Albums To Look Forward To In 2019

10 Indie/Pop Albums To Look Forward To In 2019

It's gonna be another good year in the music industry!

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2018 was a great year for the indie/pop scene. With the overwhelming amount of album announcements that have followed us into the new year, its no doubt that 2019 is going to be just as good. Here's just the tip of the iceberg:

1. Maggie Rogers - "Heard It In A Past Life"

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Maggie released her first full-length studio album in January and it is fantastic. She experienced a rise to fame about two years ago when Pharrell Williams noticed her song "Alaska," and she has been gaining exposure ever since. She is supporting Mumford & Sons on some tour dates this year.

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2. Weezer - The Teal Album & The Black Album

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Weezer released their Teal Album in January. This album is compiled of remakes of old songs, including their rendition of Africa. The Black Album is set to be released in March and is rumored as being the exact opposite of the White Album.

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3. Ariana Grande - "thank u, next"

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Following the release of Sweetener in 2018, Ariana Grande immediately started writing again, with plans to release "thank u, next" in February. She has already released "thank u, next," "7 rings," and "imagine" as promotional songs for the album.

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4. Hozier - "Wasteland, Baby!"

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It's been 5 years since we've gotten a full length album from Hozier. He graced our ears with his EP, Nina Cried Power, in late 2018, as well as a few other singles, but I am beyond ecstatic for another full project. It's been too long!

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5. Billie Eilish - "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

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Billie Eilish has been releasing music since 2016, and 2019 will finally bring us her full-length debut album. She released "you should see me in a crown" and "when the party's over" in late 2018 as singles for the album, and just released "bury a friend" in late January with the album preorder. It's expected to drop in March.

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6. Cage The Elephant - "Social Cues"

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Announced just the other day, "Social Cues" will drop in April as Cage The Elephant's fifth studio album, and the first one since "Tell Me I'm Pretty" was released in 2015.

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7. The 1975 - "Notes on a Conditional Form"

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Following the release of "A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships," The 1975 announced their plans to release "Notes on a Conditional Form" in summer of 2019. Lead singer Matty Healy says the album will be "influenced by British nighttime culture" and that it holds "one of his best lyrics ever."

8. Tame Impala

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In January, Tame Impala announced that they were a headliner at this summer's Coachella music festival. Their instagram announcement was captioned "New year. New shows. New sounds." Tame Impala has not released a full length album since Currents in 2015.

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9. Vampire Weekend - "Father of the Bride"

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At Lollapalooza in August of 2018, Ezra Koenig announced that Vampire Weekend's fourth studio album was done. This will be the band's first album release since Modern Vampires of the City's release in 2013.

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10. The Japanese House - "Good at Falling"

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Amber Bain has been releasing music since 2015, with EPs like Pools To Bathe In and Saw You In A Dream, but her first full-length album will be released this March.

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Hopefully, these releases get you excited for new sounds in 2019. What albums are you looking forward to?

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

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There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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For My Friend Who Made Me Feel Like A Burden When My Mental Health Was Deteriorating

And to a hypocritical ex-friend.

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Dear Jessie,

I really thought you were my best friend in high school.

We spent a lot of time together at school and outside of school, getting into deep conversations and bonding. We'd go shopping on the weekends or chill at your house and paint and watch "Friends".

But apparently, I was wrong about you.

You cut me off as a friend freshmen year of college for no reason.

You judged me based on someone else's opinion, decision, and experience. And I wasn't even in the wrong. Adam was my boyfriend before Sierra's, and she was dating someone else anyway.

Apparently, you also spoke badly about me behind my back and had the audacity to say that I talked badly about you behind your back, when I didn't. I think the only bad thing I said was that your little sister was annoying, which you also said yourself.

I never talked badly about your religious beliefs, and whoever you heard that from was wrong. And I'm 95% sure it was Jacquie who told you or started that rumor. Come on, she tried to break you and Sierra's friendship, and everyone's friendships, because she was a petty, jealous brat and you know that!

Honestly, I think all of this was just an excuse to get rid of me and our friendship. And I think you especially did this because my mental health wasn't so great. I was depressed a lot and you treated me and my condition like a burden.

Which wasn't fair; you had depression and anxiety and I was always there for you. Never once did I treat you like a burden.

You made me out to be the bad guy Jessie. You refused to admit your own mistakes, and instead falsely pointed the finger at me.

And for that, I will never forgive you.

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