New Music Series: July Jams

We are introducing VIM’s New Music Series! Today, Shelby Hull will be giving us the inside scoop on July jams you should be adding to your summer playlists.

Recently I started the most amazing job as a College Marketing Rep for Universal Music Group in East Lansing. The only way I can think to describe it is every college kid’s dream job. My responsibilities are promoting developing artists of all genres via social media and visible marketing, scouting new talent, making relationships with “lifestyle” accounts in the East Lansing market and the best part, covering tours. A.K.A I get paid to listen to music, go to concerts and post about all of it on social media. What a dream, am I right? Since I’m on a first-to-know basis for all the latest obsessions in music, I thought I’d keep all of you in the loop as well. Here are my absolute loves this month that are on repeat, and will be until I find something I can love more. 

Julia Michaels

Julia Michaels is a spunky R&B, pop singer/songwriter signed to Republic records. Most of you probably know her song “Issues” which is such a guilty pleasure for me. But that song can move aside because she just dropped her single “Uh Huh with a live performance on Vevo. I’m into it. So much sass with a breathy but gritty sound.


Glass Animals

Glass Animals is a mix of pop, indie and hip-hip from England signed with Wolf Tone. This group always gets me with their song “Gooey,” and if you think you like the original, check out “Gooey Rework” here. Their latest album How To Be A Human Being has been on all of my playlists lately. My top faves are Life Itself and Youth. Fun fact about the album: The band traveled for two years prior to the making of How To Be A Human Being, and met people who shared their life stories along the way which inspired this concept album. Each song tells the story of each person that shared their lives with the band. Pretty rad! They’re on tour now and they’re coming to Royal Oak Music Theatre on September 29th. I’ll see ya there!


Jade Bird

Jade Bird is unreal. Seriously, I have no words for how talented this girl is. She’s an emerging indie British artist signed with Glassnote Records. Her debut EP Something American is incredible. It was influenced by the strong, hard-working, independent women in her life, what an anthem for all us women, am I right ladies? How fitting that my favorite song off the EP just so happens to be “Good Woman.” Look out for this one, she’s going on her own tour and touring with a super talented artist in the future. For now, just listen to all the Jade Bird you can.



You probably know the song “ILYSB” from this talented trio, but you have to hear the rest of their work. Music that combines ’80s pop, ’90s R&B soul and atmospheric synths. It melts my heart and makes me feel like I should be in a committed relationship out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. They signed with Polydor Records in 2015, and since they’ve toured with Troye Sivan, Ellie Goulding, Halsey and X Ambassadors. Talk about talent! Not to mention they’re going on tour this summer, and they’ll be at Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit on October 17th so grab a pair of tickets! I’ll see ya there. 


Barns Courtney

This man. He’s incredible live. I got to see him perform at The Shelter recently while he was on tour and the energy he has can be compared to that of Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant. Insane. His sound is similar to Mumford and Sons, but some songs vibe with The Black Keys. His latest EP The Dull Drums has made its way onto most of my playlists and I’m not complaining. The band that opened for him was FOXTRAX and their album The Cabin has been on repeat ever since I heard them. They remind me of Houndmouth and Vampire Weekend.


Cold War Kids

Yes, I forgot how much I loved Cold War Kids since their song “Hang Me Up to Dry,” but they just released their new album LA DIVINE and I fell in love all over again. “Love Is Mystical” and “So Tied Up” are killing it this summer. Perfect for a pool day or a drive with the windows down. Not to mention perfect for a summer night concert, like one at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill on August 3rd. Touring with Young The Giant and Joywave, there’s no doubt the show won’t be anything short of absolutely dreamy. Grab your tickets now! I’ll see ya there. 


Cut Copy

Cut Copy in the 15 years of their career have managed to simultaneously expand their sound while refining it. Their music is a marriage of electro-pop and fleshed-out sensibilities of an indie rock band, and it’s one catchy sonic adventure. Their new single Airborne is perfect for summer, play it in the sun on the beach, by the pool or on a sunset drive. I adore it and it’s definitely on one or two of my playlists.


Stay tuned for another New Music Update next month and concert info for my fave artists at the moment. Enjoy beefing up your summer Spotify playlists, everyone!

Shelby Hull





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