New Year, New Music: Top 10 Bands We’re Loving in 2015

At AEO, individual expression is at the core of our beliefs. Whether you’re celebrating your personal style through art, clothing or music, being you is what we love. One thing we can’t get enough of is music. Music helps sets the tone for our seasonal floor sets and helps create an in store ambiance unlike any other shopping experience. Check out our list of top 10 artists that we’re excited to jam out to in 2015 and get ready to hear them on future AEO playlists. Still reminiscing on 2014? Check out our favorite songs of last year here.

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  1. Kill Them With Colour. Why are they on our list? With energetic sound and an upbeat vibe, they’ll have you dancing all night long.
  2. Leon Bridges. With similar sound to Sam Cooke, Leon’s soulful voice and smooth guitar will have you hooked in no time flat.
  3. Grace Mitchell. Don’t let her age fool you. At 16, Grace is taking the music world by storm. We’d be surprised if 2015 wasn’t her year.
  4. Lost Boy Crow. With a sound similar to Vampire Weekend and The Griswolds, Lost Boy Crow delivers dance-worthy sound that will have you playing them on repeat.
  5. BORNS. Taylor Swift is on the same page with us. She just featured BORNS on her Instagram account. This will be a big year for BORNS.
  6. Whilk and Misky. Think smooth vocals with addicting instrumentals. This duo delivers mysterious yet inviting sound.
  7. Ryn Weaver. Move over Charli XCX, there’s a new pop gal in town and she goes by Ryn. Grab your dance shoes, you’ll need them when you stream her music.
  8. Kacy Hill. This intense beauty delivers tracks that can be felt through the heart and soul.
  9. KLOE: Add this talented gal to your playlist asap. Her alluring voice mixed with tranquil sound will make you a fan for life.
  10. Scavenger Hunt: If you like St. Lucia, you’ll love Scavenger Hunt. Not sure what St. Lucia sounds like? Check out an interview we did with them!

What bands are you looking forward to in 2015? Let us know in the comments below.

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#MUSIC MONDAY: Xeno and Oaklander

Over the last few months the talented duo, Xeno and Oaklander helped bring our holiday videos come to life. Their upbeat and energetic sound heightened the emotion that was not only tied to telling the story of our American Eagle Outfitters holiday campaign, but glamorized the seasonal product as well. We sat down with the newly wed duo (they just got back from their honeymoon!) to learn about their sound, how they met and their super cute pup, Roland. Take a look below.

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Sean & Liz: Xeno and Oaklander

 

AEO: Hey  guys, thanks for checking in. Please introduce yourself.
Xeno & Oaklander (X&O): We’re Xeno & Oaklander – we’re a synth duo. I’m Liz and my synth partner is Sean, we’re in a band together. It’s minimal electronic music. We’re based in Brooklyn and we have a pup called Roland: it’s a funny name, – he’s named after a famous brand of synthesizers and drum machines from Japan. I’m sure you know the 808 drum machine. American bands like Afrika Bambaataa, Talking Heads and Egyptian Lover used it. More obscure European bands such as Front 242 and Twilight Ritual used it as well. Roland is our favorite brand of synthesizers, and we own so many of them in our music studio that we thought ‘let’s call our dog Roland’

AEO: You guys are a minimal electronics duo. What or who inspired you to get into this kind of music?
X&O: We love collecting – we collect synthesizers and vinyl records. We have a big collection of vinyl records and it is by collecting minimal electronic music that we decided we wanted to make this kind of music. The first attraction often when buying an album is the record cover: minimal and sexy. We have been collecting music by electronic bands from today, mostly on independent labels in the US, and from rare bands from the 80s, mostly from Europe. Listening to this kind of music is like discovering something rare. It’s a chilling sensation.

AEO: Out of all the places you’ve performed, what city/country was your favorite concert and why?
X&O: Paris was our favorite concert on our Par Avion European Tour this fall. Maybe because they speak French? A lot of our lyrics are in French, because I come from there. Our new album has a French title, Par Avion, that means ‘Air Mail’, quite romantic. I love letters and postcards.

AEO: How did you two become a duo?
X&O: I was DJing at a friend’s loft in Brooklyn, and Sean liked the records I was spinning. It was rare minimal electronic music. We started a band straight away and we haven’t stopped since. It’s an addiction.

AEO: What are some of the funniest experiences you’ve had while being in a band?
X&O: Our funniest and funnest experience has been getting our dog Roland!

AEO: We recently found out you have an adorable 16 pound Cockapoo, Roland. Naturally when we found this out, we had to send you an ABO Puffer Vest. Tell us more about Roland.
X&O: Roland our dog has a thing for fashion… a certain form of vanity! He loves to be styled. His nickname is ‘Designer Dog’.

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Roland aka Designer Dog in #ABOSTYLE

 

AEO: Do his lady dog friends like his new style?
X&O: Roland our pup has two lady dog friends – and they are Beagles! Kikki and Poppy. I think they wish they also had a puffer vest. Both beagles live in Connecticut, and it is snowing there right now. Roland is their cool boyfriend from Brooklyn.

AEO: Tell us about any upcoming tours/releases that you have.
X&O: We’ve just released a new album on Ghostly called ‘Par Avion‘ – and we’ve just been on a tour of the US and Europe. We’ve got our eyes on Japan for our next tour. It’s a dream of ours!

 

We used “Sheen” by Xeno and Oaklander in our ABO Video.

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7 things we love to bring in 2015

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Happy new year! Our 2015 is off to an awesome start and we hope yours is, too. These are some of our favorite things to kick off the year. How are you heading into 2015?

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: INTO THE WOODS
Whether or not you know or have ever seen the show, this movie is a must see. The all-star cast (led by Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep) take you through some of the most well-known fairytales (including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella)… but, as you’ll soon find out, everything is not as it seems. As Cinderella’s Prince, Pine’s rendition of Agony (sung with Rapunzel’s Prince, Billy Magnussen) is especially hilarious.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: BORNS
We can’t get enough as of late with this Michigan born and bred (but now LA dwelling) singer, whose blend of folk, glam and electro rock makes us feel like we’re living inside a dream. (In the best way possible, of course.) Make sure to download his EP, Candy.

WHAT WE’RE READING: BLOGLOVIN’
Need a way to keep all your blogs under one online roof? Bloglovin’ is SO the way to go. This blog reader organizes every post into a feed that you can scroll through all together or break up by individual blog, making it super easy to read all your favorite sites at a glance. (Plus it’s such an easy way to follow both this blog and our Tumblr, meaning you’ll never miss out on anything happening right here at AEO.)

WHERE WE’RE GOING: LOS ANGELES
The City of Angels is calling our name right now (probably because as we type this it’s only 17 degrees outside at our Pittsburgh home office headquarters). But in all fairness, L.A. has tons of awesome stuff to do and see. Catch a game or a concert at the Staples Center, go shopping on Abbot Kinney in Venice, stroll along the pier in Santa Monica, catch the waves in Malibu, be super touristy and go to Graumann’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame… there’s something for everyone (and tons of neighborhoods to explore).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: HYPERLAPSE
In a word? O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. Turn all of your videos into a work of art with this app, which make it so easy to create time lapse videos (and to upload them to Instagram). Truth be told, we’re pretty much spending all our free time making them.

WHAT WE’RE EATING/DRINKING: DETOX SMOOTHIES
Whether your NYE was full of debauchery or you just hit the cookies a little too hard over the holidays, there’s no time like the present to do a little detoxing. And what better (and more delicious) way to do that than with a detox smoothie? We’re especially loving the idea of a blueberry and avocado smoothie. Just blend it with a banana, cucumber, spinach and coconut water and voila: instant refreshment (and good for your body antioxidants to boot).

WHAT WE’RE WEARING: DESTROYED JEANS
Really want to break into 2015? You need a new pair of destroyed jeans. Ripped, repaired, mended, stitched, faded, distressed, patched… the more destroyed your jeans are this year, the better.

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Best of 2014 Playlist

We’re wrapping up the year with our favorite songs from 2014. Check out the playlist below and be sure to hear it in stores and on our Spotify channel! What are your favorite songs from this past year? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Afrojack – Ten Feet Tall
  • Aloe Blacc – The Man
  • alt-J – Every Other Freckle
  • Architecture In Helsinki – In the Future
  • Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  • Ariana Grande – Problem
  • Avicii – I Could Be The One [Avicii vs Nicky Romero] – Nicktim – Radio Edit
  • Avicii – Hey Brother
  • Bastille – Pompeii
  • Becky G – Shower
  • Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
  • Bingo Players – Knock You Out
  • Bleachers – Rollercoaster
  • Calvin Harris – Blame
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Cash Cash – Here and Now [feat. Kerli]
  • Christina Perri – human – Passion Pit Remix
  • CHVRCHES – Recover
  • Classified – Higher (feat. B.o.B)
  • Classixx – All You’re Waiting For – feat. Nancy Whang
  • Clubfeet – Acapulco & La
  • Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
  • Cultfever – Animals
  • Dillon Francis – Get Low
  • Dillon Francis feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Without You
  • DJ Snake – Turn Down for What
  • Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
  • Echosmith – Cool Kids
  • Echosmith – March Into The Sun
  • Ecstasy – Frnds 4 Lyf
  • Fenech-Soler – Stop And Stare
  • Flo Rida – How I Feel
  • Foxes – Youth – Funk Generation Club Mix
  • French Cassettes – Too Young
  • Grouplove – Ways To Go – Captain Cuts Remix
  • Hardwell – Young Again – Radio Edit
  • HOLYCHILD – Playboy Girl
  • Hunter Hunted – Keep Together
  • Icona Pop – Girlfriend
  • Imagine Dragons – Demons
  • Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
  • Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic
  • John Legend – All of Me – Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix – Radio Edit
  • Katy Perry – This Is How We Do
  • Kid Mac – Dream Weaver
  • Kiesza – Hideaway
  • KONGOS – Come With Me Now
  • Krewella – Alive
  • Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness [Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais] – Cedric Gervais Remix
  • Lilly Wood and The Prick – Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
  • Little Dragon – Shuffle A Dream
  • Lorde – Million Dollar Bills
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us – feat. Ray Dalton
  • Magic! – Rude
  • Miniature Tigers – Swimming Pool Blues
  • MKTO – God Only Knows
  • Probz – Waves – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
  • The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
  • Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
  • NONONO – Pumpin Blood
  • One Direction – Steal My Girl
  • OneRepublic – Counting Stars
  • Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
  • Pharrell Williams – Happy
  • Ra Ra Riot – Dance With Me
  • Rebecca & Fiona – Taken Over – Radio Edit
  • Rixton – Me And My Broken Heart
  • Rixton – Wait On Me
  • Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
  • Smallpools – Dreaming
  • Smallpools – Over & Over
  • Strange Talk – Morning Sun (Dillon Francis Remix)
  • Terraplane Sun – Get Me Golden
  • Tiësto – Red Lights
  • Vacationer – The Wild Life
  • Vance Joy – Riptide
  • The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
  • Wild Cub – Colour
  • Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running

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7 things we love: Holiday Edition

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We’re getting in the spirit with a holiday-themed edition of 7 Things We Love. So grab a glass of eggnog, settle down in front of the fireplace and check out our top picks for the season (and be sure to let us know your favorite holiday things, too).

Wake Up In Fun PJ’s
There’s nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning (or, okay, any winter day really) in a set of really fun pajamas. For girls, we’re totally loving our Fair Isle Knit Legging (currently sold out online, but check your closest AEO for availability), especially when it’s paired with a too cute for words sequined penguin sweatshirt. And for guys, we can’t get enough of buffalo check this season (the “Iced Out” graphic on the T just adds to the festive feel).

Give An AEO Gift Card To Someone Special
Still stumped over what to buy for your brother/sister/mom/dad/BFF/etc? Why not give an AEO Gift Card? Whether you choose a traditional card, an E-Gift Card or a Mobile Gift Card, they’re always the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We’ve created tons of fun designs for them this year, and you can even personalize a digital greeting for the recipient! Just visit ae.com/giftcard from your phone to include a voice or text message with the card.

Download The Elf Stickers on Facebook Messenger
Want to make the Facebook messages you send a little more fun? The Elf stickers (yes, inspired by your favorite human elf) will have you laughing and messaging up a storm. All of the best lines from the movie are included, from “Santa! I know him!” and “I just like to smile!” to “You sit on a throne of lies!” and “I’m a cotton headed ninny muggins.” The only problem? You might get addicted to sending them.

Listen to “That’s Christmas To Me” By Pentatonix
Honestly? It’s hard to even choose a favorite song from this album. The intricate harmonies and awesome voices of this five-person a cappella group soar over some of the most loved Christmas songs and give them a fresh new twist. We’re especially digging “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”—but, really, you can’t go wrong with any of the songs on this album.

DIY A Hot Chocolate Bar
Come on, who doesn’t love hot chocolate on a cold winter day? We know we do. We scoured Pinterest this year for ideas on how to turn an empty space into a hot cocoa wonderland. Buy some marshmallows, cinnamon and peppermint sticks, some fancy mugs and maybe a stocking or two (oh, and lots of hot cocoa, of course)… and get ready to do some serious chocolate drinking!

Read How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Is it really the holidays without this gem by Dr. Seuss? It’s one of the most loved Christmas stories for a reason. So travel to Whoville with the grouchy, grumpy Grinch and go along on his journey toward discovering what Christmas is really about.

Watch Love Actually
We don’t know about you, but the holidays really haven’t begun until we watch this star-studded movie of intersecting plots and characters, filled with the spirit of joy, giving and love. (Not to mention a killer dance scene by Hugh Grant.) It warms our hearts more and more every year!

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AEO MIDNIGHT MADNESS 2014

We can’t believe its already that time of year again. Black Friday and holiday shopping are upon us which means the mall can get a bit crazy. If you’re planning on shopping Thanksgiving night until the sun comes up Friday morning, AEO has an exclusive Midnight Madness playlist created just for you.  Filled with song after song of upbeat and energetic melodies to keep you moving during your shopping escapade. Check out the full playlist below and be sure to follow us on Spotify. Happy Shopping!

 

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1. Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never
2. Cash Cash – Surrender
3. Cedric Gervais – Through the Night (Radio Edit)
4. Deniz Koyu – To The Sun – Radio Edit
5. Dillon Francis – When We Were Young
6. Ferry Corsten – Hyper Love (feat. Nat Dunn) [Radio Edit]
7. Galantis – You – Tiësto vs. Twoloud Radio Edit
8. Holy Ghost! – It’s Not Over (Dimitri from Paris Erodiskomix)
9. Ini Kamoze – All Night Til Daylight
10. Juventa – Superhuman – Radio Mix
11. Lucas Nord – Embrace Me Part II
12. Lush & Simon – City Of Lights – Official Radio Edit
13. NERVO – Irresistible – Radio Mix
14. Nora En Pure – True – Radio Mix
15. Owl City – Good Time – Adam Young Remix
16. R3hab – Raise Those Hands
17. R3hab – Ready For The Weekend ft. Ayah Marar – Radio Mix
18. Tritonal – Anchor – Radio Mix
19. Zedd – Find You – Tritonal Remix
20. 3LAU – How You Love Me
21. Armin Van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like
22. Icona Pop – All Night – Dilemmachine and Tony Tone Radio Edit
23. Katy Perry – Walking On Air
24. Alesso – Heroes (we could be)
25. Ariana Grande – Break Free
26. Au Revoir Simone – Crazy
27. Avicii – Wake Me Up
28. Bastille – Pompeii – Audien Remix
29. Becky G – Shower
30. Breakbot – You Should Know – feat. Ruckazoid
31. Calvin Harris – Blame
32. Cash Cash – Lightning (feat. John Rzeznik)
33. Cash Cash – Take Me Home (feat. Bebe Rexha)
34. Classixx – All You’re Waiting For – feat. Nancy Whang
35. Cobra Starship – Never Been In Love (feat. Icona Pop)
36. Daft Punk – Technologic – Radio Edit
37. Daft Punk – Give Life Back to Music
38. Dillon Francis – Get Low
39. Emeli Sandé – Next to Me – MOTi BrightLight Mixshow Edit
40. Flo Rida – How I Feel – SCNDL radio mix
41. Foster The People – Best Friend
42. Gentlemen Hall – Sail Into The Sun
43. Icona Pop – All Night – Dilemmachine and Tony Tone Radio Edit
44. Justin Timberlake – Take Back the Night
45. Katy Perry – Birthday – Cash Cash Remix
46. La Roux – Bulletproof
47. Lovelife – Dying to Start Again
48. Martin Solveig – Hello
49. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
50. MisterWives – Reflections
51. Priyanka Chopra – In My City
52. Morgan Page – Your Love [feat. The Outfield]
53. Morgan Page – Carry Me
54. Rihanna – Right Now – Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit
55. Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down
56. Strange Talk – Morning Sun (Dillon Francis Remix)
57. Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
58. will.i.am – #thatPOWER

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