Our second installment of our Character Development series takes us to a world of evil turtles, magical pipes and lovable, bouncy lizards. What would your favorite, mustached, red-clad Italian plumber listen to as he flattens killer shrooms and smashes bricks in his efforts to save the beautiful princess Peach?
Cinco de Mayo is a lot like St. Patty’s Day–a holiday co-opted by Americans as an excuse to drink and wear fun hats. But if you’re going to partake in the festivities, you might as well have a few fun tunes to rock out to. Here are five tracks to help you kick off your margarita and sombrero parties.
In case you were having a good day, we made you a playlist to mess that up. We’ve assembled a list of ten songs to compliment those rainy April days, or for whenever you’re just feeling plain sad. (Which, given our target demographic, is probably decently often.) Check out these emotional tunes and don’t forget to smile! Or cry. Whichever.
Punks are notoriously “anti-“, especially when it comes to holidays centered around what many perceive as greedy, narcissistic capitalism. Some, on the other hand, just like to make traditional holiday hits a bit heavier. So in the spirit of giving, here’s a playlist of ten tracks to make your Xmas a bit less merry and a bit more merciless.
If Halloween isn’t your favorite holiday, you’re just not brutal enough. Here are 13 spooky, gory, and all-around badass tracks for you to get your creep on. And if your favorite horror-themed song isn’t on this list, let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear what you’re listening to this fall.
Everyone knows that when you’re headed to the beach, you’ve got to have a solid playlist for your ride. After all, half the fun of a road trip is blaring your favorite tracks on your way to your destination. So we’ve assembled 10 songs to help make your summer drive equal parts heavy and fun, with songs from R&B twinged Issues to metalheads Children of Bodom. Get your floaties on, folks. (PS–There might just be a BONUS VIDEO at the end…)
Ah, spring break. That mystical time of year when the world (supposedly) begins to thaw and stupid decisions become a mandatory cultural practice. Regardless of whether you’re in school or if you’ve just got a case of spring fever, it calls for some celebratory tunes. Even though we still wear black head to toe, we know how to appreciate a bit of sunshine. So we’ve assembled some star tracks to blare down the highway with or to chair dance to as you’re sipping your second margarita (which are hopefully mutually exclusive activities). All you’ve gotta do is scroll.
“Filth Friends Unite” by I See Stars
Sometimes when you want to have a good time, you’ve gotta get a little filthy. Self-destructive behavior shouldn’t be encouraged, but let’s be honest, it does happen from time to time, and being bad can feel oh so good. So if you’re into finding friends in the filthiest places, press play on this I See Stars anthem. –Taylor Markarian
“Another Song About the Weekend” by A Day To Remember
Everybody wants to get out of their hometown at some point, and your spring break is the best time to do it. This popcore ADTR jam is one of our favorite b-sides from the Florida rockers and the perfect tune to pop into your car stereo as you take your road trip to wherever the hell your heart desires. –Natasha Van Duser
“I Knew You Were Trouble” (Cover) by We Came As Romans
Melodic metalcore covers of pop songs are always a sinfully sweet treat, but nothing beats watching Kyle Pavone get the short end of the stick in WCAR’s version of Taylor Swift’s major hit. The guy just can’t win, and it’s hilarious. From bitching out during a tattoo session to getting ganged up on in a pool hall, it’s clear that the dude isn’t getting the girl anytime soon. The song itself is also a great adaptation that’s equally as catchy as the original and infinitely more badass. -TM
“Wake Me Up” by Crown The Empire
Crown The Empire blew up when their debut full length The Fallout dropped, however their Limitless EP in my humble opinion still holds some of the best work they’ve ever written with “Wake Me Up” being the staple. Combining catchy riffs, melodic vocals, heavy breakdowns and even dubstep, “Wake Me Up” is one of the most dynamic tracks to celebrate the warmer weather with. –NVD
“Deja Vu All Over Again” by Alesana
“Raise your glass to rock and roll” are the words we live by and this track from Alesana’s The Decade EP helps us celebrate that fact. Get yourself to a bar and toast to your friends and to the music you revel in, and on the way there blast this Ode to the Art Form. –TM
“For You” by Get Scared
If I could happy dance in my underwear like Tom Cruise all day to this song, I would. Hands down one of the most poppy things Get Scared has ever released, “For You” proves that warm weather and good feels can even make a heavily emo-influenced band smile. –NVD
“The Best Of Me” by The Starting Line
The Starting Line’s signature track, “The Best Of Me” has been a banner song for pop punk kids for years. Though The Starting Line have ceased active writing and touring, with the exception of a few one off shows, “we got older / but we’re still young / we never grew out of / this feeling that we won’t give up” is a sentiment that still holds true. (Besides, TSL are supposedly coming out with new material in 2015…#DefendPopPunk) –TM
“Elevated” by State Champs
Spring Break and summer are both seasons basically designed for going to music festivals, spending time in the sun, and listening to upbeat pop punk. And if there’s one new pop punk band to listen to, it’s definitely State Champs. Heavily supported by the hardcore scene (always touring with Vanna), State Champs delivers some of the most in-depth, yet still catchy tracks in today’s scene. Roll down your windows when you blast this one. –NVD
“Rodent” by The Menzingers
Even though the lyrics carry some tangible angst, “Rodent” is a modern punk rock track with a feel good vibe. Sure, it’s fed up with you and your bullshit, but the frank lines “I don’t care anymore / I’ll let it all go” make it all kind of okay. Roll the windows down, put some shades on, and drive down whatever highway you can and escape from the rodent in your wall. –TM
“A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More ‘Touch Me'” by Fall Out Boy
You can’t have a Spring Break playlist without at least one old school Fall Out Boy song. Before the foursome were selling out arenas around the world and writing songs with Courtney Love, they were growing up in the suburbs of Chicago trying to get the girl next door–and apparently failing miserably. Isn’t that just the story of everyone’s teenage and college years? It’s the perfect track to unwind to all week long. –NVD
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You don’t always have to be in a club or listening to Top 40 to turn up on a Tuesday. In celebration of the new year, we’re bringing you the ten tracks that got us pumped from beginning to end on our own New Year’s Eve. We enjoy everything from metalcore covers to German dubcore (yes, that’s a thing), so without further ado, relive the soundtrack of our night that got our 2015 started.