Jason Aldean — They Don’t Know
A decade into his career, Jason Aldean has scaled the highest level of country superstardom, including being named the 2016 ACM Entertainer of the Year. Now he releases his sixth studio album, which includes Lights Come On.
Bon Iver — 22, A Million
Bon Iver releases their first new album in five years. Justin Vernon embraces the use of electronics by using a sampler-base synthesizer for this new project.
Casting Crowns — The Very Next Thing
The Grammy winning band releases a collection of intimate songs as well as upbeat, fresh sounding tracks with impactful lyrics centered around identifying and acting on what’s right next to you. Includes Oh My Soul, a song Mark Hall wrote in response to his journey through a cancer diagnosis
Idina Menzel — Idina
Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, the voice behind Frozen’s massive hit song Let It Go, releases her fifth studio album. Her latest includes the single I See You.
Of Mice and Men — Cold World
After a lot of hype, anticipation, and a two and a half year wait, Of Mice & Men return with a brand new album. They deliver thirteen aggressive rock anthems that will satisfy their ever growing fan base.
Regina Spektor — Remember Us to Life
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is back with her first new album since 2012’s What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. The first single, Bleeding Heart, has already been featured in NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Known for their record-breaking tracks and undeniable energy, Florida Georgia Line releases their highly anticipated third studio album. It uncovers pieces of their lineage along with an evolved creativity. Includes the hit single H.O.L.Y.
From the bombastic opening riff of Feel Invincible to the memorable album finale The Resistance, it is clear that Skillet has created an album that lets their music speak loudest, while delivering some of their most personal songs.
Along with the 2015 radio hit Passenger, the latest album from Trapt features their most ambitious single to date with Human (Like the Rest of Us).
One of the most popular music series is back with a brand new installment that includes hits from Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas and many more.
Featuring a collection of tracks as diverse as each member of the villainous crew, the soundtrack to Suicide Squad features new and classic tracks from Panic! At The Disco, Skrillex, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Lil Wayne.
One of my favorite things about working the reference desk is having conversations with the many patrons that I see on a day-to-day basis. One of my go-to questions to ask people is “What is your new favorite thing to do?” Well, today’s blog post centers around one of the answers I received a week or so ago. One of the younger patrons I was helping mentioned that his favorite thing to do when he doesn’t have a book to read and hasn’t had time to make it to the library is to use Wattpad. Naturally my curiosity was piqued as I had never heard of Wattpad before and I wanted to know just what this was that he uses when he couldn’t make it to the library.
Wattpad is an online writing community composed of never before published writers, already published writers, and people who are just looking for a place to write down their thoughts. This can be accessed either online or by downloading the Wattpad app. On a long car ride, I spent a few hours playing around in the app and discovered a few interesting tidbits. This app does not have an age limit and the content can be anything, from fanfiction to any genre you can think of, so be sure to read the blurb presented with each story before opening and reading it. Wattpad allows you to comment on the stories that you read and to follow the authors that you like, so you can be alerted when they publish something new. You can read anything from published works to works-in-progress. Join groups of people who write things similar to yourself or stories that you like to read. Vote for the stories you like to win different awards. If you’re feeling brave, you can also write and put your own work online for other people to read. All in all, Wattpad is fast becoming one of my favorite apps to play with when I’m looking for inspiration and don’t want to carry a book around with me. Try it out and let me know what you think!