5 Alternative Rock Concerts You Don't Want to Miss this Summer

5 Alternative Rock Concerts You Don't Want to Miss this Summer


1. The Kooks with Young Rising Sons

These two bands are ones you don't want to miss. Young Rising Sons are a new band that are taking the alternative scene by storm. They opened for breakout band The 1975 in fall of 2014, and will be touring with Alt Rock veterans, The Kooks. The Kooks' first album came out in 2006, and since then the British Rock band has been to the top of the UK charts since. You can catch both these incredible bands at the House of Blues Boston on May 10.

2. Best Coast

Best Coast is an American Alternative Rock band that dropped their first album in 2009. The duo's first album debuted on Billboard top 200 at number 36 and debuted at number 10 on the the Digital Albums chart. Since their first album, Best Coast has released a multitude of EPs and singles. Their third studio album is set to drop on May 5, 2015. Their sound is highly influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys, creating the best summertime music, and a perfect concert. You can catch them at Paradise Rock Club on June 12.

3. Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Battlement is a Welsh rock band from Wales, that formed in 2010. While the band has been around for a few years playing small venues in Europe and multiple British Music Festivals, their debut album, The Balcony, was not released in America until January 6, 2015. The band is said to sound like The Kooks, and will be playing in Cambridge at The Sinclair on June 3.

4. James Bay

James Bay is a British singer-songwriter form Herfordshire, England. His sound is more of a soul influenced alternative rock. James Bay is highly influenced by other successful British artists such as Tom Odell and Ed Sheeran. Bay released a number of EPs before dropping his debut single Chaos and the Calm on March 23, 2015. In 2014, Bay toured with breakout artist Hozier. You can catch him on his first headlining tour on April 30 at Paradise Rock Club.

5. Zella Day with Coasts

Coasts is another British Rock group that broke out in 2011. While the band does not have a full album out just yet, they do have four EPs, and plan to release an album very soon. The band has sold out many tours throughout Europe, and are embarking on their first American tour this summer with Zella Day. Zella Day is a Los Angeles based singer/song writer. Her sound is very bohemian and relaxed, and has been compared to Lana Del Rey. In 2012, Zella Day released her first cover of the White Stripes's “Seven Nation Army.” She released her first EP in October of 2014, and her first full length album, Kicker, is set to drop on June 2, 2015. You can catch this amazing duo on May 4 at the Brighton Music Hall.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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