Discover the Up-and-Coming: La Bouquet

There’s an endless array of new music to discover in the world of up-and-coming bands. La Bouquet is an indie duo based in Los Angeles. Their music has some ’80s and pop punk influence, but it is created solely to evoke emotion.

Members Bryan Sammis and Jake Lopez also worked together during a previous project called Olivver the Kid. Sammis decided to put that work in the past and work first-hand with just Lopez. Their debut single, “Loveless,” was released here , along with a video over the summer.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Sammis about La Bouquet and his plans for the band. This has become his favorite music endeavor as he is truly pouring his heart and soul into this music and creating music exactly how he wants. If you’re interested in reading the interview I did, check it out here.

Their long-awaited EP, “Heavy Sunshine,” was released a couple weeks ago. Fans have expressed nothing but love for the four songs on the EP.

Sammis took to Twitter to explain the structure of the EP. He tweeted, “Fun fact: the EP starts out with ‘heavy sunshine’ and ends with ‘the puddle’ as the weather slowly deteriorates from sunshine to rain with each song” (La Bouquet Twitter).

Music has the power to influence one’s mood and help the listener connect with the artist through shared experiences. La Bouquet perfectly captures this in their music as they seek to help their listeners cope with things they may be struggling with.

“Loser Baby” is my absolute favorite from the album because it talks about self-love. Many people find it so hard to love themselves with all the pressures in the world today. The song focuses on releasing that negativity from your mind and soul. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve found myself jamming out to this song.

Each song holds a deeper message that is bigger than itself and I hope you will listen to them and find a connection like I have.

It is bands like La Bouquet that prove music can have true value and meaning.

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Ed Sheeran Creates the Perfect Duet

Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. I don’t know how else to phrase it. “Perfect” is one of the remarkable singles off Ed Sheeran’s latest album “Divide.” If you love that song as much as I do, you’re probably wondering how it could possibly get any better.

Let me tell you. “Perfect” as a duet with Beyoncé… (YES, Beyoncé) is exactly how it could get better.

Ed Sheeran left social media behind for about a year to focus on himself, only to return with more remarkable music compiled in “Divide.” “Perfect” is the epitome of what every girl hopes to hear from their significant other, or at least something close to it. There is such sincere, deep emotion in each line; this is a common theme within Ed Sheeran’s music. He is truly devoted to his music and the results always prove to be phenomenal.

The duet is sculpted to perfectly illustrate the underlying emotions from each singer. Their voices complement each other incredibly well. The harmonies are breath-taking. I didn’t realize I needed to hear Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran singing together until this release.

Little did we know, he’s been waiting to release the duet for nearly two months. What else could Ed be holding out on for us? He dished all the details about working with Beyoncé in an interview with Keltie Knight.

His hard work continues to pay off and working with Beyoncé is just another treat for all of us Ed Sheeran lovers.  According to the Official Charts, if the duet remains at Number 1, this will be Ed’s fourth song at the top of the charts.

What will Ed surprise us with next? Whatever it may be, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

I hope you enjoy this perfect duet as much as I do.

All puns were intended throughout the making of this blog post.

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Discover: LuxTides

As we continue this journey of supporting up-and-coming artists, I have another new artist for you to discover. Independent artist LuxTides launched her project in September. After lots of hard work and deliberation, Danni Bouchard, of Oh Honey, poured her heart into music and created the project she had always dreamed about.

“Shadow” was the first single Danni released to the world as LuxTides.

She previously worked with Mitchy Collins as Oh Honey, but this project is 100 percent Danni, and the impact she wants her music to make on her listeners.

LuxTides is a whole new side of Danni that exposes raw and real talent. She touches on deeper issues in her music such as anxiety, depression and toxic relationships.

Anticipation was high for  her second single, “Flickered,” because she released teasers for almost two weeks prior to the debut date of Friday, Nov. 10.

Danni takes to Twitter to communicate with her fans and express what this music and project means to her.

In a tweet about the meaning behind “Flickered.” Danni said, “To anyone who has ever been lied to, cheated on, or manipulated by the person you loved most: this song is for you. Know your worth and don’t ever settle for love that makes you feel small.”

These songs have more to offer to the world than just a fun song to pass time with. I fully condone blasting them 24/7, but don’t ignore the lyrics and deeper meaning there.

Her platform may not be as big as Beyoncé’s, but Danni uses the power she has to exude positivity and show people they are not alone. Life is full of hardships, but many people experiences those same feelings and experiences in one way or another.

Her new name is derived from her love for the sea and the moon.

Before the release of Flickered, Danni tweeted “being an independent artist is so insanely tough, but also so rewarding. I’m allowed to release my music based on the phases of the moon cause I f*ckin wanna and nobody can tell me otherwise.”

And that is exactly what she did. When the moon was in it’s last quarter, the world was given “Flickered.”

All those popular artists on the radio aren’t given this freedom. That’s what makes LuxTides so unique; she pours meaning into every aspect of her career, whether it’s her lyrics or the reason behind a release date.

LuxTides has so much to offer the music industry. Please don’t let her talent go unnoticed. Show her some love on social media and your favorite streaming service!

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Discover the Up-and-Coming: Rad Horror

Calling all “Stranger Things” fans! Rad Horror is a talented up-and-coming band from New Jersey that brings a twist of late ’80s and early ’90s music and film to their individualized sound. I had the pleasure of interviewing the band over the summer and they’re aiming to bring the era they grew up in back to 2017.

Lead singer, Dylan Scott, was the bass player for Young Rising Sons until he decided to pursue his own musical endeavors. He got a group of friends together and they started Rad Horror. The band released their first album, “Before You Got Too Cool,” in December 2016 despite critics from the industry advising them to wait.

The album has sadly been removed from Spotify. Until their full works are released again, their latest single “Dark Times” will be released Nov. 10 along with a music video. See the trailer here.

Although the band hails from New Jersey, Scott made the big move to the West Coast. Now, the group has an array of Los Angeles and New Jersey members. The band made their debut in L.A. in March and continued to play various shows on the West Coast.

“Benzos and Cigarettes” is their first single as Rad Horror, and it’s available on Spotify. The band set themselves a budget of 20 dollars and decided to do as much as they could to create a music video for it. As a broke college student, I give props to Rad Horror. I understand the struggles of making the most out of a small amount of money. And, let me tell you, the video does not disappoint and perfectly depicts Rad Horror’s essence.

“Sad Boy” is another single that is accompanied by a music video. The band addresses an issue that society very often ignores – men and their emotions. Men do have emotions and should be allowed to openly express these emotions, rather than being frowned on if they stray from the socially acceptable stoic, strong male image.

Rad Horror released a handful of show dates on the East Coast in about two weeks. If you’re from the East Coast and have some free time while visiting home for Thanksgiving, try to catch a show. The band’s stage presence is flamboyant, unique, and sure to get you dancing.

Rad Horror brings a diverse sound to today’s music industry and address deeper issues through their music. I hope you find a connection to their music and love it as much as I do.

Check out Rad Horror on Twitter and Instagram.

And, check back next week for another up-and-coming artist to add to your favorite playlists!

Featured Image: Retrieved from Rad Horror’s Twitter.