5 Reasons You Should See a Band You've Never Heard Of

5 Reasons You Should Go To A Concert Of A Band You've Never Heard

Everyone likes music, and everyone should try to step out of their comfort zones. Why not do both at the same time?


I am the kind of person who is obsessed with music--and I think that in some shape or form we all kind of are--but more specifically, live music. Normally I try to see one concert a month, and sometimes that's difficult, as bands typically tour heavy in the summer, but not so much around December and January. Somehow, I still try to find a way to fit one in. And sometimes that means not knowing exactly who the band is.

That probably sounds crazy to a lot of people. Actually, a few months ago I asked a friend to go to a concert with me, but she said no on two premises: one, it was on a Thursday and she had class the next day (which, okay, is reasonable), and two, she only kind of knew one band out of the three playing. She knew that I didn't know any of the three, and yet I was bent on going--and I did go, by myself. And that was the best decision I had made in a long while.

I urge all of you to go see a concert where you really don't know the band (or bands) playing. Here's why:

1. Broaden Horizons

Crowd cheering at concert

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If we're talking being really bold here and seeing a band you've never even heard of, then this one is quite obvious. If you have zero idea who a band is at all going into the show, you're going to come out with at least some idea, good or bad. Whether that will be a new genre you never thought you'd listen to, or just a different sound to a genre you already did. Even if you come out not liking the music, that's an experience no one is going to be able to take back from you.

And if you do go to a show with only an idea of who a band is, chances are they're still slightly outside the realm of music you typically hold yourself to. There's a slightly better chance that you'll come out enjoying yourself, but even if you don't, at least you gave it a shot, right?

2. Make-or-Break

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Nothing really makes-or-breaks a band like their liveshow. I've had experiences where I really loved a band when I streamed their music, but when it came to the actual show, it was a little disappointing, and afterwards, I found I couldn't really enjoy their music as much as I had before. I mean what sucks the energy out of the music more than just all members of the band standing their doing exactly what they need to (i.e. play their instruments) and then walk off the stage. No fan interaction, no running around, no nothing. If I wanted that, I'd go see an orchestra performance. On the flip side, I've had an incredible experience at a concert that made the band's music much more enjoyable to listen to--they're actually one of my three favorite bands of all time now because of it.

My point is, when you've listened to an artist for a while beforehand, even if it's just a month or so, there's a lot of expectations on the show itself, and sometimes it's easy for a band to fall short of those expectations. When you don't know the band playing, there's no expectation to hold up. There's no thoughts in your head telling you how good they should be. And if you love them, streaming their music will always carry that weight of the concert.

3. We All Do It Anyways

Band playing to small crowd

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Chances are when you buy tickets to see a band play live, you don't know who the opening band is. And maybe you don't walk out of the show totally in love with the opener. Chances are you probably won't, and probably won't go out of your way to see them again. But that's because you didn't go to that concert for them, you go for the band they're opening for. Your memories of the show will be full of the band you knew, the band that you wanted to see. So when you take the bigger band out of the equation, you find that there's nothing overshadowing the band that you don't know, and that means you're going to walk away remembering exactly who they are.

4. But Concerts Are Expensive!

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Yes, concerts can be pretty pricey, I can't lie about that one. And yes, streaming is totally free. I have two things to say to this.

One, there's absolutely no experience with streaming. The only sense that's used is hearing. And chances are you aren't devoting every part of your brain to listening to music you've never heard before. Chances are you're going to be doing something else while you're doing that and then you won't remember what you had listened to, or know if you liked it or not. When you see a band live, you're fully immersed in it. Every sense is devoted to this one experience. You are totally focused on what's going on around you at the venue, and I promise you, those are memories that won't fade as quickly as remembering what you streamed yesterday.

Two, the music industry is a hard place to earn money. Streaming has surpassed digital downloads and physical purchases of music, and artists make less per stream than they would per download. So there's two ways to go about this. If you really liked the band, you're supporting the artist in a much stronger way than you could any other way. The live sector of the music industry is a huge profit maker, a trend that's fairly new to the industry. Artists make almost half of their profits from touring, and by going to the show, you're supporting that. And if you don't really like the band, well, even if you then think it's a waste of money, just remember that you're still supporting someone's dream. Maybe you don't like what they're putting out, but it's still some human being who is trying to make a living off their dream--wouldn't we all like a little support in our search to live out our dream?

5. Won't It Be Awkward?

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The answer to this question is quite simply "no," but if you're as stubborn as I am, you're probably going to need some more information.

Right now, just picture what the last concert you went to looked like. If you're thinking of an arena show with tens of thousands of people, then I can promise you that you will be surrounded by thousands of people who know the band and are super excited for the show. Worried you'll be the only one who doesn't know anything? To be honest, you probably won't be; someone else probably dragged along someone so they wouldn't be alone. And the energy in arena shows are impossible to sit in and feel awkward. You feel so involved in what's going on, even if you're sitting all the way across the arena from the stage. You soak in the energy from everyone around you, so much so, that you're still going to be amped when that band or artist walk on stage, whether or not you know any of their songs.

If you're thinking of a smaller venue, anywhere from a hundred people to a little over a thousand, then my suggestion is to totally throw the question of the awkwardness out the window. You're surrounded on every side by people who are going to be screaming the lyrics back, jumping up and down, getting really into the music. Sure, it might be weird at first, but it's weirder if you just stand there. The energy from the band and the crowd is second to none and impossible to ignore. There's no standing still when the crowd is energized and moving all around.

It's always a good idea to step out of your comfort zone, and going to see a band you've never heard before is the perfect way to do that.

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.


Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

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    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake


    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

    Nicki Minaj


    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

    A$AP Ferg


    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"

    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    Repeat These Khalid Songs To Prepare For Mayfest

    A list of Khalid songs you need to know in order to be adequately prepared for Mayfest.


    The day everyone looks forward to since the first day of fall semester: Mayfest.

    This year we are being blessed with the musical stylings of Khalid (which will undoubtedly be an improvement from Gucci Mane - sorry if there are any devoted fans out there). In order to be prepared for the madness/greatness that is quickly approaching this April 26, listen to these Khalid songs so you get pumped/can sing along with everyone else/so you can say you know who Khalid is before spending money on a ticket.

    1. "Location"

    A classic. I am almost certain everyone has heard this song at least once, whether aware or not. It's soft and vibe-y. You can just sway back and forth as you bask in the smoothness of Khalid's voice.

    2. "Outta my Head" with John Mayer

    Naturally, any song featuring John Mayer is destined for success. This is no exception. Khalid delivers a catchy, fun song with the help of Mayer. It was just recently released on his new album, "Free Spirit."

    3. "Young Dumb & Broke"

    My anthem senior year of high school whenever I was about to make a questionable decision. It might be a little strange singing it in college now that we are supposed to be ~adults~ but you know, still a jam.

    4. "Heaven"

    Another song off his new album, "Heaven" truly showcases Khalid's talent and range. It is kind of slow and sad, but regardless it is a great song that you might enjoy.

    5. "Coaster"

    Another song that shows Khalid's slow and sensitive side, "Coaster" is a catchy song that will undoubtedly be played during Mayfest.

    6. "Free Spirit"

    Considering it's the name of his newest album, I'm guessing "Free Spirit" will be featured during the concert. It's catchy and fun and really a song for anyone!

    7. "8TEEN"

    Another catchy one that celebrates youth, I promise you'll find yourself singing along to this one without even realizing it.

    Happy listening and HAPPY MAYFEST!

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