Category Archives: Music

Warped Tour Ends

Full disclosure: I never attended a Warped Tour. For whatever reason, I never made it, but there was a time where I certainly considered going – actually several summers worth of attending. As teenager, Warped Tour was the only music festival I wanted to attend. I put it above Bumbershoot and Sasquatch because it was “the one place where all my favorite bands and artists would be.” Though we never made it, I have positive thoughts about the festival and many of my friends were impacted by it because they were the ones performing on those stages.

It was the launch pad for a lot of bands and a wonderful tradition and gathering. I had a sinking feeling about why the tour might be ending and it’s what I expected – less ticket sales over the years, a small number of bands coming up with rising potential, and exhaustion coming from the founder, Kevin Lyman. But you know what? 23 years running ain’t bad. In fact it’s something to be very proud of. Some incredible bands have thrived all of this tour – bands that I know you listened to and loved. To see Kevin’s official note and get a glimpse of the tour’s history and the bands that were impacted by this festival, click here.

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Song of the Day

French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable

This isn’t a new song, but I have so much more of an appreciation for it since I learned last night that this was the “first dance” song for DJ’s Harley Viera-Newton and Ross Schwartzman. Just… downright amazing.

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Cover of the Day

Demi Lovato – Too Good at Goodbyes (Sam Smith cover)

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Song of the Day

River Tiber – West

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Song of the Day

Shawn Mendes – Don’t Be A Fool – MTV Unplugged

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Song of the Day

Dornik – God Knows

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Motown Medley with James Corden and Stranger Things’ Boys

Yow Yow! is now just a James Corden fan page.

This is the cutest thing I’ve seen all night.

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Carpool Karaoke w/ Sam Smith ft. Fifth Harmony

On weekdays, my brain is so fried from work that I can’t muster anything more than posting a YouTube video. You’re in luck though; this is a great one and one of my favorite carpool karaoke’s EVER.

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Stranger Things x Ariana Grande

I honestly did not know how this was going to turn out, but this is more amazing than I thought it would be.

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October Favorites

Favorite TV Show – Riverdale

I’ve been hearing about this series for awhile now, but never saw myself as the kind of person that could binge watch a show. It is only in its second season though so you may have though “well, better to start now than when it is in its 4th, right?” When Kevin was in town, he set up my Netflix for me so that I could watch directly from my TV and that was life changing. After he left, this was the first show I turned on and within just a few days, I had finished the entire first season. I love a good CW series and didn’t find myself resonating too strongly with Dynasty (a new series from this past fall.) The show reminds me a little bit of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, but not complex enough that I get confused by all the story lines. I’m also particularly excited by this romance between Betty and Jughead. I’m familiar with the comics, but not the storyline from the comics so it’s almost like beginning this series with a fresh start!

Favorite Album – Odesza – A Moment Apart

In the years that they’ve been around, I had never gotten a chance to see Odesza live up until just last weekend! Obviously, I’m super biased towards any musician or band that comes out of Seattle, but there’s something special to see someone charge $5-8 for a ticket all the way up until now when they’ve sold out three nights in a city that isn’t their hometown and I’m forced to buy it on Stubhub. I’ve been listening to this album weekly since it came out and was even more excited when I found out I’d be seeing them in concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley – a first for me! There’s not one song that I don’t like. Listen to it from start to finish.

Everlane Pima Micro Rib Long-Sleeve Crew – $30

I was really lucky when I had the chance to buy this tee in stores last weekend because now it’s totally waitlisted. Bummer! I have a couple of simple black long-sleeve tees already at home, but it feels as though you can never have enough. There are so many fabrics to buy them in, fits, some can be a turtleneck. This one, in particular, I knew I didn’t have and needed to have. It’s ribbed material and completely fitted so when you wear it tucked into pants, it’s very chic and since it’s already in black, naturally slimming. Since I purchased it, I’ve already worn it three times and I’m glad I got it before having to wait until March. At just $30 a pop, I wish I would’ve known sooner so that I could buy this in all the colors.

Favorite Product – Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask – $44

My collection of masks at home are growing! While I love trying new products, I started to have this inkling that the products I was receiving or being gifted with weren’t always the ones that were best for my skin. Were they for more general skin types? For those with dry or sensitive skin? I was using all different kinds, but I wasn’t sure if anything was actually happening so I decided to a store I trusted to find something that fit what I was looking for. I landed on this Malin + Goetz mask, which has been my favorite. I use it twice a week and for only five minutes, which means I don’t have to wait around for a long time for it to do its thing. As soon as it hits your skin, it begins to start foaming so make sure you put on a thick layer and get every inch of your skin for it to be in full effect. It’s still early and I’m not sure if I can pin point any differences yet, but my hope (or what I was promised) is that my skin will start to look brighter and break out less.

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Song of the Day

Ella Mai – Naked

Hello, I sang this song from the top of my lungs driving all the way down to South Bay yesterday.

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Song of the Day

Rayana Jay – Everything

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Janelle Monae x Gap

Janelle Monae joined Gap in celebrating their latest campaign. These types of collaboration happen all of the time and we probably could write about one of these every day. However, in reading a little bit more about why Janelle chose Gap as the brand to work with, I stumbled upon a quote that meant something more to me. This my reason for why I chose to share this collab on Yow Yow!

“Growing up, my family and I would always shop around the holidays. I grew up with working class parents and we didn’t have a lot of money. Or, at least to go and buy super expensive things for myself and my sister. So, one of the things was always a treat for us was when we did get the opportunity to go shopping, one of the stores that was within my family’s spending limit was the Gap.
My sister and I would get to pick out a sweater, some jeans — but usually, it was a sweater. I just remember doing that in middle school. Even when I got old enough to shop for myself and I was working at Blockbuster or FootLocker [in the mall], I’d always stop in Gap. It’s pretty much everywhere, especially around the holiday season.”
While there are many that look forward to the holidays, there are also many that don’t. The holidays can be a tough time for families and it’s not something that we tend to shed a light on. Instead, we focus on the best gifts that we can give each other and how much money we can spend. I used to always look forward to shopping with my family around this time, but my parents definitely taught me how to be frugal and this story that Janelle shared is something that I know not only resonates with me, but as I’m sure, many others. This isn’t an ad, though I love Gap and if you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that it’s my favorite piece from the fall season. Gap is such a wholesome, quality brand and they have helped define holidays for me, but also family.

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Southwest Airlines Will Host In-Flight Concerts

I love a good spontaneous show. I will never oppose a concert in a non-traditional setting, but one place it definitely does not belong is on my future Southwest flight. It’s funny because I have claimed multiple times that I like flying. I like airports. I like talking to people on planes, which I know some people despise. However, in the last few years, I’ve had to travel significantly more for work and its these times that I have started to appreciate my solitude.

In a recent announcement, the company shared that they were enhancing their in-flight experience by allowing an in-flight concert series as part of a partnership with Warner Music Nashville.

“With this partnership with Warner Music Nashville, we are excited to continue to offer new music experiences to our customers, and provide WMN artists and fans our friendly and reliable customer service—complete with our promise that bags (and guitars) fly free,” Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s vice president & chief communications officer, told the International Business Times.

It looks like the program actually launched as an experiment back in 2011, but this is the first I’m ever hearing about it. To add more to this mystery, Southwest Airlines won’t be sharing ahead of time which flights will become more musical so get ready to really love this or really hate it. Personally, this is going to be a great ‘gram or a “story” for a minute, and then I’ll likely be over it. Here’s hoping they prove us all wrong!

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Music Video of the Day

This weekend I did something that I had never done before. I joined my brother and his friends for an evening of karaoke and a hot pot dinner – at the same time. The idea of this is so foreign to me because when I eat, my food has my full attention. I can barely keep up with the conversations going on around me let alone sing to a crowd. It actually ended up being a more low key dinner than we thought it might be so instead of doing both things, we had a queue going of our favorite songs and would casually sing along to them if we decided to do that. One thing that kind of surprised me though was that I had never really seen the music videos of these classic songs that I loved from way back when. I’m talking pre-TRL here. Someone at the table asked “Do music videos even still exist?” Yes! And I might be the only one watching them!

This bop from Calvin Harris’ latest album “Hard to Love” with Jessie Reyez was one of my favorites. Her interactions and movements in this video are totally what I do when I dance too.

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