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Long Live


VISTA is as if Queen formed in the 21st century.

VISTA is an American duo from Long Island, NY that consists of vocalist Hope Vista and guitarist Greg Almeida. Their sound has clear influences from bands like Paramore, Queen, Bon Jovi etc. This may sound weird, but let me explain. Their songs tend to have a very big and over the top sound reminiscent of Queen and Bon Jovi. I’ll put it in these terms- VISTA is as if Queen formed in the 21st century.

Long Live opens up with “Allegiance” (check out our review of this track here!) This song is an interesting mix as it has parts that are little bit overproduced and under-produced. What I mean by this is the violins fit beautifully with the song, but the bass comes across as a bit muddy.

On the track “Inside Anxious,” Hope gives a charismatic performance alongside simple instrumentation. There is a staccato part of this track that stuck out to me, but not in a good way. I felt as if it interrupted the perfect flow that this song would have had otherwise.

By far best song of the EP is song “Hellbent“. This song is basically “Inside Anxious” without that vocal stacatto part. It has great buildup and Hope’s vocals give this song a very “singalong” effect. On top of this, the instrumentation is borderline amazing.

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Hello, earthlings! Today we’re going to be talking about a band called The Maine. Full disclosure: The Maine is my favourite band. Credit for that goes to 1- MySpace, and 2- my older sister finding out about them on MySpace and getting me to listen to them. Okay, let’s begin!

I want to start off by saying that living in Hawai’i has its pros and cons. Don’t get me wrong, the pros of living in a place where some people only ever dream of vacationing is not lost on me. It’s absolutely breathtaking and I know how blessed I am to be able to call Hawai’i home. Like I said though, it does have its cons… the main one on my list being that it makes seeing your favourite bands and artists more difficult because you’re literally just this blip of an island chain in the ocean. So you either spend years waiting for them to come to Honolulu, or you shell out money for not only concert tickets, but a plane ticket or two as well to go see them. I have admittedly done the latter and I have zero regrets, but I digress.

Thankfully we’ve had some pretty stellar acts come down and put on amazing shows. With acts like The Maine to Halsey, William Singe, Taking Back Sunday and Mayday Parade playing shows here, my view of living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as a con has definitely changed because of just how many people have been making the time to include Hawai’i on their tours. The majority of the aforementioned artists have played in Honolulu more than once and I’m honestly still so stoked that I was able to see The Maine both of the times they’ve come here. The reason I say both times is because The Maine has played shows in Honolulu on two separate occasions with a 7 YEAR gap between them. Granted, that’s none of their faults, but rest assured I definitely asked them about it when I saw them this second time around.

Way back on September 18, 2010, The Maine made their Hawai’i debut in what used to be Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu. A.K.A., the place to see bands play. I say ‘used to’ because that venue is now a BJ Penn gym, but the memories of the first time my sister and I saw and met them shall live on forever. Sure, Pipeline Cafe was admittedly on the seedier side as far as venues go, but it sort of adds to the whole experience of what going to a show can be like. Right down to the carvings in the bathroom stalls and writings up and down the venue walls. On show days, the line would stretch from the entrance and wrap all the way down the outside of the building and sometimes stretch to other warehouses and buildings in the area. The best part was that if you were close enough to the front or close enough to the side doors, you would have a better chance of meeting whoever was performing that day as they were leaving soundcheck. Inside, though, it was more of a narrow concert hall venue where you would walk in, immediately be met with the merch area, and when you walked towards the right it was this stretch of room with a stage smack at the end of it. But as rundown of a venue as it was, a majority of my concert experiences happened in what used to be Pipeline Cafe and a core memory of mine is seeing and meeting The Maine.

“I knew it was going to be one hell of a comeback show in paradise.”

It was September 2010 and they had recently released Black & White and I had literally been building up my excitement since I found out about the show back in June. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to describe the feeling of finally getting to see your favourite band live for the first, but since it’s a feeling we can all relate to, it was definitely that one. And they did not disappoint me or my sister or my friends at all. They put on an amazing first show in Honolulu, took the time to hang out afterwards like they always do, and they just genuinely seemed to have as great of a time as those of us who went to support them. I can’t remember that many of the songs they played back then, but I do remember them playing “I Must Be Dreaming”, “Right Girl” and essentially sob singing along to “We All Roll Along” and just having a wonderful time overall.

It’s so bizarre thinking back to that initial 2010 show and then thinking about their return to Hawai’i in 2017 because I saw them not once, but twice this time around. And the reason I was able to see them twice is because I have friends that are actual gems and told me to clear my schedule for June 27th because she had put me on the guest list to an acoustic set The Maine was having at the iHeartMedia offices in Honolulu. Did I freak out that I was getting to see my favourite band two days in a row? Yes. Did I have an internal freak out when I went towards to the entrance go see my friend waiting to cross the street only to find all five members walking towards me and the small group of us waiting to be taken upstairs? Also yes! Although I think the best part about the acoustic set was how intimate it was. And for whatever reason, when John and Jared were talking in-between songs, no one else really raised their hand when John asked who was going to their show the following day except me so I high key got singled out throughout the rest of the set, but it was totally for good reason. I was also low key caught off guard when he came up to me afterwards to chat about the new venue and how different it is compared to where they played last time, but again, TOTALLY CHILL.

Sticking true to what going to any type of show The Maine has, everyone got to basically hang out and take photos with them and have a good time. And I may or may not have taken my polaroid camera with me to get individual and group shots with them… but anyway! What made the entire afternoon perfect, in my opinion, was that Jared ultimately helped me convince my sister to go to their show the following night despite being anxious because of her last time going to a show. (It was a Reel Big Fish show and the crowd was just too much, ja feel?) That’s just the power of music, though. And there’s also something about members of your favourite bands relating to your anxiety feels but still encouraging you to go out to their show, but details details. Long story short, we convinced my sister to go and she’s so glad that she did because hey, seven years is a long time, and who knows when they’re going to be able to come back! Although they all said they hope to come back much sooner than before so… fingers crossed on that front!

I know I’m not alone when I say that Lovely, Little, Lonely is a work of pure art. I’ve been listening to it non stop since it came out and as soon as I saw Honolulu, HI listed as a tour date, I knew it was going to be one hell of a comeback show in paradise. Show day arrived faster than I had time to comprehend and having been to the acoustic set the day before further fueled my excitement. Show night started and show night ended and all I have to say is that when the lead singer of your favourite band spots and recognizes you in the crowd, points and smiles and waves at you and then waits for you to smile and wave back before continuing with their set, it just makes you adore said band even more if that were humanly possible. The show ended far too quickly for anyone’s liking and one of the funniest things that happened was that a barista from the Starbucks I frequent downtown before and after work was pulled up on stage during “Girls Do What They Want” and it was just gold. It got even better because we saw him working later that week.

But, anyway, the show itself was everything I wanted it to be and more. I knew beforehand that the show would end with “Another Night on Mars” but it’s another thing entirely when you’re there and part of the crowd singing along with people who just get it. There’s no need to really explain what it is about the music or the people there because everyone already feels what you feel, too. One of my favourite things about The Maine and the entire 8123 family is that I’ve never been let down by any of them. I’ve made some amazing friends through the music they’ve shared and I don’t want to know what my life would be like if I didn’t end up supporting a band called The Maine.  

TL;DR – THE MAINE IS A WONDERFUL GROUP OF HUMANS AND THEY HAVE NEVER LET ME DOWN IN THE HISTORY OF THEM AS A BAND. and can we just take a moment bc oh my god this band is real they are real people they are actual human beings who have managed to bring other human beings together and always take the time to hang out after shows no matter what because it makes me really emo and you know what make America emo again good night, folks.

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Lorde

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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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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Three bands shook people the fuck up at The Social the way only homegrown bands can do through pure noisy, folky, lo-fi rock euphoria.

By homegrown, I mean those bands that sprawl out of suburban garages and bedrooms taking influences from all around, no matter what suburb it may be. Listening to folk and incorporating violins, lo-fi rock from the 80s and making it their own or even pop hits in some ways, it’s all meshed together but it makes sense.

First up were Brooklyn indie bois, CENDE. Truthfully, I forgot there was another band besides Japanese Breakfast and (Sandy) Alex G playing that night but they shook me with their distorted, outrageously loud guitars and drum bangs. It was adorable to me for some reason because I felt like I was watching a garage band right from the house’s lawn but after a bit, some songs just started to blend and weren’t catching my attention. Still, they had good bops they entered with and around the end they even popped Michelle Zauneer (Japanese Breakfast) in for their best track of the night, “What I Want” which I’m totally *not* listening to on repeat as I write this. They have a home-y feel to them regardless and if they’re going to keep producing good soft jams, my ears are ready.

After CENDE left the stage came the main reason I came to this show, Japanese Breakfast. For once, I remember how I first heard a band and with her, it was a day of pure relaxation at home where I was cleaning around and listening to new music (mostly girl rock bands) through radio suggestions. After hearing just one song of hers, I immediately went to her latest album and fell for some songs.

Like I’ve seen at many shows I’ve attended at The Social, bands don’t have the greatest time with the sound and take a while trying to make it work. Regardless of that BS, the show began and I was instantly hooked. From song to song, Zauneer had so much stage presence. Maybe it’s because I saw a trait in her that many tell me I have, but she was animated and feeling it. As a musician myself, I know how easy it is to become a monotone looking zombie because you’re so concentrated in not fucking up but she just felt at ease up on the stage singing angry parts with a furrowed brow and happier parts by jumping with an adorable smile.

After certain songs, she admitted that she was so nervous going up on stage with CENDE for some reason but now felt no nerves attacking her saying “It’s funny, the things that make you nervous.” My friend and I turned at each other and just went “same.” That same day of the concert, “Boyish” was released from the upcoming Soft Sounds From Another Planet and so she played it at the show and boooiiii was I excited. I hadn’t stop listening to it from the moment I woke up. It has an old-timey vibe to it and she described it perfectly as the feeling when you’re at a dance standing across from your crush and it looks like he’s going toward you to dance but asks the girl next to you instead. Pure middle school heartbreak.

Although Japanese Breakfast’s music features more instruments than those they had on stage, she still provided with a synthesizer, MIDI and piano making all the music still feel the same as what we hear on record.

Alex G didn’t do the same which I found a bit unfortunate because I feel like it adds a lot to his sound. Coming up in the end, his vibes were still pretty hype and people even started moshing in the middle for a bit but I had to calm myself before jumping into the small pit because God knows the pain that has come from those crazy moments of mine.

Touring after his recent release, Rocket, he played already classic tracks from it such as “Poison Root” and “Bobby” which had me shook fo sho. Again, I wish there were strings or more of what’s heard on the album on stage, but it was still the same lyrics and loving vibe emanating from the musician himself which kept the sold out crowd happy. Looking around the packed crowd, everyone was fixated to the small stage as Alex G didn’t break eye contact with people in different moments or held his tongue over his lips as he looked down on his guitar.

Taking it back to 2015, he played one of my favorite jams off of Trick called “Mary.” It’s simple but it’s real as fuck and the crowd was feelin’ it which is all you really want by the end of the night.

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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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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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Alec Lee

Life in Pastel 


I know for sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Alec Lee in the future.

Our favourite up-and-coming singer-songwriter has just dropped his newest EP, Life in Pastel, and let me tell you…this mixtape is FIRE.

This 4 song release from our boy Alec Lee is perfect for your summer playlist. This EP shows more of the transition from simple acoustics to clever, ear-wormy electronics. Life in Pastel is also the second installment of a 3-part release, the follow up to the 2016’s NewLifeOldFriends.

The track on this EP that had me the most excited was “I’ll Be Ready”, the album’s opening track. The song starts with a snappy and simple tune and escalates into a dance-able, very catchy chorus. Now, this is a special shout out to my OG Alec stans- let me tell you, this song has been a long time coming. This song was teased on Periscope sessions and now that it’s finally here, I’m eternally grateful.

The following track, “Can’t Live Without You”, was was released a few days prior to the EP, acting as a single. This song is more heartfelt than the first, but does not miss out on any of Lee’s classic electronic sound. However, I think the most special thing about this track is that it’s a duet with his sister Shelby. They both sound fantastic, and the longing, heartbreaking vocals truly make this a song worth coming back to over and over again.

The third song, “Found You”, is a sweet, hopeful tune that is perfect for a late night drive down the coast, worthy of back to back volume up, windows down jam sessions. The EP closes with the ballad, “Lately”, which is definitely a change in pace compared to the rest of the release. Although the track is somber and places heavy emphasis on a soft piano arrangement, it’s also refreshing. It features slightly distorted vocals which adds a smooth rhythm. It’s a perfect way to close out such a gem of a release, and I know for sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Lee in the future.

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(Sandy) Alex G

Rocket


As a lover of all things experimental, this album hits all of the right spots.

I begin typing this after being truly changed from the seamless transition in the 6th track, “Horse“, into “Brick“. Now plays “Sportstar“. I knew the second the first track “Poison Root” hit my ears that I would have too much emotion and have to write about this one immediately; I was right. My introduction to the VISIONARY VESSEL that is (Sandy) Alex G was an odd one, and not what he deserved. I am ashamed.

I was 17, it was 2015, and the lofi band Teen Suicide was in town. They were opening for an artist named Alex, who I thought would be a pop song cover artist who goes by the same name (absolutely no disrespect to her). I left promptly after Teen Suicide’s set, like a fool. I purchased a record from both artists to support, and fell in love with Alex G’s DSU when I got home. Actually, Alex G is the music of Alex Giannescoli, from Philadelphia. Until signing with Domino Recording Co. (after that same 2015 tour to release his previous 2015 album Beach Music) Alex G was fairly hard to find traces of online due to his entire process from production to release being completely independent.

To this day I’m still convinced Alex G does not create for any audience, but rather, creates just to create. Sometimes I also wonder if he even knows he has an audience. Rocket was recorded to a laptop, as the rest of his releases have been and as his future releases will probably be. A bold move not even your local, underfunded pop-punk band would do. Rocket follows similar style as Alex G’s previous releases, however twists it, and unfolds his previously defined style in an experimental undefinable way.

His eighth full-length LP, Rocket, takes what was once primarily fuzzy, indie rock with noise influences is now a beautiful merge of jazz and country brought to life with piano, fiddle, synth, various brasses, his own ever-changing voice, and lotsa pushed boundaries. Having heard it all thorough several times now, I can tell you this: this album will sway you back and forth from his signature acoustic indie sound in songs like “Judge“, to country in “Proud“, to harsh noise in “Brick”, to jazzy ending track “Guilty” (where did 0:52 even COME FROM?) in a seamless and organic way.

As a lover of all things experimental, this album hits all of the right spots. Previous collaborator with Alex G, Emily Yacina also makes an ethereal appearance on track 4, “Bobby“, harmonizing with Alex G in lyrics from perspective of a despairing protagonist. This 14-track album really has something for everyone.

Check Alex G this summer out on his North American tour from June 2 from Washington, DC to July 8 to Philadelphia PA with Japanese Breakfast and Cende!

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Dream pop makes me feel a type of way and last night was straight up magical.

 Touring around before their Bsides and Rarities record drops on June 30, Beach House brought over a flood to The Beacham in Orlando. Yes, I mean a flood as in a lot of us were emotional and possibly crying.

Starting the show off fairly early, doors opened at 6 p.m. and openers Louie Louie came out with gorgeous kimonos adorned with long glittery strips which moved along with each girl-rock member of this band. Truthfully, before shows I like listening to the openers music before to see if it’s something I could get into. I totally forgot this time but am happy I didn’t because it was an experience in itself hearing this band for the first time.

Thanks to prior fumes inhaled and their old school 60’s beach rock vibes, I felt transported to a different era. Every song these Philly girls played felt like I was inside the Scooby-Doo episode where the gang attended a zombie rock concert. Very halloweeny, very spoopy and even girl empowering with their repetitive “What a man can do” jam everyone around me immediately caught on to and started chanting. Their debut album, Friend of a Stranger, recently came out and they definitely had a lot of stage presence so hopefully we can see more of them in the years to come.

Once the Philly-based band left the stage, it was a bit of a wait before Beach House came out and a struggle due to no concert etiquette with some concert attendants. Life tip: If you’re with a huge crowd, don’t push toward the front because you “see someone you know.” The oldest trick in the book isn’t actually that effective, OK? Mini rant over.

As I mentioned earlier, the band was playing an earlier show and came out around 7:45, immediately setting a hazy, dream-like mood for the rest of the night with “Levitation” off of 2015’s Depression Cherry. Did I get overwhelmed by emotions? Possibly. Did a little tear form in the corner of my eye? Of course. It felt unreal to me and as each keyboard chord played lighting up the stage in different sections and then all together during the pre-chorus. I felt lifted, shifted and higher than the ceiling.

From the moment I wake up, I listen to music constantly queuing songs to suit my mood but when it comes to Beach House, I feel like I can just let go and feel a moment or space I’m in. That’s not a common feeling for me with other bands.

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Continuing the show with other fan favorites including two classics for me “Take Care” and “Space Song,” the whole room seemed so fixated by the emotional music swooning but also possibly weeping at lost love, new love, good ol’ times and just whatever deal they had going on.

Lead-singer Victoria Legrand swung her head and swift hair truly feeling the moment and guitarist Alex Scally held his head low concentrating on every beautifully intricate guitar note as it spread like a soft yet loud brushfire over the crowd. The stage lit up perfectly with every song backed by magical stars flickering on and off in a pastel haze.

Ending the encore on a beautiful note with “Myth”, fans belted out this last track with pure emotion knowing they were “momentarily bliss” if only for a bit.

Have you seen Beach House in concert before?

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