Tag Archives: News

ICYMI: President Obama’s Statement On This Week’s Shooting

It’s becoming harder and harder to watch these every couple of months. President Obama is clearly very fed up over this situation and I think the rest of the country is too.

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Blog Roundup

  • Like mother like daughter – the sweetest story! [Medium]
  • How to run a record label [Fader]
  • Dating in the digital age [Vanity Fair]
  • Moving company helps those exiting from abusive relationships [laist]
  • Back to school tips for incoming freshmen [New York Times] OMG this was me 7 years ago
  • A look at San Francisco’s crazy rent rates [Thrillist] I was totally debating moving up to the city just a couple weeks ago!
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Portugal. The Man’s Surprise Concert For Students

One of my favorite bands when I was a teenager gave back to a small community this week in a HUGE way and it’s just another reminder of how much I really loved being a part of the Pacific Northewest music scene. When I was younger, Portugal. The Man was the biggest band I had ever booked at the time. I was 16 then? 17? And they’re still doing great things together.

Portugal. The Man along with Stubhub and the faculty from one middle school joined together to surprise their students with not a private concert of 3 songs from the band, but also $35,000 worth of instruments for their students to use. Among these instruments that were revealed from underneath sheets were trumpets, saxophones, french horns, violins, cellos, and a few more.

“We started off playing in band as kids so it’s very important for us to be able to come back and do something,” said bassist Zachary Carothers.

I was also in my middle school’s band for four years and started when I was just 10 years old so this means a whole lot to me. This gesture from the band and everyone involved is really extraordinary. You can read more about the surprise and the details of how this happened here.

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The Academy Is… 10 Year Anniversary Tour

When I was 15 years old, I remember listening to The Academy Is… – Slow Down for my whole commute on the way to school while riding the bus. I completely forgot about this band until I saw this post honestly. The music that I listen to these days is much more different than anything I used to listen to when I was 15, but it’s really nice to kind of look back on it. I was so scene back then! It’s kind of endearing to remember all the bands I used to see in shows and how music was kind of my everything way back when. The tour stops in San Francisco near the end of this year, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually be around for it! I’m sure that this would be amazing though – I have no doubts. I’m still amazed it has been 10 years.


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Alexander Wang’s Anniversary Collection

To celebrate 10 years of Alexander Wang, he’s bringing back some classic favorites in his latest anniversary collection. The #Wang10 capsule is a celebration of his 10 best selling looks. Just a month ago, his team reached out to fans to vote on some of their favorite looks  (which I also participated in) and as promised the ones with the highest votes would be brought back and sold once again. The 10 were narrowed down from 25. Some of these looks are iconic and very true to Alexander Wang. He really is just a phenomenal designer. The looks are currently available for pre-order here. Get them while you can because it’s likely that they won’t ever come back…or maybe they will in another 10 years!

To view the rest of the looks and the story, visit Fashionista.

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Frank Flakes

Just two days before Frank Ocean was set to appear at FYF Fest, he pulls out! His replacement? Kanye West of course. This is actually something that I’ve always wondered about having worked in the music industry, but I’ve never found the answer to. What happens when an artist flakes out on the lineup that they are supposed to be a part of? Does the artist leave the music festival organizers high and dry? Does the flaky artist help the organizers by coming up with a possible alternative for them like my interviewers do when they can’t make an interview? Unlikely. Does the artist get penalized/black listed from said music festival? I have so many questions.

However, the biggest question that I have is – where is Frank Ocean? He promised us that new album in July and we’re almost done with August. Now he’s pulled out of FYF which is making me even more concerned. Is the album not done? Will there even be an album? Honestly, I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time now and I hope that he’ll have a good reason for us when this is over.

Here’s the new FYF Lineup poster. Wow, those organizers worked really quick!


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Power Couple Alert

So it looks like this is happening today. Apparently Gigi Hadid was the matchmaker in all of this and we’re not totally opposed to it because we really like Kendall Jenner. A part of me does feel very sad for Olivia Culpo though. And then there was a part of me that hoped Nick Jonas would just get back together with Selena Gomez. Oh the conflictions…

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Spotify: Discover Weekly

Ever since I exited from working in the music industry, it has been a whole lot harder for me to discover new songs and artists/bands like I used to. Actually in general, since I’ve been working a full-time job, it has been more difficult to do these things and blog at the same time! As of late, I’ve been relying on Kevin updating his “Favorites Right Now” playlist every Tuesday so that I can find new music to listen to. Prior to this, Spotify had these apps – Twitter Music (formerly We Are Hunted before they were bought out) and Pitchfork which I used through Spotify religiously. Then that shuttered and I had Kevin. I learned through Herman Young tonight though about a new hack and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by it for the past hour! I wish Spotify had made some sort of announcement about this because I know there’s probably other people just like me who are wondering the same thing.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist is calculated for your every week and released on Monday based on the songs you listened to the previous week. Wow, technology is cool, you guys. I use Spotify every day and even though I make my playlists for every season, there are times when I find that things are getting stale so I always want to be adding new songs. I’m so happy with this feature!

Here’s a look at what my playlist for this week looks like:

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In Powerful Covers of the Day…

Wow, NY Magazine is making a huge statement with this cover and it is incredible. So far, 46 women have come forward about being assaulted by Bill Cosby. The cover features the 35 women that are okay being photographed and interviewed for the article. Bill Cosby’s show came out before I was born and had its final season when I was just two years old so I didn’t have any strong ties to him or the sitcom at all, but until this story came out, I do know that a lot of people really adored Bill Cosby. It’s actually quite sad that this has happened though, but very empowering for these women to stand up and have a voice about the matter. It’s such a takedown on Bill Cosby, but this is the right thing to do.

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Giuliana Rancic Leaves E! News

E! TV personality Giuliana Rancic announced today that she will be leaving E! News, but will still be a part of Fashion Police and E! Live Red Carpet – two other franchises part of the network. She had this to say about her departure:

For more than a decade, I was fortunate enough to play a role in the success of E! News and will miss my family at the show,” Rancic says. “At the same time, I am excited to not only continue as host of two major franchises on E! but also executive produce the aspirational new show Rich in Faith for Oxygen as well as take my wine and clothing lines to the next level. “This is such a thrilling time for me and I thank the gang at E! for understanding my desire to embark on this next chapter in my life.”

After the scandal that happened earlier this year with Zendaya, I honestly can’t say that I am surprised. I think her way of handling the incident didn’t sit well with most people and it was hard for her to really make a comeback from that. It wouldn’t shock me if in another year or less than a year she exits the network completely.

Her last day on E! News will be Monday, August 10th.


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Wireless Music Festival 2015

Oops! We totally dropped the ball on this music festival lineup when it was released. If you’re still looking for 4th of July plans, you can stream the festival through Yahoo! Music. We would really encourage you to get outside though, but I (more than most people) know that the want to catch your favorite artist’s set can be hi-pri at times.

Start streaming here.

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Blog Roundup

– Los Angeles Photographer Emily Knecht captured herself in crying selfies for the last three years. [i-D]

– The best and worst airlines, airports, and flights – a summer 2015 report [FiveThirtyEight]

– The one haircut that all women love on men [Esquire]

– How good is your eyesight? I scored 20 and this was so much harder than I thought! [iGame]

– This device blows a bubble to notify you of your upcoming meetings. [Swiss-Miss]

– Shaving dogs into cubes is becoming a new trend in Japan [MTV]

– When to close your eyes [Instagram]

Most Exclusive Website [Herman Yung]

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Made in America 2015

Whoo! Not bad… I still remember watching the Made In America documentary last year and really enjoying it. An immense amount of work goes into creating a music festival and all of the little details are hidden so well from people that just attend and have no idea what goes on behind the scenes.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere Unveils Clothing Line

This morning, one of my favorite bloggers – Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere – revealed some very big news! She’s on the verge of launching her very first clothing line that will be sold at Nordstrom and ShopBop! I’ve been admiring Emily’s style for years and have been following her blog for longer than I’ve even had Yow Yow! Emily paved the way as one of the first notable bloggers and has made Cupcakes and Cashmere something more than just about fashion. In addition to featuring her style, she has discussed recipes, decor, career advice, and lifestyle tips. Some of the more important posts that I can still remember as being my favorites are the ones that have a huge impact on her life like getting married and starting a family with her husband. In the blogging world, Emily is kind of a role model for me so I’m very excited for this news and any news that is to come! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the pieces we can look forward to on July 6th for her Fall 2015 line.

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