7 Fashion Trends to Skip This Music Festival Season

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  April 19, 2017  |  11:30am

Just because it looks good doesn’t mean you should wear it to a music festival. We all know that fashion plays a huge role in the concert scene, and everyone has an opinion about what you should buy and wear during music festival season. Magazines seek to guide you with trend lists, stores attempt to sell you with festival-themed duds and your fashion-focused friends aim to control you with rigidly color-blocked group costume ideas. And while these outfits and items may look cute, not all of them are ideal for a day out in the mud navigating crowds and pissing in port-a-potties.

So, before you go hunting through Pinterest boards or evaluating slideshows from last year to prep for round two of Coachella 2017 this weekend and other summer fests, take a moment to heed these warnings about fashion trends that are more trouble than they’re worth.


7 More Creepy Love Songs

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  February 13, 2017  |  12:15pm

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that means candy hearts, red roses and romantic songs on the radio. So, now is obviously the best time to dissect some classic and modern love songs that show just how creepy, angry and scary people’s passions can be.

Paste highlighted The 25 Creepiest Songs About Love back in 2011, but felt it was time to revisit the list and tack on seven additional songs that really deserved to be on there, as well.


 

7 Songs for Any Type of Thanksgiving Dinner

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  November 23, 2016  |  4:10pm

Ah, Thanksgiving—the annual autumn holiday that stores ignore while scrambling to decorate for Christmas. For many people, Thanksgiving is a day to watch football and sit down with family or friends and eat delicious food. For others, Thanksgiving is a time to engage in heated family political debates, endure criticisms for lifestyle choices and get sucked into drunken arguments over board games. But no matter how you celebrate this holiday, every kind of Thanksgiving deserves a good soundtrack. Here are seven songs to poignantly accompany any type of Thanksgiving event.


A Better Soundtrack to the Second Presidential Debate

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  October 7, 2016  |  5:30pm

The presidential election season is upon us and it is no use trying to avoid the debate frenzy. More than eight million viewers tuned in to watch the first showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and the second round is set to be broadcast from St. Louis on Sunday, October 9 at 9 p.m. EST on CNN.

It is a heated time for America with a great deal of anger, emotion and passion carried in every politically-slanted social media post and shouting match at family dinner. But no matter who you root for during these debates there is something all voters can agree on: sometimes you just need to blast a song and drown out the madness to make yourself feel better.

So whether you plan on watching the second debate while hanging at home, or while getting drunk in a bar, or while eating themed appetizers at a friend’s watch party, here is a playlist to help you get through the highest highs and inevitable lowest lows this next round of discourse will bring.


8 Bands from the ‘90s You Didn’t Know Are Still Active

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  June 10, 2016  |  2:30pm

You owned their albums, requested their songs on the radio and rocked out to their familiar beats while driving in your car. But then you grew up, immersed yourself in classic rock or found yourself in metal or pop or rap and forgot all about your love affair with those alt-rock bands of the 1990s.

But while your favorite high school or college bands may have momentarily slipped from mind, most of them did not just fade away. In fact many of them kept on kicking, touring and churning out music, ready and waiting for you to fall in love all over again.

Whatever happened to those guys? We’ll tell you about eight of the best.


7 Artists Who Never Show Their Faces

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  April 19, 2016  |  11:00am

Part of being a successful musician means giving a good face. Whether it is a winning smile, a signature snarl, a distinctive makeup choice or an eye-covering hairdo, an artist’s face allows them to communicate who they are and how they want to come across to their audience. A recognizable face also allows fans to identify musicians off the stage and follow their lives outside of their art.

But what if you remove this aspect from a show? What happens when you strip away the lipstick and winks and scowls and smiles and draw focus to the music and other aspects of a live performance? Here are seven artists known for doing just that.


6 Musicians Who Served as Muses for Visual Artists

By Gabrielle Sierra  |  April 6, 2016  |  9:30am

The world of art has always been linked to the world of music. Artists and musicians regularly work with one another, date one another, befriend one another and even jump lines and genres to dabble in one another’s work. So it should come as no surprise that many great musicians have also acted as muses for those in the art world.

Whether the musician inspired a famous painting or influenced a whole career, the musical muse role is an important one that has existed throughout history. Here are six we found that demonstrate the influence these sorts of partnerships can have on both the artist and the musician.