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Melanie Martinez - “Dollhouse” - Last time we saw Melanie Martinez, she was unceremoniously being booted off of Team Adam on The Voice. Some things are for the best, and Martinez wasn’t really built for the kind of pop stardom that The Voice encourages. What she was built for is to deliver gems just like “Dollhouse,” an eerie, haunting tune about the hidden aspects of the “perfect” family. I’m not sure if she’s speaking from personal experience, but the lyrics are deftly woven within a slow-burner backdrop that BANGS once the chorus hits. I fully expected her to churn out dope music given the venue, and if this in any indication, we might just be looking at a new “indie” star.

Kingdom Crumbs - “Pick Both Sides of My Brain” Seattle new-school faves Kingdom Crumbs deliver the new video off their self-titled LP from 2012. Hazy, yet clear and beautiful at the same time, the LP was in my top albums of 2012 (and it might be my 2nd favorite rap album outta Seattle). This video reflects that hazy yet beautiful asthetic. I strongly urge you to check the album out (it’s on Spotify as well).

Mayer Hawthorne & The County covers Lorde “Royals” as part of VEVO’s Unexpected Covers.

Mayer Hawthorne can’t lose right now. Already a STRONG contender for album of the year with his Where Does This Door Go LP, he swings thru to nail a cover of Lorde’s hit “Royals.” Very sick.

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