It’s Real with Jordan and Demi

It’s Real with Jordan and Demi

Popdust music editor Jordan Edwards and musician Demi Ramos interview some of today‘s hottest artists and your favorites from back in the day.


March 14, 2023 39 min

In late January, Charlotte Sands released the single "Alright." It's a moving ballad about trying to find hope in dark times. With its vulnerable lyrics and slow-building crescendo, it will surely become a centerpiece of her live show.

The song is a departure from the rock and dance floor anthems she's best known for. However, she's consistently shown the ability to change direction. Sands' biggest song to date is "Dress" a pulsing...

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With their warm guitars and intimate storytelling, Peach Pit feels like a band that you're friends with. Their music is drenched in nostalgia, reminding the listener of cool fall sunsets and BYOB house parties. Songs like "Alrighty Aphrodite" and "Shampoo Bottles" have earned the Canadian band a devout following and hundreds of millions of streams. They've also become a favorite on the festival circuit. This season, they're gettin...

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February 11, 2023 39 min

Bankrol Hayden has continuously released memorable music since debuting in 2018. His quick, melodic flow is unique, and his hooks stay with you. Fans have taken notice. "Costa Rica," "Brothers," and "Come Through," have more than 400 million combined Spotify streams. He's versatile too. His latest single with charlieonnafriday and labelmate Arden Jones, "Can't Change for You," is an acoustic pop song that's ready for alternative ra...

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December 29, 2022 33 min

Many younger artists are embracing the music of previous decades. 2022 was full of Y2K rock and '80s pop.

Few go back as far as Stephen Sanchez. Inspired by his grandparents' record collection, the 20-year-old has embraced the sound of artists like Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, and Elvis. His love for the 1950s and early '60s paid off. "Until I Found You" has racked up over a billion streams and views.

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December 19, 2022 35 min

They've recorded a dozen albums and scored huge hits, but Switchfoot has never released a Christmas album. That changed this year with this is our Christmas album. The 12 tracks are split between classics like "Christmastime is Here" and "The Christmas Song," as well as new songs like the old school punk inspired-"Scrappy Little Christmas Tree."

Watch lead singer/guitarist Jon Foreman and his brother Tim, the bassist, break down h...

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December 12, 2022 35 min

Many fans, especially young ones, know Alison Sudol for her role as Queenie Goldstein in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Over three films, she's become part of one of the most beloved cinematic universes.

But she's been a musician longer than she's been an actor. Recording as A Fine Frenzy, she built a devoted following and won over critics with releases like One Cell in the Sea and Bomb in a Birdcage. Over the last few years, her ...

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December 8, 2022 35 min

Since the 2013 album Journals, Poo Bear and Justin Bieber have collaborated on hits including "Intentions," "What Do You Mean?" and "Yummy." Poo Bear even says that Bieber has picked up on his vocal style.

You can hear those smooth, soaring vocals on his latest album The Book of Nabeel. It's his first LP since Bearthday Music in 2018. While that release was more of a project, The Book of Nabeel is a true solo album made with love. ...

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November 23, 2022 39 min

Taylor Bennett loves music, and he's fascinated with the concept of genre. On Coming of Age, he creates an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop, and rock. It includes guest spots from Jeremih, Matt and Kim, and Tom Higgenson of Plain White T's. But Bennett is more than a musician. He created Be Yourself, an activewear brand and collaboration with Champion. He's a dad, an LGBTQ+ advocate, and manager for his brother, Chance The Rapper. Fr...

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November 15, 2022 35 min

During her run as Adrianna Tate-Duncan on the reboot of 90210, Jessica Lowndes began recording singles. She explored pop, rock, and even Christmas music. In fact, producers originally cast her in a singing role. A decade later, music has become a big part of her career.

The 33-year-old recently released Elemental, a visual album that includes a music video for each of the seven tracks. The recent remix for "Hunter" hints that Lownd...

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October 19, 2022 43 min

As part of the Chicago collective Savemoney, Joey Purp has aligned himself with longtime friends like Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. He's established his own identity as an MC who can quickly shift styles. His lyrics can be playful and fun, but also sharp and aggressive. His affinity for classic soul samples is reminiscent of fellow Chicagoan Kanye West.

It's been four years since his breakthrough debut album QUARTERTHING. Will w...

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October 12, 2022 31 min

A few years ago, Demi opened for The Snuts at a small club in New York. Now she interviews the band as they travel on a big fancy tour bus! Bassist Callum Wilson breaks down how the Scottish quartet came together, why they get along, and the energy they bring to their live shows.

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September 27, 2022 34 min

Each holiday season, we're bombarded with new Christmas albums. There's the country guy you forgot about, that one singer from the '80s your mom likes, and a Broadway person that no one really knows. The songs probably include a heartfelt "White Christmas" and an uninspired "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

For her upcoming holiday album Snow Waltz (out Oct. 7), Lindsey Stirling wanted something different. The lead single, "Ice ...

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September 20, 2022 37 min

With hits like "Everything Zen" "Comedown," and "Swallowed," Bush has created some of the most recognizable songs in rock. After three decades, the band hasn't slowed down. With a message that addresses our polarized world and a massive chorus, the recent single "More Than Machines" has already become a fan favorite. Their ninth studio album, The Art of Survival, is out October 7, and they're currently on the road with Alice in Cha...

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September 16, 2022 39 min

Shinedown is one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century. Since their debut album Leave a Whisper in 2003, the band has notched 19 number one rock radio singles. They also hold the distinction of having the number one song on Casey Kasem's final broadcast of American Top 20 in 2009.

Their latest, Planet Zero, is filled with the hard riffs and theatrical vocals that fans love. It also includes creative instrumentation ...

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For the last several years, Sunflower Bean's Julia Cumming has been one of the New York music scene's most visible figures. She's lived the double life of a rock 'n' roll star and fashion model, celebrated for both her style and songwriting.

The latest Sunflower Bean album Headful of Sugar is the band's first LP in four years. The sound is raw and heavy compared to the sunny pop rock of 2018's Twentytwo in Blue. The upbeat closing ...

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August 31, 2022 49 min

Since ending a four-season run on the hit Nickelodeon show The Thundermans, Kira Kosarin has evolved. She's taken more grown-up roles on Light as a Feather and Good Trouble. Musically, she's shifted from R&B to a post-pandemic sound that's more in line with the singer-songwriters she admired as a child.

Her new EP on Republic Records, Something New, is introspective and mature. The lush production is the perfect compliment to Kosar...

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August 24, 2022 41 min

Real Housewives fans know Asher Monroe as the partner of Diana Jenkins, the recent addition to the Beverly Hills cast.

To music fans, he's a versatile singer-songwriter who can shift between pop, R&B, and EDM. His new album, Windows of Time, is epic and theatrical. Over eight tracks, Monroe is accompanied by piano, strings, and even a choir.

Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos talked to Monroe about making Windows of Time, fatherhood,...

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August 19, 2022 26 min

With a sound that's unpredictable and a daring personal style, ko aka koala stands out in a crowded pop field. The daughter of scientists, she's created a universe inspired by Y2K punk, genre films, and '80s animation. Her singles prior to 2022 were dark and dense. Recent releases, including her latest "hit & run," are more radio friendly, but the production and vocals retain an experimental touch. Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos t...

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August 11, 2022 38 min

The last time we spoke to payton, he was making the transition from TikTok star to full-fledged artist. With the new EP insomnia, the journey is complete. Over warm retro synths and inventive beats, the 19-year-old previews a bright future as a musician. Jordan Edwards and Demi Ramos talk to payton about the making of insomnia, dating in the public eye, collecting tattoos, and leaving LA for North Carolina.

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August 3, 2022 40 min

It's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since Echosmith released "Cool Kids." The 2013 hit was huge on both alternative and top 40 radio, and the Spotify streams stand at nearly 450 million. The country-tinged "Bright" also proved popular with fans. Their debut album, Talking Dreams, showed a young band on the rise. The quartet became a trio and they didn't release a proper follow up until 2020's Lonely Generation, whi...

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