The other day I was at a show with my friend and this guy across from me took an interest in my opinions on music. By “took an interest” I mean he decided to tell me how everything I was saying was stupid and I obviously didn’t know what I was talking about, but since he was older and man he understood ~the industry~ way more than little me. Now, here at The New Nine, we believe that everyone’s opinions on music are valid, but we especially like to stand up for young women because so few music publications do.
Sweet Penny Lane…the incredible character Kate Hudson plays in the iconic Almost Famous. I’ve been called Penny Lane more times than I can count. I have big blonde hair and an affinity for flares and fur coats, but I am not your band-aid.
If you know me at all, you know I love bands – especially the sort made up of boys – so you can imagine how excited I was to interview rising band ABT LST NT (pronounced About Last Night) as they begin to gain traction in the music world. This year has been a big year for ABT LST NT, made up of Eben Franckewitz, Mikey Bromley, Jackson Owens and Jack Taylor – they released their first EP as a foursome in August and have hit a stride on social media through recent mash-ups of songs like Justin Bieber’s Cold Water combined with Ben E. King’s Stand By Me and covers like The Weeknd’s Starboy.
Six years of One Direction and all I have to show for it is… OK, a lot. To be a fan of One Direction, you have to be pretty dedicated, and the dedication turns into a whole lot of time, effort and money toward what some people call a “silly boy band.” But, us #Directioners know that’s far from the truth.
I can be a little bit of a music snob. My music criticism journey began early. When I was in elementary school *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys were all the rage, and I was fully against them. I wanted to listen to The Beatles and The Beach Boys. I actually threw a tantrum in the car on the way to a field trip when the poor mother driving tried to put on some Top 40 radio station. I still feel bad about that.
Since I’ve moved to Chicago, I’ve found myself alone at concerts on numerous occasions, and you know what? It’s not so bad. It’s actually pretty awesome. Here are my top reasons why you should try flying solo at a music event.
As history can tell us, these girls are taste-makers and influencers. They are passionate about the music, the musicians and their community of fans. Would we even care about these acts if it wasn’t for the girls who discovered them? First comes the girls then the rest of the world. READ MORE