The Drums at North Park

After listening to The Drums for a few years now, and upon hearing their newest album, “Abysmal Thoughts,” my friends and I were excited to finally get a chance to see Jonny Pierce perform live. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, we watched The Drums play a show at North Park Observatory for 20 dollars general admission. The mosh pit was fun, the music was great, as expected, and Jonny shared some wisdom with the crowd that I felt was really important.

The entire concert was very high energy and everyone around was happy and extremely excited for Jonny’s performance with The Drums. The mosh pit slowly got more and more wild as the show went on. The band played some of their more popular hits, such as“Let’s Go Surfing,” “Money,” “What You Were,” “Days” and from their latest album, “Blood Under My Belt.”

During the set, Jonny stopped to talk about his struggles with depression, anxiety and self-identity, saying that for the longest time he lived to please others, but never stopped to think about what he was doing for himself. He continued, saying that the difference between this newest record, “Abysmal Thoughts,” and his other earlier projects was that this time around he learned to love himself and make himself happy, as opposed to putting everyone else first. Jonny summed his speech up by saying that it is important to respect yourself and weed out the people that do not love you for who you are.

Overall, the concert was amazing and after I was able to snag a meet and greet wristband to meet Jonny. He was very nice and he expressed his appreciation towards me and his other fans and he signed the vinyl I purchased at the merch table. I appreciated the fact that Jonny not only played an awesome show, but also made an effort to spread a positive message. I would most definitely recommend seeing The Drums when they come to your area.

The Knocks Over the Years

In 2008, James “J-Patt” Patterson and Ben “DJ B-Roc” Ruttner formed an electronic music duo called The Knocks, specializing in happy, upbeat tunes with melodic, simple lyrics and positive messages. I personally first heard of The Knocks in 2012 when they released their catchy collaboration with Fred Falke,”Geronimo,” and even now, I still find myself listening to that song. Since then, they have continued to grow and produce music that helps inspire good moods everywhere.

The Knocks have made remixes of popular songs, produced for huge stars and featured many different artists in their work, building up a strong reputation amongst those in the electronic music industry. In their latest EP, “Testify” released in February 2017, they managed to bring newer artists to light with their modern sunny producing style. From the self-love words in “Worship” and the inspiring lyrics in “Trouble,” to the star struck love vibes in “Your Eyes,” The Knocks bring out a sense of optimism in their production, making “Testify” great to listen to when you are in need a musical pick-me-up.

In comparison, in their 2011 EP “Magic” their production style has a more organic sound to it, utilizing simpler drum beats in place of electric sounds and less artist features. “Magic” still carried the optimistic vibes that “Testify” has, with a bit of a different sound. You can tell that The Knocks have matured quite a lot since then and improved their sound throughout the years.

Listening to The Knocks is a pretty enlightening and uplifting experience, when compared to some of the other electronic music I have heard recently on the radio. The Knocks’ bright and cheery production style is what I feel continues to contribute to their overall success in the electronic music industry, and make them popular amongst electronic music fans around the world.

Discovering Turnover

Not too many months ago, a friend started his car, plugged in his phone, and began playing an album I was unfamiliar with. As we slowly made our way out of a parking garage, an amazing song started playing on the speakers. It started off pretty subtle, but suddenly built up and I knew he just introduced me to what would become one of my favorite bands. And when I found out that they would be coming to San Diego, I was elated. On Friday, Oct. 27 Turnover played a show at the Irenic for $16 and it was fantastic.

Over the years, Turnover’s sound has definitely shifted and their music has transformed from melancholy to optimistic. Their newest album, “Good Nature,” is a nod to sunny California vibes, as opposed to their previous record, “Peripheral Vision,” which was more moody and emotional. Personally, “Peripheral Vision” is my favorite Turnover album and there is not a single song I dislike. It is a perfect album that “Good Nature” just can’t compete with. I felt as though the album could not capture the intense emotions that encompassed their prior release. “Good Nature” was good, but when I think of Turnover I will immediately relate them to the first album I heard: “Peripheral Vision.” At the show, they played a majority of their songs off of their newest release, but thankfully they played a couple of crowd favorites from their older work. This hyped up and pleased the crowd, including myself.

Seeing Turnover live was an overall good experience and they sounded exactly like their records, which impressed me. Their music is fantastic and reminds me of good vibes and nostalgic memories. I highly recommend checking out their music and seeing them live! I know I will definitely see them again whenever they return to San Diego.

From the Founders of Funk

Many artists that we listen to today inspire us, but we never really seem to think about or ask who inspired them. George Clinton, the founder of funk bands Funkadelic, Parliament and joint band Parliament-Funkadelic, helped to establish the basis of funk music and culture in the ’60s and ’70s. Other music has since been influenced by these funk bands, such as Childish Gambino’s latest album, “Awaken, My Love!”, which was inspired by his childhood listening to Funkadelic. Dr. Dre has also used Funkadelic’s music in his songs as samples. George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic’s music has not only inspired Gambino and Dre, but other artists as well, such as Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash.

Funk music is composed of jazz, R&B and soul elements that Funkadelic, Parliament and Parliament-Funkadelic definitely exude. Some of their popular songs include “Flashlight,” “P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up),” “Atomic Dog,” “Maggot Brain,” “Hit It and Quit It” and “Can You Get to That.” All these songs are rhythmic, lively and fun to listen to. Personally, while listening to nearly any of their songs, I can imagine myself in a disco on a Saturday night.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic still tour, despite how long they’ve been around. I actually attended a show they played in San Diego at the Observatory in North Park on Monday, October 23rd. The disco ball was shining high above us throughout the venue, everyone was extremely lively and I definitely enjoyed the show. All the musicians were talented, but the guitarists and wind instruments stood out to me the most. George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic are definitely people I would recommend seeing if you are interested in funk music, any modern hip hop, or in having a fun time in general.