Consequence of Sound’s The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

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When the first minutes of the new year are soundtracked by Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaborating on an honest-to-god ballad, you know it’s going to be a weird one. Five days in, 2015 is positively strewn with our hopes and dreams. Some tremendous comebacks are already locked in: Sleater-Kinney’s set to release their new one in just a couple weeks, and the Decemberists are finally back from hiatus. Others, like Grimes and Frank Ocean, remain murky. But with new Kanye, new Kendrick, and new Radiohead on the horizon, who says we can’t be hopeful?

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PandaBearGrimLPPANDA BEAR – PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER

Release date: January 13th via Domino Recording Company

Why We’re Excited: Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, akaPanda Bear, always seems to find a new tunnel into the psychedelia of the subconscious. His brand new solo full-length already feels heady with a title like Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, but the beautiful packaging suggests it could match his 2011 LP, Tomboy. The crisscrossing of pink and green lettering unfolds like an intricate envelope, showcasing the innards of Lennox’s bright vision of death.

We’ve already heard “Mr. Noah” and the rest of his surprise new EP. The three non-album B-sides show a hazy side of Panda Bear where anxious thoughts and jovial singing swim around in a hurry while managing to feel relaxing, too. We can only imagine what songs like “Davy Jones’ Locker” and “Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker” might sound like, but it’s likely they’re just as trippy and dark as they sound. –Nina Corcoran

Listen: “Mr. Noah”

Buy: Amazon The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

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Belle and Sebastian Girls In Peacetime Want To DanceBELLE AND SEBASTIAN – GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE

Release date: January 20th via Matador Records

Why We’re Excited: After 18 years of pristinely crafted, airtight indie pop, Belle and Sebastian fans shouldn’t be blamed for thinking they’ve got the band’s sound pretty firmly under thumb. That only makes the impending release of the Scottish band’s ninth studio album all the more interesting. By all accounts, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance will not be your typical Belle record. Frontman Stuart Murdoch, in a recent interview with The Guardian, said the record is indebted much more to synthpop, electronic music, and disco than anything the band’s ever done. He’s not kidding. The record’s lead single, “The Party Line”, ventures closer to Simple Minds than anything you’ll hear on classics like If You’re Feeling Sinister or The Boy with the Arab Strap. The only common thread is Murdoch’s fragile speak-sing whisper, but damn if it doesn’t sound good. Whether or not the band will be able to pull off the shift remains to be seen, but it promises to be an interesting listen. –Ryan Bray

Listen: “The Party Line”

Buy: Amazon The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

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The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, albumTHE DECEMBERISTS – WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Release date: January 20th via Capitol Records

Why We’re Excited: It’s hard to believe that almost four years have passed since we last heard from Colin Meloy’s folk rock outfit The Decemberists. Following 2011’s The King Is Dead, Meloy and his bandmates took a well-earned break from touring and recording to focus on their families. According to the Portland singer-songwriter, this respite helped make their forthcoming LP, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, more personal and introspective than the band’s extravagant, outlandish back catalog.

Channeling the “bewildering, conflicting feeling” of raising one’s children in a world brimming with both terror and transcendence, lead single “Make You Better” sounds simultaneously disillusioned (“But we’re not so starry-eyed anymore/ Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters”) and staunchly optimistic. Peppered with buoyant keyboard lines and beaming female harmonies, the fulsome arrangement of longtime producer Tucker Martine (Thao, Laura Veirs) perfectly frames Meloy’s reedy, steadfast voice. As the track reaches its final chorus, he belts his lyrics atop the rising instrumental tide with a sense of resilience and fortitude: “It’d make you better, ohh hohh!”  –Henry Hauser

Listen: “Make You Better”

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11 Ed Sheeran Covers That Prove He Can Actually Sing Anything

via Buzzfeed

Lets face it, this guy knows what he’s doing.

“Royals,” Lorde

Not only does Ed turns Lorde’s hit into a more soulful version, but he causally learned it during the commercial break during this radio interview.

“We Found Love,” Rihanna

This hip/hop and R&B song sounds even better with just an acoustic guitar. We found love in you Ed ❤

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

Can we just get Sam Smith in there for the PERFECT duet????

“Hit Me Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears

Pop song turned soulful, may be even better than the original.

“She Looks So Perfect,” 5 Seconds of Summer

Are they looking for a fifth member???

“Drunk in Love,” Beyoncé

WHO RUNS THE WORLD??? (just kidding, we all know Beyonce is queen)

“Make You Feel My Love,” Adele

Adele might want to watch out, Ed slays the ballad just him and his guitar.

“Skinny Love,” Bon Iver

Now this is the real Ed, real raw quality of his voice.

“In My Life,” The Beatles

In a tribute to the Beatles, Ed covers this classic song giving it a contemporary feel that is sure not to let you down.

“Little Things,” One Direction

Little known fact is that Ed actually wrote this song for One Direction. Honestly, he should have kept it for himself…

“Runaway/Everybody,” Ed Sheeran and The Backstreet Boys

While not really a cover it will make any 90’s girl fall in love with Ed all over again, just stay tuned until the end.

This Day in Music History — August 25

1970 : Jimi Hendrix opens Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City. He dies a few months later, but the studio lives on, with many major acts recording there over the years.

1970 : Elton John plays his first live show in the United States, opening for David Ackles at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. It’s the first show of a 17-night run in which Quincy Jones and Leon Russell see him perform. Elton gets great reviews and a big career boost in America.

1994 : Jimmy Buffett crashes his seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket. He swims to safety.

1994 : Billy Joel is officially divorced from model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.

2009 : Chris Brown is sentenced to five years probation and six months hard labor for beating Rihanna when he was arrested for the assault earlier in February 2009, the night of the Grammy awards. He and Rihanna, who had been dating, were in Los Angeles for the event. Chris Brown is also ordered to stay away from her for the next five years. He is also ordered to undergo a full year of domestic violence counseling. According to the Associated Press, the sentencing judge told Brown that he could be sent to state prison if he violated any terms of the sentence.

The Monster Tour: Eminem X Rihanna Set List

Talk about a stacked set list.  Here are the songs Rihanna and Eminem will be playing on their mini-tour which kicked off last night.

1. “Numb”
2. “No Love”
3. “Live Your Life”
4. “Crack A Bottle”
5. “Won’t Back Down”
6. “What Now”
7. “Phresh Out the Runway”
8. “Birthday Cake”
9. “Talk That Talk”
10. “Rude Boy”
11. “What’s My Name?”
12. “Pour it Up”
13. “Cockiness”
14. “Man Down”
15. “You Da One”
16. “Wait Your Turn”
17. “Jump”
18. “Umbrella”
19. “All of the Lights” (snippet)
20. “Rockstar”
21. “Where Have You Been”
22. “Stay”
23. “Love the Way You Lie”
24. “3a.m.”
25. “Square Dance”
26. “Business”
27. “Kill You”
28. “Evil Deeds”
29. “Marshall Mathers”
30. “Just Don’t Give A F–k”
31. “Criminal”
32. “The Way I Am”
33. “Airplanes” (with Rihanna)
34. “Stan”(with Rihanna)
35. Sing For the Moment
36. “Toy Soldiers”
37. “Forever”
38. “Berzerk”
39. “Till I Collapse”
40. “Cinderella Man”
41. “My Name Is”
42. “The Real Slim Shady”
43. “Without Me”
44. “Not Afraid”
45. “Diamonds”
46. “We Found Love”
47. “Lose Yourself”
48. “The Monster”