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You Need to Hear This: Old Friends Edition

Hey! As promised, I am back with a new edition of "You Need to Hear This." Pretty sure I have been doing this for the past seven years on and off, which is nuts to sit there and think about. How funny that this website transitioned from something I daydreamed about in college to something I still maintain, a world away and on the brink of 30. 

Onwards!



1.) Class Actress Responded to the Weeknd Because She Can
So I meant to post this a while ago, but I'm pretty busy with work and tryin' to be a human most of the time. Which, seeing as I am really a triceratops, is a pretty tall order. 

Class Actress - who is not genuinely an "old friend" per se, but someone I have posted about religiously through the years - released her "response" to the Weeknd's "The Hills" earlier this summer. And at first I worried it'd be a gimmicky stab at fame, it's actually not. It's hot. It works. 



I love that robot noise after the gopro line. For some reason, it makes me think of "WALL-E." 

2.) Chris Bell
I interviewed this NY singer-songwriter seven centuries ago. He was a nice enough dude, and I always thought he was incredibly talented. You can read our original interview here. Anyhoo, Chris Bell has since released some new music rather recently ("Rust" on Sept. 8). It's very folksy, very stripped-down, very soulful. It sort of takes me to a stripped-down Black Keys vibe, and his voice is slightly familiar of Josh Ritter's. Except, grittier.

You can listen to his new album here. I'd highly recommend taking part of your Sunday to do so. Then, going to the Cracker Barrel. Because I fucking love the Cracker Barrel, really no other reason than that TBH.

3.) Nathan Fox
Here's another fella I interviewed some time ago - 2013 I believe? It's sort of similar to the previous singer-songwriter on this list, but his stuff is a bit more janglier and poppier. He's released two singles this year, "Falling in Love" and "Helping." Both are rad, but "Falling in Love" hooked me from the first few notes. It's a pretty upbeat, summery, almost Brett Dennen-sounding tune.



4.) Lucie Niemelä 
I interviewed this Finnish-Czech musician in 2012. I loved her first EP so much, I actually still listen to it from time to time! Which says a lot, because being a triceratops, my memory and attention span are absolute rubbish. Lucie put out a new album/single earlier this year, which I have been slow to react to. 

Her sounds has evolved so much! She was more of a barebones, piano-based singer-songwriter the last time I spoke to. "Hermit," her single, has a MUCH poppier sound than what I heard previously. However, that being said, the heart is still there. She pens a beautiful melody, and her voice is absolutely stunning. She's also going by "Lucie," now. Si



5.) The Romantic Era
Erie, PA pop-punk-dance darlings, The Romantic Era seem to have been up to quite a lot lately. I have written about them repeatedly through the years because I believe they're gong to be huge. They're picking up a lot of momentum, which is terrific because these hard-working guys certainly deserve it. They just played Boston's Fenway Park, a monumental achievement.

Here is their latest single, "Wasted Love." It's a tour de force that sort of spins into Calvin Harris territory. Enjoy it!



NOTE: The writer is totally aware she made some typos in this post. In her defense, half her computer screen is broken and she can't see shit when typing.

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