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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…
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A thank you letter to The 1975

The 1975 first became popular when I was a freshman in high school. With hits like "Chocolate" and "Sex", I got really into their self-titled album. After that, though, I stopped listening to them as often. Once their next album "I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it" came out during my freshman year of college, I had only heard "The Sound" and "Somebody Else". At the time, they honestly sounded like radio garbage to me. I wasn't very impressed. Then my best friend asked if I wanted to go to one of their shows with her. I figured what the heck, why not. I like a few of their songs. I was honestly expecting a mediocre show, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a band so incredible and so talented, that I will enjoy their music forever. I know I talk about them a lot (sorry not sorry), but these guys are so amazing and talented that they deserve recognition. Here are just a few of the things I wou…

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…

Halsey "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom" review

Halsey's new album "Hopeless Fountain Kingdom" sends an empowering message. In Halsey's previous album "Badlands",  a lot of the songs were about being involved in relationships that aren't very healthy. Her new album explores how she reflects on her past experiences and learns to move on. With poetic lyrics and powerful vocals, this is some of Halsey's best work. 
Before I listened to this album, I had heard from many people that it is similar to a concept album (an album that makes up one message or story), so I felt like there was a lot of pressure for me to figure out what the message or story was. I'm not really the type of person to analyze an album that way (although props to anyone who does), and I think people will analyze any album trying to find something. So I'm not going to analyze this album conceptually. It's just not something I'm into doing myself. I'd love to hear what others think though!
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How to be front row at a concert

One question I get asked quite often is "How are you always front row at the concerts you go to??". I'm never really sure how to give a short answer to that question, so I decided to make a blog post about it! I would say it's fairly easy to be front row at a show (depending on who the artist is, I have been in line for shows where people have been camping out for DAYS prior). As long as you're willing to wait for a long time before the show, you can usually be front row. Key word is usually. I'm not guaranteeing you will be at the barricade every time, but out of the many shows I have been to, I have been front row more times than I haven't. In my opinion, I have the most fun when I'm front row, or when I'm in the pit in general. So here are my tips on how to be front row at a concert:
1. Buy pit/general admission tickets You absolutely have to buy pit or general admission tickets to a show if you want to be front row. Unless the venue has all se…

Why Bleachers' new album 'Gone Now' should be the soundtrack to your summer.

If there was an indie movie about my life, I would want the soundtrack to be 'Gone Now'. The music is great background music for life, and I don't mean in a way where people easily tune it out. This album gets me happy and energetic when I listen to it. Every time. And I have listened to it multiple times already. I was sunbathing earlier listening to this album, and it gave my day that perfect summer feeling. I only recently got into Bleachers after seeing them at PIQNIQ 2017, but I am already hooked.
'Gone Now' has a very unique sound. It flows well together, and has a happy, groovy feel. One thing that stuck out to me the most in this album is the occasional voice samples in the songs. At first I found it off-putting, just because it was different and kind of took me out of the song. After listening to the whole album and seeing how they tied together by the end, I know the album wouldn't be the same without it. Now I really like the mixed media feeling the…