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Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year

Rarity – I Couldn’t Be Weakeri-couldnt-be-weaker

I found a lot of comfort in this album during the past year. I remember seeing Rarity play a few then-new songs about a year ago. I just listened, and was struck with this feeling that someone actually gets it. Someone actually knows what my struggle is like. That was when I knew this band would be so important to me. This past year, I was a lot more open and honest about possible mental health issues. It was scary but so freeing at the same time. I would listen to I Couldn’t Be Weaker while trying to calm down from a random breakdown. It was like someone putting a hand on my shoulder and letting me know I’m not alone in this, that they’ve been there, that it’s going to get better even when things seem dark. This album helped me realize that it’s okay not to be okay. That’s something I need to remember every day.-Jasminne

worryJeff Rosenstock – WORRY.

Released in October, WORRY. may just be the most poignant album of 2016. It’s full of lyrics about the terrors of capitalism, existential dread, and the joys of love and friendship. Jeff Rosenstock has a habit of writing genuine and uncomfortably relatable music and WORRY. is the epitome of that talent. Rosenstock pairs his playfully painful lyrics with an infectious sound that will have any listener dancing along, whether they came for the ska song, the hardcore song, or reasons they don’t entirely understand.This album saw us through the last few months of 2016, and I’m sure it will continue to help us moving forward. – Samlin Continue reading Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year

PWR BTTM and Queer Communities Post-Election

By now most of the world has heard that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been elected president and vice president of the United States, defying all election predictions and bringing up questions of safety for minorities, including the LGBTQ community. While President-elect Trump has claimed that his administration will be great for LGBTQ Americans, he has stated multiple times that he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, and his VP is a proud supporter of conversion therapy (a kinder way of saying “electrocuting the gay out of people”). As a queer and nonbinary person, I’ve struggled to process my feelings about this outcome. Nearly half of my fellow Americans voted for someone who thinks that I am undeserving of basic human rights. Thankfully, on what has been referred to as “Day 3 of Trump’s America”, I was able to get some perspective in the form of a rock show put on by queer-punk divas, PWR BTTM. Continue reading PWR BTTM and Queer Communities Post-Election