The Baltimore-based band prepare to release 'Reborn' on January 18th.
Skyward Story is a pop rock trio from Baltimore with an infectious, upbeat boy band sound. Their music and look has an intentionally 2000's vibe, bringing back memories of long teenage summer nights listening to bands like Blink-182 and NSYNC.
The group originally gained a following under the name 3PM, selling over 25,000 copies of their album "Slow Me Down." During their time with the Warped Tour, "Slow Me Down" peaked on the Billboard charts at #27 Top Rock Albums, #2 National Heatseekers, #18 Alternative, and #19 Independent. But soon the group decided it was time to experiment with a new style, and to do so, they turned to Aaron O'Connor, a talented singer they found on vine who now serves as lead vocalist for the group.
As Skyward Story, the trio has worked tirelessly to bring fans new music. With their highly anticipated album, Reborn, set to be released on January 18th, the band just released the first new single off the album, "Trading Secrets." They stopped by the Popdust offices to talk with Popdust's own Brent Butler about their development as a band, the upcoming album, and financial insider info.
After the interview, Brent subjected the band members to the unpredictable questions from the magic box. Among other things, we learned that Aaron O'Connor likes the smell of thrift stores, Scott Montgomery is really good at fractions, and Brandon Millman is tired of golden retrievers.
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Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.