Twenty One Pilots’ newest album, Blurryface, has officially been released for a little over a week. I have been listening to this album basically nonstop since last Tuesday, and have been trying to take in as much of the album as I can.
Listening to new albums, specifically ones that you have been looking forward to hearing for months on end, is always such an exciting experience. Whether or not you end up enjoying the album, it’s still a time of reflection and absorption.
Twenty One Pilots is solely made up of two members, but it doesn’t hold them back. Both hailing from Ohio, the due is known for their original sound, fast rhymes, and intense, upbeat live performances. The band has a dedicated fanbase, who have been awaiting anxiously for the new album.
I have had the opportunity to see Twenty One Pilots live in concert once, and they definitely live up to the hype. Despite only having two bodies onstage, the duo puts on an impressive live show, complete with a lot of flips, a couple masks, and a moment where the band’s drummer, Josh, sets his drum set on a wooden board, held up by the audience. (Watch a video here).
I have been counting down the days until the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. I absolutely love award shows and the Red Carpet is definitely my favorite part of the star studded events. I was particularly excited for this year’s show because my girl Taylor Swift was nominated for a whopping 14 awards! Not only was she a big winner tonight, winning 8 of those awards, but she also premiered her new music video for her song “Bad Blood,” which featured an all star celebrity cast. Watch the video here.
In high school, I considered Mumford & Sons to be one of my all time favorite music acts. I listened to Sigh No More religiously. I even spent well over $100 on a concert ticket to see the band at the Chicago Theater. Needless to say, they put on a fantastic show, and even almost made me cry during their performance of “Timshel.”
Though Mumford & Sons have been wildly criticized and made fun of for their over the top folk sounding songs and overuse of the word “heart,” I stuck with my favorite band, thrilled to buy their 2012 follow up to Sigh No More, which was titled Babel. The two albums lacked little differences in sound, and just as much overuse of the same words.
Some may argue that they lack originality, but Mumford & Sons create epic sounds for the big stages, and has found immense success in America as well as the rest of the world. Seeing them headline at Lollapalooza 2013 was probably one of my favorite performances I have ever witnessed, and the thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands, of people surrounding me in Grant Park probably agree.
In September of 2013, the band announced a hiatus with no foreseeable return. Many people were shocked, and I couldn’t help but wonder why they decided to do so. It was arguably the peak of their career, why would they stop then and when did they plan on coming back? I moved on for the time being and anxiously awaited a return.
While sports fans live for the super bowl and music fans worship the Grammys, fashionistas count down the days until the Met Gala. The annual ball kicked off this past Monday in New York City, celebrating the start of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly Costume Institute.
It’s always a fun time for me to create playlists for the seasons. At least for me, there’s a distinct difference in sounds that I want to listen to during the freezing Chicago winters compared to the sunny spring and summer seasons we have here.
Festival season has begun, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Coachella just wrapped up its second weekend in the middle of the desert in California, and I can think of at least five more festivals that are coming up pretty quickly. Although the only two festivals I have attended range from Lollapalooza (2013 and 2014) and Boston Calling (2014), I consider myself to be somewhat of a pro at the whole festival thing. With my PR degree I will earn by 2017, I hope to someday make it in the music industry, my ultimate dream is to plan a festival myself.