6 Great Bands You've Probably Never Heard Of

6 Great Bands You've Probably Never Heard Of

"Just because you never heard of any of these bands, doesn't make them any less great."
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Those of us in the music scene know all the new, up-and-coming bands. But what about the bands that have always been there that were just simply overlooked? As someone who's loved the same few bands since middle school, there's reasons I've been a fan for so long. Every time new friends asks me what my favorite band is and what my favorite song is, very few know the band, and even fewer know the song. After being loyal to these bands for around 8 years, I think it's time to share the love.

1. The Maine

This band is first on the list because I'm in love. Seriously. They're my all-time favorite band. I know every single one of their songs and I own all of their albums. At first their songs may seem surface-level, a number of their songs are of the standard boy-band material; sex and drugs. However, many others have much, deeper meanings and the others are fun to jam to. With their newest album, American Candy, they are being brought more into the spotlight and more and more people are becoming familiar with them. It's been great watching them grow and I'm proud to live down the street from them in the Maricopa County, Arizona area.


2. Safety Word Orange

I bet I have you with this one. To be honest, I know almost nothing about them. I mean, who names their band Safety Word Orange?? With a whole 4,000 "likes" on Facebook, this band doesn't even have an album. They have 2 or 3 EPs, the newest being from 2013. however, their lack of popularity doesn't mean they aren't great. Every single one of their songs does not disappoint! Their on this list because my favorite song of all time, Slow Motion, is by them. Even though I don't know much about them, this song has had such an impact on me. It's a nice, acoustic song with a great message and the singer truly has a beautiful voice. I can sit back an listen to this song on repeat over and over. You have to check it out! In addition to this soft ballot, they also have standard alternative-rock songs that are just a good!


3. Anarbor

Many people know this band from Scooby Doo The Mystery Begins. Or you've heard their song in the movie before but never realized. If you haven't heard their song on Scooby Doo, you've probably heard their other song, "Let The Games Begin" on the NFL while watching your favorite team. Their single in Scooby Doo was the reason I first discovered them back in 2009. After hearing their Scooby Doo single, "You and I", I immediately bought their album and since then, they have only gotten better.


4. Brighten

This band is great because some of their songs are super upbeat and others are super serious. my favorite song by them is called "Where We Belong". This is one of my al time favorite songs and I can listen to it on repeat all day because it's so fun. The lyrics are also super meaningful and positive! The main singer in this band was previously in the band, A Rocket To The Moon.


5. Valencia

Valencia hasn't made any music since 2010 but I still consider their songs to be some of my favorites. The first song I ever heard from them was "The Space Between". At first it sounded like another angsty love song, but again, there was so much more meaning. After that I became a fan of some of their other songs and I still listened to their music up to their last album. Their songs are upbeat but have meaningful lyrics, especially "I Still Need You Around".


6. The Wonder Years


The first song I ever heard from The Wonder Years was "Washington Square Park". At first, I thought the song completely sucked; there was no real rhythm, pattern, or beat to it and the lyrics seems absolutely pointless. After a while, the song started to grow on me and I could clearly identify the overlying message, making it one of my favorite songs. The Wonder Years music is a clear example of how the dumb, pointless, alternative rock bands music, is actually, well WONDER-ful. After becoming a big fan of the song, I became a big fan of all their other songs, "Came Out Swinging" becoming my second favorite, and I love their newest album.

Just because you never heard of any of these bands, doesn't make them any less great. You never know where you'll find hidden gems. If this music means so much to me, it will mean a lot to others as well.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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