Born Crooked: On The Straight and Narrow

Born Crooked: On The Straight and Narrow

Brother-sister duo from Charlottesville keeps the blues alive

It’s all too easy to forget our roots. A lot of my generation is hung up on waiting for the next hot single or mixtape to drop, and forget to travel back in time. It’s hard to find the patience or consideration to drop the needle on an old Zeppelin album, taking note of each guitar screech and cymbal crash. Sadly the blues, a music with a rich and storied legacy, is largely overlooked in this day and age. Fortunately for all you old-souled music fans, there’s always a new generation coming around the bend, proudly carrying the torch for the blues. You may have heard of The Black Keys and The White Stripes, but there’s a new duo in town: Born Crooked.


Based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, siblings Hunter and ARE Wolfe make up Born Crooked, a blues rock duo steeped in tradition. Having grown up in a music-loving family, the pair has been surrounded by music of all genres practically all their lives. That being said, it’s always been the blues that’s called to the pair the strongest. Hunter, lead singer and guitarist, says the blues appeals to him because, “The blues is one of the most real music you can listen to… It is honest. It is undeniably genuine. It is written for the soul, by the soul, from the soul.” This passion translates flawlessly into Born Crooked’s sound. Between Hunter on vocals and electric guitar and ARE on drums, the two combine to churn out bare-bones, in-your-face blues rock.

Despite their young age, Born Crooked brings forth a presence and professionalism that is well beyond their years. Hunter’s vocals are confident, bombastic, and soulful, just like his guitar playing. He cranks out fuzzy, bluesy riffs with the best of them and harnesses dirty, swampy Delta Blues with slithering slide guitar licks. The old masters that influenced Born Crooked like Son House, Led Zeppelin, Blind Willie Johnson, and “Honeyboy” Edwards would be very proud.


As far as the other half of Born Crooked is concerned, drummer ARE is a thunderous beauty that lays down the boom whenever she sits at a kit. After being handed a pair of hand-me-down drumsticks from her brother, she knew without a doubt that drumming was what she wanted to do. According to Hunter, she had a knack for keeping the rhythm the second she sat down at a used drum kit she received one birthday. He says, “She was a natural talent, a prodigy, from the start.” This innate connection to the drums never fails to shine through as she serves as the band’s steady backbone on every single song.

If you don’t want to take my word for it that Born Crooked is a true blues revival on the rise, maybe the fact that Hunter and ARE are finalists in the Grammy Amplifier Competition is more convincing. After landing among the contest’s Top 10 contenders with 180,000 fan votes, Born Crooked is now in the final round of judging with country star Sam Hunt, rapper Big Sean and rock singer Lzzy Hale judging. The winner of this competition will have the unique option to either conduct a recording session with a Grammy winning producer, film a music video, or hold a spot on a major tour or festival. This kind of notice and recognition can only spell good news for the young blues duo and is solid proof that they are the real deal.

With two blistering singles already available on iTunes, “Track Marks” and “Hypnotize Me,” Born Crooked is wasting no time in getting their name out there to establish themselves as champions of the blues. Born Crooked is a bright glimmer of hope and huge stride in the right direction towards keeping the glory of the blues alive.

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College Student Costume Party Ideas & Tips

Are you thinking of throwing a costume party on or off campus with your fellow classmates?

Before you start doing any planning, you’ll need to come up with some kind of a theme. As long as it’s something that would appeal to the majority of college students, it can be just about anything. Once you’ve decided what yours will be, you can start telling all your friends about the great party you’re about to throw for them. Here are some ideas to get you there.

Pirate Theme

Dressing like a pirate has become a popular trend nowadays and not without good reason. Pirates are respected individuals of the past and have a reputation for being both mysterious and in touch with their wild side. Can you think of anyone like this? As college students, you and your friends may find these to be familiar traits of your own, too. A room full of young people dressed as pirates sounds downright intriguing. Your guests are sure to play their roles well even if they aren’t any good at acting.

Medieval Characters

If you’re not into the whole pirate theme, you can always try a Medieval costume party. I’ve seen plenty of these on offer at Costume Collection so you shouldn’t have trouble finding the one to match your party theme. Since the costumes are quite unique and inviting all on their own, you won’t have to rely so much on your actual invitations for getting your friends to come. Whether you or your classmates choose to be a Medieval princess or a simple peasant, you can further set the theme, by using glassware that looks just like the ones that were used in that era. 

As a matter of fact, you can incorporate the theme into the food you’ll be serving in a few different ways. Cupcake sword and shield toppers, for example, will both excite and amuse your guests like nothing else will. You can be extremely creative with the Medieval theme. For this reason, your party will be a big success with even your hardest to please college friend.

Anime Characters

Your anime lover friends will absolutely love you for this, so don’t be afraid to clearly overdo it on this one. Ninjas, school girls, and demons, are all welcome guests at this party. White, vampire inspired candles with dripping blood and ninja star napkins are sure to impress these partygoers. If you want to make your costume party stand out from the others your friends have been to, you can try some of these ideas. You’ll make the overall atmosphere of the party even more fun, by getting everyone together to act out a scene or two from your favorite anime or manga.

What kind of a costume party do you want to throw? Now that you have some ideas, you can choose your favorite one and start planning for it. Whether you decide to go with the pirate, Medieval, or anime theme, your goal should be to make your party truly memorable. By achieving this, you can be confident that your guests will come to your next one and to the one after that. Also, it'll be great to be remembered as that cool college guy or girl that knew how to throw the best parties. By following these tips, you can make your party successful and your reputation shine.

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30 Classic Vines To Awaken Your Once-Lifeless Soul

Vine is coming back and so is my happiness.

Vine, the beloved social media outlet that could turn six, short seconds into endless laughter. Every time someone quotes a vine, my once lifeless soul, is shortly awoken. When I hear the sweet sounds of "He on X games mode" or "I'm in me mum's car, broom broom," my eyes lighten-up and my heart skips a beat.

On behalf of society, I think it's reasonable for me to say: We miss you Vine.

We miss Gavin, Jared, Mrs. Kesha, and all the other weirdos Vine has blessed us with. But, as it's said, "in every darkness there's a light," and this light is Vine 2. Since there has been talk of Vine making a comeback, I have decided to create a list of some iconic vines that make me feel less deceased on the inside. Here are 30 Vines everyone needs in their life!

^ Vine resurrecting from its Internet grave and coming back into our lives.

1. "I love you biiiiitch, I ain't ever gonna stop loving you, BIIITCH"


This vine taught me that chivalry is, in fact, not dead.

2. "What up, I'm Jared, I'm 19.."

To this day I wonder if Jared ever learned how to read.

3. Take On Me Girl

4. The adorable avocado kid

This kid that taught all of us to always appreciate our Christmas gifts, even if it is just a single avocado.

5. FR E SH A VOCA DO

6. "Hi, my name is Trey"

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7. I AM CONFUSION

I say "I AM CONFUSION" about 50 times a day.

8. IRIDOCYCLITIS

9. Corbin Bleu from Jump In?

An honest mistake.

10. Wow

I cannot say the word "wow" without saying it in his voice.

11. I can't swim

12. Barbecue Sauce

A personal favorite.

13. "Okay"

14. Chipotle

This one's for all my basic girls out there.^

15. Gavin

The poster child of Vine.

16. Adam!

17. This is my jam

Everyone loves a good dad joke.

18. Would you please not eat my pants?

College is the goat and I am the woman.

19. It's freakin bats

God bless the seasonal vines.

20. Mrs. Kesha

Everyone loves Mrs. Kesha.

21. Chili's

This is gold.

22. Saxophone King

Such beauty. Such grace.

23. A potato flew around my room

Wow. What a deep song.

24. If your name is Junior

We all deserve to be as confident as Junior.

25. That is not correct

26. I wanna take a nap

Me 24/7.

27. Country boy I love you

This is actually me from when I was in middle school.

Just kidding.

28. When no one in the group chat answers you

Happens to all of us.

29. Two shots of vodka

30. Hello

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