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New Age R&B

In the world of music, it is no surprise to see artists mature throughout their careers, and I, like many others, enjoy following their progress. What is even more exciting to see is the evolution of the music industry itself. In this week’s edition of Nayhoo, I’d like to take a peek into the new developments being made in R&B today.

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Dark Pop Smart Pop and Bangers

I’m really stupid. I actually didn’t notice it until it had already happened. It was some time later in the year 2015 when someone pointed it out to me. I was in his car and we were listening to the deluxe CD version of Taylor Swift’s 1989 and critically analyzing it, as we do with pop albums because they’re the only thing that Target sells. He made a remark about how Taylor Swift had said that she had drawn inspiration from “Dark-Pop." I said “What?”

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Now Spinning: Hippo Campus Live

November 13 was St.Paul Minnesota band Hippo Campus’ first time headlining a show at the 9:30 club in DC. They have toured in DC a few times before opening up for other artists and headlining at The Black Cat. This is my second time seeing them, the first time being back home in North Carolina, and I can confidently say that they put on an amazing show every time they perform.

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Betrayal

Just to prep y’all, this post sort of relates to my last one, so check it out.

I remember the first time I saw this band. They opened for The Neighbourhood (another great band) at Summerfest in Milwaukee some years ago. It was my first concert ever, and I was not disappointed. I remember being there, waiting some seven hours for The Neighbourhood, and this band steps out on stage as the opening act. I remember turning to one of my best friends and saying, “Wow they’re really good, they should be a headliner.” Most people know them from the hit single “Way Down We Go”. It’s very rare to see a folk/blues band that can make it big. The sound they bring is unique, and it reminds me of an older time, a simpler time.

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