Music Monday: Foster the People

I’m a sucker for some creative promotion.

My favorite band, Foster the People, had a mural painted in Los Angeles to promote their single “Coming of Age” off their upcoming album Supermodel.  I’m hoping Supermodel lives up to their previous album Torches.  So far, they haven’t disappointed.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

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What’s Another Week without a Post About a Music Festival?

Festival season is fast approaching, and I couldn’t be more excited… to watch them on live stream, of course.  As much as I would love to be frolicking in the Indio, California sun one weekend, Randall’s Island a couple months later, and then Dover, Delaware a few weeks after, I’m unfortunately still waiting for the money tree in my backyard to grow in.

This week, the lineups for both Governors Ball in NYC and Firefly in Dover have been released — in other words, it’s been a big week for music festivals… and OutKast.  Looking at the Gov Ball lineup, I was completely floored.  Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Disclosure, Axwell & Ingrosso, Empire of the Sun, Fitz and the Tantrums all rolled into one festival (aka heaven)?!  Immediately after, I looked up this year’s Firefly lineup.  After last year’s awesome lineup, I expected nothing less from Firefly, but as I scanned that lineup flyer (luckily did not need a magnifying glass to read it like Coachella’s) I found myself unimpressed.  This year, Firefly has a few gems that stand out, like Jack Johnson, Weezer, The Lumineers, but no one jaw-dropping.  When it comes down to Gov Ball vs. Firefly, I have to say Gov Ball takes the cake, trophy, and every other prize because the lineup is spectacular.

One thing, though, Gov Ball and Firefly (and pretty much every music festival this year) have in common: OutKast.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

Music Monday: Lorde

Lorde sure knows how to make you feel unsuccessful.  At just 17, this New Zealand singer has shot to fame especially with the release of her album Pure Heroine.

I’m a huge fan of basically her entire album, but I was forced to choose just one for this week’s Music Monday. So here are some other recommendations from her album: Tennis Court, Swingin Party, Ribs, Glory and Gore, and 400 Lux.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

Coachella, -ella, -ella, eh, eh, eh

Thanks Rihanna.

Source: Google Images; Now not only do I always spell "umbrella" incorrectly, but I also sing involuntarily sing "Coachella, -ella, -ella."

Source: Google Images; Now not only do I always spell “umbrella” incorrectly, but I also involuntarily sing “Coachella, -ella, -ella.”

If you’ve been alive for the past day, you’ve probably heard all the hype over this year’s Coachella line-up.  A lot of my personal favorites will be attending, like Foster the People, Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, and Lorde to name a few.  However, one band I noticed missing from the lineup is Vampire Weekend (a little disappointed in that actually).  Nonetheless, the Coachella lineup is spectacular as usual, but I still can’t afford to go across the country and let my inner hippie-festival-going spirit run wild; even though paying $375 (NOT including extra fees and charges) for a ticket to not only jam out to awesome musical acts, but also gawk at celebrities (uh hello, Zac Efron) left and right sounds like a bargain to me!

Source: Coachella.com; Coachella's sick 2014 lineup.

Source: Coachella.com; Where’s my magnifying glass?

Only at Coachella could you have an OutKast reunion, A$AP Ferg, and MGMT performing while Vanessa Hudgens instagrams her hippie/gypsy outfit, Emma Watson rocks out looking too beautiful for her own good (10 points for Gryffindor), and Kristen Stewart rolls a blunt on the ground.

Source: Google Images; Exhibit A of Vanessa Hudgens' hippie/gypsy outfits. And yes, she is barefoot in the right picture… too far, Vanessa, too far.

Source: Google Images; Exhibit A of Vanessa Hudgens’ hippie/gypsy outfits. And yes, she is barefoot in the right picture… too far, Vanessa, too far.

One day, Coachella, one day.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

Netflix-itis: Doctors Say There is No Cure

I realize that I’ve been MIA for a couple weeks now, but I have been taking my time off from school to focus on family, friends, and Netflix.  But before you assume that I’ve been bumming on the couch all day watching Scandal episode after Scandal episode (Olivia Pope is a badass), I have actually been busy at my new winter internship in New York City at Complex Media in Ad Sales & Marketing.

Source: Google Images; Complex Media logo - so simple, but so effortlessly cool.

Source: Google Images; Complex Media logo – so simple, but so effortlessly cool.

Doing an internship during winter break has been ideal for me because it allows me to focus 100% on my work and learn new things in a department I had little to no knowledge on.  Not to mention, it gets me up and moving otherwise I’d still be sitting in my new fleece pajamas with my laptop on my stomach and food crumbs everywhere.  At Complex, I assist the Marketing Department managers, Advertising Sales Assistants, and Sales Representatives with various duties.  After walking into the Time & Life Building feeling official and adult-like while the guards side-eye me wondering if it is “Take Your Child to Work Day,” I head up to the 35th floor and walk into the urban Complex office.  Almost every employer says, “There is no typical day at the office.”  Most of the time, I always assumed they were trying to intimidate me, but at Complex, it really is true- one day I could be doing my daily tasks and jamming out to my Spotify playlists (nice plug) while the next day I’m frantically scrambling to finish my daily tasks while putting together marketing research on a specific product into a PowerPoint presentation for one of my bosses.

Source: Complex Magazine; Seth Rogen and James Franco Cover Complex's June/July 2013 Issue.

Source: Complex Magazine; Seth Rogen and James Franco Cover Complex’s June/July 2013 Issue.

Every day, the interns are responsible for compiling lists of 5 top stories for each category in the Complex network (i.e., fashion, music, art & design).  Interns are also responsible for keeping track of the advertisements listed on competitor websites; we screenshot the ad and categorize them (i.e., if the ad is in the background and displayed on a banner at the top basically hogging the entire webpage, it would be classified as a “Takeover” ad).

Source: Heavy.com; This is a "takeover" ad for PS4.

Source: Heavy.com; This is a “takeover” ad for PS4.

Although I have only been at Complex for a short amount of time, I have already learned a boat load.  Aside from learning how to dress hipper, I’ve learned how to work in a fast-paced enviornment while maintaining an attention to detail (because almost all tasks assigned require this).

I’m pretty proud of myself this winter break.  I caught up on Scandal (Grey’s Anatomy, you’re next) and scored a sweet internship!

Source: Google Images; Winter break productivity? In the words of Olivia Pope: "It's handled."

Source: Google Images; Winter break productivity? In the words of Olivia Pope: “It’s handled.”

Stay tuned,

Roxanne