editorâ€™s letter issue 2
Our second Issue is out now, and I canâ€™t believe it! I would like to thank all of our readers, contributors, and everyone we have worked with for this issue. In Issue 2 you will find an interview with one of the coolest up and coming bands, Hardcastle, an article highlighting some of our favorite music publication parents, a summer playlist amongst other things! I hope you enjoy this issue, and stick around for exciting things we have planned in the future. gabrielle yost editor-in-chief/founder
GABI YOST / FOUNDER PEYTON RHODES / HEAD OF WRITING
CALEIGH WELLS / HEAD OF INTERVIEWS JISELLE SANTOS / CO-HEAD OF PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
VICTORIA TAGLIONE / CO-HEAD OF WRITING ASHLEIGH HADDOCK / CO-HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA
JARED ELLIOTT / HEAD OF GRAPHIC DESIGN KY KASSELMAN / CO-HEAD OF PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
MADI MIZE / CO-HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA
HEATHER ZALABAK / HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY
bruno mars show review
mad for mags
featured artist: sir sly
artist to watch: COIN
coast modern album review
meet heather: head of photography
foster the people album review
guide to music fesitvals
McAllister McAllister, a local indie pop/rock band from Dallas, TX, is comprised of vocalist/ guitarist Ty McAllister, keyboardist Kelsey Barker, drummer Steven Baker, guitarist Seth McClure, and bassist Jordan Green. Founded by Ty in December of 2014, the band has toured with artists such as Penny and Sparrow, David Cook, and Brother Moses. Ky Kasselman of Heart Eyes Magazine got the opportunity to ask Ty a few questions at their show in Dallas at the Deep Ellum recording studio, Cinderblock. Cinderblock frequently brings in local artists to their film studio and records live audio and video sessions in front of an audience. Not only does this bring exposure to the Cinderblock studio itself, but it also gives the local Dallas music scene great exposition as they partner with local breweries and other businesses to make these Cinderblock Session nights an amazing experience for everyone involved. How did you all meet and form your band? Ty: I went to highschool with our keys player and we started playing together. We ended up rooming together in college and it’s crazy, super organic. I’ve always been a songwriter. I started writing when I was nine. But anyway, our keys player and I grew up together. We weren’t really best friends, but we started hanging out together and we realized we both played music so we started playing music together. And then, we all went to school together. That’s the short answer.
Cool! Where’d y’all go to school? Ty: Dallas Baptist University. So we all met there and I started playing. I needed some people to play with me for some shows I was playing as a solo artist and we just like kept playing together, the same people over and over, and we decided that we were tired of being called my name [Ty McAllister], so we decided to just take out my first name and go with McAllister. So we added Kelsey on keys and Steven started playing drums with us, and then Seth started playing electric with us, and then lastly Jordan started playing bass. Really our foundation is that we just like being around each other. Who are your musical inspirations? Ty: A bit of everything, but I would say The Police, old Coldplay (Oldplay, if you will), The Killers definitely. They’re a huge inspiration because they do whatever the heck they want, and like, we don’t want to copy anyone. We just want to do whatever feels right. We also like The 1975 a lot. I think their production is pretty sweet. And The Japanese House, personally. What’s coming up for you guys this year? Ty: We just released a single pretty recently, “Better Off.” We’ve got another single, “Born To Be Like This,” that will be out in the next few months. And then we’ll be releasing an EP as well. We just finished writing it so we’re about to start recording that. We’ve got a lot of shows coming up, going to Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and some other places. We’re just trying to get in front of as many people as possible because we love playing together and we don’t want to do it by ourselves. So how was this experience here at Cinderblock for you? Ty: Tonight was a blast. It was kinda cathartic. Really just whenever we play, we kinda just to go a different headspace. And I know that people say that you should really bring people along, but I hope that people jump in and come along with us as we go to the place that the music takes us. And so that’s our goal. And tonight, that’s kinda what it felt like. It was just fun connecting with people.
Photos By Nick Mellita
A CONCERT OR A PARTY? Concert Review & Photo By Katherine Stallard This last year, Bruno Mars finally made his highly awaited comeback onto the music scene. With his now certified double platinum record 24k Magic, Mars showed that, despite his hiatus from the charts since 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox album - and, of course, the 2014 released anthem “Uptown Funk” that continues to grace parties and playlists everywhere - he can continue to smash all constraints of present day music, creating fresh and engaging new tracks. Mars displays his incredible musical prowess on his newest record, shattering expectations with sweaty, party tracks that revitalize mainstream funk and invigorate modern music everywhere. Following the incredible success of his newest work, Bruno Mars began touring on his (properly named) 24k Magic World Tour, conducting a whopping 85 tour dates across the globe. I had the pleasure of attending the Portland, Oregon show on July 23rd at the Moda Center and let me be clear: this wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill concert. This concert was a bonafide party. After opener Camila Cabello pumped up the crowd with tremendous energy, setting the tone for the rest of the evening, the wait for Mars’ set began. To add a layer of intrigue and surprise to the event, the stage was covered in a sheet during the set change that encompassed all sides of the stage, shrouding what was happening behind it in mystery. While Mars is not arrogant, he most certainly knows how highly anticipated his shows are, and I couldn’t help but smile and think that all the waiting and secrecy was intentional as each and every one of us grew more uneasy and rowdy, waiting for Mars’ appearance. As the crowd, including myself, waited impatiently for what felt like at least 45 minutes, the anticipation for Mars’ arrival was at peak height. As time achingly slipped by, members of the crowded arena would begin to scream and clap, urging the show to begin. 10
When the house music finally ceased and the sheet began to lift, roars burst from the lips of the raving audience members. An electric voice came over the loud speakers and urged our screaming on. Turns out all the teasing and waiting payed off; I have never felt a crowd so electric. If Bruno Mars is anything, he is a showman. From the minute the stage was revealed, master entertainer Bruno Mars had every dial turned up to 100. The Hooligans (Mars’ backup singers, dancers, hypemen, and performers) helped in the excitement, asking if we were ready as smoke cascaded off the edge of the stage and vibrant colored lights shot into the audience. We were fervently encouraged to get up on our feet, and as a firm believer that concerts should never be spent doing anything other than completely losing yourself, I was already on my feet jumping spastically. Once my initial adrenaline began to level off into a more manageable level, I settled into a state of groovy, hip-shaking euphoria while listening to Mars’ set opener Finesse. The choreography executed by Mars and the Hooligans was skillful and infectious, each of them popping and locking and grooving in time. The people surrounding me were reveling in the energy, their hands swaying and bopping, encouraging others around them to join in. Next up was 24k Magic, which lit up the crowd to new levels, as casual listeners finally had an opportunity to belt the lyrics of this 2016 party jam. Perm, (a sexy and raunchy tune that is a personal favorite of mine) embodies that funky, delicious sound that normal pop music sometimes lacks. The already lively choreography sped up to match the tempo, and when the track hit its chorus, sparklers erupted from the stage, heating up the already toasty arena. The show continued to surprise and awe as Mars belted tune after tune from his newest record. It was clear Mars and the Hooligans were having fun - all of them playing off of one another’s energy, dancing and jamming with a passion and intensity that was reflected in the audience. It was like watching a onstage jam session between friends that the rest of us had the pleasure of being apart of. As the show went on, Mars adopted his playful “ladies man” persona, flirting with the girls in the audience, especially in tracks like Calling All My Lovelies, where the teasing prompted a bubbly kind of fluster from fans. Exhibiting his envious vocal talent on soulful tracks like When I Was Your Man and Versace on the Floor, Mars slowed down, dragging out his vocals in a beautiful and achingly slow manner. All throughout the show, Mars belted swoon-worthy, jaw-dropping notes. Mars’ skills didn’t end at killer dance movies and killer pipes either, but continued when he picked up the guitar on songs like Grenade. 11
Mars’ enthusiasm never dwindled, and as the show continued it was easy to see that Mars’ musical expertise was genuine and unique, unlike any other artist. By the end of the night, I was screaming and dancing like it was my job. Even during the encore of the concert, the energy never died down. On the contrary, the crowd had never been so alive as when we heard the first note of the ultimate finale song: Uptown Funk. Although the show - with its intense choreography and difficult notes - was likely physically straining, Mars made sure even the last few moments were amazing ones. Horns echoed off the arena’s walls, as brilliant colors of red, purple, and orange shot out onto the crowd members. Mars easily sings deep and passionate runs and, mid-song, lets out an impressive and throaty growl, channeling funk and R&B artists before him and rendering me speechless. While the song came to a close, confetti filled the air, and sparklers shot off on stage, the sheet from the beginning of the show slowly made its descent. Mars continued dancing and performing his heart out, never missing a beat, giving us everything he had, even as the sheet finally swallowed up the last of his figure. Mars is a fearsome performer. Despite how he may be feeling on the inside, he always oozes sexy confidence while still remaining real and honest. There is no doubt in my mind that Bruno Mars is authentic and the real deal. It is clear when he performs that he possesses a genuine and intense passion for music. Drawing from numerous powerhouse artists like Prince and 90s R&B legends, his music never feels or sounds cheap and fake, but rather surprises you with its intricacies. All of his passion translates easily to every aspect of his live shows. The second after he hits a complicated move or sings an earth shattering high note and he shows that dimply smile of his, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he loves what he does. Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic Tour is a mesmerizing display of musical genius. When buying tickets to a show put on by a bigger artist, sometimes it’s hard to know what to expect. Some big ticket shows can come off as too much or even gimmicky. Despite this stigma, Mars, while still showing that fresh and cocky side of his personality, puts on a show that is not overly flashy or distracting, but genuine and created to highlight his music. Every aspect, whether it be the lighting, the backdrop, or anything in between was put together with love for music and his craft. Each note that fell from his lips took me to church in a feel-it-in-your-bones type of way, and there is no doubt in my mind that Bruno Mars is anything less than what his successful and amazing music suggests. 12
With some of the best crowd interaction I’ve ever experienced, it truly felt like we were apart of something special. The teasing and the banter and all the good loving fun made it obvious that Mars and the Hooligans wouldn’t rest until we all had the night of our lives. It’s safe to say that they succeeded, because the 24k Magic Tour was a magical party experience that I won’t soon forget. You can still catch Bruno Mars on tour! Check out the remaining dates on his website and snag a ticket. http://www.brunomars.com You can listen to Bruno Mars, along with other artists mentioned in this issue, in our Issue Two playlist.
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Article by Caleigh Wells and Jiselle Santos Photos by Caleigh Wells and Brandon Quiroga It’s a hot, humid day in Houston, Texas, but that doesn’t dampen the spirits of the five boys who make up the band Hardcastle. After a grueling twelve hour drive, they’re more than ready to begin their first official tour in Texas. Their first stop, at the Satellite Bar in Houston, is located just east of downtown. The small venue sets the scene for the rocking, intimate show Hardcastle will play later tonight. Hardcastle is made up of Graham Laderman on vocals and guitar, Miles Laderman on drums, Val Hoyt on guitar and backup vocals, Kaden Paulson on guitar, and Noah Christian on bass. Graham and Miles, brothers, have been playing music since they were young, and Val joined them in high school. Hardcastle became the band they are today when Kaden, and then Noah, joined in 2016. “We’re still learning what it means to be Hardcastle,” Graham admits to us. “What you see and what you get now is still very new to us.” This is the band’s first time playing in Texas. “Honestly, it’s insane, like the fact that we can literally drive twelve hours just to come here and have so much love and support,” Val says. Why choose to start with Texas? Graham explains their decision behind choosing Texas as their first touring state away from home. “When we first started getting fans, and meeting them through Twitter, we knew we had to come to Texas. I remember one time I was like, ‘oh, where should we come?’ ‘Texas!’. From then on we’ve just been thinking about it-- among other places, but there was an overwhelming majority from Texas.” As an independent band, not yet signed to a label, there was a lot that had to be done to make it this far. “I remember [being] on my spring break, planning this show, and now we’re here,” Graham recalled. “Just all the obstacles, and doing it independently has been crazy.” The entire band agrees that the fans are the reason they were able to come this far. However, there was also another element that drew them to the Lonestar State. “[Texas] has, I think, a really cool music scene. 15
When I see other bands play there, there’s always so many fans posting about it. I think the music scene in Texas is really cool.” Graham explained. When we ask about their show later that night, all the band agrees they are most excited to play Millennial Attraction - their most popular single. “It’s fun having everybody at the very end of the show sing along - it feels good,” Kaden says. The band also reveals that they plan to surprise the audience with a new song. “We’ve actually never performed it live,” Val admits. “So I’m really excited.” “We wrote it two days ago. Texas exclusive. Houston exclusive premiere.” Graham says. Val adds, “We finished it in our hotel last night. It’s a cool song.” If they are nervous to play the new tune for the first time, they certainly don’t show it. On a surface level, Hardcastle’s music could be described as alternative. However, as broad of a genre as that is, their sound is very different from the usual “alternative” music. “I think [our sound] is a really cool blend of things. All of us have different influences, but there’s this common ground of rock meeting with pop in a lot of ways.” Graham believes that they are still experimenting with Hardcastle’s sound. “We’re still trying to figure out what our sound is,” he explains. “So that when you ask us, we can say what it is. Right now we’re in the phase where we’re learning what that is. We listen to so many different things. The main thing is, we want Hardcastle to pioneer something new. We’re not trying to copy any other artist, or go in their lane. We’re still learning how to do that. That’s really important to us, to have people know that we’re trying to create our own lane.” Soon after their latest song, Paranoia, was released, fans were already ready for new music from the band. “We have a banger in store,” Noah reveals to us, his band members agreeing. “You guys are going to hear songs that will be released eventually,” Graham explained. “We’re still figuring out how to get our music out, the right time line, and the right way to do it.” Hardcastle draws from many influences, and they look up to a lot of bands as well. When we ask who they would open for if they could, Val is the first to speak. “Phoenix!” He answers confidently, pointing to his Phoenix inspired tattoos. Noah says The Neighbourhood, Graham says The 1975, Miles says Kings of Leon, and Kaden answers that, although it’s not an artist, he would love to play Bonnaroo. “Also,” Miles speaks up, “COIN. We look up to them a lot too. We went to the same school they did.”
Besides their busy music schedule, the band all attend Belmont University, a private music oriented Christian college in Nashville. When they’re not in class or playing music, they mostly enjoy relaxing. “I like to hold my bearded dragon, Jeffery,” Val tells us with a laugh. “I got Heff and Jeff - Heff is my fish and Jeff is my bearded dragon. So that’s my room. We all live in a house together.” “There’s never a dull moment.” Graham said. They watch The Office together, play FIFA, and watch Noah’s favorite movie, Zootopia. “At the end of the day, all we talk about is music,” Val tells us. “We butt heads all the time, but that’s what it’s all about. We all love each other.” As full time college students, it’s a struggle balancing work and school with music and touring. “I think [the most difficult part] is getting everyone to be on the same schedule so we have rehearsal time. Normally our work schedules are different.” Noah answers. “The hardest part is honestly going to school,” Kaden says. “Because, you don’t want to after going and playing.” With all the boys living together, however, it’s a good feeling coming home to the band after a long day of class, according to Val. “We all come back to the same house and [we’re] like, ‘Yo, I’m so tired of class. Let’s play, let’s make some music.” For five boys balancing school, work, and music, their dedication certainly pays off. With four official tracks on music platforms, they’ve garnered a substantial following that continues to grow every day. Watch out for Hardcastle - a band on the rise. You can listen to Hardcastle, along with other artists mentioned in this issue, in our Issue Two Playlist
MAD FOR By: Ashleigh Haddock and Peyton Rhodes Recently, the celebration of art has taken a new form. Dozens of online and print publications that showcase the creativity of young artists, whether musicians, painters, drawers, sculptors, photographers, or writers, have sprung up, creating a new biome that fosters the creation and discovery of new art. This new flood of content is a beautiful celebration of passion and talent. We ourselves were inspired to create a magazine by our love for music and our creative friends and surroundings. That magazine became Heart Eyes. Just a few weeks ago, we released our first ever issue. We ourselves are also fans of a few publications, and this got us thinking - what inspired them to start their projects? We decided to ask a couple founders of publications to write a few words about what inspired them to construct their own creative outlet. Heart Eyes Magazine knows our own inspiration has been influential in our lives, and we want to share the insight and innovation behind other publications. Here is what these wonderful creators had to say: 20
Liz & Emma Watts, Co-Founders “We, Liz and Emma, are sisters and the creators of Honey Punch Mag. We have spent a lot of our time together traveling to shows, waiting in line all day, and singing/dancing to the beat of our favorite music. In 2015, we started contributing to multiple music publications, learning more about the industry, and finding our strengths within it. The experiences we’ve shared have been so unique and exciting, and we wanted to keep that goin’! We were both ready for a new creative adventure and decided there was no better time to make that happen than now! We have been running Honey Punch Mag since March of this year and have an incredible team of creatives that have helped us grow (and made our jobs a heck of alot easier)! This music publication is our platform to be real about music and the music industry. Here, we want to focus both on the people who make it and the people who simply love it. We both are actively working towards careers in this industry - Emma in live music photography and Liz in music business - and a huge part of creating this publication was to remind the world (and ourselves) that the music industry isn’t just a boys’ club! We’ve both experienced and seen sexism within this industry and changing that is a huge driving factor for us. We are constantly pushing our limits and hope to be an example to other women that you can do this! Don’t let people get in the way of reaching your goals. Keep your head up, your ideas fresh, and let nothing come between you and your love for music. Honey Punch Mag is so special to us because it’s like our diary, and a lil peek into our souls where we can share our passion and excitement for music and the culture surrounding it.” www.honeypunchmag.com 21
Sophia Minello, Founder “Sunlight Magazine was born of nothing other than a desire to share the things I’m passionate about. I was feeling uninspired with art, I wasn’t drawing or taking photos or writing music. I’ve wanted to make a publication for a few years now so I felt like this would be a good way to push myself creatively. What inspired me was the want to spread inspiration. I wanted people to see our articles and have a burning desire to create. If they were going through a drought, I wanted them to be able to go to Sunlight and listen or see things that could propel them along in their creative journeys. Giving people a platform to share the things they love has always been really important to me, as well as encouraging others to create & spread love towards each other. I just really love art and hope to make people’s hearts happy to see and participate in things they are passionate about.” www.sunlightmag.com
Raye Reign, Founder and Editor-in-Chief “I created the magazine to use the media’s platform to empower and not to put down. What inspired me to create it was my own personal bullying story. I needed something to inspire me when I was going through and I created a magazine that would do just that and then some.” www.goldcrownmag.com 22
Cathrine Khom, Founder & Editor-in-Chief “I spent most of my recess time and lunch breaks by reading magazines especially Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Nylon and American Girl (for their crafts’ section). I love photography and design, so visuals are a huge part in the reason why I love magazines so much, besides the interesting articles inside. I must admit that was a happy kid growing up who had different career changes throughout all my years in school. One of my dream careers was working for a magazine in New York, preferably Nylon. I absolutely adore their content that covered fashion, music, entertainment and culture. I created Local Wolves back in April 2012, as a music blog that evolved into a lifestyle publication. I was inspired by the stories I heard, the travels to local cities and neighborhoods and self-discovery through my own exposure to coffee shops, record stores, brunch spots and tons of inspiration from my social media feed and don’t forget, Tumblr and Pinterest. I value thinking outside the box for creativity and original content, which I feel represents Local Wolves.” localwolves.com
Brooke Nolan & Samantha Schraub, Co-Founders “Loveless Magazine was inspired by the publication Local Wolves. Both of us love their magazine and the COIN issue has a special place in our hearts. We never really planned to become owners of a publication, but our decision came out of a late night conversation and a dreamt about idea. Honestly, at first, we didn’t know if we were being serious when pursuing this idea, but both of us had already shown interest in starting one up so we decided to do it together. Neither of us took each other serious at the beginning when we said “let’s start a publication,” but next thing we knew there was a twitter group chat full of people who wanted in on the action. We really wanted our magazine to focus on the artists you may not hear about and give them a little more love.” lovelessmag.com 23
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Article By Elizabeth Lee Photos by Heather Zalabak
You may know them for their authentic, deep lyrics and moody synth-pop beats, or for their hit singles, “You Haunt Me” and “Gold.” After a three year hiatus, it is safe to say that the indie-pop trio, Sir Sly, is finally back and better than ever! Formed in Los Angeles, the band consists of Landon Jacobs, Jason Suwito, and Hayde Coplen. They first established their presence on the music scene when their songs “Gold” and “Ghost” were featured in select trailers and video games. In 2013, they released the Gold studio EP and slowly gained attention. In 2014, they officially released their first debut album titled You Haunt Me, capturing an even wider audience around the world. Their famous singles from the album, “Ghost” and “You Haunt Me,” reached the top of the alternative charts and have played on numerous radio stations. The band promoted their album by playing shows in many cities and festivals around the country. Many people appreciated the different vibe that this band had to offer: fresh content that was full of catchy hooks and truthful lyrics. It seemed like Sir Sly was soaring to the top, and was there to stay for good. Within the next year, however, the well-loved trio did not produce new music, and it seemed like they were slowly disappearing from the music scene. So it was certainly a pleasant surprise when Sir Sly released their new single, “High” this past July. This was the first hint at more music from the eclectic trio since their tour ended back in 2014. “High” was the perfect song to lure fans right back into their music. The song represents their familiar, classic, feel-good vibe, and the lyrics are full of honesty and raw talent. This song showcases their ability to turn the saddest meaning into the happiest beat, reminding us why Sir Sly is one of the purest bands out there.
Sir Sly draws people to their music through their unique sound and lyrical talent. Their sound is moody and dark, yet their beats are fun and energetic. Their music is full of transparent themes and lyrics that unapologetically come from the heart. Their lyrics are some of the deepest words that I have ever heard. They use music as their muse and as their escape to write, taking the meaning of authenticity seriously. On June 30, 2017, the band finally delivered their long-awaited album titled, Don’t You Worry, Honey. Just like their previous album, the trio beautifully writes about persevering through the hard times in life. They show fans how to dance through the pain through their catchy tunes and uplifting words. With songs like “Altar,” Astronaut” and my personal favorite “Fun,” their album holds many songs that talk about their dark past and how they were able to learn from their experiences. They deliver a relatable and encouraging “triumph over tribulation” message with every song. With a sense of nostalgia, Sir Sly’s music will bring you on an emotional rollercoaster that will ultimately leave you with a clearer mind and a hopeful heart. Sir Sly may be known for their ghost logo, but they are far from dead. They made their big comeback with the release of their new album this year, and it was well worth the wait. They recently finished their Summer Tour with SHAED, where Sir Sly played sold out shows and received much deserved praise from their fans. Don’t miss out on your chance to catch them performing in various festivals until the end of September! Don’t forget to also check out their latest album, Don’t You Worry, Honey—you won’t be disappointed to find what you hear! You can listen to Sir Sly, along with other artists mentioned in this issue, in our Issue Two playlist
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Article By Ana Gomez Photos by Heather Zalabak COIN are a four-piece indie pop band from Nashville, Tennessee, made up of Chase Lawrence (vocals and synths), Ryan Winnen (drums), Joe Memmel (guitar), and Zach Dyke (bass). In the past few months, COIN have started to become a sort of household name in the indie world - and rightfully so! In 2015, the band quickly started to gain a following from their lead single “Run,” part of their self-titled debut album released that year. They left a lasting impression as they toured the US, supporting acts such as Betty Who and Passion Pit. In mid 2016, they were back and better than ever with the new single “Talk Too Much,” which currently has over 20 million plays on Spotify. This single preceded their sophomore album, How Will You Know If You Never Try, released in spring 2017. The HWYKIYNT Tour was a larger affair than anything COIN had done yet - an almost 100% sold out headlining tour which reached every major US city and then some, and stopped at many of the country’s most iconic music festivals, including Bonnaroo and Forecastle. Amidst so many emerging and talented indie pop influenced bands, what truly sets COIN apart (and puts them on our Artist to Watch list) is their dedication to their listeners. They never turn down an opportunity to interact with their fans - whether it be through Twitter Q&A’s, liking their social media posts, or taking time after shows to talk to them and take pictures. Anybody who has had the pleasure of seeing them can tell you they are truly the sweetest, most genuine and down-to-earth guys you’ll ever meet.
COIN is also an incredible live band. Iconic songs like “Talk Too Much” and “Fingers Crossed” get both the crowd and Chase Lawrence dancing, while more stripped back songs like “Malibu ‘92” and “I Would” showcase the raw live talent of the band. Their passion and energy onstage makes for an unforgettable and electrifying live show. COIN doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon - this fall they return to the touring circuit, playing sets at Austin City Limits and Music Midtown, as well as headlining shows at their biggest venues yet. After gracing these stages, one thing is for sure 2017 is the year of COIN. You can listen to COIN, along with other artists mentioned in this issue, in our Issue Two playlist.
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Review By: Yasmin Ettobi How does one describe Coast Modern’s music? Many words could be used to portray the versatile sounds produced by the Los Angeles based duo, but I think the one that sums it up best is “weird.” Coast Modern has never been afraid of keeping things on the more peculiar side with their music, which was clear when they released their single “Hollow Life” in 2015. After the delivery of a couple other strong tracks, Coast Modern’s self-titled debut album finally dropped on July 28th, 2017. This 18 track record is an auditory rollercoaster, cruising through different genres, moods and themes. It’s a fantastic testament to what Coast Modern stands for as a band, and an excellent first release in general. When I say that Coast Modern’s music is odd, it’s really just another way of saying that they aren’t afraid to take risks. In a music industry where so many songs sound exactly the same, the eccentricity that Coast Modern possesses is like taking a breath of fresh air after swimming in a polluted river. Some of the musical choices made on the album seem to make no sense in context, but the most magnificent thing about Coast Modern is that it doesn’t have to. A trap beat thrown in the last minute of the stripped back “Way it Was?” Sure! A 30 second track dedicated to solely the sound of crickets chirping? Why not! The album is all about embracing the twists and turns that life throws at all of us, and the way in which Coast Modern transcribes the theme into their music is magical. In the tropical flavored tune “Guru,” lead singer Coleman Trapp sings, “Good vibrations swirl around me / So why does changing hurt so badly?” This testament rings true for the entirety of Coast Modern. Most songs on the album keep a pretty chipper atmosphere, two examples being “Dive” and “Pockets Full of No.” The lyrics promote the idea that it’s perfectly alright to be down at times, though we should always try our best to keep a positive mindset. Coast Modern’s summer release is bound to make up a large portion of many playlists in the near future. The album contains something for every type of music lover. Its leading singles, such as “Hollow Life” and “Animals,” are irresistibly catchy. Coast Modern also possesses a laidback vibe that could be the soundtrack to a lazy afternoon on the beach, particularly “Tiny Umbrella” and “Comb Hair.” It even contains some slow cuts that I definitely wasn’t expecting, but added a needed vulnerable side to the album. “Frost” is a prime example. Coast Modern’s fresh take to indie pop is unarguably exceptional. The warm, shimmery sounds of Coast Modern is the perfect soundtrack for your highs, your lows, and anywhere inbetween. 36
HEATHER ZALABAK Head of Photography Written By Gabrielle Yost Photo by Adele Sakey Heather Zalabak, a true photography powerhouse, is a 17 year old California native. Fascinated by cameras at a young age, Heather found herself falling in love with old cameras and the thought of photography. However, it wasn’t until high school that she actually picked up a camera and immersed herself in the photojournalism world. Heather got her start in concert photography early in 2016, when she was granted the opportunity to shoot The Neighbourhood’s show in Santa Ana. She applied for a photo pass with zero experience on her resume, and, in a stroke of luck, the band’s management took a chance on her and awarded her a photo pass. While shooting The Neighbourhood, she truly fell in love with concert photography. Since 2016, she has shot numerous shows across a myriad of genres, including artists such as Demi Lovato, COIN, Coast Modern, and Hippo Campus. When asked why she loves photography so much, she explains that she finds the idea of capturing not just a moment, but the moment, fascinating. In a world obsessed with iPhone photography and social media, Heather believes that the ability that sets a talented photographer apart is the ability to capture a moment and truly convey it. “Everyone takes pictures,” she says while editing a shoot from back in May, “but do they really take pictures?” While not entirely sure what she wishes to pursue professionally, she knows it will involve photography. Heather sees herself working as a tour photographer, or even as a photography teacher, because she believes that teaching youth how important and nuanced photography
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By Ava Butera Foster the People shocked new and old fans alike when they dropped the first single, “Doing It For the Money,” preceding their newest release, Sacred Hearts Club. Infusing R&B elements into this song, it was very unlike Foster’s typical strictly alternative and synth-heavy sound. However, right when listeners were set on Foster the People’s new sound, the band once again flipped the switch. The next single, “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy,” contained EDM/dance vibes, all while staying true to their sound. Fans weren’t sure what to expect from the full-length album, Sacred Hearts Club. As it turns out, however, this amalgamation of different sounding tracks all compliment each other very well. The third album from this well-versed alternative rock band opens with “Pay the Man,” which was previously released on the III EP. Despite its prior release, Foster the People were smart to place this track here. It opens the album and sets the mood for the rest of the tracks to come. “Sit Next to Me” and “SHC” introduce some synth tones reminiscent of 80’s pop/rock music. The beauty of this album is that Foster the People doesn’t just settle on one specific sound or mood. This aspect is what makes this album so genuine and different from anything I’ve heard from Foster the People in the past. Previously released albums, Torches and Supermodel, showcased Foster the People’s distinct, alternative sound. As distinctive as it was, there was nothing to compare their sound to. It was an “if you know, you know” sort of situation there. However, the introduction of this new sound suits Mark Foster’s voice really well. About halfway through the album, there’s a small genre transition with the track “Orange Dream,” which leads listeners into six more eclectic tracks. Recently, I’ve seen a couple bands begin to incorporate instrumental transitions onto their albums, and I’m a huge fan of this concept.
The song “Lotus Eater” sounds almost like modernized punk rock. The track sounds like a normal alternative song, until you hear the infectious guitar riffs that get stuck in your head on rotation. I can see this song being a fan-favorite on the album. Yet again, on track nine, listeners stumble upon another short, transition track on our musical journey throughout Sacred Hearts Club. As short as “Time to Get Closer” is, it’s one of my favorites on this album. I’m a huge fan of Mark Foster’s vocals, how whiny - in a good way - and different they sound from any other artist. However, you can barely tell that it’s Foster singing on this track. The vocals are almost delicate and pure, as opposed to his classic full force and powerful singing style. The juxtaposition between the previous track and “Loyal Like Sid & Nancy” is brilliant. I applaud Foster for the placement of the tracks on this album. The contrast between the two tracks pulls the audience back in, forcing them to pay attention. This album’s tracklist is no random selection; it likely took an extensive time to curate and perfect, but Foster the People pulled it off beautifully. Overall, I’m thrilled that Foster the People are finally back with new material. Sacred Hearts Club has truly made me a huge fan of this band. I could never fully get into their previous endeavors. However, something about this release just pulls you in and takes you along for the ride. Skeptical listeners will be pleasantly surprised by how phenomenal this album turned out to be. You can listen to Foster the People, along with other artists mentioned in this issue, in our Issue Two playlist.
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By Rachel Wishop As festival season continues, we all know how overwhelming an entire weekend of concert-going can be. Even one day of attending a festival requires intense planning ahead. Luckily, I recently attended Lollapalooza, and I compiled a list of my festival must-haves. - Leading up to the festival, plan your outfit, your transportation, and your accommodations if you are spending the night! Youâ€™ll also want to purchase a reusable water bottle, and portable phone chargers and have those ready for the day of the festival! -On the day of the festival, you will need to bring sunscreen, cash for merch and food (as ATMs will have long lines and have expensive charges), sunglasses, water, chargers, and of course your pass to get in the festival. I recommend wearing closed toe covered shoes because festivals can get muddy. -Bring a disposable camera or a Polaroid camera just for fun. -A backpack that can zip up is a great idea so nothing can get stolen. -Just in case you lose your phone, type up your safety information in your notes and set it as your lock screen, just for the day. 40
-Go ALL OUT on your make-up, outfit, and hair. It’s so exciting seeing all of the different fashion and styles people are rocking at festivals. If you think someone else looks great, compliment them! -Make sure you eat and stay hydrated all day long. You will be outside all day and just drinking water and eating can give you energy to make it through the day. -Take tons of pictures. These are great memories and festivals have plenty of cute photo-ops, so take advantage of those. -Use sunscreen. Your skin will thank you later! -Make sure you stay in groups or pairs. It’s always smart to be safe and aware of your surroundings as most festivals are packed and it’s easy to get lost. -One trick to getting a good spot is getting there a little early. Most likely there will be other bands performing before so you can listen to those while you wait. -On the other hand, do NOT wait all day to get a good spot for one act - that’s no fun. Take advantage of your pass and go see other bands and artists! -Be friendly and kind to others - don’t push to get closer. -If the festival has an app, download it. The apps are very helpful and have schedules, maps, and lots of other tools. -Plan what artists you are seeing before the festival - it will make your day easier for you and whoever you go to the festival with. -Go see a band you haven’t listened to - it’s a great day to try new things, and you might even end up loving them! Finally, of course, live it up! Sing, dance, and have as much fun as possible! Festivals are a once a year deal, so enjoy yours. 41
SUMMER P L AY L I S T Always Blue by Foreign/National Border Line by King Krule Sit Next To Me by Foster The People Drew Barrymore by SZA Anna Sun by Walk The Moon South by Hippo Campus Daydream by Beach Fossils Spring Has Sprung by Skegss Growing Up by The Maine What A Pleasure by Beach Fossils love somebody like you by joan Island In The Sun by Weezer Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra Home by Madeon Paintings by Lewis Del Mar Fever Boy by Femme 9 (After coachella) by Cashmere Cat Shy by hunny I Am Everyone Else by Declan Mckenna Live in the Moment by Portugal. The Man Southern Nights by Glen Campbell Affairs by Skylar Spence New Rules by Dua Lipa I Know A Place by MUNA
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andrew mcmahon in the wilderness By Ky Kasselman On July 23rd, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness performed at House of Blues Dallas. House of Blues is a staple venue in downtown Dallas in the heart of Victory Park, near the American Airlines center and many places to shop and eat. House of Blues, a historical venue and restaurant, is a very accommodating venue with multiple stages inside the venue, including the Music Hall, the Cambridge Room, the Foundation Room, and the stage inside the restaurant used for open mics and talent shows. House of Blues is very integrated into the Dallas community, hosting events such as Gospel Brunch and Local Brews Local Grooves Festival. With unique offers like Pass the Line and exclusive VIP packages, House of Blues knows how to truly offer a musical experience for its customers. From providing water for queueing fans to keeping lines in order, in my own personal experience, House of Blues has never been a difficult venue to attend and they have always provided a pleasant experience for their shows. Hosting a range of concerts in every genre, everyone can find a show for them at this venue. With decor reflective of famous musicians throughout time, House of Blues has a homey, rock and roll vibe that is family friendly and that everyone can enjoy.
Andrew McMahon, however, transformed House of Blues into what felt like could have been a small, intimate house show. McMahon, former frontman of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, put on one of the most energetic shows I have ever seen. With a grand piano as the focal point of the stage, Andrew opened up the show with Fire Escape, a powerhouse anthem. Performing crowd favorites from both Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate as well as covering a song by Empire of the Sun, Andrew could make a person that had no idea who he was have the time of their lives. During two of his songs, Andrew crowd-surfed on top of a pool floatie shaped like a duck through the crowd, making for a unique experience that I can’t say I’ve ever seen before. He made every single song unique, whether that was through his stage decorations, a completely stripped down performance, or throwing a parachute over the crowd so we could all dance under it together. Perhaps one of the most heartfelt things about an Andrew McMahon show, though, is the touching story of how he is a cancer survivor. Because of his own health struggles, in 2006, Andrew founded the Dear Jack Foundation - a non-profit foundation that supports initiatives and provides programming for adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. This foundation promotes positive health outcomes from diagnosis through survivorship. The Dear Jack Foundation is widely supported by Andrew fans and before the show even began, fans could be seen lining the sidewalks making art and writing letters to young people that the Dear Jack Foundation directly helps. This aura of hope and love surrounding the show itself can be seen throughout the entire performance and crowd. I have never had a more positive experience at a show, and I encourage you to find a show where you experience the same. 43
CO N T R I B U TO R S a special thanks to all the talented people who made this magazine posssible!
WRITERS Ana Gomez Angela Smith Ava Butera Erin Christie Jada Moore Kariann Tan Rachel Wishop Yasmin Ettobi Katherine Stallard Taylor Ellis
P H OTO G R A P H E R S Chapin Patel Elisa Hobgood Jessica Schultz Kasey Makal Samantha Schraub Caylee Robillar Jess Dooley Madison Mead
INTERVIEWERS Elizabeth Lee Savannah Rico Chelsea Mattioli
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Elizabeth Lee Samantha Schraub
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