JACK&JACK: GOOD FRIENDS ARE NICE, AND THEY MAKE GOOD MUSIC TOO

When you see all the things that duo Jack&Jack have managed to achieve together, it makes you wish you had a best friend of the same name super badly. The guys released their full length album “A Good Friend is Nice” earlier this year and have managed to combine a slick combo of pop, R&B, rock and hip hop. Thanks to the duo’s differentiating strengths — Jack Gilinsky’s smooth pop and R&B vocals, and Jack Johnson’s hip hop rap verses and vibes — the guys have managed to put together an album of some of the best tunes we’ve heard in years. They’re stark amidst their US headlining tour, which runs until May — so if you don’t have your tickets just yet, you should hurry on up and get some.

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TRACK PREMIERE: JENA ROSE “MANNERS”

After becoming known in the dance world, Jena is taking a bit of turn — back to the good kind of pop that the charts have seemingly been missing as of late — with her new single, “Manners.” The tune starts with a solemn melodic vibe, and steadily builds to an anthemic chorus — and can perhaps be described as the “female yin” to male pop artists like “Lauv’s yang.”

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LAUV: PRINCE OF HEARTBREAK

music critics of the past have said that often some of the best songs come from when an artist has been truly heartbroken, and who are we to argue with a sentiment that seems truly accurate? When it comes to heartbreak royalty, it seems Lauv is perhaps at the top of the lineage… and either he’s had his heartbroken too many times to count, or someone truly did a number on him because the songs just couldn’t get any better.

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Lostboycrow’s Music is No “Waste of Time”

I discovered Lost Boy Crow’s music sometime last year, and I’m still confused as to why he isn’t a household name yet, ‘cause his tracks are all super jams. With his debut full-length album “Santa Fe” set to release in early 2019, we’re hoping he’ll somehow keep his air of mystery, yet also get into the ears of literally everyone in the world everywhere.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: AVA MAX “SWEET BUT PSYCHO”

The video opens in black and white: a close up reminiscent of the Hitchcock film, “Psycho,” in which Ava watches her man kissing another woman. We then watch as he is invited into her pink cute AF cottage where we watch her go from jealous siren to glamourous serial killer bride — all while singing a pop tune you’ll likely be singing along with after just one chorus.

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LIVE REVIEW: morgxn’s “VITAL” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY WITH AIRBNB

It’s difficult to narrow down a standout song from the night, with excellent performances of his singles “home” and “carry the weight,” but his cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” was truly magical and breathtaking. Morgxn showed off his stellar vocal range and control on this challenging track, hitting the high notes with ease while never losing his ability to connect to his audience.

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