The Nashville Knack: Plaid Brixx

The Nashville Knack: Plaid Brixx

"What is a Plaid Brixx?"

Plaid Brixx are one of those bands that you think more about the name at first, but you are drawn in to listening to their music out of this curiosity. The after effects of playing a song by Plaid Brixx is pure and joyful, but simply listening to a song by the band does not complete the character of this energetic, fun, and lively trio of talented musicians.

The first member of the band that I met was Chris Duggan (Lead Vocals/ Guitar). Chris certainly stood out with his uplifting charisma and high amounts of energy ready to be used on stage (See picture below for a visual representation). I soon met Mark LeRose (Drums) and Jared Sawaya (Keys).

Mark was the first person that Chris convinced to join his band, after asking him a few times to cover Blink 182 songs in high school. The unique nature of the band makes their music stand out more. An interesting fact about Mark is that he is a substitute teacher, and has been recognized by his former students at shows.

Jared has an interesting back story coming from United Arab Emirates to move in the United States. After coming to the United States, he went to Chris and Mark's show. He was welcomed with open arms after the show. He wanted to play music with Chris and Mark so he started by learning to play keys just to be in the band.

It is one thing for a band to have incredible music, but having personality to back each performance makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Even before I sat down to do the interview, Chris was jumping up and down with excitement ready to play the show (Note this was three hours before their performance).

After their start in 2013, the journey that the band has been on has brought them to many great journeys playing in the smallest venues imaginable, being nominated for an independent music award in 2015, and now on their dream tour with the hit band We The Kings (Listen to "Check Yes Juliet" for a flashback).

Of course this did not come easy, but with songs like "Don't Look Down" they have yielded amazing results racking up over 100,000 views since the start of their tour. The question of what these songs are inspired by are girls and aiming to make people happy with every play. Goal achieved.

Plaid Brixx brings a unique combination of fiery spirit, energy, and character in every song. The band holds a lot potential with the future to come. With the tour with We The Kings, Plaid Brixx will rise to take over the future of the music industry.

Cover Image Credit: Jesse Wilder

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.


These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

You're welcome!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


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15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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