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Remix: Izzy Bizu – “White Tiger” (Cat Carpenters Remix)

Izzy Bizu is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from South West London, born to an Ethiopian Mother and English Father. She grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Swan, Betty Wright, and James Brown and draws on these influences alongside newer influences such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, to create a fusion of soul, funk, jazz, and pop that sounds classic and brand spanking new all at once.

Being 2016 Brits Critics Choice finalist, The BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year 2016 and chosen as the voice of the 2016 Euros with her cover of Edith Piaf’s La Foule, she is quickly proving herself as one of the most exciting breakthrough British artists of the year. Garnering early support from 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1 on her independent six-tracker, Coolbeanz EP, before signing to Sony/RED MUSIC there’s been plenty a new fans in the front row thanks to instant classics like “White Tiger”, now with over 75 million global Spotify streams, the heart-wrenching “Mad Behaviour”, and viral Honne collaboration “Someone That Loves You”.

Drawing on her time moving countries, schools and the relationships that have entailed, Izzy is a cultural explorer, memories, experience and feelings evoking the songs we’re soon to hear and the thought-provoking conversation she already provides. Wearing her thoughts on her sleeve, you’ll be pushed to find many a debut this honest.

Her debut album, A Moment of Madness is out now (which you can stream via Spotify HERE); and the South London born singer/songwriter is debuting the Cat Carpenters remix of her hit “White Tiger,” which you can check out below along with tour dates alongside Coldplay!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
with Coldplay
8/12 Minneapolis MN – US Bank Stadium
8/14 Omaha NE – Centurylink Center
8/15 Kansas City MO – Spirit Center
8/17 Chicago IL – Soldier Field
8/19 Cleveland OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/21 Toronto ON – Rogers Centre
8/22 Toronto ON – Rogers Centre
8/25 Houston TX – NRG Stadium
8/28 Miami FL – Hard Rock Stadium

 

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NVDES – “Dancer From New York” + Tour Dates

Last Friday, Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES released the La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP on Maison Nvdité/Kobalt Music Recordings. An intriguing introduction to the laptop-punk of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, the five-track collection brimming with his signature frenetic guitars and hones his prowess for crafting compulsive summery jams. In celebration of the release, NVDES shares a new video for “Dancer From New York” featuring his trademark imagery directed by Jenna Josepher & Giulia Marsico.

Ocean comments, “Dancer From New York was inspired by a crazy night my collaborator Sean Van Vleet had after eating at White Castle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I moved to NYC in 2005 to pursue music. The electricity of the local indie-rock scene during that time was extremely formative for me. A lot of my music is influenced by what I was listening to and experiencing at that time. This song is my homage to that time and those influences.”

Following the release of his glitchy 2016 debut EP Life With Lobsters, NVDES garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and many more. The four-track collection spins through an array of kaleidoscopic sounds that are both levitating and melodic, yet wholly original.

NVDES has also announced a series of tour dates as lead support for RAC. Full date listing is below!

NVDES Tour Dates
8/18: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Park Rising
8/24: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
8/26: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/15: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
9/16: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/17: Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial *
9/19: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
9/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *
9/21: San Diego, CA @ Music Box *
* = w/ RAC 

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Video: Alice Merton – “No Roots”

Alice Merton signs with Mom + Pop Music! Her single “No Roots” has already captured an immense amount of attention with millions of global plays on Spotify and YouTube, and has been recently added to Alt/AAA U.S. radio. She has new adds this week including LA, Chicago, Austin, Dallas, SF, Minneapolis + NYC/Sirius Alt Nation. Look out for Alice later this year and early next as she plans to tour both Europe and the U.S..

“I’ve got no roots, but my home was never on the ground.”

One whole sentence seems to sum up the life of the English/Canadian singer and songwriter Alice Merton. Four countries and eleven moves later, she starts to take her first independent steps into the music industry. With success – “No Roots” reached top positions on iTunes, Spotify, Shazam and Hype Machine. In Germany, the song has already reached platinum status and was #1 in the official single charts.

Raised in Canada, finishing high school in Germany, then moving on to England with her family, Alice has gotten quite used to packing and unpacking boxes. With her debut single “No Roots”, she describes the life of having had many different homes but comes to the realization that her home was never in one place.

At the age of five she started taking classical piano lessons, four years later she was introduced to vocal training. After spending many years being classically trained, Alice discovered the art of songwriting through one of her high school courses in Germany. She then went on to study songwriting and pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter.

During her studies, she started working with various producers. Finding the right producer is like finding a missing puzzle piece, you know it’s there somewhere, but it takes a really long time to find.” However, after being introduced to Nicolas Rebscher, a Berlin-based producer, she knew she had found her match.

Creating a very analog and organic pop sound, going back to the basics of drum and bass driven music, they combined their individual styles to develop a style of their own. Nicolas Rebscher’s arrangements were the perfect addition to Alice’s melodies, combining the depth and softness in her voice, with his energetic and charismatic sounds.

TOUR DATES:

08/04  Appletree Garden Festival – Diepholz, Germany

08/04  Parklichter Festival – Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

08/05  Food For Your Senses Festival – Kirchberg, Luxembourg

08/25  Gamescon – Cologne, Germany

08/26  Laternenfest – Halle, Germany

09/9  Rennbahn Berlin Hoppegarten – Berlin, Germany

09/10  Lollapalooza Berlin – Berlin, Germany

09/14  SWR3 New Pop Festival – Baden Baden, Germany

09/15  NDR 2 Soundcheck Festival – Göttingen, Germany

9/20-23  Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg, Germany

11/17  New Fall Festival – Düsseldorf, Germany

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New Video: Black Kids – “Iffy”

Black Kids have released the psychedelic video for their song, “Iffy.” The video was created by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and the track appears on their sophomore album, Rookie, out September 15. The album was recorded and co-produced by Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction.

“Black Kids tell the story of perpetual romantic confusion with a quirky video collage,” says Paper Magazine. “It’s everything they are — fun, upbeat and well in-touch with its own oddity.”

Black Kids say of the track: “IFFY” is representative of what might be considered the closest thing we have to a ‘signature sound’ — wonky, bizarro top 40 from some derpy alternate universe.”

DON’T MISS BLACK KIDS ON TOUR!

Sept 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland Block Party 2017
Sept 20 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sept 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
Sept 23 – Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
Sept 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Folsom Street Fair
Sept 25 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish
Sept 26 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Sept 29 – San Diego,CA @ Casbah
Oct 22 – Washington DC @ DC9
Oct 23 – New York City @ Baby’s All Right
Oct 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Oct 26 – Boston @ Sonia’s

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Hangin’ Out With Faulkner

Credit: Missy Maggi

Faulkner is a four member bi-coastal rock group that came together in 2013. Last year they released their debut EP Revanchist and right now they’re gearing up for the album drop this fall. While the guys were in town for a show recently at the Rex Theater, I caught up with frontman Lucas Asher for a few questions after their sound check.

Credit: Missy Maggi

So what have you guys been working on?

We just got off our single with Royce da 5’9″, Eminem’s collaborator.

Yes, I’ve heard it! How did that happen?

Cool, yeah, we just reached out and connected through mutual friends – we just finished recording w/ RZA and so it’s all like a small circle.

Does the album have an overall theme?

Revenge. Very aggressive, a little bit dark — and then we open up and explore more areas on the LP. We’ll have more singles that are uptempo and more danceable, a little bit more of a fun record.

You just performed your new song “Hot Streak” at the Troubadour, right?

Yeah, we premiered it there. Tonight will be the second time we’ve ever played it live.

Really? That’s amazing! So special…

Who else would you love to work with in the future?

We like Kanye West, so he would be up there. We like The Weeknd a lot. Our music style is like a mix of The Clash and The Weeknd. We always lean towards urban collaborations. If we didn’t though, it would probably be Muse.

If you could sit under a table and listen to any two people talk, who would it be?

Nikola Tesla and…let’s see, who else…it’d be like, Bob Dylan.

That’s a nice pair, I wonder what that conversation would be like?! (laughs).

Yeah. (laughs).

What music have you been listening to?

A lot of new music. A lot of cool, new music. I’m really into house and electronic but I’m all over the place.

What platform do you use to listen to music?

I’m on all of them. Anything on demand, I don’t really like the Pandora type where it tells you what to listen to. I’m still mostly on YouTube, actually.

Yeah? Do you make your own playlists and stuff?

Yeah, follow me. (laughs).

What song do you remember most from your childhood or what makes you feel nostalgic?

I grew up on Queen, so I’m a huge Queen fan.

What else can you add for fans?

We have our first video, it’s called “Revolutionary” — it was shot in Hawaii and we’re shooting another music video in Morocco coming up. “Hot Streak” will be our next single.

At this point, the employees were getting prepped for the crowd and the band needed to finish a few last things, too. I graciously thanked Lucas and gave the guys my own version of a swag bag for their tour bus — it included a 6 pack of local Pittsburgh beers and a family size bag of potato chips. (Who wouldn’t want that swag? Duh.)

Credit: Missy Maggi

Obviously, we stuck around for the show. This was their first time playing in Pittsburgh and they were touring with Atlas Genius. The set killed it, with the guys playing fan faves, “Revolutionary” and “These Kids Nowadays.” And indeed they kept their word by giving us the experience of their newest track, “Hot Streak,” which was definitely my favorite AND maybe a new favorite of the band’s, too. “It’s always a lot of fun playing new songs at our shows,” expressed the band’s bass player, Dimitri Farougias.

The guys will be playing a couple shows later this month in California with The Kickback, so if you’re around, definitely check them out and go say “hi”!

August 24 – Brick & Mortar, San Francisco, CA

August 26 – Soda Bar, San Diego, CA

August 29 – Resident, Los Angeles, CA

 

Check out a couple of the band’s videos below:

This track will appear on the new album:

 

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Still Obsessed: NVDES

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Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES announce the La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP slated for an August 11th release on Maison Nvdité/Kobalt Music Recordings. An intriguing introduction to the laptop-punk of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, he emerges with a five-track collection brimming with his signature frenetic guitars and punk energy, honing his prowess for crafting compulsive summery jams.

NVDES shares newest singles “Do You Think About Me” and “Do Ya” highlighted by a tropical groove and released tomorrow on all digital retailers. About the track/s, Ocean comments, “This song is about the modern saga of exploring love on the internet. We wrote it shortly after I started a long distance relationship with someone in Paris via Facebook messenger. It’s about the constant wondering “is this real?” and the melancholy that comes along with that.”

Ocean continues, “Inspired by this theme of love on the internet, I teamed up with Jenna Josepher and Giulia Marsico to direct the lyric video. Their personal styles could be considered opposites, with Jenna’s affinity for inanity and patterns, and Giulia’s exploration in sexuality and the human figure, yet their interests in analogy and absurdity are what bring them together. For this video, they utilized the stark juxtaposition of two similar yet highly contrasting images as an interpretation of what love on the internet can feel like; when you’re receiving one signal but interpreting another, subsequently causing your reality to distort.”

Following the release of his glitchy 2016 debut EP Life With Lobsters, NVDES garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and many more, including Musically Amusing. The four-track collection spins through an array of kaleidoscopic sounds that are both levitating and melodic, yet wholly original.

In anticipation of the release, NVDES has also announced a series of live dates in Chicago and New York.

8/24: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
8/26: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

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Newest Love: Private Island

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“For a sound so contagious, I’d bet they’re impressive to see live.”
– What Youth

“So grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and hit the pool with this one on your loudspeakers.” — Earmilk

“L.A.-based Private Island has one foot in the retro-ism of smooth jazz and funk and the other in the gang’s-all-here musical collectivism of modern indie-pop.”
– Buzzbands.LA

After dominating the West Coast music scene and selling out headlining shows in LA, Private Island is heading on their first US Tour with Future Generations, prepared to bring their mix of funky California indie pop-rock to a venue near you. After making a splash on the internet with their Hype Machine approved hit “Drugs,” and over 3 million streams on Spotify, Private Island is excited to promote their third studio project, Night Drivewhich will mark a slight departure from their indie-rock past to a smoother R&B vibe.

The lead single, “Turbulence,” is Private Island’s first step into a world that breaks away from the shimmering indie-rock of their past releases. While maintaining their roots, the new music opens the door into a darker, more polished sound, where lead singer Christian Lum effortlessly denounces his loss of faith in love. The sonic development of the new single mixed with their signature bluesy-rock sound leaves listeners with a taste of the new album, due out fall 2017. The Southern California six-piece band, comprised of Christian Lum, Tommy Nickerson, Cameron Anderson, Michelle Guerrero, Tim Barbour and Roger Mawer, worked with producer Jacob Munk and mastering engineer Joe Lambert for Night Drive.

TOUR DATES

July 28th @ The High Watt in Nashville, TN

July 29th @ The EARL in Atlanta, GA

Aug 1st @ The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC

Aug 2nd @ DC9 in Washington, DC

Aug 4th @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA

Aug 5th @ Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY

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Check ‘Em Out: Warbly Jets

LA’s Warbly Jets have been building buzz locally and nationally since the release of their debut single “Alive” last November. In addition to being named an Artist to Watch by KCRW and earning praise from both LA Weekly and LA Record, they’ve also racked up spins on Beats1 and KROQ, caught the attention of Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green (who used “Alive” as the official song of its SS17 line), and landed slots opening for acts like The Dandy Warhols, The Mystery Lights, and Night Beats. 

Now, Warbly Jets share their second single, “The Lowdown.” A snarling anthem meant to call out the music industry and its endless games, it’s the band’s way of saying that they’re here, and they’re here to stay. (Check it out below.)

“The Lowdown” was written last year, beginning with a backbeat and bass lick constructed by keyboardist Julien O’Neill. From there, the band added guitars, vocals, and additional melodies, along with a heavy dose of confidence and a playfully brash attitude. Inspired by their own experiences with the music industry at large — specifically the empty promises of stardom and money, all while major labels go bankrupt pumping out heartless music —  “The Lowdown” is Warbly Jets’ way of asserting that they got where they are on their own, and they’re not going to wait for anyone to give them the green light.   


Warbly Jets on Tour:

7/30: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
8/2: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/3: Rock Island, IL @ RIBCO
8/4 – 8/5: Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music
8/6: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
8/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Pond Magazine Presents)
8/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Pond Magazine Presents)
8/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
8/11: Washington, D.C. @ DC9
8/15: Nashville, TN @ The Basement
8/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
8/20: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9/5: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/12: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/19: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/25: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms

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Video: Anna of the North – “Someone”

Anna of the North shares her self-directed visual video for “Someone”, shot on location in Miami, Florida.

Of creating the video, Anna says:
It’s a video made in Miami but it’s certainly not a stereotypical Miami video. The ‘party’ side to cities like Miami can feel vacuous, making them the loneliest places in the world, so it’s a fitting backdrop to the story. It’s set the day after a big night, when you instantly regret something that happened. It’s about the internal battle of the day after; trying to accept that you’re human and how hard it is to forgive yourself for your own mistakes. It gets more desperate throughout as the realization sets in.

The second single to be taken from their highly-anticipated debut album Lovers, “Someone” journeys through a swaggering opening and a head rush of synths, which then make way for Anna’s tender vocals before the chorus explodes into a blockbuster-scale road trip.

Due for worldwide release on September 8, Lovers is an album deeply rooted in heartbreak, a subject that courses through the veins of all ten tracks – through the turmoil, the guilt and the tentative joy of finally letting yourself move on.

In three years since the release of debut single “Sway”, the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith have paved the way for their full-length debut following a run of singles which have notched up over 60 million streams, multiple No.1spotst’s on the Hype Machine charts and rotation on Radio 1, Triple J and Beats 1.

Now they offer up an emphatically assured debut LP, its clean, springy beats and shimmering synths underpinned by the rich, emotive clarity of Anna’s voice. Recorded in Oslo and mixed in Copenhagen and London by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), Lovers is a coherent but endlessly varied beast.

The story of the project began five years back. Anna was working in a shop in a small town near Oslo, settled with her first love whilst anticipating a life of routine and normality when a customer came in and changed her life. Polite and well groomed, the woman, a stranger to Anna, began making daily visits, browsing for hours but never buying a thing. One afternoon, for reasons Anna will never know, the woman approached her and implored her to abandon the traditional life she had planned out, and go and expand her horizons. The plea jolted something in Anna, and in an act of uncharacteristic spontaneity, she booked a flight to Australia, leaving behind the life and the person she thought she’d spend her life with.

Her time in Australia was fulfilling but turbulent. She fell in love again, only to have her heart broken as suddenly and inexplicably as her decision to leave Norway in the first place. That’s when she met Brady Daniell-Smith. Brady, who’d been struggling with his own complicated relationships, was performing an acoustic show in Melbourne; Anna was in the audience, drinking with friends. Becoming friends, he encouraged her to find solace in songwriting, discovering they could make music together as a way of exorcizing the demons of their love lives and the project was born. He jokingly started calling her “Anna Of The North” and the name stuck.

It’s the two of them combined that make Anna Of The North’s sparse, brooding electro-pop so potent. Brady, who’s from New Zealand and grew up partly in Australia, injects elements of the countries’ bright, vibrant electronic scene to their music; Anna brings the glacial minimalism of her Scandinavian roots.

Anna of the North’s debut album Lovers is due for release on September 8 via Honeymoon / +1 Records / Different Recordings.

Live Dates:
10 Aug 2017 – Way Out West, SW
18 Aug – Pukkelpop Festival, BE
23 Aug – Hudson Ballroom – Sydney, AU
24 Aug – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, AU
26 Aug – Maroochy Music & Vis Arts Festival, AU
09 Sep – Bestival, UK
26 Sep – Omeara – London, UK
12 Oct – Obaren, Stockholm, SW
13 Oct – Vega Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, DK
14 Oct – Häkken, Hamburg, DE
16 Oct – Auster Club, Berlin, DE
18 Oct – Sugarfactory ADE Live, Amsterdam, NL19 Oct – Yuca, Cologne, DE20 Oct – Pop Up du Label, Paris, FR
09 Nov – Parkteateret – Oslo, NO
18 Nov – Room 2 P12 @ Transardentes, Brussels, BE
10 Nov – Det Akademiske Kvarter – Bergen, NO

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Coast Modern Tour Dates

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Off the back of single releases totaling over 30 Million streams, Coast Modern – comprised of Coleman Trapp and Luke Atlas – recently announced that their highly anticipated self-titled debut album will be released on July 28th, 2017, via 300 Entertainment / +1 Records. The band is pleased to announce their headlining Fall tour, kicking off this September.

Like a trip to Disneyland; with each song like a stop in another world, Coast Modern’s debut album is a rollercoaster ride through a musical spectrum that spans from introspective acoustic streams of consciousness to psychedelic jams to relaxed dancehall vibes. Coast Modern are capable of covering a large swath of musical territory, yet a strong, self-aware voice and a sense of groove tie them all together.

After releasing their debut single, “Hollow Life”, the duo have gone on to release a handful of tracks in their short tenure as a band – the anthemic “Animals,” summer-tinged “Guru” and jungle cruise jam, “The Way It Was” (all four of which sat at the top of the HypeMachine charts), and followed up with “Comb My Hair”, “Pockets Full of No” and “Dive” – tracks to kick you out of the most serious of funks.

Garnering attention from every tastemaker under the sun, including Pigeons and Planes, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair and more, their tracks would creep their way to the airwaves, generating heavy rotation from the likes of SiriusXM Alt Nation and KCRW.

Coast Modern made their live debut at SXSW, playing their first shows ever as a band, and just a few weeks later were playing one of New York City’s most coveted venues, Terminal 5, kicking off their support slot touring with BORNS. The duo has since toured with the likes of The Wombats, The Temper Trap and just wrapped up the Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour.

Kicking off in San Francisco and hitting major markets including New York, Chicago and a hometown show in LA, be sure to catch the band on the road this Fall.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep-6 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Sep-7 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Sep-8 – Seattle, WA – Tractor
Sep-9 – Spokane, WI- Tinnabulation Music Festival
Sep-11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Sep-12 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
Sep-14 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Sep-16 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
Sep-18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Sep-19 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
Sep-20 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Sep-22 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Sep-23 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
Sep-25 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Sep-26 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
Sep-27 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Sep-29 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Sep-30 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
Oct-2 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Oct-3 – Austin, TX – Stubbs JR
Oct-4 – Dallas, TX – HOB – Cambridge Room
Oct-7 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel
Oct-8 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
Oct-9 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Oct-10 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

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