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It’s 3PM somewhere

by Ashley Winward | October 1, 2014

When you think of Baltimore, a lot of things may come to mind; the Orioles, soft shell crab and Old Bay seasoning, to name a few. But more than anything, I think of the bursting Baltimore music scene that I’ve fallen in love with since I was younger.

Maryland natives 3PM (Photo provided by 3PM’s press kit)

Maryland natives 3PM (Photo provided by 3PM’s press kit)

With natives Good Charlotte, Have Mercy and my favorite boys in All Time Low, the pop-punk scene in the Old Line State is flourishing year after year. Newcomers to the scene 3PM are no exception; the trio, which formed in 2012, have that distinct sound reminiscent of some of their influences (Blink 182, Green Day, New Found Glory) while bringing their own new energy to the table. Their album Slow Me Down was released in August and has everything you would want in a solid pop-punk release.

The album opens with “Missed Call” which caught my attention instantly with its buildup and catchy lyrics. “Something New” had an opening that brought me right back to All Time Low’s So Wrong It’s Right days, while the title track “Slow Me Down” reminded me a lot of Hit The Lights with their upbeat energy. “This Is Right” was very well put together on a structural basis; the balance of instruments with the melody and their harmonies within the melody just flowed so well I couldn’t help but smile listening to it.

The guitar part on “My Soul On Fire” had elements of Simple Plan’s “I’m Just A Kid” but they really differentiated themselves in the chorus. One of the highlights on the album as a whole for me was “All Caught Up,” especially the gang vocals, screaming “we could die tomorrow, so let’s live like it today” because I really loved the message it was sending.

They ended with a positive statement in “Who We Are,” showing who they are as musicians and people through their lyrics and instrumentation.

While I did find a lot of comparisons to other artists in the pop-punk scene, I honestly do not see this as a bad thing. They’ve taken a lot of great aspects and elements from established artists and blended them to make their own sound. As these young guns continue to grow and develop, I can see them distinguishing themselves from the crowd even more. With the energy and excitement, they bring to the table I have a feeling people are going to listen.

Be on the lookout for 3PM hitting up the Northeast in October and November; you won’t want to miss out! Check them out on Facebook or Twitter (@3PM_music).

Hurts So Good

by Glenn Rohrbacker | October 1, 2014

One characteristic of our generation of music today is the fact that, while new artists are producing new music, old artists are producing new music as well. This continuing clash will soon get larger and larger as time goes on.

John Mellencamp, who got his start in 1976, just released his twenty-second album on Sept. 27 (AP photo)

John Mellencamp, who got his start in 1976, just released his twenty-second album on Sept. 27 (AP photo)

We think of artists like the Beatles, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and many others as being “classics.” However, while most of these musicians still make music, do we consider these new songs classics too? How could we? We grew up on songs like “Let it Be” and “Piano Man,” so it’s hard to compare songs we’ve just always known with songs that are similar but are in a time where the “music norm” is different. The most recent addition to this list of classic artists who are still kickin’ is John Mellencamp. You may have heard of songs like “Hurts So Good,” “Jack & Diane” and “Little Pink Houses.” Mellencamp released his twenty-second (yes, that’s right) studio album this week, titled Plain Spoken. At 62 years old, you can hear the age in his raspy voice that seems to be following a Bob Dylan path. John Mellencamp slowed this album down a bit with several ballads in his country-rock style of songwriting. The single, “Troubled Man,” was the first song released on this album. He really sticks true to his album title on this one, really speaking from the heart and singing about life. The blues track “Lawless Times” is about political corruption and disrupt, which is a topic we seldom see written about in today’s music. A really sentimental message comes out of “Tears of Vain,” which talks about heartbreak and dealing with that struggle. To be honest, there was very little difference of creative thinking between songs, because all of them sound relatively the same. Maybe that’s just what happens when you’ve been around since the late ‘70’s and recorded 22 albums. Will this be the last we hear from John Mellencamp? Probably not. But I think it’s safe to say that there are some artists that we still look forward to their new releases, even after all these years, and then some we don’t as much. I have to hand it to Mellencamp though; at 62, he still can bring all of the emotion and heart into a song and leave you thinking. It’s too bad that Plain Spoken didn’t turn out to be a turnaround album for him or a comeback of sorts. I’m just glad that musicians from back in the day are still spreading their influence.

Local Gigs of the Week

by Ashley Winward | October 1, 2014

local gigs of the week

Toads Place
October 3: Cherub with Ghost Beach and Gibbz

The Space
October 2: Red Oblivion with AM Aesthetic, The Lively, Goodbyemotel, Post Modern Panic and The Shockagoos

October 3: EMA with Fake Babies and All The Friends

October 4:Event Horizon with So Sorry, Glue Head, Dangerzone and Migrant Band

October 5: Hollywood Ending with Astro Safari USA, The Milenium, Late Night Reading, and Brookline Drive

The Oakdale
October 5:David Gray

Cafe Nine (21+ only)
October 2:Yarn with The Lost Bayou Ramblers

October 3:Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge

October 3:Las Cafeteras with Rick Reyes and Fernandito Ferrer

October 4:Jazz Jam with Mike Coppola and Friends

October 4:The 3 Pack with the Manchurians

October 5:The Vultures with THEE ICEPICkS and Tsunamibots

Livewell’s Latest

by Shannon Livewell | October 1, 2014

Emma Ruth Rundle; The Passion Behind the Music

Emma Ruth Rundle (Photo provided by Sargent House)

Emma Ruth Rundle (Photo provided by Sargent House)

Emma Ruth Rundle is an L.A. based singer-songwriter who’s latest solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, showcases her passion for music and her intent to touch the souls of the listener. “It’s not entirely true that Some Heavy Ocean is my first solo album,” Rundle responded when I asked how the process had been. “I put out a full length record of ambient electric guitar pieces a few years ago and would hate for that to be overlooked.” “The process has been a long and trying one. I have to say that without the constant support of Sargent House and Cathy Pellow, Some Heavy Ocean would never have seen the light of day. As for the listener- I have no expectations or hopes for them. Take away what you will and interpret the songs thusly. Once it’s gone from me, I have no control over my music or what impression I leave. I don’t go out of my way to impart things to others. Music is for me and if it brings something to someone else than that’s nice I suppose!” I asked her when she realized she knew music was what she wanted to do with her life. “Music and art are things that I’ve always done. When I was very young, I had very romantic ideas about becoming a painter. I never received any formal training for the visual art but did attend Calarts briefly for music. I spent a lot of time hanging out and working in an old folk music store in LA, and one thing lead to another. Here I am now with a few other skills and many years of work behind me. So, to clarify my answer, I don’t think there was a so called “aha” moment about music,” Rundle responded. “I’ve been writing my whole life,” Rundle reveled about her songwriting career. “My sister and I would write songs together as small children and record them to a cassette machine. Needless to say, I’d bet most of the music I’ve made would not be worth listening to. Singing is something that comes naturally to most people I think. Again, I’ve never been trained formally… Just singing all the time – to myself mostly.” When I asked her who inspired her the most in her musical career, Rundle answered, “I’m not sure I can answer that. I go through phases of being quite intensely inspired by one persons and hyper focus on what it is they have done. Most of these people tend to have admirable qualities aside from just creating content. I’m really into Peter Gabriel’s “So” at the moment. Chris Whitley will always remain high on the list.” “I don’t like to use ‘inspiration,’” she said when I asked what inspired her music when she sat down to write. “I’m not trying to be pretensions by any means, it’s just much less glamorous than that. I pick up the guitar and it speaks or it doesn’t. It’s that simple really. It always starts with the instruments.” “Music is not directly for the listener,” Rundle told me. “It’s a compulsion to release something. To take out a shadowy figure and examine it. It can also be as simple as wanting to sing a melody that pleases me. More often than not, the music and lyrics relate directly to my personal life though.”

Matty Mullins’ solo album is on fire!

by Katerina Sperl | October 1, 2014

I have a confession. I had not heard of Matty Mullins before now, but after reviewing his self-titled album, I won’t forget his name in the distant future.

Matty Mullins released his debut solo album on Sept. 23  (Photo obtained via Facebook)

Matty Mullins released his debut solo album on Sept. 23
(Photo obtained via Facebook)

Mullins is the frontman for Memphis May Fire, but released his debut solo album on Sept. 23. Out of the eleven tracks, I have to admit that some are more memorable than others. “Speak to Me” seems the most worthy of head-banging. There is a need that is apparent—a need for love, attention and another person. Behind the vocals, the instrumental mix is steady but far from boring. “My Dear” borders the pop, electric and punk rock genres. The beat is a bit repetitive, but the lyrics are better than most pop songs of our day. The variation and relatability make the song more emotional. There is fear, love and support through the song. It is one of those songs you want to imagine being sung to you. “99% Soul” is probably the most popular track on the album. If you are looking to get an overview of what to expect from Mullins, this is probably some of his best work so far. It shows his vocal capabilities and the percussion doesn’t distract from him like it does on some of the other songs. “Right Here, Right Now” is extremely reassuring; it spreads the message of living in the moment and not needing anything else. My personal favorite part of the song is the interlude about two minutes in, when the background gets a bit more techno for a minute.

The Weekly Roundup

by Ben Atwater | October 1, 2014

A new trailer for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy The Interview dropped. This film seems to be tapping into political business at just the right time, as the film depicts Rogen and Franco traveling to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un for the government. Antics ensue in what tis likely to be a predictable stoner comedy comparable to This Is the End.

James Franco and Seth Rogan are set to star opposite each other yet again in The Interview (AP Photo)

James Franco and Seth Rogan are set to star opposite each other yet again in The Interview (AP Photo)

 

Roberto Orci is leaving the upcoming Power Rangers film. This is likely to focus his efforts on Star Trek 3, due to come out in 2016. As of right now, no replacement has been announced and still very little is known about the project asides from an announced release date of July 22, 2016, which will undoubtedly be pushed back.

Bryan Singer has officially been announced as the director of the upcoming 2016 X Men: Age of Apocalypse. A surprise to none, he brings along the same screenwriters from the critically acclaimed Days of Future Past. Singer also announced that while Hugh Jackman and the young First Class cast will return, Storm, Cyclops and Jean Gray will be replaced by younger actors, for he also announced the film will take place ten years after Days of Future Past, which is still in the 1990s and hence twenty years before the original X Men trilogy with Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellan.

Seth MacFarlane announced that Liam Neeson will be appearing in Ted 2, to come out in 2015. This is MacFarlane and Neeson’s second collaboration after this summer’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. Ted 2 is attracting quite the talent caliber after Morgan Freeman joined the cast last week. Let’s just wait to see if Flash Gordon comes in again.

Scott’s nominations for Best Picture

by Scott Iwaniec | October 1, 2014

Since the Oscar season has almost officially begun with the Toronto Film Festival, Dylan has taken the time to discuss Oscar movies that have yet to come out, while I am going to take the time to talk about what we have so far.

The Lego movie made $69.1 million during its debut at the weekend box office (AP photo)

The Lego movie made $69.1 million during its debut at the weekend box office (AP photo)

There are ten films that get nominated for best picture, I will only give you my personal top four for what we’ve had so far this year.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: This film put serious numbers in Disney’s bank account and blew the top off of every critic in the country.

Before opening weekend, this film’s rating on Rotten Tomatoes was 98 percent; that is insane. It completely deserves it as well. This film did something similar to the Dark Knight, released in 2008, in that it took a concept that is usually goofy and turned it into something real, tangible and political. It says a lot about our society and provides the best hand to hand combat we have seen in a film in years.

The Lego Movie: Not a soul thought this would be anything more than something to be shown on cartoon network in a year or two.

I can compare this film to the Toy Story series in the way it takes these seemingly childish characters and worlds and turns them into a real message that gives the audience true lessons. It provides heavy hearted substance with hysterical laughter and brilliant visuals. This film is so much more than a child’s play-thing (pun intended).

X-Men Days of Future Past: This film gives us intriguing character depth full with twists and turns as powerful figures all try to save the world in their own way.

This is arguably James McAvoy’s best role of his career this far, as well as coins Jennifer Lawrence in the role of Mystique.

Its ending is impactful and is all due to its incredible build up and development. It’s all the more appreciated when you’ve seen all the previous films in the series.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Granted, I did not love this movie as much as other people did, or as much as I loved the others on this list, but here’s where I take my own opinion out of this article and just let the film analyst talk.

With that being said, this film is without a doubt one of the best of the year. It’s remarkable what stories can be told through apes. The main characters experience so much in their lifetimes and this film highlights what their final decisions are based on their experience. Much like X-Men and Winter Soldier, you really understand the villain; his reasoning and tend to agree with him. This film is a real heavy hitter.

 

Staff Second Chances: Can’t Buy Me Love

by Samantha Mathewson | October 1, 2014

Black Keys at the Barclays

by Kaitlin Mahar | September 25, 2014

On Wed, Sept. 24, Assistant Editor Elissa Sanci and I went to see the Indie Rock duo The Black Keys of Akron, Ohio with opening Alternative Rock band Cage the Elephant of Bowling Green, Ky. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ny.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ny (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin)

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ny (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin)

As a longtime fan of both acts performing on The Black Keys’ Turn Blue tour, I had high hopes for the show, and was far from disappointed. On first came Cage the Elephant, who kept the audience pumped up throughout their set, which included older hits, such as “Back Against the Wall” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” both from the band’s self-titled album of 2008, as well as hit single “Come a Little Closer,” off their most recent album, Melophobia. The high-energy antics of frontman Matt Shultz, which included spastic dance moves, crowd surfing, and stage diving, didn’t hurt either.

Given the relatively somber tone of The Black Keys’ latest album, Turn Blue, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show other than knowing the band’s reputation for being fantastic live. Fueled by a brutal divorce between Dan Auerbach and now ex-wife Stephanie Gonis, Turn Blue serves as a musical time stamp to commemorate the grueling and emotionally draining year Auerbach endured.

However, the band kept their set upbeat with popular hits like “Tighten Up,” off the 2010 album Brothers, “Lonely Boy” and “Gold on the Ceiling,” from their 2011 album El Camino, along with newer tracks off their 2014 album, Turn Blue, which includes their latest single “Fever.” After an 18-song set, the Black Keys returned to the stage for a three-song encore, during which they sang  “Turn Blue,” “Weight of Love,” both of which are from their latest album, and “Little Black Submarines” from El Camino.

My favorite song of the set, however, was definitely The Black Keys’ cover of Edwyn Collins’ 1995 single “Girl Like You.” Auerbach’s vocals and guitar riffs during the song added a haunting, James Bond-esque vibe to the already soulful hit, while Pat Carney’s intensely skillful drumming gave the song a modern rock and roll twist.

Overall, the energy and passion of both The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant filled the stadium, from the pit to the nosebleeds, and there was not a moment the crowd wasn’t on it’s feet. If I had to make one complaint, I’d have to say that I wish the show had lasted longer.

Driven to Succeed: The book that will help you jumpstart your post-college plans

by Jenn Harrington | September 24, 2014

Driven to Succeed, written by Jason Navallo, is aimed to help post-graduation students start their careers after college by answering five questions: Which field should I choose? How should I write resumes? Where should I look for jobs? How should I prepare for interviews? How should I start a job search?

Driven to Succeed, by David Navallo, was released early in September

Driven to Succeed, by Jason Navallo, was released early in September

Aside from reviewing the basic steps of applying for jobs that most students, hopefully, already know by the time graduation rolls around, D2S also offers hints and tips to maximize the use of tools such as LinkedIn and post-interview thank you notes.

Which field should you choose? Searching for open positions is possible the hardest task to accomplish in a job search. Navallo gives examples of effective search engine queries such as inputting the current year and following with “growing fields” so that you can see which industries may have a large number of opportunities available.

He also suggests looking at postings for senior level positions to gain an understanding of what skills you will need to build for the future. It can help to plan which entry-level position is best suited for you.

How should I write resumes? Use resources available at the campus career center; they can provide format and editing services. Make sure that you are selling yourself and creating a brand and not just stating what you have accomplished. Fill your resume with effective keywords because recruiters and hiring managers will notice you faster and are more likely to keep your resume in their pile if they are looking for specific skills.

Where should I look for jobs? Internships and part-time jobs are great experience building opportunities that shouldn’t be pushed aside after college if you are having trouble landing your dream career. Using job search engines is a great way to find current openings. Use keywords in your search to find jobs with skills relevant to your experience. Be open to relocating; you may have to move out of your comfort zone but companies are more likely to hire you and there may be opportunities in the future to move to a city you would prefer. Network and connect to people in your industry.

Many professionals are willing to offer free career advice, all it takes is a message on LinkedIn.

How should I prepare for interviews? Glassdoor is a website that offers the inside scoop on interview processes with large companies. You can get first-hand knowledge for what your interview experience might be like if you’re applying to one of the companies they have listed.

Be honest about your experiences. Be prepared for longer interview processes that might require a phone interview before meeting face-to-face. Follow up with thank you notes!

How should I start a job search? Create a flexible plan that doesn’t rely on dates and times. Decide on a number of jobs to apply to during the week and weekend. Continuously apply until you’re sure you’ve found the right one. Even if you’ve landed your first job, continue to apply to jobs that will advance your career in the direction you want it to go.

These are all the tips I learned from reading D2S. I found my favorite aspect of his book is that he provides examples of what to say in an interview, how to write specific parts of your resume, and what a thank-you note might look like. It makes the process of job hunting seem less daunting.

Driven to Succeed is worth a read if you’re in your senior year, or even junior year. It’s a short 38 pages of advice that will help you feel more confident as you plan to start a career after college.

The take-away: to be driven to succeed you must find, in yourself, the motivation to keep moving toward your goals and career aspirations. All it takes, according to Navallo, is persistence and tenacity.

 

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