CONCERTS: OK Go

In this category of A Perfect Playlist, I’ll share my experiences at recent concerts I’ve attended, and a little bit of information about the artist I went to see!

OK Go

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Unique music paired with some wacky music videos–that’s OK Go, an alternative rock band that formed in 1998 in Chicago. I went to see this amazing band perform at a small acoustic venue on Sunday, and I was so intrigued by their sound. Xylophones, guitars, drums and the style of their voices put together keep you interested through out all of their songs, and even a little bit memorized.

Being in such a small venue, I was able to experience OK Go’s incredible music up close, which was great. When the band was interviewed during the show, they talked about how along with their music being popular, they’ve also had a lot of success with their homemade music videos. Check out their latest music video, The Writing’s On The Wall–it’s super trippy and will leave you in awe!

Since their formation, many of these videos OK Go have put together have gone viral–including one of their first videos, Here It Goes Again, released in 2006. They performed this song when I saw them, and it instantly became one of my favorites. The song I loved most that they performed, though, was This Too Shall Pass. Check out the crazy music video for it here!

If you get an opportunity to see OK Go in concert, it’s definitely worth it!

imageMy friend & I meeting OK Go!

Check out the band’s social media sites here:

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OK Go’s new album, Hungry Ghosts will be released October 2014!

5 Layered Songs That Will Blow Your Mind

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Ed Sheeran–Give Me Love

The 1975–Robbers (split: one is the live version, the other is the studio version)

Princess of China–Coldplay ft. Rihanna

Young and Beautiful–Lana Del Ray

Sweater Weather–The Neighbourhood

Passenger’s New Album: Whispers

pasengerPassenger’s 6th album, Whispers, is definitely worth listening to (especially with headphones on). Similar to his last album, (“All the Little Lights”) this album features the soulful, story-like songs that every Passenger fan loves so much. So far, my favorite tracks on the album are “27,” “Heart’s On Fire,” “Scare Away the Dark,” and “Riding to New York.” According to Digital Spy, Mike Rosenberg (Passenger) commented on the album: “This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made, it’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those.” Check out the album here, & let me know what you think!

HOW TO: Get Your Favorite Singer To Follow/Tweet You

Bsh8DFlCcAAT8SYThe most frustrating thing about being a dedicated fan of a band or singer: not being able to tell to them how much they mean to you. That’s where Twitter comes in handy! In our generation, we are very lucky to have Twitter so we shower our favorite singers with tweets of adoration and support. But because so many fans are doing this, it can be very difficult to get your favorite singer to notice your tweets to them. Their mentions are flooded with fans, and tweeting them and getting no reply or follow back can leave you feeling frustrated and somewhat hopeless.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from lack-of-tweets-from-your-favorite-singer-or-band-syndrome (haha, just kidding), and I’m here to help! I’ve complied a list of a couple of things you can do to increase your chances of getting noticed by your faves. I also asked my friend and fellow fangirl, Karen Le, for some of her tips and tricks, since she gets tweeted/followed by her favorite singers quite frequently. So don’t lose hope of getting noticed by your fave–read on!

Don’t spam. Copying and pasting the same message and sending it to your favorite singer or band on Twitter (Example: “hi, my name is Sophie. Please follow me,” over and over again) may seem like a good idea, but it’s not as effective as you may think. Celebrities are people too–they get annoyed when people spam them.

Karen says, “Spamming works occasionally…and by occasionally I mean hardly ever! Sure, it may catch your fave’s attention, but they probably won’t appreciate being flooded by 100 x number spam. Instead, simple tweets that you send every 2-3 minutes are fine. If the singer is looking at their timeline, chances are they’ll prefer to respond to that rather than spam.”

BsYKovSIcAASj2zBe funny! Sending a tweet about how much you adore your favorite singer is great, but don’t spend all your time tweeting them the same old thing! (Plus, they get that a lot.) Mix it up a bit; say something witty, tell a joke, or attach a silly picture they might enjoy. (Then, sneak in the “ILY!” at the end of the tweet!) You might get a super funny or sweet reply back! Karen agrees: “people on Twitter sometimes sound like robots after a while of repeating the same thing that everyone else is saying. I’ve had luck getting a follow or a tweet back when I send something cheeky. Tweet about something your fave is interested in–they’ll be prompted to reply!”

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Karen got a reply from Nathan with this cute tweet to him!

Tweet them something you made. Bands and singers are so touched when you take time out of your day to create something for them or about them. Whether that’s a drawing you created of them, a bracelet with their name on it, or simply a collage, tweet them a picture of it! Recently, I created this small collage (below) and message for one of my favorite singers, Nathan Sykes. I tweeted it to him a few times (but didn’t spam) and an hour later, he surprised me with a follow!

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Help your friends and others who are looking to be noticed. First of all, this is good fangirl karma. If you help others, you have more of a chance of them helping you in the future. Simply tweeting the singer someone’s username a few times, retweeting someone trying to get noticed, or direct messaging (if the singer follows you) them to tweet one of your friends is an easy way for you to help fellow fans out. Karen says, “If you help other people out, they’ll definitely help you out at some point. After all, it’s those people and your friends that you fangirl with once you finally get that tweet or follow from your favorite singer!”

Have any more tips about getting a tweet/follow from your fave band or singer? Share them with me below!

LISTEN UP: Nina Nesbitt

Nina Nesbitt

 (My “Listen Up” posts cover my favorite artists, as well as new bands and singers to check out.)

Nina drunk vidYou may recognize this bleached-blonde, Scottish beauty from Ed Sheeran’s music video, DrunkAnd although Nina does a great job playing Ed’s ex-girlfriend in the video (fun fact: Ed and Nina did date for a bit), she is actually a 20-year-old singer/songwriter/guitar player from Edinburgh. Not only am I obsessed with her Scottish accent, but I’m obsessed with her music. Keep reading to find out why!

Ed Sheeran discovered Nina when she was only 16, and invited her to support him on a tour around Europe. After that, she burst onto the music scene with her debut EP, The Apple Tree which you can listen to here. Since then, she’s released several other EPs, including Live Take, Boy, Stay Out, Way In The World, and a self-titled EP, Nina Nesbitt. (Which is available on American iTunes, yahoo!) Recently, she’s released her debut album Peroxide.

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Peroxide is an incredible album. It features a variety of songs–stories about breakups, nights out with friends, and even a fun tune about taking selfies. Nina’s voice is so unique–I absolutely love it. Her distinctive, soulful tone is one that I never get tired of listening to. She did an amazing cover of Mumford & Son’s “Little Lion Man,” which you can listen to here.

Nina Nesbitt at Bootleg Bar(Photo by Justin Higuchi)

If you listen to artists such as Lily Allen, Lenka, Ellie Goulding, or Ingrid Michaelson, you’ll love Nina Nesbitt. Although I have yet to see Nina in concert (I’m hoping she will come do a show in my city soon–she tweeted me recently that she might come to my city this year!), I’ve seen videos of her performing live and she’s amazing. See for yourself by clicking here!

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 Nina performing in Manchester on her Peroxide tour. (Photos by Georgina)

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Get to know Nina Nesbitt! Watch a cute interview with her by clicking here.

Obsessed With Music and Concerts? Download These Apps!

Here are my three favorite music and concert apps I have on my phone!

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BandsInTown This awesome app synces with music on your phone (from your music library, Spotify, and Pandora) and notifies you when an artist you like is coming to your area. My favorite part of this app is the customizable “Concert Cloud.”  It tracks your favorite artists as well as gives you suggestions of upcoming concerts you might enjoy.

rKHISuQO_400x400Spotify Personally, I like this music app more than Pandora. You’re able to pick the songs you want to hear, create playlists, and star songs and albums. You can connect with friends and see what they’re listening to, and check out the playlists they’ve created. My favorite thing about this app is the “genre & moods section.” You can choose what mood or genre you feel like listening to (such as “songs for sunsets,””songs to sing in the shower,” or “deep dark indie,”) and jam out!

orEh-U-wShazam This is the coolest app ever. You know those times when you hear a song on the radio or at the mall and you love it, but you can never find it once you try to Google it at home? Well, in times likes these, Shazam comes to the rescue. When you hear a song you like, simply hold your phone up to the music, open Shazam, tap the screen when it says “touch to Shazam,” and it will instantly find out what song is playing!

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Download & enjoy!

3 Secret Concert Venues

Here are three, little-known places where you could see your favorite artist perform up- close!

Radio stations Your local radio station may be hosting an interview with your favorite singer or band while they are in your town, and they will usually perform a few of their songs after the interview. Check Twitter, your local radio station’s website, or call in to the station ahead of time in order to find out how you could get in to see them. Sometimes, there are contests you can enter to get inside the studio, but waiting outside of radio stations after the interview is a great way to meet the artist if you can’t see them perform. Also, check to see if your local radio station has a music venue connected to it that they might sponsor/be involved with. These venues are often small, and require you to win to get in to see a show, but totally worth it!

image I saw the band Midnight Red in October 2013 at a small, acoustic venue connected to my local radio station.

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I met Midnight Red outside afterward! Here’s me with Thomas Augusto.

CD and Record Stores If you live near a CD and record store (like Music Millennium), check their websites for information on free, in-store performances. I went to see ZZ Ward and Foy Vance at one of my local music stores, and even got to meet them afterwards! These types of performances are very laid back, and usually a free signing/meet and greet are included!

image I met singer ZZ Ward with my friend at Music Millennium.

Airports This is often a rare place to see an artist perform, but sometimes, bands do a short acoustic show in airport terminals. These types of performances vary: you might need to win to get in, pay, or it could be free. Check Twitter, as well as the airport’s website.

Check out this video of The Wanted performing for fans at the JFK airport here.