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New Music Friday: Lauv Releases Long Awaited "I met you when I was 18. (the playlist)" LP
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I like me better when I'm with you. Does that ring a bell? You might have heard it once or twice while on your commute to work, or out at a party on a Friday night. And if you haven't heard it yet, where have you been? San Francisco native Lauv has been slowly but surely taking over the radio airwaves with his hit single I Like Me Better, and has finally released his debut album entitled I met you when I was 18. (the playlist), originally known as a playlist collection of songs of love and heartbreak listeners could find on Spotify or similar music platforms. When talking about the long journey behind the story of I met you when I was 18., Lauv says, "I thought I was just going to be writing/producing songs for other artists. But I kept putting songs out to express myself, and eventually that turned into this playlist...(it's) a project that helped me sort through being in love for the first time and figuring out the person I wanted to become." The full statement can be found on his twitter

photo by @rickydirects

photo by @rickydirects

With 17 tracks (!!) fans can listen to (and quite possibly either sob or dance to - maybe both), there is no doubt that the rhythmic beats and soulful vocalizations will make you bob your head and save the entire LP to your favorites, like, right now. If you aren't listening to it by now, what are you doing with your life?

We're introduced to this story with the single I Like Me Better, and taken onto an hour long journey of finding oneself, falling in and out of love, and trying to find the balance of life and love and what it means in the chaos of life and relationships. We're always left into a confusion of the aftermath of a breakup, wondering what went wrong, what could've been done different to save what you had with someone you were crazy about; maybe even diving into frustration, paranoia, and a madness of emotions we can't escape from. I highly recommend taking some alone time to really analyze the lyrics and the storytelling played throughout the songs and how they flow together. It creates such an insane and heart wrenching visual, and, maybe, just maybe, make you reflect on the failed romances you've experienced in your own life. It's a tale that makes you want this to work, but in the end, you might move on even though that person is always going to be hanging by a thread in the back of your mind.

photo by @rickydirects

photo by @rickydirects

Songs like Paris in the Rain and Comfortable make you feel all the feels when it comes to loving someone, and then slowly but surely as we dive into songs like Paranoid and Enemies, we're drawn into the sorrow and craziness of the ugly side of relationships. The album ends on a reminder that "For as long as I live and as long as I love I will never not think about you", as stated in the finale of Never Not. A piece of art that truly stands out in the pop industry, Lauv surely proves himself on this record as an all around creative individual any artist should aspire to be like. The album is available on Spotify and other streaming services, and available for purchase online and in stores. Lauv is going on tour, and you can see the dates below to see if he's coming to a city near you!

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Check out the link below to listen to Lauv's newest release now!

Check out the link below to listen to Lauv's newest release now!


New Music Friday: The Aces LP Debut "When My Heart Felt Volcanic"
Left to right: Alisa Ramirez, Cristal Ramirez, Katie Henderson, and McKenna Petty    Photo by @alexanderbortz

Left to right: Alisa Ramirez, Cristal Ramirez, Katie Henderson, and McKenna Petty

Photo by @alexanderbortz


I'm just gonna say it; The Aces is the badass feel good girl group we need. I hate to even have to categorize them in something that is incomparable to their sweet sound, but they are more than just that. I know a lot of people are out there saying, “I don’t normally like girl bands” or something along those lines, but these ladies will prove you wrong and show you a good time with their debut LP entitled When My Heart Felt Volcanic.  

photo by @gabriellahughes

photo by @gabriellahughes

The indie rock/pop band bring a sound reminiscent of LANYPale Waves, and similar artists of the popular California Pop genre, heavily influenced by fun 80s pop/rock, with lots of guitar riffs, synthetic vibrations, and stunning vocals and instrumentals all around. From start to finish, WMHFV is a solid album, and you might think I'm kidding when I say this, but every song is a jam and could be strong as a stand alone single. Not only is their sound absolutely fun and memorizing, but if you really listen to the words throughout this LP, the lyrics are what make The Aces stand out. The adventures of falling in (and out) of love can be found in songs such as the opening and closing number Volcanic Love and Waiting for You, as well as songs like Hurricane, Bad Love, Last One, and more, that anyone can relate to and send chills down your spine. 

Don't underestimate these ladies; their eclectic sound is way too catchy to not blow up sooner than later. I know I'll be having this one on repeat for, well, probably forever. You can listen to their music via Spotify now, and you can find the album on their website for only $8! 

Thanks for checking my site out, and be sure to follow @theaces on all social media, and me @maxbakerphoto while you're at it! The band is currently on tour opening for X Ambassadors, and that sounds like a show you do not want to miss. Check out the link here below to see if they're coming to a city near you! 

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 be sure to follow the ladies here: @cristalramirezz, @alisa_ramirez, @kt_hendy, and @kenpettywap


Bohnes' Album Listening Party - "206 - Act I" - Photo Gallery
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*Note: If photos to be shared on social media, don't forget to credit/tag @maxbakerphoto! It takes less than a minute to do so. Thank you!


Sunday, March 11th, artist Alexander Deleon hosted an exclusive event for fans and friends in West Hollywood, CA at Estrella for his latest music project, Bohnes. In an intimate setting, Deleon was able to meet and reconnect with his fans, share the new music he's been working on for his upcoming release 206-Act I, including a music video premiere for one of the songs off the album (coming out March 30th), and even had tattoo artists set up shop and tattoo fans with Bohnes inspired designs. Friends, fans, and family all gathered together to support Deleon's newest work, with promise of this new chapter in Alex's life. You can check out the full gallery of photos below:

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Check out the event video @samanthabakerfilm filmed and edited below!


Be sure to follow along with Alex on his social media (@bohnes) and stay updated on when the album is released: https://www.bohnesofficial.com/ 

Thanks for taking the time to check out this article, and a huge thank you to Alex and his team for allowing Sam and I to capture this night! 

If you like what you see here, leave a nice comment below, and you can find me on all social media (@maxbakerphoto) and videographer @samanthabakerfilm for more events and photo/video work.