What to Do After Getting Rejected from Piano Bar

After everyone’s favorite grimy bar got raided a few too many times and decided to be a whole lot pickier about who they let in, a lot of underage Georgetown students are left wondering – what next? Where else can I spend my Wednesday nights partying? Is there another spot I can flock to on a typical dead Georgetown Friday night? While no one has come up with a perfect solution yet, here are 4E’s 7 alternatives to Piano Bar.

  1. If you’re still looking to go out and have a good time, try Chi Di! What’s one rejection when you can have two in one night? Have you gotten a little too comfortable with your fake? Definitely give it a go despite multiple texts reporting cops surrounding the club.
  2. A rejection from Chi Di not enough to kill your party mood? The next move is a random club in downtown DC. You’re guaranteed to meet people almost twice your age, and if you wait in line long enough, you might even get to realize that Ultra is not nearly as large as they make it out to be. 
  3. However, if you’re a homebody and trying to stay near campus, why not try CVS on Wisconsin? I’m not kidding; this place is a goldmine. They have everything from snacks, to makeup, to Donald Trump shot glasses!
  4. Why not make it an early night at Epi? Sometimes Epi is more lit than the party (or in this case, Piano) itself. You’re guaranteed to see at least one person you know (and you know you wanted that quesadilla more than you wanted to be sweating it out on the dirty dance floor of Piano anyway).
  5. If you’re the typical Georgetown student who likes to talk about how much work they have, but never actually does it, why not spend the extra time studying? I hear (but don’t know from personal experience) Lau is open 24 hours a day. You can probably get some quality work done, considering your of age peers will be enjoying the bar you couldn’t get into. 
  6. Go to bed. Literally every single time I ask someone how they’re doing, they say tired. Instead of taking laps around Piano and waiting for the bartender to notice you until 2 AM, why not get some quality sleep in? Maybe the next day you won’t have to ban your roommate from drying her hair so that you can nap (sorry, Chiara!). 
  7. Stay in! Why risk it? It’s much safer to be caught partying by your RA than by the police. Grab some friends and have a good old sleepover filled with rounds of “Never Have I Ever” and “Truth or Dare.” I promise you’ll learn more about them that way than shouting over Piano’s sometimes cringey, sometimes decent music. These are just a few ideas for what you can do after being rejected from Piano, but feel free to explore other alternatives. Whatever you decide, 4E hopes you stay safe out there in this newly dangerous Georgetown bubble.

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4E Brings you a Close Read of ‘Closer’

Banner - CloserHey, I was doing just fine until…. the lyrics of Closer became permanently embedded in my ear drums. At any given point, the Chainsmokers’ chart-topping hit is playing somewhere on the Georgetown campus and can be avoided only by boycotting Snapchat stories (in which someone is inevitably videoing himself or herself singing along) and other cautionary actions short of putting in earplugs and hiding in your dorm room.

I would like to raise some concerns about the art form that is Closer by the Chainsmokers ft. Halsey:

  1. The song frequently ambiguously refers to a “rover.” Are we talking about a Range Rover? A Land Rover? A Mars Exploration Rover? Presumably the latter, but it’s unclear.
  1. The verse:            “So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover

That I know you can’t afford

Bite that tattoo on your shoulder

Pull the sheets right off the corner

Of the mattress that you stole

From your roommate back in Boulder

We ain’t ever getting older”

…is first sung by Andrew Taggert and then repeated by Halsey, presenting a few problems. Do both protagonists own Rovers? This is economically improbable, especially taking into consideration that they both are frequenting hotel bars (Are they presumably cheap?), though both reference the other not being able to afford said Rover. I think the takeaway here is that both of our protagonists are financially irresponsible.

Do they both have tattoos on their shoulders? The listener should consider that they possibly got these tattoos together. Maybe this is what initiated “four years, no call,” because they look something like this:

  1. Why and how is there a mattress in the backseat of the Rover? The standard size of a twin XL mattress (popular in the esteemed college dormitory design community) is 39 x 80 inches. A Range Rover back seat (many thanks to the Vehicle Specification page of landroverusa.com) is 50.8 inches wide with 70.1 inches of floor space. In conclusion, a mattress would not fit in this space, unless the back seats were folded down, which would still result in minimal room for activities that result in pulling the sheets off the corner of this mattress.

Lastly, the music video must be addressed. What happened here?! The music video is horrible. There is no correspondence to the beat or the storyline of the song. We get two people who are clearly well acquainted (what happened to “four years, no call”?) frolicking on a beach (they are supposed to be in a city…). There are no hotel bars, no ROVERS, and no stolen mattresses. Taking all aforementioned inconsistencies into account, for all we know, these people are getting older.

Disclaimer: I am still obsessed with this song. It has taken up permanent residence at the top of my “Going Out (to study, of course)” playlist.

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, youredm.com

Friday Fixat10ns: Songs To Nap To This Weekend

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Having one of those weeks where all you want to do is take a nap? Well, you are in luck because here at 4E we have come up with the perfect soundtrack to listen to (or sleep to) while you catch up on those Zzs. If you fall asleep before this playlist ends, we did our job.

  1.  “In Your Atmosphere” – John Mayer: Didn’t get that dream internship in L.A.? Neither did John Mayer it seems. Let the soothing sounds of John Mayer sing you to sleep as you contemplate the fear of living at home for yet another summer with your family.
  2. “Like Real People Do”- Hozier: Learn to nap like real people do with awesome sound tracks like this one. Listening to Hozier’s mellow sound will send you into a hypnotizing sleep, the kind of 8 hours a night sleep that “real people” are supposed to get.
  3. “Landslide”- Fleetwood Mac: Georgetown is stressful, with so many clubs, classes and other activities, it can seem like a landslide of work is constantly pilling up. Listen to this song to get away from your worries, if only for an afternoon nap.
  4. Stop this Train”- John Mayer: Yet another shining example of why I consider John Mayer to be the mayor (haha get it) of nap time. Drift off to sleep while contemplating growing old and all the stress that comes with it.
  5. “Clean”- Taylor Swift: This song may be inspired by Taylor’s breakup with One Directioner Harry Styles, but it can also be applied to your soon-to-be breakup with your high GPA. Listening to this song will give you a sense of peace and make you feel “clean” inside and out.
  6. “I Want to Write You a Song”- One Direction: Speaking of Harry Styles, here is a super cute 1D song that is perfect for dozing off. Bonus points if you end up dreaming about writing a song with 1D.
  7. “Cherry Wine”- Hozier: What could be better than wine and napping? That’s right, listening to this Hozier song about wine while napping. If you listen closely, it almost sounds like Hozier himself is getting a little sleepy just singing.
  8. “Hate to See Your Heart Break”- Hayley & Joy Williams:  Your heart will break if you don’t listen to this one. It has some low notes and some high points, but most importantly it will rock you to sleep like the lullaby you wish your mom could have sung to you.
  9. “Autumn Leaves”-Ed Sheeran: Yes, I know, it is technically spring right now, but it has been so cold lately that it is practically autumn again. This Ed Sheeran bonus track might be one of my favorite nappy time songs, it is just so sweet and sleepy.
  10. “I’ll Be Good”- Jaymes Young: Ah yes, what I tell myself every Friday night. I’ll be good this weekend, I’ll wake up before 11, I’ll do my homework, I’ll work out. Instead of actually doing any of those thing, just listen to this song and you will be filled with a sense that you actually did something good.

Well, there you have it! 4E’s perfect playlist to nap to this weekend! So don’t start working on all of those huge final research papers, take a nap instead.

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Music: http://8tracks.com/

Can You Feel the Love Tonight: Valentine’s Day Playlist

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day,

Gal-entine’s Day,

Pal-entine’s Day,

or Al-entine’s Day,

This might just be me.

4E’s got the playlist for you! Check out our favorite songs to make you swoon during this weekend of love.

  1. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston. Are you fun, flirty, and fantastic? Good! Own it! Thirty years ago, Whitney released the perfect song to get a night on the town going. You are twenty-something and ~carefree~. Relish in it. Why not, right?
  2. “Crazy in Love”- Beyoncé. Cupid’s arrow makes us all a little nutty. Channel all that craze into a dance-a-palooza to start the night. Guys and gals alike can shake it out this Yoncé classic, right Bruno?
  3. “We Found Love” – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris. No one knows more about finding love in a hopeless place than college students. Is that guy on the wok line giving you the “come hither” eyes? Did that girl at the bar casually drop her a napkin with her phone number on it in your lap? Is your Sunday night Lau 2 study sesh turning into a night of footsie under the table? Congratulations! This is millennial flirting! It sucks! Keep the faith.
  4. “Hate That I Love You” – Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo. This may be the ode to the cutie two rows up in your International Relations lecture, or the nagging tune in the back of your head while ordering your third Hot Chick of the weekend. That’s ok. Just go with it. Love hurts. Take one more bite. You won’t regret it.
  5. “All Too Well” – Taylor Swift. This relatively unknown T Swift anthem is just what you need if you’re going through a break up. Straddled perfectly between “You Belong With Me” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” “All Too Well” will have you reaching into the depths of your pint of Chunky Monkey for one last, tear-soaked scoop. We have all been there. Taylor Swift has been there. Everything is gonna be ok.
  6. “Burn” – Usher. Love sometimes means letting go. If you need to light a cinnamon candle, make a cup of cocoa, and just curl up with season 4 of “Friends” a good book this weekend, heck, go for it. Relieve yourself of all the stresses the past week has burdened you with. Let them burn.
  7. “Can’t Hurry Love” – Phil Collins. On the flip side, if love isn’t coming your way, don’t fret. Just stop your crying, it’ll be alright (I’m a big Phil Collins fan). Love is going to find you, so get out there. If that’s not your speed, keep that watery smile on your face and pop in Tarzan for a real cry. Love is love, man.
  8. “Beautiful Soul” – Jesse McCartney. You’re a dirty liar if you pretend you don’t know every word to this 2004 jam. Warning: Side effects include an overwhelming urge to text your middle school flame. Resist this urge at all costs. 
    *4E is not responsible for your love-stricken, McCartney-induced mistakes.
  9. “You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & Oates. New love is the most wonderful kind. If you find such love this weekend, have yourself a Joseph Gordon-Levitt of a day. You too can run into a marching band on your early morning walk-of-shame! Nothing is impossible on Presidents Day Weekend Valentine’s Day!
  10. “In My Life” – The Beatles. At the end of the day, if you have your friends, your family, and all the memories in between, what else do you really need? Finish out your weekend with this classic and give a call to someone who loves you unconditionally. This includes Facetiming with Mom in order to talk to your dog. We all do it. Love you, Ma!

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Why Frank Ocean’s Album is Taking So Long

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By now, most casual music listeners are aware that Frank Ocean is long overdue releasing his sophomore studio effort. By now, most hip hop fans have shed a tear over the wait. By now, most Frank Ocean fans are struggling to find their purpose in the world.

Three and a half years since his 2012 critically acclaimed Channel Orange, the world is wondering: What are you doing, Mr. Ocean???

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Luckily for you, I’ve got some ideas.

1) He is working on more than one album

Consider that Frank is actually planning to do a double album release, and that’s what’s taking him so long. One album probably took him a year, but that double album might have taken him another year! I suppose that still leaves a year I haven’t taken into account. Consider a ~TRIPLE ALBUM~. Don’t let me down, Frank!

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2) He is working on music for other artists.

We all know Frank Ocean is a busy songwriter even when he isn’t being featured as an artist. Maybe he’s been in the studio with frequent collaborators JAY Z, Beyoncé, and Kanye West, all of whom have gone a couple years since their last full-length projects. I’m looking for some more No Church in the Wild, but hurry it up and work on your own music, Frank!

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3) He is gathering life experience.

Perhaps the album’s delay is not Frank Ocean’s way of subtly flipping his middle finger at all of his eager fans. Maybe he is just trying to gain some more life experience so that he can give us the most interesting and authentic songs on his next project. The only issue is, one would think 3.5 years out of the spotlight would be enough time to gather experiences…

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4) His album is already out.

Almost a year ago, Frank Ocean hinted on his Tumblr that his album would be coming out July 2015. Over the course of the whole month, fans scoured the web searching all the popular music sites for his release, and as of now no one has heard it. What if it actually did come out back in July and we haven’t found it yet? Let the worldwide search begin!

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5) He was never real.

This may seem a little far-fetched, but bear with me. What if Frank Ocean is actually just an illusion the industry gave us a few years back to see how people would respond to experimental R&B? Maybe the soaring falsetto on “Thinking Bout You” was just computer engineering, and those stunning live performances just clever holograms and CGI.

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Okay, maybe that last one was a stretch. But seriously, Frank. Hurry up. It hurts.

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Drake vs. Meek Mill: What You Need To Know

Daniel's PostOkay, what’s the deal with Meek Mill and Drake?

I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the beef from a distance, heard Drake’s hit diss record or read Meek Mill’s infamous tweets. But let’s get you guys informed about the events of Summer 2k15 so we can all get up to speed with the latest in the hip hop saga.

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This July, Drake received criticism from Meek Mill, Rick Ross’ protégé, who claimed Drake was employing a ghostwriter for his most recent hit songs. A ghostwriter is a songwriter who receives under the table compensation for their contributions to a song or album, and employing them is a cardinal sin in hip hop. In reality, Meek was upset that Drake didn’t tweet about Mill’s latest project and claimed that the lack of support was the result of his discovery that the Toronto rapper used a ghostwriter on their joint single, R.I.C.O.

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While most claims of inauthenticity in hip hop go unnoticed, Mill actually provided the name of the alleged ghostwriter, Quentin Miller, and his early recordings of popular would-be Drake songs. Unfortunately for Meek, Drake responded to the drama in the most hip hop way he knew how: he dropped two diss records in the same week. The latter of which, “Back to Back”, was a scathing hit that flooded the internet and was even nominated for a Grammy.

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Meek’s “Twitter Fingers” continued long before his weak response record dropped the following week, and at this point, most people concluded that Drake had won regardless of the truth behind Meek’s initial claims.

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Meek Mill took countless more L’s over the following months as several subliminal disses were fired from Drake and Atlanta rapper, Future, as well as more direct jabs from the ever-feuding 50 Cent. Some believed Mill’s career to be over and mocked his hip hop instincts as most of his responses came from Twitter instead of his music. However, things took an interesting turn this past week.

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Last weekend, Drake released a new track, “Summer Sixteen”, officially launching his campaign for his upcoming album Views from the 6. The single appeared to be another diss record aimed at Meek Mill, referencing being in the hotel room above Meek at the Four Seasons the night of Back to Back dropping and his own dance moves from the Hotline Bling music video. Meek Mill responded immediately, posting a new track just 15 minutes later referencing those same two things and claiming Quentin Miller had informed him of what Drake would be talking about in “Summer Sixteen”. In an interesting turn of events, the overwhelming internet response was positive for Meek.

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And so now we have to ask, who is really winning this seemingly endless beef? While Drake’s first response record this summer, “Charged Up” was viewed as a weak diss, the commercial success and quotability of “Back to Back” rendered the Toronto rapper victorious. Meek’s overall credibility took a hit through the process, but here we are half a year later wondering how Meek actually managed to respond so quickly to “Summer Sixteen”. Did he really find out from Quentin Miller? Does Drake really write any of his songs?

I guess all we can do is wait and see. Next week on hip hop beefs, Iggy Azalea vs the world. Just kidding.

 

Photos/Gifs: entertainthis.usatoday.com, memegenerator.com, reddit.com, hotnewhiphop.com

2016 Presidential Candidates as Told by 90s Songs

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As the 2016 Presidential race heats up, there is a lot of information to digest. The candidates’ platforms (or lack thereof) are constantly mutating and they are saying crazier things every day. If you’ve missed out on some of the news about the candidates, here is what you missed, as told through the greatest music hits of the greatest music decade: the 90s.

 

Ben Carson

Dr. Carson may have had a hot temper as a young child but one day he got The Sign (Ace of Base) from God and, ever since, has mellowed out. Syrian refugees, which he likened to rabid dogs, have him asking: “Who Let the Dogs Out (Baja Boys)“.

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Hillary Clinton

When Hillary asks herself “What a Girl Wants (Christina Aguilera),” her only answer is “…Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)” in the White House.

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Jeb Bush

As the son and brother of former Presidents, he has lived a Semi-Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind). But don’t let this “semi-charmed” life fool you: he also speaks enough Spanish to do the Macarena (Los Del Rio).

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Donald Trump

He wants to build a Wonderwall (Oasis). He also wants to say Bye Bye Bye (*NSYNC) to anyone who doesn’t fit in his image of a “Great Again” America.

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Chris Christie

The only place to Drive (Incubus) in Christie’s home state was Under the Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers) because the traffic on the bridge was almost as gridlocked as Congress. He was cleared of the charges of closing the bridge but only after he said “It Wasn’t Me (Shaggy)”.

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Marco Rubio

This Florida senator, the son of Cuban immigrants, was born in the city of Miami (Will Smith). Ever since, he’s been Livin’ La Vida Loca (Ricky Martin) and wants to do that in the White House.

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Bernie Sanders

This senator from Vermont wants the top 1% of the income bracket to Give it Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers). He may or may not have threatened to Eat the Rich (Aerosmith).

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Now that you’re more informed, you can get out and vote!

 

Photos/Gifs: usatoday.com, giphy.com

DCAF 2015 Preview

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If you happened to miss DCAF last weekend, do not fear: there is another night of DCAF coming to you this weekend! As the official 4E a cappella enthusiast fan girl, I thought that it was only fitting that I let you know what you can expect this Sat. Nov. 14.

Just in case you didn’t know, DCAF is a 2-week event, with one weekend hosted by the Georgetown Gracenotes and the other weekend hosted by the Georgetown Phantoms. Each weekend is graced by the presence of some other amazing groups, both from Georgetown and other schools across the east coast.

Last weekend Georgetown was wowed by The Chimes, Superfood, The Phantoms, The Gracenotes, The Columbia Kingsmen and The Princeton Tigressions.

This weekend, ticket holders will hear the amazing voices of:

The Capitol G’s: My friends all know that this performance kinda changed my life. The song was (and kinda still) is in my head. Can’t wait to see what twist they bring next.

The Saxatones: Even though I was abroad, the Saxatones version of this song was stuck in my head for at least two months. So on point.

The Phantoms: So incredible, what else can I say. They always bring it and I cannot wait to hear their new stuff.

The Gracenotes: Kinda biased because I am kinda a sucker for Misterwives, but they also did such an amazing job with this!

The NYU N’Harmonics: Few people can do Whitney well, and they certainly did. Do it again, please!

The JHU Octopodes: Their version actually made me like Lady Gaga again (possibly). Killed it.

So, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you should probably go do that right about now right here. 7:30pm. Gaston Hall. See ya there~

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What is Your Study Soundtrack?

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It’s the night before your midterm, and in typical Georgetown fashion, you haven’t started studying yet. You attempt to read through your class notes and realize that you haven’t even been paying attention in class enough to take notes.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could find a catchy way to remember all those facts If there was some way to absorb all that information without actually doing anything Well you are in luck, here is a list of musical soundtracks that will actually help you study.

U.S. History- Try “Hamilton”

Founding fathers in a rap battle, what more could you ask for?! This hiphop musical actually makes U.S. history seem interesting.

Any MSB class ever- Try “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Because, let’s be honest, isn’t this the ultimate goal of the MSBro?

Spanish- Try “In the Heights”

Half this soundtrack is in Spanish, so just listen to it and you will be golden!

French- Try “Les Miserables”

This soundtrack is the perfect combination of emotional ballads and inspirational tunes, allowing you to cry your way through the French revolution and come out feeling empowered.

Bib Lit- Try “Godspell”

This musical is literately the story of Jesus. Even if you haven’t paid any attention in this class all semester, this soundtrack will save you.

Psychology- Try “Next to Normal”

The characters in this musical have more issues than The Hoya. Seriously, this family is cray.

Economics- Try “Rent”

This is literally the only thing you need to know for any Econ class.

Theology- Try “The Book of Mormon”

This will teach you everything you need to know about being a Mormon. Warning: You may be tempted to sing along, so this is not recommended for a cubical dweller. But, if you do, be prepared to get serious side eye.

Ecology- Try “Little Shop of Horrors”

This will teach you all about the intricacies of plant life. If you want to learn how to grow a man-eating plant, this is the musical for you.

So go ace those midterms, Hoyas!

Photo: theodyssey.com

Dorm Room Tour Comes to Georgetown

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For an hour last Tuesday, Sept. 29, my townhouse became a musical venue. The “Dorm Room Tour,” a U.S. tour featuring indie musician Connor Leimer, entered into my house and I am so happy it did.

Connor is a 19-year-old Kansas born and raised musician. He is traveling across the country, with his videographer Grace, bringing his songs, talent and positive disposition to a variety of college campuses. One of my roommates knew about Connor from Kansas (guess people from Kansas really do stick together) and provided us with this awesome experience.

I gave Connor my polaroid to remember the Hilltop by!
I gave Connor my polaroid to remember the Hilltop!

Connor’s tour, while it only started a week and a half ago, has already hit Nashville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, DC, Boston, and New York. In addition to playing at my house, Connor also performed the following night in Adams Morgan.

As mainstream I might be, Connor Leimer’s music still moves me. He wrote most of these songs when he was young, a pretty incredible feat. Moreover, Connor is so positive and driven, especially for being so young! He has a backup plan, a contagious positivity and, in my personal biased opinion, the chance to be one of the voices of our generation. His music has such an interesting take on life and can appeal to almost everyone.

Check him out on Spotify, iTunes or YouTube. His new EP, Postcard, was just released (Note: It is amazing).

You probably should also follow him on Instagram and Twitter, as he is basically living the life right now. Good luck with the rest of the tour, Connor!

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