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Now Available: VSQ Performs the Rock Hits of 2016!

By Jessica Apperson

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VSQ Performs the Rock Hits of 2016 features VSQ’s renditions of the biggest rock and alternative hits of the year. Check it out as viola, violin, and cello take on the hard-rockin’ funk of Red Hot Chili Peppers, the sparse, atmospheric soundscapes of Radiohead, and the anthemic pop-punk of blink-182 and Panic! at The Disco.

 

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dark Necessities
  2. The Lumineers - Ophelia
  3. Panic! at the Disco - Victorious
  4. Fitz & the Tantrums - HandClap
  5. blink-182 - Bored to Death
  6. X-Ambassadors - Unsteady
  7. Radiohead - Daydreaming

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Peter Pan Complex: Growing Up Through Blink-182 Songs

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In the 1990s, it was normal for 13-year-olds to listen to 25-year-olds singing about the joys of never outgrowing TV, parties and all the small things. Years later, those 13-year-olds have grown into 25-year-olds and the 25-year-olds into 37-year olds, whose music still provides sonic ointment to those growing pains that never really go away. Like a graffitied drinking fountain of youth behind the high school bleachers, Blink-182 transcended the '90s and continues to give new and old fans advice on navigating adolescence, from the toilet humor to the hard times. Here are three stages of Blink 182’s guide through puberty, in chronological order:

1. "What’s My Age Again" (1999) – This song is a classic celebration of the blissful freedom of youth sans parents and sans pants (as per the music video for the song, which features Tom, Mark and Travis on a nude morning jog through busy streets, parks and TV shows). Every adolescent who has ever prank-called their neighbor or taken a golf club to their parents’ old Barry White records to play baseball with (guilty as charged…) has probably heard the phrase “Act your age” – which begs the philosophical smart-aleck question: “What’s My Age Again?” Blink-182 actually wanted to name the song “Peter Pan Complex” but like no-fun parents, the record company (MCA) changed it. The Neverland sentiment is felt by all at some point and lived out to the fullest by performers like Blink 182 who feed the inner child within all of us – not with candy, but with candy-coated musings like “With many years ahead to fall in line. Why would you wish that on me/I never want to act my age.” 2. "I Miss You" (2004) – The band traded power chords for acoustic crooning, along with Dickies shorts for solemn suits in “I Miss You” " Its accompanying music video was heavily rotated on MTV, VH1’s “Top 20 Music Video Countdown” and all the other music TV I used to miss my school bus for on weekday mornings. As a 13-year-old still testing the ranges of human emotions for the first time, lyrics like “As I stared I counted / The webs from all the spiders / Catching things and eating their insides / Like indecision to call you” created dramatic new associations, which were part of the dark romance befitting a nod to Nightmare Before Christmas (“We can live like Jack and Sally…we’ll have Halloween on Christmas”) in the song. 3. "After Midnight" (2011) – Eight years after “I Miss You,” the band members might have grown up (and broken up…and gotten back together, much like the relationships they sang about), but they still miss that special someone in “After Midnight”: “I can't find the best in all of this / But I'm always looking out for you / 'Cause you're the one I miss / And it's driving me crazy.” Despite their attachment to Neverland, the boys come back to reality and face up to responsibility in this song, as Tom and Mark sing passionately about things they can’t change but have come to accept with open arms: “We'll stagger home after midnight / Sleep arm-in-arm in the stairwell / We'll fall apart on the weekend / These nights go on and on and on.” Like many relationships (I know I’ve had a few), these Blink-182 songs move through the exciting beginning to complicated quarrels and eventually to mature resolution, remembering the simple enjoyments in life and love that get you through all the rest.

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Available Now: Vitamin String Quartet Performs Blink-182

By 15

High school is rough. Falling out with friends, break-up's, bullies, failing classes, parents are fighting again; nothing going the way you'd hoped it would. For so many of us, escape came in music, and Blink-182 was one band that we could put on and instantaneously be bolted off to another place when we had nowhere else to go.

They were there with the toilet humor to remind us there's always time to laugh and the courage to stand up, move forward and not give up.

If you're as happy as we are that they're back, take a listen to our tribute to the infamous pranksters, the men who saved our lives everyday and, really, a tribute to our teenage years.

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Five Fall Albums to Be Stoked For

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The leaves are changing. The air is getting crisper, and the title of this piece is self explanatory. Here we go with the music….

1. Wilco – The Whole Love (9/27)

Jeff Tweedy and the crew explore the realms of punk while embracing the classic American rock that they’ve done so well for more than 15 years for this their eighth studio album, and Wilco’s first on its own recently formed label, dBpm Records.

2. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods (9/27)

Yes, that’s correct, they're the same Blink 182 you remember from basement high school house parties. (And dammit if “Dammit” isn’t still a great song.) The reunited trio based Neighborhoods heavily on a slew of beats that drummer Travis Barker concocted late in the recording game, which caused this album’s release date to be pushed from last spring. Singer/guitartist Tom DeLonge tells Rolling Stone: “We always had more potential than we were living up to. Hopefully from this point forward, we’ll be able to show that.” We hope so, too.

3. Feist – Metals (10/4)

Leslie Feist and her troop recorded the followup to 2007’s The Reminder in a converted barn in a remote part of the central Californian coast. So it's no surprise that Metals is a raw collection of songs that Feist herself says is about “good people screwing each other up.” We like the sound of that.

4. Björk – Biophilia (10/11)

Björk has always been a bit of an odd duck, which is why we love her so. With this seventh studio album, Biophilia, the Icelandic singer returns to form with a collection of songs about plate tectonics, lunar cycles and DNA. Each song also has its own iPad app. All hail the queen of strange.

5. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto (10/24)

England’s Coldplay spent the past two years recording their fifth studio album with a bit of help with musical genius Brian Eno. Coldplay drummer Will Champion told Rolling Stone that the legendary producer created a list of ten rules for the band to follow while recording, one of which was “thou shalt make music like an Italian cook, with simple and strong flavors.” It sounds like advice one might get from singer Chris Marten’s wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Either way, we’re down for a taste. Be sure to check out: The String Quartet Tribute to Bjork: Violently Available now at iTunes and Amazon The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay Avilable now at iTunes and Amazon

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