Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against One Direction. In fact, I think they’re sort of brilliant…and talented, and charismatic, and have the ability to make tens of thousands of girls cry at the exact same time. I know this because I witnessed it. I took Harry to see One Direction earlier this summer with my 13-year-old niece and her friend for a 13th birthday present. You should know that I’ve been to at least 300 concerts in my life, and this was hands-down the loudest…but not because of the music, because of the screaming and crying and gnashing of braces. It was a scene.
And I realized as we were there, that this was one of Harry’s first concerts. Not his first, by any means but definitely formative. And I think formative concerts are important…says me, the person whose parents had the foresight to take me to see Elvis for my first concert when I was one. Oh yes they did.
I was reminding myself of this importance as I held Harry’s hand and we trudged and pushed and pulled through 80 million people at ACL fest in Austin this weekend.
And I was reminded of a few things while we were there.
2. Steer clear of the headliner bands, scan down, at least 15 or 20 bands down the list playing that day, and start there. At the bottom. That’s where some of the best music is. There’s also (usually) a tiny bit more space to breathe around their stages, too.
Keep reading for 10 bands you should add to your playlist.
Here are 10 bands you should be looking into, checking out, finding on Spotify, and supporting (by buying their music and/or checking them out when they’re in your town). You can also sound smart (like you know what you’re doing, music wise anyway) in front of friends, coworkers, baristas and nieces.
Remember, you heard it here first.
Also, you’re welcome.
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