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The past month has been a rough one for the music scene after the attack that took place in Manchester, England on May 20th. When an attack on music like this happens it affects the whole music community. While you may feel incredibly anxious and stressed about going to another concert, it’s important to know that music is still a safe space. You shouldn’t stop supporting your favourite bands and enjoying live music because of this attack. There are some things that you can do to help get over your fears of going to another show.

Research the venue

In order to familiarize yourself with the concert venue, go to the venue’s website. Read through all the information they have about the venue and any security information that’s there. If you get emailed specific details about security, it’s important to read through them and know how the process is going to work when you arrive. Remember that concert security is going to be more strict than what you may be used to. Being aware of the security regulations that are being put in place to ensure that you have a good time are key. Knowing what to expect security wise when going into a show should help eliminate some nervousness.

Talk about it

Try to go to shows with friends or family that you trust 100%. Talk to them about any stress or anxiety you may have about the concert. Being open with your friends and family about your feelings and comfort can be greatly beneficial for you, and it’s also important that they understand what’s going on. Being honest with yourself or talking with a friend can help elevate any stress or worries you may have. If you are going to a concert alone, it’s a good idea to text or call someone once you’ve arrived/when the show is finished. Making plans to meet at a specific area in case you get separated from your group is a fantastic plan as well. 

Enjoy yourself

Music is proven to relieve stress. While at a show, remember exactly why you wanted to go to that show in the first place- to see the band or artist perform. We can find a certain solace in music, so if you do your best to focus on those positive feelings, you may find yourself much more at ease. It may be tough, but putting your energy into enjoying whoever is on stage can be liberating.

Concerts are one of the coolest experiences ever and seeing your favorite artist live is something that stays with you forever. As fans, we will make the music community stronger than ever. Don’t ever stop going to shows.

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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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HFK

Halsey

hopeless fountain kingdom


Her music is completely her own, and if Badlands didn’t already feel like Halsey, HFK will certainly steal its thunder.

With additional notes by Zac Walters

There’s no other way to put it – Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom is a concept of its own.

Halsey is a modern-day favourite among female alternative artists and has been well known in the scene since 2014. Her powerful and raspy vocals were a new sound for listeners, bringing along lyrical content littered with occasional dark imagery and topics that showcase her in a way other artists often conceal. hopeless fountain kingdom, or HFK for short, is no exception.

Bringing forth thirteen new tracks (sixteen if you snatch the deluxe) to her sophomore album, HFK tells quite a story; a story so complex, in fact, that it already has an article on the backstory that helps to understand it fully. 

HFK tells the simple story of two lovers, but Halsey does an incredible job of differentiating the sound of each track to make the story something fresh. Opening track “The Prologue” provides a brief explanation of the album’s themes before listeners follow the story of two forbidden lovers, Solis and Luna. While it may sound like something you’d hear at the beginning of a history documentary, the complexity of the album’s story shows that it’s (unfortunately) necessary. Things start to pick up with second track “100 Letters”, though; adding to the diversity of genre influences with bongos becoming a prominent addition to the vocals.

“This type of courage to go into such detail and open about her hardships in her music is not something that should go unnoticed.”

While Halsey’s debut LP Badlands stuck closer to “electro-pop”, her experimentation with multiple genres on HFK takes her musicianship to a whole separate level. “Alone” gets you groovin’ with a 1920’s-esque vibe, while the song “Lie”, featuring hip-hop artist Quavo, mixes things up with an R&B take to alternative.

Despite a theme based around the relationship of these two fictional characters, tracks like “Eyes Closed”, “Sorry”, and “Bad At Love” show Halsey’s personal struggle with love in a way other artists don’t often expose. Lyrics such as “If I keep my eyes closed he feels just like you”, “he wants me in the kitchen with a dinner plate” and “I can sometimes treat the people that I love like jewelry”, all tell her listeners that she’s been broken, she’s lost, cruel  in relationships that maybe weren’t so healthy. This type of courage to go into such detail and open about her hardships in her music is not something that should go unnoticed.

While still managing to incorporate the same sounds fans first fell in love with, HFK is one hell of a step up from Badlands. New sounds, deeper content, and a freaking storyline to follow?! HFK proves even further that Halsey is not afraid to make a statement, in both her variety of sounds and lyrics. Unlike other artists of her genre, she tells it how it is, and this should be admired. Her music is completely her own, and if Badlands didn’t already feel like Halsey, HFK will certainly steal its thunder.

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You can call Defend Girls Not Pop Punk a concept organization, a campaign, a movement, or whatever else you want. More than that, it is a safe place. That’s what its creators were proud to celebrate last weekend, when it completed one year of existence.

Their project was a reaction to Parker Cannon of The Story So Far kicking a girl offstage for trying to take a selfie with him, but it was also much more than that. For the teens, who were both 17 at the time, what prevailed from Cannon’s attitude and the way people reacted to it was a sense that there was something wrong in the way female fans were treated in the scene, and they needed to take action. Most concert goers agree that taking selfies on stage is wrong and Cannon had the right to be mad at the girl, but this is not about manners. For (female) fans, it means something else: If you crowd-surf, you could be groped by other audience members and kicked by the band. In other words, both fans and artists can be disrespectful towards you, if they feel like it.

This is not the worst thing that can happen to you, though.

On May 26, 2016, Allie Terry and Kayla Celius created the #DefendGirlsNotPopPunk hashtag and the @DEFENDGIRLS twitter account. Their first post, now pinned, reads: “This is what we’re about. See the thread below and join us in ending the misogyny in the scene”. Below this tweet, the teens shared think-pieces about the state of the scene and explained they were all about inclusivity, looking to fight for victims of sexual assault, trauma, and abuse. “We are here for all of you” and “We love you”, they guaranteed.

Tired of watching stories of assault and abuse come and go with no real consequences, Allie and Kayla decided pop punk was well-off, girls were the ones in need of protection. Thus, came the name “Defend Girls Not Pop Punk”, inspired by Caitlin DeWeese’s t-shirt design which paid homage to Man Overboard’s “Defend Pop Punk” merch,

First, they created a hashtag and a Twitter account, then stickers and shirts. During the past year, Allie and Kayla’s movement have collected more than 1K followers and the support of many artists. Staircase Spirits and Brendan Lukens from Modern Baseball were just a few names who congratulated DGNPP on their birthday. They also shared opinions on Front Porch Step, Rock for Life, Moose Blood, Neck Deep, PWR BTTM, and whoever else was being called out for their actions. Their movement wasn’t strictly online, though: the teens even organized a concert in Illinois with an inclusive bill – something festival promoters still seem unable to do.

This scene is a lot more than just music for Kayla and Allie, it’s a community they grew up in. When they started to feel like they did not belong anymore, they decided to take it back. As a new wave of pop punk bands gets more and more attention, musicians – and concert goers – need to be reminded that girls are not just characters for their stories about heartbreak, they are a huge part of their public and should be treated with as much respect as their male counterparts. If you also believe that, you are invited to join Defend Girls in ending the misogyny in the scene.

ATB: How did you come up with the idea of Defend Girls Not Pop Punk?

Kayla: Defend Girls was definitely something that was festering inside of us for a while, even though we obviously hadn’t given a name to it yet—we just had the feeling and the desire to bring some change to the music community. I remember idly sitting by as more and more young women who happened to be big music fans came out with their stories of how they had personally been attacked or preyed on by these musicians with large platforms that they think they can do whatever they want with, and I just remember being so angry and knowing and feeling like there was more that I could do besides retweeting, reposting and sharing these stories. I knew I wanted to do more, and I remember being so frustrated to the point of tears at what was happening in general and sending Allie and text message about if I were to create or start something if she would be on board with me—and the rest was really history.

ATB: What are your main goals with the movement?

Kayla: To make a difference, to never shut up about anything and everything, to give more young women in this scene a safe space, to give musicians that aren’t just white men the exposure they deserve, to grow into something so strong and boisterous. To make Defend Girls just as much everyone else’s as it is ours.

ATB: Clearly, there are many problems with this scene and there are still not enough people using their voices to discuss them. How important is it to have a safe space?

Allie: It is SO IMPORTANT that we make the scene a safe space. So many people consider the music scene a home, but what’s a home when you feel out of place because you’re not represented? People go to shows to get away from stress, not experience it. The music scene was created originally as safe space from the “real world” but it’s really just turned into a white guy’s club, as most things do. There are so many issues to talk about in the scene, so I’m just going to use the term “inclusivity” to bundle all of that together. If we’re looking at specifics, REFORM WARPED TOUR. This wasn’t supposed to be a boy’s club. This scene is for everyone. We want people to go to shows and see themselves represented on stage, we want women to go to shows and feel safe. I can’t tell you how many times I felt I needed to watch my back at a show because some gross drunk guy was going to come up behind me and touch me inappropriately, and, unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident.

ATB: What can each of us do to defend girls?

Allie: Never ever ever shut up. Always speak up when you see something wrong, do not be afraid to call anyone out. Sympathize with victims of injustice forever and always.

ATB: In November of 2016, you organized a show in Illinois. How did it go?

Allie: For the lack of a better term, it was LIT. It was really really cool to be able to bring people together to support women and allies in music. I can’t wait to put on another one!

ATB: How did you come up with the idea of a concert? Was it hard at all to create an inclusive bill?

Allie: I figured that a show would be the best way to get our message across seeing as we are critiquing the scene. At first it was rough finding bands with women in them, I contacted three bands I had previously seen before, As We Once Were, Dead Split Egos and City Mouth to see if they would like to participate. Unfortunately, City Mouth couldn’t, but they suggested so many bands with girls in them and that’s how I got Pelafina. Then, I literally googled “awesome bands with women Chicago” and instantly fell in love with Blizzard Babies. Then, I asked Jackie Heuser of City Mouth to do an acoustic set because I love her, and then Caving, a good friend of mine, was recruited and we ended up with a totally awesome line up. Putting together this show really broadened my network and music taste.

ATB: You identify as intersectional feminists. How did feminism come into your lives? How important is this identification for you, as people and as a movement?

Allie: I’ve really been a feminist for as long as I can remember. Every year in elementary school, I would do a project on women my little heart found to be badass aka Susan B Anthony, Juliette Lowe, and Helen Keller. I never really started identifying as a feminist until my freshman year of high-school, though. Intersectional feminism is so important to me. I am unabashedly a social justice warrior and I will stop at nothing to ensure every human being regardless of race, sexuality, class, gender, etc. has achieved equity. Intersectional feminism is also important to our movement because, if we didn’t have this identification, our words would be fruitless and this movement would have no real meaning.

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 It’s really easy for us to write about skills that are beneficial for musicians to have, or things every musician should do/say/think/eat… but wouldn’t you rather hear it from an actual musician? We got to speak with indie-electro artist TRACE about how she incorporates her 9-to-5 job skills into her music career. We hope you find her tips as helpful as we did. You can listen to her new track “Oh My My” below!

 


Before diving into music full-time almost a year and a half ago, I worked in two different careers. With a business and communications major from college and experiencing both corporate and not-so corporate working environments, it’s been useful to carry over what I’ve learned in my past into my present and future as an artist. Here are five things I’ve plucked from my 9 to 5 life into my current career as a singer/songwriter (and I hope are things you can adopt yourselves in your role as an artist).

 

1. Email etiquette. I’ve been so used to communicating through means of emails that I realized I at times surprised people with my prompt responses and or professionalism in the way I wrote. (And that I had a “signature” ha).  I was told once by an artist manager that she was shocked I responded to every email that was sent both to me and or concerning me. And I thought to myself, “why wouldn’t I!?” I also love emails…Oh and also sometimes saying “got it” to an email relieves A LOT of stress.
 
2. Grammar. Goes kind of hand in hand with emails but whether it’s through drafting them, or writing important responses, or proposals or even drafting up job descriptions, slang is a no. (Social media is another story of course). In general, holding grammar to an important degree tells the recipient you are serious about what you’re talking about, you are clear-minded with what you want to accomplish or expect and it also says you took the time to say what you really want to say.
 
3. Putting out fires. I feel like having had worked in intense deadline environments, I’ve experienced this motto in full: “It will get done.” I’ve learned that as long as expectations are communicated and people stick to their jobs and what they do best and that there’s an overall understanding that there are many moving parts to execute anything—a project, proposal, a track, a magazine article, etc., things will get done. Instant panicking does NO GOOD. And hurrying something will ultimately and usually be a detriment to your goal/life.
 
4. Boss-friend. I used to work for a friend who was also my boss. I think it took some time really understand boundaries on my end and hers as well and so I think what I took out of that was, there has to be both an understanding and acceptance of roles and a mutual respect between the parties. Every situation will look slightly different but I’ve learned when it comes down to it, It’s hard but not impossible to make sure people don’t feel left out and/or under appreciated and the only way to remedy that is constant communication. Did I mention respect?
 
5. Google Calendar. Ask my manager, she would say I’m obsessed with it. But organization is a major asset in any business. I used to have to meet consistently with my Editor-in-Chief, my interns, the producer, various writers, and so on and calendaring meetings or brainstorm sessions were easy and got everyone on the same page with the what, where, when and why questions. Now, I have to still touch base just as often with others but it’s now with my manager, my publicist, my business manager, etc. SO, Google Calendar has been a great tool in general. It creates a channel for a more efficient schedule and time management which I know we can all agree, in whatever industry, there isn’t enough of it, let alone cause to waste it.

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Concerts. Your grandma loves them. Your cat loves them. Everyone loves a good concert, and honestly, who wouldn’t? Concerts, however, come in many different sizes – and it seems that the best ones (in a totally genre-biased way) tend not to have seats. Which isn’t a bad thing, for the most part.

Behold the have the general admission concert, possibly one of the greatest and worst inventions for music lovers. Typically, the venues are smaller than a giant arena, which is nice because close proximity to the artist is always a bonus. Sometimes having the chance to get sweat on by your fav musician means the arms belonging to the girl behind you are pressed against your back in an uncomfortable stance for the whole night. Far from enjoyable, right? Don’t blame the girl, though, she probably can’t help it.

Concert pits can be crazy, especially for pit newbies, but don’t fret. We’re here to make sure you can get sweat on AND have a good time. Let us introduce our guide of concert pit (and concerts in general) do’s and don’ts.


  1. DO expect to get bumped into or pushed a couple of times. Pits are called “pits” for a reason – they’re essentially a pile of people. The closer to the stage, the less people tend to mind having others’ sweat on their t-shirts. So If you like your personal space, try hanging back a bit. 
  2. DON’T scream the entire time. Cheering is fine. Yelling is fine. Even screaming is fine, as long as it has a purpose. Screeching at the top of your lungs just to make noise, however, can be irritating for those around you; especially if you’re not shouting words. 
  3. DO dress appropriately. Don’t wear sandals in a pit, unless you want your toes to be stepped on and broken. Consider that t’s likely to be warm, even inside in the middle of winter, so avoid jackets and sweaters. Everything else is pretty much a go. Heels might make your feet sore and hair could get ripped out if it’s down and long, but those issues are easy fixes that don’t need to be explained. 
  4. DON’T show up late and expect to push your way all the way up to barricade, or cut in line. There’s nothing wrong with squeezing through spaces between people to try and get closer, but don’t push anyone. Nobody wants to be shoved – unless maybe they’re in a circle pit, which is another story. Once you reach the place where the crowd is shoulder-to-shoulder, just stop. Show up earlier if you want to be closer. 
  5. DO let loose. Dance. Mosh. Sing. It’s a concert, it’s what you’re supposed to do. Go with the flow of the crowd. Nobody cares if you look like an idiot, just have fun. 
  6. DON’T make out without your significant other the whole time. Look, there’s nothing wrong with a little PDA, and there’s nothing wrong with a lot, either. Concert pits, though? There’s people you don’t know in very close proximity, trying to enjoy the concert, not a real-life rom com. A smooch here or there is fine – but a steady makeout sesh during every song of the entire set? It can get uncomfortable for the people around you, so maybe try moving to a place in the venue where the bodies aren’t so compact. 
  7. DO enjoy the show. There is nothing more annoying than watching a concert through a phone screen, especially if it’s the person in front of you who won’t put theirs down. And, believe me, you’ll regret filming the entire thing three weeks later anyways when your phone runs out of storage. 
  8. Tying in to the last point, DON’T Snapchat the whole thing. The concert means way more to you than it does to the people viewing your story, so enjoy the show for yourself! One or two videos is fine – but if your snap buddies wanted to be there, they’d buy a ticket. 
  9. DO respect other people around you. Sometimes it happens when people need to get out of the pit for various reasons. Don’t get angry, they probably can’t help it. Instead, help them get out safely. And it goes vice-versa, make sure those around you stay safe. If you’re a tall dude wanting to crowd surf, avoid crushing small people. Make sure you’re surfing where there’s people who can hold you up. 
  10. DON’T bring signs or posters. Literally everyone behind you will be pissed, and with valid reason. You’re blocking their view! 
  11. DO enjoy the moment. Cheesy, yes, but that’s why you’re there! It’s not every day you get to experience live talent, so make the most of it and just have fun.

There ‘ya have it. 11 tips to better your concert and pit experiences for not only you, but the people around you. You’re all there for the same reason, so respect one another and you’ll all have a better time. Who knows – maybe you’ll even meet a new friend or significant other.

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Phoebe Bridgers has been called a “musical unicorn” by Ryan Adams. I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t heard many musicians be called a musical unicorn, so she must be pretty dang cool. If that title alone tells you how awesome Phoebe Bridgers is, then congrats! If you need more convincing, please read on.

The Los Angeles native released an EP called Killer in 2015 which features three melancholy-sounding songs. The song “Georgia” is one of my favorites because Phoebe shows off her amazing vocal power in this song. After listening to the studio track, watch this video with headphones in and the volume up, you won’t regret it! 

She’s been hard at work touring with the likes of Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and Julien Baker– all while making her first full-length album (you go girl!). Recently, she released the song “Smoke Signals”, which is a love song about how a lot of cool people died last year (R.I.P Bowie <3)

If you’re a fan of Julien Baker or folky indie music in general, then you absolutely need to have Phoebe Bridgers on your musical radar. Not only does she hold the title of  ~~Musical Unicorn~~, but Ryan Adams has also compared her to Bob Dylan. You don’t want to miss out on hearing her music.

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I have been listening to music since I was seven years old. I vividly remember the first song I ever heard, it was “Kad Bi Bio Bijelo Dugme” by Bijelo Dugme. It is 70’s prog-rock masterpiece. From that day, I fell in love with music. Do you know what the best thing is about music? When you stumble upon something that you have never heard of before; something special done only by that artist. Today I will show you five bands that pass as a certain genre, but can be considered “outsiders” of that genre. Basically, they are their own sub-genre. This list is in no particular order.

Alestorm

Alestorm is a heavy metal band originally from Perth, Scotland. Now you are probably wondering, what is weird about this band? Their style of metal is called “pirate metal”. Yes, you read that right! And yes, it is absolutely amazing. Their music is type of music you would expect from Jack Sparrow if he formed heavy metal band. Everything they sing about is pirate-themed. Sometimes it’s about drinking, sometimes keelhauling. They are performing on Warped Tour this year. These guys are amazing live. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Hevisaurus

If you want your future children to grow up metal heads, then Hevisaurus is perfect band for you. Hevisaurus is Finnish heavy metal band whose music is aimed at children. The band members typically wear dinosaur costumes, which is totally metal. Their sound is not as heavy as generic metal, so it is perfect for younger music listeners.

Van Canto

While reading this article, I assume you may have come to the conclusion that heavy metal is very weird genre. Well, it’s about to get weirder. Up next is a metal band where everything is done by only vocals and drums. Meet Van Canto, a German a-cappella band. They were formed in 2006 and at this moment, are composed of five singers and one drummer.  Two out of five vocalists perform lead vocals while the other three use their voices to imitate the sound of guitars, drums etc. Guitar solos are even imitated with the voices of three singers, which is pretty killer. At first listen, their sound may come off as funny, but believe me when I say I had same reaction. Once you give them honest listen you will realize how talented these guys are.

Before I start talking about last two bands I need to explain a few things so you can fully understand what they’re about. To get started, let’s go back to the Ottoman Empire. It ruled over a big part of Southeast Europe for long period of time. Their influence can be found in almost everything, especially in music.  What electric guitar is for rock music, accordion is for traditional music of most of Southeast Europe.  Traditional music of Southeast Europe, if described in more technical ways, is music where a lot of melodies are written in thirds. Now that you have a basic understanding of how the music of Southeast Europe sounds, we can get back to last two bands.

Brkovi

Brkovi are a Croatian punk band from Zagreb, formed in 2004. They call themselves Turbo punk folk wellness and spa because their music at its core is punk but mixed with turbo folk, while wellness and spa is because of their live shows. Their live shows are very energetic, and once you go there you can be 100% you will feel like you spent two hours in very exclusive spa because you will be covered in sweat. Believe me, I saw them live a few weeks ago and that is exactly what happened. It was totally worth it because they are amazing live. 

Dubioza Kolektiv

Dubioza kolektiv, also known as Dubioza, is a band from Bosnia and Herzegovina known for their fresh take on hip-hop, reggae, dub, rock and Bosnian folklore. So far in their career they have released seven albums. Some of their albums are in Bosnian, while othere are in English (Wild Wild East and Happy Machine.) In 2008 they released their politically-charged breakthrough album Firma Ilegal, which made them household name in the Bosnian music scene. Fun fact, Firma Ilegal was first album I have ever bought and to this day it is one of my favorite albums of all time. Their sound not only changes from song to song, but sometimes it even changes during the same song. “Take No Escape” is a great example for this, having elements of punk,ska and Bosnian traditional music incorporated. On paper this combination should not work, but for some reason it works very well. 

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Twitter has recently announced that they are partnering with Live Nation to live stream concerts over the social media platform. The first show to be streamed is Zac Brown Band on May 13th. Other concerts to be streamed include those from Portugal, The Man, Train and Marian Hill. While this might sound cool, there’s definitely some pros and cons to live streaming shows.

The Pros

Let’s start with the pros! We all know that going to a concert can be a hassle sometimes. From traffic and parking to crazy lines and bad seats, there are lots of factors that go into your overall concert experience. Of course, watching a live stream concert would eliminate all of that, making it possible to watch your favorite band from your couch in your PJ’s (now THAT right there sounds pretty nice.)

Those who live in rural areas just know the pain of never being anywhere close to your favourite bands/artists’ tours. But, streaming could fix this! Instead of traveling hours across the country, you could watch the show online. While this would be fantastic for small town folk, it can help expand an artist’s audience and reach and also gain new fans.

And finally, an aspect that has been a somewhat troublesome issue for the last 10 years or so- phones at concerts. You know the deal. You’ve got a pretty sick view of the band, but the person in front of you hasn’t put their phone down since the opening band. It’s one thing to snap a photo here and there, but were sure that you absolutely do not need 164527 blurry photos taking up space on your phone.

The Cons

Now, the cons. Going to see a band is an experience that absolutely wouldn’t be the same from your couch. For example, seeing Twenty One Pilots in person is so much more fun than seeing them from a computer screen. You can’t enjoy the emotional thrill of singing along to a song with 10,000 other people, clapping to the beat and screaming your lungs out from behind a computer (well, you technically can, but if you have roommates we advise against this.)

Live streaming shows could potentially reduce the amount of people attending shows, which in hand would be damaging for bands/artists. Lower attendance at shows means less production, touring and less money in general for bands. 

Finally, you may find yourself a lot more distracted watching a show online vs. actually being there. The internet is a distracting place and you may find yourself not paying attention to the show and instead paying attention to your Facebook page. Especially if Twitter and Live Nation choose to monetize these shows and start charging viewers to watch, then you definitely would want to close those tumblr tabs.

Last Thoughts

From an artist’s standpoint it would be super lame if people just stayed home and watched the concert. instead of coming out to shows. The whole point of a concert is for people to experience it and see their favourite artists in person. Also, a cool thing to consider is when an artist or band is playing a sold out show, they know all the people in the audience are there because they love your music, and nothing can replace that.

 

 

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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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