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2013 was a big year for Arizona pop punk band, The Summer Set. They released a new album – Legendary, played a concert with The Backstreet Boys, won the Macy’s iHeart Radio contest, and played in the Macy’s Day Parade. 2014 finds them on the road again, promoting their new album in a special acoustic tour – Legendary Unplugged.

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We join the band backstage on the first night of the tour at Anaheim’s Chain Reaction. The Summer Set has taken over the venue’s green room. Their suitcases are strewn everywhere and music is blaring from a portable speaker. Frontman Brian Dales and guitarist John Gomez are jumping up and down and dancing around to get themselves pumped. Amidst the chaos, drummer Jess Bowen stays calm.

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Jess is the only girl in the band, and one of the few female drummers in the music scene today. On stage, she’s a total rock star, but it person, she makes you feel as though you’re old friends. She’s laid back, well spoken, and completely comfortable in her own skin. It’s no wonder she can put up with a band full of rowdy boys!

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The band definitely has some first night jitters, but their fans would never know. A  meet and greet takes place before the show, and they are full of hugs and smiles. The band share a mini documentary that explores their big year, which includes Jess’ much talked about sky-diving adventure. In accordance with their album title, each member of the band has been doing something “legendary”. Some members had it easy – Brian got a Mickey Mouse makeover, Stephen threw the first pitch at the Diamondbacks game; poor Jess had to jump out of an airplane. The drummer tells us she loved it, but would probably never do it again.

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2013 was a big year personally for Jess as well. She got to meet her childhood idols, The Backstreet Boys (tears may have been shed), she released her own jewelry line, and opened up about her relationship. With everything that’s going on, Jess seems happier than ever, and her fans couldn’t be happier for her.

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Jess showed off a few of her jewelry pieces to us and they are stunning. The line for Never Take It Off revolves around love, affinity and equality – themes that that have become prominent in Jess’s life. These pieces are perfect for dressing up an outfit or everyday wear. We think they’d look pretty awesome with your favorite looks from Secret Charm! Check out her jewelry line here.

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The Summer Set’s Legendary Unplugged tour is something you wont want to miss! It’s intimate and personal, like a party with your closest friends. Whether you’re a huge fan, or a new listener, you’re bound to have a great time!

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Follow Jess on twitter @thejessset and on instagram @jessbowen.

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This year marks the 30th birthday of the Mac. In the 80′s only very few select people had access to computers, but Mac made it possible for everyone to have one. This was revolutionary and completely changed our culture.

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The internet has become a platform for anyone and everyone to express themselves. You don’t have to be a celebrity to create your own YouTube show, show off your style on a blog, or have become a tumblr sensation. Average Joe’s have shot to internet fame, gaining thousands to millions of fans and followers. In the past, Americans dominated internet celebrity, but these days there has been a British invasion. Check out YouTubers such as Zoe Suggs, Jack and Finn Harries and Marcus Butler.

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We love emojis, so much so that they have begun to work their way into our closets! Emoji inspired clothing and accessories has become all the rage! Victoria’s Secret even incorporated an emoji themed section into their annual fashion show. We’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing more emojis on the runway very soon!

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Movies like Jobs and The Social Network revolve entirely around the advances that computers have made. This year’s Her imagines a future where we might be able to interact on a more personal level with our computers. As kids, we all probably watched Disney Channel’s Smart House, a movie that predicted that one day our houses would be run by computers that would sense our every need. Nickelodeon loves computers so much, that they created their very own imaginary brand for all their shows – Pear (obvi a spoof on Apple).

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Lately, music has become more influenced by computers as well. Electronic dance music, which has been around forever, has taken over the mainstream music scene. EDM festivals are popping up everywhere, and people are dancing like never before! Daft Punk, an electronic music duo who refuse to be seen without their robot helmets, took home 5 Grammys this year, proving that electronic music is the way of the future. Even Katy Perry has found herself dabbling into Trap music.

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Who knows how computers and modern technology will continue to shape and change our future. There is no question, however, that they are a strong force in our lives and will continue to influence our culture.

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We’ve put together some cyberwave inspired looks for you, so check them out!

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At first glance, Shelby Spalione is adorable. She has a tiny frame and a big smile, but put her on stage and this girl is fierce. Perhaps it came from years of experience, or maybe it’s just innate, but Shelby has that “it” factor – so much so that  Will.i.am took notice and started collaborating with her!

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Shelby got her start with Disney, as the lead singer in a girl’s band called KSM. She opened for big names such as Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers and David Archuleta when she was only 14.

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When the band broke up, Shelby didn’t give up on her music career. She kept singing and recording in hopes of getting a lucky break, which she did. One fateful evening, she happened to run in to Will.i.am on the streets of Hollywood and everything changed.

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We sat down with Shelby just before she headed off to on her very first trip to Europe, which also happened to be her concert tour with Will.i.am. Check it out here!

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It’s no secret that the world is feeling very nostalgic for the 90′s. Our favorite childhood TV shows are finding their way back to our screens, 90′s fashion is slipping into our wardrobes, and we hear our old favorite 90′s tunes blasting at parties. It only seems right that Coachella should include some of our favorite 90′s bands in it’s lineup! Here is our guide to Coachella for the 90′s nostalgic!

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Beck rose to fame in the early 90′s. He’s known for his eclectic sound, mixing styles from folk to hip hop. His biggest songs include, “Loser” and “Where It’s At”. This February, Beck will be releasing his 11th album, Morning Phase.

 

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Neutral Milk Hotel, or NMH, was formed in the late 80′s by singer/ songwriter Jeff Magnum, but their first official EP wasn’t released until 1994. Their music has obscure lyrics and an eclectic sound. The band disbanded in 1999, but announced a reunion tour last year and will be reuniting again for Coachella.

 

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Who doesn’t remember Outkast? Even though they formed in 1994, the duo’s music really gained popularity towards the end of the 1990’s. Their 1996 album ATLiens debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard chart. However, our personal favorite song “Hey Ya” didn’t come out until the early 2000’s. There is nothing more old school – or more fantastic – than the music video for this classic. We can’t wait to watch everyone dance to it at Coachella! The band will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year!

 

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This energetic, punk rock band made a name for themselves in the 90′s and helped to define the Chapel Hill music scene. In 2013, they released their 10th studio album, I Hate Music. We love them because they have a female bassist, Laura Ballance!

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Dismemberment Plan is a Washington D.C. based indie rock band, named after a line from Groundhog Day. They released a new album, Uncanney Valley, in 2013.

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Anti-Flag is a politically active, left wing band from Pittsburgh. They’ve been taking a stand on human rights issues since their start in the late 80′s but they really gained popularity in the 90’s. Nothing says 90′s like this music video’s black and white shots of a pair of converse.

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You can wear our 90′s inspired outfits to Coachella in April!

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