I wanted to share my favorite albums from this year and reminisce about all the fantastic music I’ve gotten to enjoy. Obviously, there were many, many great releases and these are just my personal favorites.  In order of their release, here are my favorite albums from 2017.

1. Vessels by Starset – Starset is one of my favorite bands, so it was awesome starting the year off right away with new music from them. I had been eagerly awaiting the follow up to their first album in 2014. My favorites on this record include the lead single Monster, Frequency, and Everglow.

2. Every Where is Some Where by K. Flay – I had never heard of K. Flay before her single Blood in the Cut, the first single, came out, but I quickly fell in love! The other two singles off this album, Black Wave and High Enough, are also favorites of mine. I’m excited to keep an eye on K. Flay and what she does next.

3. Black Smoke Rising+ From the Fires by Greta Van Fleet – Okay, this isn’t a full-fledged album, but I’m including Greta Van Fleet’s two EPs in this list. I feel like if you listen to any type of rock music, you already know who Greta Van Fleet is, because their lead single Highway Tune BLEW UP. We lucked out and had them at our Nutcracker show this year and they were amazing live! Can’t wait to see what these new, young rockers have in store.

4. One More Light by Linkin Park – I quite enjoyed the newest from Linkin Park, especially the lead single Heavy. It upset me quite a bit hearing about Chester Bennington’s tragic suicide. Linkin Park was one of the bands that got me into rock music in grade school. I wouldn’t be the same person as I am today if I hadn’t discovered them. I’m grateful we got one last album before we lost Chester.

5. Crooked Teeth by Papa Roach – I love me some Papa Roach and this album did not disappoint. They seem to always put out great music with their signature sound. My favorites are Help and American Dream, both of which were singles.

6. Destroy + Rebuild by Deadset Society – Love, love, love Deadset Society, formally Never Say Die. I’ve known half the band since their My Darkest Days… days haha. Anyways, I think this whole album is fantastic, giving us some tried and true active rock songs. This is their debut album, which they released independently and garnered quite a bit of attention from Sirius Octane with their single Like a Nightmare. Currently, Automatic, is climbing the rock radio charts at the time of posting.

7. Rainbow by Kesha – Oh, how I’ve been dieing for some new Kesha music. I’ve loved Kesha since the OG Ke$ha days. I must admit that I LOVE the growth she’s shown on this album. Her quirky, fun side is present but the sound is much more mature and even dives into some serious content. I love basically every song on here, but I guess my favorites would be Let ‘Em Talk, Woman, Boots, and Learn to Let Go.

8. Younger Now by Miley Cyrus – This is probably the farthest thing from her previous album, Bangerz, but it’s in the best way possilbe. I really dig the pop-rock-country vibe going on in this one. I wasn’t a big fan of the lead single, Malibu, but I truly love everything else on the album.

9. Heaven Upside Down by Marilyn Manson – Marilyn Manson did it again with some dark, deranged, catchy as hell music. I love the two singles We Know Where You Fucking Live and KILL4ME most. The videos for both are quite entertaining, as well.

10. Notorious by Adelitas Way – I’ve loved this band since their 2011 Home School Valeictorian album. They consistently put out good, catchy tunes and Rick’s voice is truly one of my favorites. The track called Notorious is also my favorite on the album and was actually in my top five most played songs for the year.

I’d love to hear if any of these made your list and please share some of YOUR favorites! I’m always looking for new music!

Music, Social Media

Annoying Things That Bands Do On Social Media

Bands and musicians, I have a list of 10 things that you should stop doing because your fans and followers find them ANNOYING. Please and thank you. ;)

1. Commenting or replying to people’s original posts telling them to check out your band. If I tweet that I’m listening to a song by another band, please don’t reply and ask me to check out YOUR band. I know you’re just scouring that other bands hashtag or mentions and commenting on as many as possible with the hopes that one of us will check out your page. It’s 2016 and this feels so fake.

2. Following someone on Twitter/Instagram then unfollowing them shortly after. Follower numbers don’t mean anything if the people aren’t actually interested in your music. Inflating your follower count by following as many people as possible with the hopes that they’ll follow you back is a big time waster. Instead, interact with the people who have organically followed you. Engaging with your true followers will always be better than just accumulating a high follower number.

3. Treating each platform the same. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t post the same content, but you should definitely deliver it differently. Certain audiences are more active at certain times of the day on different platforms. Make sure the content and delivery get the most out of whatever platform is being used. People don’t want to visit your Facebook and see the exact same thing as Twitter and Instagram. Some and even a lot of overlap is okay, but at least change up HOW you’re saying it and keep some content exclusive to that platform.

4. Repeatedly trying to sell your album. People who want to buy your album will know how to find it. You don’t have to keep reposting a link to your bandcamp/iTunes/etc. telling people to purchase it. Once in a while is totally fine, but the majority of your updates shouldn’t consist of this. People want to connect with bands on social media, not be constantly sold to.

5. Not crediting content that you use that others created. Listen, I really don’t understand how this keeps happening. Whether it’s a fan that took a cell phone photo you liked or drew a photo or a professional photographer who captured your set. You should credit who made that content because it will make the creator feel good and reflect positively on you. For the fan, it’s an awesome way to acknowledge and pay respect to them. They’ll be elated and probably share with their friends/followers the fact that YOU shared THEIR work. And if it’s a professional, you should be asking for their permission and always crediting them anyways. That’s just common courtesy as one professional to another. There is really no downside to doing this, so just do it.

6. Automatic DM’s to follows. This seems so impersonal. I don’t expect a follow back or even an acknowledgement from a band when I follow them on Twitter, but I hate getting those automatic direct messages thanking me for following and linking to where I can purchase their newest album or latest single. Just don’t. Nobody likes getting these.

7. Inviting everyone on your personal Facebook friend’s list to your event. While I don’t mind being invited to events that I could actually attend, a lot of your friends list probably consists of people you’ve met on the road and won’t be able to attend that event. If the event isn’t within a three-hour drive for them, don’t bother inviting them to it.

8. Not researching where you are or who you’re playing with. It’s always awkward when a band tries to tag another band that they’re playing with and uses the wrong Twitter handle. Or even worse, gets the venue or city confused. I think the worst is if they’re trying to do the thank yous on stage of all the bands playing that night and they either a) forget a band or b) completely get the name wrong or c) get the city wrong.

9. Just posting a link with no context. Don’t just plop down your Bandcamp link with no text or no driving point as to why people should click there. Use your words, people!

10. Using your band’s social media to express your controversial personal opinions. This one is tricky. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use your platform to bring awareness to issues you care about. But there is a big difference between awareness and ranting to or arguing with your fans. Most people are following your for your music, not your opinions. And for goodness sake, please stay politically correct and don’t say something that will make you lose fans.

Fitness + Health, Music

My Workout Playlist

When I’m working out, I like heavy music that’s literally yelling at me. I dunno, it motivates me. So here’s my workout playlist featuring Sevendust, Five Finger Death Punch, Butcher Babies, Slipknot, I See Stars, Attack Attack!, and more.

I’d LOVE if you left me some suggestions to add to this!


Music Monday: Turbowolf – Rabbits Foot

Once again, my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist was on point. It recommended Turbowolf’s new song Rabbit’s Foot, which apparently is starting to pop up on radio stations as we speak! I listened through quite a few of their songs and I dig it! It’s something different, but solid at the same time. Check out their catchy single below!



Music Monday: Our Last Night ft Matty Mullins – Drag Me Down

I have a tendency to like covers of pop songs by different artists (Hello Punk Goes Pop, lookin’ at you). I found this song on Spotify this past week and it’s no different! I hadn’t checked out Matty Mullins’ solo stuff, but wow, I freakin’ love it! Check out Drag Me Down, the One Direction cover that is way better, in my humble opinion. Although, I must admit, I do like the original quite a bit. This one just has some more edge to it and I like having a consistent voice throughout the song a little more.


Music Monday: CL – Hello Bitches

Okay, on the DL I’m a kpop lover. No shame, 2NE1 has been one of my faves and, of course, Psy. The rapper, CL, of 2NE1 is a badass and I love her. I’ve been following her for a while now and am eagerly awaiting her to explode in the US. She just released a new song last week and I LOVE it. So catchy and I could definitely dance to this at a club or something. Check out “Hello Bitches” below!