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LIVE FROM NEW YORK: JoJo at Webster Hall's Marlin Room

You can't save me, yeah yeah
You call it love but you hate me, yeah yeah
Lord, I try and I can't say no
You're the pain and the medicine
One taste and I'm numb again
You can't save me, yeah yeah
Lord, I try and I can't say no


The struggle has been real for Joanna Levesque. She's only 24 years young but has already spent more than half of her life singing and performing for other people. Now, nearly 12 years after the initial release of her debut single, "Leave (Get Out)", I was finally able to see her do her thing live.

With her much publicized struggles with Blackground Records officially in her rearview mirror, the new era of JoJo is officially upon us. This past August, she released her "tringle", a triad of new material that is serving as both a gift to the fans who have waited so long and a preview of the album to come -- her third "official" major label release. She recently stopped by New York's Marlin Room at Webster Hall in the second stop (and first officially sold out stop) of her #IAmJoJo tour and you know I had to make sure I was there.

HEAR THIS: Adele returns to say "Hello"

Hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times to tell you
I'm sorry, for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried to tell you
I'm sorry, for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself
I'm sorry, I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town
Where nothing ever happened?

It's no secret
That the both of us are running out of time


The Queen of Tearful Adult Contemporary Power Ballads has returned to #SaveTheMusicIndustry as we know it. Whether you sip the Kool-Aid or not, Adele's vocal magnetism has struck again with her latest, "Hello", off her upcoming album, 25.

There's two reasons why I love this song in particular; one being it will probably keep Drake's "Hotline Bling" from being a (repeat, at least) #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 (because, really - we don't need that nonsense during Q4 Priority time, do we?). The other is #ALittleMorePersonal in that of all of the jams Adele has offered up to our greedy ears, "Hello" might resonate the most with yours truly.

It's really painfully honest.

ON BROADWAY: Halloween Week Begins with 'Misery' starring Bruce Willis & Laurie Metcalf

Halloween is in full swing here in NYC and I like to take full advantage. Scary movies are always a win any time of year, as are scary TV shows (hey, The Walking Dead) but what better time to see a scary Broadway show then right now?

OK, so Misery is a play adaptation of a scary movie. Still. I worship at the altar of Stephen King so getting tickets to this was a no brainer. (Seriously, he's ruined most other authors for me because no one can measure up, but don't get it twisted -- I'm no Annie Wilkes. Ha ha.) Last night was the show's second official preview (read: before the show has technically opened) so not many details have even been released yet! That's how exclusive your girl is. #hairflip

So the real question you're asking yourself here is, if you're in New York City between now and February (when the show will be ending its limited run), should you go see Misery? Let me help answer that for you....read on, Broadway lovers.

FRESH OUT THE BOX: Demi, Selena, Ellie, Janet, Sia, & more

It's post-CMJ (but still pre-Halloween and if you know me outside of the blogosphere, you know what that means) and I'm still exhausted! Luckily, I always have music to carry me through. It's been nearly a month since my last Fresh Out The Box and that needs to be remedied -- starting right now. Let's chat about what I've been spinning the most since Q4(!) began...

#CMJ2015 DAY FIVE: Nalani & Sarina, Angela Perley, Michelle Xen at Rockwood // Avaberee at The Delancey

The end is officially here. Day 5 of #CMJ Week. After going out every night for four nights, I decided to keep things a little more chill and see what the daytime showcases had to offer.

First up, I headed over to Rockwood Music Hall, the very same venue/stage where I saw Elle King rock out during CMJ last year, to catch some of Effective Immediately PR's Weekend Bender lineup. The venue is small with three separate performance space (think living room sized) that cater mostly to singer-songwriter/acoustic-esque artists.
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