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Los Angeles-based singer Lauv is kicking off the weekend with an irresistible new single "I Like Me Better."

The hit-ready track is a more upbeat offering than some of his previous material. But as with with his past releases, it's still notably reflective and rather vulnerable.

"Before I started making music as Lauv, I'd lost that sense of who I really was for a while," says the singer, who is one of Variance's 2017 FutureSounds. "It seems like a lot of people lose touch with that forever, and end up living a life that's not really true to who they are. By being so honest in my songs, I want to encourage people to be okay with who they are and what they feel. More than anything else, that's what drives me to create music in a massive way."

Hear "I Like Me Better" below, followed by Lauv's upcoming tour schedule.

Lauv's live dates:
May 23 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
May 24 — San Francisco, CA — Rickshaw Stop
May 31 — Chicago, IL — Beat Kitchen
June 1 — Pontiac, MI — Pike Room
June 2 — Toronto, ON — The Drake
June 4 — Philadelphia, PA — Balcony at the Trocadero
June 6 — Washington, DC — Songbyrd
June 7 — New York, NY — The Studio at Webster Hall
July 9 — Milwaukee, WI — Summerfest