New Music Monday: June 2017 Playlist

New Music Monday: June 2017 Playlist

The past several months have been a dizzying whirlwind of personal change. As the chaos begins to settle and we transition into the lazy days of summer, the most anticipated albums of the year begin to churn out just in time. Most surely to be played on repeat all season long is Poolside’s sophomoric album release, Heat. With it’s gorgeous, syrupy, summer vibes, uptempo tracks like “Tropical Heartache” are absolutely perfect for a day party. Much of the album is best enjoyed lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun. Alt-J dropped their new album, Relaxer, earlier this month with a noticeable shift in tone from their previous releases. With a more dramatic and melancholy sound, it has an introspective feel and is a welcome change to their work. SZA came out swinging with her debut full-length album, Ctrl. This sultry R&B album is contemplative and emotive, with heavy-hitters Kendrick Lamar and Travis $cott lending some assists. Perhaps my favorite album to drop this month was Portugal. The Man’s much anticipated Woodstock. The album is intended to be a periodic throwback to the civil and political unrest of the 60’s. Woodstock manages to retain much of the band’s signature rock sound but has an added layer of complexity, displaying the bands ability to constantly reinvent.   1) Girl Like You – Toro y Moi 2) Feel It Still – Ofenbach Remix – Portugal. The Man. 3) Come – Jain 4) Noise Pollution – Portugal. The Man. 5) Panther Like a Panther – Run the Jewels 6) Rodeo – Pssy Pwr 7) Freak Like Me – NoMBe 8) Number One – Portugal. The Man. 9) In Cold Blood – alt-J 10)...
Tulum Travel Guide

Tulum Travel Guide

A recent trip to the bohemian coastal town of Tulum served as the ultimate girls getaway. Nestled along the white sandy shores of the Caribbean in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, this hip mecca ranked high on my travel list. With Tulum’s reputation for an abundance of street tacos, mezcal, and yoga, I booked my trip without a second thought. A recent influx of upscale boutique shops and craft cocktail bars to the town has done little to deter from its rustic, laid-back charm. Five days was the perfect amount of time for relaxing alongside the jade-green waters of Tulum’s beautiful beaches, embarking on a quest to find the best street tacos in town, and trekking out to the nearby cenotes and Mayan ruins. Utterly devoid of the typical megaresorts found throughout other coastal cities of Mexico, Tulum felt quite similar to the sleepy backpackers’ haven of Lonely Beach in Koh Chang, Thailand. Below are my highlights for where to eat, play, and stay in the free-spirited enclave of Tulum. Where to Stay The El Pez boutique hotel is an idyllic collection of beachside bungalows situated in a secluded cove along the main strip of beaches. The complimentary breakfast is simply fantastic, with fresh fruit plates, pan-seared panela cheese, and chillaquiles served with fire-roasted salsa, as just a few of the delicious daily offerings. A major perk of a stay at El Pez are the complimentary cocktail tickets provided to all four of their sister, boutique hotels scattered throughout town. Served with high-quality mezcal, fresh-squeezed fruit juices, and herb-infused simple syrups, the free drink tickets are as good as gold. Where...