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Picture this: You’re having a blast at a concert, screaming lyrics to your favorite songs and someone mutters the wretched term “fangirl” under their breath. Has this happened to you before? Okay, how about this: You hear a group of guys discussing “harder” bands like Metallica and you chime in to mention how you enjoy their music and the group discussion suddenly shuts you down because you don’t look like you would listen to that music. If you’re a female fan of alternative/rock music, it’s more than likely you’ve had to endure a situation like this, or at least to an extent. I, personally, cannot even count the numerous times I’ve been looked down upon by male fans.

When I was thirteen, I began to get into pop punk bands like Neck Deep, The Story So Far, State Champs, and New Found Glory. This was at a time when I was not as into indie music like I am now, a scene that is more welcoming than pop punk. At this point I was super excited to rave about these bands on twitter and attend concerts, however, I felt as if male fans were always looking down upon me as just a “fangirl” because I was a young female in a crowd of older guys. This began to intimidate me more and more as I grew older.

I would be waiting in line with my friends, ready to enter the venue to see All Time Low or State Champs and I would be freaking out about how excited I was to see my favorite bands or how much I loved Jack Barakat (still true, friends!) However, I always felt like someone was giving me a dirty look or talking about me for being “too obsessed” or “not a big enough fan.” There is literally no middle ground here. Finally, this got to me. I hated being looked down upon as just another fangirl. I wanted to abide by the laws of pop punk according to ignorant male fans, or what I thought at the time: be calm, don’t freak out, only go to head bang to cool music and to ONLY listen to heavy music. Therefore, I deleted all of the One Direction and 5SOS from my phone, telling myself it was too uncool and I would be a fangirl and would not be taken seriously by my peers if I continued to do so.

I was a young female in a crowd of older guys. This began to intimidate me more and more as I grew older.

Looking back to that point in my life now, it’s honestly the stupidest thing I’ve ever done! Do you know how many times I would be in the grocery store and hear “Stockholm Syndrome” by One Direction and I couldn’t sing along because it would be “too uncool” or how I could not longer post MCM photos of Ben Barlow from Neck Deep because I didn’t want to be seen as just another female fan? It sucked. However, I slowly grew out of pop punk, because of the negativity the scene seemed to drag along with it. I currently only go to alternative and indie concerts, so I haven’t had to deal with that sort of sexism at shows in a while. To be totally honest, I learned to just not care. I’m going to like what I like no matter what.

Even though it may only seem like female fans are looked down upon in music, this is completely untrue. Female musicians and music journalists alike are constantly faced with double standards and sexism. Female frontwomen such a Hayley Williams of Paramore and Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES have spoken out about the unfairness of the music industry. For example, I just read an article the other day about how Mayberry called out a male fan in the crowd because he asked to marry her.  Williams also has tweeted about issues like this and also has showed her annoyance with the constant interview question asked to her: “What’s it like to be a female in a band?” As much as we (females) speak out about how unfair the music industry is, the industry will never listen, unless we take a stand and make a change.

Along with that, more and more we are seeing headlines about female fans being sexually abused by male musicians. It’s almost becoming normalized. I constantly am seeing new allegations whenever I read Alternative Press or Rolling Stone Magazine and it’s truly disheartening to see how some artists take advantage of their fans just because they may appear to come across as “fangirls”. Along with this, the majority get away with it because these young fans are too afraid to tell anyone. Whether it’s their decision or not, the abuse is never brought to the attention of the authorities. This is truly one of the worst things I’ve seen and I hope it does not continue to be as nonchalant as it has become lately.

The industry will never listen, unless we take a stand and make a change.

Lastly, another thing I would like to touch on is the lack of females on tour with bands. All Time Low posted a group “end of tour” photo recently, announcing the end of their Young Renegades Tour.  If you look at the photo, the tour consisted of all males. When female fans saw that caption, All Time low received thousands of comments back saying that they would gladly join the tour if asked. Honestly, I’m glad the band addressed the lack of females on the tour. Adding more female guitar techs, managers, and merch girls to a tour will slowly but surely decrease the stigma against females in positions such as those.

Now that we live in the 21st century, anyone can access anything and pursue any career path they please. I believe that we will be starting to see more females in the industry in our lifetime than ever before. A ton of my friends that I’ve met through music are planning on pursuing careers in the music industry. Whether it’s singing, managing, promotion, or even sound engineering, females are beginning to take a stand and rise up against the sexism of the music industry. This stand will not only eliminate the term “fangirl” forever but it will also help eradicate the gender gap in the music industry.

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Melodrama


It [Melodrama] captures youth and depicts growing up, maturing and dealing with adulthood and everything that is concerning with it.

It’s been four excruciatingly long years since we had received new music from alternative-pop goddess, Lorde. However, on June 16, 2017, fans and listeners were given a second full-length album, Melodrama,  and it was definitely worth the wait.

Four years feels like a century in the music world when bands are constantly dropping singles and EPs in between full-length albums and new and fresh artists are vicariously coming onto the scene. When most artists wait this long, people begin to grow anxious and move on to the next musical genius. With Lorde, it is very different. EVERY ONE of her fans waited for her to perfectly craft her next musical masterpiece.

With the release of Pure Heroine, a young, unknown indie singer from New Zealand became the most popular thing in music overnight. With that success came a huge and loyal fanbase; a fanbase that waited and received an album even better than the last (who even knew that was possible?)

If you do not already know, Lorde wrote, crafted and recorded this album with Jack Antonoff. You may be familiar with this name from fun. fame, as well as his solo work with Bleachers. Antonoff is known for his lyricism and has quickly become a musician’s favourite in regards to production and songwriting. I am a HUGE fan of Antonoff and all of his work, but I won’t let that bias get in the way of Melodrama. However, nobody can deny the chemistry the two had to create such a phenomenal album.

Melodrama is definitely something different for Lorde. It captures youth and depicts growing up, maturing and dealing with adulthood and everything that is concerning with it. This album is not completely different in that it is a complete change. There are prominent elements of Pure Heroine still there if you listen closely.

As a fan of music, I hate giving albums a perfect score, because every album has its flaw and of course, each person will have a flaw in their eyes. Looking at Melodrama from an unbiased perspective, this album is pure genius. From danceable moments like “Perfect Places” to slower and more melodic spots like “The Louvre” and even vulnerable songs like “Liability”, Lorde has crafted an album that I can guarantee will be at the top of everyone’s list of releases from 2017.

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  • June 28, 2017
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Punk, new-wave, edgy and fresh; when  All words describe Wolf Alice’s new song titled, “Yuk Foo.” Fans of this London-based band have not had any new music from Wolf Alice since June 22, 2015, when they released their stellar debut album, My Love Is Cool. The debut was truly something special. Whether it be their unique guitar riffs, their powerful female lead singer, Ellie Rowsell , or just their too-cool persona, Wolf Alice is definitely bringing back the punk infused new-wave sound to modern music.

“Yuk Foo” is the lead single for their upcoming album, Visions of a Life, which is due to drop on September 29th. The track begins very loud with an electric guitar up to its max volume, but not being played. If you know the sound, you know it’s excruciating, yet extremely cool when you realize where this song takes you next. The song then goes on for almost three minutes filled with an angsty Rowsell yelling out lyrics in typical riot grrrl style. In short, this track sounds like Sex Pistols mixed Bikini Kill, but a tad more polished. In Wolf Alice’s previous material, they come off as a very ambient indie rock band, who happen to get heavy every now and then. This song sounds nothing like My Love Is Cool yet it still sounds very Wolf Alice

In case you didn’t know already, this band is signed to Dirty Hit Records. In the past they sounded like a typical Dirty Hit band, quiet indie rock. However, with the introduction of this song, they are truly destined for even more success. I believe that with the release of their new album in September, Wolf Alice will definitely blow up by the end of next year. This band has SO much potential to gain fans from other alternative sub-genres, not just indie rock.

If you already love Wolf Alice or would like to get into them, they are coming on a small North American tour, starting July 5th and ending on July 26th.  I have had the pleasure of seeing them once and they always manage to give it their all when performing! I HIGHLY recommend going to see them if they stop in your town.

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Third time was truly a charm when I saw The 1975 on June 1st at Madison Square Garden. Dubbed as “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” fans and casual listeners alike knew how important and groundbreaking this night would be for four boys from Manchester that started writing music in a garage.

However, in order for me to reach such a crucial moment in my favourite band’s career, I—of course—had to endure awful news. My flight was delayed five times and almost canceled, which would have caused me to arrive to New York a day later than anticipated. Luckily, the flight didn’t get canceled but was so delayed that my three-hour flight landing in NYC at 8:00 PM didn’t land until 2:00 AM. When I finally touched down in the city, I was so enthralled that I’d be seeing The 1975 later that day that I couldn’t sleep. (Don’t tell Matty that I took a power nap during “Please Be Naked“)

When it came time for my friend and I to head to the venue, we took the subway and for a short amount of time got lost in Penn Station, but we finally found the Garden and entered what would go down in my books as the best night ever. While we were patiently waiting for Pale Waves to come on, we saw that someone found the “setlist.” This setlist had the likes of “Head.Cars.Bending”, “Pressure”, “This Must Be My Dream” and many other songs the guys aren’t known for playing live. With this potential setlist floating around, the whole venue was buzzing.

Pale Waves soon came onstage with infectious guitars, cool band members, and a unique aesthetic. Even though they only have one song released, they played a seven(ish) song set and totally won over the crowd. They ended their set with “There’s a Honey” and then they were off.

About a half hour later, the lights went completely black, one singular rectangle lit up and “The 1975” intro song began blaring throughout the arena. Adam, George, Ross, and then finally, Matty all graced the stage. I was so enthralled in that moment and for a split second I realized that three years ago, my favourite band played a small club down the street from my house in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and now here they were playing a sold out show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Here I was, having flown up from Florida and skipping my last week of school to see The 1975. I could’ve almost broken down into tears just thinking about it, but I didn’t have time to because the arena lit up bright pink and Adam began playing the intro to “Love Me”.

For the next couple songs, I danced my heart out and screamed the lyrics to all of my favourite tracks with my best friend. During songs like “Love Me” and “UGH!” Matty even danced with us, since our whole section was sitting down, besides my friend and I.

Then, I suddenly heard the familiar riff of “You”. I was so shocked that they were playing this song. In that moment, it hit me again that I was truly home. This is where I wanted to be and I never wanted the moment to end. “You” has always been one of my favourite songs and hearing it live for the second time was mesmerizing. During the song, I didn’t take any videos or photos; I wanted to remember that moment in its true and fullest form. It was definitely one of my best memories.

After “You”, I began to notice that the set was out of order from the leaked “setlist” we found. It was in fact FAKE, but I had no time to be upset since the moment was too pure.

For the rest of the set, The 1975 continued on with “Loving Someone”, “Me,” and “The Ballad of Me and My Brain” (whew, that one was VERY good live) and finally ended with “The Sound”.

When the show was finished, the guys all left the stage one by one, bowing or waving. Adam Hann was the last one and after he left, the whole crowd knew that the “pink” era ended. After this, The 1975 would take a two year break to write and record “Music for Cars.

It’s so crazy to think how close this band has brought people from all over the world. People flew in from all over America and from a plethora of other countries, including England, Canada and even Australia. I’ve met some of my best friends through this band, whether it be online or at one of their shows. I get choked up thinking about how much this band means to me. I’ve been a fan of this band since I was 13 years old and now I’m going on 17. I’ve grown up with their music.

During the show, Matty sat down on stage and had a heart-to-heart with the crowd, telling everyone to be quiet so he could talk (classic Matty). He then went on to say how “The 1975 isn’t a huge radio band, or all over magazine covers, The 1975 is a FANS’ band, and that’s you guys.” That’s why this small band from Manchester sold out “The World’s Most Famous Arena” in less than a week. That’s why so many people flew in from all over the world just to see a show on the anniversary of the band, and that’s why The 1975 means so much to me, and others alike.

Even though nobody knows what the next couple of years hold for this band since they’ll be off for a bit, one thing we do know is that because of the fans, The 1975 will always be a band.

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Our favorite teen idol, Declan McKenna, has recently announced that he will be dropping his debut album, titled What Do You Think About the Car? He will be releasing this compilation of boppin’ indie tunes on July 28th, through Columbia Records.

To get into the spirit of Declan’s album and music style, below are five artists that have similar styles and sounds as Declan. Also, since he IS an up and coming singer, hopefully recommending these artists will help everyone get into Declan’s music and indulge in his work as much as I do!

Sundara Karma

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Sundara’s simplistic, yet fun music alludes to Declan’s sound. Both came out of the same English indie music scene around the same time, adding to their similarities. Sundara’s lead single off of their new album, Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, titled “She Said” is very similar to Declan’s song “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home.

Jake Bugg

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Everyone knows Jake Bugg, whether you’ve heard of him as being an influence from your favorite artist, or from his popular hit “Lightning Bolt”, he’s been involved in the indie music scene for what seems like forever. McKenna’s aura and presence is almost exactly like Bugg. McKenna has called Bugg one of his own musical influences, and one can make this connection just through appearance and music style. If you like cool, indie guys with great music, check these guys out.

Hippo Campus

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Hippo Campus’s music never fails to give off good vibes to anyone listening. Their newest album, Landmark, has a similar style to McKenna’s last EP, If you’re into just straight up indie music with good vibes and even greater instrumentation, these two artists fit the position.

Cage the Elephant

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Ah, a favorite and major influence in the scene of garage rock/alternative rock scene. Listening to McKenna’s raw vocals, one can come to the conclusion that McKenna gains influence from this Kentucky-based band. If you like Cage the Elephant’s album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, you’ll love Declan McKenna.

Blossoms

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Lastly, a newer band that has been on the rise since last year. Blossoms are an indie rock band from Manchester, England who happen to have very catchy and funky vibes. Just like McKenna, lead singer Tom Ogden has a raw yet nicely-executed vocal style. So, if you’re into songs like “Isombard” and “Brazil” by McKenna, be sure to check out “Honey Sweet” and “Getaway” by Blossoms.

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To give a little background info about the events leading up to the show, I flew up from Miami, FL to Jacksonville, FL just so I could get the chance to see this band. Bad Suns has been one of, if not my favourite band for about four or five years now. Bad Suns is what got me into the indie/alternative music scene and I always missed them when they travelled near my city. So this time I was determined to do whatever it took to get to see them.

After waiting out in the freezing cold (37 degrees!! That’s cold for Florida!) for about three and a half hours, the intimate bar with 300 cap finally began to let everyone in. Even though I waited outside for FOREVER I was still around 100 people back, so when I went into the venue, I wasn’t barricade, but settled for standing on top of a bench the whole night. Not my ideal location, but this venue was super small and the stage was legitimately on the floor, so the spot I chose was rather decent.

The opener was an indie band called From Indian Lakes. FIL is very chill, simple, indie music. I’ve never heard of the band previously, but lead singer, Joey Vannucchi’s stage banter and presence was definitely something that made me instantly fall in love with this band. Definitely go check them out and support small bands! The just released a new album in October and it is stellar!

When FIL finished about an hour later, Bad Suns approached the stage with an interesting and fun light intro. As soon as drummer Miles Morris sat down at his drum kit, and began playing the intro to “Disappear Here”, the band came into full swing and the crowd went absolutely insane. Right in this moment, I knew that this would be the best show I would ever witness.

The band then continued on with “Patience”, a favourite of mine off of the new album and transitioned into playing a bunch of songs off of their first record, Language and Perspective. Throughout the first half of the show, I was captivated by the band’s infectious stage presence and musicianship. Their instrumentation was definitely on point and lead singer Christo Bowman’s dance moves were the funkiest I’ve ever seen.

For the encore, the band first came back with “Rearview”, a boppin’ track that got that crowd moving. Bowman even came into the crowd to sing the upbeat tune. Shortly after, they played “Heartbreaker”, a crowd favourite and second single off of the newest album. Finally, they closed out the show with “Salt”, the song that made Bad Suns who they are today.

After the show, I got the pleasure to meet the band and they sure as are genuine as their music. They were incredibly grateful that I flew up to JAX to see them perform and were extremely nice and down-to- earth.

Seeing Bad Suns the other night was not only a fantastic night, but also an amazing experience and everyone should take the opportunity to see them, if given one. The Heartbreak Tour is wrapping up now, however, their upcoming Outskirts of Paradise Tour kicks off in June, so be sure to catch them then!

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Our Lorde and Savior is back and better than ever. Lorde has blessed our ears with her new song titled “Green Light.”

Three years ago, Lorde released her debut album Pure Heroine and after a year of touring, seemed to have disappeared from the music world completely. Of course, we had her song for the Catching Fire soundtrack and her collab with Disclosure, but we haven’t had new Lorde music in forever!!

This song is surprisingly different, all while maintaining the same sound she’s known for. Opening with somber piano and slowly evolving into funky, upbeat dance sound, this song is extremely new. I should also add that this song doesn’t sound anything like Pure Heroine. Something definitely new, but the sound fits Lorde’s voice well.

Despite this song being a new direction for Lorde, I have a strong feeling that this song will be in everyone’s head all festival season long.

Check out the new song and video below!

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The band that claims to “talk too much” and “run” quite often have announced their very first headlining tour, and I personally am extremely excited about this one.

In case you couldn’t tell by my poor attempt at puns, COIN is going to be embarking on a North American tour that will begin in late spring. Starting in April and ending in June, this definitely will be a tour you don’t want to miss (and no, I’m not just saying that because COIN is one of favourite bands.)

COIN always manages to hype up the crowd, present themselves well on stage, and create a fun concert atmosphere while performing.

Indie band ARIZONA will be joining COIN  for a duration for the tour.

Check out the dates below!

04/19- Ames, IA
04/21- Detroit, MI *
04/23- Chicago, IL *
04/24- Minneapolis, MN *
04/26- St. Louis, MO *
04/29- Columbus, OH *
05/01- Washington, DC *
05/04- New York, NY *
05/05- Philadelphia, PA *
05/08- Richmond, VA *
05/09- Wilmington, NC *
05/10- Charlotte, NC *
05/12- St.Petersburg, FL *
05/13- Orlando, FL *
05/19-21- Gulf Shores, AL
06/05- Houston, TX
06/06- Austin, TX
06/07- Dallas, TX
06/08-11- Manchester, TN
06/14- Phoenix, AZ *
06/15- Los Angeles, CA *
06/17- San Francisco, CA
06/20- Seattle, WA *
06/23- Salt Lake City- UT *
06/27- Kansas City, MO
06/28- Bentonville, AR *

(* indicates support from ARIZONA)

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  • February 21, 2017
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The energetic and empowering Bishop Briggs is about to embark on her very first headlining tour and by the looks of the lineup, this tour will not be one to miss.

Bishop Briggs, an alternative-pop artist, will be embarking on a two-month tour across North America beginning in mid-April and ending in early June. She will be bringing alternative trio Shaed and electronic music mastermind Manatee Commune on the tour as supporting acts.

Bishop has toured with the likes of Kaleo and Coldplay and will be hitting up Coachella this year as well.

Sadly, this tour won’t be making a pit stop in South Florida (my stomping grounds), so I will not have the pleasure of witnessing this lineup. However, please do me a favor and attend a date if Bishop is coming to your city! Her stage presence is infectious and her powerful voice will definitely leave you more than satisfied.

Check out the dates below.

Apr 18- The Showbox Seattle, WA Tickets
Apr 20- The Fillmore San Francisco, CA Tickets
Apr 22- Coachella Indio, CA Tickets
Apr 26- Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Kansas City, MO Tickets
Apr 28- 96.3 Go Show @ Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN Tickets
Apr 30- Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI Tickets
May 02- The Majestic Detroit, MI Tickets
May 03- Mod Club Theatre Toronto, Canada Tickets
May 05- Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA Tickets
May 06- The Sinclair Cambridge, MA Tickets
May 07- The Met Pawtucket, RI Tickets
May 09- Bowery Ballroom New York, NY Tickets
May 10- Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY Tickets
May 12- Exit/In Nashville, TN Tickets
May 13- Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA Tickets
May 16- The Social Orlando, FL Tickets
May 17- The State Theatre Saint Petersburg, FL Tickets
May 19- Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL Tickets
May 20- The Mohawk Austin, TX Tickets
May 21- House of Blues Dallas, TX Tickets
May 23- The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ Tickets
May 27- BottleRock Napa Napa, CA Tickets
Jul 30- Randall’s Island Park New York, NY

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Looking for a young artist who happens to create great memes but also creates boppin’ tunes? Indie singer-songwriter Declan McKenna may be the one for you.

At only 18, Declan has accomplished way more than others twice his age have even attempted. Between enduring multiple tours in the last two years, releasing two EPs, and debuting a brand new single in January, Declan has taken the underground music scene by storm, quicker than his fans can comprehend. On top of this, McKenna also writes and plays every instrument heard on his songs.

In 2015, at 16 years old, McKenna participated in and later won Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition, which landed him a spot at the festival later that year. Shortly after the festival, he was quickly signed to Columbia Records – home to a plethora of household names.

McKenna’s first release, “Brazil”, received vast amounts of praise from various music critics all over. The song is mainly about FIFA and all of the negative connotations within the federation, along with all of the controversy that took place during the World Cup. He touches on subjects such as poverty and corruption, typically taboo topics that most artists don’t dare to write about. On top of this song, McKenna also touches on topics such as transgender adolescents, politics, and society in general.

The release of his new song, “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”, has skyrocketed him out of the underground indie rock scene and into alternative radio stations’ hands. On this track, McKenna discusses adolescents in today’s society and hardships they face. This song is also seemingly different when compared to other previously released songs. While other songs are heavily synth-based, this song is more alternative mainstream material.

From the moment I heard “Brazil” and its eerie yet welcoming intro, I was hooked and knew this young singer-songwriter was destined to be a star. Be sure to check out his music! Every song is a bop.


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