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Ready to Pop | Kim Petras & More Deliver Halloween Treats

Treat yourself this Halloween with these freakishly perfect songs.

Kim Petras

Happy Halloween 2018!

Ready to Pop is conjuring up a good time with freakishly perfect tunes. Whether you're going out for a night on the town or hosting a costume party, you won't want to miss these must-add essentials. Check out these featured artists, rated from "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Obsession-worthy."

1. Kim Petras - "Tell Me It's a Nightmare"

Kim Petras

Kim Petras should be a superstar at this point. Her brand new Halloween-themed mixtape showcases her gift for memorable hooks and lyrics. "Tell Me It's a Nightmare" features a shower of rain and cracks of thunder, setting the stage for a night of sheer terror. "Tell me how we got here," she sings.

Slay Scale: Obsession-Worthy

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2. Kyle Motsinger - "Dark Shadows"

Kyle Motsinger

New York City performer Kyle Motsinger pays tribute to the iconic late-60s vampire-centric soap opera, Dark Shadows. He imbues gothic imagery with modern desire. "Barnabas, I'm yours forever," he sings, vowing commitment to the mesmerizing vampire. "I'm the one who sets you free."

Slay Scale: Shook

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3. Wallows - "Drunk on Halloween"

Wallows

Less spooky and more emotional, Wallows weeps over a breakup with "Drunk on Halloween." They sing, "On that Halloween you told me / You weren't drinkin', I believed you / Now the only time I have's to / Sit and wonder if you're thinkin' / About the fun you've had with someone else / I know the truth is wasted on you." It's a soft-rock tearjerker and follows the band's debut EP, Spring, released earlier this year.

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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Ready to Pop | The Darcys, Adam Hood & More Drop Fall Tunes

These 5 additions to your fall playlist are as mellow or biting as the changes in the weather.

Tune for songs that match your changing fall vibes.

Ready to Pop fully embraces the cooler temperatures this week. Spanning alt-rock to pop, this week's batch of new songs match the muted color tones of crunchy orange and brown leaves. Check out these featured artists, rated from "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Obsession-worthy."

The Darcys - "Chasing the Fall"

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In the spirit of 2017's "Another Log on the Fire," Jason Couse and Wes Marskell offer up another seasonal tune. The alt-rock group yearn for love in a new song called "Chasing the Fall," crooning, "I'm chasing your love / And I want it all."

Scale: Super Chill

Chasing the Fall

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George Glew - "Higher"

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George Glew arms himself with a collection of organic instruments. Piano and acoustic guitar work in tandem, with the percussion marching along. "Lay down right here," he sings. "I'll dry those tears and comfort you to sleep / Like you do for me / Through tragedy, we found our feet."

Scale: Obsession-worthy

Higher

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Adam Hood - "Alabama Moon"

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In "Alabama Moon," singer-songwriter Adam Hood evokes nostalgia and yearning. He recalls a past lover and waxes poetic in an upbeat tribute to the southern moonlight "shining in his baby's hair," he sings. "Alabama moon / Should have let it keep me there."

Scale: Super Chill

Alabama Moon

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Posh Hammer - "It Once Was Summer"

Posh Hammer

Before we embrace the chill vibes of October, we mourn our memories of summer. Electro-pop duo Posh Hammer reflect on a summer fling that carried a deeper impact than expected. "I'll wait as all the backgrounds fade away," sings Tasnim. "It once was summer / And we were young…"

Scale: Shook

It Once Was Summer

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Hailey Knox - "Bitch, Bitch, Bitch"

Hailey Knox

Hailey Knox has been an act to watch for some time now, and she's finally finding her groove. On "Bitch, Bitch, Bitch," she perfectly blends her acoustic singer-songwriter style with a hip-hop rhythm. "Get a clue about the world / It don't revolve around you, girl," Knox sings. "All that you ever do is...bitch."

Scale: Obsession-worthy

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.



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Ready To Pop | J.R. Harbidge & More Uphold Country Tradition

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Ready to Pop is here to sink its teeth into the newest, obsession-worthy additions to folk music. We look at up-and-coming songwriters who are following in the footsteps of legends like Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, Tracy Chapman, Woody Guthrie, and John Prine, as they sing about life, death, sorrow, and bliss in the American heartland. Check out these featured artists, rated on a scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Obsession-worthy."


J. R. Harbidge - "Older & Sober"

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One of the best moments on J. R. Harbidge's record First Ray of Light is "Older & Sober," in which his heart aches for a former flame who continues to haunt his dreams. "If you come back to me, you set me free," he sings. The song's honky-tonk sound highlights Harbidge's warbling vocal style, which veers between tender and commanding.

Scale: Shook

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Sylvia Rose Novak - "The Road"

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Reminiscent of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Sylvia Rose Novak's "The Road" is a harrowing musical companion to Cormac McCarthy's 2006 novel of the same name. Novak interprets the narrative's post-apocalyptic tale of a father and son making their way through the ruins of modern civilization: "The trains all sit in silence, as if they might redress / They were the start of the expansion that turned into this mess." The music gains power as she croons, "But you can't blame coal and iron when a man is at the helm / Turning mountains into oceans into some ungodly realm..."

Scale: Obsession-worthy

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Jesse Daniel - "Hell Bent"

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On Jesse Daniel's new self-titled album, he energetically declares his love with "Hell Bent," a charming and relentless ode that's worthy of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. He's rough around the edges, and therein lies the power of his declaration: "I'm hell bent on loving you / Can't think of a single thing I'd rather do," he sings, his voice riding the waves of guitar and jaunty drums.

Scale: Obsession-worthy

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Sarah White - "Apple in B Major"

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"Apple in B Major" is Sarah White's forlorn tribute to a broken heart. Her ethereal vocals buoy the song with hope, as she turns heartbreak into a dedication to inner strength: "Shine it bright onto what you really want." The guitar is a steady constant as the arrangement swells around her celebration of "light, oh my light."

Scale: Super Chill

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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Ready To Pop | Taylor Grey & More Lose Touch with Sweeping New Tracks

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Heartbreak can make you do crazy things.

Ready to Pop gets lost between delicious waves of new essential pop tracks. From dizzying synths that shock the system to vocal power that's both commanding and vulnerable, the latest lineup is sure to quench your thirst. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


Taylor Grey - "Back to Bite"

Taylor Grey

If you haven't gotten the memo, Taylor Grey is positioned to take pop by storm. "Back to Bite" is a fierce, uncompromising club banger that drives an empowered social message between each gummy beat. "I wish I could key your car / Or just total it," she spins hard-candied gravel on the verse. "Guess I don't have the guts 'cause I was raised right / Unlike you who never learned how to treat a woman / With basic human rights..."

Grey plays both roles as the voyeuristic onlooker and karma itself, turning the song into not only a forlorn manifesto but an underdog anthem. She sings on the second stanza, letting her exact motives to be known, "I could write a letter / To all of your ex lovers / All the future ones too / Tell them your secrets / All the signs you're cheating / But I guess this song will do."

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Roosevelt - "Losing Touch"

Roosevelt

Synths bang off each other like star-like orbs scattering 'cross the darkness and against planetary cycles. Roosevelt's voice glues each one together into a dazzling cluster, his fingertips grazing each lyric before letting them fall away like dust particles into the ether. "Call me up / Did I fail to notice from the start / Hit me up / Can we talk it out when I'm home," he pleads, the production melting around his towering shoulder blades. "It's been too long / Since I've been around in this old town / All along / I thought I'd come to terms with my past..."

He at least confronts his own flaws, which come to a fevered pitch in the gooey chorus. "I'm losing touch / Come back wherever you are / Yeah I'm losing touch / Let's go back to the start / Guess I'm losing touch / Come back wherever you are...." Then, on the second verse, he reflects on becoming trapped inside his own head, further endearing the listener to his plight. "Pull me out / Save me from the voices in my head / Take me out / To the places we used to go / It's been too long / Since I've been around in this old town / Here's a song / To the dreams we lost on the way."

Slay Scale: Shook

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Thomas Abban - "Sinner"

Thomas Abban

Angelic but brutish, Thomas Abban's "Sinner," perhaps the most remarkable entry on his new album, A Sheik's Legacy, is drenched in a distinct alternative style. It's a little bit rock, a little bit classic singer-songwriter and a whole lotta avant-garde. Ancient rhythms and strings work against each other, often feeling orchestral and larger-than-life, but the next second, the song dips into the ruins of a lost soul grappling with reality, disastrous and a bit unnerved. "Though our time was short / Memories maintain a life of a sort," he sings, digging up every skeleton bone. "And reflect all our fears / And infect all our tears..."

He continues, scrawling religious parallels, "So, baby don't you come back home / And I'll stay on my throne / Instead of feeling like a sinner in the arms of an angel..."

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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Ready To Pop | XYLØ, Riley Clemmons & More Dance Their Troubles Away

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Shake it out with these soon-to-be smashes.

Ready to Pop gazes into the piercing reflection of the ever-spinning disco ball. Light bounces around our bodies and into the darkness lurking just outside the sparkling dance floor. We've left the sorrow at the door, at least for a couple hours, and the music washes over our hearts, sewing up the wounds and proving to be just the soothing agent we needed. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


XYLØ - "Tears & Tantrums"

XYLØ

XYLØ is a relentless tour de force. She's a badass boss just "dancing in the strobe lights," as she admits between layers of star-strewn synths and dreamy splatters of percussion. "My tears keep on falling down," she also sings, framing her pain as the fuel to her inner fire, slowly but surely crackling to a ferocious display.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Riley Clemmons - "Hold On"

Riley Clemmons

It might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, but all those wasted tears will lead to a full-on personal revolution. Just ask pop's newest torchbearer Riley Clemmons. "By the grace of God, I'm a survivor," she sings, extending her own personal tragedy as a testament that she's risen far more victoriously than she could have predicted. Through glassy bubbles of ready-made rave beats and classically '80s synths, she is equal parts Selena Gomez and Betty Who and another otherworldly extravagance altogether. Clemmons awakens the senses in a way only she can. She's fearless and not going down without a fight.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Charlotte Lawrence - "Stole Your Car"

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Charlotte Lawrence isn't here to play games. After her heart is shattered to bits, she not only dances out her rage, but she pairs her outrageous emotions and lack of impulse control with sweltering tropical beats and a slinky flow as smooth as the island breeze. "I can't resist the taste of your lips," she sings before confessing that, in fact, the thought of it all makes her sick to her stomach. But by the time the beats drop from the heavens, the listener, a voyeur of sorts, is awash in blue dreams, baby. Nothing like grand theft auto to get some of your anger out.

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Call Me Loop - "Cut & Run"

Call Me Loop

After a short-lived romance turned to ash, and the sleazy guy had the nerve to come crawling back, Call Me Loop had had about enough. So, she poured her frustrations out onto a clanging and mountainous pop rallying cry, which pops and fizzes with summer-soaked synths that are fevered and unwavering. "Cut & Run" is a succulent slice of pop music, seasoned to taste, and should do the trick to get over that...well, trick.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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This 4th of July is 'bout to sizzle.

Ready to Pop is arming you with some fist-pumping anthems to turn up this holiday. With the 4th of July smack dab in the middle of the work week this year, you're gonna need some new tunes to crank while you're out on the lake, barbecuing on the deck or simply taking a road trip. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


The Score - "Glory"

The Score

This pop-rock duo don't do it for the "Glory," per se, but a little praise and payoff isn't totally out of the question. Sticking to their classic, foot-stomping structure, this anthem gives new meaning to barn-burning. "I refuse to be another number now," the pair snarls over gleaming rock guitars and drums so alarmingly potent, you might bust an eardrum.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Roosevelt - "Under the Sun"

Roosevelt

Trembling underneath a moonlit backdrop of falling stars and the rocky mountaintops stretching out in all directions, for every eye to behold in simple grandeur, electro-pop newcomer Roosevelt charms with the icy, aerial-shot "Under the Sun." The song is primed with just enough '80s-bolstered synths, drums that just won't quit and a singular voice that penetrates your very soul.

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Mandy Jiroux - "Running Out of You"

Mandy Jiroux

Genres bleed over into one another, and Mandy Jiroux is simply the connective tissue, hooking the sweltering tropical strokes with the buttery R&B peppers and the glistening pop hook. Her voice quakes in enormous vibrations, and you never know if this is then or now. It pumps in your blood, and you just go with it.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Mondo Cozmo - "Tonight Tonight"

Mondo Cozmo

Sometimes, we seek things out just to feel something, anything really. We press ourselves up against the glass, in the hope it'll crack and shatter and puncture our veins. Blues-rocker Mondo Cozmo sends up a flair of explosive magnitudes with "Tonight Tonight," a flaky but boisterous romper from his new EP, Your Motherfucker, a glorious upheaval of mid-life angst. But here, between the tightened wires of pop, rock, blues, and soul, he lets us have it. "And I just wanna feel what can never be sold / And I don't wanna die in a nuclear war," he wails. And neither do we.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Tough Love - "Get Low"

Tough Love

Get that tongue wagging with Tough Love's new jolt of electricity in the form of "Get Low," featuring the sterling Melody Man. If twerking were still a wide-spread cultural trend, that's what you'd be doing right this second. But you can still ride each provocative and biting groove, banging and clawing for escape out on the horizon's teetering edge. "This is your final warn," they send up in a starburst of radioactive synths, spraying and splashing on our faces.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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