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2022 has been a breakout year for Ceara Cavalieri. She released a trio of singles, including "Liar Liar," which appeared on the popular Spotify playlist SALT. Her pop-punk sound has evolved far past the Ariana Grande-esque single "Damn" back in 2020.

Sonically and aesthetically, the UCLA grad stays true to her Southern California roots. She loves bright colors, fast cars, and catchy choruses.

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Last month, Bronze Avery released his debut album SOFTMETAL. It follows a series of singles and the artist winning the first Billboard NXT competition.

Throughout 13 tracks, Bronze lays his heart out while weaving through different styles. It's become a cliche to call an artist genreless (can we retire the term genre-bending?), but it's truly difficult to categorize his music. Regardless of the track, there's a dreaminess that runs through the album. The combination of woozy guitars and hard electronic beats sound great in your bedroom or cruising down a Southern California highway.

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Many fans, especially young ones, know Alison Sudol for her role as Queenie Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Over three films, she's become part of one of the most beloved cinematic universes.

But she's been a musician longer than she's been an actor. Recording as A Fine Frenzy, she built a devoted following and won over critics with releases like One Cell in the Sea and Bomb in a Birdcage. Over the last few years, her sound has evolved into something more layered and complex.
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Turnstile at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles

By Jordan Edwards

Turnstile were nominated for three Grammy Awards earlier this month, capping an unlikely two-year rise to become one of America’s biggest bands. But was it really out of nowhere?

Sure, they don’t have a hit radio single. "HOLIDAY" doesn't appear in a crucial Netflix series scene (it should). But a popular song on social media or streaming platforms doesn’t always translate to a building a giant fanbase. Louis Theroux isn’t selling out The Shrine.

Instead of charting how the Baltimore band got to this point, let’s talk about why they became so popular.

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The Demi Ramos Show: Zolita

'Ruin My Life' is out now

Zolita does it all.

Best known for her music, she grew up in Southern California and attended film school at NYU. In fact, she says some of her songs start as video ideas. As writer, director, and producer, she has developed a distinct visual style filled with colorful sets and creative camera movement. You can see this in the recent trilogy of music videos that included “Somebody I F*cked Once,” “Single In September,” and “I F*cking Love You." Her latest, "Ruin My Life," is a mini movie complete with a Netflix-style plot description below the video. it continues the narrative of "20 Questions."

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Poo Bear was already a hitmaker before he met Justin Bieber. Starting in 2001 with 112's "Peaches N Cream" he worked on a series of songs for artists like Chris Brown, and Usher, and Kelis.

Since the 2013 album Journals, Poo Bear and Justin Bieber have collaborated on hits including "Intentions," "What Do You Mean?" and "Yummy." Poo Bear even says that Bieber has picked up on his vocal style.

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