LANY Lays Down New Beats

LANY Lays Down New Beats

Your summer soundtrack is ready, and it's coming to you live from LANY.

The indie-pop group LANY is on an upward climb, with their smooth electronic beats and moody lyrics. If you don’t know who they are you should definitely take the time to get to know them and fast. Since the release of Acronym EP back in 2015, LANY has been weaving their way into the hearts and ears of people all over the world. The song ILYSB picked up a lot of attention through various platforms along with Walk Away and Hot Lights following the EP's first release.

Their newest release The Breakup, much like the rest of their stuff, makes you almost nostalgic of a love you may have not even had. It’s the type of music you blast in the car with your friends at night. A type of music you can fall in and fall out of love to. This, we can safely assume, is a little taste of what we can expect from their upcoming self-titled album. When asked if that was a safe assumption, one of the three members, Paul Klein, replied with “it’ll be more of the same, but we think these are the best songs we’ve ever written”.

Being only weeks away from the release of their debut album I sat down with Paul Klein, the group's front man, to talk about their music, inspiration and their upcoming stop here in Charleston, South Carolina. LANY’s track record is pretty impressive and growing. With shows backing artists like Ellie Goulding, Halsey and Troye Sivan they can no longer be considered rookies. When asked why they are often grouped together, or placed in the same genre, Klein says that since LANY also has a distinct sound it makes them similar, but still incredibly different. This is pretty prevalent when they’re grouped together with groups like The 1975. When asked what Klein thinks of this association he responded with, “I think The 1975 has a really strong brand and I think LANY’s brand is really strong. I’ve always said that we don’t sound anything like The 1975, but I think people feel the same when they listen to them as they do with us, and to be thrown around in comparison to a band that’s that big, and is that much of a global phenomenon, it’s a compliment, so I’ll take it.”

Their newest song The Breakup will be denser lyrically “and at times self-deprecating which [the fans] haven’t seen from us before, so there all kinds of nuances that are signs of growth and improvement." Even though a lot of their stuff is more electronic and synthesized, when given the taste of acoustic music from the band, the reaction of fans is incredible. I asked Paul what he thought of these kinds of reactions, “It’s so fascinating how much our fans love the stripped down version of things, that’s cool, that’s nice and I get it. I think if a song is good then it can be great… that’s the true test. If you can sit down at a piano and play it and it still feels complete and it’s moving then it's a great song and I think we have a few songs that we could strip down, and it’d be really fun to do, and maybe we’ll do that in the future."

After a string of arena tours and playing in front of thousands at various music festivals like Bonnaroo, Firefly and Lollapalooza they’ve returned to smaller venues. This time the shows are much more intimate, offering up a completely different atmosphere. This atmosphere goes well with the moody, but still upbeat music they're putting out. Their distinct sound gaining them fans all over the world and offering up a new and unique listening experience. Since going on their own tour they’ve played smaller cities and smaller venues across America. When asked whether or not they were excited to come to Charleston, Klein admittedly said that Charleston would be one of the better-known cities on the tour.

Finally, when asked whether or not Klein could remember one specific moment where he realized their popularity there was some hesitation. He recalled a show of a crowd of about a thousand people. There he had been the most nervous and hadn’t been expecting what he was showing up to. Klein went on to say “I’m satisfied and I’m happy with how we’re doing but I’m not gonna say I wanna be the biggest band in the world, until we're there how can we get bigger everyday, how can we reach more people, how can we play bigger venues, and do this better than anyone’s ever done it before.” Even with big plans and even bigger talent, there are still people out there who have yet to hear about this eccentric group and with their upcoming schedule, I’m fairly certain that’s going to change. LANY is definitely going to be, not only the soundtrack of the summer, but the soundtrack of young people everywhere.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is The Must-See And Must-Hear Movie Of 2018

If you haven't yet seen the new Queen movie, when you do, you definitely won't regret it.


"Bohemian Rhapsody" was hands down one of the best movies we have seen in a long time.

Focused on the life of Freddie Mercury and his career as the lead singer of the well-known rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody paid a great tribute to the late singer. Rami Malek plays Freddie with extreme talent, there wasn't one moment throughout the movie that I thought anyone else could've played the part.

If you don't know who Rami Malek is, this was not his first movie, he played in the Twilight Saga's "Breaking Dawn" (parts one and two) and also in multiple "Night at the Museum" movies. Also featured in the movie were Mike Meyers, and Allen Leech ("Downton Abbey's" Tom Branson).

It cannot be said that Rami didn't channel Freddie's personality.

The actor and the movie itself did a great job as portraying Freddie as the legend he truly was. It walked us through a brief mention of Freddie's humble upbringing as Farrokh Bulsara and the very beginnings of Queen, to the Live Aid concert at the Wembley Stadium in London six years before his passing. Watching the movie, you feel all of the emotion, the confusion, the love, the eccentric personality of Mercury, and the sense of family the band really had despite disagreements they had throughout their career.

Of course, I wasn't even born when Queen was performing, so in a way, I feel it might not have affected me emotionally quite as much as the way it affected many others in the theater. With laughter, tears, and even clapping, we were all engulfed in the life and career of Freddie Mercury.

Although some things may have been a little more dramatized or even underplayed, such as Freddie's sexuality, relationships, and the other band members' lives it was a great movie. In my opinion, even without those aspects, you could still relate and feel what Freddie was feeling, it did touch on a few relationships, however, this was not the focus of the movie and I don't feel it needed to be.

While the "Tomatometer" on Rotten Tomatoes only gave the movie a 60%, the "Audience Score," shows that 94% rated the movie with a score of 3.5 stars or higher. Some people who left reviews on IMDB felt the movie should have shown more of Freddie's life after Live Aid, and another review of only 3/10 stars claimed, "This move comes off like a LIFETIME film and not a serious Queen or Freddy Mercury Biopic for the big screen." Despite reviews such as this where people claimed to be disappointed, from the 55,071 user ratings, the movie earned an 8.4/10.

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