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March 2018

Album Review on Jukebox the Ghost’s “Off To The Races”

Around Halloween, a friend of mine told me he was going to this show called Halloqueen and I immediately was confused. He told me of this band, called Jukebox the Ghost, that dresses up like Queen every year on Halloween and covers some of their songs.

I looked up this band on Spotify and I was immediately hooked. Their Self-Titled album instantly became one of my favorites to listen to. What intrigued me most was the resemblance they have with Queen and the very catchy melodies they produce.

Jukebox the Ghost is a power pop band from the DC metro area consisting of Ben Thornewill (vocals and piano), Tommy Siegel (vocals and guitar) and Jesse Kristin (drums). They have been up and running since 2003.

“Off To The Races” is the bands 5th studio album, an album fans have been anticipating for three and half years. Now let’s break it down!

“Jumpstarted”

  • At first, I was iffy about how I felt about this song, but now it has become one of my favorites.
  • This is a song that most resembles Queen, compared to any other song they have released.
  • Thornewill’s voice and those harmonies are the stars of the song.
  • It’s a song that is literally all over the place, but it really works and came out wonderful.
  • The guitar solo and instrument break is such an homage to the classics.
  • This song shows off the talent that is Thornewill’s voice.

“Everybody’s Lonely”

  • I love the transition of that solo piano to the full band at the beginning.
  • The chorus is very catchy and the rhythm is so upbeat and happy.
  • It reminds me of the songs that I fell in love with on their self-titled ablum.
  • My favorite part is when the song begins to slow down near the bridge and it leads to the harmonized chorus and a solo piano.
  • This is my favorite song from the album.

“People Go Home”

  • From the beginning of the track, it takes on a very different sound compared to other songs they have released.
  • Definitely relatable to those who just work and go home, aka me. I thought it was a cute, little song.

“Fred Astaire”

  • At the beginning of the song, I love the piano and guitar riff that leads into the crescendo of the full band and vocals.
  • The piano is the star of this song and is what makes the song so strong.
  • It is a memorable song lyrically, like most of their songs are.
  • One of my favorite moments in the song is when Thornewill showcases his voice at the bridge.

“Time and I”

  • The harmonizing vocals are a nice touch on this album, and in their music in general.
  • The shining stars of this track are the instrumentals tracks in the back.

“Diane”

  • I love the acoustic guitar in this song, and it isn’t something you find very often in their music.
  • A classic song named after a girl, and has that classic rock feel with an acoustic guitar.
  • This song really gave me John Mellencamp vibes with that mellow and acoustic sound.

“See You Soon”

  • The vocals in this are very calming.
  • Thornewill again shows of his pipes in this melodic chorus.
  • This song is relatable and cute lyrically. We all have people miss and wish to see.
  • One of my favorites on the album.

“Boring”

  • I know I have said that a lot of the songs are relatable, but this one spells out my life to a T.
  • The bass line leading throughout the song, leads it well.
  • “Boring” will definitely be one of those songs that gets stuck in your head because the chorus is that addicting.
  • The instrumental solos are amazing in this album, and it gives me rock and roll vibes instead of just power pop.

“Simple As 1 2 3”

  • They are very wise lyrically and write brilliant songs.
  • This song is more mellow and relaxing, reminding me of the tracks from their self-titled album.
  • Love the melodic chorus and the lyrics in it.

“Colorful”

  • Immediately when this song came on, I thought it was a song that had been made in the 1980s.
  • The beat is so different from what I have heard from them previously.
  • I love the 1980s synth and it is another one of my favorites on the album.

Jukebox the Ghost is very strong at telling a story through each song. This band is very talented lyrically and vocally, and they deserve to be received more.

I give this album a 4.5 out of 5 because I believe their self-titled is still their best, but this album is really great. I seriously recommend it. Get their new album here!

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A Dream Come True: Seeing Your Favorite Band Live

Since I was 15 years old, I have been in love with Paramore. They will always be considered my favorite band and their music will always hold a special place in my heart.

Recently, my sister and I made it official and bought tickets to see them on their summer tour. I have been wanting to see them since I was a freshman in high school. The fact that I finally get to see them, at the ripe age of 25, hasn’t hit me just yet.

Maybe it is just me, but I believe when you get to see that one artist that you truly love, that is one of the most special moments in your life.

Paramore is so much more than a band to me. Their music has inspired me, healed me and made me happy when life likes to kick you around. They are the band that truly helped deepen my love of music.

They have been through so much as a group, and their adversity and perseverance is truly inspiring. In 2010, when the Farro brothers departed from Paramore, I really was afraid that was the end of a talented group of musicians. I actually think I cried because I was so worry to lose something special, at least to me.

Hayley Williams, the vocalist of the band and main songwriter, has been my idol since I was a young girl. There are not many female rock singers, especially in the emo and pop punk genres, who are present in the spotlight or not as successful as she has been. Seeing her thrive and succeed, especially in a male dominant industry, inspires me to dream and try to succeed on my own.

Paramore’s music is wonderful, in my opinion, but that is not what draws them to me. Their lyrics, specifically in their older pieces of work, are so relatable and have always captivated me.

My favorite song by them, even though I have many, is “Renegade.” It is not one of their biggest hits and it was released with a couple of other singles. “I’m a renegade, it’s in my blood.” These are words that have always resonated with me, so much that I had it tattooed on my wrist.

Those lyrics mean that no matter how hard life can get, it is in your nature to be a fighter and not give up. I try to live that by that motto every day. You have to fight for your dreams and fight through the hardships, just like Paramore had to.

I know that they will never read this and know how truly special they are to me as musicians, but I know there are others out there who have a band that they love so much. The fact that I finally get to see them play live, is a dream come true.

Current and Upcoming Tours

Sorry for the lack of posts this week princes and princesses, but I do have a whole lineup of posts to come. I just need to find the time. Hopefully I can get a couple of more pieces up this week.

Today we’ll do a short and sweet post on the upcoming tours that will hopefully make your summer one to remember. Seeing that I am from Michigan, I will be posting dates and locations in that state, but I will also think their website so you can find where they will play near you.

The Acacia Strain

Wednesday, April 4th at 6 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Dashboard Confessional

Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Pop Evil

Friday, April 6th at 6:30 pm at The Fillmore Detroit

We Came As Romans

Saturday, April 7th at 6 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

Moose Blood

Saturday, April 14th at 7 pm at Saint Andrews Hall

Papa Roach

Thursday, April 19th at 6 pm at The Fillmore Detroit

Jukebox the Ghost

Friday, May 11th at 7 pm at Magic Stick

Sum 41

Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

New Found Glory

Friday, June 1st at 6:30 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

The Wonder Years

Tuesday, June 5th at 6 pm at The Crofoot Ballroom

Thirty Seconds to Mars

Tuesday, June 12th at 6 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Paramore

Friday, June 29th at 7 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Weezer 

Friday, July 13th at 7:30 pm at the DTE Energy Music Theater

Vans Warped Tour

Friday, July 20th at 11 am at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre

It has been confirmed that I will be seeing Paramore and going to Vans Warped Tour, so I am very excited for those this summer. Hopefully you all find some good shows of your own!

 

My Makeup Wishlist

Due to my lack of posting this week, I am pushing out two today, but this one is going to be a fun one.

We all have a wish list, makeup enthusiasts and nerds, of all the products we want but necessarily cannot have. This list will probably mostly be Morphe and Anastasia Beverly Hills products that I cannot afford at the moment, but I do hope to cross them off my list one day.

Morphe

ColourPop

Anastasia Beverly Hills

GlamGlow

Nyx Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics

Tarte Cosmetics

I know this list is huge and if you put a certain brand in my face, the list would just get bigger. I hope to own all of these products one day. Have a wonderful night prince and princesses!

Band Spotlight: What You Can’t See

The greatest thing about this website, is getting into contact with up and coming bands, and just discovering new bands in general.

What You Can’t See contacted me through twitter and asked me to check them out, which I recommend other small bands or bands in general to do. I love checking out new music and helping an unknown band get some publicity, even if it is small.

What You Can’t See is a pop punk band from Southwest England. WYCS is comprised of Grace (singer), Tyler (guitar) and Zack (bass and drums).

The band started out writing songs and members came together to help record the songs they had written. When they realized they were all passionate about the idea, they decided to make things official and become a band.

WYCS states that their musical influences are We Are the in Crowd, State Champs and Neck Deep. They define their sound as pop punk mixed with alternative rock with a smidgen of indie influence.

All of their music, for now, can be found on their Facebook page. You will find some great acoustic covers and a couple of original songs. I really love their acoustic sound and the singer has a great indie sound to his voice.

I am very curious to see what they will sound like with some light drums and a piano; to hear that pop punk and indie sound fused together.

Make sure to check out their Facebook page. I cannot wait to see this band begin to grow and see what they really have to show everyone.

Album Review on Moose Blood’s “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore”

It has been awhile since I have done an album review, but I use to do them all the time. The first one featured on this blog will be Moose Blood’s “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore.”

This is my first time listening to their music, so I am going in completely blind. I should make note that this entire post is my opinion and I know not everyone will agree with said opinion. I am no expert, but I do listen to a lot of music, especially in this genre. With that being said, let’s get to the album review.

Moose Blood is an English emo band from Canterbury, Kent. They formed in 2012 and are currently signed with Hopeless Records. Moose Blood comprises of four gents: Eddy Brewerton (vocals and guitar), Mark E. Osburne (guitar), Kyle Todd (bass) and Lee Munday (drums).

“I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore” is the band’s third studio album. An overall opinion, is that the music has that typical mellow, emo feel but Brewerton’s voice is unique to the standard emo genre sound.

I would recommend this album to those who need a cure or perspective on heartbreak and missing the ones that you loved. Now I will go track by track and give small notes, which will be normal for my album reviews.

“Have I Told You Enough”

  • Definitely projects that pop punk sound with very emo lyrics.
  • This song is about a guy saying all the things a girl dreams and wants to hear, speaking from experience.
  • “Haven’t I told you, you’re where I’m meant to be.”
  • This song would fit very well on romantic dramas currently on television.

“Talk In Your Sleep”

  • This has a very similar sound to the first track on the album.
  • About a man missing his girl and how seeing her is still painful.
  • The moment where the guitar fades and the drums intensifies is the best element in the song.
  • Another song that would fit perfectly on a teen romance drama, like One Tree Hill. It just sounded like it would fit very well if that show was still around.

“Just Outside”

  • The drummer really pushes the song along, which I am a sucker for a great drum beat.
  • The light screaming vocals in the chorus is a really nice touch to the song. It encompasses the pain and anger of the lyrics.

“You Left In The Worst Way”

  • The main guitar riff throughout the song reminds me of “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  • I think the guitar and bass really carry this song along, and are the strongest aspects of the song.
  • It is a shorter song and was repetitive.

“All The Time”

  • The vocals that Brewerton projects in the song are probably the best in this entire album.
  • I love that he is matching his tone with the guitar riff in the song.
  • Brewerton really shows his vocal range in this song, compared to the first few tracks.
  • The guitar riff before the bridge is my favorite. I love little unique quirks and moments in songs.

“Can We Stay Like This”

  • I loved the upbeat beginning, because a majority of the album has started off slow. It is a completely different start compared to the beginning of the album.
  • This is another song where he is showing off his vocal range, which is so unique, in my opinion.
  • The bass riffs are the star of this song.
  • The bridge and the acapella part before the start of the last chorus are the best parts of the song.
  • This is one of my favorite tracks on this album.

“Pull Me From The Floor”

  • Beginning beat reminds me of a classic emo song.
  • The contrasting vocal ranges in the chorus are a nice touch.
  • Drums are also very strong in this song.
  • The riffs and drum beat at the end of the song are really cool.

“Walk All Day With You”

  • This is an acoustic track that really shows the vulnerability in his voice, and it really gives Brewerton’s voice a chance to shine.
  • There is only light guitar and his voice, which is all you really need.
  • The part in the song where he says “thank you,” near the end of the track, was very sweet and full of emotion.

“Such A Shame”

  • The chorus with the screaming is the best touch in the song. I wish it was in more of the tracks on this album.
  • Two instrument breaks were my favorite touches.

“Promise Me”

  • The drums beat and guitar start off strong and get it off to a good start.
  • This song actually has a more upbeat feel than the rest of the songs on the album.
  • It makes them sound very comparable to Imagine Dragons, when they aren’t singing pop songs.
  • Bridge and the quiet singing that transitions into an instrumental break is great.
  • This is my favorite song on the entire album.

“It’s Too Much”

  • This is a very different song compared to the others.
  • I love the guitar mellowness and this is definitely a song to listen to on a hard day.
  • The lyrics are powerful and relatable to so many who listen to music as a way to have some sort of escape. They are by far the best and strongest lyrics on the album.
  • We’ve all been there. Where we think we’ve had enough. This song touches base on exactly that.

This is a very emo album and really fits into that subgenre. It is my first time listening to Moose Blood, so I bet they have other great songs.

“I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore” is very one note, but it really did have its strong moments. The lyrics are harsh, realistic and relatable to so many people out there. I would give this album a rating of 3 out of 5.

Again, this is all based on my opinion. I hope you all enjoyed the album. I can’t wait to review more albums and really see what is out there. You can find there album here.

Small ColourPop Haul

While we are still on the topic of all things ColourPop, let’s do a small haul of the items I ordered last week.

I apologize in advanced for the small post and lack of posts this week. I am hoping to get 2 or 3 posts up this weekend. Work has been a little busy this week.

Okay so back to the haul! I bought a few items, right before they just released the new loose eyeshadows that I will buy, and thought I’d share my thoughts.

Supernova Shadows in “Firecracker” and “Hard to Impress”

I have been wanting to try these shadows for a long time, because I am obsessed with a shimmery lid. “Hard to Impress” is more of a warm toned red, and “Firecracker” is a cool tone burgundy. Doing a bold burgundy eye is one of my to go looks so I am very excited to try these out. When I swatched them on my hand, I loved the pigmentation and it did not feel too heavy.

Super Shock Highlighter in “Spellbound”

When I originally purchased this, I thought it was a bright, white highlighter. Once I swatched it, I noticed the light purples and pinks. I should have read it better, whoops. I still think it is a pretty highlighter and I have always been too chicken to try highlighters with pops of color. I cannot wait to see if I’ll be able to pull it off or not.

Ultra Glossy Lip in “Netta”

This is a gloss in Ellarie’s collection with ColourPop. It is originally why I went onto the website. I wanted to review some new products and I knew this collection had just launched. When I saw the color of the gloss, I had to have it. It looks like the perfect nude, where I don’t have to wear any liquid lip underneath. The pigmentation is great and I think this will be my go-to lip when I am rushing to put on makeup.

I am hoping within the next week, to create a makeup look with these products. It’s been awhile since I really glammed up. Have a wonderful weekend prince and princesses!

Brand Spotlight: ColourPop Cosmetics

I have loved makeup for a long time now, and always found it difficult to find great product for a decent price. Drug store products can also be expensive and sometimes the quality is not as great as it seems.

I want a brand where it feels like I am wearing high end makeup but not paying the price. There are several brands out there, and I know there are brands that I don’t know about yet. I cannot wait to discover them.

ColourPop Cosmetics is an inexpensive makeup brand that screams high end makeup, without the huge price tag. I found this brand about a year ago and it has become one of my favorites right now.

The way I discovered them, and started buying from this company, was because I was looking for a matte liquid lipstick that was not going to cost me $20 each. I found ColourPop and heard many great things about their matte lips and it only would cost me $6.

The quality of the product surprised me. I never thought in a million years that a $6 product would sit on my lips all day without budging. I have tried higher end liquid lips and they barely stay on. That is when I knew this brand was going to be my ride or die.

ColourPop Cosmetics is a Southern California-based makeup company founded by Laura and John Nelson in 2014.

According to fashionista.com, the Nelson’s made a conscious decision to market their brand only on social media to an audience focused on millennials. They marketed the brand by having popular beauty bloggers promote makeup products on their social media accounts.

Each product cost less than $10, with the exception of their collections and bundles that they offer on their website. The Nelson’s let the brand speak for itself and do not take the public spotlight that ColourPop has gained. Their customer service is so amazing and spot on, which is sometimes rare with any big named company.

When I first started purchasing products from them, I remember it pretty much only being lip products and super shock shadows. They have grown and expanded their brand so much in the past four years. It is very beautiful to see.

ColourPop has expanded into making eyeshadow palettes, pigments, eyeliners, concealers, highlighter palettes, setting sprays and even their very own brushes. Makeup enthusiasts can now find some of their products at Ulta.

I still think that this company has a huge amount of room to grow and expand the brand. I would love to see them make foundations, contour kits and translucent powders. They can compete with any high end brand and come out on top, in my opinion.

Soon I will be posting my little own ColourPop haul as soon as my order comes in. I cannot wait.
Here are my top 3 products from ColourPop Cosmetics:
1. Super Shock Highlighter in “Flexitarian”
2. Ultra Matte Liquid Lip in “Times Square”
3. Ultra Glossy Lip in “Fairy Floss”

Album Releases Coming in March

After a busy weekend at work, I have found the time to finally post and I am so happy. Today will be a short and to the point post.

The best thing about a new month, is all the music that is going to be released. March is not as busy with album releases as future months, but we got some good ones coming out. Here they are:

March 9th

Three Days GraceOutsider

March 23rd

blessthefallHard Feelings

March 27th

BronnieGet a Grip

March 30th

Escape the FateI Am Human

Jukebox the GhostOff to the Races

The two I am most looking forward to are Outsider and Off to the Races. I listened to the single that was released from Outsider and it was pretty good. It’s hard to get use to a different voice as the lead of Three Days Grace, but I think this is going to be a decent album for them.

Off to the Races is an album release I have looking forward to all month. Jukebox the Ghost have released a couple of singles, “Everybody’s Lonely” and “Jumpstarted”, and I just love them so much.

Keep these dates in mind and hopefully your favorite band is releasing something this month! Here is a look at Off to the Races.

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