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While I’m not huge into the music “scene,” music plays an enormous part of the film/movie experience. You won’t find many movies lacking plenty of musical cues and a composed soundtrack. That said, who doesn’t enjoy listening to their own flavor of music when the mood strikes or finding a brand new song, sound, or artist that instantly becomes a new favorite?

While I can’t say this section of the site will be full of fresh content every week, I’ll try my best to drop in and share a bit of music news that catches my eye on occasion.

Warped Tour 2016 proves the punk music festival still has fans both young and old

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Vans Warped Tour 2016 Salt Lake City wrap-up review

I’ll be the first to admit, as a ’90s pop-punk/alternative music fan who grew up with Warped Tour being on par with Burning Man as a yearly celebration of rebellion and expression, I was a little skeptical going into 2016’s festival after not attending in a few years. The last time I checked out Warped Tour, the only band I knew on the lineup was The Ataris, and I remember walking around somewhat overwhelmed by the tween punk crowd let loose. Call me a little cynical, but I was expecting a lot of the same this year, and I felt like maybe it was me who was getting “too old” for the whole scene. It was a strange feeling.

Fortunately, the appeal of some returning past-headliners who helped bring Warped Tour to life back in the day had me excited, and I was looking forward to seeing bands like Sum 41, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Atreyu, New Found Glory, and a few others. Open to wandering around and seeing what “the kids” were listening to these days as well, I went into Vans Warped Tour 2016 more optimistic about the festival than I have been in a while. Turns out, the scene is still strong and the fans just as rabid. Check out a few photos and read more about my experience at Warped Tour after the jump.

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(Album Review) BLINK 182’s new album CALIFORNIA is no return to glory

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Review of Blink 182’s new album California

Remember that new album from Blink 182 that was hinted at earlier this summer? Well, California, the new 16-track album from Blink 182, dropped on July 1st, and it’s unfortunately far from revolutionary. The new lineup, which sees Tom Delonge replaced by Alakaline Trio’s Matt Skiba on lead guitar – Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker on bass and drums still – is really missing that almost-grating high pitch that Tom brought to the trio. What was hoped to be a return to their pop-punk pedestal is instead a rehash of teenage rowdiness, aging angst and nostalgia, and an I’m-too-old-for-this-shit over-polished repetition. There are a few bright spots that’ll stick their catchy choruses to you, but for the most part California is borderline forgettable. As a long-time Blink 182 fan, I wanted more from this album.

Read more about why I wasn’t won over by Blink 182’s new album California after the jump.

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GORILLAZ and BLINK 182 working on new albums this year after long hiatus

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Blink 182 and Gorillaz have been in the studio this year

I’ll admit, I don’t follow a lot of bands like I used to during my skater punk days and post-90s alternative funk, so it’s kind of awesome to hear two bands that soundtracked a good 10+ of my younger years have been in the studio in 2016. Both Blink 182 and the Gorillaz have all but confirmed new music is being prepped for possible albums this year, and fans are salivating over the prospect of new music from both bands. New collaborations are assured and teased along with fresh voices and familiar faces. Blink 182 has been recording with Alkaline Trio’s frontman Matt Skiba since longtime Blink guitarist/vocalist Tom Delonge left the band in 2015, and the Gorillaz have hinted at collaborations with the likes of David Bowie and Massive Attack. All signs point to funky new sounds in 2016!

Read a little more about what’s been going on in the studio with Blink 182 and who’s collaborating with the Gorillaz after the jump.

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VANS WARPED TOUR 2016 blends new and old flavors into one of this summer’s must-see music festival

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Vans Warped Tour is reeling in the big fish for summer 2016

Fans of the Vans Warped Tour both young and old can rejoice in this year’s lineup, and hopefully Warped Tour 2016 will be one for the books. As a ’90s kid, I’ve become a little jaded with newer Warped Tour-esque music, which makes me feel ridiculously old. Get off my Warped Tour, you damned kids! But in all seriousness, I got a ’90s nostalgic giddy when I skimmed through the Warped Tour lineup for 2016. High school me couldn’t help getting a little bit excited over seeing names like Atreyu, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, Yellowcard, Reel Big Fish, and a few more at-one-time-favorites floating amid the band lineup list. Hell, I missed some of these “golden oldies” on stage back in my heyday, so it looks like Warped Tour 2016 is a must for me.

Don’t worry, there’s also plenty of talent for the current generation of pop-punk/mosh pitt enthusiasts this year. Whether you’re somewhat out of the Warped Tour scene (like me) or wouldn’t miss a summer of sweating it up with Vans, 2016’s tour looks like it could be one for the books. Check out the full line-up and find a link to purchase tickets after the jump!

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