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

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?

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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

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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

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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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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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Artist Spotlight: Lil Skies

This is not another "Lil" rapper.

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If you have not heard of Lil Skies then go on to Spotify and Apple Music and listen to his music. On the surface, he might look like your regular clout rapper. He has face tattoos, smoked weed, and raps about parties and girls, BUT his other tracks talk about his constant hustle and his dedication to his mom who constantly worked to pay their bills. In his interview with Montreality, he discusses his idol a man who was extremely tatted, but walked around like nothing and did not care about the stares he received. On the topic of the law of attraction, Lil Skies stated: "I definitely do believe in this sh-t, if you think positive about something and I feel like it will happen." He mentions manifestation and how he would speak it to the universe and it happened for him. As someone who believes in manifestation and intentions, it was nice to hear that one of my favorite rappers also believes in that and is accomplishing his goals.

Another thing that sets Lil Skies apart is that he keeps to himself on social media. He lets his actions speak for himself and he usually does not start beef with other rappers or talent. Instead, he keeps being consistent with his music by releasing music videos and collaborating with other artists like Wiz Khalifa.

In the same interview, he discusses how he is a very romantic person with significant others, but he is also trying to spoil the other women in his life like his mom, who he gave a present to on stage at one of his concerts. His fans can see how silly he is on funny moment videos about him. But he is also serious about drugs and says that he only smokes weed and does not want to fall victim like other artists.

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