At the Masquerade in Atlanta, Heaven, one of three rooms housed in the popular venue is packed from the front of the stage to the sound box toward the back of the room. It's hot as hell, and the whole room smells like sweat and cheap beer—the perfect making for New Found Glory's Pop Punk's Not Dead Tour.

After the pop-punk opening acts Man Overboard, This Time Next Year, and Set Your Goals to finish their performances, the room empties, and people scatter in different directions in search of bathrooms, smoke breaks, and more beer. After about ten minutes, the anticipation begins. The room is quickly filling up with people migrating closer and closer to the stage.

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Whether she's dancing on stage or making enthusiastic raps in the studio, Lisa is a one-of-a-kind K-Pop star. Before she became Lisa, “Pranpriya.” was her name. At a young age, she believed in the idea of luck. So when she learned from a fortune teller that the name "Lalisa '' would bring her good fortune, she decided to change her name.

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Everything about Canadian rock band Tegan and Sara is an anomaly. The world of rock in general, whether boasting high-powered ballads or the gentle strokes of a self-identified hipster, seems to be dominated by men. Men in groups, too – usually an assembly of four or five, with a dynamic lead vocalist that tends to, whether intentional or not, steal the spotlight. 

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“People around punk rock are often people who care about more than just themselves, even if that means that they just try to be more kind or open to other people….”


-Justin Sane on Montreal Rocks

Punk is not like any other music genre. Punk is a lifestyle choice–a creed and a community, at least to the musicians behind the American punk-rock band from Pittsburgh, Anti-Flag. This group of anti-nationalist, anti-racist, anti-sexist musicians has operated in the zeitgeist for over thirty years.

To get a glimpse of what Anti-Flag is all about, consider their song titled “Hate Conquers All,” featured on their album 20/20 Vision, which starts off with a sample of former president Donald Trump giving a speech about quelling public protest. It’s a pro-protest bop commenting on the rhetoric that Trump used to rile his base.

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There are a lot of talented singers and bands out there waiting to be “discovered,” and I’m sure they dream of signing a million-dollar record deal. Most of these artists are usually in their late teens and twenties, they upload performances to YouTube, sign up for TV talent shows, and play at bars to just get some attention and hopefully attract some fans. But the odds are not always in favor of these artists and it is normally hard to get real attention from the music industry. So we might wonder, how did three middle schoolers, get their big break and sign a $1.2 million contract with Sony Music?

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“Legends Never Die,'' is a phrase the young late rapper Jarad Higgins also known as Juice WRLD, used to say. In his short time in the music industry, the rapper focused his music on overcoming old habits, loss, and heartbreak. The themes of most of his music related to his battles with heartbreak, addiction, and mental health problems. Juice WRLD was raised in Chicago, Illinois, and he began his musical journey during his high school years. 

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