Female Artists You Should Be Listening To

Female Artists You Should Be Listening To

Let's see the rest of the talent; ignore over-commercialized mainstream.
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1. Warpaint

A female quartet from Los Angeles, California. Warpaint formed around 2004 and has shifted members in the past few years. John Klinghoffer was their first guitarist until he left to join the Red Hot Chili Peppers. David Orlando was the drummer till 2009. Eventually, they built a current roster with Stella Mozgawa, who displays her skill-set with live performances and on the two studio albums. This band displays great layers of compositions adding group vocal harmonies throughout their discography. The sounds portray an eerie dream pop with a bit of art rock. The combination of time signatures are gratifying, and the talent can be heard between each instrument. The band has released 3 studio albums and one EP. Their third studio album, Heads Up, just came out this past September. Recommendation: New Song

2. NAO

Neo Jessica Joshua, aka NAO, is a singer and songwriter from London, England. Her songs are a mix between R&B and electronic music. You may have heard her vocals on songs from beatmaker Mura Masa, or the Disclosure album Caracal. NAO came out with her first studio album, For All We Know, this past July.The album is number #3 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums Chart. Recommendation: Bad Blood

3. Alessia Cara

The Canadian singer and songwriter is popular for her song “Here,” a song supposedly about not enjoying parties while being at one… Her song has been on commercials, television shows and is performed at many music festivals.The interesting thing to note about Cara is that she’s only 20 years old and still has so much potential. Her album Know-It-All is an underrated album that is worth consideration and a listen, especially if you only know her sleeper hit.

4. Hinds

Another quartet lady band, but this time from Madrid, Spain.The indie rock crew is getting popularity this past year from their album Leave Me Alone.They had some singles before their debut in 2015 and supported well-known bands like The Libertines, The Vaccines and the Black Lips that promoted their popularity, mainly in the United Kingdom. They’ve done a world tour already and played at many international music festivals. If you’re reading this now, go check out Hinds. Fun Fact: originally the band was named Deers, but they had legal issues with another band with the same name, so they changed it to Hinds, which is a female deer. Recommendation: Warts

5. Tinks

Trinity Home is an American songwriter and rapper known as Tink. The Illinois artist started getting attention from her mixtapes she recorded in high school. Now 20 years old, after seven mixtape releases, Tink got signed with Mosley Music Group, a label from Epic Records which is run by producer Timbaland. The 20-year-old young woman now has an album Think Tink, which was released October 30th. Recommendation: Ratchet Commandments

6. Bishop Briggs

Scottish London-born Sarah Grace McLaughlin is Bishop Briggs, and she has been one of the breakthrough new artists of the year. Residing in Los Angeles now to launch her music career has landed her singles The Way I Do” and River,” to commercial success. "River" is a top ten single, climbing the U.S. Rock Charts. Rolling Stone considers her an artist you need to know. Briggs' massive vocals break off right off the bat. She has toured with Coldplay and should be having a debut album next year with Island Records.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

Comedy Central

Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

Showtime

Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

Amazon

Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

HBO

Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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