10 Acts You Need To See At Music Midtown 2017

Earlier this month, Music Midtown released the longly awaited line up for this year and I think this line up is simply amazing. Not only does it include some of my personal favorites such as Two Door Cinema Club and Oh Wonder, but there’s also a lot of great acts I’ve seen personally like, Dua Lipa, COIN and Young the Giant. This week I’ve dedicated a post to who I think everyone should see at Music Midtown. Let’s get started.

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Weezer  – Last year, Weezer went on tour with Panic! at the Disco and I had never been more excited for a joint tour. While many fans were there to enjoy the music and newly released album from Panic! at the Disco, and honestly I was too, I was even more excited for Weezer. Their varying discography is sure to keep you entertained the whole time you’re watching. With hits such as, “Beverly Hills”, “Say It Ain’t So”, “Island in the Sun”, and “Buddy Holly”, you’ll never be bored at a Weezer show.

Young the Giant – I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Young the Giant not once, but twice in the last two years. When I saw them on their Mind Over Matter Tour, I was floored, when I saw them at Shaky Knees last year, I instantly wanted to see them again. There are very few artists who can sound better live, than in the studio and Young the Giant is definitely one of those artists. They released their third album last year, which featured the indie hit, “Silvertongue” which is sure to be a crowd favorite.

Bastille – Earlier this year, Bastille was featured on the 7 Shows to Attend list, and for a good reason. As I said in that blog post, I’ve been a fan for a couple of years, after hearing their album Bad Blood, and after watching their set at Live at T in the Park, I knew I had to see this amazing band live. They provide electric energy, show a ridiculous amount of talent and love to have the crowd involved. Definitely a show you don’t want to miss.

Two Door Cinema Club – I’ve been lucky enough to see this band already, and I’ve actually written a post on it before. Two Door Cinema Club is an act I would recommend to anyone that enjoys the indie rock sound, and an overall good time. They’re a band that has amazing stage performance, interacts with the crowd and really gets you involved and you’ll never want the live show to end. Whether you know their hit, “What You Know” or are able to sing every lyric from their latest album, “Gameshow”, there’s no doubt, you’ll have fun and want to dance along.

Oh Wonder – Okay, if you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a little while, you know that Oh Wonder is an act I love to talk about. Featured on not only my Who To Watch but also on 5 Tours To Attend , Oh Wonder is an act that brings a great live show. Having had multiple sold out dates on their first tour, and this tour sure to follow, this is a group I will always recommend seeing live. They also just released their sophomore album, Ultralife, which I would also recommend giving a listen.

Dua Lipa – I saw Dua Lipa late last year when she was opening for Troye Sivan on his Suburbia Tour and earlier this year on her headlining tour, and this is an artist that puts on a show. Not only is her music fun and lively, but her live show mirrors that perfectly. She’s a singer with a unique voice and an amazing stage presence. She released her debut album earlier this year and with it’s track list, it’s sure to be a great live performance. Definitely an act you should catch.

PVRISSo I’ve seen PVRIS about four times now, and I can guarantee you I’ll be seeing them a fifth time. PVRIS is a band that brings a great amount of energy no matter what demographic their performing to. I’ve watched them open for Pierce the Veil, MUSE Fall Out Boy, and headline their own show, and they bring a great live show every time. Do yourself a favor and catch their set this year.

Circa Waves– I’ve liked the sound of Circa Waves ever since I heard their song, “T Shirt Weather” about two years ago. When I first heard they were opening for Two Door Cinema club on their upcoming tour, I was ecstatic. Circa Waves is a group that provides an unstoppable amount of energy and ensures that every crowd member has a great time while listening to them. Check out their set this year, you won’t regret it.

COIN – I’ve actually talked about COIN before on this site, and I’m happy to be seeing them on such a great line up. I was able to see COIN early last year when they performed mid day at Shaky Knees and they were an absolute treat that provided upbeat rhythms, catchy lyrics and an overall good time. They released an album earlier this year titled, “How Will You Know If You Never Try” featuring songs such as “I Don’t Wanna Dance” and “Talk Too Much” so this is a show that’s sure to have you dancing.

AJR –  A trio that I’ve recently fallen in love with the sound of; AJR is a trio of brothers based out of NYC and are an act that conveys an insane amount of energy. You might know their song “I’m Ready” or one of their more recent songs “Weak” from their latest album, The Click, which was released earlier this year. If they can perform at even half the energy they exhibit in their songs, this is sure to be a fun show.

Hopefully this gave you some insight on what to expect at this year’s Music Midtown and you’ve added a couple of must sees to your list. Tickets for Music Midtown are now on a sale and you can find them at the provided link below.

https://www.musicmidtown.com/tickets/

Connect the Dots by Misterwives: An Album Review

Late last week, Misterwives released their long awaited sophomore album “Connect the Dots” and I believe that it was well worth the wait. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Misterwives, seeing how they’ve been talked about many times on this blog and I simply couldn’t wait to do a track by track review this album. Let’s get started.

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MachineI don’t think they could have picked a better song that start off the second album. Current political circumstances make this song even more impacting with lyrics such as “Maybe I’m a dying breed, but I believe in individuality.” Machine is a song that not only wants to make you want to get up and dance, but also make a change, and not conform to less than ideal societal standards.

Chasing ThisThe first time I heard this song, I couldn’t help but smile the entire time. It’s a song that rings true to the style Misterwives have and why one falls in love with their unique sound. It’s a cute, upbeat sound with lyrics that details the life of following your heart, no matter who tries to discourage you as time goes on.

Only HumanIt’s as if Jason Mraz joined Misterwives in this song. It’s got a sweet mellow sound that reminds us all of something that we shouldn’t forget, ” Oh, we’re human, only human, like a moth to a flame, we can’t resist love’s game.” It’s a style we didn’t hear very much of on their debut album “Our Own House” but it’s one that I like very much.

Drummer Boy: One thing I was looking forward to with this album was a love song.  After hearing Oceans from their first album, I was excited to see what we were going to get on this album, and I personally was overjoyed with the track. It’s a sweet song that allows us to see a bit more into the personal life of lead singer Mandy Lee and drummer, Etienne Bowler and how much love Mandy has for Etienne.

RevolutionMuch like Machine, this is a song that has the intent of wanting to inspire listeners to get up and make a change, but with a somewhat darker tone. You can hear the drive, determination and power behind the instrumentation, vocals and lyrics of this song. With lyrics such as, “Laying in bed, trying to empty my head all these acts of violence ripping this world to shreds while I’m trying to sleep, oh how could I sleep?”  it’s definitely one of the more powerful songs on the album.

My Brother: This song is so indescribably beautiful. A song that shows the beauty of support, and watching someone struggle but sticking by them to the end, and truly wanting the best for them. The chorus, “Oh my brother it pains me to see you here again. Oh my brother, I’ll take this road with you until the end.” Shows a vulnerable side delivered beautifully, slightly reminiscent of their earlier released song Lullaby.

Out Of Tune PianoI’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Misterwives is a band that radiates positivity and promotes self love time after time and that’s proven again with this song. With a chorus that says, “Love yourself my dear, la la la love yourself my dear
Go on and, love yourself my dear, la la la love yourself my dear, do I make myself clear?” You can see how much this band respects the idea of confidence and the idea of loving yourself.

Coloring Outside the LinesI actually feel like this is the one song on the album that sounds the most like their debut album “Our Own House” and I love it. It’s a song that’s about embracing life, loving someone, and don’t conform to society’s standards. True Misterwives fashion.

Band CampBand Camp might actually be might favorite track of this album. Though it may be the shortest track, I think the instrumentation, vocal stylings, and the lyrics in compilation with one another makes it a memorable track for me. While it sounds like a track Misterwives would produce, the somewhat minor overtones that are on this song make it a new sound from Misterwives that I absolutely love.

Oh Love: Oh Love was the second single released from Connect the Dots and this is a song that showcases just how powerful Mandy’s voice, as well as her lyrics can be conveyed to listeners. It has a great rock and roll feel to it, and I can’t wait to hear it live once again on their upcoming tour.

Let The Light LineThe longest, and last track on the album is a song that builds upon itself and is just over 5 minutes of encouraging and beautiful words. Misterwives is a band that I always associate with optimism, and have ever since I stumbled upon their Reflections EP in 2014, and this song encompasses how positive and how much music can provide an uplifting feeling.

Misterwives’ sophomore album was eagerly  awaited by most fans, and I believe it’s safe to say the album was well worth the wait. Though the instrumentation of this album is different of that of their debut album “Our Own House”, the variety, complexity and overall creativity this album has goes to show that Misterwives is a unique and talented act in the industry and whatever they produce will stay true to their brand.

Be sure to watch them other upcoming tour with Vinyl Theatre and Smallpools this fall, and buy your tickets here.

Song Recommendation of the Week: Band Camp by Misterwives

Panic! at the Disco: Death Of A Bachelor Tour

Hello yes, it’s been quite a while, but I am here once again. I’m here to tell you all about the amazing concert I experienced last week, Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor tour. Let’s get started shall we?

Let’s start with the first opening act, one of my long time favorite bands, Saint Motel. Saint Motel is an indie pop band based out of Los Angeles and gives us all a refreshing taste of genuinely good music. From a set list that ranged from their songs Sweet Talk to Destroyer and their popular hit, My Type, it was guaranteed to be a great time.

The set was accompanied with amazing visuals that were reminiscent of classic television. With the  black and white film and the vintage vibes, it was a very aesthetically pleasing performance. I will most definitely be seeing them the next time they’re in Georgia.

This brings us to our second opening act, and one of my personal favorites, Misterwives. After having seen them on the “Our Own House Tour” , and then later on the “Scrapbook Tour”, I was more than excited to see them for a third time, and let me tell you they did not disappoint.Their setlist consisted of both new and old song featuring those such as ReflectionsOur Own House, Machine and Oh Love.  The overall performance radiated positivity throughout the audience and I can’t wait to see Misterwives again.

Now, onto the headliner, Panic! at the Disco.

I saw Panic! at the Disco for the first time last year when they went on tour with Weezer, and they left a memorable impression to say the least. Having been a fan of Panic! at the Disco since their “Vices and Virtues” days, I wasn’t gonna pass up on an opportunity to see them once again.

The night started with something I’ve seen no other artist do before, a countdown. Introduced with the playing of Secrets by the Weeknd, my friends and I waited anxiously as the clock counted down from 10:00 to 0:00.

When the clock finally reached 0:00, we we’re met with the all too familiar introduction of Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time, a great beginning if I do say so myself.  After the performance was completed, and the audience was at a high level of energy, the center stage back drop lit up and said “Welcome To the Death of A Bachelor Tour.”

The night was filled with a setlist that featured a medley of old favorites such as The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage, Camisado, But It’s Better If You Do, Nine in the Afternoon, Ready to Go and of course, I Write Sins Not Tragedies.

We also heard come current songs, such as: Hallelujah, Golden Days, LA Devotee, a beautiful piano version of This Is Gospel and title song Death of A Bachelor.  We even heard a couple of covers such as Movin’ Out and a classic favorite Bohemian Rhapsody.

However, I think the highlight of the night had to be near the end of the set where Brendon gave a beautiful speech about inclusion, equality and that no matter what happens he will always stand by us nt, as both an ally and a friend. The song Girls/Girls/Boys began to play and the audience lifted up the paper hearts we had received at the beginning of the night and proceeded to make the color of the pride flag across the venue. It was a moment of camaraderie, inclusion, true beauty, and shows how passionate one fan base can be about coming together.


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Panic! at the Disco is a band that gives an impeccable show and helps in bring a sense of togetherness along with providing an uplifting energy to everyone that attends. If you get the chance to see them, I suggest you do, you won’t regret it.

Song of the Week: Emperor’s New Clothes by Panic! at the Disco

Who To Watch: 2017

2016 was a year that had some pretty amazing break out acts such as twenty one pilots, Flume, Halsey and Shawn Mendes but I’m almost certain that 2017 is going to have even more amazing break out acts.  From personal favorite acts such as Oh Wonder and LANY to acts that are getting consistent radio play like Jon Bellion and Daya, I’m here to tell you who you need to watch for this upcoming year. Let’s get started.

 

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Jon Bellion – I first heard Jon Bellion when my friend showed me a song called Timeless, and ever since then I’ve taken strong liking to his musicality and vocal style. This past year, however, I realized that Jon Bellion is about to be a force to be reckoned with. Though he’s been in this industry since 2011, and even has a Grammy to his name, his debut album, The Human Condition, really has everyone talking. You’ve might have seen him on the road with twenty one pilots or heard his latest single All Time Low on the radio, but I guarantee you’ll be hearing even more of him this upcoming year.

 

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Daya-You’ve heard of this girl, I can almost guarantee it. Whether you’ve heard her singles, Hide Away, Sit Still, Look Pretty, or heard her feature on The Chainsmoker’s single, Don’t Let Me Down, you’ve heard of her. Slightly reminiscent of Alessia Cara due to her genuine personality, honest lyrics and the relatable factor, Daya is an 18 year old powerhouse who I can see going very far within the near future. Be sure to see her on her upcoming “Sit Still Look Pretty” Tour. You can always say you saw her first.

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LANYI’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing this band three times, one of which I’ve written about before, and I know I’ll be writing about them again soon. LANY is a band that is based out of Los Angeles, California and have been quickly making a name for themselves within the indie demographic. After their single, ILYSB, started to gain more internet traffic, the band was soon traveling as opening acts for artists such as Troye Sivan,and Halsey and started creating their own fanbase. You’ll be sure to be hearing a lot about this band this upcoming year, especially with the much waited release of their debut album.

 

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Oh Wonder – Okay, yes, I consistently talk about this band on this blog, but there’s a good reason for it. This is a talented duo and I can guarantee you that they’re about to be recognized for it on a higher level. Not only is their music extremely pleasing to the ear, their music videos memorable and sweet, but there’s also a unique aspect to their vocalization style and instrumentation.Having opened for acts such as Halsey, and performed at festivals such as  Bonnaroo, Firefly, Lollapalooza, this alt-pop duo is about to one of the most talked about groups in the independent and alternative scene.

 

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Dua Lipa – I’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing Dua Lipa live due to the fact she  opened for Troye Sivan on his Suburbia Tour and I’m not lying when I said she left an impression. Not only did she bring a fun, playful energy with her songs such as, Hotter Than Hell, and my personal favorite, Blow Your Mind (Mwah), she also later joined Troye on stage to do a cover that also showed off her amazing vocal talent. Dua Lipa has the potential to become one of the biggest acts of this year, and you can hear that in the songs I’ve listed below.

 

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Louis the Child – Though they’ve been in this industry since 2012, I just know that Louis the Child is about to amongst the notoriety of artists such as Flume and ODESZA. After gaining a name for themselves, this duo has played at festivals such as Coachella, Electric Forest,  Electric Zoo and Lollapalooza. Their latest single, It’s Strange is starting to generate more internet traffic for them, but I know you’ll be hearing this Chicago based duo on the radio soon.

 

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Dodie Clark – Quite often known as a “quirky little thing”, Dodie Clark is a phenomenal singer who started out by posting covers on YouTube, ranging from songs such as Goner by twenty one pilots, Drive by Oh Wonder, Somebody Else by the 1975 and even La Vie En Rose by Edith Pilaf. Are you starting to see why she’s one of my personal favorites? However, not only does she show an amazing sense of artistry in these videos, but she’s also showcased her talent and her lovable personality.

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Grace VanderWaal: You might know her as the 12 year old that wowed everyone with her audition for America’s Got Talent, but I promise you’re about to know her for so much more than that. She’s a now 13 year old pop prodigy who’s about to take the world by storm due to her unique vocals, unmeasurable talent and lovable, bubbly personality. You might have even heard her song, Light the Sky, in the latest Google commercial entitled Year In Search 2016.

Are you impressed? Do you already know some of these acts? Do you have any more acts to add on? Please, let me know it the comments and I’ll be sure to give them a listen! I’ll be writing to you all next week and I hope you enjoyed this post.

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Song of the Week: Body Gold by Oh Wonder (Louis the Child Remix)

7 Shows To Attend In 2017

Concert season is about to start up once again and I’m here to tell you who you need to see live s and reasons as to why. Please feel free to add additional acts in the comments!

This week is also a collaboration with love-alexandria so please check out her blog!

Let’s get started shall we?

COIN: The Winter Tour 

I actually had the pleasure of seeing this band perform live at Shaky Knees last year and within one song of their set, I was hooked. They’re a fun band that brings  heightened energy, fun crowd interaction and an overall good time. Be sure to see them now, because I predict big things for these guys and you can read why here.

Dates: Feb. 9 – Feb. 22

Tickets: thisiscoin.com

Bad Suns: The Heartbreaker Tour

 Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to see this amazing band live yet, but hopefully that will change within the next couple of weeks. Bad Suns are making a name for themselves, and you might have seen them if you attended Halsey’s Badlands tour, seeing as they opened for her. They’re a band that makes amazing music and I can’t wait to see what their live show has in store.

Dates: Feb. 28 – Mar. 20

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Panic! At The Disco : Death Of  A Bachelor Tour

I saw Panic! at the Disco last year when they went on tour with Weezer and let me tell you, this is a show you will never forget. Brendon Urie’s vocals are some that are of higher caliber than most modern artists  and that’s clearly shown when he performs live. The band puts on a great show, but it’s one you have to experience for yourself.

Dates: Feb. 24 – Apr. 15

Ticketshttp://www.panicatthedisco.com/tour

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The World Tour

 I honestly feel like I don’t need to say much about this due to their namesake alone, I mean, they’re the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They’re credibility alone is one of the reasons to see them; but despite the fact they’ve made quite a defined name for themselves, they’re pretty phenomenal live and have left an impression on most people who have seen them live. Don’t believe me? Just watch this

Dates: Jan. 5 – Jul. 31

Ticketshttp://redhotchilipeppers.com/tour

Bastille: Wild World Tour

This is one of the tours that, I personally, am the most excited for. I’ve been a fan for a couple of years, after hearing their album Bad Blood, and after watching their set at Live at T in the Park, I knew I had to see this amazing band live. They provide electric energy, show a ridiculous amount of talent and love to have the crowd involved. Definitely one to check out this spring.

Dates: Jan. 31st – May 12th 

Tickets: www.bastillebastille.com

Sons Of An Illustrious Father: North American Tour 

Okay, so I came across the band, Sons of An Illustrious Father late last year after hearing their song “Very Few Dancers” and I found myself hooked on their instrumentation, lyrical style and the conviction you can hear when you see them live. The first live performance I saw of theirs was a performance at Paste Magazine and I knew I had made the right choice investing into this band. I can’t wait to finally hear all the songs I’ve had on repeat live.

Dates: Feb 16 – April 2* 

*more dates to be added

Tickets: http://sonsofanillustriousfather.com

twenty one pilots: Emotional Road Show

I’ve seen this duo twice and I can not begin to tell you how amazing this experience is. I’ve been to quite a few shows within the last couple of years and this is one that wasn’t like any other.  Between the lighting, effects, and even down to the setlist, this band is one that adheres to the experience of the fans and nows how to make their shows as fun as possible. If you want to know more, feel free to read about my experience the last time I saw them.

Dates: Jan. 19 – Apr. 8

Tickets: www.twentyonepilots.com/tour

Well that’s what I have for you all this week, and be sure to check out love-alexandria and to be here next when I tell you who to watch out for this year in the world of music.

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Song Recommendation of the Week: Maybe We’re Meant To Be Alone by Bad Suns

At Least The Music’s Good

Let’s face it, this year was not the most ideal, in any way; however, we were able to get some pretty fantastic music out of it. So for this blog post, I’ve decided to list what I think are some of the best, indie pop, indie rock and alternative albums of this year. I’ve linked every album to their title so please, feel free to listen and let me know what you think.

Disclaimer: In nature of this blog, I’ve limited this list to albums that fall mainly into indie rock, indie pop and alternative. That being said, masterpieces such as Lemonade, Coloring Book, Blonde,  Awaken, My Love!, or albums that fall mainly under electronic or hard rock are not listed for said reason.

Let’s get on with the list shall we?

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it by The 1975

This is Our Vice by Cub Sport

Wild World by Bastille

The Human Condition by Jon Bellion

Big Mess by Grouplove

iii by Miike Snow

Moth by Chairlift

Love Gloom by Night Riots

Signs of Light by Head and The Heart

Folk Hop N’ Roll by Judah and the Lion

White by Weezer

Matter by St. Lucia

Fitz and The Tantrums by Fitz and the Tantrums

It Doesn’t Have To Make Sense by Ingrid Michaelson

22, A Million by Bon Iver

The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Disappointment Island by TNNG

Gameshow by Two Door Cinema Club

You’ll Pay For This by Bear Hands

Don’t You by Wet

Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara

Why Are You OK by Band of Horses

I Think You Think Too Much of Me by Eden

Home of the Strange by Young the Giant

Thick As Thieves by The Temper Trap

Psychopomp by Japanese Breakfast

Not To Disappear by Daughter

Puberty 2 – Mitski

Remember Us To Life by Regina Spektor

Beautiful Lies by Birdy

American English by Tor Miller

The Altar by Banks

Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco

Insomniac by Maggie Schneider

Cleopatra by The Lumineers

Saintmotelevision by Saint Motel

Every Night The Same Dream by Ball Park Music

Everything You’ve Come to Expect by The Last Shadow Puppets

Lewis Del Mar by Lewis Del Mar

Much Love  by Microwave

100 by The Hunna

American Nightmare by Bad Rabbits

Disappear Here by Bad Suns

Eternally Even by Jim James

I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy by Miniature Tigers

Stay Together by Kaiser Chiefs

Well that’s what I’ve got for you this week! Please let me know what albums you think should be added, and I’ll be sure to give them a listen. Thank you to all those that helped submit albums for this list, it helped tremendously!

That’s for sticking with me for the last six months and I’ll be writing to you next year!

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Song Recommendation of the Week: Show U Off by Chairlift

Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re like me, it might be hard finding that perfect gift for someone. However, I’ve  compiled a list of items I think will be great to get for someone that loves music. Let’s get started shall we?

1. 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die:

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Every music lover will take the opportunity to delve into the world of unknown music so they can find even more albums to obsess over. This book is a great way to become familiar with classic albums, underrated albums and albums you’ve probably heard thousands of times, but still don’t know everything about. This is a book that every music lover will enjoy because who doesn’t like falling in love with new music?

2. Spotify Premium Subscription: 

I’ve talked about the great uses of Spotify in my 5 Apps Every Concert Goer Should Have post, but this app isn’t just great for concert goers, but also for music lovers in general. Spotify premium allows subscribers to listen to endless hours of music, all for the low price of $9.99 a month, or $4.99 a month if they’re a college student.

With the amount of money that most music lovers would spend on albums, $9.99 isn’t a bad deal seeing how they have thousands albums available on their app. They also you allow you download all of their content to your phone so you’re not stuck using data to listen to all your favorite artists. It also comes with the best feature, no advertisements!

3. Portable Record Player:

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For this holiday season, a portable record player may be the most ideal gift you could get a music lover, especially if they’re a fan of indie or alternative music.

While there are many records players available, I recommend the 1byone Belt-Drive-3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable with Built-in-speakers, which is ranked number 5 on Techsounded’s Top Ten Best Portable Record Players .

It supports RCA Output, has a headphone jack, allows MP3 and mobile phone music playback and comes in black and turquoise, all without breaking the bank. Just get ready to hear, “That record sounds so much better on vinyl” because that’s not a joke, we actually say that.

4. Sennheiser Momentum Headphones

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It should go without saying that every music lover needs a quality pair of headphones and the Sennheiser momentum headphones are the perfect ones that don’t break the bank.

soundguys say, “There’s a reason these are making this list for the second year in a row: they’re still that good. Sure there are audiophile headphones that sound better, or Bluetooth headphones with a better range, or less expensive headphones with better active noise cancelling, but if you want a pair of headphones that are top contenders in every one of these categories these are the way to go. They have active noise cancelling, great sound, are comfortable, and they’re wireless. They have a solid 22 hour battery life and that’s with ANC and Bluetooth turned on. They fold at the hinges for easy traveling and you can also make crystal clear calls.”

Sounds like a great investment to me.

5.  Lost In The Supermarket: An Indie Rock Cookbook

Named after the Clash song, this is a unique gift for that music lover that enjoys experimenting with new recipes as much as they enjoy experimenting with new music genres, like math core or nerd rock.

Amazon.com says, “Lost in the Supermarket—yes, named for the 1979 hit by The Clash—is a creative compendium of recipes that reclaims the kitchen for the hip crowd. At once a meditation on the connection between food and music and a great culinary resource, this cookbook is full of the favorite recipes of some of indie rock’s elite. In chapters on both daily dishes and special event grub, contributions from such indie notables as Animal Collective, Black Dice, Sunset Rubdown, and Country Teasers are included, giving readers plenty to groove on, whether they’re in it for the tunes or the tastes or both.”

6. Concert Posters

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Are you really a music lover if you don’t have at least one poster hanging up in your room? Concert posters are great for concert goers that don’t want to spend an excessive amount of money on merchandise, seeing how shirts can range from $25-$45. It’s a great way to remember a great concert for a great price. Not a fan of concerts? That’s perfectly fine because allposters.com has posters from bands to movies to sports to comics.

7. A Bluetooth Speaker: 

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A bluetooth speaker is always a great investment due to the new mobility allowed for both you and the speaker. This is a great gift for a music lover because they’ll be able to still listen to great albums without having to constantly keep their phone on them if they’re being preoccupied by something else. The speaker that I would invest into is the Fugoo Sport speaker and Tech Radar has given many reasons t as to why it’s great that I’ve listed below.

Weight: 1 pound | Battery life: Up to 40 hours | Wireless range: 30+ feed | Frequency response: 60Hz -20kHz | Drivers: Two 28mm neodymium tweeters, two 39mm neodymium aluminum domed mid/woofers, two 43mm x 54mm passive radiators | NFC: No | Aux-in: Yes | USB charging: Yes

8. Vinyl Frames:

Vinyl frames are a great investment for music lover’s that have the space and a great collection to show off.

artvinyl.com details their services by saying, “Our unique Play & Display Flip Frame gives you the chance to stylishly display your favourite vinyl albums or 12″ singles and their contents on your wall. With this record frame’s unique design, you can also change over your display within seconds, without having to remove the frame from the wall. The Flip Frame has a unique quick release system; simply press the catch at the top and they hinge open.”

9. Subscription to vnyl.org

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What’s known to some as the Netflix of records, this is a great gift to give a music lover who’s already in love with vinyl records. vnyl is a service that “hand-curates 3 records specific to you every month. These are records that are based on your specific music tastes since we want your vinyl collection to be unique. To start a membership, you will need an invite code from us or a friend. After you Choose a Membership Plan, you will then need to fill out your user profile, and last but certainly not least,select a #Vibe!”

With a monthly subscription of $39 a month for three records of month, it’s a pretty great and sure to make a music lover very happy.

10. Signed Band Merchandise:

Unfortunately, I can’t just give a link for this seeing how it’s a very subjective gift, but I can guarantee this will make a music lover extremely happy. For a bonus, you can see if you can the something related to the instrument they play singed, such as a guitar pick, or a drum head

Well that’s all I have for you all this week, and I hope it was helpful! I’ll be writing to you all soon with my opinions on this years best albums.

Song recommendation of the Week: Things We Lost In The Fire by Bastille