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Holy Festival of Colors.  How have I never heard of this before?  I must go next year.  So beautiful.

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Why “Of Monsters & Men” Will Be Your New Favorite Band

I had the pleasure of seeing Of Monsters & Men twice in the last week thanks to my good friend Angela.  Like everyone else, I put “Little Talks” on a mix a few months ago and I sang along and pictured myself drunk on a ship lost at sea, but I never really got beyond that song at the time.  So, I didn’t really know what to expect going into their show.  And I’ll be the first to say, I can’t remember the last time I was so blown away by a new band.  Apparently this is their first US tour, and almost show is already sold out.  Not too shabby from an unknown band all the way from Iceland, huh?

The music is dynamic, layered, emotional and sentimental.  The lyrics are heavy and light.  Both of the singers have distinct sounds that stood as high as a mountain apart, but blended effortlessly together.  Gang vocals (my favorite) filled up any empty space in the room, making choruses exponentially powerful and unmistakably addicting.  Everything about their performance was hypnotizing.  The second I got in my car, I threw on their EP and it has been playing on repeat ever since.  

And while the music itself is so sincere and heart wrenching, the band members carry themselves with the greatest sense of humbleness and goofiness that adds to the richness of the whole performance.  They’re young and free and you can feel that from a mile away.  The two singers will banter with each-other between songs in bad English that almost sounds like it could come straight out of Borat’s mouth.  The whole venue was bursting into laughter watching the quirky duo go back and forth the whole night.  It’s all so endearing and adorable.

Oh.  And I’ve always had a thing for bands who drink on stage.  I know, I know.  Way to be superficial, Jac.  I know it’s stupid and absolutely unrelated to the music, but it’s something that sets the vibe for the performance and the band as a whole.  It’s kind of like “we love what we do, so we’re gonna have the time of our lives.”  I hate when bands take themselves too seriously and try to put on this picture perfect persona.  Let loose.  Have some damn fun!  Every member was chugging on a beer between songs, and it just made me want to chug a beer with them.

Oh, and not to mention, their pianist / accordion player might be the most beautiful boy I have ever laid eyes on.  I think that might be the best part.  That is all.

For fans of Fleet Foxes, Edward Sharpe, Angus & Julia Stone, & Mumford & Sons.

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Bambooooozle through MY eyes.  And what a wild weekend it was.  I released a sneak peak of my new summer line (which includes a slew of new custom boyfriend tanks), a buttload of “I HATE EVERYONE” military jackets, flannels, and jean shirts and jackets, AND my new silver ring line.  Basically everything was entirely new, and you guys ate it up!  I was so nervous going into things, because I had no idea what the response would be.  So THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by and hung out at my tent.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Business aside, it was amazing to see some old friends this weekend.  Most specifically the guys in The Maine and Boys Like Girls.  Some of the nicest boys I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  The Redbull artist lounge did us DIRTY.  Giving musicians and open bar is always a good idea.  Yikes.

Now it’s time to start planning for Warped Tour!  I cannot believe it’s only three weeks away.  Oh myyyyy.

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The Concept - Gimme Twice

If you’ve been going through Phoenix withdrawls lately, I have your cure.  Enter : The Concept.  Okay, maybe they only have two songs out right now, but trust me, they’ll suck you in like you’ve never been sucked in before!  (That sounded gross).  They’re dancey, poppy, happy tunes.  Just what you need to start your weekend off right.  You can thank me later.

For fans of Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, The Temper Trap, etc.