6 New Bands For Rock Lovers

6 New Bands For Rock Lovers

Indie, experimental, psychedelic — these folking awesome bands have got it all.
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I have never been one to listen to mainstream music. While that may seem like my attempt to assure the reader of my alternativeness and my ability to remain independent whilst the crowd goes left as I turn right, it's not. It's simply a fact of my life. I grew up listening to the bands of the '70s and '80s, and as my music tastes progressed and became more modernized, I kept with me this love of rock and roll and apparent distaste for auto-tuned pop music, and with the help of my older brother, a known uncommon musician lover, I was able to find a plethora of new bands, a few of whom I would like to share with you, the reader, today.

1. Dr. Dog

Hailing from the state of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dog has an extremely unique sound, one that may at first be a bit off-putting to the listener, but that possesses qualities that make the vocal styles of lead singers Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken. Their genre leans more toward psychedelic rock, gleaning influence from '60s bands such as The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

Song Recommendations (all from their "Psychedelic Swamp" Album):

"Fire On My Back"

"Engineer Says"

"Dead Record Player"

2. Grizzly Bear

The mix between indie and folk rock give Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear a certain feel similar to that of Dr. Dog but with less of a "heavy," shall we say, demeanor. The harmonies in their songs are unparalleled, with the falsetto posed by their band members, as they each contribute as either lead or background vocals to the band's records.

Song Recommendations:

"About Face"

"Two Weeks"

"While You Wait For The Others"

3. Miniature Tigers

The Miniature Tigers have easily been one of my favorite bands that I have discovered over the last few years. Like Grizzly Bear, the Tigers are based in Brooklyn, NY. The band offers a twist on modern day pop music by fusing it with the sounds of the indie genre to form a killer sound that has the catchiness of contemporary radio-esque music while still remaining true to an other-worldliness of sounds.

Song Recommendations:

"Boomerang"

"Cannibal Queen"

"Giraffe"

"The Wolf"

4. Of Montreal

Speaking of otherworldliness, this next band, from Athens, Georgia, offers one of the most individualistic sounds I have heard in years. A psychedelic and experimental rock band, Of Montreal will confuse and delight your eardrums, as they play songs that, similarly to Dr. Dog, draw their influence from '60s rock bands with a modern, electronic twist.

Song Recommendations:

"Penelope"

"A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger"

"Sirens of Your Toxic Spirit"

5. Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon is almost a complete 180 spin from the other bands that I have listed here. If you're ever looking for a confusingly depressing yet satisfying listen, then this is the band for you. Originating in San Francisco, Sun Kil Moon consists of three band members, namely lead singer Mark Kozelek. The band partakes in the folk/indie rock genres, and will pluck your heart strings like no other band has before.

Song Recommendations:

"Jim Wise"

"I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same"

"Micheline"

6. Dawes

Dawes is an instant favorite of mine, as I'm sure they will be yours. They are a folk-rock band from Los Angeles, CA, and their songs will melt your heart, make you smile, and make you put them on repeat time and again. The lyrics are pure gold and the vocal performances of singer Taylor Goldsmith are unbelievable. As Rolling Stone put it, Dawes is "authentically vintage." Starting mid-January, the band will be out on tour with their newly released album "We're All Gonna Die."

Song Recommendations:

"Roll With the Punches"

"From a Window Seat"

"Fire Away"

"If I Wanted Someone"

Cover Image Credit: http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/morning-becomes-eclectic/dawes/@@images/rectangular_image/full

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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As Millennials, We Are The Loneliest People

From one lonely person to another, let's smash this stigma.

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If you're a millennial and you're feeling extremely lonely, you certainly aren't alone in that feeling. We are often far too afraid to talk about it because society puts such a stigma on this condition. But I am here to tell you that we, as millennials, are the loneliest age group. so let's smash the stigma and acknowledge this feeling once and for all.

As a (nearly) 20-year-old, I never imagined at this age I would think about loneliness. I would always equate that word with elderly people who are away from all of their loved ones, enduring the sullen monotony of a nursing home. Of course, throughout school, I would feel lonely on occasion--the one stretch of the summer when all of my friends were away while I was home, the period of time I was grieving the loss of a loved one, or even particular days when I was just sadder than usual.

But the loneliness faded away after a brief period of healing. I knew my friends would come back and life would return to normal eventually. It was a mood that was sucky but it was only that: a mood.

However, these past two years have been the loneliest years of my life.

Chronic loneliness is different from the loneliness I've ever experienced before. I didn't think living a couple of hours away from home, living in a community of 40,000 people, starting an independent life would leave me so empty, experiencing a far greater level of emotional pain. I kept myself busy in the community, joining various clubs and programs around campus, attending events, and trying to reach out to others, but it seemed like I never belonged anywhere— in my college or in the greater society.

It didn't take me very long to believe that my life and my hurting were not normal.

A counselor on campus, who was a fully grown adult, was "confused" that I felt this way. I "seemed normal" and normal people have tons of friends in college. People would false empathize with me that they "felt that way when they were adjusting" but I'm fully adjusted and feel no less lonely. I call and text people often but everyone is always "busy," and I have no place in the midst of their crazy lives and other friends. In fact, it's been almost six months since I last hung out with a group of people.

But in fact, what I was feeling wasn't so abnormal after all.

The loneliest generation is not the elderly people who live by themselves without family members by their sides. It's us. We can talk to people every day. Since living away, I've talked to the dining hall staff, cashiers at stores downtown, and the one person who knows all the answers in my information science class, but the quality of the bonds was not what they were at home. They did not instantly make me feel like I had tons of friends. The quality bonds we have lost in this stretch of time, a brief stretch of time where we have to quickly develop friendships.

So how can we end our suffering?

We need to open up about how we're feeling. I was convinced I was the only one who felt this way for the longest time, which worsened the extent of this pain. In fact, our chronic loneliness can damage our health in the same way that smoking 15 cigarettes daily can do. But in order to change our health (and our happiness level for God's sake), we need to make it known that us young people are the lonely ones. And maybe then we can help others in our situation who eat lunch alone, who stay in at night, not by choice, who rarely get calls or texts on their phones.

From one lonely millennial to the rest of them, it is time to combat this feeling for good.

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