Music Monday: St. Lucia

This #MusicMonday, we’re bringing you an exclusive interview and behind the scenes photos of the super-talented, Peter Gabriel influenced and South African natives St. Lucia. Check out the interview below:

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Behind the scenes photos of St. Lucia on September 25th at Mr. Small’s Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

St. Lucia:  I can easily say Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’. It was a turning point in the whole way that I thought about music, and it’s still an incredibly impressive album today. My parents got it for me one Christmas because of a recommendation of some guy at a mall that they asked what they should get their son, and I remember listening to it the first time and it sounded like noise. I’d never heard anything remotely like it, and so I wanted to return it, but all the ships were closed because of Christmas weekend. So, I was forced to listen to it a few more times, and it started to open up to me. Eventually, I was listening to it nearly every single day a few times. It made me realize that music can be accessible, catchy and can act in a deeper and more cerebral level as well.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

St. Lucia:  Playing in South Africa was pretty incredible to me because when we did it, I hadn’t played there since I left about 12 years ago. My family all still lives there, and so it was incredibly moving to see all of my old friends and family in the audience, and get to hang out with them afterwards.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

St. Lucia:  Our first show was a secret show at Union Hall in Brooklyn. It was terrifying. We already had a fair bit of hype at that point, and so we felt a lot of pressure to do something great. I think that at that point we were more-or-less standing completely still on stage, at least compared to now.

AEO:  If you could bring just three things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

 St. Lucia: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Zebra Shirt.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

St. Lucia:  Our craziest one, was when we forgot to close the door of our trailer in Minneapolis on our Winter tour earlier this year. It was the coldest day in 100 years there, -40F, and we ended up driving 30 minutes with the trailer open. Fortunately for us, the only things that fell out were two suitcases. Things could have ended VERY badly.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in five words.

St. Lucia:  Coffee, Music, Food, Sleep, Try-to-work-out- (In no particular order).

Love St. Lucia as much as we do? Then check out our in-store playlist which features their song, Closer Than This.

 

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Music Monday: De Lux Interview

For our final installment of AEO Up Next, we bring you the post-punk stylings of the LA-based duo, De Lux. The 22-year-olds, Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco met while skateboarding and after experimenting with a different band, decided to form the Talking Heads influenced project, De Lux.

Get to know more about how they met and what they thought of opening for Calvin Harris.  And be sure to check out the video for their song “Better at Making Time“.

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Sean Guerin and Issac Franco from De Lux

AEO: Can you name one album or artist that truly affected your path in music?

Sean: David Bowie’s “Low”

Isaac: I’m gonna have to go with, Television’s “Marquee Moon.”

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AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

De Lux:  Our first show together? It was at this café in Echo Park. We actually promoted the show as a different name, as Speedboat. That’s kind of like our secret name. It was a really small place. We had seven guys playing with us so it was really jam packed in there. It was really fun. There were like 50 people or something.

AEO:  Very cool. How long ago was that?

De Lux:  Our first show was probably just a little over a year ago.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how you found each other and started making music together?

De Lux:  Well, we met in high school. And Isaac was making hip-hop beats. But after high school was when we really started making music in my basement. And he would come over and record a little bit. Then I started a band with a girl and had Isaac play bass with us. Then maybe two years into that band, we just kind of started making the De Lux kind of stuff.

AEO:  Can you tell me the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date?

De Lux:  So we were in France, and we were playing a show opening up for Calvin Harris. And some dude came into our room. We were chilling in the green room after we played and the guy was like, whatever you guys are doing, when I call your name, you have to drop what you’re doing and go meet Calvin. And we were like, “ah, no. It’s cool.” And we just left.

Now that you’ve gotten to know De Lux a little bit better, get their #AEOSTYLE too!

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#AEOSTYLE inspired by De Lux

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Want even more De Lux action? Check out their in-store curated playlist on Spotify.

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Music Monday: Aerie’s Fall Playlist

Much to our chagrin, summer is exiting and fall has officially arrived. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop bumping all of the party bangers and sexy R&B cuts that we’ve been loving year round. So, with our fall playlist, we’re featuring the likes of Jhene Aiko, Jessie J. and the adorable Ariana Grande. But we’re also throwing it back to our fave Baby Girl, Aaliyah with her anthem, “Back & Forth”. Along with what we’ve decided is our new anthem, Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass.” So addicting that one.

Leave your troubles behind and groove to these empowering jams with us!

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Music Monday: Hunter Hunted Interview

For this week’s installment of our AEO Up Next series, we bring you the epitome of dream pop with LA-based Hunter Hunted. We sat down with Daniel Chang, one half of the duo, to chat about how he and Michael met and what inspires their sound. Check out their video for the single “Keep Together” and get to know them more after the jump!

AEO:  Tell me a little bit about how this band came together.

Hunter Hunted:  We started this project about a year and a half ago. Michael and I collectively had this desire to make a new sound that’s a little bit different from Lady Danville. And so a year after we just decided to branch off.

It’s funny because even as we grow up together. Our tastes and stuff still go kind of go hand-in-hand. So this project allowed us to explore different tastes and different directions together.

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Photo Credit: HunterHunted.com

AEO:  Did you grow up in Los Angeles?

HH:  No, I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Danville. Michael actually grew up in the same town but we met in college so we didn’t know that we grew up in the same town. We actually went to rival high schools.

But we met in college when we were auditioning for an acapella group.

AEO:  How would you say the area that you grew up in or the area that you lived in when you were in college affected the music that you make?

HH:  For me, I actually didn’t start playing music until I got to UCLA. And I was, ya know, a college kid with a guitar so a lot of my songs are sort of acoustic, singer-songwriter driven. Then when Michael and I got together, we were coming from the acapella world so a lot of our songs were very harmony-based because we were so used to singing together in harmony.

As far as how where we’re from informed our music, I guess, I don’t know. It’s funny because a lot of people identify our sound as having a sort of California-indie sound. Personally, I don’t know what exactly that sounds like but I guess I can kind of feel it.

AEO:  Yeah, that seems to be the difference between East and West coast artists. For some reason, the East is just a bit darker. Maybe it’s the weather.

HH:  True. Our songs have some darker meanings but I guess as far as how it comes across, the sound can be kind of a sparkly upbeat vibe. Some of the songs that have a darker meaning can be disguised with a poppy sound.

 

Now that you’ve learned about Hunter Hunted, get #AEOSTYLE similar to their look.

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#MUSIC MONDAY: AEO UP NEXT BTS 2 Playlist Curated by De Lux, Hunter Hunted and Strange Talk

This Back to School season, we’ve paired up with insane musical talent to bring you a killer playlist in our stores. Check out the list of songs curated by De Lux, Hunter Hunted and Strange Talk and be sure to listen along on Spotify.

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Air Dubai – Afterglow
Anna Lunoe – All Out
Miike Snow – Animal – Mark Ronson Remix
Fences – Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Savoir Adore – Beating Hearts – French Horn Rebellion Remix
Chance Waters – Bonnie
Ray Foxx – Boom Boom (Heartbeat) – Radio Edit
Catey Shaw – Brooklyn Girls
Empire Of The Sun – Celebrate – Hook N Sling Remix
Pharrell Williams – Come Get It Bae
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)
Ra Ra Riot – Dance With Me
Hardwell – Dare You – Radio Edit
MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance
Kid Mac – Dream Weaver
Savoir Adore – Dreamers – Golden Pony Remix
Sia – Elastic Heart – From “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack
Tritonal – Electric Glow – Original Mix
Krewella – Enjoy the Ride
Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee
Ghost Beach – Every Time We Touch
Disclosure – F For You
The Black Keys – Fever
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
Zedd – Follow You Down
Tiësto – Footprints
Dan Croll – From Nowhere
Sheppard – Geronimo
Bear Hands – Giants
The Naked And Famous – Girls Like You
TeamMate – Goldmine
Archipelago – Hang-up
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
i.am – Hello
Gorgon City – Here For You
The Ready Set – Higher
Tiësto – Let’s Go
Dylan Gardner – Let’s Get Started
Blondfire – Life of the Party
Bleachers – Like a River Runs
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes – Love Letter
Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
Foxes – Night Owls Early Birds
Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home
Coasts – Oceans
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Zinc – Only for Tonight
Fitz and The Tantrums – Out Of My League
Rudimental – Powerless – feat. Becky Hill [TIEKS remix]
Lilly Wood and The Prick – Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
Dana Buoy – Preacher
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Rango
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – All About She Remix
How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
The Griswolds – Right On Track
Bleachers – Rollercoaster
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
Ghostland Observatory – Sad Sad City
Bad Suns – Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)
Colony House – Silhouettes
Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)
Fitz and The Tantrums – Spark
Samsaya – Stereotype
Vacationer – The Wild Life

What is your favorite song from the lineup? We would love to hear! Tell us in the comments below!

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Back to Real Life

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Ok Aerie girls, it’s time to get real. Summer has officially come to an end and that means Fall style is upon us. That’s right. Start packing away those shorts & swimsuits, because it’s leggings & layers from here on out! Our Back to Real Life lookbook proves that Fall never looked so good.

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Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with prints. Our Hi-Rise Printed Legging is sure to turn heads on campus with its pretty floral pattern and perfect berry palette. Complete the look with our Legging T-Shirt, Varsity Jacket Sweatshirt and Slouchy Beanie.

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Fall means a jam-packed social (and academic, of course) calendar, filled with pumpkin spice latte dates and late night study sessions. When you get a minute to relax, being comfortable is an absolute must. Our Woven Bomber and Scoop Neck Tank is the perfect pairing to catch up on the latest Aerie playlist and de-stress.

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Running errands between classes? Throw on our Skinny Jogger or Hi-Rise Printed Legging to check things off your to-do list in style.

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Cruise around campus in ultimate comfort with our Lounge Sweatpant. The softest stretch fabric is perfect for yoga or meeting up with your BFFs for lunch. Throw on a Long Sleeve T-Shirt for a pop of color and bring along our Varsity Jacket Sweatshirt just in case it gets chilly.

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If your back-to-school style is a bit edgier, the Print legging in Charcoal Sky is going to be your new best friend.  Slip on our Softest Modal Bralette and pair with a Swing Tank to take care free to a whole new level.

Need more back-to-school style inspiration? Check out our What to Pack: Dorm Essentials post!

xoxo,

Aerie

 

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