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Heartbreaker or Heartbroken? Stephen Babcock Explores His Growth on ‘When We Were Kids Ourselves’

When Stephen Babcock comes to Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe this Friday, he will do so in celebration of his new album, When We Were Kids Ourselves. The 10-track offering is a nod to the ways we grow, as we encounter life changes and challenges in our relationships — with others, as well as ourselves.

“This album is about the journey and growth experiences post ‘growing up,'” Babcock states. “It’s so easy to feel isolated when you’re taking on something challenging in life, and we tend to normalize the idea that in adult life, we’re supposed to have it all figured out by now. I hope my music serves as a bastion for people experiencing challenging emotions, and I hope my voice can help those struggling to find the words they’re looking for in their own life.”

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LISTEN: Little Hurt Balances Light and Dark on “Depression Pop” Single, “Buttercup”

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Colin Dieden had all but forgotten his childhood nickname “Little Hurt” until one night, when he felt a strong pull to fulfill the name once again. Not on the baseball field, like he did growing up in Kansas City, but in the studio and on stage as the moniker for his solo project, Little Hurt

“It’s part of my past, so it felt right for the future. I’m just a kid from Kansas who’s a little hurt,” Dieden says.  

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LISTEN: On ‘The Other Side,’ Chxrry22 Embraces Duality

About five years ago, Toronto native Chxrry22 could have never imagined turning music into a career… until she began using social media to showcase her talents.

Her cover videos began going viral. From there, she dropped out of school, moved to Atlanta, and began pursuing music full-time. Eventually, she landed a deal with XO Records – co-founded by fellow Toronto native, The Weeknd – as the label’s first female artist.

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Songs You Should Hear: Riding the Love Rollercoaster

Love is a variable experience. Its initial dopamine hit can leave us feeling full of wonder and possibility. Love can also leave us feeling low, and unsure of who we are after it has run its course. Sometimes, love can turn infatuous — even dangerous — before we even realize it.

Whatever the case, love is a journey, and these three Songs You Should Hear take us on that journey — of love for others, love for our vices, and love for ourselves.

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PHOTOS: ARREIS Presents Straight to Hell-o-ween at The Basement

Halloween is ARREIS’ birthday. This year, it also served as the backdrop for a celebration of her new single, “Straight to Hell.”

P.S.: “Straight to Hell” was one of our Songs You Should Hear last week.

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LISTEN: The Frst Offers Light and Hope with ‘Trust Fall’

Looking for a little shot of optimism through the weeds of everyday life? Try this on for size:

“And if you let go, let go
You may fall face down
But you know, you know
You are not alone on the ground
Let the trust fall catch you now”

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Songs You Should Hear: No Tricks, Only Treats

This week’s Songs You Should Hear come in a variety of flavors.

We’ve got a grab bag of sounds and moods for you — from the sweet and tender, to the gritty and edgy, to the dynamic and upbeat. Variety is the spice of life, so let’s waste no time in keeping things spicy.

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LISTEN: Purple Haired Rock Goddess Anastasia Elliot Inspires Listeners to Turn Traumas into Works of Art in Her First EDM Song, “The Shattering”

Known as the “purple haired rock goddess,” audio-visual artist Anastasia Elliot is enigmatic to say the least. Her colorfully curated style, disciplined classical training, and her ability to create an entire immersive universe of cinematic wonder, all alchemize in such a way that sets her apart from fellow artists in the indie art rock world. 

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