Phoebe Ryan at the Troubadour

Phoebe Ryan and Cardinox Rock The Troubadour

Nearly a year ago, I was invited to a showcase for an upcoming artist with huge potential, but wasn’t able to make it. I was bummed and missed several show since then. Last night, I was FINALLY able to see Phoebe Ryan for the first time, and they were right… she’s amazing.

My favorite thing about Phoebe is that I can’t really place or describe her. There is really no one like her. Throughout her set, I struggled to place her – from her songs, voice, style, and stage presence. I failed. She is in her mid-twenties, but at times could pass for a much younger pop star in the way that she connects with the adoring fans, her voice and delivery on certain songs was akin to a baby voice, and even the way she bounced across the stage. And then she sang songs like “Northern Star,” which have depth and maturity, which counteract my previous impressions. She also does cover of hip-hop songs, and has featured rappers on her songs. She’s all over the place, and it’s great!

The standout moments for me included her mashup-cover of R. Kelly’s “Ignition” and Miguel’s “Do You.” That’s one of my favorites and her voice is impeccable! She opened her set with “Chronic,” one the catchiest alt-pop singles of the last year.

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with her song, “We Won’t” with James Young. It’s probably my favorite song from her. Such a tune! She also played a new song, “Northern Star” which was a stellar moment. And to close the show, Phoebe came out with a small guitar and owned the stage. Her vocals soared in a flawless rendition of Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me” and another song that I didn’t recognize that was absolutely amazing.

I’m slightly annoyed I missed so many of her show’s the past year…. do yourself a favor and don’t miss Phoebe Ryan when she’s in town!

Oh, and the opening act, Cardonix! They rocked! I listened to their debut album, Portrait, and really enjoyed it. They really rocked the stage with energy and got the night started! I’d recommend checking them out as well. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about them soon!

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FINALLY! New Bastille Single – “Good Grief”

To say that I’m a massive fan of Bastille would be an understatement! I’m stoked for their new album, Wild World, out 9/9.

The lead single from the album, “Good Grief,” is quite different from what I expected. It took me a few listens to really get into it – and I’m really digging it. I was expecting a darker/heavier sound, which seemed like the direction the band was heading into, with “Hangin'” and “Skulls.” But I suppose this is the right sounds to launch their sophomore-ish album.

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“Details In The Fabric” by Jason Mraz

“Details In The Fabric” by Jason Mraz (ft. James Morrison) is one of my all-time favorite songs. He wrote it for a friend who was going through a tough time… and it’s been a source of comfort for me when I’ve needed it… and tonight, this week, this month, I feel like the world needs it. While it doesn’t quite address the chaos in the world, the anger, frustration, disappointment… and sometimes, I’m not sure if everything will actually be alright, but I’m hopeful… eventually we’ll get there.

“When you have Music, You have friends.”

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