Blockbuster – Block B in the USA 2015 Tour


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Yo yall, life man, seriously… life is so good!! LET. ME. TELL. YOU WHY!!!

Block B!! I loved them since they first debuted in 2011. I’ve been following them and they’ve seriously grown immensely with their music, especially Zico, who’s my top 3 bias of all biases! My boo! *swoooooon* ANY WHO! What drew me to them was the mere fact that they weren’t your typical kpop-“pop”-group. They were more hip hop! That was completely new to me, because during that time hip hop wasn’t that big in Korea as it is now, so the music I’ve listened to was mostly pop songs. Although, I’ve always been into American Hip Hop/Rap, I just never ventured to that genre when listening to k-pop.

So KPOP like to do this thing where they like to spring on their fans that they’re coming to the states with very little time for anyone to prepare….mentally and financially. It gets pretty chaotic when news break out that the groups I love are coming… like its a combo of whirlwind-hurricane-earthquake-volcano eruption in my mind and heart.

When SubKulture announced that they were bringing Block B to the states I screamed, then I panicked. In the last span of 6 months I’ve been 5 concerts! 5!! They’re not cheap!! KPOP IS EXPENSIVE YALL!! Yes flowers are ridiculously expensive. So out of those 5 concerts, I did see them at KCON, but it just wasn’t enough. I sat so far away and they only performed a few songs. I needed more Block B, More Zico!

Sadly, my wallet wasn’t having none of it. As it coughed up dust with a dead moth inside, it was like “Ha-ha-ha have you seen your money?! Because I haven’t.” *cries*

Then last week Zico dropped his new single “Boys and Girls” and I’m like.. Is this a sign?!!? Should I go?! I kept asking pestering my friend Sue, who loves Zico as much as I do, (I don’t mind sharing biases, I’m nice like that lol) if we should go, but she was in the same situation as I was, poor-ness. I told her that a lot of the time, when it gets closer to the concert date, people start selling tickets for dirt cheap. She said if it was cheap enough, she’d be down.

So I found a group on Facebook and asked around to see if anyone was selling cheap tickets.

A girl posted saying that KORE was selling tickets for 40% off. I was like Oh my gah.. perfect! However she messaged me and told me to email an employee from SubKulture with how many tickets I wanted and which section. So on Monday, I did as instructed.

Tuesday morning I woke up to a reply from SubKulture saying that they’ll give me two comp tickets to GA and just pick it up from Will Call!!!

HOLY MOTHER OF KPOP!!! I SCREAMED SO LOUD AT 7AM!! I. COULD. NOT. BELIEVE!!!!!!

Like YALLL!!!!!! I was freakin out!! LIKE I HAD A SMILE PLASTERED ON MY FACE ALL DAY!!!! I felt like I was walking on cloud nine! I was like, this was meant to be! Zico and I were meant to be. This is how we’d meet and he’ll fall in love with me. We’d get married and have little rapping babies. Perfect. Just perfect.

The day of the concert we went and lined up 3 hours in advanced since it was GA. They were letting will-calls in one by one to pick up their tickets… as I got to the front, I said my name and THEN the girl handed me my ticket and said, “Here you go,” then she pointed at another table, “go towards the prize tables to see if you won.”

I was like … “Wait what?”

She said, “See if you won photo opp, hi-touch, or other merchandise.

I almost fell to the floor, literally! I was like “WHAT?!?! THERE’S A CHANCE FOR ME TOO?!” I thought it was only for those who had bought their tickets. Sue and I started hopping over to the other tables like excited minions. I didn’t want to expect much because the free tickets were ALREADY  too much for me to handle, I couldn’t imagine getting any more because life doesn’t work like that… not for me at least.

Sue handed her ticket over. They were quiet and shook their head apologetically, “Sorry, you didn’t win.”

My hands shook a little as I handed my ticket.

“You got Hi-touch!”

“What?” I thought I was hearing things.

“You got hi-touch.”

I dropped to the ground and then I screamed as I popped back up!!

LIFE IS TOO AMAZING!!!! UGH!

I WAS GOING TO MARRY MEET ZICO!!!

The concert was so lit! From their first song, “Very Good” to their Encore songs!! Their stage presence and vibe was pure fire. I’ve been to two shows at the Warfield before for Got7 and Epik High, but man, Block B’s stage set up was just WOW!! The stage itself is pretty small, but you would never have guessed after seeing Block B’s bright TV screen and lightings. I got lost in their music. I personally loved that it wasn’t a packed house! I was able to stand in front of second level of GA and was able to see them perfectly. I’m 5’1 so I hate GAs, but it was just perfect, where I stood. We danced and hopped around so much because where we stood, barely anyone was there, so I wild out to my heart’s content! I’m limping today because my calves are on fire, just like the show — HAH! They’re so freakin amazing live. All the energy that you feel watching them in videos just don’t do them justice, but I knew that! Their songs always pumps me up when I listen to it, but hearing them live and seeing them that up close was a whole new crazy awesome experience. 

When Zico performed “Okey Dokey” though, I went nuts!

Zico is life.

I wished I could brag about Hi-Touch more, but unfortunately I wasn’t prepared for it. I knew it’d go fast and it did. Like herds of fast moving cows, as quickly as we got up on the stage to Hi-five them, we got off. It took no more than 5 seconds for the whole thing. I’m shy… so when I saw Zico… I couldn’t even look at him or anyone else for that matter. Honestly, I would’ve needed weeks to prepare for those 5 seconds. A few hours just wasn’t enough, but I regret nothing.

All in all, great concert! Just UGH! AMAZEBALLS! I came with literally no expectations except enjoy the awesome music and walked out feeling blessed.

Seriously. LAST concert of the year. LAST!

My heart is concert-ed out.

….unless they’re free, again.

DJRONAROCKSS is a DJ with KSSU

iKON Final-FREAKINGG-ly Debuted Yalllll – “Welcome Back” Album Review


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Ladies and Gentlmen, let’s all stand up together and give a round for applause for not iKON, but for Papa YG for finally debuting iKON!!!! *clap-clap-clap-uglycries-clap-clap-clap*

So for those who don’t know iKON, they were YG entertainment’s trainee who first appeared on the survival show, “Who is Next: WIN” where they went up against Winner, who was Team A at the time. I was personally rooting for iKON (Team B) the whole entire show! I literally was crying when *SPOILER ALERT* they didn’t win. It was so freakin heartbreaking!! They worked so hard!

After years and years, ok months, but to us it was like lightyears— of pushing back their debut, and I mean like Salt-n-Pepa’s “PUSH IT,” it was to the point where some of the fans lost all trust in Papa YG– because he was playing with our emotions with his empty promises!! He kept saying they’ll debut “soon” (I don’t think he knows what that word “soon” means). However I feel like I knew his intentions (because we’re homies like that in my mind), I know he doesn’t make his artist shoot out albums– just to shoot out albums for sales. He makes sure that they’re perfect in his eyes. So I forgave him and waited patiently.

And so finally, September 15th at 12:00AM KST hit and they dropped their long awaited first debut song that YG said was their “warm-up”, and it definitely was. “My Type” was a so stinkin cute. The melody was chill and upbeat making you smile as they swoon over their voices, for me it was Junhoe’s smooth rasped, holy f–lower, he freakin improved so much. The song was describing a girl, from her cute voice, the way she spaces out, to the way she “spit words like a boss” and how all those are their “type.” That’s how they get you!! They describe a quirk or characteristic of each type of girl and so you feel like they’re sort of talking about you, making you grin more like an idiot. Even their video was adorable; with them in pastels, seeing their flirty playful side as they goof around with each other.

Then they released “Airplane,” a slightly heart tugging song about a boy who doesn’t want the girl to leave on that airplane. He makes cute little excuses for her to stay longer and not get on that dang plane. If I heard those excuses I’d stay back stay hug them all.

BUT if you know YG, you know that’s not what they’re about… Nope! That cutesy stuff?– That’s to tickle our feels…

Then they release “Rhythm Ta“… and it’s EVERYTHING that I’ve been waiting for. They did not disappoint! From the very first beat, it already made me excited. Then the bass hit making me immediately sway my head  like up and down  …like yessss… this is HIP to the freakin HOP! This is YG…. This is iKON. Bobby was fire, Bobby was life in this song. The way he spits with such passion…  I love his voice, I’m trash for his voice. The way he raps with so much Ugh! Yes Bobby…. show us why you won Show Me the Money! Their music video oozed Swaggg — I hate that word, but it is what it is sometimes.

Those were the three songs they debuted with Music Videos, and here’s my opinion on the rest of the album’s track:

Welcome Back:

The Album’s title track. A fun song! It’s about a them welcoming back their girlfriend after breaking up, but we (fans) all know that it’s symbolic about their fans.  Welcoming back their loyal fans who has been waiting for their freakin debut,  saying that they’ve changed for the better and will do better. This song definitely got you smiling and grooving with to the delightfulness of the lyrics and beat.

M.U.P.:

Just the simple, “Girl I’m gon’ make you proud.” made my heart flutter the first time I heard it, and could pretty much get the gist of the song without having to read the translations. The song is about a person who’s not doing much and can’t afford much, but is grateful to have someone by their side during the struggle. I feel this is most twenty year old’s’ struggle, wanting to accomplish things, to be successful, to make a dent in the world already, but is stuck in the slow process. Something about a boy who promises to make me proud makes me wanna smoosh their face and pepper them with kisses! How adorable! The song has this magical way of making you wanna dance and root for them. Hahaha

Today:

My second favorite song of the album! This catchy song got me subconsciously bouncing my shoulders and singing “O-neul-dda-ra (Today)” every single time it comes on. The song is about suddenly and randomly seeing someone in a new light. Questioning the new buzzing feeling of being attracted to a friend in a new light, “Why Am I like this today?” (translation).

Overview of the whole album:

Great debut album. I know as boring and generic as that comment sounds, that’s all I can say. I’d still give them a 4 out 5 in the Ronarockss Scale of Music — whatever that might mean. It was great, but I had my own expectations for them. I expected my heart to explode from their awesomeness, but I know this is a just a toe-dip into their ocean of potential, I just know it. Can’t wait for their future stuff!

KSSU

BIGBANG MADE TOUR 2015


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It’s been 4 days since the BigBang MADE Concert and I’m still empty inside….

Three years ago I wasn’t that into that BigBang and I went to their Alive Galaxy tour and sat in the nose bleed section because I only liked them a bit and just wanted to see them perform. Seriously, hands down that was one of the best concerts I’ve been to, and vowed the next time they come, I’d get better seats!

Fast forward three years later, they announced another world tour for their M.A.D.E albums. My friend Julie and I knew we HAD to go. It was a must. No doubt about it. They released the details for the VIP packages which were different from the general admission with sound check and the regular seated tickets.

The 2 VIP packages:

MADE ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE

  • One GA Pit ticket to the show!
  • Exclusive access to the BIGBANG Soundcheck
  • Early entrance into the venue before general doors
  • Send off Artists post show at the BIGBANG Send Off Event!
  • One VIP parking space per order (where available)
  • Crowd free merchandise shopping
  • Commemorative VIP laminate
  • Specially designed BIGBANG gift bag (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Designated VIP Nation check-in
  • On-site VIP host

BAE BAE VIP PACKAGE

  • One GA Pit ticket to the show!
  • Exclusive access to the BIGBANG Soundcheck
  • Early entrance into the venue before general doors
  • Commemorative VIP laminate
  • Specially designed BIGBANG gift bag (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Designated VIP Nation check-in
  • On-site VIP host

Let it be known that they didn’t tell us the prices of these packages until it went on sale. So the morning of, my friend and I, both at work, waited by our computers and decided whoever could, just buy both tickets first, because the Alive tour sold out within 2 hours, so we didn’t want to risk not being able to get the tickets.

Right when it hit 10AM, we logged onto TicketMaster and the prices for the packages freakin dropped kicked me in my face and then a hadouken to the heart.

I immediately texted Julie and said I couldn’t do any of the packages because I’m a poor student, but we could do the VIP General Admission!! Which was still expensive, but I was willing to dish out.

Then she told me…. “Oops I just bought us the Bae Bae”
My heart plummeted to the pits of my stomach, all the way down to the burning holes of my empty wallet.

But in the end, I told her eff it! It’s going to be my last BigBang Concert anyways. I wasn’t that big of a fan still. 

So days leading up to the concert, I didn’t feel that excited about the concert. Their albums was good but wasn’t great in my opinion and I was dreading the pit the most. I’m 5’1. Pits scares me. All the pushing and shoving and tall people… Let’s just say I never had a good experience with General Admission standing concerts.

Day of the concert, we arrived at the Honda Center 4 hours early to wait in line, because we wanted a good place in the pit. We were still #200 and that was JUST for Bae Bae. There were fans (who we thought at first were staffs) writing numbers and type of ticket on our wrist and divided and organized everyone into certain lines accordingly to make sure it was legit-ly first-come-first-serve. Supposedly they had come from the Vegas show, and it was chaos, so they decided to do something about it at the SoCal shows… can you say dedicated fans?!

As they ushered us in. My heart began pumping like crazy when I realized how close we were to the stage, I looked around and realized that only 2/3 of the pit was filled, which was awesome because there was so much room, which also meant… I WAS ABLE TO SEE!!

I started to jump up and down excitedly as their Quentin Taratino-ish movie started to play indicating that the concert was starting soon. Gahhhhh the video was so badass with explosions, guns and car races. As their music started playing and you hear their voice through the speakers and I freakin lost it!

The concert was MIND BLOWING! From the lighting to the moving bridges that connected the main stage to the front stage, fireworks, and the boy’s stage presence that oozed nothing but high energy was so freakin perfect! It was amazing because you can actually see their popularity and the love from their fans when you look out to see the ocean of gold-crown light sticks that lit up like stars in the sold-out arena.

I did not stop dancing and screaming throughout the whole concert because all the song that they performed were all upbeat and full of hype. The only 2 mellow/sad songs that they performed were “If You” and “Haru Haru.” They probably took 2 little breaks, but other than that, they performed the entire duration of the show. I thought that the Alive Galaxy show was the shizz, but this concert blew their last one out of the freakin water! Their English improved immensely, besides TOP, all the boys spoke in English the whole entire time.

I died and came back to life and died again repeatedly like a freakin phoenix because of their fan service! They would make eye contact and personally connected and reacted to each section of the pit and general admissions. Yo, even the freakin back up dancers, who were so freakin attractive as heck, were even dangerously flirting with the fans, with their winks and seductive dance! Ugh! I can’t even..

I wish I could describe the whole concert even more, but it was just so incredible. I didn’t once look at the time wondering when it’ll end or wondered about my surrounding or even if my friend was still around me, I was so immersed in the show, completely in my own universe that when they said farewell, it yanked me back to reality and I was so bewildered.

The post concert depression is worst than my last break up with my ex…. real talk. *sigh*

Everyone who likes KPOP neeeeeeds to experience BigBang in concert. My friend brought her friend who never even heard of KPOP, let alone BigBang.. let’s just say, she’s now a fan. hahaha

But word on the street.. they won’t be back for at LEAST another 2-3 years, since they’ll be going to the Army soon (it’s mandatory in South Korea for men to join the Army before they turn 30).

Ughhh… selling my soul for the Bae Bae package was mos def worth it.

Remember when I said it was my last BigBang concert.. It won’t be. LOL.

I’m officially KPOP-ed out for the rest of the year.

Saved the best for last, and it definitely went out with a BANG! (pun intended)

DJRONAROCKSS

Jenn Bocian – Watch (Album Review)


n74w4e8kThis is my own personal thought and opinions of  new album, “Watch”

First here’s the breakdown of each song.

  1. Watch

When it first started playing the electronic beat, it made me bop. Then her voice came on, and it was strong and I was digging it. Then she started to rap? Then I was like no…. BUT THEN!!! The hook starts playing and a random sitar comes into play… Then a reggae guy comes on! WHAT?! I’m so… like what?! …I can’t.

  1. Something Special

The bass that starts the song is a good and the beat is very rock n roll with a bit of electronic in it. I love the bass that hits, but the beat and the lyrics becomes repetitive after a while. It’s like they threw so much craziness the first track, they thought hey, we’ll calm them down with this track.

  1. All Your Goodness

It took me back into the 1920’s days with the jazziness of it, but with an R&B vocal. Then she hits you with a crazy hip hop electronic instrumental towards the end. It’s like you can’t expect the norm, you just can’t.

  1. Last (EDM)

Full on EDM, but her voice sounds more seductive than powerful on this track. Sadly no surprises on this track except the emphasis on the eff-word. She doesn’t sing as much, but the beat, I must say is good. I jammed to it.

  1. La La / Zeeazazoo

Jazzy feel again but with a bit of hip hop / R&B similar to track 3, All Your Goodness, but not much emphasis on the jazz. It’s probably my second favorite in the album.

All in all, this album is a definitely different. I mean I can appreciate what they’re trying to do. I feel that they’re trying to incorporate hip hop with electronica and throwing in some jazz, reggae, maybe a bit of ethnic beat, however it just left me so confused with this album. Again, maybe it’s just not my thing! That’s the beauty of music… To each their own.

DJRONAROCKSS is a dj with KSSU

BANGTAN BOYS – Highlight Tour (San Francisco)


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Hello All!!!

Last Tuesday, I was FINALLY able to see one of my all-time favorite KPOP groups, Bangtan Boys (BTS) in San Francisco!!! I was so sad when I was not able to go to their “The Red Bullet” concert because it sold out in literally 2 minutes! *CRIESSS* TGM Entertainment (Organizer) didn’t tell us many details about the event besides that there would be a performance, autograph session, hi-touch, and group photo. I’m actually not into the members as most fans were because I actually love BTS for their music and not the members, but my dear friend, who’s life ultimate favorite group is BTS, was the one who bought me the VIP tickets and at first I was hesitant because I didn’t care about all the perks, I just wanted to see them perform. The only people I was excited to meet were Suga, Rap Monster, and J- Hope, because their skills blows my mind!

This is a blurb of my experience

Autograph session:

After picking up our wristband at Holiday Inn, we had to walk back over to Nourse Theater. There were two opposite lines that wrapped around the theater on both sides, one VIP, and the other for general admission. As I entered the door for the autograph session, THEY WERE FREAKiNG RIGHT THERE! Right in the front, sitting at a long table and smiling beautifully to the fans as they signed their posters. I freaked out a little, OK I lied, a lot, because I really didn’t expect to have any feeeelz when I saw them what-so-ever, like I said, I was more into their music, but just seeing them in real life evoked all these emotions. Like I kept jumping up and down because I was so excited, I was probably one of the oldest one there and the least calm. HAH! …I wish I was cool sometimes…

Going down the line with each one as they signed my poster, they were all quiet, it’s probably the language barrier. They all look even more gorgeous in up-close, like HOW IS EVERYONE’S SKIN SO CLEAR?! What product do you guys use?! I just told each one I love them, but when I reached Suga, I said, “I love you,” a bit more shyly because he’s my favorite. He smiled and did a double take at my arm and pointed at it with his pen and FREAKIN said, “Nice tattoo” IN THE MOST-COOLEST TONE EVER!!!!! You guys don’t even know how much I squealed! (Of course, only after I stepped out the door). This fool, he is the “cool-laid back about any one” guy in the group!!! Like, for him to say that to me, ME! This one right here! *points finger at myself* IT. WAS. WOW. I even posted what he said on Tumblr and someone actually even asked, “What tattoo do you have for him to say that to you?” Because yes yall, it was LIKE. THAT. Yall get the drift. Ok, i’m getting all excited again…. *inhale, exhale* On to the next…

Performance:

I came in with the expectation of 6-8 songs. They only performed 4! 4! *pouts* They were great live, but I just expected more songs. They performed N.O., DOPE, Boy in Luv and I Need U. I can seriously watch them dance and sing forever. However after the last song, they just said an insincere thank you and a quick bye and just got off the stage. Most performer would say some sort of speech, but they didn’t. EVERYONE thought it was a joke and were confused until they turned on the lights in the auditorium and asked everyone to line up for the hi-touch. That was so weird…

Hi-Touch / Group Photo

This was probably the most hectic because all 1000+ people get hi-touch. What bugged me a little was that they changed from 8 people per photo to 25 people per photo! It was less intimate. The line took forever, probably an hour, but I didn’t mind, I was able to talk to people in line around me and I swear almost every KPOP concert I’ve been to, the fans are sweetest and friendliest! I mean there are fandoms who are rude, but that’s another story. So in the end I was able to high five them all and take a group picture! Heck, to me that’s awesome in itself. (But what Suga said, takes the cake!)

All in all:

It was an awesome experience for me! Fans were mad at TGM because the whole event was super unorganized. People didn’t have their seats, because they gave out double seat numbers, lines were screwy, and a couple of out-of-hand fans. But hey, the organizer were the one who brought them here! International fans aren’t as lucky as Asian fans, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to meet them and watch them perform live. I can’t wait until their next real concert, I’ll be sure not to miss it next time!

DJ RONAROCKSS

Day6 – The Day


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JYP Entertainment has debut their new boy group Day6  on September 7th. It’s been more than a year and a half since their last group Got7 debuted in January 2014. Day6 is different from any group that has been created by JYP because; Are you ready for it??? They’re a rock band! The members consists of leader Sungjin, Young K (Brian Kang), who appeared on K-Pop star in 2010, Jaehyung, who also appeared on K-Pop Star in 2012, Junhyeok, Wonpil and the youngest, who was added a few months before debut, Dowoon.

If anyone follows KPOP, you might remember YG Entertainment’s reality/survival show, “Who is Next: Win,” where YG’s two team, Team A and Team B went to JYP’s building and had a competition with, at the time they haven’t debuted yet, but Got7 and 5Live. 5Live was none other than our Day6. One thing that I remembered on that episode was that Young K k-k-k-killed it during the rap battle! This was shocking because when it comes to hip hop and rapping, we all knew there was no competition. That’s YG, that’s what they’re basically all about. JYP was more about pop. However when Young K, Jackson (Got7), and Mark (Got7) rapped, let’s just say I had to pick my jaw off the floor. Even Mr. YG complimented!

So I’m going to be honest, when I heard Day6 debuted, I didn’t care. I’m not a rock band type of girl. I’ve heard a couple songs from FT Island and CN Blue, but I’ve never been really into that genre. So a few days ago I was on tumblr and my feed was blowing up with screenshots of Jaehyung’s twitter and I kid you not, I was rolling on the floor, not because I was on fire and trying to put it out, but I was holding my stomach and crying from laughing. I personally dub him Hashtag King. So I fell in love with him at first hashtag and decided to watch their debut music video, “Congratulations.” Still I was like, “Meh.”

Then they posted their live performance and let me tell you… I fell in love with ALL of them! All! The way they sing with so much passion and perfection, I was in awe. In MY personal opinion.. JYP sometimes choose people base off looks and not talent, not that they don’t have talents, just not EVERYONE has talent. But I was completely amazed that everyone in this band was amazing live! AND!!! They’re ALL hot! But… we shouldn’t judge bands by their looks right? Right. *cough cough*

Then, they done did it yall, they posted two more live performance of “Freely”and “Habits, which are songs from their album and I fell in love with them even more! I have this thing where if the band is better live than their studio version, I become even more intrigued.  So I bought their entire album on iTunes… and now here I am, I am officially Day6 trash. Complete and utter trash. I’ve literally listened to nothing but their album, on repeat, for the last 5 days and I still can’t get enough.

Breakdown of each song in my opinion:

1.) Freely

  • Fun hyped beat right from the beginning and then the chorus hits and it makes you want to flail your arms around as you hop up and down.

2.) Out of My Mind

  • My personal favvvvv! It starts out with a steady catchy beat making you tap your feet and bob your head then the chorus hits and it makes your lift your fingers in the air and jam to their power vocals….Woo!

3.) Congratulations

  • This definitely deserves to be their title track. You really get a taste of their potential talent. You can hear the ranges of their voices and also you can feel the emotions in their vocals and that itself is awesome.

4.) Habits

  • Upbeat and chill. Love the chorus! Every time the beat hits, my head always nods with a boom! Wonpil and Junhyeok’s voices really stands out a lot in this song, I loved their parts so much.

5.) Like that Sun

  • Chill vibe. Probably my least favorite, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good! It’s good. Just not AS good as the others.

6.) Colors

  • Warning: Do not listen to this song at night in the dark, by yourself with headphones/earbuds on. JUST DON’T DO IT! Dudeeesss…. so many feelzzz listening to this song. How are they going to put an album of all happy-dance-worthy songs and hit you with this heart wrenching last song. It just HAD to be the last. But yes, POW to the heart. POW!

I hope you guys give these fellas a chance! I will most def be playing them on my show! Keep a look out!

 

Toodles!

-Ronarockss is a dj with KSSU