reasons to come early

REASONS TO COME EARLY: Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast’s 2016 album, Psychopomp, is probably one of my favorite albums of last year. Filled with an eclectic range of sounds from shoegaze, psychedelic rock, to pop, Michelle Zauner fills in her album with accounts of pain and beauty through incredible music. Honestly, I went to a Porches show last year to see Japanese Breakfast open, and man, I must say, that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Enthusiastic energy carried the show with lots and lots of jumping and a lovely surprise cover of “Dreams” by The Cranberries! As a shoegaze fan, I cannot express more excitement for the duo of this amazing band and of course, Slowdive. If you’re even remotely on the fence about attending this show, I hope this is enough of an encouragement: think of it is as a two-in-one experience!

-Maddie Budreau

Get tickets here for Slowdive with Japanese Breakfast at 9:30 Club on May 7.

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Adjusting your eyes to the light reflecting off of your phone screen, you noticed Justin’s name under the caller ID, causing you to furrow your eyebrows, confused and tired. He was supposed to be at a club, which you declined going to, with his friends and you expected him to be there until early hours in the morning. No reason would quite come to mind on why he’d be calling. Especially at this time of night.

“Hi babe” You groaned, but held a smile whilst fluttering your eyelashes, still trying to adapt to the light. Seeing Justin in which looked like the back of a car, you figured he was on his way home or going to Za’s place. “Why are you calling?”

“I just wanted to say hEYY!” He squealed dragging out the ‘hey’ before bursting out with giggles like a little boy. “Wait what?” He continued giggling as he looked over to his right as if he was speaking to somebody else. “Ohh and Za wanted to say hey!”

“Alright” You let out a laugh as you pulled the thick sheets over your body for warmth “How many drinks have you had?” You asked, struggling to keep any more laughter inside. He was acting like a complete dork and you couldn’t help but smile at the silly comments he’d keep making.

“I don’t know. None?” Justin replied sarcastically, before moving the camera closer and closer to his face every second, sticking his tongue out and acting as if he was five.

See this is one of the many reasons why you turned down tonight, not that there was anything wrong with Justin’s drunk and dorky side, intact you loved it and it pushed to you a point of laughter where you couldn’t even breathe. But god, if you were ever with Justin in public, he’d do pretty much anything and everything out of his way to make you laugh, not only embarrassing himself, but you and all his friends. Overexcited would be an understatement.

“Whatever you say, but boy you’re drunk” You stated, joining in and making stupid faces, causing Justin to burst out with even more laughter than you thought was possible; Honestly, the faces you made weren’t that funny.

“oKAY! But you look REALLY hot right now” He whined, struggling to even say a sentence without stuttering. “And cute” He added smiling, causing you to roll your eyes and laugh over the fact that he probably didnt even know half of the things that were coming out of his mouth right now.

And with that, your whole night was basically just listening to even more of Justin’s dorky but cute comments and watching as he acted like a child, which you didn’t mind one bit.

the signs + arriving to things early or late
  • Aries: intentionally late just to be a rebel
  • Taurus: who even knows..you'll be lucky if you actually get to them to agree to come
  • Gemini: actually plans on coming early but ends up late for some reason
  • Cancer: accidentally early; they forgot the time, thought they were late, rushed to meet up and ended up there before anyone else
  • Leo: intentionally late so they can come in and make a scene
  • Virgo: usually on time but if they come late its probably because they actually didn't want to go
  • Libra: late but only because they were too busy deciding if they actually wanted to go or not
  • Scorpio: comes on time just to spy on how things are going and then leaves early
  • Sagittarius: late because they didn't even remember ???
  • Capricorn: *supposed to come at 4:00* *intentionally walks in at 4:02 just so it doesn't look like they had nothing better to do*
  • Aquarius: comes early, leaves late
  • Pisces: always late.. by usually an hour or five who even knows if they'll come tbh

REASONS TO COME EARLY: Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band

On March 21, emo and indie fans alike will flock to 9:30 to witness Modern Baseball’s first-ever performance at the Club. But for soulful rocker Kevin Devine of the opening band, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, this isn’t his first appearance, and it likely won’t be his last. Devine, a Brooklyn native, has ten full albums under his belt, two of which were recorded with the Goddamn Band. His sound ranges from indie rock to folk with thoughtful lyrics that often tread onto political ground. The slow acoustics feel similar to Neutral Milk Hotel, but the raw lyrics are as powerful as Brand New. This is no coincidence considering Jesse Lacey of Brand New is one of Devine’s close friends and producer of his 2013 album, Bubblegum. Devine has consistently made music for the past 15 years and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Through his music, you can feel the honesty and sincerity as Devine critiques himself and the world around him.  Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band are sure to put on a great show and shouldn’t be missed. I promise you won’t regret showing up a little early to catch this great performance!

-Kaelin O’Donnell

Get tickets here for Modern Baseball with Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Sorority Noise, and The Obsessives at 9:30 Club on March 21. 

Why I #StanMonstaX

I saw another post like this floating around, and I thought it was a lovely idea. What a great way to fill a tag with positivity. I’m not very good with graphics or editing, but I am good at writing, so this is my story. This is why I #StanMonstaX. 

I was first introduced to Monsta X during the 2015 MAMA awards. I was fresh to the KPOP fandom, and to be perfectly honest, I’d only tuned in to watch BigBang perform. That’s how new I was: I only listened to BigBang. This was the year when the VIP fandom erupted with indignation that all the other artists had left by the time BigBang received their Artist of the Year award; everyone except Monsta X.

I’d thought this song was a bop when it played earlier in the ceremony, and the fact that they stayed when literally everyone else took off made me curious. (Granted, there were reasons those other artists had to leave early, but that didn’t come to light until the hype died down a bit.) That was when I looked into Monsta X for the first time. I watched their MVs and liked the music so much, I bought their stuff on iTunes. Then I watched Deokspatch. Finally, it was time for the dreaded reality show. 

Knowing already how No.Mercy ended took away some of the pain and anxiety that first wave stans must have felt. I’m really against these kind of reality shows. I think they’re unnecessarily cruel. It’s even worse when you get attached to someone who gets cut, and like so many of the participants on No.Mercy, you never hear from them again. But as heartbreaking as it was, it gave me greater insight into the members’ dynamics and personalities. 

Hearing Wonho and #Gun talk about their mothers, seeing Wonho literally sobbing because he felt so terrible for his mother’s financial situation, broke me. A child of a single mother, I have felt that pain; watching your mother struggle so hard and sacrifice for you because she wants better for you than what she had. It makes you want to quit, to do whatever you can to help her at home, but you know that the best path for you is to continue forward because if you quit then you’ll both be stuck in the same position. At least if you keep working, you can help them out when you succeed. 

I felt pain for Changkyun when he was introduced to the members halfway through the show. It’s never easy to be the new kid, and Starship made it a hundred times worse by throwing him into a volatile situation. I sympathized with his plight. Nobody wanted him there, but he had to persevere. He on the outside. It’s always heartwarming to me to see how much the other members like him now when compared to how rocky their relationship was in the beginning. 

To be honest, it was their personalities that really closed the deal for me. I sometimes find it hard to get into the music. KPOP gets into trends, and then everything produced sounds similar so what makes a group stands out to me are the members. Monsta X may not have had the strongest tracks or the best costuming, but their personalities are priceless. 

Shownu looks intimidating and unapproachable. Early in their career, he developed a rep for being robotic because he wasn’t comfortable in front of the camera. It gave people this idea that he wasn’t emotional, but he’s actually very quiet and sweet. Recently, you can see that he’s starting to feel more comfortable on camera, so he’s opening up more and letting you see his humor, which is dry and subtle, and it’s really entertaining to watch him catch his members off guard with it. He’s also becoming more comfortable showing his caring side, and it learning to express his affection for his members more. Remember that Shownu is an only child; he’s never had siblings to be affectionate with. It’s taking him longer to figure out how to fit in with a group of boys that he has to live and work with; who have to be like brothers to him. He’s the leader, but he’s really quite shy. 

Minhyuk took me a long time to understand. He’s quite effusive and he talks a lot, and in general I find that hard to relate to. But what I failed to see at first was that part of the reason why he tries so hard to entertain is that he’s nervous. He doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. So if there’s every an awkward silence, he just fills it up with chatter and keeps going, hoping it will smooth over the disruption.

Kihyun is a little savage. He’s always ready with a quick jibe. He likes to play around with the members and is quite mischievous. I feel like his personality is similar to mine. Despite being the lead vocalist, people would often tell me that Kihyun didn’t stick out to them. The thing about Kihyun is that you won’t notice him until he wants you to. He’ll pop out like a ninja, make a wickedly funny joke usually at his members’ expense, and then retreat again. But I feel like this side of his personality gets eclipsed by this “mom” role that’s sort of been foisted off on him. Don’t get me wrong, he’s done well embracing it. I just worry that in the fandom that’s going to become all people see, and the only thing they know about him. Yes, he likes cooking and cleaning–I have a strong feeling that he’s a little neurotic–but that doesn’t erase everything else. 

Hyungwon is my other fave, and like Kihyun, it took me a while to figure him out. I often refer to Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, and Changkyun as the savage line. They are always ready to roast each other and everybody else. It’s not because they’re mean. It’s just because a little joke can help lighten the mood and resolve tension. At first I thought Hyungwon was a little snooty. Then I realized that he’s just a little more withdrawn than the other members. He sits back and watches things, which makes sense because when you really get him talking, he gives you little bits of insight into an interesting philosophical view. That and the fact that he doesn’t care whether or not he’s making a fool of himself or looking dumb made me love him. There’s a carefree nonchalance about him. 

Wonho is soft and sensitive, highly emotional; he cares a lot for his members, his family, and the people around him. That includes his fans. I believe he’s genuinely touched and still in awe that there are so many people around the world that like his group and support him. I’m not sure when he got this rep for being “4D,” and I really dislike that term in general. It’s just another way of saying weird, which is a term that tries to enforce normative behavioral standards on people. Frankly, I like the way Wonho thinks. He’s fun. He’s interesting. And it bothers me that people are calling him weird just because he’s not boring; yes, that’s what I think. I think normalcy is just another word for boring. 

Jooheon was actually the member that drew me to the group. I’m a big fan of hip-hop and rappers in general, and his rap game is on point. He’s very charismatic. What threw me off was his tendency toward that baby-aegyo thing he does. I don’t really like aegyo to begin with. I feel like it’s always awkward and forced, and I don’t like it when they try to force adults to look or act like children (a contention I have with KPOP in general). I really just don’t get the appeal. To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out Jooheon and understand how he can put out these incredible mixtapes but still be very childish and innocent. I’ve got my eye on him though. 

Changkyun is such an enigma, I think. He does whatever he wants without a care for consequences, and I think that’s lovely. I hope he doesn’t lose that quality. It makes him stand out in an industry that wants everyone to be the same, to fit into a “type.” He’s an original; not a dancer, rapper, vocal, or visual, or whatever other “types” or labels people come up with. He’ll always surprise you. I feel like whatever he does, he just wants to enjoy doing it, and if he’s not having fun, then what’s the point? And that’s beautiful. 

This got really long and rambly, and of course it’s loaded with opinions, but that’s why I stan Monsta X. They were the second boy group I ever listened to in KPOP, and they hold a special place in my heart. I am always rooting for them to go far and be successful: as a group, as individuals, and wherever their path may lead them.

Shower thoughts

So, I was in the shower just now and I thought about shaving legs. Not in the sense that I should really shave my legs (although I’m sure some people would think I kinda should…, that’s beside the point), but in the philosophical sense. Why do people shave their legs? Hell, why do I shave my legs?

I came to the conclusion that I shave my legs for one reason: my boyfriend.

Now before all the feminazis jump up and come to early conclusions, shouting ‘That’s oppressive!’ Hold your horses, shut up and read on.

It’s not oppressive at all, and I’ll tell you why. I shave my legs for my boyfriend, but I don’t do it because he asks me to or because he expects me to. He doesn’t. Whenever I shave my legs (which really isn’t very regularly, to be fair) I do it because I choose to do it for him. I make that decision and I do believe he likes it, but he will never ask it of me or expect it of me.

I think that is what feminism is, what freedom is: that choice. The choice to do something that may please someone, but only because you want to do that. If I choose to shave my legs every week, that’s fine. If I choose to do it only once every few months, or hell once a year, that’s fine too. 

anonymous asked:

How to do know that frank actually has a dildo? Not that I don't believe you, but just wondering also now I can't stop thinking about frank taking his dildo with him on tour and fucking himself in his bunk with it imagining it's gerard

I’m pretty sure i read it in a snippet of an interview somewhere, you could probably find it if u searched a bit but i especially remember them joking abt franks big black dildo and same dude just frank not being brave enough to proposition gerard and thinking his feelings would never be reciprocated so he just takes his giant dildo into bed with him and fucks himself with it while the others are out and he thinks he’s alone so he’s making so much noise and moaning gerard’s name while fisting his cock and bouncing on his dildo. for some reason gerard comes back early but frank doesnt even hear the bus door open and he keeps going and gerard hears him and he can’t believe he’s hearing frankie moan his name while he’s playing with himself and he sneaks behind him, bats frank’s hand away from his cock and replaces it with his own, kissing his neck and whispering what a slut he is. frank doesn’t even have time to be embarrassed that gerard found him like this because his words are going straight to his cock and he’s coming.

Pig Wk 11 Thursday

My first tempo run outside this training cycle! I got off work early, so I had time and decent weather to do my marathon pace run in a nearby neighborhood before the sun went down.

I’m shooting for 6:18/mi or better on these to equate to a 2:45 marathon. Having used the treadmill so much, I wasn’t sure my legs could handle running this fast on flat ground, but I’m super happy to average 6:16/mi without feeling like I killed myself:

There’s not much use in hiding it, but the reason I was able to come home early is that my company decided to shut down operations. They announced it on Tuesday, so I’m just hanging around for a few weeks to keep things running while they unwind the business.

I was there almost 11 years, so it’s a bummer to not see things continue to thrive considering how much time and effort I put into it. I’ve got severance and several prospects lined up already, so I’m not worried. This gives me opportunity to find something really awesome. Not sure what my work/life balance will look like for the next couple months. Hopefully something conducive to training as I’ve become accustomed.

REASONS TO COME EARLY: The Antlers

There are so many words that could describe The Antlers’ ethereal sound, but the one that always comes to find for me is “dreamy.” Listening to the band’s lo-fi, folky tunes is like being transported to another world. The three-piece from Brooklyn mixes synths, strings, piano and more to create a completely unique, dream-like sound.

Started as a solo project by vocalist Peter Silberman, The Antlers’ first album, Uprooted, was self-released in 2006. After releasing one more solo album, In the Attic of the Universe, in 2007, Michael Lerner and Darby Cicci joined to make The Antlers the group we know today. Since 2007, the band has released three more incredible albums, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and had their songs featured in many TV shows and movies. You may have heard their song “Kettering” in Chuck, “Rolled Together” in Suits, or “Drift Dive” in the movie The Age of Adaline.

The Antlers, while creating music that is an escape, also write lyrics that are as relatable as they are beautiful. Praised for their incredible narrative on all their albums, The Antlers find a way to create poetry on every track. So, mark your calendars for Hozier on June 20th at Merriweather Post and be sure to get there early. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer night than listening to The Antlers under the stars.

-Janice Freeman

Get tickets to see The Antlers with Hozier at Merriweather on June 20!

Photo of The Antlers at 9:30 Club by Travis Bozeman.

REASONS TO COME EARLY: Cherry Glazerr

Admittedly, Cherry Glazerr isn’t the first female-fronted band with an attitude, so in that sense, they aren’t a novelty. But with Cherry Glazerr, it feels less contrived and more genuine. Straight out of California, they quickly rose to prominence with their second release, Haxel Princess, and they seem to be everywhere from soundtracking high-fashion runways to horror movie trailers. Haxel Princess tackles some of the usual suspect topics of youth like young love, pop culture, vices, and being a teenager, but with lead singer Clementine Creevy’s retrospective, jaded confidence bleeding through groovy punk guitar chords. “Milkshakes and cat eyes / Lipstick and French fries / Internalize so much but so little / Don’t’ make us feel belittled, world,” she croons on “Teenage Girls,” sneering at people who condescend to young girls.  You get the sense Creevy isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind even if she’s just talking about the most sensational, melt-in-your-mouth bread and cheese sandwich ever made like on the track “Grilled Cheese.” But don’t be fooled by the light-hearted side of this band - if you look closely, there’s another edge and it’s sharp. The members of Cherry Glazerr aren’t nonconformists by choice; they’re just effortlessly cool being themselves, making music for themselves, and if that captivates you, get in line and join the rest of us.

-Hope Willis

Catch Cherry Glazerr with Best Coast & Wavves at 9:30 Club on February 16!

Pam was just full of surprises lately and she loved it. Ryan was actually a hard guy to fool, but he trusted her so that’s probably why he didn’t see through her with stuff like this. Which was actually really sweet. Which was why she was surprising him by coming home early. The reason why they had set it to a week was because with kids, you never knew how long it would take. And everyone had the option to stay in Boston until the week was up, but she wanted to go home back to her boys. She missed home. But mainly Ryan.

Not telling him was hard, especially seeing as she wasn’t going to be able to respond for seven hours. He was going to go crazy, she knew it. He was the type to get worried if she didn’t respond within the hour and she didn’t blame him at all. Also she didn’t get to hear his sweet remarks about how she would be okay and safe and all that stuff that he didn’t believe because he was terrified of flying. But he did it for her.

The flight was long, and she hated her life. But she felt a weight lifted when they landed in LA, following everybody else out of the plane and for the gates. She quickly sent Ryan a text, asking him if he was on the way to get her bags or not. It was 8:20. And she was waiting by the front doors, waiting for his cute self to walk in. She couldn’t wait. She was so excited to see him.

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REASONS TO COME EARLY: Small Black

There’s a special kind of subtlety to Small Black’s music. Beginning as spacey vibe-outs seemingly without focus, each song evolves to beat-driven, revelation inspiring climaxes sure to make you tingle down to your toes. And Small Black has only gotten better with time, as shown by new tracks like ‘No Stranger’ from the band’s most recent album, Limits of Desire. In their new work, the vocals take on new clarity and poignance of message while the quality of the production remains stunningly spare, yet unabashedly dancey. Small Black is a band you want to catch on their way up, because if their evolution thus far is anything to go by, they’re going to be huge.

Come take a peek at Small Black’s potential when the group opens up for Starfucker on September 4th

-Spencer Swan 

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REASONS TO COME EARLY: Holychild

If you want to radiate summer vibes everywhere and dance your face off, look no further than Holychild. This pop duo is just the epitome of fun. I mean the album art for Holychild’s debut EP Mindspeak is a chocolate glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles for god sake. The band did an exclusive set at the Museum of Modern Art in April and there was cotton candy of course. Aside from an obvious love of all things sweet in terms of food, Holychild also knows how to compose and perform pretty delectable music too. Mindspeak, released on Glassnote Records,contains four tracks filled with enormous potential and beats that make totally letting loose the only option. Even though “Every Time I Fall” and “Happy With Me” are not the most uplifting lyrically, they are so energetic that listening is empowering, not tear-jerking. For a taste of Holychild’s endearing charm, check out the video trilogy that they paired with Mindspeak.

-Emily Hirsch

Holychild will open for The Knocks and ASTR at 9:30 Club on Monday, June 16

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REASONS TO COME EARLY: The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers have come a long way from their start as frequent performers on various NYC subway platforms. Since 2006, this Americana group of five has released nine studio albums and ventured far beyond the stage of the public transportation system. They have toured with high profile acts including Old Crow Medicine Show and the Dave Matthews Band, as well as making appearances at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival.

Be prepared for accordions, fiddles, and gritty vocals that will make you wish that you got to witness some of their early days in the 42nd Street station. The Felice Brothers’ approach is unbridled and definitely invites a fair amount of foot stomping. Check out ‘Penn Station’ as an introduction to their New York roots and alt country style. These men who hail from the Catskill Mountains sure know how to put on a show, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see them open for Josh Ritter & and the Royal City band TONIGHT and tomorrow!

-Emily Hirsch

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REASONS TO COME EARLY: Kopecky Family Band

Kopecky Family Band, a group of folksy indie rock mavens hailing from Nashville, is exactly what you need right now, you might just not know it yet. Front woman Kelsey Kopecky leads the pack, but the vocal and instrumental harmonies coming from her male counterparts are vital in the band’s captivating sound. They have this charisma about them, especially with tracks like “Heartbeat” and “Are You Listening,” that draws you in almost immediately. In a very Edward Sharpe-esque manner, Kopecky Family Band’s live shows often involve audience participation, including lots of collective snaps, whistles, and tambourines.

With relentless touring, independently and supporting high profile acts (Givers, Gomez and The Lumineers, to name a few), their debut Kids Raising Kids is gaining momentum. Paste, NPR, and The New York Times have all raved about this group. NPR chose the band to participate in the Tiny Desk Concert series, stressing that “the Kopeckys’ sweet, swollen songs kept blooming into something we couldn’t resist.” The New York Times article even compared Kopecky Family Band to Fleetwood Mac. 

Fingers crossed that Kopecky Family Band keeps garnering more well deserved acclaim and praise. In the meantime, you should do everything in your power to catch them live if you get the chance. One of those opportunities is November 24th, when they open for Lissie!

-Emily Hirsch

REASONS TO COME EARLY: Travi$ Scott

Who is this Travi$ Scott? A native of Houston, Scott has an electric stage presence and a hunger you can hear in his gruff voice, rare of a rapper his age. His raunchy style led Sam Hockley-Smith of The Fader to label him “rap’s new radical,” in a cover story of the 22-year-old. Since his production appeared on Kanye West’s Yeezus, Travi$ Scott’s star potential has been off the charts. 

Owl Pharaoh, Travi$ Scott’s debut mixtape, is an introduction to his high-energy flow and bottom heavy production. Records like “Uptown,” “Quintana,” and “Animal” have landed him major features with the likes of A$AP Ferg, Toro Y Moi, Migos, and T.I. Scott’s production style has caught the ear of the industry, with T.I. signing him to Grand Hustle Records, Kanye giving him a spot on the Very G.O.O.D. Beats roster, and Epic Records securing him to a deal early on. 

“La Flame” has turned the energy of his songs into a live show known internationally for causing chaos reminiscent of an hardcore show. At last year’s SXSW Travi$ played Moses during a performance at Fader Fort, splitting the crowd in half as if they were the red sea. Expect his debut album, Rodeo, to be released sometime this year. Rodeo’s first single, “Don’t Play,” is above and features 9:30 Club darlings The 1975 and rapper Big Sean. 

-Daniel White

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Travi$ Scott will open for The Neighbourhood TONIGHT at Echostage!

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REASONS TO COME EARLY: Colony House

You know an album has really struck a chord when it is your most played record on Spotify in 2014. For me, that album was When I Was Younger by the trio Colony House. The threesome from Franklin, Tennessee has been able to curate a truly unique sound that blends rock, pop, and indie influences. Brothers Caleb and Will Chapman, along with longtime family friend Scott Mills, have said that their influences include The Killers and Interpol, and that alt-rock vibe is evident in all their music.

The band rose to fame last year with their debut single “Silhouettes,” an alt-pop track that easily became one of summer’s best alternative records. The rest of Colony House’s debut album is equally as catchy with my favorite tracks being the slower “Caught Me By Surprise” and “Roll With the Punches,” which shows off Caleb Chapman’s strong vocal talents.

So, if you’re looking for some upbeat, incredible tunes to get you through this frigid winter, look no further. And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes to the KONGOS show next month and come early to check out Colony House.

-Janice Freeman

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REASONS TO COME EARLY: The Lovely Bad Things

This hyperactive garage-pop band from Orange County, California plays a fast and furious set of guitar-buzzing songs. Imagine a more caffeinated punk rock version of Bleached, especially when Lauren Curtius is singing her hooks. Instead of songs about boys and love, they pepper their music with Star Wars references. "Kessel Run" and “Darth Lauren,” just to name a couple, are blazing-fast punk tracks with surf rock guitar lines that would make the Jedi proud. Looking forward to seeing them when they open for fellow L.A. surf rockers Best Coast this Tuesday, June 4th!

- Nick Velleman