10 Years of Infinity On High

On February 6, Fall Out Boy’s third studio album Infinity On High turned ten. I had a hard time believing it when Reed told me, because this album has been in and out of rotation for me ever since it came out. It feels almost timeless, given that if I don’t listen to it for a…

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New to Me Music: Fossil Youth

New music! I haven’t done of these in a while. Damn. You can thank my email for this one! Oklahoma-based pop punk band Fossil Youth has a new album, A Glimpse of Self Joy, coming out on November 4. I heard about it in an email blast from Take This to Heart Records and I won’t lie…

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New to me music: Real Friends

Okay. I’m a sucker for pretty much any personality quiz that pops up on any of my social media feeds. It’s actually kind of embarrassing how many times I’ve been about to go to sleep and then gotten sucked into an endless stream of Buzzfeed quizzes because I couldn’t resist a question like “Which Pixar…

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So, about 5 Seconds of Summer

I can’t believe I’m writing this post. Actually, that’s not true. I can. I can definitely believe that I’m taking time out of my week to sit down and write a blog post about four boys from Australia who’ve opened for One Direction and are sending the punk community into a tailspin. You’ve probably heard…

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Concert Recap: MONUMENTOUR

In 2005, I heard Paramore and Fall Out Boy for the very first time and fell head over heels in love with both. In 2010, I got a lyric from Paramore’s “For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic” tattooed on my left forearm. In 2013, I got a lyric from Fall Out Boy’s “Thriller” tattooed on…

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Album Review: You Me At Six, Cavalier Youth, 2014

You Me At Six came into my life nearly five years ago. In that five years, I’ve seen the band live three times — and I’ve been lucky enough to meet its members each time. I’ve also been lucky enough to listen to You Me At Six’s musical journey, from the playful but semi-maudlin pop punk…

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New to Me Music: Trophy Wives

In December, AR took their younger brother to his first concert. The headliner was Transit and the venue was The Met in Pawtucket, RI. I received a series of texts about the intimacy of the venue (including several about how excited AR is to see The Front Bottoms there in February — after seeing the…

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Concert Recap: You Me At Six (Tonight Alive, Conditions)

When I was 19, I attended one of many Alternative Press tours with one of my best friends in the whole world. It was in November, in Boston, and there were five bands playing. We had only heard of two, the co-headliners, which wasn’t (and isn’t) uncommon. I often go into shows knowing nothing about the…

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