Hidden Gems From Popular Alternative Artists

Hidden Gems From Popular Alternative Artists

Hidden gems are hits too!
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Nowadays people love catchy pop music and we can all see why: it's fun. Catchy pop songs are fun to listen to, you mesmerize the lyrics instantly because the words instantly hook you, and make you want to dance. In the world of continuing pop music, one thing emerges from all of the new catchy songs: artists and bands have much better songs than the ones that get radio play. Here are a few artists and bands that got famous for pop songs, but have other songs that are much better than their most played ones!

1. Walk The Moon

Famous song: "Shut Up and Dance"

"Shut Up and Dance" got famous in late 2014, for all of the right reasons. It was a fun song, the lead singer from Walk The Moon has a catchy, charming voice, and the lyrics tell listeners a little love story.

Lesser known songs: "Tiger Teeth" and "Surrender"

Both "Tiger Teeth" and "Surrender" are off of Walk The Moon's third studio album, What If Nothing. Both of these tracks illustrate the band's abilities to create not only heavy pop-influenced songs but instead create an emotional journey for listeners. The whole album is worth a listen, as are their first two albums!

2. The 1975

Famous song: "The Sound"

"The Sound" was a catchy tune, gaining fame in early 2016, because of it's funky vibes and interesting background music, along with the lyrics and the voice of the band's lead singer, Matty Healy.

Lesser known songs: "Robbers" and "A Change of Heart"

Off of The 1975's first studio album, "Robbers" causes a whirlwind of emotions throughout the track. The song really illustrates the band's ability to make a movie out of a song, and overall make genuine art. "A Change of Heart," off of the band's sophomore album is a sad, yet happy song, about changing your heart or mind, for better or for worse. Both songs prove the fact that The 1975 isn't solely just a pop-heavy band.

3. AWOLNATION

Famous song: "Sail"

"Sail" was AWOLNATION's jump onto the mainstream charts. Lead singer, Aaron Bruno's, vocals make for a very interesting song and story throughout this track.

Lesser known songs: "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)," and "Woman Woman"

"Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" and "Woman Woman" are both off of AWOLNATION's sophomore studio album. "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" is a fun track, about facing your fears. "Woman Woman" is all about female empowerment and how women are perfect beings. Overall, all of AWOLNATION's tracks are perfect for your new workout playlist and will make you feel pumped!

4. Vance Joy

Famous song: "Riptide"

"Riptide" was Vance Joy's simple hit and pushed him onto mainstream charts. Using his mad ukulele skills and very interesting vocals, Vance Joy created Riptide and made fans go wild for the track.

Lesser known songs: "Saturday Sun" and "Bonnie & Clyde"

From Vance Joy's sophomore album, "Saturday Sun" and "Bonnie & Clyde" are two hidden gems. "Saturday Sun" is a happy, ukulele ridden tune that will warm your bones and just make you happy. "Bonnie & Clyde" takes you on the journey of the infamous crime duo, from start to finish. It's kind of a downer, but it's definitely worth listening to!

Artists nowadays are famous for songs that are poppy and uplifting, but some of their lesser known songs are true gems and deserve some more recognition. Have a great day and happy listening everyone!

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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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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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