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July 2016 Music Festival Guide

July Music Festival Guide

It seems like summer of 2016 is already flying by! You might feel some serious FOMO if you missed some of June’s festivals like Bonnaroo, EDC Vegas, Firefly, or Electric Forest. Not to worry though because festival season is only getting started. Here are some music festivals that you shouldn’t miss out on! Here is your July 2016 music festival guide!

1) Lollapalooza: July 28-July 31

Located in Grant Park, Chicago, Lollapalooza is a favorite among many. This year is special too because it’s the festival’s 25th anniversary and is including a 4th day instead of its normal three days. It has an A-List set of headliners including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey and more along with dozens of amazing artists and performers. This year is definitely going to be a hit so I recommend buying tickets ASAP. Oh, and be sure to get some Chicago deep dish pizza after the fest to carb up for dancing the next day!

2) Camp Bisco: July 14- July 16

For those who like to get really down and dirty, check out Camp Bisco. Though Camp Bisco has been around for awhile, it’s holding its second year in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It’s going to be wild. With a great mix of jam bands and electronic artists like Odesza, The Disco Biscuits, STS9, Zeds Dead, and Big Grizmatik (Big Gigantic +Griz+Gramatik) you’ll be dancing until dawn.

3) Wayhome: July 22-July 24

So maybe you missed Bonnaroo? No big deal! Just about 45 minutes north of Toronto, Ontario is the perfect three day camping festival with a killer lineup. Celebrating just its second year, Wayhome Music and Arts festival is hosting big names such as LCD Soundsystem, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Major Lazer, and M83. Also, be prepared for lots of poutine and maple syrup!

4) Bass Center: July 29-July 30

If you like Bassnectar then luckily he has his own festival. At the end of July, Bassnectar is hosting Bass Center, a two day fest in Denver, Colorado. This year, along with two sets from Bassnectar himself (surprise), is Flux Pavilion, Wu Tang Clan, Porter Robinson, and more!

5) Panorama: July 22-July 24

Supposedly the Coachella on the east coast, Panorama festival is hosting it’s first ever year. So far it’s looking amazing. On Randall’s Island, NYC, artists like Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, and LCD Soundsystem are taking the stage for the initiation of a hopefully great new festival. And in New York, we can expect some great after parties.

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

Netflix, the popular streaming website for movies and television shows, announced the June schedule for new content as well as content that will be removed from the site. Hopefully your favorite movie or TV show has been added to the list! Most of the list consists of movies/shows that aren’t well known, so here are the those that are well known that are coming this month. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

June 1

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park III (2001)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

June 2

Pretty Little Liars-Season 6

Beauty & the Beast-Season 3

June 7

Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)

June 11

Scandal-Season 5

June 14

The League-Season 7

June 15

The Giver (2014)

June 16

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3

Being Mary Jane: Season 3

June 17

Orange is the New Black-Season 4

June 18

Grey’s Anatomy-Season 12

June 19

I am Thor (2015)

June 22

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Spotlight (2015)

June 29

Life (2015)

Check out June 2016 New Releases for the full list.

What TV shows or movies are you must excited about? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Most Anticipated Books of 2016

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The amount of newly published books throughout the year can be overwhelming. We put together this short list of the books that we are most excited to read during the first half of 2016 to make your life just a little bit easier. Let us know in the comments what your most anticipated read is this year!

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie; most anticipated books of 2016 (2)

The Portable Veblen: A Novel by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Published January 19, 2016

Summary: The Portable Veblen is an original novel that’s as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in California, amid the culture clash of new money and old values this book offers an unforgettable look at the way we live now. A young couple on the brink of marriage find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel.

Highly acclaimed author Elizabeth Mckenzie has also written MacGregor Tells the World and Stop That Girl.

A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin; most anticipated books of 2016 (3)

A Doubter’s Almanac: A Novel by Ethan Canin

Will be published February 16, 2016

Summary: Milo is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in 1950’s Michigan, he gives little thought to his own talent. When he is accepted to Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the seventies is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there will haunt him for the rest of his life. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence.

Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the story of a family as it explores the way ambition lives alongside destructiveness, obsession alongside torment, love alongside grief. It is a story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches.

Ethan Canin has written several others books including America America, Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney; most anticipated books of 2016 (4)

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Will be published March 22, 2016

Summary: Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on a cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their reckless older brother, Leo. Months earlier, an intoxicated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund they have dubbed “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving.

The Nest is Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel.

Zero K by Don DeLillo; most anticipated books of 2016 (5)

Zero K by Don DeLillo

Will be published May 3, 2016

Summary: Jeffrey’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, with a younger wife whose health is failing. Ross is the primary investor in a secret, remote compound where death is exquisitely controlled and bodies are preserved until a future time when biomedical advances and new technologies can return them to a life of transcendent promise. Jeff joins Ross and his wife at the compound to say a temporary goodbye to her as she surrenders her body.

“We are born without choosing to be. Should we have to die in the same manner? Isn’t it a human glory to refuse to accept a certain fate?” These are the questions that haunt the novel and its characters, and it is Ross who ultimately begins to feel a deep need to enter another dimension and awake to a new world.

Don DeLillo has authored fifteen novels and is the recipient of the National Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Literacy Award, among others. His most notable works include White Noise and Underworld.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub; most anticipated books of 2016 (6)

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Will be published May 31, 2016

Summary: Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.

Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.

Emma Straub is also the author of the popular 2014 title The Vacationers.

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin; most anticipated books of 2016 (7)

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin

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Originally the sixth installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series was meant to be released in April 2016 prior to the premiere of the sixth season of the popular HBO series based on the novels. In a blog post written January 2, 2016 Martin unwillingly tells fans “You wanted an update. Here’s the update. You won’t like it. THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished.” This is unfortunate for two reasons: readers are still waiting for answers were A Dance with Dragons left off and the HBO series will surpass the book series into uncharted territory. While a new release date has not been set for The Winds of Winter we can only hope that we will still be able to get our hands on the sixth installment sometime during 2016. Fingers crossed.

George R.R. Martin is a novelist and short story writer of fantasy and science fiction. Aside from the Song of Ice and Fire series, Martin is most well-known for his contributions to Rogues, Dangerous Women and Wild Cards.

Did we miss your most anticipated read? Let us know in the comments which books you are looking forward to reading the most in 2016!

Best Genres of Music for Studying

Most of us dread studying and would do just about anything to make it more enjoyable. Adding music to your studying routine can be beneficial to you for many reasons. Listening to a variety of genres can influence your mood and attention span to create the best studying atmosphere for you. Here are some genres of music that you would be smart to add to your studying playlist.

Classical Music

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Listening to classical music while studying or writing can really help you focus. Classical music is based on steady tempos and is generally composed of instruments that play quieter tones. Therefore, it is more likely that you will be able to concentrate on the information and it will be less easy for you to get distracted by the music. Classical music can also help you relax and take your mind off of irrelevant things that could distract you while studying.

Pop/Rock Music

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Rather than listening to loud rock or alternative styles, listening to quieter pop/rock compositions can be less distracting background noise when studying. Listening to pop music is known to increase self-esteem and listening to rock music is known to enhance creativity. Put those two together and you have a winning combination. Additionally, the extra confidence can really help drown out the doubt you may have if you are nervous about the exam you are studying for.

Cultural Music

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Listening to music from other cultures in the world can be very interesting and can also help you be more creative and more knowledgeable in your studies. Exposing your brain to new rhythms and languages helps keep your mind sharp. Have fun finding new music and learning a thing or two along the way. It’s best to choose steady, light beats that allow you to relax and concentrate.

These are the genres of music that I have found to be most beneficial to my studying. Each person finds music helps them study in different ways. Try these genres out and see which fits your studying style best.

Halloween Breakdown of Scary Movies

Yay! October! It’s getting colder and it is officially the Halloween month. This means costumes, candy and of course- scary movies! Who doesn’t love grabbing a big bowl of candy and watching scary movies until you have to sleep with the lights on? But the struggle is, which scary movie do you want to watch? This is my list of scary movies to watch this October. I broke them down into the following categories: Sort of Watching, Sort of Not, Watching Without Losing Sleep and Never Sleeping Again.

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Sort of Watching, Sort of Not

These are the movie suggestions for when you want to watch a scary movie, or have one on, while you’re doing something else. So these are scary movies that you don’t have to be 100% invested in to enjoy.

Scream

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The Scream movies are gold. And I am in no way trying to diss them, but they don’t require a lot of concentration. Basic slasher film. Except they’re making fun of slasher films without being boisterous like the “Scary Movie” movies. These movies are nice to watch when you know your attention can’t be entirely focused on the movie. The first movie was the best, but I also recommend the fourth if you want to laugh during the movie.

Paranormal Activity

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These movies, like the aforementioned, are ones you don’t have to completely watch to understand. This series of movies are ghost movies based more on jump scares, which is great, especially for dates when you want to talk a little but also watch a scary movie. I recommend the first and second Paranormal Activity.

Watching Without Losing Sleep

These are the movies that will scare you while you’re watching, but not enough to freak you out after its over. You will still be able to rest easy with the lights off at night.

Halloween

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It had to be on this list somewhere. One of the most famous horror films of all time. Michael Meyers is on a mission to kill his whole family (this mission changes as you get further into the series and the writers run out of ideas). The first movie is the one I recommend, although Halloween: H2O holds a special place in my heart.

The Shining

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One of my favorite Stephen King movies, even though he hates it. An alcoholic father takes his wife and son to a hotel to take care of in the winter. Cabin fever, anyone? A great movie that keeps you interested and freaked out but not enough to make you sleep with the lights on.

Never Sleeping Again

These are movies that terrified me and made me sleep with the lights on and the door open. *Disclosure* these are movies that scared me personally, but everyone’s fears are different.

The Woman In Black

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Only the first one. I watched it because Dan Radcliffe was in it, and ended up losing a lot of sleep. There’s not really jump scares, the movie scares you more from your anticipation of what happens next. Dan Rad goes to an old house to take care of a clients paper work after he’s passed away, only to encounter something really freaky.

Insidious

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I don’t know what happened to these people when they were younger, but their minds come up with the scariest stuff. The makers also did Sinister, which was an equally terrifying movie. A young son falls into a coma, and while under horrifying spirits try to take his soul. Seriously, horrifying. Watch it.

I hope this post gave you some ideas of what movies to watch as we enter Halloween season. Enjoy, and always remember the movies aren’t real! Or are they?…