Harry Styles – Sign of the Times MV Review

Harry Styles finally released the music video for his debut solo single “Sign of the Times” this morning and it is has fans just as excited as when the song was released.  Throughout the nearly six minute video, Styles is seen floating above beautiful scenery in Scotland. Though it is a simple music video, Styles’ usual calm and soothing aesthetic is perfectly captured. Continue reading

Live Review – Call Me Karizma Emo Espresso Tour – Dallas – March 7, 2017

The line outside of The Prophet Bar was almost a block long as fans waited for doors to open for The Emo Espresso Tour.  After the release of his newest EP, Call Me Karizma went on his first headlining tour across the country. With his fast rise in popularity over the past year, tickets for Karizma’s show in Dallas unsurprisingly nearly sold out.

Patternist had a short set, but kick-started the show, getting the crowd ready for the night ahead of them.  With music reminiscent of The 1975, Gabe Mouer and Ashton McKenzie had the audience excited and dancing before the end of their set.

With the unique mix of a trumpeter and bass guitarist excitedly playing on stage with him, Kid Quill hyped up the crowd so much that it looked like it could have been his headlining show.  His music was relatable and fun, plus his interactions with the audience made it obvious how comfortable and content he was on stage.  The peak of Kid Quill’s set was the trumpeter, Connor, having to down a can of beer during the intro of one of the songs.  After his first time in Dallas, Kid Quill said that he “CANNOT wait to come back.”

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When the house lights when down, a hush went over the crowd in anticipation for the stage lights for the next set.  The stage lights never came on, instead Cosmos & Creature had videos projected on to the stage which made their performance more intimate.  Imagine a mixture of Florence and the Machine and Death Cab for Cutie, and you’ll get Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore’s calm but captivating performance.

The tiny bar was buzzing with anticipation of Karizma.  During his set, the Minnesota rapper was so excited he couldn’t stop giggling when the crowd sang his lyrics back to him.  The mix of new songs and older songs showed Karizma how far he had come since he played in Dallas for the first time two years ago.

The atmosphere of his set was moving and lively because of the relatable, emotional lyrics, but was brought to a different level of excitement when he played the fan favorite, “F U Till I F U.”  From then on until the end of the show, the fans didn’t stop jumping and singing along.

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He played the song “Cotton Candy” as his encore. The song that Karizma put out with The Ready Set was a crowd pleaser and a great way to wrap up the night.  He got off the stage and danced and jumped with the crowd until it was over.  He then fulfilled his promise to the fans that he would stand in the bar until he got to meet every single person that was there. He took pictures and signed things, and even got a fan to French braid his hair.

Call Me Karizma is going to be back in Dallas on March 24 to kick off South by So What with Forever the Sickest Kids! Check out his new EP, EMO on iTunes and Spotify.

GOT7 “Flight Log: Turbulence” Review

“After an exciting year of new music and a world tour, South Korean band GOT7 just made a comeback with the second installment of their “Flight Log” series, “Flight Log: Turbulence,” and they have already made it to the number 1 spot on the Billboard World Albums Chart. The 13-track album has a mixture of R&B influenced songs and EDM back beats. Even the slower, emotional songs have dance beats, making “Turbulence” a party album.” Continue reading

Agust D Mixtape Review

Kpop idol Min Yoongi released his highly anticipated, self-produced, self-titled solo mixtape on August 15 under the name Agust D.  His mixtape is different from the music that he puts out with his band, BTS (방탄소년단,) and he examines mental health issues not usually discussed in idol culture. In an interview with Grazia magazine, Agust D explained his new stage name. Agust D backwards is “Dt Suga,” with Suga being the name he goes by with BTS, and Dt standing for his hometown Daegu Town, South Korea.”

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callmekarizma – “Uninvited” Album Review

“Minnesota native callmekarizma released his new album Uninvited on April 28, 2016, which just happened to be his 21st birthday. The rapper’s album was produced by friends and current tour mates Stephen and John Gomez of The Summer Set.  Karizma is on the Stories for Monday tour with them until the end of the US stretch of the tour.”

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Biffy Clyro Big Weekend Profile

“BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is happening in Exeter, Devon this year and the lineup is exciting, as always. On the second day of the festival, East Ayrshire rock band Biffy Clyro will be taking on the “In New Music We Trust” stage. Over the course of the weekend, some other performers that will be on that stage are Panic! At the DiscoFetty WapCHVRCHES, and twenty one pilots.” 

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Dorms vs. Off Campus Living

The thought of moving into a strange building and sharing a tiny room with a possible stranger can be very daunting for many people but is living off campus really any better? There are 14 dorms on the main campus.  Entering freshmen are required to live in a dorm, unless they want to live at home and their home is a “commutable distance.” Living in a dormitory on the University of North Texas campus has its pros and cons.

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