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Favorite Fall Tracks

BY CAILIN BURKE

Once fall hits, my music taste goes from upbeat and summery to more quiet and folksy. My favorite genre in any season is indie folk – but in the fall I really have a hard time listening to anything else. I’m always looking for new bands to listen to, so I’ve mashed up some undiscovered talent with other songs you may have already heard!

And if there’s any artist/song you think I should check out, let me know in the comments or on any of our social feeds!

Just click the image below to start listening to some of my current faves!
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Winter Weather Playlist

BY CAILIN BURKE

Happy (almost) Winter! Tomorrow is officially the first day of winter and today is Music Monday, so why not give you some new tunes to listen to this season! Although I love Christmas music, there are some times where I want to listen to something seasonal and wintery – just not Christmas carols. This playlist is the perfect fix for that! Plus, the first day of spring isn’t until March 20th, so you’ll have some great cold weather jams to hold you over till then!

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Feelin’ Like Fall Playlist

BY CAILIN BURKE

My music taste definitely changes with the seasons. While in the summer I love stuff that’s upbeat and listen to more Country than usual, in the fall it’s all about the acoustic vibes, relaxed music, and lots of indie folk. Here are a bunch of my favorite songs right now — some old and some new!

All you need to do is press play and snuggle up or go outside and breathe in that crisp fall air!

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Feature Friday: Singer-Songwriter Lidor Sai

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We’re always looking for new music to listen to and came across the amazingly talented singer, Lidor Sai. He has a debut EP of original songs coming out in November and on top of that, does some incredible covers which can be heard in different places around Los Angeles (and on his Facebook page!) We love that he’s written more than 50 songs and he’s only 20 years old, showing that you should start pursuing your passion as soon as possible. For today’s feature, Lidor put together a video giving more insight into his music and we’re so excited to share it with you! Make sure to check out his social media accounts as well to listen to his songs, covers, and to stay tuned to his big EP release.

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facebook.com/lidorleesai
Instagram – @LidorSai
Twitter – @LidorSai
soundcloud.com/lidor-sai
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Feature Friday: Singer Corina Seas

BY CAILIN BURKE
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For today’s feature we’re excited to have electro-pop artist Corina Seas! Her debut EP, Flux, will be out on September 22nd and it’s filled with fun, danceable songs and some of the catchiest lyrics and tunes. After I heard her first single, Crystal Cove, I was singing it for days! In our interview below you can tell how passionate she is about her music and we loved learning more about the behind-the-scenes work in creating Flux, as well as what she’s trying to achieve with her good vibes-inducing music. Again, her EP comes out in just four days and her single Crystal Cove is available on iTunes and SoundCloud now so make sure to show her some support! 

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself as well as how you got your start in music and how you knew you wanted to pursue a music career.
text - corina seas - purple: I grew up in Florida mostly, but my family is from Honduras and I was very fortunate to get to visit the country frequently.  I think going there put the world in perspective for me and really helped develop my sense of empathy, which is the basis for my humanistic approach to life and the meaning of things. That desire to connect with different people and learn new things was a big motivator in my wanting to pursue music professionally. Growing up, my parents were very enthusiastic about music too.  They aren’t musicians but they get down better than most and my dad is hilariously passionate when playing the air guitar.  So as soon as I could talk, I was running around singing, imitating musicians and making crazy voices and sounds, so it’s always been a part of me.

Pursuing music was something I always felt I needed to do. There was no specific moment when I chose to do music, it was just always my motivation for life and the only thing I felt I could really do and still be happy.  The future is remarkably insecure when attempting music, but it’s how I relate to people and how I find myself. I get a high from this that motivates my existence.  Music is everything to me.

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City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

BY TARA BURKE

City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival, which lasted the whole month of February, has come and gone… but not without us testing out a few of their unique flavors! Cailin tried the Ginger Hot Chocolate, which she loved. The spicy ginger flavor really popped and was a perfect match for the thick semi-bitter chocolate. If you like ginger, get ready to mark you calendars for the return of the flavor next February!

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American Authors Concert

BY: TARA BURKE 

Great concert review coming at yah! This past weekend we went to see American Authors on the Honda Civic tour. The opening acts were Oh Honey and the Mowgli’s. Let’s start with Oh Honey…

They were good! We were particularly interested in seeing them perform as we went to the same high school as one of the members, Danielle Bouchard. In high school we were both part of this club called, Respect Club, where you put on events to share and appreciate the arts. Cailin remembers putting together open mics that Danielle performed at way back when, as well as being a MySpace fan of her early music. In general, it was cool to see someone who came from the same town and school as us pursuing their dreams successfully. The other member of  Oh Honey, Mitchy Collins, has a ton of charisma and talent. The two make a great pair to round out each others voices and we both love their latest EP, Sincerely Yours. Riding off of their hit success, Be Okay, their sound seems to be going in a Mumford and Sons direction. We particularly like their lovely lyrics.

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Next up was the Mowgli’s. We didn’t know much about them going into the concert besides running through their latest album before the show. We ended up liking a few of their hits like Say It, Just Say It and San Francisco. Not sure if it was the acoustics of the Best Buy Theater, which are often criticized, but both Oh Honey and the Mowgli’s were kind of hard to understand at times. Their voices often got lost in the music, but with that said, the bands sounded great and overall they performed well live.

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American Authors were the main act and let me just tell you I was impressed. As with a lot of bands these days, I’m skeptical if they can perform well live. Live YouTube videos with poor sound quality don’t help. With that said, I wasn’t sure if American Authors were going to live up to their album recording. Cailin introduced me to them after hearing their song, Luck, which I love. Since then I have listened to their whole album and can say I pretty much like every song on it. I love their upbeat vibe, inventive lyrics, arrangements and musicality. When they hit the stage they also had a ton of charisma and stage presence. They all attended and met at Berklee College of Music and it shows. The main singer, Zac Barnett’s, voice did not disappoint and was amazing live, if not better than the recordings. The show ended with confetti flying everywhere while they performed their hit, Best Day of My Life. It was a perfect way to end such a fun concert and we would definitely go see American Authors again. See them now people, before their tickets get mad expensive!

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Dustin Lynch Concert

BY: TARA BURKE 

On our way home from work, Cailin and I were walking by Bryant Park when we heard some music. Not being ones to ignore good music, we veered into the park and came upon Nashville in New York going on at the Southwest Porch. Turns out it was Dustin Lynch playing! He and his band were soooo good. We recognized his big hits like Cowboys and Angels, but didn’t really know the rest of his songs. We found out that most of the songs he played were from his newest album, Where It’s At. His new album is really great, so needless to say we have been listening to it all week. It was such a fun mid-week treat to see him perform live. We obviously didn’t have any expectations going in, but his performance didn’t disappoint!

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Guthrie Center: Slambovians

BY TARA BURKE

For our stepdad’s early birthday present we headed to the Guthrie Center in Massachusetts to see The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. We weren’t avid fans before the show, but after listening to their latest album we couldn’t wait to hear them live. Usually, before a concert Cailin and I will try and learn all of the artist’s songs if we aren’t familiar with them, but some of my favorite concert experiences were when I had zero time to learn the songs beforehand. It allows you to go into the show with an open mind and I usually leave with a new band I love and a whole setlist of songs I need to download. That is exactly what happened when we saw The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. They are kind of a mix of folk and rock music, so if you already like those genres you will like them! Some of our favorite songs include: Tink (I Know It’s You), Trans-Slambovian Bipolar Express, A Box of Everything and Very Happy Now. Give them a listen or check them out live if you have the chance!

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The Guthrie Center is set up with dinner tables and has a full menu of lunch/dinner options. We got the vegetable chili with loads of cheese on top. Twas’ delish!

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