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Monday, July 6, 2015

Marielou's July Playlist

It’s the first week of summer vacation for me, and I’m definitely feeling it. The temperatures are way too high and the inflatable pool (don’t judge, I live in Belgium and having a permanent pool has literally no use the rest of the year) is set up. The only thing needed to make this summer even better is some awesome music, but don't worry because I have you covered. These are my favorite songs this month:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Liv's July Playlist

It's finally summer, and Warped Tour is in full swing! Here are some of my favorite summery tunes by artists you can catch at Warped this year.

1. Hey! We OK - Never Shout Never
2. I Miss You - Candy Hearts
3. Break - Night Riots
4. Forever Stuck In Our Youth - Set It Off 
5. Sorry - As It Is
6. Rest To Get Better - Transit
7. Right Where We Belong - BoyMeetsWorld

Bonus track (this artist is not on Warped Tour but I couldn't resist adding this song):
8. We Say Summer - All Time Low 

Rebecca's July Playlist

Since it is now officially summer, here are some fun tunes to get you pumped up! Since Warped Tour is now also going on, included are songs by some of this year's performers.

1. Shots for the Boys - Attila
2. Concrete - As It Is
3. Stay the Night - State Champs
4. Why Worry - Set It Off
5. Just Like You - Falling in Reverse
6. Disdain - Knuckle Puck
7. Drown - Citizen

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"We Like it Quiet": Review of Sleeping with Sirens' acoustic tour


During the past month, Sleeping with Sirens toured the U.S. with The Summer Set and Nick Santino. The shows were completely acoustic and played in smaller, more intimate venues.

I attended the show on June 18, 2015 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, Md. In order to be in the front row, I arrived at the venue at 10 a.m. and there were still about six people in front of
me already waiting. 

The wait was long and boring, but the show itself definitely made it worthwhile. Nick Santino (former frontman from A Rocket to the Moon) kicked off the concert with a few of his own acoustic songs. Santino was a very humble performer and made a point to describe what each of his songs were about before playing them. This definitely made him see more amicable and easy to relate to. 

Next, The Summer Set came onstage and played a handful of songs. Their set was entirely acoustic as well but still managed to incorporate the fun, upbeat energy that many of their songs possess. Lead singer Brian Dales encouraged the audience to sing, clap, and dance along to the music.

Finally, Sleeping with Sirens took the stage and the crowd went wild. The group played a mix of new and old songs, including the popular "If You Can't Hang," which is not a typically acoustic (or "quiet") song. They also played covers of "Santeria" by Sublime and "Iris"by the Goo Goo Dolls. The entire band played most of the songs, though there were a few moments where singer Kellin Quinn was accompanied only by guitarist Nick Martin.

One of the big themes for the night seemed to be jokes and banter. Between songs the guys were talking with each other and cracking jokes left and right. One that seemed to stick through the night was drummer Gabe Barham getting the audience to shout his name. 

Sleeping With Sirens Photo by Rachel Ungos
However, there were a couple of very serious moments during the show. The first one was when Quinn stopped in the middle of a song when he noticed that a girl in the audience had passed out. He called for security to help her our of the crowd, then proceeded to lecture the audience on the importance of drinking water when attending a show. Then, their crew brought out several bottles of water and started passing them around the audience to whoever needed them. 

The next serious moment of the show was Quinn's speech about suicide before playing their song, "Better Off Dead." He expressed concerns about hearing of suicide and depression so often in the music scene's fanbase. Yet, he preached the importance of everyone acknowledging their own role in recovering from depression and suicidal thoughts, rather than crediting a band or singer for "saving" them. 

Overall, the show was a great experience. The vibe was more intimate and personal, and even though it was entirely acoustic, the energy level was at an all time high. Sleeping With Sirens proved that although the music may be quiet, the energy can still be loud.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Day One Of Warped Tour, Live From Pomona, CA

The Yahoo Live webcast of VWT's June 19 show

While thousands of teenagers poured into Pomona's Fairplex under the hot California sun, thousands more watched from behind their computer screens. The Vans Warped Tour Webcast, streamed through Yahoo Live, let fans watch over 30 bands perform on June 19. I was able to see a majority of those bands, but alas, I was not able to spend my entire day in bed with my laptop. However, a few artists really stuck out to me and influenced who I will be seeing at Warped Tour in Chicago.

Despite having one of the earliest times, Beartooth delivered a passionate and fiery performance. They poured every ounce of energy they had into getting the crowd riled up and giving their rage-fueled, intense songs the power they deserved. The crowd responded just as energetically, starting mosh pit after mosh pit and kicking up enough dust to create a permanent haze in the air. Hopefully Beartooth doesn't lose their fire as the tour goes on, but I doubt they will.

What else could be expected from Attila except absolute madness. The partycore band created an atmosphere of absolute craziness and a "party hard, destroy everything" mentality that drove the audience wild. The energy that the band created and shared with the audience made me wish I was there in one of the huge mosh pits or circle pits. Bonus points: they had huge red solo cups the size of trash cans on stage with them.

Even though Beartooth and Attila where amazing, Set It Off were by far the best performers I saw all day. They brought the sound of summer with them in a theatrical performance filled with youthful energy. In addition to sounding incredible live, the band also frequently interacted with the audience. Cody Carson, lead singer, could be seen crowdsurfing and stepping out onto the audience's hands, as well as telling the crowd to follow him back to the band's tent after their set by jumping into the audience and carrying a flag emblazoned with Set It Off's logo. Seeing their performance quickly moved the band to the top of my Warped Tour priority list.

The livestream was a great opportunity for those who can't go to Warped this year to experience it, and a sneak peek for those who are attending at later dates.

You can watch the livestream here, but it will expire in a few days. Hopefully it will be posted on YouTube soon! Also check out Beartooth, Attila and Set It Off if you don't know them already, and check out the VWT site for the full set list and tickets.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Song: "The Divine Zero" by Pierce the Veil

On June 19th, Pierce the Veil released their newest song, "The Divine Zero," through Fearless Records. This single is the band's first release since 2013, which is hopefully a preview of the sound present on their album coming later this year.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Ultimate Warped Tour Survival Guide


It's that time of year again: the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and Warped Tour kicks off in a few days. Alternative music's longest, biggest, and hottest music festival is back, and it's guaranteed to be one of the best days of your summer - provided you don't pass out, wear jeans and long sleeves, or forget your ticket. To ensure that Warped Tour rocks your summer, here's a guide to help you make it your best day ever.


Warped Tour 2013 by Brittany Lee
  • Buy tickets early for the best deal. I got mine in November for $25. However, it's okay to wait till the last minute if you're cool with paying more, because Warped usually never sells out.
  • Figure out who's going with you. My advice is to go with one or two people who plan to see the same bands as you, because otherwise it's a lot of compromise and you could waste time arguing over which bands to see. Either plan out the bands you're going to see beforehand or go alone and plan to meet people there to see different bands. 
  • Think about signing up for a TEI workshop. If you have a passion for music, why not learn from the people you admire? I signed up for two of these this year and I'm pretty sure I won't regret it!
  • Pack your bag. Here's a list of the basics that you'll need, but you can bring more (just don't bring too much stuff, you'll be carrying it around all day!)
    • Put a water bottle in the freezer (either bring an unopened water bottle or an empty reusable one, they have stations where you can fill it up)
    • A sling bag or a small backpack
    • Your ticket
    • Venue directions
    • Fully charged phone or a disposable camera
    • Money for merch, a set list, and food (bring a couple twenties and some ones)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen 
    • Chapstick
    • A pen 
    • Hair ties if you have long hair
    • A poncho/rain jacket if you think it's going to rain
    • A sack lunch or snack
  • Set out your outfit. I know you want to look super awesome for when you meet your favorite band member, but comfort comes before beauty in this case. Wear close toed shoes and double knot the laces, don't wear jewelry, wear shorts and a tank top/t-shirt, pull your hair back if it's long, and try to wear minimal makeup. You can wear your swimsuit underneath your clothes because they have a slip-n-side! Warped Tour always seems to end up being the hottest day of the summer, so prepare to sweat a lot and dress accordingly!
  • Go to bed early and start drinking lots of water. Hydrating beforehand works, and you'll need it because you have a very long and hot day in front of you!
  • Eat a healthy and substantial breakfast. You've gotta get fueled up for a long day of moshing!
  • Apply lots of sunscreen. Yes, ten hours in the sun WILL give you a sunburn.
  • Leave on time so you're there when the gates open.
Warped Tour 2013
  • Buy a setlist. This is where your one dollar bills come in handy. Set lists are two dollars and, well, you kinda need one to find out when everyone is playing.
  • Try to see at least one artist you don't know. Some of the bands I've seen at Warped Tour have been the bands I end up seeing three times that year. After all, finding awesome new music is what Warped Tour's all about!
  • Drink a lot of water and reapply your sunscreen!!
  • Don't get caught up on meeting bands. In my opinion, seeing the band play is way better than meeting them. It's totally cool to meet a couple bands, but if you spend all your time waiting in signing lines, you're gonna miss all the music!
  • Make new friends! Warped Tour is a place where everyone's a misfit, so you'll be appreciated for all your weirdness. 
You're ready to have a blast at Warped Tour this summer! Party hard but don't forget to chill out and take a breath sometimes. Make the most out of this amazing thing we have called Warped Tour: it's misfit summer camp for us as much as it is for the bands.

For more info, check out the Warped Tour website