Upon discovering a brand new kitchen appliance suddenly on fire in 2015, singer-songwriter Yola couldn’t help but laugh. Overwhelming stress was nothing new to her; after dropping out of college years ago, she found herself homeless. While staring at her burning kitchen, all Yola could think was ‘What’s worse than this?’ And the thing that was worse was the life I had just managed to get myself out of.” 

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Hayley Kiyoko creates whatever she can out of what she has. She co-directed a cheaply-produced music video that drew millions of eyes, or her third EP formed out of her frustration caused by a serious concussion, the singer/actress established a triple threat career, often speaking about struggles with her sexuality and lack of confidence. Released in early 2020, her fourth EP “I’m Too Sensitive For This Shit,” heightened the electro-pop sound of her previous music while delivering a deeper look into the singer’s spirit.  

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For many of us, it got real this past weekend. Clubs and bars were forced to close, as groups of more than 10 people or more were seen as high-risk when it comes to contracting COVID-19. Some people were taking it more seriously than others. DJ D-Nice was at the forefront and he devised a plan to help people who normally would be out in the clubs looking to have a good time, to still be able to do so from the comfort of their own home. DJ D-Nice live-streamed an Instagram party during the week, and by the weekend he maxed out at over 100,000 live viewers. 

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If you’ve been online or listened to the radio recently, Roddy Ricch’s latest song “The Box'' should be very familiar to you. From a unique acapella cover to countless videos using the song’s audio on TikTok, Roddy Ricch is everywhere. TIME magazine describes his music as having “West Coast roots with the sound of Atlanta trap music and Chicago drill rap.”

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Soulful, gut-wrenching notes sound atop deep, dark piano chords, in  Ryland James’ “In My Head.”  The nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Ontario, Canada has gone from making covers on Youtube to performing on stages in Canada, the U.S., and even traveling to the U.K. With his mature voice, this young talent is just starting off his musical career.

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With his signature fringed Lone Ranger mask and velvety crooner voice, musician Orville Peck picked himself up by his bootstraps and stomped all over his competition in the Country music scene. Ever since the release of his debut album Pony, a melancholy collection of 12 Southern rock tracks released under Sub Pop records in March 2019, Peck stands neck-and-neck with rising icons in the music industry such as Lil Nas X and Kacey Musgraves. So who is the man behind the mask? Or, rather, what is the man behind the mask trying to say? 

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