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Hot summer nights, mid July, baby! Yes, that's right. It's the middle of the summer and we're smack dab in the epicenter of a heat wave. No one can seem to shake the heat, not even the rain is helping.

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Last week, Washed Out (Ernest Greene) released his fifth album Notes From A Quiet Place. It's a lush collection of sunny pop songs perfect for a summer drive. The standout track "Running Away" drips with nostalgia and the optimism of young love.

Riding the wave of Hype Machine and the music blog boom of the late 2000s, Greene rose to become one of electronic music's most respected musicians. Tracks like "Feel It All Around" and "Amor Fati" have become modern classics and party playlist staples.

Watch him talk to Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos about making the new album, life in rural Georgia, and how Portlandia changed his life.

Washed Out Full Interview | It's Real with Jordan and Demi

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It's almost absurd that we're in the middle of July as I write this. I have friends groaning that the summer is over already, which is completely and wholly untrue in my eyes. But enough with the mourning, this article is about happiness (among other things.)

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Interview by Jordan Edwards

With a distinctive soulful voice and versatility as a songwriter, Emmy Meli could fit into any era. Her vocals have been compared to Amy Winehouse, and her production draws influences from different decades.

Beyond her voice, Meli's attitude and personality sets her apart from other pop singers. Her clever feminist lyrics recall Meghan Trainor, and her down-to-earth stage presence makes the audience feel like they're at a backyard barbeque. There's no manufactured character here.

Meli first gained attention with the viral 2021 single "I AM WOMAN," which has totaled more 260 million Spotify Streams. Since then, her career has taken off. She recently supported Alexander Stewart on his US tour. We caught up with her at the Echoplex before the Los Angeles show.

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As you read this, imagine me to be sitting somewhere on a beach in New Jersey (hold your horrified gasps) surrounded by friends and a Bose Soundlink Max speaker blaring my favorite tracks. I'm always on aux, dear reader, as I'm sure you can imagine. My Spotify playlists are highly sought after by a specific group of people (my friends).

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The Final Act to the Kendrick and Drake Feud: Ken Has One Too Many Friends

The Complicated Legacy of Kendrick Lamar’s Landmark Pop-Out Show

Summer began with one definitive truth: if you thought you were a hater, you’re not a hater like Kendrick Lamar is a hater. I’ll admit: Drake has won his share of rap beefs. In 2015, he got into it with Meek Mill over claims that Drake doesn’t write his own songs. He emerged victorious, though he’s never beaten those ghostwriting allegations. Still, he took the crown, and “Back to Back” is still one of my favorite of his songs. However, we can’t forget that he’s taken some big hits and some super public losses, too.

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