Music Monday: Frank Ocean, Kari Faux, and The Kills

Team Lenny's favorites for the first week of fall.

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Fall is finally here and we're celebrating it's arrival by reveling in the musical genius of Frank Ocean, Kari Faux, and The Kills.

What Lena Dunham is listening to:

I know I am being the most behind and basique to say I only listen to Frank Ocean but fuck dude, I only listen to Frank Ocean, specifically "Ivy." "Thought that I was dreaming when you said you loved me." Since little girlhood I've always heavily related to novels and stories about gay men coming of age — be it Tales of the City, The Line of Beauty or the veiled erotica of Talented Mister Ripley. Frank Ocean is telling that story in a new way, amidst a sea of spotlights and fancy cars and people who think they know but have no idea.

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What our deputy editor Laia Garcia is listening to:

I discovered Kari Faux about two weeks ago on YouTube and immediately felt sorry for myself that I hadn't come across her music any sooner. A bit of Googling revealed that she had just released a record a couple months ago, so I promptly purchased and it's all I've been listening to at home ever since. In this song, she sings "I'm no man's fantasy/I never wanted to be/didn't come with a set of instructions/so you don't know how to handle me" over a jazzy back beat. I'm sure you read it and went "OMG YES!," and that is how all her music is. She is just cool, her vibe is perfect, and honestly I can't remember the last time I related to someone's songs as much as I do to hers'. I highly recommend you check out her record, Lost En Los Angeles, it's absolutely flawless.

What our assistant Dianca London is listening to:

Have you ever loved a song so much that no matter how many times you listen to it, you just adore it more? That's pretty much how I feel about everything by The Kills. Whether it's the gritty buzz of "Nail In My Coffin," the rhythmic thrill of Midnight Boom, or their bluesy spaghetti western rendition of Rihanna's "Desperado," I love it all! Whichever track you listen to or cherish as your fave, one thing is always certain: Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are the embodiment of rock 'n roll cool.

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