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Give a boy an acoustic guitar and he’ll figure it out.

Alex Gaskarth did more than just that with his acoustic cover of Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do. The All Time Low’s vocalist OWNED the electropop song and proved his versatility with his powerful vocals.

If you’re an All Time Low fan you know there’s definitely nothing the punk rocker can’t sing, especially when his voice is popularly described as the epitome of teen angst. With this, finding out about the cover did not fill me with much excitement but once I heard the verse, all hell broke loose.

Here are 3 reactions you might also be experiencing when listening to the cover.

 

1.     Passing Out For The First Time When You Realize That It’s NOT JUST AN ORDINARY COVER

You really can’t expect much from an acoustic guitar and a few chords… At least that’s what we all thought. But once Alex starts singing, you’re trapped. You get hooked into a musical fantasy you can’t escape.

 

2.     Getting Captivated By The Moment

This is the part where you imagine Alex serenading you personally. You enter your dreamland and get swooned over by his sweet voice while he flawlessly hit the high notes.

 

3.     Passing Out Again When You Realize It’s Over

After being drowned in a few minutes of ecstasy, you realize that you can’t listen to the cover for the first time again. You can never unhear it and feel the exact same emotions you felt the first time. But good news for you, it gets even more perfect the next few listens!

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Are you ready for this emotional adventure? Listen to the cover here:

 

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One Direction just celebrated #5Yearsof1D not too long ago. Although it's their fifth year together, it is their first time celebrating their anniversary as a four-piece band.

And just a few days after that, Zayn Malik decided to reveal the real reason why he left the band on Twitter.

His reason has caused Directioners all over the world to respond differently and rather interestingly with the worldwide trending hashtag, #realmusic.

We have complied and categorized some of our favourite fan reactions for your enjoyment!

 

1. The Angry Fans

Obviously, some fans feel very betrayed by Zayn because he initially left the band to be "a normal 22-year-old" but now he's signed to RCA as a solo artist to make "real music".

 

2. The Supportive Fans

On the other extreme end of the spectrum, there are fans who have promised to forever and always support the 5 lads till the very end.

 

3. The Broke Fans

And there are the fans who approve of Zayn's solo career but there's one big problem if they are going to support both One Direction and Zayn, and that is MONEY.

 

4. The Funny Fans

There will always be fans who will crack the whole fandom up with their wit and photoshop skills.

 

5. The Hopeful Fans

Lastly, we have the hopeful ones. Maybe a collaboration between One Direction and Zayn?

 

Which category do you fall under? Do let us know by leaving a comment down below!

At the end of the day, we wish all of them nothing but the best in their respective careers and we know that we can expect great music from both One Direction and RCA's newest recording artist, Zayn Malik.

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Finding new music is not an easy task, especially when you’ve been craving for good tunes to listen to and have very high standards. This often leaves us slightly disappointed, doesn’t it?

Have you ever listened to a certain song a thousand times and felt like you need something new but similar? Well, we’ve done the job for you, folks. Here are are some song suggestions that might be up your alley.

 

If You Like: Ain’t It Fun by Paramore

You’ll Love: Smash Into You by Hey Violet

 
 

If You Like: What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club

You’ll Love: Work It Out by Knox Hamilton

 

 

If You Like: Chocolate by The 1975

You’ll Love: It Comes Back To You by Imagine Dragons

 

 

If You Like: Some Nights by Fun.                

You’ll Love: I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers

 

 

If You Like: Take A Walk by Passion Pit

You’ll Love: 27 Forever by The Royal Concept

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Share with us some songs you love and we might find the perfect fit for you!

 

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We've been there, done that. But for any old or new concert-goer, we all pray that each gig experience is a religious one. And sometimes, especially in an open-air, compact area like The Coliseum, we don't really have the luxury of seats or your own personal space.

But 'fraid not. As an avid and seasoned concert-goer of the Spin or Bin Music team, I'm here to expound on the Top 5 Unspoken Rules of Being in a Concert. With that being said, twenty one pilots was hella awesome as the last gig I went to.

Are you guilty of breaking any rules?

 

5. Don't Be Mrs. Push & Mr. Shove.

'If you can't handle the concert, don't come' - what a great way to welcome fans from all walks of life to enjoy music. I don't know why some people love playing rough and then give a stupid excuse when they hurt someone.

For heavy punk or rock concerts, moshing and the Wall of Death are common. The injuries? Even more so. Just go ahead and do your thing - but don't injure anyone else, and say it's all in the name of good fun. No. 

 

4. Don't Be A Petty Snatch-Thief.

I can't stress how important this is. Be it a sweat-stained towel, a water bottle or a guitar pick thrown from the stage, you don't have to wrestle the damn thing out of the poor girl/guy's hands. And worse, you hurt the other person in the midst of fighting for it. Break your grasp or I'll break your leg - catcher's keepers. Got it?

 

3. Stay In Your Lane.

For air-conditioned, classier venues like The Esplanade or The Star Theatre, there is an air of relief - no rushing in or queuing up hours before just to find the perfect spot.

But all of a sudden, you see a group of girls descending upon the balcony on the section you are comfortably seated on. OH HELL NO. These girls swarm around, babbling in their loud voices, taking a ridiculous amount of selfies when there is obviously no one on stage.

And then you see a ray of hope coming down the stairs - it's an USHER! You secretly smirk while these girls put on their disappointed/irritated faces as they are gestured away. 

Thank you ushers. I thank you with all my heart.

 

2. Meet-and-Greet Losers.

I've heard people who'd say, "Hey, I'm gonna push to the front of the queue so I can stand beside XXX," or "Well, I've heard that XXX is quite rude and aloof to their fans". You know what? Those people actually paid money for the M&G ticket. Don't need you to be all up in your high horse to be telling us that, buzzkill.

 

1. Be A Friend.

I've met complete strangers who are so nice to me and my friends. And trust me - it's such a refreshing change to encounter these people, and we will always remember to pay it forward. Here are some instances of goodwill:

- When security offers you water, take it. Or drink it and pass it on to the next person in line. (Unless that person is saliva conscious.) Water only happens to people at the very front row, so do try to pass it to those who are stuck behind.

- Some girl had an asthma attack at Bastille and couldn't breathe, so my friends and I had to chase the people surrounding her away to give her air. 

- Letting the person trying to get in front go first, who usually need to find their friends. (Unless the person is acting obnoxious.) You'd think this is a fairly obvious move, but it's not. 

Being a friend is that easy and simple. 

 

Are there any more unspoken rules you think should be in here? Tweet us or leave a comment down below!

 

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Most Tame Impala fans wouldn't be wrong to say that the new album, Currents, isn't a Tame album at all. Shifting away from the effects-filled guitar tracks in the heavily-acclaimed Innerspeaker & Lonerism, Kevin Parker takes his Tame Impala project to uncharted territory, into synth-driven pop anthems.

The opening track Let It Happen already hits you with a looping stutter-synth riff that Kevin builds up and breaks down with for 7 minutes. An abrupt way to introduce the startling change in Tame Impala's music style.

After dominating the psychedelic-rock scene with the first 2 albums, Kevin Parker seems to be expanding his rule over to the rising synth-pop genre with a Tears For Fears-like 80's new-wave song The Moment and with Michael Jackson-esque melodies in the dance track Reality In Motion & the start-and-stop ballad LoveParanoia.

The few nostalgic glimpses of Kevin's use of guitar effect-filled riffs reassuringly cameos in the intro of the break-up song Eventually, which seems like a sequel to Lonerism's Mind Mischief, and in the lo-fi track Disciples that refreshes the ears from all the analogue synth sounds.

Another genre that Kevin seems to have incorporated into Currents, unknowingly or not, is the recent short-lived style of vaporwave. The fan-favorite single 'Cause I'm A Man begins with a punchy-bass beat that recalls this genre. That recognizable beat sound also appears in and around the record.

Kevin Parker does his best vocal work in The Less I Know The Better, which best represents his early guitar sound with a funky riff and upbeat groove that works with a catchy melody and clever lyrics. His best production comes in the form of the underrated ballad Yes I'm Changing that sends you waves of relaxation with ethereal sounds and feel-good vibes.

Past Life is probably the weirdest song here where Kevin tries his best emulation of the The Streets' spoken-word style using a transformed, low vocal which just doesn't sound right at all. Mr. Parker should stick to his unique washed-out falsetto vocal sound which we hear one last time in the ending New Person Same Old Mistakes that to me, ends the album on a low-key.

The album overall is yet another colorfully-produced album from Tame Impala, just in another genre/style. It's Kevin's most stylistically diverse record yet and Currents is a risk that he has taken with Tame Impala, but it seems to pay off as, of right now, it's interesting to see where he goes on from here.

Track Gems: The Less I Know The Better, Yes I'm Changing, Eventually, Reality In Motion

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