est. in 2009, f(x) is a girl group originally composed of 5 members; victoria, the leader, amber, the rapper, luna, the vocalist, sulli, the visual, and krystal, the maknae. they debuted with their single ‘la cha ta’ on september 5th, 2009. they gained their first music show win with their song ‘pinocchio (danger)’, april 29th, 2011, which boosted them even higher up in the scene. they’ve made hits such as ‘electric shock’, which is their most viewed video with 107+ mil. views, and ‘chu~!’ which also boosted their popularity. they made their big world opening with the release of their second album ‘pink tape’ in 2013, which got them worldwide recognition with their use of aesthetics both visually and musically. they were the only korean artist on fuse’s ‘41 best albums of 2013′, and the first k-pop group to ever perform at ‘sxsw’ in austin, texas. they came back a year later in july with their album ‘red light’ which gave off a darker aesthetic, and brought them the same amount of success. in august, sulli left the group to focus on acting, which resulted in the group continuing as a quartet. in october of the following year, 2015, they came back with an electric album ‘4 walls’ and showed that no matter how many members they have, they will never give up and will continue to strive. they gained a lot of success, with 66k+ copies sold their first week alone. in early 2016 the group also debuted their fandom name ‘MeU’ and their first ever tour, dimension 4 - docking station. with their company trying out a new project called ‘sm station’, f(x) was able to participate, releasing a song and music video entitled ‘all mine’ which was directed and edited by their very own amber. f(x) continued to impress with dropping their second japanese single in november of 2016, titled ‘cowboy’ with a country vibe that had even the most anti-country fans lacing up their cowboy boots. the girls have since been focusing on solo activities, luna with her solo debut and musical, krystal with her mini solo debut and drama series, victoria with her acting in china and upcoming debut, and amber with her vlogging series and modeling gigs along with starring in her first ever american film. although they are focusing on their solos, f(x) has stated their comeback is in the works, along with luna’s comeback sometime between late 2017 and the rest of 2018. please stan these amazing girls, and welcome to the fandom!


get to know me meme: [3/5] favorite girl groups → F(x) (2009)

“Since their debut, f(x) has released four full-length albums, two extended plays, and one repackaged album. f(x) has been recognised for their experimental style and eclectic, electropop-based sound. They are one of the more recognized K-pop groups internationally, becoming the first K-pop act to perform at SXSW. Their acclaimed second album, Pink Tape, was the only K-pop album on US music channel Fuse’s ‘41 Best Albums of 2013’.”

Blogovision 2013 Best Albums from 1 to 10

1.   Kurt Vile - “Wakin On A Pretty Daze”  

Essential Track: Girl Called Alex

2.   Arcade Fire - “Reflektor”  

Essential Track: Afterlife

3.   Bill Callahan - “Dream River”  

Essential Track: Small Plane

4.   Arctic Monkeys - “AM”   

Essential Track: Do I Wanna Know

5.   Deerhunter - “Monomania”   

Essential Track: Sleepwalking

6.   Foxygen - “We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic" 

Essential Track: Shuggie

7.   Phosphorescent - "Muchacho”  

Essential Track: Song For Zula

8.   Still Corners - “Strange Pleasures”  

Essential Track: Beatcity

9.   Jim James - “Regions Of Light And Sound Of God”   

Essential Track: Know Til Now

10.   LogOut - “Things Buried In Concrete”

Essential Track: Broken Mirror

My Top 10 Albums of 2013

10 Iceage - You’re Nothing

A. Fucking. Killer. Album. And. Killer. Live. Show.

9 Drake - Nothing Was The Same

Killin, Straight Killin’…

King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon

A. Great. Fucking. Album…

7 Giraffage - Needs

A Self Released Album that was one of the best.

6 Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

This album was not the savior of all albums, but it was a very good album…despite the filler.

5 Kanye West - Yeezus

I was listening to this album on the eve of its release, and at the time I already knew it was a classic….All hail Yeezus!

4 Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return

I Think a lot of you forgot this…it’s a fucking great album, reinforced by a great fucking live show…it was early in the year, but it was still 2013!..A great fucking show in Boston, back in February.

3 Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Straight. Up. Rock. and. Roll…I. Love. Rock. and. Roll.

2 Savages - Silence Yourself

The. Best. Debut. of. the. 2010s…AND. the. Best. Fucking Live. Show. of. 2013…Chicago and Phoenix.

1 Disclosure - Settle

I grew up loving house music since the 90’s…this sibling English duo makes everything so much better…everything sounds better, everything feels better…Best. Album. Of. The Year.

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10. Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

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‘Pearl Mystic’ isn’t an album that one listens to casually. On the contrary, one should just let ‘Pearl Mystic’ wash over him in a dark room during a summertime thunderstorm. It’s a difficult record, challenging in a way that sort of reminds me of the Jesus & Mary Chain’s best moments, although comparing the two bands isn’t really accurate from a stylistic sense. In any case, it’s a dark, noisy album that’s full of terror and wonder. Take the challenge.

9. Ty Segall - Sleeper

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This was a tough call, but I’m glad we stuck with this and it remained on our list. Yes, “Sleeper” is probably most recognized for Segall’s departure from the pedal board and his neurotic-electric-frenzied norm, but is that so bad? If anything, I feel this departure is perhaps his most intimate, honest, and vulnerable album to date. It’s a somber rambling, an atmospheric sort of existential slow dive in the dark, all the while knowing that there will be light…eventually. This is one album that I can’t listen to just a single track. This is an album that demands front-to-back listening.

8. Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir

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This is a Crystal Stilts record, and everything you’ve come to expect from them is here: jangling guitars awash in reverb, percussive drones, humming organs, and Brad Hargett’s lazy, ambling baritone. Yet ‘Nature Noir’ stands above band’s previous albums in one simple yet potent way: it doesn’t sound like it was recorded in a fish tank. Where those other albums suffered from the old ‘too much of a good thing’ – namely reverb, distortion and psychedelic murkiness – ‘Nature Noir’ dials it back and cleans it up, ultimately revealing what great musicians these dudes are when you can hear them play. Don’t get me wrong, it’s like I said - this is obviously a Crystal Stilts album, all of the elements are there. But those raw elements, through some strange alchemy called “better production,” have been transformed into sonic gold.

7. Holy Wave - Evil Hits

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Although they’re from Austin, Texas, Holy Wave’s new LP, Evil Hits, sounds like something from some SoCal surf psych veterans. Through every track of this album I feel as though I’m riding some sun-sparkled spiritual wave toward some place better than the shit world where I live…Ebullient…With sonic velocity.

6. Bombino - Nomad

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A pet peeve of mine: please don’t put psychedelic music in the “World Music” category just because the composing artist is from a country without readily available fast food. World Music is for old, rich, white liberals who feel vaguely guilty about selling off their ideals for a small, fleeting piece of the old, rich, white American Dream. In my opinion, World Music is basically sonic colonialism: a genre created by white people that exploits the cultures it pretends to admire by jumbling together many unique, diverse cultures into one big monochromatic, kente-adorned pile of goo. I bring this up because I came across an article recently that referred to Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar’s (just Bombino on wax) amazing new Nomad LP as World Music. Yes, Bombino is an ethnic Tuareg. Yes, he’s from Niger. And to western, anglophile ears, yes, this record might sound a bit exotic. Forget all that – Nomad is a powerful record that creates a colorful, vibrant psychedelic pastiche using a wide range of influences. Sure, you’ll hear some djembe in there, but there’s also vibraphone, lap steel guitars and a droning organ or two, all of which give the album its exuberance and air of experimentation. If you love this record for anything, love it because, like all good psych rock, it’s so pure. But if you like it because you think it somehow makes your white ass appear worldly and cultured? Go fuck yourself. I don’t care if you were at Woodstock. Now you drive a Hummer, listen to Yanni, and check your Halliburton stock three times a day.

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Emo at Heart's Best of 2013

With the new year approaching, the entire EAH staff sat down to reflect on a great year in music. Below are our Top 5s:

Josh — Co-Founder/Chief Of All The Things

Matt Nathanson - Last of the Great Pretenders
The 1975 - The 1975
Twin Forks - EP
Rocket & The Ghost - EP
Northern Faces - Southern Places

Envy — Co-Founder/Evil Mastermind

Story of the Year - Ten Years and Counting
Skylar Grey - Don’t Look Down/iTunes Session
Olly Murs - Right Place Right Time
Miss Vincent - Creepy

Zebrahead - Call Your Friends

Tracy — Lvl 67 Mustache Inspector

Man Man - On Oni Pond
Yuck - Glow and Behold
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

Andrew — UK Ambassador

Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
After The Burial - Wolves Within
Katy Perry - Prism
The 1975 - The 1975
Iggy Azalea - Glory EP

Rob G — Artistic Exhibitionist

Silverstein - This is how the Wind Shifts
Norma Jean - Wrongdoers
Rings of Saturn - Dingir
August Burns Red - Rescue & Restore
Bring Me the Horizon - Sempiternal

Dustin — Jaded Metal Guy

Underling - Breathe Deeply
Dead in the Dirt - The Blind Hole
Fallujah - Nomadic
Weekend Nachos - Still
Deafheaven - Sunbather

Nicole — Jersey Girl

A Day to Remember - Common Courtesy
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock & Roll
Sleeping with Sirens - Feel
Paramore - Paramore
All Time Low - Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now

Parks — Token Band Guy

Bad Religion - True North
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
John Legend - Love in the Future
Foals - Holy Fire
Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost

Cheers! Here’s to a great 2014.

Happy New Year – The EAH Staff


MMLP2 - Released on November 5, 2013 the album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was the second-best selling album of 2013, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 57th Grammy Awards. The first official single of the album "Berzerk" debuted at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 while “Rap God” debuted at number seven and entered the Guinness World Records as the hit single which contains the most words; it totals 1,560 words. The album’s fourth single “The monster” became Eminem’s fifth single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.


AM is the fifth studio album by the English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. The album received critical acclaim from music critics and featured in many end of year lists as one of the best of 2013. It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize for best album, hailed the Best Album of 2013 by NME magazine and featured at number 449 on NME’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Commercially, AM has become one of Arctic Monkeys’ most successful albums to date, topping charts in several countries and reaching top ten positions in many more. In the United Kingdom, Arctic Monkeys broke a record with AM, becoming the first independent-label band to debut at number one in the UK with their first five albums. The album is also considered the band’s breakthrough in America. The single “Do I Wanna Know?” was the first song by the band to enter the Billboard Hot 100. The album has also been recognised as one of the best-selling vinyl albums of the decade, selling more than 27,000 units as of July 2015. (insp. by x)

Best Albums & Songs of 2013

Top 100 Albums of 2013

Kanye West-Yeezus


Drake-Nothing Was The Same

Blood Orange-Cupid Deluxe

Pusha T-My Name Is My Name


Arcade Fire-Reflektor

Action Bronson-Blue Chips 2

Cut Copy-Free Your Mind

Daft Punk-Random Access Memories

The Dream-IV Play

DJ Rashad-Double Cup

DJ Mustard-Ketchup

Flume-Flume Deluxe Edition

Jai Paul-Jai Paul

Justin Timberlake-The 20/20 Experience

Autre Ne Veut-Anxiety 

James Blake-Overgrown



Ryan Hemsworth-Guilt Trips

A$AP Rocky-Long Live A$AP

Italians Do It Better-After Dark 2(Compilation)

Jay-Z-Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jhene Aiko-Sail Out EP

Chance The Rapper-Acid Rap

Denita & Sene-His & Hers


Shlohmo-Laid Out EP

Action Bronson-Saab Stories

Sampha-Dual EP

Pure Bathing Culture-Moon Tides


Lady Gaga-Artpop

Kevin Gates-Stranger Than Fiction


Skin Town-The Room

The Drum-Contact

Dom Kennedy-Get Home Safely


Ty Dolla $ign-Beach Hou$e 2

Zomby-With Love

Deniro Farrar-Patriarch II

GrandeMarshall-Mugga Man

Jacques Greene-On Your Side EP

Juicy J-Stay Trippy

Kelela-Cut 4 Me

Boards of Canada-Tomorrow’s Harvest


Denzel Curry-Nostalgic 64

Issac Tichauer-Take Over You EP



A$AP Ferg-Trap Lord

Antwon-In Dark Denim

DJ Spinz-DJ Spins Presents: HPG 3

Ghostface Killah-12 Reasons To Die

Kingdom-Vertical XL


Blue Hawaii-Untogether

Four Tet-Beautiful Rewind

FKA twigs-EP2

Major Lazer-Free the Universe 

Mount Kimbie-Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Kevin Gates-The Luca Brasi Story

Metro Boomin-19 & Boomin

Araabmuzik-For Professional Use Only

Deniro Farrar-The Patriarch 

Jessy Lanza-Pull My Hair Back

Friendzone-Kuchibiru Network 3

Lee Bannon-Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it…

Killer Mike & El-P-Run The Jewels

Le1f-Fly Zone

Ryan Hemsworth-Still Awake

Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg-7 Days of Funk

Joey Fatts-Chipper Jones 2

Gorgeous Children-ICE

CHVRCHES-The Bones of What You Believe

DIANA-Perpetual Surrender


Keep Shelly in Athens-At Home


Woodkid-The Golden Age

ST 2 Lettaz-The G…The Growth & Development

Blue Sky Black Death-Cliff of Death

Eric Dingus-Subliminal Innocence 

My Bloody Valentine-m b v

Mondre M.A.N-Cloudd Packk

Travis Scott-Owl Pharaoh

Phaseone-If I Tell U

Lil TExAS-Talkin 2 U

Curren$Y & Smoke DZA-The Stage EP

Freddie Gibbs-ESGN



The Outfit,TX-Starships & Rockets (Cooly Fooly Space Age Funk The Album)

Lee Bannon-Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5


Pure X-Crawling Up The Stairs

Young Galaxy-Ultramarine

Top 150 Songs of 2013

Kanye West-Blood On The Leaves


Dornik-Something About You

Blood Orange-Entertainment(Blood Orange Remix)

Autre Ne Veut-Play By Play

Drake-Hold On, We’re Going Home

Kanye West-Bound 2

Flume-You & Me(Flume Remix)

Disclosure-Defeated No More(feat. Edward Macfarlane)

Lana Del Rey-Young & Beautiful

Migos-Versace(feat. Drake)

Pusha T-Numbers On The Boards

A$AP Ferg-Shabba(feat. A$AP Rocky)

Action Bronson-Strictly 4 My Jeeps


Cut Copy-Free Your Mind

Daft Punk-Get Lucky

DJ Mustard-Paranoid(feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Joe Moses)

Drake-The Motion

The Dream-IV Play

James Blake-Retrograde

Jay-Z-Tom Ford


Justin Timberlake-Don’t Hold The Wall

Kanye West-New Slaves

A$AP Rocky-Fuckin Problems(feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)

Ben Khan-Savage

Busta Ryhmes-Thank You(feat. Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne)

Daft Punk-Lose Yourself To Dance(feat. Pharrell)

Deniro Farrar-Separate(feat. JMSN)

DIANA-Perpetual Surrender

Disclosure-Confess To Me(feat. Jessie Ware)

Dom Kennedy-Never

Drake-Too Much(feat. Sampha)

The Dream-Turnt(feat. Beyonce & 2 Chainz)


A$AP Ferg-Work

 Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep-Sacrifice

Skin Town-Ice Crystal Palace

Shlohmo-Don’t Say No(feat. How To Dress Well)

Schoolboy Q-Collard Greens(feat. Kendrick Lamar)


YG-My Niggas(feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Jeezy)

Ciara-Body Party

Robin Thicke-Blurred Lines(feat. Pharrell & T.I.)

Mariah Carey & Miguel-Beautiful

Lady Gaga-Do What U Want(feat. R.Kelly)

Kevin Gates-Thinking With My Dick(feat. Juicy J)

Kanye West-On Sight

Justin Timberlake-Mirrors

Jhene Aiko-Drinking And Driving

Action Bronson-Hookers(Remix)

Arcade Fire-Reflektor

Destiny’s Child-Nuclear

Daft Punk-Doin’ It Right(feat. Panda Bear)


Young Thug-Stoner

Drake-From Time(feat. Jhene Aiko)

Beyonce-Mine(feat. Drake)

A$AP Rocky-Wild For The Night(feat. Skrillex)

Issac Tichauer-Take Over You

Jai Paul-Track 11

Jay-Z-Holy Grail

Jeremih-All The Time(feat. Lil Wayne & Natasha Mosley)

Juicy J-The Woods(feat. Justin Timberlake)

Justin Timberlake-Tunnel Vision

Kanye West-Hold My Liquor(feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon)


Major Lazer-Bubble Butt(feat. Tyga, Bruno Mars & 2 Chainz)

Que-OG Bobby Johnson

Lady Gaga-Artpop

The Outfit, TX-106 Degree

Phoenix-Trying To Be Cool

Rich Homie Quan-Type of Way

Ryan Hemsworth-An Overture Might Help Me Stop Thinking About You

Shlohmo-Bo Peep(Do U Right)(feat. Jeremih)

Ty Dolla $ign-Ratchet In My Benz(feat. Juicy J)

Kutcorners-Body Party Bootleg

Ab-Soul & JMSN-You’re Gone

Beyonce & Andre 3000-Back To Black

Big K.R.I.T.-Just Last Week(feat. Future)

Cut Copy-We Are Explorers 

Disclosure-Help Me Lose My Mind(feat. London Grammar)

The Dream-Pussy(feat. Big Sean & Pusha T)

Future-Chosen One

Jay-Z-FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotit(feat. Rick Ross)




Pusha T-Trust You(feat. Kevin Gates)


Ryan Hemsworth-Mine(Remix)



Young Dro-Strong(Remix)(feat. 2 Chainz)

A$AP Rocky-R. Cali

Blood Orange-Hold On, We’re Going Home(Remix)

Curren$y-Choosin(feat. Wiz Khalifia & Rick Ross)

DJ Mustard-Nothin’ Like Me(feat. Dom Kennedy)

Drake-Girls Love Beyonce(feat. James Fauntelroy)

French Montana-Ain’t Worried About Nuthin

FKA twigs-Ultraviolet

How To Dress Well-& It Was U(Elite Gymnastics Remix)

Jay-Z-Beach Is Better

Justin Timberlake-Suit & Tie(Four Tet Remix)

Kanye West-Black Skinhead

Katie Got Bandz-Pop Out(feat. King Louie)

Drake-Wu-Tang Forever

Disclosure-January(feat. Jamie Woon)

Chance The Rapper-NaNa(feat. Action Bronson)

Killer Mike & El-P-Banana Clipper(feat. Big Boi)

Lady Gaga-Jewels n’ Drugs(feat. T.I., Too $hort & Twista)

PARTYNEXTDOOR-Over Here(feat. Drake)

Pusha T-Hold On(feat. Rick Ross & Kanye West)


Shlohmo-Fuck You All The Time(Remix)

Ty Dolla $ign-Fuckin’ Tonight


Jessy Lanza-Pull My Hair Back

Justin Timberlake-Spaceship Coupe

Kingdom-All My Love(Remix)

Ryan Hemsworth-Sleeping(Remix)

Eddie B-Marvelous(feat. Action Bronson)

Jacques Greene-On Your Side(feat. How To Dress Well)

Kevin Gates-4:30 AM

Lil Bibby-Water

A$AP Rocky-1 Train(feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)

Denzel Curry-Threatz(feat. Yung Simmie)

100s-Life Of A Mack

YG-This Yick(feat. Dom Kennedy & Joe Moses)

Jay-Z-Picasso Baby

Justin Timberlake-Suit & Tie

Miguel-How Many Drinks(feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Ciara-Where You Go(feat. Future)

Action Bronson-Midget Cough

Arcade Fire-Here Comes The Night Time

James Blake-Life Round Here

DJ Mustard-Put This Thang On Ya(feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Justin Timberlake-Cabaret(feat. Drake)

Ryan Hemsworth-773 Love(Remix)

Joy Orbison-Donell

Postiljonen-How Will I Know/All That We Had Was Lost

Peaking Lights-Pretty Boy(Young Galaxy Remix)

Jessie Ware-Wildest Moments(Remix)(feat. A$AP Rocky)

Joey Fatts-Live Blasphemous(feat. Action Bronson)

100s-Keep A Bitch Broke(feat. Da$h, Joey Fatts & A$ton Matthews)

Jamie xx-Sunset(Jamie xx Edit)

Ryan Hemsworth-Open(Remix)

Squadda B-Stop Try’n 

Jacques Greene-Painted Faces(feat. Tinashe)



Happy 4th Anniversary One Direction!

Auditioned as solo artists for the 7th series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor but failed to progress to the “Boys” category however they were put together as a group during the “bootcamp” thus qualifying for the “Groups” category then came third on the X Factor 2010, signed a 2 million record contract with Syco Records. 

One Direction’s two albums Up All Night and Take Me Home, released in 2011 and 2012 respectively, broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets, and generated hit singles, including “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young”.

One Direction performed “Little Things” at the 2012 Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, and headlined a sold-out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on 3 December 2012 and they performed “What Makes You Beautiful” at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London. In February 2013, One Direction released a cover version of “One Way or Another” and “Teenage Kicks”, “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)”, as the 2013 Comic Relief single

One Direction: This Is Us, a 3D documentary and concert movie about the group directed by Morgan Spurlock and produced by Spurlock, Ben Winston, Adam Milano and Simon Cowell, was released by TriStar Pictures on 30 August 2013. The film features the song “Best Song Ever”, released on 22 July 2013. “Best Song Ever” slated to serve as the lead single of the group’s third studio album Midnight Memories. The film was a box office success, topping the UK and US box offices and grossing over $60 million worldwide. It is currently the fourth highest grossing concert movie. 

Midnight Memories was released globally on 25 November 2013. The album was described by the band as edgier and as having a “slightly rockier tone” than their previous efforts. The album debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart and number two on the Dutch Albums Chart. On 29 November 2013, it was announced that it had become the fastest-selling album of 2013 in the UK, with 187,660 copies sold in four days.It was revealed on 1 December 2013, that the album had sold in excess of 237,000 copies in its first week in the UK. It became the best-selling album of 2013 in the UK with 685,000 copies sold for the year.      

On 16 May 2013, the band announced their first stadium tour, the Where We Are Tour, which is set to commence in April 2014. They plan to donate £200,000 of the tour’s ticket sales to the Stand Up to Cancer charity. It was also announced that when the tickets went on sale on May 25, 2013 it sold out in minutes.

+ The June 28 and 29, 2014 shows at San Siro in Milan, Italy were recorded and will be released on DVD in December 2014.

“I hope when we look back in how many years when we’re granddads, and we look back in the band, I just hope that when we look back on it and think ‘We had the most amazing time and that we’ve actually stayed true to ourselves.” - Louis

Just this month, f(x) has won:
- Melon Music Award Music Star Award.
- ‘Pink Tape’ made it to the best albums of 2013 by American Fuse TV (the only kpop album on the list)
- 'Pink Tape’ ranked 5th on the Best Albums by European K-Pop Awards.
- Best Female Group at MTV 2013

… sm WHATTT! #inyourface

Best Albums of 2013

Another year is coming to an end, and in honor of 2013, here are a few of my favorite albums of 2013.

1. Wavves | Afraid of Heights

favorite track: Afraid of Heights

The popular surf rock band, Wavves, released their second studio album on Mom + Pop Records earlier this year, and was a larger commercial success than their previous LP, King of the Beach. On this record, Nathan seems to drop the whole ‘California skater’ state of mind, though it does seem to make its occasional appearances, and embeds himself in sorrow for the majority of the record. Afraid of Heights found its way to the top of my 2013 list due to its instantly catchy hooks and powerful grungy anthems. 10/10 in my book.

Wavves | Beat Me Up

2. Beach Fossils | Clash The Truth

favorite track: Taking Off

The long awaited sophomore LP of Brooklyn’s own Beach Fossils, finally came around and after listening to this album, I remembered why Beach Fossils remains as one of my favorite indie rock bands of this time. This record definitely came out with a bang a long with some good intentions. The album comes jam packed with a large collection of dreamy, post punk tracks that could be played for hours on end. With more rising bands playing in this similar style of dreamy, note by note riffs, Beach Fossils really set themselves apart with this record.

Beach Fossils | Generational Synthetic

3. Daughter | If You Leave

favorite track: Smother

After a large amount of success coming in from their first few EP’s, Daughter released their debut album, If You Leave, on 4AD records. From its ambient textures to its powerful lyricism, If You Leave is definitely one of 2013’s most chilling albums. 


favorite track: No Waves

“Fuck It Dude Life’s A Risk”, might be the perfect way to sum up FIDLAR’s (yes, it must be all caps) debut LP. The no good, modern day rock n roll, self titled album comes out locked and loaded for a solid forty minutes, and covers a good portion of a day in the life of FIDLAR. Wether it be indulging themselves in narcotics, surfing, or drinking cheap beer with friends, this album really keeps the energy flowing through a good fourteen tracks.

FIDLAR | Cocaine

5. King Krule | 6 Feet Beneath The Moon

favorite track: Baby Blue

19 year old singer songwriter, Archie Marshall released his official debut album on XL Recordings, and it really seems to set the level for most modern day musicians. The album features a collection of both new and old songs that feature strong chord progressions, hard hitting textures, and above all,  strong lead vocals. The mix of influences really adds to this masterpiece from quiet and subtle songs to intense expressive ballads. There’s even a little sax solo.

King Krule | Neptune Estate

6. Deafheaven | Sunbather

favorite track: Vertigo

Probably on everybody’s best of 2013 list is Deafheaven’s second studio LP, Sunbather. Whether you’re a fan of metal or not, this album will definitely hit you hard. The album stretches out to an hour long on seven tracks, each filled with a dreamy feel that will have the listener mesmerized. This album without a doubt is a big highlight of 2013.

7. The Growlers | Hung At Heart

favorite track: One Million Lovers

The Growlers hold very distinct attributes to their name. It’s their own genre really, and Hung At Heart is a perfect example of this. This is the 3rd album by the popular beach goth band, and it seems to be their best. Though their music hasn’t really seemed to evolve since their first album back in 2009, it holds a certain quality to it that keeps it fresh and exciting. Hung At Heart features fifteen incredibly catchy tunes that kept me entertained from beginning to end.

8. Smith Westerns | Soft Will

favorite track: Varsity

Soft Will is the third studio LP of Chicago rockers, Smith Westerns. It features the lovable qualities of their previous records, such as catchy choruses, groovy guitar solos, and ambivalent songwriting. The Smith Westerns definitely have come a long way since their first album though, more than just production wise. Soft Will features a large handful of tracks that really put their best and catchiest work away. Did I mention it was catchy?

Smith Westerns | Varsity

9. Bleached | Ride Your Heart

favorite track: Next Stop

2013 was definitely a good year for bands to release their debut albums. Most of them rose to the top, and Bleached was no exception. The Los Angeles, indie rock girl squad, released their first full length on Dead Oceans records and was quickly praised by everybody. The album features the common indie rock sounds that you would expect would hail from the California area, but with memorable hooks that make each song as good as the next. The album also features a mix of influences that lets Bleached stand out from any other indie rock band currently out on the market.

10. Pity Sex | Feast Of Love

favorite track: Drawstring

With many new bands coming up, the emo revival era is still growing strong. Pity Sex being one of those bands, released their debut earlier this year on Run For Cover records. The Michigan band released an EP, Dark World, last year that gathered a lot of buzz and also got them a deal with RFC. Feast Of Love is now their follow up and stretches out on ideas Dark World couldn’t. This album shows growth and development from their previous work and it seems as if they branched out into a more shoegazey type of atmosphere. Along with sound and production improvement, the album features fantastic songwriting accompanied by a mix of the band’s lead singers. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.

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Awards won


2013 Favorite Pop/Rock Album

2013 Favorite Pop/Rock Group


2012, 2013 Best International Artist


2012 Pop International

BBC Radio 1

2012 Best British Album

2012 Best British Music act

2012 Best British Single

2013 Best British group

2013 Best British single


2012 Best Album

2012 Best Group

2013 Best Group

2013 Best Fans

2013 Best Pop Song


2013 Top Group

2013 New Artist of the Year

2013 Top Pop Artist

2013 Breakthrough

Bravo Otto

2013 Super Band Pop/Rock


2012 British Single of the Year

2013 BRIT’S Global Success

2014 BRIT’S Global Success

2014 Best British Music Video


2012 Best Book

2012 Best Cover

2012 Best Video

2012 International Band

2012 International Hit

2013 Best Real Couple (Zerrie)

2013 International Band 

2013 International Cat (Liam)

2013 Years Fan Club


Fragrance of the Year: Consumers choice.

Demand Honours 

2011 Best Fans 

2011 Best group

2011 Best Guest

2011 Best Song

2011 Best Video

Japan Gold Disc 

2013 New Artist of the Year

2014 Artist of the Year

2014 Album of the Year

2014 One of the Best 3 Albums in Western Music


2012 Best Newcomer-International

2013 Best Group

2013 Best Pop

2014 Best Band International

Los Premios 

2012 Best New Artist

2012 Best International Artist

2012 Best New International Artist

2013 Best Album

2013 Best Group


2012 Artist of the Year

2012 Best New Act

2012 best UK & Ireland Act 

2012 Best New Artist

2012 Best Pop Video

2012 Most Share Worthy Video

2012 International Artist

2012 Biggest Fans 

2013 Best Song of the Summer

2013 Best Band

2013 Best Fans

2013 Best Look (Harry)

2013 Best Northern European Act 

2013 Best Pop

2013 Best UK & Ireland Act

2013 Hottest Summer Superstar

2014 Best Band


2013 Favorite International Video


2013 Foreign Import of the Year


2012 International Group (Argentina)

2012 Favorite Song (Argentina)

2012 Favorite International Artist (Brazil)

2012 Favorite Song (Mexico)

2012 International Artist (Mexico)

2012 Favorite Band (UK)

2012 Favorite Band (UK)

2013 Favorite International Song (Argentina)

2013 Favorite Music Act (Australia) 

2013 Favorite Song (Australia)

2013 Favorite Song (Mexico)

2013 Favorite Band (UK)

2014 Favorite Song (Australia)

2014 Favorite Music Group (Australia)

2014 Favorite Band (UK)

2014 Favorite Fan Family 


2013 International Group of the year

2014 Video of the Year

2014 International Group of the Year

Peoples Choice 

2013 Favorite Album

2013 Favorite Song

2014 Favorite Band

Pure Beauty

2013 Best Female Fragrance

Radio Disney 

2013 Fiercest Fans

2013 Best Music Group

Social Star 

2013 Most Popular Music Group

2013 Most Popular Artist  in West Europe 

2013 Most Popular Artist In UK

2013 Most Popular British Musicians


2012 Breakout Group

2012 Love Song

2012 Music Star Group

2013 Music Group

2013 Love Song 

2013 Single - Group

2013 Summer Tour


2012 Most Popular Artist in Telehit 

2012 Best International Pop Group

2012 Song of the Public

2013 Boyband of the Year

2013 Most Popular Video on Telehit

Sun Bizarre Readers

2011 Best Pop

2011 Shagger of the year

2012 Best Pop

UK Music Video 

2012 People’s Choice

We Love Pop

2012 Best Group in Pop

World Music Awards

2014 World’s Best Selling Group 

2014 World’s Best Selling British Act

2014 World’s Best Selling Recording Act 

2014 World’s Best Selling Pop Act

Youth Rock 

2011 Breakout Group of the Year

2011 Best Breakthough 

2011 Best Group 

2011 Best Video 

2012 Best Group

4Music Video Honours 

2011 Best Breakthrough

2011 Best Group

2011 Best Video

2012 Best Group

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