Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Grouplove is one of those bands right up my alley I should have listened to years ago. They’re basically indie pop, but they’ve got an upbeat sound and one catchy song right after another. I love Tongue Tied, I’m With You, and Raspberry, among many, many others. Just listen to all of their albums, okay?
I saw M83 live with a couple buddies, and man, what a freaking show. The crazy light display alone was worth the price of admission, but M83 went all out, touching on almost every album for their discography. It was high energy fun from start to finish. I especially loved watching the bassist do the shuffle while playing a percussion instrument during on instrumental song. He took what would otherwise be a simple and boring part and made it awesome with his showmanship. I’ll be reminiscing about this night for years to come, I’m sure.
Warpaint is an all-female band with a soft rock vibe that I heard about years ago. I listened to one of their albums and nothing else, but after hearing they released another album, I downloaded their discography to listen to them start to finish. While many of their tracks are forgettable, the ones that are good are really awesome. Check out Drive, Undertow, and Don’t Let Go.