V-day Vibes


Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date is perplexing enough, so don’t strain yourself by also trying to choose some seductive songs to set the mood— just put on this playlist, turn up the volume, and trust me.

This playlist is not just for the love birds on Valentine’s Day though; but, also for anytime you and your boo are having a low-key night at home or even if you just wanted to vibe to some smooth, calming music. Either way— this playlist will have you feeling some type of way.

‘makeout music’ // a Spotify playlist by @Mackenzi Ragan Brown


Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Announces Initial 2018 Lineup


Earlier today, the organizers of the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival released the initial 2018 lineup. Here is everything and anything you need to know.

What even is Okeechobee?

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is one of the biggest outdoor music and camping festivals in South Florida. This four-day festival includes 100+ multi-genre performances as well as yoga, meditation, a wide variety of arts, culinary treats, and much more! It is a true celebration of all things music, art, nature, and life.

There are two parts to this festival— The Grove and Moonlight Oasis.

The Grove is at the center of the festival grounds is the home of the three main stages: Be, Here, Now.

Moonlight Oasis is the “cultural epicenter” of Okeechobee Fest; a continuous flow of creativity, art, self-expression, and community. Here you will find: the Chobeewobee Village, Yogachobee, Aquachobee, Jungle51, and Powow.

When can I go?

The 3rd annual celebration will take place March 1 through March 4 of 2018.

Where does this magical experience take place?

If you have not figured this out already, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival will be held in, yes you guessed it— Okeechobee, Florida. More specifically, the 600-acre “natural paradise” known as Sunshine Grove filled with sandy beaches, refreshing lakes, and tropical woodlands. A true oasis.

Will I have to sell my right arm to go?

No. God. Please. No. Right now, the General Admission Tier 1 Pass is on sale for $269. Keep in mind this is FOUR days of non-stop bliss. There are more options, but they’re way more expensive. So, if you want to really treat yourself you can check out the other ticket options here.

So, who is going to be there?

Besides me and you? The announced headliners include: Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, and Travis Scott. This lineup is electronic and alt-pop heavy, but still maintains their promise of a diverse range of genres. Other main performers include: Khalid, Foster the People, Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Slightly Stoopid, Blackbear, Judah & the Lion, Ganja White Night, and Kyle. You can see the full lineup below.


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See you at the Grove☼

Band Spotlight: PVRIS


PVRIS (originally founded as Paris) is a three-piece electropop band from Lowell, MA consisting of lead singer Lynn Gunn, guitarist Alex Babinski, and bassist Brian MacDonald.

I was first introduced to Pvris a few months ago at Music Midtown in Atlanta, GA. I had heard the name before, but had not had the chance to ever sit down and actually listen to their music. They began their set and the music reminded me very much of a less raw Paramore. The powerful drums complimented by hard-hitting female vocals resemble the equation for most Paramore songs, but PVIRS have done a phenomenal job incorporating electronic elements. Though missing a permanent drummer, PVRIS felt very complete and delivered a phenomenal show. Being that this performance was earlier in the day, the crowd wasn’t too large. However, vocalist Lynn Gunn, fresh off a 2017 APMA award for best female vocalist, provided endless energy throughout the set. The band played roughly 10 songs, mixing it up with hits from their 2014 debut album White Noise as well as songs from their new album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell.

I have found White Noise to be my favorite album from the young group, with songs like “Fire” and “Smoke” showing off the immense energy of MacDonald and Babinski. Songs like “Eyelids” and “You and I” showcase the amazing vocals of Gunn. All around, “White Noise” is a well-rounded album, though slightly disappointing lyrically.

All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell is a more mature album that really incorporates many electronic sounds. PVRIS seem to have found their groove lyrically, however the music is much more laid back. Absent are the hard-hitting drums and boisterous guitars, save for a few tracks such as “Walk Alone”.

In all, PVRIS are a young band that have a bright future. The electropop sound is something that is unique, and is not copied by many. Critical receptions of previous albums have been good, and PVRIS should continue to grow into an independent band that I believe could one day carry a label.

PVRIS are set to begin their 2018 North American tour in February, with a stop at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta on February 15th.

‘Stranger Things’ Cast Is No Stranger To The Music Scene


At this point, we have all heard of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and if you have not, then look around because you might just be living in the Upside Down yourself. But, what some of you may not know is that not only do these child stars have remarkable acting skills, the majority of them also seem to have unspoken musical talent. (As if we did not love them enough already.) Here is a collection of the Stranger Things‘ cast off-screen feats.

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)

Aside from saving her friends from imminent demise, Eleven actress Millie Brown has a passion for music. Up until recently  when she deleted her Youtube account, she regularly uploaded videos of herself performing covers of songs from John Legend to Amy Winehouse, whom was her biggest inspiration. A lot of people can sing well, but what truly makes Brown’s vocal talent more admirable is the fact that she is completely deaf in one ear. She even said during an interview with Variety magazine that “if [she] sounds bad, [she does not] care because [she] is just doing what [she] loves.” Watch her sing “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse here:


Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas)

If you thought that all of the kids from Stranger Things made their debut in the series, you would be wrong. McLaughlin (along with co-star Gatten Matarazzo) began their lives in the spotlight on Broadway. McLaughlin played the role of Young Simba in The Lion King. Check out his performance of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” below:


Gatten Matarazzo (Dustin)

As stated above, Matarazzo also made his premiere in the limelight on Broadway for his role as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Gavroche/Petit Gervais in Les Miserables, and Jesus in the 2011 version of Godspell. Fun fact: he also appears in the music video for “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry ft. Nicki Minaj. Listen to his beautiful voice sing the national anthem at a Mets game back in 2015 here:


Noah Schnapp (Will)

Maybe Will Byers has spent too much time in the Upside Down to really focus on his musical talents, but with the exception of appearing in Panic! At The Disco’s music video for “LA Devotee,” Schnapp seems to be content just sticking with his acting career. Plus, if he continues to play roles just as convincing and seamless as he does in Stranger Things, an acting career is all this kid will need.

Charlie Heaton (Jonathan)

Jonathan Byers is a lone wolf who is a little strange and has a deep appreciation for photography and music. Therefore, it is only fitting that Jonathan actor Charlie Heaton is in a band back in real life. He previously played drums for alternative/noise rock/punk glam/death metal band called Comanechi. Although he does not seem to be in the band any longer, Heaton has posted a few pictures on his Instagram of himself playing the drums with the caption “Back at it!” Although he may or may not be reviving his role in Comanechi, we can be sure to expect great things from him. Check out Comaneci’s Spotify here.

Joe Keery (Steve)

When Steve made his first appearance in season one, he instantly became a heart throb despite his “too cool for school” and “I’m better than everyone else because I’m an athlete” persona. (Lets be real: we all know it was only because of the hair. ) But, he did manage to redeem himself in season two with his newfound identity as ‘Dad Steve’ which only made the girls swoon harder. But ladies, just when you thought ole Steve couldn’t get any better, wait until you find out that Steve actor Joe Keery plays the guitar and sings for the Chicago psych-rock band Post Animal. Dad Steve by day. Daddy Steve by night.


Finn Wolfhard (Mike)

Can we all just take a vow right now to protect this kid at all costs? He can act. He can sing. He plays guitar. AND, he has a beautiful and keen eye when directing film. Make sure to keep in mind that is he only fourteen years old. Mike captured all of our hearts with his undying loyalty to his friends and family along with his (secret?) love for Eleven. Finn Wolfhard continues to do the same in real life with his love for music and the arts. He is currently in a band called Calpurnia that, according to news sources, is actually going to begin recording sometime next week. As for now, you can check out a couple covers that they have done and posted on their Youtube channel. These include “Wanted You” by Twin Peaks, “Where Is My Mind” by The Pixies, and a solo cover of “Cooking Up Something Good” by Mac Demarco. The latter gained attention by Demarco himself, which resulted in Wolfhard making a surprise appearance at Demarco’s concert in Atlanta this past May to join him on stage to shred some guitar.

(Fun fact: Finn did a cover of co-star Joe Keery’s band, Post Animal, and sent it to him which made Joe cry.)

In addition, Wolfhard has managed to merge his acting talent with his adoration of alternative music by appearing in a few different music videos. He appears in Canadian punk-rock band PUP’s “Guilt Trip” (2014) and “Sleep in the Heat” (2016). In addition, he stars in the Spendtime Palace’s music video for their hit song “Sonora” which he co-directed with his friend Josh Ovalle.

Check out Calpurnia and the music video for “Sonora” here:



15 Favorite Catfish and the Bottlemen Songs

Catfish and the Bottlemen is one of my favorite bands. I would love to do something like an album ranking, but since they only have two so far, I decided picking my favorite songs would be better. All of the songs off their debut album made the list, if that speaks to how much I enjoy them.


(P.S. All of their songs are amazing and you should listen to both albums: The Balcony and The Ride)

You can click on the title of each song to hear it on Spotify.

  1. Fallout – The Balcony.
  2. Cocoon – The Balcony
  3. Rango – The Balcony
  4. Homesick – The Balcony
  5. 7 – The Ride
  6. Business – The Balcony
  7. Twice – The Ride
  8. Pacifier – The Balcony
  9. Anything – The Ride
  10. Hourglass – The Balcony
  11. Tyrants -The Balcony
  12. Soundcheck – The Ride
  13. Kathleen – The Balcony
  14. Sidewinder – The Balcony
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Concert Review: Dirty Heads


First of all, let me start out by saying Happy Halloween to everyone except the people who have already started decorating for Christmas. I was planning on doing a Halloween themed article since it is, in fact, Halloween, but the other amazing authors that I work with have already covered that topic very well. So, if you are in the mood for spookiness today– check out the articles by Savannah Silbernagel and Caitlyn Jenkins.

Second of all, I really fucking love the Dirty Heads.

This past Friday night I packed into the Tabernacle, one of the ten coolest concert venues across America according to USA Today, to see the Dirty Heads for the *drumroll please* fourth time. And let me tell you — not ONE of their concerts have been any less vibrant than the other.

This time around, the Dirty Heads were accompanied by Tyrone’s Jacket and The Unlikely Candidates. The members of Tyrone’s Jacket had someone come on stage to sage it before they came on, and I knew then that they were about to be so extra. They had really good energy, which was their main objective, but it was hard to understand what Knowaking (pronounced Noah King) was singing and rapping about. In addition, I would have liked to hear rapper and producer, MUDLUX, sing more because he has an amazing voice. All in all, I was not a big fan of theirs and kind of zoned out during their performance. Sorry.

The Unlikely Candidates, on the other hand, is on the complete opposite side of my like/dislike spectrum. I absolutely adored them. From start to finish, the entire band and especially lead singer Kyle Morris, from Acworth, GA, enveloped the stage with their high energy, indie-rock performance. Yes, typically every rock band of the sorts makes the stage their own with jumps and hair flips and yada yada yada, BUT what makes this performance soar above the others is the fact that Morris performed with a casted broken leg and still jumped around the stage, flipped his hair, and head-banged on a peg leg (Yes, a peg leg!) regardless of how many times he almost fell (which was a lot). I had never heard of this band before the announcement that they were to be joining the Dirty Heads on tour, but they are definitely my type of band. There are a few things that I do not take lightly and two of them are (1) my comparisons and (2) my love for Brendon Urie/Panic! at the Disco as a whole. So, it is with much thought that I say The Unlikely Candidates remind me heavily of P!ATD because Kyle Morris has a very similar sounding voice as Brendon Urie. 11/10 performance. Give their new EP a listen here.

Finally at ten o’clock, lead singers Jared Watson (“Dirty J”) and Dustin Bushnell (“Duddy B”) took the stage singing “Sails to the Wind,” which immediately had fans feeling nostalgic since this is a song from their first album, Any Port In A Storm (2008). I cried. They then proceeded to play a number of cult favorites such as “Medusa,” “Franco Eyed,” “My Sweet Summer,” and a nice rendition/ blend of “Spread Too Thin” and”Lay Me Down,” all of which had the crowd jumping and yelling the lyrics back at Watson and Bushnell. Going into this concert, I was nervous that the majority of their songs would be pulled from their newest album, Swim Team, which just came out about two weeks ago. Although, Swim Team is filled with solid jams you will accidentally listen to over and over again because it’s just that dang good, it was still really nice to have a solid mixture of new and old songs alike.

The energy the crowd built up throughout the performance completely erupted during the hiatus before the encore. Everyone was yelling at the top of their lungs and stomping their feet on the floor so loud I kind of thought I was at a football game for a second. The hiatus was not long before they took the stage yet again, with even more energy than before, which I didn’t even know was possible to be honest. They ended with “That’s All I Need,” which is a very fitting closing song considering it contains the lyrics “there ain’t no place I’d rather be, I’m talking bout right here, right now; that’s all I need,” and the 1985 film, The Goonies, inspired fan-favorite “Sloth’s Revenge.” Before they left, Duddy B and Dirty J put on an EDM remix of their song “Oxygen,” spewed water across the crowd, and danced off the stage while fans danced out onto Luckie St.

The good vibes that this band puts off during every single performance is truly amazing. The combination of the changing mellow lights, the transition between alternative, hip-hop, and slow jams, and the hazy view of the stage (thank you Stoners) all contribute to the Dirty Heads unmatchable radiant and light-hearted aura. You can tell by their facial expressions and energy (and their new song “Vacation”) that they absolutely love what they do and are so grateful to all of their supporting fans. Well, Dirty Heads, we are grateful for you and I hope to have added many more lovely faces to the family-feel fanbase by writing this review.

P.S.- Trick or Treat yourself by clicking on the hyperlinks I included in this article to fill your ears with musical bliss.

P.P.S- Don’t forget to get spooky tonight.


My 10 Favorite Songs of the 90’s


The 90’s are heralded by many as one of the best, if not the best, decades for music. Bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, blink-182, and Nirvana rose to international fame during this time, and the alternative genre became prominent. Music of this time period is still widely enjoyed, and much of it has inspired current artists. With that being said, here are my top songs of the 1990’s:
1. Dysentery Gary – blink-182


2. Some Might Say – Oasis


3. Easily – Red Hot Chili Peppers


4. Burnout – Green Day


5. Josie – blink-182


6. Come As You Are – Nirvana


7. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden


8. Black – Pearl Jam


9. Everything Zen – Bush


10. Brain Damage – Eminem