Sunday, May 31, 2015

{PLAYLIST} best of may 2015

So, May is over, June starts tomorrow, and it's approximately 87% humidity every day -- welcome to summer in the DMV! We've had a great month of May and kept ourselves busy busy AND we turned FOUR! In May, we:
And in May, we were listening to:


"Go For It" - CRUISR
Hello, summer anthem.
"Archers" - The Ballroom Thieves
This song is making sure I'm ready for rooftops!
"Velocirapture" - Alex Vans and the Hideaway
So much DC love for this band and their latest (amazing) single!
"Peanut Butter Jelly" - Galantis
YES PLEASE. DANCE PARTIES AND PB&Js FOR EVERYONE. 
"Into The Mystic" - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
HOW did I not know about this cover previously??
"Fly"- Maddie and Tae
This little country ditty will be on repeat in my head all summer.
"Skin Tight" - Niykee Heaton
This song is everything I love: pop influences + sexy beats + alluring synths 
"Til My Voice Is Gone" - The Old Ceremony
New road trip song, yes please!
"Stolen Dance" - Miky Chance
I hope you're just as charmed by these cutie Germans as we are!
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" - Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson
Calling it now: this is going to be this summer's "Rather Be"
"Quesadilla" - Walk the Moon
It just wouldn't be a TIOJ birthday without some WTM.
"Blood Stutter (Color Study Remix)" - Handsome Ghost feat. Pell
So pleased to be introduced to emcee Pell through this jam.
"Paradise Waiting" - Vacationer
With summer break just around the corner, paradise is waiting!

Friday, May 29, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday, TIOJers! We hope you enjoy this steamy, sunny weekend dancing your littler hearts out at Sweetlife!

Your Weekend Jam: This just in: Ed Sheeran is adorable, even when singing about cocaine. His cover-remix hybrid of "CoCo" by O.T. Genasis is incredible.



TIOJ Thoughts:

Justin Bieber covered Boyz II Men and it was goooood.


33 reasons I love feminist celebs.

Thom Yorke's new song is legit 18 DAYS LONG.

Father John Misty answers your relationship questions.

The most popular jukebox songs in New York City.

Free! Django Django's "Shake & Tremble" is currently zero dollas on iTunes and the brand new video can be seen here!



And in case you missed it: We shared two great concert recaps -- Elizabeth's of Milky Chance in Louisville and Andrew's photo recap of Dave Matthews Band!!

{PLAYLIST} sweetlife festival 2015

Something is in the water these days with normally good festivals turning 100% outstanding. First was Hangout Fest, now our beloved backyard fave Sweetlife Festival! Brought to you by some of our favorite salad makers in town, this festival just expanded to two days and, simply put, it looks awesome.

(via our friends at sweetgreen)
Are you headed up to Merriweather this weekend? If so, do your best to give Drizzy a hug. If not, join us in listening to these jams.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

{THROWBACK} "it wasn't me"

One of the best things about long weekends is the tendency for radio stations to play an excessive amount of throwbacks. Case in point, I heard Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" on the radio this past weekend. Could not tell you the last time I heard that song or even thought about it, but I could definitely tell you how awkward that song made me feel as a 12 year old.



Also, this video. Everything about it is very 2000.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

{RECAP} dave matthews band

TIOJ Photographer Andrew saw the extraordinary Virginian Dave Matthews Band on Saturday night at Jiffy Lube Live -- check out his amazing photos below!






Click ahead for more!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

{RECAP} milky chance

TIOJ's Kentucky Correspondent Elizabeth checked out Milky Chance -- not long after we were able to catch up with them before their show at the 9:30 Club. Check out her thoughts below!

The first time I ever heard of Milky Chance was back in June of 2014 when “Stolen Dance” came on 91.9 WFPK here in Louisville (which is, by the way, the best radio station ever… but I digress). I instantly fell in love with the way they blended electronic beats with almost Spanish sounding guitar chords. Their album Sadnecessary has been on high repeat on my Spotify ever since. Needless to say, I was very excited to see what these guys would sound like in person. Clemens Rehbein (guitar, vocals) and Philipp Dausch (percussion, synth/turntables) make up the German duo, which also tours with an additional guitarist/harmonica player. They played earlier in May at Headliners in Louisville, a venue similar to 9:30 Club but smaller, for all of you DC folks out there.

The opening band for Milky Chance was FMLYBND, a self-described electronic grunge band out of Isla Vista in SoCal. I had never listened to them before seeing them live, which is honestly what I prefer to do a lot of the time with openers, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them.


They are one of those bands that clearly has a blast doing what they do and their cover of Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” blew me away. Their sound is unique to any bands I had heard before and was great live. I would definitely recommend seeing them if you have the chance.



Milky Chance took the stage after FMLYBND and put on a great show as well. Rehbein’s vocals were on point and it was fun seeing Dausch’s setup that included turntables, synth, electronic drum pad, and a few classic cymbals and drums, all played while standing up. Their live music had more of a world beat vibe and their additional touring guitarist also played harmonica on a few songs.



Both of these made for an interesting live show because it seemed to be more of a departure from the sound of the songs on their album and had a lighter electronic sound. Milky Chance was a fun band to see live and I would definitely see them again in the future!


Overall, this show experience was great. We also had a good time before the show and between sets playing the TIOJ classic game, “Drummer Or Roadie?”… it's pretty self-explanatory how you play and it can lead to some pretty amazing commentary. Enjoy!

Thanks so much to Ewee for her recap of Milky Chance!! Up next: a photo recap of Dave Matthews Band from Andrew M.!

so many van morrison covers, so little time

Cover Me Songs has compiled a cover album of Van Morrison's Moondance, and I'm so obsessed with it. While all the songs, both covers and originals, are beautiful, I can't get enough of Jason Isbell's version of "Into the Mystic."



And of course, the original:


AND do yourself a favor and listen to all of these beautiful covers by clicking here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

"coffee" two ways

I was literally in the middle of writing a post about Miguel's latest super sexy (shocker) single when I stumbled across a cover already out by TIOJ faves Scavenger Hunt. Needless to say, it was a romantic and fortuituous moment for me that I had to share.

Take a listen first to Miguel's original that is a sex dream in and of itself and then somehow gets even better with the addition of DC rapper Wale.



And then enjoy Scavenger Hunt's cover, which is a bit more subdued yet still super sexy with female vocals. Their cover almost sounds like the soundtrack to a romantic montage in a Patrick Swayze movie. (I say that with the highest amount of praise, for the record.)

Friday, May 22, 2015

weekend thoughts...

HAPPY THREE DAY WEEKEND AND HAPPY SUMMER! If you couldn't tell, we're over the moon to welcome summer back into our lives -- get ready for the weekend with some jams, links, and more!

Your Weekend Jam: When a song samples Whitney AND LMFAO, you know it’s perfect for your three-day weekend -- enter Natalie La Rose and Jeremiah with “Somebody.”

 

TIOJ Thoughts: 

How to write an Alt-J song (thanks, Erica!)

Make your own Sylvan Esso remix!

Turns out Kanye was not pleased at how censored he was at the BBMAs...

Your ideal music festival. 

21 (bizarre) mashups that shouldn't work but totally do!

*N SYNC vs. Backstreet Boys lyrics -- how well did you do?

Free! Kopecky’s back (with a shortened name and new album!) -- listen and download their single “Talk To Me” on Soundcloud.


DC Happenings: Jazz in the Sculpture Garden starts this Friday! You know you've missed it. just as much as we have.

{PLAYLIST} memorial day 2015!

Memorial Day, Memorial Day, our long lost friend!! With this weekend, summer is OFFICIALLY underway -- so bring on the outdoor concerts, jazz in the gardens and screens on the green, and rooftops and patios!! That is, as long as we can stand staying outdoors in DC's swampy humidity. Nevertheless, we are absolutely thrilled about this long weekend. Whether you're off camping, sunning at the pool (the pool is open!), or traipsing through vineyards, we hope you are too!

(via)

Press play below for your weekend soundtrack:

 

Keep celebrating the arrival of summer HERE!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

{THROWBACK} "ain't nobody (loves me better)"

Jasmine Thompson picked a perfect song to cover to introduce us to her beautiful British vocals. Desk dance to her feature on Felix Jaehn's rework of Chaka Khan's hit "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". Seriously, if you don't find yourself dancing, you may want to go see a doctor.



And just in case you need to remember how great the original version of this song was...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

the old ceremony is my jam

Public service announcement: add The Old Ceremony to your summer road trip playlists now. This North Carolinian band has been around for a while, but put them on your radar now. The song that won me over was "Til My Voice Is Gone," but take a listen to their whole Noisetrade collection that they released in anticipation of their upcoming album, Sprinter.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"skin tight" is my jam

As we discussed the other day, one of our weaknesses is sexy songs and "Skin Tight" by Niykee Heaton is no exception. The immediately catchy beat and Niykee's radio-ready vocals had us pressing repeat on this Songza playlist at least five times in a row. Plus, we would be lying if the hint towards Ellie Goulding's immensely popular "Love Me Like You Do" was not intriguing.



Also, where is that sample in the beginning from? It's on the tip of my tongue and driving me insane. HELP ME PLEASE!

flying with maddie and tae

Maybe it's the sun, the heat, the impending summer season, or all of the beer I've been drinking recently, but lately I've been in such a country mood. Fortuitously, I stumbled upon "Fly" by Maddie and Tae. I am so into it. Not only are these girls adorable and blonde, but they've also got some pretty impressive vocal chops.



What are your favorite guilty pleasure summer jams?

Monday, May 18, 2015

third eye blind and beyonce? okay.

Color me intrigued -- just after announcing that they are releasing their first new album in six years, Third Eye Blind put out a cover of Beyonce's "Mine." And friends, I don't hate it. You can definitely tell it's Third Eye Blind (I'd know the vocals of "Semi Charmed Life" anywhere), and it doesn't have the same raw sense of desperation as Bey's original, but I do like it.

Take a listen for yourself.



And now, for comparison's sake, listen to the Queen's:

Friday, May 15, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday! Whether you're finalizing Memorial Day plans or down in 'Bama for Hangout Fest, we hope you have a glorious weekend!

Your Weekend Jam: Spread it like peanut butter jelly thanks to Galantis this weekend, friends!



TIOJ Thoughts:

DC emojis!

This Mean Girls spinoff is everything.

Move over, 50 Cent  -- Carrie Brownstein is baller at first pitches.

Super interesting read on country music + religion!

The '00s CD cover ranking you didn't know you needed (but totally do.)

Free! Download the latest single from Alabama Shakes "Don't Wanna Fight" for free on the Starbucks app!!

And in case you missed it: We played a game of compare and contrast between songs about wrecking balls.

{PLAYLIST} hangout fest 2015

Maybe it's the fact that Zac Brown Band is an official host, but there's something pretty spectacular about this year's Hangout Music Fest. If you're in Gulf Shores, Alabama, you know that we're insanely jealous of your weekend. A music festival with SUCH an incredible lineup PLUS the beach?? Someone remind us again why we're not in Alabama right this very second.


You know that to cure our festival envy, we're listening to:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

{THROWBACK} "vacation"

As I prepare for a two-week vacation coming up, the Go-Go's classic "Vacation" seems like a fitting throwback for this week. Let's start with a cover from DC faves Brett...



...and of course the original jam from 1983:



And if you're in the mood to really throw back, remember that this song was also covered in the 2003 film From Justin to Kelly. (Note: Even as a 14-year-old with questionable taste, I remember severely hating this movie. Sorry, Justin Guarini.)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

"wrecking ball" // "like a wrecking ball"

Today's episode of compare and contrast looks at two songs with similar names but by two artists who are about as similar as night and day. Miley Cyrus and Eric Church. Mull that over for a second.

You're without a doubt familiar with Miley's "Wrecking Ball," a song title that more or less encapsulates the last few years of her life. Short hair, on-stage twerking, and lots of concerned mothers watching the Today Show.


And then there's Eric Church's "Like a Wrecking Ball." This one is also a little uncomfortable -- there are nuances of some personal time, but it leaves a little bit of an awkward taste. But still, like Miley's it's all in all a good song to listen to.
     

So what do you think? Preference? Is it just something about using wrecking balls as similes in music that just makes things uncomfortable, or is that just me?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

cosby (the band) is my jam

While the band name may be poor timing in pop culture terms, Cosby's music is most definitely on point. Their latest single "Heartracer" is the perfect blend of '80s pop fit for a John Hughes movie with updated synth pop melodies. I can't stop listening and simultaneously have a craving to go watch Ferris Bueller.



Listen to their entire EP Summer Gold on Bandcamp.

{RECAP} oh land

Sara and Sarah went to check out the oh-so-lovely Oh Land on May 3 at U Street Music Hall. Check out their recap below!

Sunday's Oh Land show was one of those live sets where you realize the artist just sounds absolutely amazing live -- so much so, that you're really moved by the outcome.

Nanna Oland Fabriciu, or the talent behind Brooklyn-based Oh Land, definitely fell into category 3. She can really sing. With a lineage of parents involved in the arts in Denmark, it's no wonder. Nanna was trained as a classic ballerina before an injury sidelined her, and opened her to the world of recording her own music, undoubtedly with the influence of her family's musical inclinations.

Sunday's show at U Street Music Hall was a sugary delight, the perfect soundtrack to a DC that is just unfolding from its winter fog. It was also Oh Land's first stop on a US tour, and the band's first show since December. The poignant, mid-show performance of "Cherry on Top," anchored the set, reminding us of her musical sincerity and sheer talent.



It was the perfect spring concert -- flawless, airy, heartfelt, and warm. The whole "performance" of the show followed theme: the Urban Outfitters-ready backdrop, the all-male band donning various pastel-shaded wigs, and she in her white cropped top. It was a bubbly, bouncy joy to see.

She believes in the music she has created and the tour she has designed -- and her enthusiasm was infectious.

Thanks so much to Sara and Sarah for their recap! Up next: Jurg is checking out Geographer on 5/23!

Monday, May 11, 2015

{RECAP} madeon

TIOJ Correspondents Mary and Drew D. were able to see Madeon at Echostage on April 25 -- check out their recap below!

“Internet famous.” The term itself invites more jest than envy, and few people ever seem to translate it into Real Fame™. But every now and then, it works out just so. Madeon is an example of such a feat.

Of all the ways to translate internet fame into Real Fame ™, music appears the most likely. Bieber came from the internet. Were it not for his impassioned cover videos and the divine benevolence of St. Scooter Braun, he would just be another guy.

Electro impresario Madeon shot to fame following the YouTube release of a MIDI keyboard video of his song “Pop Culture.” To date its 29M views attest to a substantial following. Songs as good from lesser known artists often never get the views. And without the views, they may not get the gigs.

On April 25, Madeon graced Washington DC’s Echostage for performance of his mesmerizing MIDI music. In the wake of what music journalists have been avoiding calling Justice-gate, the more talented musicians in the DJ set have begun going out of their way to show that their music is indeed performed live, which means variation, and to some extent, errors. But musician’s faces betray them. At Echostage, fans close to the stage could discern Madeon’s frustration when he missed beats and transitions. These slips graced the performance with the rarest quality in a DJ set: authenticity. 



Madeon is no Justin Bieber. While numerous, his fans file into midsize venues, not stadiums. Still, his rise to fame has an undeniable swiftness; in 2012 alone he performed at Coachella, Ultra, Lollapalooza and EDC New York. If Madeon continues sticking to his guns -- melodic beats, inspired samples and mesmerizing visuals -- his future is guaranteed.

Thanks so much to Mary and Drew! Up next, Sara and Sarah's review of Oh Land!

so eddie murphy sings reggae now...

The more you know...



I don't hate this, mon.

(via Pigeons & Planes)

Friday, May 8, 2015

weekend thoughts...

It's our birthday weekend!! We're celebrating with our favorite musical weaknesses, wine and music festivals at VinoFest, and brunch and bloodies. We hope you do the same!

Your Weekend Jam: Get grooving this weekend with Big Wild’s latest jam “Afterglow”:


TIOJ Thoughts: 

Why we like the music we like.

So moved by this documentary.

Spotify is looking into videos? Color us intrigued

Planning to make these party hats for TIOJ’s birthday party!!

Free! Our latest fave Genevieve is iTunes’ freebie this week -- download “Show Your Colors” now!

DC Happenings: VinoFest is back!! Come drink rose and hang out with us and ?uestlove on Saturday!

And in case you missed it: We were chatty this week and talked with Highasakite AND Milky Chance -- check them out now!

{PLAYLIST} tioj weaknesses

BIG news -- we turn FOUR on Sunday!! It's so hard to believe that four short years ago, we three former roommates decided to start a blog, and we are continually amazed at what it's evolved into. It has seriously flown.

Over the last few years, we've accrued some signature weaknesses of musical elements we just can't get enough of. You know what we mean: all those instruments, voices, and other fun additions that make us swoon. To celebrate our fourth birthday, we're taking a closer look at all of these weaknesses.

celebrations! (via)


Press play below and take a listen while you swoon along with us!!


"Fear Like You" - Chet Faker
Jazz and sexy vocals!
"Quesadilla" - Walk the Moon
Coordinated hand claps!
"This Must Be the Place" - Kishi Bashi
Strings and unexpected covers!
"Cheap Sunglasses" - RAC
Synthy dance music!
"Down With Me" - X Ambassadors
Saxophones!
"One Time" - Marian Hill
Lovely lady singers, sexy lyrics, and saxophone solos!
"Mona Lisa" - Little Daylight
Tambourines!
"To Travels and Trunks" - Hey Marseilles
SO many instruments!
"Higher Love" - James Vincent McMorrow
Falsetto!
"Used to Be the Shit" - Miniature Tigers
Witty lyrics!

And, as we celebrate our fourth year, we want to pay special tribute to some the highlights from the past year:
Here's to another four years of concerts, weird gifs, and jams on jams!

aren't we beautiful? (via)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

{THROWBACK} "tom's diner"

True story -- I did not know the name of the 1987 hit "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega and was puzzled as to why the other Queen B (as in Britney Spears) would cover this song unknown to me. However, within three seconds of the song starting, I instantly recognized it. That "du-du-du-du-dududu" hook was something I probably annoyed my mother with endlessley while driving around town growing up.

Anyway, listen to the remix from Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears below and start singing that hook in your head all day. You're welcome.



And the original for your throwback pleasure...



(Props to Kick Kick Snare for the find!)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

new music from cayucas!

TIOJ beach-day favorites Cayucas are back with new music just in time for warmer weather! Their first single "Moony Eyed Walrus" off their forthcoming sophomore album Dancing At The Blue Lagoon is just what we've come to love from this twin brother-fronted band. Read: playful summer vibes for days.



Can't wait to hear more from this new album!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

handsome ghost x pell is my jam

Good gracious am I a sucker for hop hop mixed with indie music (see: Skizzy Mars). Enter, this remix of Handsome Ghost's "Blood Stutter" with emcee Pell. Pell is new to me and his Drake-esque sound is just what's been missing from my listening rotation. Listen to the full track below.

{INTERVIEW} highasakite

TIOJ is going into interview overdrive -- we got a chance to talk to Ingrid of Norway's Highasakite before their show TONIGHT at Echostage!! Headed to the show tonight and/or love Scandinavia as much as we do?? Read on below!!

Listen while you read:




Tell us about yourself! How long have you been making music? 
I started to write music when I was 19. I was very shy about it and had no self esteem, so I didn't want to play any of my own songs until five years later, when I was finished with studying jazz music at the conservatory -- that's when Trond and I started Highasakite.

photo by tonje thilesen

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it before? 
Whenever I'm traveling to other countries and the security check guy asks me what I'm doing there and what kind of music we play, I answer, "Pop music."

Why did you decide to call yourselves Highasakite? 
At the time when we started the band and needed a name, I was listening to "Rocket Man" by Elton John on repeat. I took it from those lyrics.

What inspires your music? 
Everything. Tons of artists like Bon Iver, Fever Ray, Diamanda Galas, and Stevie Nicks. Movies like Melancholia, The Road, The Straight Story, and Another Earth. Poets like Philip Larkin, Pablo Neruda and Richard Brautignan.

Read ahead for some tour necessities and thoughts on why Scandinavian music is just so lovely.



Music coming out of Scandinavia is always so wonderful -- any theories on why that region of the world puts out some of the best music ever? 
I believe that it has something to do with our living standards. That we have a lot opertunities to apply for funding -- that gives us the money and time to work on music.

You guys are about to go on tour with Of Monsters and Men -- AMAZING! What are you looking forward to most on this tour? 
Playing. I cant wait to play our songs in front of so many people, night after night, so far away from home. It's the best feeling in the world.



Do you notice any major differences in audiences between playing shows at home in Norway and playing them abroad? Similarities?
Not really. I'm suprised to see that everyone is so alike everywhere.

What item do you HAVE to have while you're on tour? 
No item, I just need clothes to work out in. I hate feeling unhealthy and gross, so on long tours that is a necessity.

If you could collaborate with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be? 
So many!! I think maybe it would be Album Harris.

What artist have you been listening to that we need to add to our iPods right now? 
The Knife - "Shaking the Habitual."

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us!! If you're seeing Highasakite with Of Monsters and Men tonight, JEALOUS. Have a blast!

"velocirapture" is my local jam!

DC-based Alex Vans and the Hide Away has enraptured TIOJ with brand-spanking-new release "Velocirapture." This single is a little bluesy, incredibly fun, and certainly breaks up the mellow monotony usually found in my daily playlists.

Photo credit: Liam Gideon



Alex and co. are actually performing a "Velocirapture" song release show at Hill Country BBQ on May 15! I can't think of  more perfect venue for this showcase, and tickets are a steal at $7.50. Join me, won't you?

Monday, May 4, 2015

the ballroom thieves are my jam

When you combine strings, folksy voices, and claps, you're chalking up my alley. Add in some likenings to The Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, and Shovels and Rope, and you have essentially won over my soul.

If you're anything like me, put The Ballroom Thieves on your radar right this minute. This trio from Boston is exactly what I'm in the mood for as the weather gets warm and I think about patios and decks. Listen to "Archers" and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.


Be sure to check out The Ballroom Theives' Homestead EP on Noisetrade now!!

{INTERVIEW} milky chance

Krista had a chance to sit down with Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch of Milky Chance before their recent show at the 9:30 Club. Read ahead as the German duo shares the history of the band, what Americans always yell at them, and obliges us in a goofy round of selfies.

Listen while you read:


Tell us about yourselves! How did you come to be Milky Chance?
Philipp: We met in high school, nearly six years ago and we started another band; we had this band for two years. Then we quit the band and I had some songs finished and we started to record them but we didn’t have the idea of starting a band, it was just recording an album for fun. And then it became a band more and more after a year.

How would you describe your music? What song should new listeners start with?
P: Basically its house music -- it’s electronic beats with singer-songwriter in it. The singer-songwriter is a very different style in every song; it can be very folk, it can be reggae. It’s always a beat, or some kind of electronic percussion, and then a singer on it.

What's your songwriting process like?
P: He writes the songs and I produce it. So it’s like a singer-songwriter and a producer.



Click ahead for more questions and goofy pictures!

Friday, May 1, 2015

weekend thoughts...

Happy Friday! We hope that you enjoy a fabulous Kentucky Derby weekend full of funk parades, mint juleps, and not sobbing into a pint of Ben & Jerry's while listening to Ariana Grande

Your Weekend Jam: Spring may just be starting, but we’re already dreaming of summer with “Sunlight” from The Magician feat. Years & Years.



TIOJ Thoughts:

HAVE YOU SEEN THE DC LANDMARK MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP?!?! (Drake, The Stokes, alt-J + more!)... seriously considering asking our bestie to postpone her wedding for this…

Walk the Moon presents dance crazes.

Love the ‘Dance’-theme for this summer’s NoMa movie series!

The truth vs. poptimism.

Free! Jam to RAC’s mix of The Drums’ latest jam “Kiss Me Again” for free on Soundcloud!



DC Happenings: The second annual FUNK PARADE is on U Street this Saturday!

And in case you missed it: Hurry up, friendos! Just a few hours left to win tickets to see The Decemberists and Father John Misty at Merriweather Post Pavillion on June 4!!

AND: We're looking back at the month of April with our monthly best of playlist!

{PLAYLIST} not working out

Sad news in the celebrity world this week -- Big Sean and Ariana Grande have decided to split ways. (Didn't know they were dating? It's okay... 1/3 of us didn't either.) We have a special soft spot for both these artists -- ever since Big Sean, who is approximately 5'4", explained at FreeFest 2012 that his grandmother tells him to pull up his pants, and since Ariana G's huge voice exploded onto the pop scene.



So, it just feels fitting that we honor their breakup with some jams about a relationship just not working out. Don't worry, Ariana and Big S -- you'll find love some day.


Still feeling feels? More breakup songs here and here
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