If You Haven't Heard Of The Wrecks, You're Missing Out On The Next Big Band

If You Haven't Heard Of The Wrecks, You're Missing Out On The Next Big Band

Seriously.

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When I say that a band has a better live show than All Time Low, then you better believe that they're good, because I love All Time Low more than ANYTHING on this earth.

First off, The Wrecks, in total, have only nine songs out, but this didn't stop them from going on a headlining tour and putting on a captivating show from start to finish. To fill the holes, they played a few songs that haven't been released yet, and even played a cover song.

I had the pleasure of seeing these lovely dudes at Delmar Hall over the weekend, and it started out only going because tickets were only $16 - and we had already seen them before back in April when they opened up for this band called The Maine, who are also amazing, if you don't know who they are.

"Favorite Liar" and "James Dean" are my absolute favorite songs by these boys - so when they played them (almost back to back) I POPPED off, and only got like 30 seconds of each on video, but that's alright cause I had the best time.

Nick, the lead singer, didn't stay still in one spot, except for when he played an acoustic song. But, he was all over the stage, and even in the crowd. Yep.

During a few songs, he jumped down by the barricade and stood on it, holding hands with some people and nearly falling into the pit - where I believe he would've been eaten alive because that pit was WILD.

What made the whole performance even better, and kind of badass, honestly, was the fact that Nick was sick with like a sore throat type thing. That didn't even stop him from going hard, screaming and hitting some high notes, but by the end, his throat was nearly killed. His voice was raspy and you could tell it was on its last leg.

These guys are similar in sound to All Time Low, Waterparks and State Champs, so if you like those bands or have seen them live before, then The Wrecks are right up your alley, and you don't want to miss out!

Aside from their music, the guys are also super sweet and down to earth as well.

One of our friends won a game show and his prize was a signed shirt, and while we were waiting after the show for him to get it signed because he had gotten us merch for another show we couldn't go to, we decided to pop outside and say hello to some of the other members that were hanging around. Let me just say that these boys braved the St. Louis weather, which speaks volumes.


Nick Anderson from The WrecksMegan Courtney

Pictured above is Nick, the lead singer, who was a TOTAL SWEETHEART. I told him a story, which is kinda funny now looking back on it. When we saw The Maine in April, The Wrecks were the openers, and Nick jumped into the crowd to crowd surf. He ended up falling on me, and popped my neck, and it hurt for like three days...he laughed and apologized, but I couldn't keep a straight face while I was telling the story.

Bottom line is, if you don't know who these guys are, you are missing out because their music is bomb, and they're nice boys, what's not to love? Check them out! What are you waiting for?

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















Cover Image Credit: Nicki Minaj

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Mitski, And The Far-Reaching Effects Of Inclusive Music

Mitski Miyawaki is an excellent example of women being inclusive in music

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"I've been stronger than I'm expected to be because I'm a woman. I'm weak and I'm not allowed to be, because then I lose my ability to control my destiny or whatever.", states Mitski Miyawaki in a recent interview with GQ, putting into words what I've been struggling to efficiently articulate for the longest time. This self-awareness exists in so many ambitious women with dreams & goals- we are allowed to be successful as long as we try ten times harder & sacrifice ten times as much. The divide is pretty visible in the world of music, & Mitski is an important & intelligent mouthpiece to voice the need for inclusivity, whether that's through her songs or interviews. While increased inclusivity helps female artists, artists that bring perspective & inclusion to their music are just as important for listeners such as myself, & Mitski is one of the best examples I can think of.

Mitski is truly a singer for this generation, or if that's too much of an extrapolation, she's at the least the singer I've needed- her lyrics are honest to a point, & seem to understand what so many other songs don't. She wants to be in love but recognizes how much of what she wants is just an idealization, such as being in love with the moment & mistaking it for the person. She wants to be praised for being a singer & lyricist because she is a singer & a lyricist, not because she is a woman good at being a singer & lyricist. She is a minority, & understands the struggles of reconciling homeland tradition & culture with the need to fit into American ideals. And above all, she is not afraid to make music about any of this- her songs reflect growing up & navigating through life in an intensely relatable way, & have helped me reflect & learn about myself.

In her most popular song, Your Best American Girl, Mitski tackles identity divides- the lyric "I guess I couldn't help but try to be your best American girl" resonates with me & the millions of other girls who come from immigrant families, who figured out for themselves what being a minority in America meant, & struggled with how to keep up with differences compared to their peers while maintaining a certain level of culture. I think we were all Mitski's worry at some point in our life- was I being too Indian that time in seventh grade I corrected my history teacher on a pronunciation? Or was that just my internal fears getting in the way of my confidence that I knew what I was talking about? How hard did I try once upon a time to be someone else's "best American girl?", & despite how much I love my culture & tradition am I still sometimes trying to reach that ideal?

If I'm honest, I'm not sure, but I know I'm on the journey to finding out, as is the girl in Mitski's song- there's a significant transition from "Your mother wouldn't approve of how my mother raised me/but I do, I think I do", to "But I do, I finally do." This gradual but permanent change encapsulates my path from a perceived need for conformity to appreciation & acceptance of my cultural identity. This inclusion of minorities & our specific experiences expands to the use of Japanese in the song First Love/Late Spring- it doesn't matter that the majority of Mitski's listeners won't understand what she's saying- all that matters is that she is unapologetic in the inclusion of her culture, & won't compromise that for western conformity.

I once joked that Mitski was possibly the closest thing I had to therapy sessions, but it's actually probably true. The song Nobody off her latest album, Be The Cowboy, is not only a certified banger, it covers the exact emotion of just wanting someone to be around you when things are down, but not having anybody around that wants to be that. Coming to college knowing absolutely no one at this school, this song was my soundtrack to quite a few nights of not knowing who to talk to because I just wasn't close enough to anyone I'd met yet- that's all changed now, but the fact that there is something I can play at 3 a.m. for this exact feeling is exactly how all of Mitski's music works. A song doesn't have to be happy to be satisfying, & often I just need something to sympathize with how I'm feeling instead of trying to fix the situation-like Mitski says, "I don't want your pity/I just need somebody near me".

As someone defined by a vested interest in music & feminism, finding an artist like Mitski feels like finding the rare pearl inside an oyster (an experience I have yet to actually do, so this metaphor may be for nothing)- someone who understands not only what it is like to grow up as a women of color is an over-saturated field, but who is able to put that into music. I don't want to be a musician, but going into a government field feels like it holds the same challenges of acceptance & inclusivity, & seeing Mitski find success without having to compromise her culture or identity, instead choosing to spread her experiences to a wider audience gives me hope I'll one day be able to do the same through a different medium.

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