the brat pack 2.0

I am obsessed with the 80’s. I was not alive during the 80’s, but I should’ve been.

Synth heavy pop, John Hughes films, and the ushering in of the grunge punk style; these are a few of my favorite things.

Anyone who’s at all aware of 80’s pop culture has heard of the Brat Pack, and if you haven’t, you’re sorely missing out. The Brat Pack was the nickname given to a group of young actors who dominated the screen back in the day, primarily seen in the coming of age films the 80’s are known for. Most specifically, the Brat Pack included the group of actors who starred in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire, but essentially that term is an umbrella for that group of artists and creative types who were just constantly teaming up with each other and collaborating to produce all these iconic works of the 80’s.

Now, the Brat Pack is a thing of the past, and the kids who grew up obsessing over those actors are the ones running the show. Years from now, who will we look back on as the iconic artists of our generation? Who will we look back on and see as this group of artists that made up a team to promote each other and push each other?

Meet the Brat Pack 2.0.

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the abc’s of indie pop: part II

In case you haven’t read Part I of this series, let me catch you up.

I love music; it’s this spiritual, emotional, intangible experience for me, it’s so much more than simply a song. Because of my love for music, I’ve always been really interested in discovering new artists and bands that are just on the cusp of fame. I find those bands often to be most talented, and have the best shows. So I’m currently compiling a list, from A to Z, of some of my favorite indie and up and coming acts.

Below is the second installment, listing bands from F to J. So let’s get to jamming guys. Continue reading

the power of music: post-concert thoughts

Music is medicine; it’s emotional and magical. Everything from the words to the melody can move you more than you can imagine. While I have not a single musical bone in my body, I worship at the alter of a good song, and the only thing better than listening to a song is listening to it live.

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to an incredible concert. Even going into it I didn’t realize how powerful the line up was. About a month ago, I order tickets for the 96X Winter Meltdown in Norfolk, VA because Jack Antonoff’s band, Bleachers, would be there. Only after buying the tickets for myself and my two best friends did I realize everything we were in store for. Not only would Bleachers be performing, but Haim, Neon Trees, and more would be there as well. I couldn’t believe the great deal we were getting on so many bands, and while I wasn’t familiar with every act there, I look back on last night as one of the best nights of my life.Concert Ready

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looks and lyrics to make you love haim

I’ll be heading to Norfolk, VA this weekend for an awesome concert, so expect tons of posts and pics next week from my trip. In the mean time, let’s talk about Haim, one of the bands I’ll be seeing this Saturday.

Haim

The three Haim sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, are absolute rock stars. If you don’t immediately think their interesting because of their cool names, you’re probably named something annoyingly common, like John or Tim. You probably went by Ashley M. your entire schooling career because there were four Ashleys in your class. Get over your common name, and fall in love with Haim.

If you’re not already listening, check out the bands slightly 70s, folk rock sound. Their distinctly cool sound isn’t even the half of it though. They’re also one of the coolest bands on the scene for their refusal to accept the title of “a girl band,” their badass lyrics and delivery, and their too cool for school style.  Continue reading