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Earbug: 5 New Artist Addictions

Time to make up for the silence. Since I have been radio static on the music front, I am going to try to make it up with 5 artists in one go!  Here are some of my new(er) favorites from the past few weeks.

Jack Savoretti

I first came across Jack Savoretti when his song “Soldiers Eyes” was used in Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy. After requesting for him be added to Soundike quite a few months ago, was super pumped to be notified today that they had added all 5 of his albums! Italian-English and having moved all around Europe during his childhood, Jack describes his accent as “Transatlantic Mutt”, which lends his voice has a haunted quality that I absolutely adore.

Greta Svabo Bech

For those who are dubstep fans, you may have heard Greta Svabo Bech without realizing it. You might recognize her from her first breakthrough as the vocalist on Deadmau5’s track “Raise Your Weapon“. This Faroese singer-songwriter has gone on to sing with The Bloody Beetroots, but I am a much greater fan of her solo tracks, “Shut up and Sing“, “Broken Bones“, and “Brave Moon“.

April Smith and the Great Picture Show

I am obsessed with her 50’s esque tones and powerful lyrics. Each tells a unique story, and I am whole-heartedly disappointed that she only has one album out (2010), and an inactive Facebook page (last post 2013), I am not sure if we will see more from her. Last I can find on April Smith is her song, “Terrible Things” was used in Dancing with the Stars. Her official music video is humorous with a morbid twist, and I highly recommend downloading the full album.

Kimberly Anne

I discovered Kimberly Anne while working through the YouTube Secret Sessions, and LOVE LOVE LOVE her. What is frustrating is it can be hard to find more information about this UK artist, as her album is not available through itunes (Apparently, it is only on UK itunes?). That being said, her English accent is honest and paired with empowering and passionate lyrics, Kimberly Anne is a must listen. Check out her website or do a Youtube Search to find more awesome music. My favorites include “Bury it there“, “A House is Not a Home” (cover), and “Start Over“.

Ruby Blu

I haven’t found a ton I like from this artist, but fell in love with Ruby’s “Drinking Again” performed for reloaded sessions. Vulnerable lyrics sung with a raw honesty; and I while I don’t know a lot about Ruby’s work, I am curious what else might be in the cards. To see some of his new tracks, check out his Facebook Page.


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!


  • “I got an early parole, only here to say hi.” Can’t stop Shego feom@coming back atcha! Ok, serious question, who wants to see a glam Dr. Drakken? #kimpossible #shego #halloween
  • Got to work with my sister on a test makeup for her Halloween costume and we both did Shego makeup together! I know she has black hair, but my only black wig just wasn’t working. She did fantastic for her first time! #shego #kimpossible #sistermakeup
  • When you are so busy with #hauntlife you forget you have Instagram. I’m pulling together a video shoot for our haunt trailer video and an #sfxmakeup internship for aspiring artists. I sleep too, sometimes.
  • William Faulkner said to “it’s hard to kill your darlings” meaning it can be difficult to critique your own work, especially if you put a lot into it. Stephen King went on to say you should put your work away for six months to a year before editing so you can clearly evaluate. I’m really glad I looked back at this one. Even without the wig, I think it’s striking. #hauntmua #sfxmua #stevenkingismyhero #skullmakeup
  • I’m going through old pictures and ran across this one. I remember not really being happy with this look, and sure, the lines could have been cleaner, but I still really like this! I think we should always go back and look at work a year later... even if it really want good, it shows us just how far we have come in so little time. #skullmakeup #hauntmua #sfxmua #personalgrowth
  • I often do a look that I’m just not all that happy with afterwards, as is with this “halfway to Halloween” clown I created back in.... May? Looking at it now, I don’t know what it is exactly it was that I didn’t like... maybe I just needed a orange wig? I almost like a progress pic more than the finished product. What do you think?#clowns #clownmakeup
  • Throwback to my first actual clown makeup! The eye shapes were inspired by a few looks by @totalnightmaretravis, and i was incredibly excited about this wig! The Rhapsody Short by @rockstarwigs is probably the most fun wig to wear that I currently own. I only have red, but am heavily considering another color for my collection.
Happy National Clown Week! #justclowningaround #clowns #scaryclowns
  • Happy National Clown Week! A year ago, I wasn’t a big fan of clowns, but I practiced so many clown makeups that I eventually came to find them to be one of my favorites, and even created my own clown character. This is the first actual clown makeup I recreated based on @grave_digger_the_clown for last year’s haunt. Turned out a lot prettier than he is, no? 😉
#clownsofinstagram #hauntmua #clownmakeup #clowns
  • One last look at this (insightful? Revealing?) makeup! I actually really loved the eyes by themselves, and they took a good 2 hours themselves. A good challenge in trying to make a flat art of round objects translated on a curved surface! #eyeseeyou #eyeball #eyes #makeupartist #inspiredbyart
Facepaint is a recreation of art by @xsullo


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