What to Heck 2016?!

Me getting through 2016:

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2016 may have been filled with hate and death. Most see this year as being depressing but I see it as a reality check. A not-so-friendly reminder to take life a day at a time and be considerate to others. As life goes on, there are seldom guarantees but we can always count on one album, band, or song to keep us going.

A few albums/EPs that I constantly return to have been

  • Nothing But Thieves – Self Titled
  • Bad Suns – Disappear Here
  • The Wrecks – We Are The Wrecks
  • Young the Giant – Home of the Strange

I’ve listened to these artists so much that they’ve taken over my ‘Top Songs of 2016’ playlist on Spotify, despite the short amount of time it’s been since finding these killer jams.

There were also a lot of amazing concerts that took place this year, I definitely beat my record from last year and I’m really wishing I would’ve kept track.

Anyways, what were your top music loving moments of 2016?

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Lying to You – Goldroom

This song is constantly stuck in my head as if the lyrics are about the song. “I’d be lying if I said you’re not always in my head.”

Josh Legg, known proffessionally as Goldroom, describes his output as “modern dance music production incorporating live instrumentation” and “dance music for the backyard, dance music for the beach”

Listen & Connect

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Varsity Theater Under Scrutiny

Protesters call for boycott of the Minneapolis music venue after the owner is accused of multiple counts of sex abuse.

A beautiful venue, a great restaurant and an allegedly dark backstory.

Current owner of The Varsity Theater and Loring Pasta Bar, Jason McLean has four civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors at the Children’s Theater Company during the ’70s and ’80s, when he worked as an actor and teaching artist.

14445261_1204394236283429_1625766846_nAccording to the Star Tribune, the women have recently come forward due to a change in the way sexual abuse cases involving a minor were handled under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. Originally, the women would have been turned away by police because of the law previously in place stating that all claims of sexual abuse as a minor needed to be filed before the victim is 24 years of age.

With this change in the law, the Sexual Violence Justice Institute informs that “individuals older than 24 at the time of the Child Victim Act enactment (May 25, 2013) have a three-year window of opportunity from the date of enactment to bring their civil claim forward. This window period ended on May 24, 2016.”

Victims of sexual abuse and their supporters called for a boycott of McLean’s businesses. The reality is some people, long aware of rumors, have quietly boycotted the two businesses for years. On September 10, about 40 demonstrators gathered outside the businesses with signs and knowledge to share. According to The Minnesota Daily, the protest was meant to educate the campus community of sexual abuse allegations against the Dinkytown businesses’ owner, Jason McLean, said the organizer Sarah Super.

In wake of the lawsuits against McLean, a handful of acts have decided to switch venues from the Dinkytown venue. Including Warpaint, Against Me!, Baroness and Jake Rudh, a DJ who had often filled the venue with repeat events. Rudh posted to his personal Facebook page in response to the allegations, “the scheduled Transmission event that was to take place on January 27th will now be moved to Clubhouse Jager. The venue of all future monthly themed Transmissions will be determined on a monthly basis.”

The Star Tribune reports Lynn Nyman, senior manager at the Varsity Theater, issued a statement that emphasized the fact the venue’s employees would be hurt most by any boycott. Nyman states “The allegations against Jason McLean are more than 30 years old and are not related to the Varsity or its employees. I ask that the patrons let the legal process take its place which will happen in due time. I ask the patrons to stick with the Varsity, in the meantime, for the sake of the employees.”

Super, in response, noted that the boycotting of the businesses was intended to honor the wishes of survivors. “I have sympathy for the employees who I do believe are innocent and have not participated in any part of the sexual abuse around these victims. I have a lot of sympathy for the people who have come forward … I have no sympathy for Jason McLean,” she said.

With the lawsuits still in limbo, public awareness and justice for the victims are the main goal for the demonstrators. If there is a show at the Varsity that you would like to attend but also want to show support for the victims, the best advice is to let the headlining band or artist know of the accusations ahead of time. This way the act has time to move venues if they so choose. In the end, it is up to you whether you go or not.

Lovetap! – Smallpools

It’s recently come to my attention that Smallpools isn’t known to most, so I am here to fix that!

As the title track, this song is from the band’s first full-length album; which also includes all the songs from their self-titled EP.

The band released their debut single “Dreaming” online on May 16, 2013, quickly reaching the #1 position on The Hype Machine, as well as reaching #23 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. The single was released as the first single off their debut self-titled EP.

I’ve had a number of the songs from this album on my playlist, if you liked this song, check out what I’m listening to here: https://play.spotify.com/user/1226074587/playlist/33FQjyaYgjz7sZQFLRqY50

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Grand Canyon – The Wind + The Wave

Following an amazing Covers EP, The Wind + The Wave has released the single off their upcoming album Happiness is Not a Place. The sophomore album is highly anticipated to fans of the band, including myself and the duo is definitely feeling the pressure.

Happiness Is Not A Place has the distinction of containing the first positive songs Lynn has ever written, including the title track and the rollicking first single “Grand Canyon.” “’Grand Canyon’ is about my brother,” she says. “I almost lost him to a major car accident a few years ago. To me the song is about the ability to appreciate what’s in front of you and not take the things that matter most for granted. Yes, life has a lot of shit, but can you try to find a way to be happy before it’s all over, seemingly in the blink of an eye.” The album’s title encompasses how Lynn felt over the two years of writing the album. “It’s the idea that you never arrive at happiness, put your feet up, relax, and just bask in your destination,” she says. “That doesn’t happen. In my brain, happiness is a journey, not a destination. You’re constantly making an effort to be a better person and that’s what makes you happy or content with your life.” She adds: “I have a tendency to write sad things, so writing these songs that felt hopeful is a really big thing for me.” source

In March, The Wind + The Wave made the switch from RCA to Island Records, where Patty  and Dwight have been working with Butch Walker on the album, giving a “rawer and rougher” vibe to the album. Walker stated “[I] wanted the performances to have a ‘just learned the song’ vibe to them. I hate the way a lot of records these days, especially on the radio, sound so overthought.’ My favorite records growing up were all made in a week and had fire because the artists had a lot to prove. I wanted this record to sound like The Wind and The Wave had something to prove as well. I also knew that with Patty’s lyrics, we would be able to make something special. She writes incredible words and you can’t fuck that up if you keep it out front of the music.”

The album does not have an official release date yet. But you can catch them on tour with either Butch Walker OR Bishop Briggs and Kaleo, dates here!

Listen and Connect:

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Good Grief – Bastille

The first single from their sophomore album, “Good Grief” snagged my attention from the very beginning, mainly because I’m a sucker for a good bass line.

Good Grief debuted on June 16th on BBC Radio 1, where the band was interviewed after the premiere.

Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons revealed that their sophomore album  [Wild World] will be released in “late summer.” The album will “go through a variety of sounds, but it is very much us [Bastille].” via BBC Radio 1.

Who else is ready for more Bastille tunes?!

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Rest in Paradise, Christina Grimmie.

Last night’s event has left me speechless and has been on my mind since I found out about the shooting.

I think I am able to do justice to the situation, Christina, and get my thoughts out. If you are not caught up on what happened, here is a quick video.

It’s baffling to me how much hate and violence in this world and how it could be directed at someone with such love and compassion in her heart.

The murder of Christina Grimmie will have a huge effect on musicians, youtubers, and fans of both. The lurking fear of a person full of hate taking action will change the behavior between fans and celebrities. People often take for granted the fact that musicians do not have to meet fans after shows.

I know for a fact that last night will change things forever, like security at venues and interactions between artists and their fans, sadly. But with this event, there is more action taken with both mental illness and gun control.

My thoughts and prayers are with Christina’s family, friends, and fans. May she be somewhere more peaceful than here.

Talk Too Much – COIN

With a free trial of Sirius Radio, I was fortunate to find this song on Alt-Radio. I am excited to share this song with you before it becomes the summer anthem. The first time I heard the song, I was dancing in my car, learning the words and wanting more. Thankfully, COIN has another album, so hello more music!

I know I have heard of the band before this single but I’m 100% sure I didn’t hear any music because I would have been hooked on the spot.

This song has been added to my spotify playlist of songs I jam to at work, listen here!

Listen & Connect:

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Celebrate – Lost In The Wild

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Josh Mellman and his music. Now I want to share what I’ve found with the world.

Lost In The Wild is a one man production and is sprouting his roots from the Midwest. With a lot of soul, some poppy vibes, and a dash of rap, his music is a genre of it’s own.

Give it a listen and tell me what you think!

Listen and Connect:

Celebrate (album) | LITW site | Twitter | Download

Hotline Spring Tour – Concert Review

I attended the Hotline Spring show last night, as Magic Man is one of my top 3 favorite bands, so this review may be a little biased but I will do my best.
HOTLINE SPRING - FL ADD 2This is the first tour back for Magic Man since 3 of the 5 members left. During the long break between tours, Magic Man has been working on a new album and scrounging for new touring members. These members had big shoes to fill and I think they did an awesome job. I’ve seen Magic Man in concert more than a hand full of times, and they never cease to amaze me. Every concert, I see them gain crazy amounts of fans, I’m going to assume it’s for their music and not just their looks.

The Varsity Theater is definitely my favorite venue in the Minnesota, and I was thrilled to see that the concert was being held there.  I love that these bands are still small enough to come hang out with fans after the show and the venue allows it. The popularity of this band may sky rocket soon, so go check them out now and meet them easily while you still can!

During the sets, the audience heard quite a few new songs from both The Griswolds and Magic Man. I have been anticipating both of their albums along with many fans, with their hinting at new music on social media and both bands’ freshman album releases being from 2014.

I had a ton of fun at this concert, personally feeling the kick drum rattle my ribcage for the first time in a long time, was an incredible feeling. I am a concert junkie and although I have recently done a concert review for Vance Joy, the venue and lack of a pit made it feel less like a concert and more like a video. Another reason for my enthusiasm over this is that the show was perfectly placed during my highest stress point in my college career, the fact that I was able to let loose and dance my heart out gave me the release and escape I desperately needed.

Have you been to this tour, what did you think?

Check out the Tour | The Griswolds’ Twitter | Magic Man’s Twitter