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.

Back on Vinyl with Emily Kinney’s “Back On Love”

By Rhiannon Levengood

Emily Kinney gives us a sticky sweet taste of new music with her 7-inch EP Back On Love featuring the title track “Back On Love” and “Popsicles.” Both singles give off a quirky pop vibe as Kinney masterfully illustrates the emotions, struggles, and pleasures of her love life using detailed metaphors and poetic phrasing.

A battle against inevitably falling in love is the inspiration behind “Back On Love.” Emily describes her pledge to freedom faltering as a new man makes her question her decision not to mingle. She compares her craving for his intimacy and adoration to the dependency of a drug addiction. While she recognizes the risk of heartbreak, she finds herself going back to him for “one more hit.” The song is driven by a simple, sprightful guitar riff and paired with a rhythmic clapping beat that pulls the listener in from the very beginning.

The bounciness continues with “Popsicles”, a poem which depicts Kinney’s emotions over a breakup; and eventually her frustration and anger over wanting to find that old love in someone new. She paints a landscape of changing seasons and feelings with her lyrics, and as the song progresses and the vibrant colors dull with an unusually hot autumn, so does the belief in love she once had.

With this 2-song teaser, Emily sets the tone for her upcoming music, which we can expect to be unlike anything she’s ever released before. She tells Coveteur that she plans on spending more time on her next album by working with different producers.

“[…] I think it’s going to be a while until I release another full album. I want to take a lot of time and work with different producers before the next one, but I didn’t want it to be two years until I released any new music.” – (Emily Kinney, Coveteur)

You can catch Emily Kinney in ABC’s new show Conviction on Monday nights at 10pm.

Walker Stalker Con: Atlanta 2016 – A Bloody Good Time

By Rhiannon Levengood
Photo by RomeyRo Films

One of my absolute favorite television programs is AMC’s The Walking Dead. I’ve been a fan of the show since 2011 and if you’ve never seen it or have no idea what it’s about, I advise you to get on Netflix right now and just give season one a try. Trust me, you’ll be happy that you did. Continue reading “Walker Stalker Con: Atlanta 2016 – A Bloody Good Time”