The 1975.

Many people in today’s society are so caught up on how others may perceive them, that their true identity becomes nonexistent. They fear push-back from their audience for not following certain standards society has set for them. This leads them to put out an image that isn’t true to themselves; however, British band The 1975 are different, they aren’t afraid to voice their opinions.

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Screenshot of Matty’s tweet on what he felt about Israel Folau comment. Taken from Matty’s Twitter.
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Another screenshot of Matty’s tweet about his opinions with guns. Taken from Matty’s Twitter.

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There have been many times in the past when I did not have the confidence to voice my opinion because I feared being judged. When I discovered MUNA, a trio that addresses today’s political controversies, I began to find the courage to speak up.

MUNA is a queer band that consists of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson, who all met at University of Southern California. They released an album called “About U,” that’s full of empowering lyrics that remind those who feel voiceless that they DO have a voice to speak up and express their opinions.

Members of MUNA, from left to right: Naomi, Katie and Josette. Taken from MUNA’s twitter account.

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Ever since the beginning of my first year of college, I have listened to over a hundred alternative artists, but not one has really left me speechless until I discovered Oregon based alternative band flor in 2016.

The down-to-earth, indie- alternative band flor consists of Zach Grace (lead vocalist), McKinley Kitts (guitarist), Dylan Williams (bassist) and Kyle Hill (drummer).

Members of flor, from left to right: McKinley, Zach, Kyle and Dylan. Taken from flor’s Instagram. Photo taken by Teren Mabry.

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Music is my escape; it’s the remedy that cures all sadness, just like the single, “Broken.”

You may think this is just another sad song however it’s the opposite. The single, “Broken” is a relatable, uplifting song where you find that comfort in someone who feels the exact same way.

lovelytheband, a Los Angeles trio, put out their first single, “Broken” in 2017. Since then the single has been climbing the chart as No. 1 on Alternative Song Chart on Billboard. It has more than three million streams on Spotify.

Members of lovelytheband, from left to right: Jordan, Mitchy and Sam. Taken from lovelytheband’s Instagram account. Photo taken by Jon Hoeg.

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As a concert lover, I enjoy going to concerts because it allows me to release my everyday stress. When I heard that DALES was performing in Los Angeles, my friend and I rushed to LA to catch their performance. DALES, energetic performance consists of Brian dancing and Matt shredding his guitar on top of the bar table.

Taken from Brian Logan Dales’ Instagram. Photo taken by Braverijah.

Brian Logan Dales, the ex-singer of his band The Summer Set, fell out of love with music and decided the best thing to do was leave the band and figure out who he was.

Brian encountered one of his longtime friends, Matt Beckley at a cafe in Los Angeles. After writing for two years with Matt, Brian found his love for music again and decided to start a band with Matt called DALES.

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Night Riots.

My friend and I always attend at least one concert every year. One concert that we saw in this past November was a band called The Maine however we ended up falling in love with one of their opening acts, Night Riots.

California-based alternative artist Night Riots create a breathtaking performance that one cannot look away from. The band, formed in 2010, consists of five members; Travis Hawley (lead vocals), Nick Fotinakes (guitar), Matt DePauw (guitar), Mikel Van Kranenburg (bass) and Rico Rodriguiz (drums). Travis’ raspy sound sets them apart from other alternative artists. Usually when I go to concerts, I don’t really pay attention to opening acts, but Night Riots was different. The uplifting energy Night Riots puts on consists of a glow-in-the-dark drum set performance and a Halloween vibe.

Taken from Night Riots’ Instagram. Photo taken by Ben Zucker.

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