Matoma, The Notorious
6.  “Here”
by: Alessia Cara
7.  “The
Hills” by: The Weeknd
8.  “Got
It” by: Marian Hill
9.  “Gooey”
by: Glass Animals
10. “Lampshades on Fire” by: Modest Mouse
11. “Coffee”
by: Miguel featuring Wale
12. “Watch My
Back” by: Basecamp
13. “Lean On”
by: Major Lazer
14. “Hotline
Bling” by: Drake
15. “S.O.B”
by: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
16. “The
Blacker The Berry” by: Kendrick Lamar
17. “Falling
Short” by: Lapsley
18. “You Know
You Like It” by: DJ Snake, AlunaGeorge
19. “Reelin” by: Iration
20. “Roses”
by: The Chainsmokers, ROZES

Kelly’s Top Songs of 2015

the past twelve months, I have been on the craziest ride of my life. All the
way, music has been my friend, in the passenger seat. In the midst of the
chaos, certain bands and artists have provided me with comfort, sadness,
happiness, and heavy love. My 2015 playlist is a discombobulated bunch of
songs, all from different genres. Jumping from up-beat songs to slower songs,
my heart has been bursting with love. Particular tracks in this 2015 playlist
remind me of new adventures, new friendships, first loves, and first
heartbreaks. These songs are a part of me; they are wrapped around my veins and
in every corner of my heart. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who feels
too much. It’s nice to know that in 2015, I found a friend in music. 

Check out my playlist below!

1. “Can’t
Kick Up The Roots” – Neck Deep
2. “Overtime”
– Reckless Serenade
3. “Something’s
Gotta Give” – All Time Low
4. “Poison
Pen Letter” – Knuckle Puck
5. “All
You Are Is History” – State Champs
6. “The
Note” – Man Overboard
7. “Loaded
Conversation” – Take a Breath
8. “Love
Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
9. “Stressed
Out” – Twenty One Pilots
10. “Love Me” – The 1975
11. “December” – Neck Deep
12. “Love Will Set You Free” – Kodaline
13. “Amazing Day” – Coldplay
14. “Coming Down” – Halsey
15. “English Girls” – The Maine
16. “Dominance” – Hope Vista
17. “Music To Watch Boys To” – Lana Del Rey
18. “Just A Fool” – Look out Love
19. “Letting Go” – Mayday Parade
20. “You In January” – The Wonder Years