I Don’t Know How, but the Music Found Me

By Rhiannon Levengood

I hate how cliché it feels for me to answer with “everything” when asked what type of music I like. But there is no simpler way to say that I appreciate and adore every single genre of music. I grew up listening to country music, the typical 90s boy bands, and everyone in my family could vouch that I was Britney Spears’s biggest fan. Even as a child, I could rap every word to an Eminem song—not that I knew what exactly I was saying, but the sounds were there. And of course, I was born to be Stevie Nicks’s littlest fan.

Music has always been a part of my life, so it makes sense that I’ve gone through phases in my almost-24 years of living. My music taste has grown with me the same way we mature and discover new interests.

As October 2017 comes to a rapid close, ending my 23rd year of listening to rad music, I’m here to share what I’ve been listening to obsessively these past few months. So, sit tight and proceed with an open mind, because this is going to be an eclectic ride.

With unsettlingly blunt lyrics and an electronic sound reminiscent of the Killers and Muse combined, I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (IDKHBTFM) gives us their brand new single entitled “Choke.” The group is comprised of two well-known band members from the emo side of music: Dallon Weekes (the Brobecks, Panic! At The Disco) provides the eerie, Gerard Way-esque vocals and bass for their latest release; and Ryan Seaman (Falling in Reverse) supplies the beat that marches the song along.

Earlier this year, IDKHBTFM released their debut single “Modern Day Cain” along with an 80s style music video that left more questions than answers. Similar to the band Where’s Fluffy? from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, IDKHBTFM is keeping their project as low-key as possible, leaving their fans anxiously waiting for more. Luckily for us, though, their upcoming shows aren’t entirely secret and can be found here.

Detouring away from the alternative rock genre and straight into the heart of pop music, I bring you Sabrina Carpenter’s newest single “Why.” Just last year, Carpenter released her appropriately named sophomore album EVOLution, which was followed by not one, but two headlining tours across the US, and appearances in the UK, Europe, Brazil, and Japan. But if the #Carpenters thought for a second she’d be taking a break soon, they were wrong. Like my taste in music, Sabrina’s craft is ever-changing, so she is forever working to keep up with it.

“Why” continues to prove that her sound is evolving as she grows. It uses a synthesized beat and vocal effects to fit in perfectly with mainstream radio, which is exactly where her talent belongs. To put it simply, this song is a bop and I highly recommend it.

If you are anything like me, you start listening to Christmas music in September because it’s been ingrained in you from years of orchestra, choir, and concert band. Fortunately for us Christmas enthusiasts, Sabrina Carpenter has released two covers just in time for Halloween!

Another artist who is experimenting with her music is my personal favorite, Emily Kinney. With a new album on the horizon, Kinney teases her fans with “Mermaid Song” to give us a glimpse into her new sound. Her first two albums and two EPs have been folk-americana, giving her music an indie acoustic vibe that I’ve grown very fond of. However, “Mermaid Song” has more of an electronic energy that, when paired with her sweet, angelic voice, portrays a dreamlike sensation that’s absolutely addicting.

It’s been an incredible year for music so far. With artists and their sounds progressing the way that they are, I am extremely excited to see what’s to come from my favorites; and even more thrilled to discover up and coming artists as well.

Top 10 Bands That Should Be on Your Warped Tour Itinerary

By Mario Corsaro

The Vans Warped Tour, currently in its 23rd year, continues its reign as summer’s premiere touring festival as it makes its trek across America .

This year’s lineup is loaded with big names, and due to the multiple stages running simultaneously throughout the day with times being under wraps until the morning of, it is not always easy to plan ahead and see everyone you want to see. So as the venue gates open and you make your way to the inflatable schedule filled with anticipation for a day of music and fun, here are 10 bands that are a must see to make your experience at Warped Tour a memorable one.

  1.  GWAR
    The costumed legends will surely leave fans covered in fake blood and are a can’t-miss at this year’s Warped Tour. Known for their gore-filled horror stage show and comedic personas, GWAR will definitely be putting the shock back in shock rock. You can catch them on every date on the tour.
  1. CKY
    The West Chester/Philadelphia natives return to the Warped Tour for the first time since 2000, fresh off their recent release, The Phoenix. Known for drummer Jess Margera being the brother of skateboarder and reality star Bam Margera, the band’s songs have been featured in the likes of Viva La Bam and Jackass. Who knows, maybe you will run into Phil and April at the merch tent as well.
  1. Beartooth
    Formed in 2012 by former Attack Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo, the Columbus, Ohio metalcore outfit has seen a rising success and continues to be a standout in the scene. Blending metal with the styling of hardcore and punk rock, Beartooth are sure to draw some of the wildest crowds of the day.
  1. Hatebreed
    Headlining an already stacked list of heavy acts on the bill this year, Hatebreed are to get the circle pits going. With their aggressive sound and energetic stage presence, fueled by crunching guitar riffs and the barking vocals of frontman Jamey Jasta, metal fans in attendance will definitely be left sore the next morning from all the headbanging.
  1. I Prevail
    Warped Tour newcomers I Prevail are another highlight of the many metal acts taking the stage this year. Growing in popularity since their founding in 2014, the Michigan four-piece is breathing new life in the metal scene and is likely to become a future repeat performer.
  1. Silverstein
    Canada’s own Silverstein is playing Warped Tour for the eighth time. The band from our neighbors up north may have some surprises along the way for fans. At the Camden date this past Friday, the band invited GWAR bassist Beefcake the Mighty onstage, thus resulting in him “killing” bassist Billy Hamilton and taking his place.
  1. Andy Black
    Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides founder and frontman, is going solo with his new project, Andy Black. Straying away from his hard rock and metal roots, Biersack is opting for a more stripped- down, pop rock formula. Expect Andy Black to attract a very diverse crowd.
  1. Bad Cop / Bad Cop
    The all-female, So-Cal punk rockers may be coming in as an unknown to some, but rest assured they are going to make a name for themselves by tour’s end. With their skate punk look and attitude, Bad Cop / Bad Cop truly capture the spirit of what made Warped Tour so great in the late 90s and early 2000s. Don’t miss them!
  1. Memphis May Fire
    Playing their fourth Warped Tour since 2012, Memphis May Fire continues to sustain their success as a recent tour staple. Look for these guys to find their way on many more Warped Tours in the future, as they consistently are a huge draw amongst the younger crowd.
  1. Too Close to Touch
    Signing with Epitaph Records and releasing a debut EP in 2014, Too Close to Touch have emerged from their underground status in the post-hardcore and alternative scene. They return to Warped Tour this year, and will likely find their way back in the years to come.

To find tickets for a date near you, be sure to check out vanswarpedtour.com

First 100 of AC Moyer’s ‘Size Zero’

By Rhiannon Levengood

Admittedly, I’m a very slow reader. I’ve never been sure if I’m just physically slow at reading or if it’s somewhat intentional. I pay attention to details. My mind paints a scene as the words provide each stroke. An extremely detailed novel gives itself a film and takes me awhile to digest.

Which is why I’m only 100 pages into
Size Zero by AC Moyer.

But the first 100 pages have created such a story already that I have to write about it.

When I greeted Moyer at BookCon 2017, she was as mysterious as the black novel she was selling. Her booth was decorated in mirrors, casting back a distorted image of passerby. I had no idea the symbolism it reflected from her book until I started reading it.

Size Zero is a crime novel that is centered around the world of fashion and modeling. The story follows Cecil LeClaire, an heir to his mother’s modeling empire, as he discovers the truth to his childhood girlfriend Annabelle Leigh’s disappearance many years prior to her death. The story itself has depth that I haven’t experienced from a novel in quite some time. It’s well thought out, so far leaving no loose ends fraying, but just unraveling enough to keep the pages turning.

I am only 100 pages into this captivating story, but every chapter is as riveting as the previous, pulling me in deeper with every page. The only story I can compare it to is Henning Mankell’s Wallander saga, which happens to be my favorite crime series. I feel as if I’m diving into another one of his novels, and I could not be happier.

Stay tuned for a full length review, but if you’re interested already, you can preorder AC Moyer’s novel here! Be sure to follow Moyer on social media for updates!

Size Zero Website
AC Moyer Website