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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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.

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.

Hopefuls of 2016

2015 has left us all in anticipation of what’s to come in 2016. Here’s a list of albums that leave us hopeful.

Magic Man

fashion_magicman_13Following Magic Man’s first headlining tour in spring 2015, the group announced they had begun writing their third studio album. On July 10, Magic Man announced the departure of Justine Bowe, Gabe Goodman, and Joey Sulkowski, returning the group to their original lineup of Alex Caplow and Sam Lee. As the band finishes their album and reforms a group, I am eagerly anticipating their return.

Panic! At The Disco

cover170x170With Death Of A Bachelor set to be released on January 15th and 5 of the 11 songs already being released, I still don’t know what to expect from this album and I’m okay with that. The single the album is titled after gives off a Frank Sinatra vibe, but the rest of the released songs seem to be a mix of their previous albums. I’m mostly excited to see how all the songs fit together.

Blink-182

cq5dam-web-1280-1280With Tom Delonge out of the picture, we’re all curious to hear new music from Blink-182. While their 7th album has been in the making for about a year, the band’s tribulation has delayed the process, but all seems promising that the album will be released in 2016.

The 1975

4557298The band announced their second studio album I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, due out February 26, 2016. Two singles from this album have already been released and they leave me wanting more!

 

 

Let’s get 2016 started!

Best Of’s 2015

Everything in this post is the opinion of the blog owner and has no real input from the music industry.

Best Album: Blurryface – Twenty One PilotsTwenty_One_Pilots_-_Blurryface

This album has boosted the band’s popularity, landed them on numerous late night shows, radio plays on Top 40’s stations, and set them up for their upcoming arena tour.

 

Best Freshman Album: Badlands – Halsey81fqqH8qMnL._SL1500_

Halsey’s debut album, Badlands was released on August 28, 2015. After hearing the song New Americana on the radio, I dug deeper into the musical ability of the artist and was in awe. Halsey has to be one of my favorite finds of 2015.

Best Music Video: Coldplay – Adventure Of A LifetimeScreenshot 2015-12-30 at 10.30.38 PM.png

Who doesn’t love monkeys with a fantastic taste in music and impeccable
dance moves? Enough said.

 

Best Single: Renegades – X Ambassadors

This song was literally everywhere and I don’t recall anyone ever complaining about it.

 

Guilty Pleasure Pop Song: Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

 

Let me know what your best musical moments were in 2015, as this list is obviously biased to my liking.