We’re In Stupid Love With Lady Gaga

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The Queen of Pop is back to take her throne with her new single ‘Stupid Love.’

The last the world heard a new Lady Gaga album was in 2016 when she released soft rock album, Joanne. In early 2017 we got the surprise drop of “The Cure” when she stepped in last minute to headline Coachella.

We then of course got shook by A Star is Born, where we dove off the deep end into the shallows because the soundtrack was that good. Even then, the music was curated for Ally rather than Gaga.

Since then…nothing. Three years of no Gaga and the fans have been begging and begging. There was a brief leak of the song back in January, but today we have the full song AND an (inter)stellar music video to go with it.

In the video we see Queen stop an alien war with a bop of a song. And if you ask us… seems legit. But that’s not what you should be fixated on. Notice at the end we see a still of a jacket that says “Kindness Punk” and then a screen that says “Chromatica.”

I think it’s safe to assume that her upcoming 6th studio album is called Chromatica. We’re also assuming that ‘Kindness Punk’ is an upcoming song.

Either way, we have one way to explain this new Gaga era…

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You can get tickets to see Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas residency show here.

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Twitter/ @LadyGaga

Social Animals Reminds Us to Live Our “Best Years”

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Giving us a look into what it’s like to be a musician, Social Animals opens up about life on the road with their new single, “Best Years.” This is the band’s second single after coming back from 2017 and it gives off completely different vibes from their single they released in November, “Bad Things.”

“Best Years” reminds us to be in the moment and to pause in our busy lives to reflect and take in our surroundings. Looking back on their time on the road during tour, the band reminisces about how relationships are paused and people eventually move on. Showing the “ugly” side of tour life, the lyrics breakaway that glamourization that can be so easily thrown on.  

“When you’re always leaving/ Nobody cares if you stay,” playing to the fact that after so many times, it’s normal so no one really cares. “The first time you leave, there are tears when you go and tears when you return. The tenth time, nobody asks where you’re going. The hundredth time, nobody cares,” said frontman Dedric Clark

Take a look at the visuals for Social Animals‘ newest single, “Best Years” below! 

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Instagram (@thesocialanimals)

Alt Bloom Brings Us Vibes With “West Coast”

Offering the perfect vibes for windows-down cruising through LA, Alt Bloom’s newest single “West Coast” definitely needs to be put on your Chill playlist this year! We got a chance to catch up with him between his traveling and music-making to learn what went into producing “West Coast.”

Hi Ethan! Thanks for talking to us today. Congrats on your new single by the way! “West Coast” is definitely in our vibes playlist here at MDRN. We have a question we want to ask first. We noticed you’re traveling quite a bit recently, where are you at this very moment?

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about my project! I have been traveling but currently am back in LA. For the last 10 days I’ve been doing live acoustic videos for each song on my EP across national parks in California. It was a blast of an experience and I can’t wait to share it!

Are the sights and places you’re visiting inspiring you to write new music? If so, how is it inspiring differently than other writing sessions?

I’d say stepping out of the studio always inspires new music. Living life is the only way to find new material and honest stories to write about. Being outdoors and out of LA keeps me in my own space artistically and makes me realize how vast the universe is which reminds me to keep on my path as we are all making it up on this little dot in space. 

Now on to your new single, which is honestly so amazing. What about the west coast inspired this song? A person, a moment, a sight? 

Thank you so much! Lyrics for me are always something that is bursting to be realized in my life and I just let them flow. “West Coast” is in that vein. But what really inspired the song was my roommate and producer Devin Damato. I was about to leave the house on a trip and heard him working on a track. The groove caught me and I started hearing the chorus melody and lyric right away. So I popped my head in his room and asked if I could write over what he was working on. About 20 minutes later the whole thing was written. I recorded a voice memo of it and when I got back from the trip, myself, Brian Phillips (producer), and Devin hopped in the studio and finished out the recording. 

Your “October Eyes” video and “Stay” lyric video have some amazing visuals and really catch the feel of the song? What can we expect for the “West Coast” music video? We hope there’s a lot of driving with the roof down.

Thank you! For the “West Coast” video we wanted to capture parts of LA that people who don’t live here don’t recognize but locals see all the time. LA river, Crenshaw, downtown, etc… It’s funny the original idea was to be driving in all the locations but the director, Erica Eng, knows that I am a big longboarder so she suggested I do that for the video instead to ground it to who I am. It ended up being a blast of a day just doing two things I love to do, sight see and skate. 


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If you had to put “West Coast” in a vibes playlist, what other songs would you include? Can be more of your own, as well as other artists? What would you call that playlist?

Biking” Frank Ocean, “Morning” Marc E Bassy, “Habit” Still Woozy, “Small Worlds” Mac Miller, “Make It Better” Anderson Paak. I’d call it PB and Jam.


What is your usual method of attack when writing music? Do you have a certain order you like to work in? 

I usually like to start with a palette of chord and groove. Whether it’s in my head or on a seed track. That helps me dive into a flow. Writing for me is a zen space. When I am in it I am in it 100%, committed to whatever the next few hours hold. It’s a ride every time. After that initial burst the song is either done or I spend the rest of the day or months putting the rest of the pieces together like a sudoku puzzle with a producer. 

Is there a specific line or lyric that you wrote that you are super proud of? Which one? 

In “West Coast” there’s a lyric, “Got a firework face, light up the whole place.” Not sure why I like that line, probably because I’ve only met a few people who can take out a room with a look and it reminds me of them when I sing it. 

If you don’t mind, we’d like to get a bit deep. What made you create Alt Bloom? We know that it’s your stage name. Is Alt Bloom a completely different version of you? Or is he an extension of yourself?

Alt Bloom was a new step for me. I had so many things associated with my name that I wanted a fresh start. And I didn’t want the pressure of anything I had done before to fall on this new place for me. I wanted to feel free to take this music wherever my heart wanted to, folk, hiphop, pop, rnb, rock, and by switching my name it gave me that space to let go of whatever had been holding me back from doing just that. 


We’re dying to know, do you have an album or EP in the works?

Right now there is so much music I have in the stash but the first step for me is an EP which we do have done and are planning to release a track at a time. Just waiting on those mixes ! An album for sure in the future, but for now I want to keep releases to EP’s so I can keep releasing at a quick pace. 


Since you love traveling so much? Can we expect a tour soon?

As soon as I can get out I will! Right now the focus is building and making the music I will be touring on. I’m hoping to get out a bunch this year and am keeping my fingers crossed for the opportunity. I do love traveling and singing. Especially if I can find new nature spots to explore and climb. On top of that the band is gonna be a kick to play with! Good people. 

What is your take on the MDRN day fan and how important they are to the industry right now?

Fans are everything. Without fans there isn’t an industry. Everything great that happens in this world takes a lot of people. Every success is do to the fact that masses are involved. DaVinci wouldn’t be remembered if millions of people didn’t reflect on and save his work. Even NASA wouldn’t be able to explore the worlds beyond without tax dollars from the masses. Every success is more that of the people and less the person. Though a person can stimulate the people it is the people that make the music connection so special. 

What can Alt Bloom fans look forward to in 2020?

Lots of new music, lots of new visuals, lots of new places to explore, live shows and a presidential election.

Okay last question and it’s an important one… What do you call your fanbase? If you don’t have one yet, what would you like them to be called? (May we suggest Bloomers?)

Haha bloomers sounds a lot like boomers I’d have to be careful. We actually call ourselves tribe. Tribe means a lot to me because it’s a heavy part in human existence, finding your tribe. My base is about connecting with each other and I love to watch them slowly growing as this project begins. It’s only really been six months !

Thank you for talking with us, Ethan! MDRN Mag wishes you the best luck! We can’t wait for all the new music! If there’s any last things you’d like to tell the fans, please do!

Thank you so much for taking the time. I’d like to tell people to get outside anyway you can. Staring at the stars, some trees, and getting fresh air does so much more the soul than any other thing in this world. Get out tribe!

Take a look at the video for “West Coast” below!

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Courtesy of Hello PR

Halsey Gives Us a Video Sweet as a “Clementine”

Halsey recently put out a new single for her 25th birthday, and it’s a lot different from her usual sound, but we LOVE it! This is her third single off her new album, Manic, which is set to release in early 2020, following “Graveyard” and “Nightmare.”

The song is one with a sweet comforting tone, as it has an acoustic type feel and kid like echos featured throughout it. Accompanied by a simple piano melody, and soft percussion in the background, Halsey seems to give us the meaning of her new album Manic, as the song is a cryptic one full of contradicting lines. Just take a look at the mainline in the chorus, “I don’t need anyone / I just need everyone and then some.”

The video was something we hadn’t seen from the performer before and she even tagged-team in her family to help out on this production! The visuals for “Clementine” feature both Halsey and her brother Sevian Frangipane dancing through a dimly lit aquarium.

This adorable, compilation of shots has the siblings doing interactive choreography as they frolic throughout the empty aquarium, which makes the perfect backdrop for the cutest video of the year. The choreography for the video was done by Dani Vital who also co-directed the video, and it fits the song’s vibes perfectly!

Sevian even got a tattoo in honor of his sister’s new single!

With all the variations of songs we’ve received these last few singles, we cannot wait to see what Halsey gives us next!

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Halsey on Instagram

OBB Talks “Foolish” and What’s to Come Next

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OBB is hot on the music scene and this band of brothers just released their third single of 2019! Get the scoop (haha, get it) on the meaning behind their newest single, “Foolish,” the visuals for the new track and what we can look out for from the band in the near future.

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Thank you guys so much for talking to us! So you’re all brothers, but how did you all end up making music together? Tell us a little background about yourself.

We all grew up playing the piano, so we have always enjoyed music. But as we got into our teenage years, we started playing different instruments, and that allowed us to play together as a brother band. The first time we ever played together was for a battle of the bands that our dad signed us up for without us knowing. He came home from work and said, “It’s tonight so start getting ready!” That day was just the beginning. 

Congratulations on your new song “Foolish”! What’s the meaning behind this track?

We find that we often tend to act a little foolish around our crush. You might stay up super late on the phone or drive a crazy amount of miles to see them for just a few hours. I think Buddy the Elf said it best, “I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it. So that’s the feeling we wanted to give this song. You might act foolish for your love or crush, but who cares?

We’ve heard you guys have a video coming out soon too, can you give us a sneak peek on what we can expect from the visuals? 

We had an amazing time shooting the music video for “Foolish”. We wrote and directed this video ourselves, and we can’t wait for people to see it. It’s a video that has the same vibe as the song. It’s fun, fast-paced, and a little silly. We got to shoot in Monumeny Valley in Utah, so the scenery for the video is unbelievable! 

And this is what, you guys third single of the year? Can we lookout for an EP or album anytime soon? 

Yeah, we are hoping to have the EP out next year, followed shortly by the album! 

How would you say “Foolish” differs from your earlier singles like “7 Billion” and “Close By?”

This single is definitely more of that fun band song! I would say it’s more in the realm of “Mona Lisa” and “Sweater”.

How’s life on tour? Any new cities you all got to visit that you’ve never been to before?

We have a great time out on the road seeing new places! Monument Valley [Arizona] was a new location for us! Also, we got to play in Las Vegas for the first time at the Bite Of Vegas and we can’t wait to go back! 

What is your favorite part of being on tour?

Getting to see the country, meeting fans, and making new fans! 

And you guys recently performed on Good Day LA, any other live performances or shows coming up after tour ends? 

Yeah, we will be hitting some more colleges and then looking at our next tour soon! 

Can fans look forward to anything in the upcoming year? 

We have a lot of new music coming your way, so make sure you follow us on Instagram and Spotify

Listen to “Foolish” below!

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Courtesy of Michelle Kirk

Liam Payne Teaches Us How To “Stack it Up”

Liam Payne is back at it with his new single, “Stack It Up” and this time he teamed up with rapper, A Boogie wit da Hoodie for the banger! This is Payne‘s first song of 2019 and we LOVE where it’s going so far, it seems like Payne may keep it in the RnB-ish vibes zone with his sound, a total change from the pop sound of his former boyband, One Direction.

Co-written by none other than Ed Sheeran, this track is full of a bunch of plays on words and clever lines as Payne sings about how he “stacks up” his racks of money by working hard to reach your dreams. “So if you wanna stack it up, man, you gotta work for it.

Fans seem to been loving the new song too, and as usual, they took to Twitter to express the feels.

The video for the new song took a playful side by showing Payne and friends in an arcade “stacking up” tickets and carnival prizes, it even features an adorable cartoon version of Payne and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

Check out the video for “Stack it Up” below and let us know what you think of Liam Payne‘s newest single!

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Liam Payne on Instagram

Come With us as We Follow Halsey to the Graveyard

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On September 13th Halsey released her second single, “Graveyard” from her upcoming album Manic. Fans had patiently (well, as patient as fans can be) been waiting for a new single since “Nightmare” was released in May. A summer without a Halsey tour or a new single? We didn’t ask for that kind of summer.

Graveyard” is very different from the rough and tough vibes we got from “Nightmare.” Not that it’s surprising coming from Halsey. Because honestly, what can’t she do? This time the angry sound was put aside as “Graveyard” opens up with the calming sounds of an acoustic guitar. The strumming slowly fades into a softer pop melody. The lyrics, staying true to herself, aren’t as soft and calm. Halsey always keeps it real with her lyrics.

With this song, she takes us on an emotional journey through an abusive relationship with someone you love. That sometimes the ‘butterflies’ you are feeling are really a warning sign to run the opposite direction. To get out before you dig yourself too deep and follow someone “all the way to the graveyard.”

Along with this beautiful reminder to not let yourself get pulled in by the darkness surrounding someone else, we also FINALLY have a release date for Manic. The day before the song dropped, Halsey tweeted a link to manicthealbum.com with a time that signified when a livestream of her painting started. It went on for hours and fans watched in anticipation as she painted the album artwork for Manic. Now, the website is live and you can presave and preorder the album which will be released on January 17th!

Listen to “Graveyard” and watch a time-lapse video of Halsey painting the Manic artwork below!

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Words: Anna Grillo | Featured Photo: Graveyard Artwork

Blink 182’s New Single “I Really Wish I Hated You” (We LOVE it.)

As die-hard Blink 182 fans, it’s hard for us to imagine a world without Tom DeLonge. Or a world where not every Blink album sounds like Enema of the State. Nevertheless, the world isn’t fair, and things change. Bands progress, and original longtime members leave. We’ve decided that it’s officially been long enough, and we fully accept Matt Skiba as our own. And though not always easy, we are also learning to appreciate musical growth and changing sound. That’s exactly what Blink 182’s new single “I Really Wish I Hated You” is. Different. And guess what? We don’t hate it. In fact, we LOVE it.

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Lyrical FIRE.

Sure, their fifth single to be featured on their newest album NINE may be a bit more mainstream than what we are used to, but it’s super freakin’ catchy! Lyrically, it’s fire. Who doesn’t like a semi-angsty getting-over-a-breakup song? With lyrics like “A little drunk, waiting on your phone call, a little numb maybe I can’t feel at all”, how can we not find it relatable? As for the chorus, not only do we get Hoppus and Skiba in perfect harmony, but it pops you a swift one right in your feelings. Cuz’ we’ve all been there, whether we are ready to admit it or not.

Additionally, it instrumentally rocks. Can we seriously name a more impeccable drummer than Travis Barker? We don’t think so! Mark and Matt make us want to play this track on repeat with a union as melodic as this one. They make such a perfect pairing that it could make even peanut butter and jelly jealous.

Blink 182 The Veterans of Pop-Punk

We can’t help but continually support Blink, considering they are one of the OGs (original gangsters, for you youngins’) of pop-punk. With much appreciated mentoring of bands Neck Deep, 5SOS, and many more they have made quite a mark on the genre outside of their own releases, and we are eternally grateful. These veterans of pop-punk consistently release hit after hit making the anticipation of their new album all time high!

Stream the new single any way you can! Try to catch them as they wrap up their tour with Lil’ Wayne, and be sure to pick up their new record on September 20th! We’ll see you soon for a full review post-release.

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Words: Danielle King | Header Image: Blink 182 on Instagram