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THE ORPHAN THE POET 'Terrible Things' EP Review

The Orphan The Poet label their music as "take-it-or-leave-it alt rock." Based out of Dayton, Ohio, the band consists of David Eselgroth (vocals/guitar), Dakota Johnson (guitar), Jake Floyd (bass), and Sam Gordon (drums). The 'Terrible Things' EP brought back memories of my favorite artists when I was in middle school. With a sound that's comparable to bands like Mayday Parade or Jimmy Eat World, The Orphan The Poet puts a modern and unique spin on classic alternative rock sound. 

The EP features a variety of alternative sounds. The opening track "Forward" on 'Terrible Things' introduces the band with powerful guitar and drums. Transitioning into the title track of the EP, we hear a more catchy and upbeat sound. This song works great as the face of the album, because it features heavy guitar and drums, while also creating a catchy chorus and showcasing Eselgroth's vocals. The song "Wild & Young" shows a more melodic side to the…
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Bleachers Concert Reviews: A Weekend in Chicago

I was lucky enough to see Bleachers on their Gone Now tour part 2 in Chicago both on November 11th and 12th, 2017. Opening for them was Amy Shark and Bishop Briggs, who I had never heard of before. The first night, Bleachers played at The Riviera Theatre, and the second night at The Vic Theatre. I had seen Bleachers live once at PIQNIQ this past summer, and I also reviewed the album Gone Now as soon as it came out, so I was very excited about these shows. I will say that Bleachers did not disappoint, these were two of the most amazing and fun shows I have ever been to. It was definitely worth waiting in the freezing cold/rain for hours to be front row both nights.

Amy Shark
I had never heard anything about Amy Shark's music before coming to night 1 of Bleachers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed her and her set. Shark is an Australian indie pop singer/songwriter, who released her EP "Night Thinker" this year. Shark has no trouble carrying her set and h…

'What if Nothing' Review: Walk The Moon attempts new sound

Walk The Moon released their latest album "What If Nothing" on November 10th, 2017. Known for their indie rock/pop sound since their first studio album in 2012, the band has grown in popularity over the years. Having produced hits such as "Anna Sun", "Tightrope", and "Shut Up And Dance", most people have heard at least one song from them. I have been a fan of Walk The Moon since seeing them open for Panic! At The Disco in 2014. I must say, though, I have only really enjoyed their first album. I was interested to see what they produced this time around. Overall, I would say this album is not nearly as good as what they have done in the past, and I would dare to say they keep producing less quality music.

My main issue with this album is there is no real depth to it at all. The lyrics don't seem to produce any significant theme or message, they are very superficial. I can tell the band tried out more of an electronic sound than they have in t…

Nothing But Thieves Concert Review + Meeting Missio!

If you read my Lolla Aftershow review, you would know I won guest list passes from the band Missio by being their 10kth follower on Instagram. I went to their Chicago show at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, on their tour with Nothing But Thieves and Airways. I had never been on the guest list for a show before, so I didn't really know what to do, but Missio was very helpful in answering my messages and letting me know how to get in. I was also very excited to see Nothing But Thieves since I recently got into them after listening to their latest album "Broken Machine". I brought my boyfriend Cody as my plus one, and we both had a great time.

Airways
I had never even heard of Airways before coming to this concert, but I can honestly say I enjoyed their set a lot. The band consists of Jake (vocals/guitar), Alex (guitar), Jamie (bass), and Brian (drums). The band Peterborough, United Kingdom. As soon as Jake started singing, his voice reminded me of a young Al…

Atlas Genius concert review

Hello! I have been gone for a while because I'm a lot busier now that I'm in school, but I have a lot of concerts coming up so I will be posting more frequently.

I went back to Bottom Lounge in Chicago on October 5th to see Atlas Genius. I do like their music a lot, but I wouldn't consider myself a huge fan. I honestly wanted to go mostly because I fell in love with Bottom Lounge when I was last there to see Andrew McMahon. I always end up liking the opening acts they bring in and I love the intimate atmosphere. I hope to continue going there to discover new music.

Half The Animal
The first band that opened was Half The Animal. I had never even heard of them before and had no clue what they sounded like. As soon as they started I really got into them. They have an indie-pop sound, which is something I've started appreciating more recently. The lead singer, Chase Johnson, had an incredible amount of energy. He was dancing and getting into the music and the energy from th…

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness/Milky Chance: Lolla Aftershow Reviews

I attended two Lollapalooza aftershows this weekend- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Milky Chance. I decided to combined these into one blog post because they were two days in a row. This was a very eventful weekend for me so this is going to be a fun-filled blog post! Enjoy.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Missio

Friday, August 4th was Andrew's aftershow. I went with my best friend Allie and my boyfriend Cody. We have all seen Andrew multiple times together and are big fans of his music, so we were excited to see his aftershow. The show was at Bottom Lounge in Chicago, which Cody and I had never been to before. We got in line about 3 hours early, and while we were waiting Andrew came out and waved to everyone, which already got us really excited. About 10 minutes later, he came back out and met everyone in line! While our encounter with him was brief, it was still amazing! He introduced himself and thanked us for coming out for the show. That was the first time I had me…

How to buy concert tickets without breaking the bank

A question I get asked a lot is "How can you afford to buy all these concert tickets?". The truth is, I can't (technically) afford to buy them. I'm very poor. However, I do budget my money so I can buy them while also being able to buy things that I actually need in life, so here's how I do it. 
1. Budget your money accordingly  Budgeting money is something that a lot of people struggle with (I could make an entire blog post about how to budget money). A lot of people I talk to say they don't buy concert tickets because they can't afford them, which can be a fair statement. They are expensive. But if you budget out a little bit of money every time you get paid, you should be able to afford them. Most concerts I go to have tickets that range from $35-$85. So if you know a band you like is going on tour soon, there is a specific ticket you want, or you just want to put some away for future concerts, do that every paycheck. This will help prevent you from ra…