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Us The Duo finally posted a full cover of The Foundations’ pop hit, Build Me Up Buttercup!

This is after a year of uploading a short version of the song that certainly left many fans hanging, myself included.

For someone who grew up loving the original version, I refrained from listening to covers that would potentially ruin the song for me. But as expected, Us The Duo did not disappoint.

Blending in their signature harmonies, the ‘60s song was delivered with an acoustic twist.

Carissa and Michael Alvarado still carry with them the alluring charm that captivated the Internet in 2013.

Vine might no longer exist, but the six-second video sharing application undoubtedly left us with a talented set of husband-and-wife that’s here to delight us with long(er) song covers.

Watch the full cover of Build Me Up Buttercup here:

 

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You might have already heard that Lorde did a majestic cover of The 1975’s Somebody Else a few days ago.

The 20-year-old pop star delighted her fans with a dramatic rendition in Paris while on her Melodrama world tour. Lorde shared, “This is a song that I really, really love. It was one of my favorite songs of last year, and it really influenced Melodrama. It influenced the tones and the colors and the emotions. I hope you like it.”

The cover received immediate approval from Matty Healy, The 1975’s frontman himself, and it seems like both artists are big fans of each other.

With this, we think it wouldn’t hurt for Lorde to cover a couple more of the band’s songs.

Here are other The 1975 hits that will be perfect for Lorde’s raw and melodramatic (pun intended) vocals:

 

Robbers

 

Fallingforyou

 

 

You

 

 

Heart Out

 

 

A Change Of Heart

 

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Finding a band that doesn’t charge fans for meet n’ greets is almost impossible in this capitalist society. But The Maine continuously proves that genuine appreciation of music should not be monetized, at least heavily, in this article on Medium.

In the article, The Maine have made some valid arguments about their beliefs while still not dismissing the fact that the music industry today is in decline – that the existence of overpriced merchandise and VIP tickets is essential to cover the mere costs of touring, when it is basically an act of exploitation over people who’ve done nothing but support a group’s music.

Despite this acknowledgement and depressing reality, the band still holds onto the principle, “If you are a fan of something, you shouldn’t have to go broke supporting it.”

The Maine erases the idea of the egoistic “rock star image” that comes with fame and success. Instead, they show their appreciation to fans by not putting themselves on pedestals and finding every means to do it personally.

They have been doing free meetups at shows for 10 years now. It’s truly hard to describe sincerity unless you've been in the presence of genuinely good people and I’m glad I’ve experienced it having met the band prior to one of their shows in Singapore.

It’s heartwarming to know that a band isn’t grabbing every opportunity to capitalize on your emotions. This is why The Maine undoubtedly sets a great example on how music (and everything else that comes with it) should be done. 

 

Photo Credit: Cole Kiburz

To promote the release of her latest album, Younger Now, Miley Cyrus treated her fans to a short live stream performance of The Climb.

It’s been 6 years since the singer belted out those nostalgic melodies of the song that captured everyone’s hearts in Hannah Montana: The Movie. But Cyrus still carries the same vigor, if not stronger, she had when the song first came out.

In view of this sudden “blast from the past,” here are other old Miley Cyrus songs that we want to hear her sing again live!

 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Truth be told, this Cyndi Lauper cover was a hit in my early teens.

 

When I Look At You

It’s hard not to listen to this soulful ballad and not get flashbacks of scenes from The Last Song.

 

One In A Million

Let’s just say I was more into Hannah Montana’s less upbeat material.

 

7 Things

I remember listening to this song for the first time as a 12-year-old and being taken aback by Miley Cyrus’ apparent existence outside of Hannah Montana.

 

You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home

I'm just gonna leave this right here:

*****

Feeling old yet? Which of these songs is your favorite?

 

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Every so often, we get bombarded by commercialized songs with formulaic structures - 3 notes and a hook - that we forget to explore other artists’ music.

The thing is, there’s an abundance of music out there for us to discover, we just need to dig deep and give our ears a treat from time to time.

With this, I’ve recently come across a handful of female artists that I wish I discovered sooner. Upon this “discovery,” I realized that most female singer-songwriters that are being severely advertised these days fall under the category of “pop stars.” There is definitely nothing wrong with that, per se.

It just perpetuates the idea that females are only capable of producing music like this, and that female artists on par with the likes of John Mayer rarely exist, WHICH IS DEFINITELY NOT TRUE!

We can’t deny the fact that we still live in a world where there’s a need to highlight one’s gender upon reference, especially when you're a woman in the music industry.

But since we’re still doing so, here's a list of 5 talented FEMALE singer-songwriters you should be listening to.

 

Mitski

Mitski has been described as an artist who’s “anti-melody,” making Björk comparisons unavoidable. Her seemingly aggressive sound can also be easily assumed to have no end-goal, but Mitski transcends all of these through her expressive songs. Watch her crush it on this KEXP performance.

 

 

Courtney Barnett

Her honest-to-goodness lyrical poetry is probably what’s attracting thousands of listeners right now. Barnett is able to transform the mundane into a palpable, vivid imagery through her narrative and melody. Listen to her reference coffee in the song, Depreston.

 

 

Frankie Cosmos

Her lo-fi influence might strike most listeners as dreamy, but Frankie Cosmos knows how to condense our daily what-ifs into refreshing 2-minute wonders.

 

 

Angel Olsen

Olsen is more than just an “aesthetic figure.” Her raspy and stirring vocals beautifully blend with her ever-changing guitar accompaniment. In one song she revives Stevie Nick’s velvety vocals and in another, she reincarnates Sleater-Kinney’s melodic angst. Either way, she remains an artist to look out for. I highly recommend listening to her perform “Sister” in the video below.

 

 

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief

Lenker might be the odd one on this list, being the only one in a band, but this frontwoman is as equally talented as the rest. She has brought her listeners to tears, myself included, with her soul-wrenching lyrics and melody. This NPR live session is a must-watch for anyone who’s in despair and just want to momentarily drown in their emotions. Paul and Mary are perfect songs to start with.

Photo Credit: Lucy Johnston, Mia Mala McDonald, Matthew James-Wilson, Shervin Lainez, D.C. Music Download