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Paramore's much-awaited comeback is living proof that former teenage bands can still catch up and successfully embody a hipster persona despite already approaching the dreaded age of 30.

The emo-pop band continuously satisfy their fans' cravings with a slightly different genre in their new album, After Laughter. Despite the shift in genres, solid Paramore fans seemed to be less critical about the band's transformation as former drummer Zac Farro has rejoined the band.

With influences from disco, funk, and new wave, the record is jam-packed with frolicking dance anthems just begging to be replayed. Notable basslines and synth accompaniments are also what makes this album an irresistible listen.

But don't be fooled by the upbeat, energetic sound of After Laughter as most tracks deal with themes of life's most philosophical questions.

The 12-track album is the perfect epitome of a flawless transition from alternative rock to indie pop.

With this, here are 5 must-listen tracks from the album:

 

1. Rose-Colored Boy

This song was reportedly about Hayley Williams’ thoughts on Taylor York’s nagging optimism that led Hayley to write the lyrics, “Hey man, we all can't be like you. I wish we were all rose-colored too”.

 

2. Fake Happy

What’s commendable and alluring about this track is it starts with a mellow intro that beautifully progresses to the upbeat verses and chorus. It’s as though it truly encapsulates the meaning of being lonely and having to keep a positive facade, exemplifying what it’s really like to be “fake happy”.

 

3. Pool

Pool is a love song drowned in lyrics about uncertainties in relationships. This is mostly evident in its tug-of-war-like rhythm.

 

4. Idle Worship

A song dedicated to avid Hayley fanatics, Idle Worship reminds us that glorification of celebrities isn't really what it's all cracked up to be - "Be sure to put your faith in something more. I'm just a girl and you're not as alone as you feel."

 

5. Caught In The Middle

Challenged by the inevitable fact of growing old, Paramore breaks down their deepest thoughts about having to leave youth behind. Caught In The Middle revolves around the feeling of distress and hides it in this magnetic banger of a song. 

 

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What’s your favorite song off the album?

 

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Attracting a crowd of 50,000 and several big names in the music industry, Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was a tear-jerking gathering for music fans.

Despite the huge line up of musicians, a police officer stole the show when caught dancing with children during the concert, becoming an unexpected, heartwarming addition to the show.

An endearing act of kindness really does go a long way. There's no better way prove terrorists wrong than to combat violence with the genuine spread of love and unity.

Here's another footage of police officers joining in the fun.

The benefit concert succeeds the terror attack that happened in Grande’s recent show in the city of Manchester.

Aside from the overwhelming turnout, the concert’s roaring success was also evident in the generous donations of the public, raising about £2 million of proceeds for the victims and families of the tragic attack.

 

Photo Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images & One Love Manchester

We’ve all experienced it. Having a “frenemy” in high school that we would avoid for a few weeks because of some petty reason.

We all thought it was just a phase. But it turns out that adulthood isn’t devoid of drama like what we've foreseen as teenagers.

Sure, some of us have learned to become self-aware enough to ignore trivial misunderstandings as an adult. But “high school drama” never seems to end. No one really grows out of it. A “popular kid” still exists, and so do intimidating cliques.

Let’s just look at Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s ongoing feud that has been the talks lately.

Like any high school dramas, there has to be a Queen B leading a group of friends. This notorious high school label mimics itself in this context through Taylor Swift’s squad. Instead of 15 year olds, the squad consists of Hollywood A-listers and supermodels.

But Taylor hasn't always been the shallow-minded Queen B in this scenario. Katy had her fair share of childish sass evident in her tweets about her frenemy. 

Again, high school drama repeats itself in this situation as both parties chose to further shade each other through snide remarks hidden in their catchy, pop lyrics.

 


As expected, members of Taylor's squad are quick to defend their mother hen from the likes of Katy Perry through shady tweets yet again.

This might perhaps be the “adult” version of avoiding direct confrontation that we did as teenagers - posting bitchy quotes on social media in the hopes that our frenemy would get to read and realize were actually about them.

As you can see, high school drama still lingers on until adulthood, continuously sneaking into our lives more often than expected. People still take sides and prefer to tackle the situation indirectly.

Though lately, Katy shared that she tried reaching out to Taylor in which Taylor continues to ignore, as talking about it will just add fuel to the fire. 

While some misunderstandings are inevitable, it is just unfortunate that one is happening in the public eye, visible to young girls who are currently hoping that life gets better and mean girls will cease to exist in the future.

 

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Just when we thought we wouldn't be getting any new music from Carly Rae Jepsen in 2017, the queen finally brought us salvation with her latest single, Cut To The Feeling.

The track is enveloped with a quirky melody sprinkled with Carly's now signature pixie vibes. It seems like the singer really have strayed away from her initial "one hit wonder" demeanor. It's about time that we get some quality pop songs, right?

Rumour has it that the synth-heavy anthem was supposedly recorded for her previous album, E•MO•TION, but ended up not making the cut. 

Though now that it's released, fans have continued to show their support for this generation's queen of pop on Twitter.

 

Here are some of our favorite tweets regarding the single: 

Philosophical? Definitely.

She takes our fears away and turns them into heavenly pop music.

Yes, even your favorite celebrities joined in.

Halsey knows what's up.

Sometimes, all you need is a little dose of Carly Rae Jepsen in your life.

 

Listen to Cut To The Feeling here:

 

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Hailing themselves as one of the only bands left to save rock n’ roll in this generation, along with Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines, Kasabian return with a banging sixth album – For Crying Out Loud.

Enveloped in crunchy guitar-driven tracks and heavy beats, the album seems to be propelled by continuous swagger. It’s almost as though every track was formulated to open with alluring intros, engulfing listeners to a whirlwind of head-banging experience.

Ruthless melodies mixed with hypnotic riffs find their way into songs like Comeback Kid, You’re In Love With a Psycho, and Bless This Acid House, which many classic rock fans unsurprisingly swoon over.It’s undeniable that Kasabian’s powerful personality seeps through every note of these tracks.

The Leicester natives definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to keeping their name afloat in the music scene. While critics begged for a lyrical execution on par with guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno’s seemingly egoistic ideas and philosophical claims, I think the album delivered many fans musical expectations.

 

 

Track Gems: You’re In Love With a Psycho, Good Fight, Bless This Acid House, Put Your Life On It

 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:38

MUST-WATCH: Is The 1975 Breaking Up?

Amongst all the unfortunate happenings in today’s world, one of which is Donald Trump’s Presidency, just the thought of The 1975 breaking up levels every single one of it (for avid fans, at least). 

What triggered the thought, you might ask? A recent interview with the band that has been making rounds on Twitter.

In the video is lead guitarist Adam Hann and frontman Matty Healy explaining his initial vision for The 1975, which is for the band to have three different eras each represented through an album.

The band has already found success in their self-titled debut album followed by the well-received I Like It When You Sleep. This means that we're only left with their third album Music For Cars, after which even Matty himself is not really certain about what will happened with the band and their music.

With this, fans were quick to express their dismay and react about the possibility of the band separating ways.

Whatever lies in the future for my favorite band, I guess I’m already content with the music they’ve produced the past few years. All cheesiness aside, the soundtrack of my young adult years wouldn’t have been the same if not for their music and for that I’m grateful.

 

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The advent of the recent TV show 13 Reasons Why garnered its own set of fans craving to be represented in today's pop culture scene.

But we’ve also had skeptics discussed the implausible storyline of having a teenage protagonist falsely portray the reality of suicide“what sort of person leaves thirteen tapes depicting each and every reason why other people in her life caused her to kill herself… then doesn’t leave her parents even a note that would give them some sort of closure?"

Whichever side you’re on, its undeniable that despite the unconvincing plot, the show carries a range of noteworthy songs all deserving to be in our current playlists. Also, it seems like Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen) had a huge part to play in choosing songs to be included in the show.

With a mix of alternative songs from the 80s and some dose of melancholy, we’ve picked the best song featured in every episode that will surely strike your fancy!

 

Episode 1: “Cool Blue” by The Japanese House

 
 

Episode 2: “Reunion” by M83

 
 

Episode 3: “The Only Boy Awake” by Meadows

 
 

Episode 4: “Fascination Street” by The Cure

 
 

Episode 5: “Thirteen” by Elliott Smith

 

Episode 6: “It All Feels Right” by Washed Out

 
 

Episode 7: “The Walls Came Down” by The Call

 

Episode 8: “Darklands” by The Jesus and Mary Chain

 

Episode 9: “Full Court Press” by Tickle Tortue feat. Velvet Negroni

 

Episode 10: “It Says” by Soft Limbs

 

Episode 11: "Talking With Strangers" by Miya Folick

 

Episode 12: "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen

 

Episode 13: "Only You" by Selena Gomez

 

 

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The end of April marked yet another month of celebration for music enthusiasts. We were all blessed with several newly released tracks and gig announcements that surely brought all of us excitement.

All of a sudden, our favorite bands seemed to have emerged from their caves and bombarded us with new releases. I couldn’t even keep up!

The thing about having a lot of options is that we tend to stress ourselves out about what song to listen to first, but ending up ignoring everything instead. It’s just like deciding what show to watch on Netflix – Can’t find an interesting show? Better just take a nap!

That’s exactly what happened to me. I recently just had the time to actually check out new tracks from artists I adore and I must say that I am not wholeheartedly pleased with every song. But there are also a bunch of exceptional tracks!

Here are some new picks from the month of April that has gotten me intrigued!

 

#10: Young and Menace – Fall Out Boy

If you’re expecting a reincarnation of FOB’s Save Rock and Roll phase, I’m sorry to say that you won’t be getting it this time. This Chainsmokers-sounding track probably just repelled older FOB fans. For the love of god, FOB, just be yourselves!

 
 

#9: Life Of The Party – All Time Low

Old school pop rock bands seem to have lost their essence! But we’re still lucky to have those recognizable Alex Gaskarth vocals in the verses of this new song. A change in sound is understandable for bands like ATL and FOB, though they have been deviating away from their original roots that their new music almost do not sound like them anymore.

 

#8: Attention – Charlie Puth

Our homeboy Charlie is known for his unique jazz-pop songs. But this new track is more pop and actually devoid of that signature hint of jazz.

 

#7: No Vacancy – OneRepublic

This new track by OneRepublic is a reminiscent of those songs by Enrique Iglesias that were repeatedly played during the entirety of my secondary school life – a catchy song with a repetitive chorus that’s not too bad for an afternoon jam.

 

#6: Hate That You Know Me – Bleachers

As usual, any Bleachers track takes a few listens before it grows on me. Jack Antonoff’s effort usually does not disappoint and so does this release.

 

#5: Thunder – Imagine Dragons

That hard, almost aggressive tone in any Imagine Dragons song is truly evident in this track. I don’t know about you, but that’s one of the essential reasons why I dig the band's sound.

 

#4: Say My Name – Tove Styrke

Tove Styrke might not be a household name YET, but the Swedish singer knows what music fans want these days. This track gives off more of an electro-Rihanna vibe, which is a little bit different from her previous synthpop based album. It’s a little rusty, but a good try!

 

#3: Hard Times – Paramore

Hard Times encapsulates the perfect transition that everyone who adores Paramore have probably gone through – from an awkward music obsessed teenage fan to a hipster young adult millennial who suddenly discovered the beauty of pastel colors. It's a bold edgy track that represents Paramore's much-awaited return.

 

#2: Saw You In A Dream – The Japanese House

This melodic and dreamy song from The Japanese House is what you’ll need for those afternoon pre-nap listening sessions. Trust me, I know my nap jams.

 

#1: J-Boy – Phoenix

I just don’t know how Phoenix is able to flawlessly blend those psychedelic new wave 80s tunes into this generation’s electropop madness. It’s so good, you just have to listen to it!

 

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It all started when a woman decided to tell her crush about her feelings through a Spotify playlist. This was wittily done by curating songs with titles that when read chronologically conveys a “hidden” message.

Of course, like everything seemingly interesting that happens on the Internet, the trend went viral. Soon enough, we had more people making their own Spotify playlists to express themselves. 

Whether you're planning to professing your love to someone or just plainly want to hop on the bandwagon, here are some brilliant (and hilarious) Spotify playlists that might just help you!

 

This girl tried to "friend zone" a guy on Spotify.

 

...and ended up receiving the response!

 

We have this person who perfectly captured our feelings towards anyone who we might potentially like.

Last and definitely not the least, the most relatable playlist of them all.

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I think it goes without saying that we all enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy film mostly because of its soundtrack… and of course, having Chris Pratt as Star-Lord.

But since the franchise is back with a second film, it means that we also have a new playlist to devour. It's the epitome of "oldies but goodies," transporting us back to the 70s.

Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is the perfect dose of nostalgia and just what Peter Quill needs to be reminded of her mom, Meredith. Director James Gunn shares, "She's a music lover, but she's completely not elitist. If it's something that's thought of as goofy and pop, she likes it. If it's cool or funk, she likes it. She just likes hooks and melodies." 

It's the perfect "dad" playlist, if you ever just want to reminsce those familiar but vague songs your dad played during the entirety of your childhood.

Go ahead and Awesome Mix Vol. 2 a listen. You might just reignite the oldies junkie in you!

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