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Seeing My Favorite Band Again!

This past Saturday I saw the band All Time Low in concert! It was one of the last shows of the first leg of the Summer Ever After Tour, which they co-headlined with Dashboard Confessional.

All Time Low has been one of my favorite bands since 2007 and I’ve seen them 12-15 times over the years (most of that was when I was in high school). As always, they put on an amazing show that kept me dancing and singing like it was nobody’s business. They played a great variety of songs from most of their albums; some that I’d heard live before and others that I hadn’t. Right now, my favorite song by them is “The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver,” and I got the best surprise when they started playing it (that was one I hadn’t heard in concert)!

The coolest part about going to this concert was that it felt like I was seeing old friends after a long time (I went to a show a couple of years ago that All Time Low was part of, but unfortunately, I missed their set). Like many of their fans, I’ve grown up with them as they’ve moved forward in their career as a band and as musicians. It’s been really awesome to see how far they’ve come, which definitely shows in their music.

I don’t go to concerts as much as I used to, which is a shame because I love concerts. For me, they’re a safe place to let go, live in the moment, and share those few hours with a bunch of strangers who have come together to have a great time. Saturday’s show was no different and it was something I didn’t know I needed. My anxiety has been through the roof lately and it felt really good to have a nice mental break to listen to music I love in a space where I could just let loose.

This is one of the photos I took. It’s not the best and I would have loved to have taken better ones, but I was also trying to stay off of my phone as much possible so I could truly enjoy seeing things live instead of through a screen.

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What do concerts mean to you? Have you been to any great ones this summer? Let me know 🙂

Current Music Favorites

Anyone else like making playlists, discovering new songs, and just great music in general? ‘Cause I certainly do.

I have a lot of favorite songs, but I thought I’d share ones that are more recent (from this year and last year). A lot of my favorite bands released albums in 2017 and 2018, so to make sure they didn’t take up this whole list, I only chose 1 song from each – NOT easy. Plus, I wrote a post in December on my favorite albums of 2017 so I didn’t want to have too much repeat.

Let me know if you give any of these a listen!

  • “Told You So” by Miguel
  • “Flowerss by HalfNoise
  • “Homemade Dynamite – REMIX” by Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone, and SZA
  • “Passionfruit” by Drake
  • “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5 feat. SZA
  • “20 Something” by SZA
  • “Winterbreak” by MUNA
  • “The Last of the Real Ones” by Fall Out Boy
  • “Almost Had Me” by Lights
  • “Don’t Come Down” by The Maine
  • “Little of Your Love” by HAIM
  • “Sparking” by Eisley
  • “Rose-Colored Boy” by Paramore
  • “Ground Control” by All Time Low feat. Tegan and Sara
  • “Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Get Out” by CHVRCHES
  • “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers
  • “Party on Apocalypse” by New Found Glory
  • “Sit Next to Me” by Foster the People
  • “Lustration” by Circa Survive
  • “Dangerous Night” by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Okay, guys, now it’s time for you to tell me songs you’re currently loving! I’m always looking for new music, so let me know!

Favorite Lyrics From Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that Paramore is my absolute favorite band in the whole world. After a long yet worthwhile wait, they released their fifth studio album, After Laughter, last May.

This album is brilliant because it overflows with honesty and emotion, which also makes it incredibly relatable. Although the music is upbeat and makes you want to do a little dance, lyrically, it’s some of the band’s most powerful work.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big music lover and part of that is because of song lyrics. Whether you’re going through a difficult time or a positive experience, there’s something out there for everyone. Words are so influential and really help with expression. Paramore nails it when it comes to that.

I listen to After Laughter a lot, but it doesn’t get old. Since I love it so much, I wanted to share my favorite lyrics (not an easy task, by the way).

“Reality will break your heart // Survival will not be the hardest part // It’s keeping all your hopes alive // When all the rest of you has died” – 26

“Of all the weapons you fight with // Your silence is the most violent” – Tell Me How

“Hard times // Gonna take you down a laugh when you cry” – Hard Times

“I know that you’re afraid to // Let all the dark escape you // But we could let the light illuminate these hopeless places” – Idle Worship

“You say we gotta look on the bright side // I say well maybe if you wanna go blind // You say my eyes are getting too dark now // But boy you ain’t ever seen my mind” – Rose-Colored Boy

“And I don’t pick up when you call // ‘Cause your voice is a gun // Every word is a bullet hole // Shot a hole in the sun” – Forgiveness

“Time is a bastard // I won’t break my neck to get around it” – Grudges

“Nostalgia’s cool // But it won’t help you now // A dream is good // If you don’t wear it out” – Caught in the Middle

What are some of your favorite lyrics (Paramore or not)? I’d love to hear them!

My Favorite Albums From 2017

I know I’m not the only one when I say that I love music. I love going to concerts, the excitement when your favorite band announces their new album, the community, and the emotional connection songs create.

2017 was a great year for music, and to celebrate that, I wanted to share my favorite albums that were released! This isn’t meant to be a review of any kind, just me sharing my favorite albums from this year. I’ve also included a few songs from each album for you to listen to so you can see what you’re in for!

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The Maine, Lovely Little Lonely – I listened to The Maine in high school, but never really kept up with them. They dropped their song “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” at the beginning of the year, so I gave it a listen. Clearly, I enjoyed it because it led me to check out the rest of their newest album. These are great songs to jam loudly to in your car.

Songs to check out: “Don’t Come Down,” “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu,” and “The Sound of Reverie”

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Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming – Sherri DuPree-Bemis has such a sweet, beautiful voice. The songs from this album are catchy and make you sometimes feel as if you’re in a dream or a different world (that’s how I feel at least). There’s always been something about Eisley that I’ve found to be whimsical and fairytale-like.

Songs to check out: “Always Wrong,” “Defeatist,” and “Sparking”

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HAIM, Something To Tell You – The HAIM sisters’ sophomore album continues to showcase their talents as musicians. They have an 80s vibe (stylistically as well – love it!) that you can dance and sing along to. Plus, Danielle Haim’s voice is brilliant.

Songs to check out: “Little Of Your Love,” “You Never Knew,” and “Kept Me Crying”

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Lights, Skin&Earth – This is my first album from Lights, and I really enjoy it! The songs are accompanied by a comic series she created/designed (I’m slowly collecting all of the issues), so it’s cool to see how they connect and feel like you’re a part of the story. I also like that the album consists of different sounds with each song.

Songs to check out: “Giants,” “Savage,” and “Almost Had Me”

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All Time Low, Last Young Renegade – I’ve followed these guys for most of their career. I’ve seen them through all of their album cycles and have watched them grow, both as individuals and as a band. Their latest album, Last Young Renegade, really shows that growth through lyrics and sound. It’s definitely darker than any of their other albums, but I think it just shows they can tackle anything!

Songs to check out: “Ground Control” (feat. Tegan and Sara), “Dirty Laundry,” and “Last Young Renegade”

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Paramore, After Laughter – Like many Paramore fans worldwide, I was anxiously awaiting this album. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect, though I don’t think I was expecting such an open, honest set of songs (not to say their other songs aren’t honest because they are). I’ve leaned on this album so much, and the lyrics express things I feel like I’m never able to fully get out. It’s therapeutic and relieving.

Songs to check out: “Rose-Colored Boy,” “26,” and “Hard Times”

Do you like any of albums I mentioned? What are some of your favorite albums from 2017? I’m always looking for new music, so let me know in the comments!