Alternative Notes: Post-Warped Tour blues? These festivals have you covered
Apr08

Alternative Notes: Post-Warped Tour blues? These festivals have you covered

Last year, the alternative community was hit with the shocking news that Van’s Warped Tour would be no more. Shortly after, founder Kevin Lyman hinted at a celebration for the 25th anniversary of the fesitval, occuring this year. In January, Lyman confirmed multiple Vans Warped Tour anniversary dates, taking place this summer in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8, Atlantic City, N.J. on June 29 and 30, and Mountain View, Calif. on July 20 and...

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Alternative Notes: Her majesty returns: the resurgence of Queen
Mar13

Alternative Notes: Her majesty returns: the resurgence of Queen

When “Bohemian Rhapsody” was first released in 1975, the reviews were far from glorious. A review from Record Mirror, a former British music newspaper, stated that the tune has “no immediate selling point whatsoever: among its many parts. There’s scarcely a shred of a tune and certainly no one line to latch onto,” and that wasn’t the first of many poor reviews. If the song was so highly unfavorable from critics, why has it now...

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Alternative Notes: For those about to romance, we salute you (or not)
Feb20

Alternative Notes: For those about to romance, we salute you (or not)

For many, music is a way of expression, to share your feelings and to convey a certain emotion. With Valentine’s Day approaching, music is a key factor in setting the mood of your day with your special someone. Or, if you’re spending the holiday by yourself, we’ve got you covered for that too.   For those of you who love the holiday and plan to spend it with your loved one, here are some songs curated by our staff to help you get...

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And the Oscar goes to…
Feb11

And the Oscar goes to…

With the new year comes awards season, namely for film and television. While there are many different programs that honor work in film and TV, the most highly anticipated remain as the Oscars. This year will mark the 91st year of the awards ceremony, and the nominations are as diverse as the art we see around us.   Some of the most coveted awards are the awards for Actor and Actress in a Leading Role. This year, the nominations...

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Alternative Notes: So, what is a groupie?
Dec10

Alternative Notes: So, what is a groupie?

This past October I got home from a trip after going to a show up in Northern California, and when I got home, my grandma asked if I was now a “groupie”. Within the past year or so, it has become more common for younger fans, notably girls around the ages of 17 to 21, to “follow” musicians during their tours. This was a concept that was super popular in the 1970s and 1980s, with bands like the Rolling Stones, the Doors, and Guns n...

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