Fan Art Fridays: Harry Styles

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So first he cuts his hair and now he’s going solo. As in, signed-a-record-deal-with-Columbia-as-a solo-artist solo. Harry Styles is makin’ moves, yo.

I’m not a fan girl when it comes to One Direction or anything, but since Zayn left I really haven’t paid much attention to the band. Harry’s departure (if it’s for good) will probably cause me to end up forgetting about the band entirely. Zayn and Harry are literally the only ones that seem interesting to me.

I don’t understand why the band members can’t do their solo projects on the side and still stay a band (like Fergie and Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas). It can’t be that hard!

Anyway, enjoy this fan art I found of Harry Styles on Tumblr. He appears to be performing a determined walk out with a fedora on his head in the monochrome watercolor. It doesn’t get more official than that.

View the original fan art here.

Fan Art Fridays: Coldplay

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I just found out yesterday that Coldplay will be releasing their new album A Head Full of Dreams by the end of 2015!

According to Contact Music, the album is going to be way less somber than Ghost StoriesThe release date still has yet to be confirmed, but we do know that the songs on the album will have a more positive, upbeat vibe.

I’m really excited to hear A Head Full of Dreams. I wasn’t too pleased with Ghost Stories, so I’m hoping that they’ve gone back to writing songs like “Viva La Vida,” and “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart.”

To celebrate the good news, I decided to showcase this drawing of the band with the word “VIVA” in the backdrop.

View the original here.

Fan Art Fridays: Maroon 5

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This summer’s already starting to “hurt like a” … (you know the rest).

Turns out that Maroon 5 fans in China are being punished for band member Jesse Carmichael’s decision to wish the Dalai Lama a happy birthday over social media. (Don’t bother looking for the evidence on Instagram. It’s been deleted.)

That kind of thing doesn’t go over very well with Chinese officials. All the shows the band was set to play in China are now cancelled.

Looks like China isn’t giving Maroon 5 or their fans any “sugar” this summer.

I don’t think it’s fair to punish the fans for this. Freedom of speech man. Learn it, and if you don’t live it, accept that an AMERICAN band is going to practice it.

Jeez.

The sad news inspired me to post this dreamy piece of fan art I found of the band on Pinterest.

My heart goes out to the Chinese Maroon 5 fandoms.

View the original here.

Magic! Live @ Irving Plaza #FashionRocksFrontRow

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On Friday, August 29th, right before the Labor Day weekend festivities, a Canadian reggae-pop band decided to bring a bit of magic to the end of our summer.

The Magic! concert was powered by the new LG G3 at Irving Plaza. I am again in debt to 1iota for the tickets my friend and I acquired for the show.

Before the show began, we were able to take some really cool photos in front of the LG G3 billboard backdrop. Super cool stuff!

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While we waited in front of the stage for Magic! to perform, DJ K Styles spinned some sassy beats for us. I was pleased to see a female DJ for a change.

At 2pm, it was time to get down with to some reggae with lead singer Nasri and the rest of the Magic! gang.

The band opened with “No Evil,” Nasri ending the song making an X sign with his arms.

Can I just say that Nasri has the most amazing pelvic movements the world has ever seen! He’s like, the Elvis of reggae-pop!

Nasri, can you take me clubbing in Canada? Is that a thing that can happen?

The rest of the set list included “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool,” “Paradise,” “How Do You Want to Be Remembered,” and their upcoming single “Let Your Hair Down.”

Speaking of hair, Nasri has gorgeous locks. Brb, still swooning.

The girls got an extra special shout out hen the band performed a revamped reggae-tastic cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” They know what they’re doing, man.

The show ended with “Rude,” the song on everyone’s tongue this summer. Everyone went nuts in the crowd.

This was such an awesome way to end the summer. Thanks again for the tickets, 1iota!

Luckily, the concert was livestreamed, so you can watch it online here!

 

#AmexEverydayLIVE: Maroon 5 Performs “Maps” for the First Time at the Bowery Ballroom

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On Friday night, the Maroon 5 concert streamed live on amexeverydaylive.com from the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.

The band opened with “One More Night.” a single from their album Overexposed. The intro was a  brilliant, stripped down version of the song’s hook.

Adam Levine looked very summer in his red palm tree print button down shirt. He commented on the intimate setting of the Bowery as opposed to a large concert arena.

He also expressed his thoughts on the live streaming element of the show. “You can either not do anything or make some big ass mistakes,” Adam said to the crowd. “Just rest assured, it will be filmed.”

The band followed Adam’s commentary with a smooth rendition of “Sunday Morning,” and afterward, a stellar performance of the song “Makes Me Wonder.”

At one point during the concert, Adam spoke to the fans watching from home.

“For those of you watching on the internet, I hope you’re having fun out there,” he began. “But, of  course, you’re not having as much fun as we are,” he continued as the people in the audience cheered.

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The band then proceeded to perform their new single “Maps” from their upcoming album V.

“Be gentle, because it’s our first time,” Adam warned.

Adam Levine and the lead guitarist decided be silly on stage and started playing “Love Somebody” with the wrong guitar chords.

“So now it’s out of our system,” Adam laughed.

Of course, the band performed the song properly right after, which was absolutely wonderful.

The band also performed “Stereo Hearts” and “Moves Like Jagger.”

Throughout the evening, fans were encouraged to tweet the hashtag #AmexEverydayLIVE to get Maroon 5 to do an encore.

They, did, and it was spectacular.

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Before that moment, I’d never heard “She Will Be Loved” performed live. Adams vocals were simply beautiful.

They closed the show with “Daylight,” another single from Overexposed.

I honestly wish I’d been able to see the concert live. The concert looked like a blast from my computer screen, and I’m sure audience members had an awesome night with Maroon 5 at the Bowery.

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This Week in Music: Strange Talk’s “Young Hearts”

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Yesterday, Australian band Strange Talk released the song “Young Hearts” as part of the pre-order package for their new album Cast Away.

I remember hearing the song “Climbing Walls” in a YouTube commercial and falling in love with the band instantly afterwards. However, as I listened to the entire Strange Talk EP, I soon realized that each song was either a complete hit or a complete miss.

It took me a while to grasp what it is that I like about “Young Hearts.” At first I was very unimpressed. But there’s something about the song’s mixture light synth, electric guitar, and xylophone in the verses and hook that make my young heart do a little dance when I hear it.

The melody of the lyrics is also very childish and fun. It’s one of those melodies that can easily be hummed without realizing it.

The song is about letting go and letting your “young heart” guide you. I’m sure many can relate to the parts about going to school, breaking the rules, and realizing that before you can walk you have to learn to crawl.

The most controversial lyric in the song happens to be my favorite. For the hook they sing:

Grown ups,
What do they know?
Living by the stories on the radio
Bad news,
On the TV,
Headlines a made up reality.

The implications are that adults will never truly understand the “symptoms of the times” because it isn’t their time. Their time has long gone. They’ve lived, they’ve learned, and they just don’t want to see us make the same mistakes that they did. Adults forget that the only way we’ll learn is by making our own mistakes that turn into memories and great stories to tell our grandchildren.

The one thing I absolutely cannot stand about this song is the chorus of “na na”s in place of what should just be an instrumental break. After every chorus I feel the urge choke whoever came up with the idea to add that bit to the song.

Pre-order Cast Away to get “Young Hearts” and five other songs, and check out the band on Spotify!

Album Review: Parachute’s ‘Overnight’

Today marks the release of Parachute’s new album Overnight!

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I’ve been in love with Parachute ever since a friend got me hooked on their song “She is Love.” Since then, I’ve also been hooked on “Mess I Made” and “All I Know.”

Now Parachute is back with a brand new album that I am listening to for the first time as I write this review. So, all of my opinions will be first impressions.

As soon as I heard the first song on the album, “Meant to Be,” I knew this was going to be a good album. I just love lead singer Will Anderson’s voice! The lyrics as so captivating, as he sings,

“When I found you
You could run so fast
You never really wanted love
And it couldn’t really hold you back.”

This song set the bar high for the rest of this album.

I had already heard “Can’t Help” and “Hearts Go Crazy” before the album was released. “Can’t Help” is one of those love sick songs with an addicting piano melody. I love the bell sounds in the song “Hearts Go Crazy.”

“Drive You Home” was kind of a let down for me, because the intro led me to believe that it was going to be a really slow tempo ballad, but it isn’t. I think the song would have been better if it were slower.

“Hurricane” has a bit of an R&B feel. The drum is like a heartbeat throughout the song. I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. Will Anderson’s falsetto is great in this song.

I really like the beat of the song “Overnight”, the song that the album is named for. They layer some really cool beats, including the cool guitar rift and snare on the chorus. I also love it when “I should be sleeping” repeats for the bridge.

I think “Didn’t See it Coming” is the most creative and catchy song on the album. I love the talking bits, especially when he says, “And I was told don’t speak with your mouth open / But I couldn’t help it…” I also love how Will Anderson goes up the scale as he sings the word “coming” in the chorus. This song is brilliant, and will most likely be stuck in my head all night.

“The Other Side” is a sweet, slow ballad. Anderson sings “Darling don’t look back, no need to worry / I’ll be here waiting on the other side.” So heartwarming. “The Only One” is also a ballad, although the lyrics are much more powerful than “The Only One.” The chorus is so beautiful:

“Standing by the bedroom door
Staring at an empty face
I can see it in your eyes
Some things you can never change
Nothing else that I can do
While I’m waiting for the end to come
I know youre gonna walk away
But you should know that you’re the only one
You’re the only one.”

The way the word “one” echoes at the end of each chorus really gets to me.

The song “Waiting for that Call” will have your feet tapping and your head bobbing up and down. I love the slight raise of volume on some of the lyrics. Anderson even swears in this one. It was well placed, though.

“Disappear” is really heavy on the acoustics. I guess they decided to focus more on the lyrics for this one.

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of weirded out when I heard the intro for the last song on the album, “Higher.” Its a mixture of crashing sounds, combined with a church choir and a loud guitar. I kind of like it.

In general, I think this album was alright. Parachute tends to grab me with 3-4 songs every album, so I guess this time my favorites are “Meant to Be,” “Didn’t See it Coming” and “Waiting for that Call.”

Check out the album on Spotify!