Yep, 5 Seconds of Summer is moving along

On their new album, the Australian band makes impressive songwriting strides with sonic storytelling and drum fills

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With their crunchy guitars, gang vocals, skinny jeans, and just-naughty-enough lyrics, 5 Seconds of Summer (or 5SOS for short) peaked at #24 on the Hot 100 charts back in 2014 with their breakout single, “She Looks So Perfect.” The four Australian teens had gained mainstream attention after establishing an internet presence with YouTube covers and then being invited to open for One Direction on their international Take Me Home tour in 2013. However, while amassing an army of teen pop fans, the band also garnered attention within the alternative scene.  Continue reading “Yep, 5 Seconds of Summer is moving along”

Miike Snow’s “Genghis Khan”

Taking a look back at the irresistible alt-pop tune and the implications of its historical references

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Last summer, this song seemed to be everywhere. It was constantly played on my local mainstream alternative radio station, Live 105, and I swear I heard it in commercials and in the supermarket. It may have not been THE song of the summer, but it was definitely a contender in the alt-rock world, and it was definitely always stuck in my head. The question is: what makes it so good? Let’s dive in. Continue reading “Miike Snow’s “Genghis Khan””

CallMeKarizma’s “Emo”

“I talked to God to see if I’m the only one like this and/He said, ‘Oh kid, I got some bigger problems to fix'”

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Minnesotan rapper and singer Morgan Francis Parriott, more widely known by his stage name CallMeKarizma (or Riz for short), dropped his latest self-released EP Emo on February 24th, and it is a beautiful but heartbreaking piece of art with influences from indie, alternative, and hip-hop music. The songs are catchy, and the lyrics are painstakingly relatable, acting as a sort of catharsis that allows the listener to lament his or her imperfections and alienation, which ultimately leads us to realize that we are in fact far from being alone in the misery of our mistakes. Continue reading “CallMeKarizma’s “Emo””