Greta Van Fleet: The Next Politically Charged Rock Band

Greta Van Fleet: The Next Politically Charged Rock Band

If you don't know who Greta Van Fleet is, you're about to.

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It's been a long time, at least, for Rock 'n' Roll to have a new and equally-talented version of a famous rock band from the glorious era for rock that was the 60's. When fans of 60's Rock 'n' Roll heard there was a new millennial band that sounded just like Led Zeppelin, many were skeptical. How could one band ever replace the dynamic duo that was Robert Plant and Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin? As much as fans of the 60's rock band wanted to admit no one could ever replace them, they found them in Greta Van Fleet. If you don't believe me, listen to Greta Van Fleet's song "When The Curtain Falls" for yourself.

By now you're probably saying, "Okay, yes they sound like Led Zeppelin, but what does this have to do about rock music influencing politics?" I'm glad you asked. As stated before, it's been a long time since the music community has seen a rock band that is almost identical to that of a 60's rock band. Not many of the numerous rock bands from the 2000's have had political messages to the degree as what has been written about from the 60's. Many of today's bands are fairly uneventful politically and culturally compared to the 60's. With the recent election of Donald Trump and the rapid advances in technology, as a society, we have seen an increase in people spreading information via social media and publicly protesting against the system. With today's youth culture looking more and more similar to that of the Baby Boomers in the 60's it only makes sense that the music world now has a band that has political themes in their lyrics. Greta Van Fleet may very well be on the cusp of the next political and cultural revolution.

To better highlight Greta Van Fleet's political themes, one can look at the lyrics to their song "Brave New World" off their new album. "Brave New World" states the following:

Take one look at your skies

And in the darkness realize

Kill fear, the power of lies

For we will not be hypnotized (Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of The Peaceful Army, 2018)

These lyrics are a cry for the youth of current society to get ready for the new cultural revolution: it is on the rise, and there's no stopping the force it will become. Once it happens, Greta Van Fleet says, you can not let fear stop you from taking part in the movements of the day because being politically active is how we, every common person with nothing but a voice, keep the establishment from using us, controlling us blindly. While Greta Van Fleet may be one of the latest additions to the rock music scene, they are very keenly aware of everything that's happening politically. In my opinion, the more music of this caliber that they put out in the years to come, the more traits we will see in them that are common to the political rockers and rock bands that came before them, such as Bob Dylan and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

Hulu is slept on

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I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

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If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

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I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

9. Smallville

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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