Tuesday Tunes: Girl Power

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This past weekend, Billboard held their Women in Music event and honored some extraordinary female musicians. It got us thinking about the past year and how it’s really been such a great year for women in the music scene. In tribute to all of the kickass women in music, we’ve put together a playlist of our favorites. Check it out on Spotify and let us know who your favorite female musicians are.

1. Rebel Girl-Bikini Kill

2. Crimson Wave-Tacocat

3. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone-Sleater Kinney

4. Mirrors-Pvris

5. Hollywood-The Runaways

6. All I Wanted-Paramore

7. Lost in My Bedroom-Sky Ferreira

8. White Teeth Teens-Lorde

9. Violet-Hole

10. Gloria-Patti Smith

11. Let Them In-Pvris

12. Sleep Baby Sleep-Broods

13. Safest Place-Echosmith

14. Daydreaming-Paramore

15. The Ocean-Tonight Alive

Show Review: Circa Survive Descensus Tour

Words by Adriana Sanchez

There is always something to do in Los Angeles, especially on a Saturday night. That’s why it was no surprise when LA Live was filled with rowdy Kings fans, mariachi concert goers, tourists, and flannel clad Circa Survive fans.

Over two thousand people filled Club Nokia, while others formed a line outside trying to get a hold of the tickets to the sold out show. Though most of the ticket holders had purchased general admission tickets, it seemed that the venue had only allowed the first one hundred attendees pit access. With there being many diehard Circa Survive fans and rude city dwellers, security took the heat of a few angry obscenities.

The show opened with up and comers, Pianos Become The Teeth. The crowd attentively, but calmly looked on as their long-haired frontman growled the words to their songs. The band put on a quick thirty minute set featuring songs like, “Ripple Water Shine” and “Repine”, off of their recent release, ‘Keep You’.

The energy began to pick up as Title Fight took the stage. Voices were heard throughout the room as fans yelled the words to the opening song, “Secret Society”. From there, a wave of crowd surfers were launched into the air as the band played a set mixed with tracks from every album. Few people around the room were dancing, but it was significantly less chaotic than their own headlining shows as it seemed that most people in the room were there only for the headlining act. However, that did not stop the numerous amount of iPhones that went up in the air to capture a picture a picture of Title Fight’s super cool cat backdrop. The band wrapped up their set with a few fan favorites that even featured a quick, impromptu guest performance from Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré.

After listening to the crew play a few cartoony tunes during soundcheck, everyone eagerly began chanting ‘’Circa! Circa!”. As the band took the stage, vocalist, Anthony Green waltzed out sipping his drink out of a coffee mug while immediately asking the crowd to move closer to the stage. It was during “Semi-Constructive Criticism” when I and about twenty other eager Circa worshippers took matters into our own hands and jumped the four foot tall barrier separating us from the front of the room. However, the hands helping us turned out to be disgruntled security guards who forced us back behind the pit area.

Though many fans were disappointed with their spot in the crowd, those thoughts were quickly forgotten as people became lost in the music. Green mesmerized the audience as he screamed into the crowd and pounced all over the stage sticking the mic in his mouth. The band’s set ranged from “Birth of The Economic Hitman” to hits like “The Great Golden Baby” and “In Fear And Faith”. They even included “Schema” and “Only The Sun” into their set from their latest album,Descensus’, that was only released days before. The room yelled every word back to the band as they danced along to the music and got lost in the psychedelic background that showed various artistic scenes.

Always the entertainer, Anthony Green poked fun at the dusty dudes of Arizona while managing to also crack a few lighthearted jokes throughout the show. At one moment, he even took the time to admit that Los Angeles shows were in close comparison to the band’s hometown shows. He then made the crowd stand completely still as the band closed their set with “Child of the Desert”.

The band returned to the stage for an encore playing “Get Out” and the room exploded. Every person in the room sang their hearts out, cracked voices and all. No one can get their voices as high as Green’s, but boy did we try. The night was a memorable one filled with goosebumps and sweat. Circa Survive always puts on passionate performances, and that night was no exception. All three bands are currently wrapping up the ‘Descensus’ tour.

All Time Favorite: A Day To Remember ‘Common Courtesy’

Words by Anders Carey

A Day to Remember has always been my favorite band, for a multitude of reasons. They’re one of the first bands I discovered and loved; they inspired me to dive deeper into post-hardcore, now my favorite genre. Musically, they are a jack of all trades, and likely the only rock band to be described as both metalcore and pop punk. In a genre plagued by musically uniform bands, A Day to Remember stands out. Lyrically, frontman Jeremy Mckinnon is relatable, down-to-earth, and forthright. ADTR’s message always circles back to strength and one’s ability to push through anything.

So it’s no surprise that my all-time favorite album is A Day to Remember’s newest, ‘Common Courtesy’. To me, ‘CC’ is the quintessential ADTR album, the culmination of the band’s career.

In ‘Common Courtesy’, the band stays true to their roots and their musical diversity. Mckinnon told Alternative Press in 2013, “I could not have written a better record for A Day to Remember right now. We stuck to who we are and our core sound. There are a lot of songs, and there are some times where we branch out a bit.” In ‘CC’s’ 16 tracks, it packs everything from the headbangers “Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way” and “The Document Speaks For Itself” to punk songs like “Right Back At It Again” (with an accompanying ridiculous music video), and a good number of softer ballads such as “End of Me” and “I’m Already Gone”.

ADTR’s greatest motif can be summed up with the line, “With everything that sets me back, I push back harder to clear the way,” in “I’m Already Gone”. No matter what life throws at us, we have the power to persevere and overcome. This idea guides me through my life, and A Day to Remember is always there to remind me of it. ‘Common Courtesy’s’ lyrics contain vengeful anger, nostalgia, and sensitive ballads to lost loves, but throughout, never loses sight of this message. This album was written during what has been perhaps the band’s greatest struggle. ADTR has been battling their record label, Victory Records, in court and was forced to release the album themselves, without Victory. As Jeremy Mckinnon explained to AP, “We self-funded this album. We built a studio in my house because we weren’t given our allowance for this album. We’re in a lawsuit.” But the band was determined to put out the album for their fans. Mckinnon continues, “People are saying, ‘Oh, this is going to ruin their career, there’s no preorder up, they’re stupid, they’ll never be the big band they could have been,’ etc. How about this: I’m not going to allow someone to sit on my career and ruin what may be our best album for people. Fans want our music.” With the successful release of ‘Common Courtesy’, the band proved that they could, and did, overcome.

‘Common Courtesy’ is also a nostalgic album, only intensified by the fact that it may have been A Day to Remember’s last. “I Remember”, featuring a five minute recording of ADTR reminiscing about their memories together, and City of Ocala, written about their hometown, reflect upon the band’s career. Other songs, notably “I Surrender” and “End of Me”, let nostalgia flow for passed relationships.

‘Common Courtesy’ is the pinnacle of A Day to Remember’s career, looking back at the band’s past while pushing forward in the midst of struggle. And that’s what ADTR is all about.

Tuesday Tunes: We’re Not Generation Throwaway

 

As of right now, most of us are stressed out with upcoming final exams, end of year deadlines, or holiday rushes at work. But a lot of us are also heartsick because of world issues that seem beyond our control. It’s easy to feel completely helpless when we think of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the recent University of Virginia sexual assault allegations. But it’s important to remember that we all have a voice and we can all make a difference. We are not a generation to throwaway. Maybe this playlist will help you find your inner strength, maybe it will get you moving, maybe it won’t do anything for you at all, but today, that’s not the point. Find whatever it is that ignites a spark in you and use that to help change the world. Now is not the time to hesitate, it’s time to move forward.

1. The Phoenix-Fall Out Boy

2. Generation Throwaway-The Used

3. I Was A Teenage Anarchist-Against Me!

4. War All The Time-Thursday

5. Broken Record-War On Women

6. Last Hope-Paramore

7. Let Go-Frou Frou

8. Hands In The Sky (Big Shot)-Straylight Run

9. Nowhere, Texas-City & Colour

10. Ready and Willing-New Found Glory

11. Tears Over Beers-Modern Baseball

12. Tongue Tied-Faber Drive

13. All I Need-The Wealthy West

14. Tongue Tied-Faber Drive

15. Re-do-Modern Baseball

16. Medicine-Daughter

17. The Death of Emmett Till-Bob Dylan

18. On Our Way-The Royal Concept

19. So American-Portugal. The Man

20. I Don’t Care If You’re Contagious-Pierce the Veil

21. Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?-The Offspring

22. The Last Lost Continent-La Dispute

23. Everyday Robots-Damon Albarn

24. Modern Jesus-Portugal. The Man

25. Famous Last Words-My Chemical Romance

All Time Favorite: Fall Out Boy ‘From Under The Cork Tree

Words by Paige Kochanski

Fall Out Boy is my favourite band, and has been for the last eight years of my life. I remember writing another OOE feature about them as a band and how they entered my life, about a year ago from today. FOB was completely accidental, put on my iPod with a mix of Disney soundtrack artists. That one album that was added was ‘From Under The Cork Tree.’ It’s extremely hard to pick a favourite song, a favourite album or even sometimes, a favourite band. Undeniably though, ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ was the album that started my love for music, and because of that I will always have it on a pedestal of being my favourite album of all time.

“Sophomore Slump or Comeback Of The Year” literally changed my life in one of those movie ways, like William Miller in Almost Famous, listening to Tommy with a candle burning. It’s a moment where I can look back and remember the feeling of falling in love with real music for the first time. I still don’t know what it was about THAT particular song. It wasn’t a single, or really anything that stands out that much. It just happened to come up on shuffle too many times for me to keep ignoring it. I’ve connected the song to that time every time I listen to it, and can visualize it over and over again.

‘From Under The Cork Tree’ led me to the rest of FOB’s catalog, and the discovery of the rest of the DecayDance/Fueled By Ramen team, like Paramore, The Academy Is… and Cobra Starship. From those core four, more and more began to branch off, and gave me a music collection today that I must admit, is pretty rad.

I have Fall Out Boy and ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ to thank for being a gateway into a world that, without that album, I might have never discovered. Music has given me so many cool opportunities and overall, a better outlook on life. Music can help in a lot of ways, and one of the most important lessons is that it’s okay to be yourself and express who you are. It taught me that you don’t have to have the same interests as everyone else or be a carbon copy of your friends; all that’s important is that you’re confident with who you are.