Why Emo Music Will Never Die

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Sorry, haters

“Emo is something different to everybody.”

There’s no guesswork to this statement. It’s straight to the point, assured. But it isn’t the sort of phrase you’d expect to hear from a trio who run something called Emo Nite. After all, emo is all about the mystery, right? The intrigue, the darkness, the emotion—they all define what “emo” means. And in this way, it’s why emo is less about the music and more about the mood it puts you in. 

If there’s anyone who gets emo, though, it’s probably Morgan FreedBabs Szabo, and T.J. Petracca, the three friends who transformed a weekly karaoke and dance party in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood into a national brand with a cult-like following. By hearing “Emo Nite,” you probably have an idea of what to expect. But it’s more than just that. 

“Emo Nite is a place for people to come together and have a good time and listen to music that made them who they are, and music that they still listen to. It’s where people can let down their guard and be themselves,” says Szabo. It’s also a “joyous celebration,” where 2,000 people can come together on a Tuesday night, scream along to Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional, and leave with new best friends. 

The night itself encompasses more than the hours it spans across. For anyone who grew up as an outsider, emo music—all music, really—was more than just a song or a band; it was also catharsis and a refuge. And it's still possible to find comfort, even years later, in the songs that got us through teen angst, heartbreak, hell and back. “A lot of it is about people letting go of work, and stress, and whatever else is going on their life. Maybe drinking too much, meeting new people. The atmosphere is overall really positive and really supportive,” says Petracca. Perhaps that’s why people leave the night with new best friends, or even, in some case, spouses. 

“Emo Nite lives far beyond the actual night. There are people who met at the first one and are now engaged. There are people who have gotten engaged at Emo Nite, and there are probably 100 people with Emo Nite tattoos. It’s its own thing,” Freed says. “It means more to people than we even know.”

In the end, it’s always about the memories. Emo Nite barely sells any presale tickets, and to pick up one of the 100 they sell, you have to come to their store. The night has always been an experience, and part of that is bonding in line, waiting to get in, meeting new people, and enjoying the electric buzz in the air, the kind that happens before embarking upon a night you know you won’t forget. 

Emo Nite even permeates the professional world; most of its attendees are millennials, over the age of 21, with full-time jobs. “Half of Los Angeles calls out on Wednesday,” Freed says. It’s a fact; everyone knows Emo Nite, and even those who attend in other cities, thanks to Emo Nite tours and offsprings in other locations, know to prepare for the night ahead, mostly by leaving their worries aside and going in with an open mind. 

“I did Denver on the night of the election, and that was the same night that somebody got engaged there also. It was one of the weirdest, most surreal things ever,” Freed says. “I was like, ‘This is a real thing, Emo Nite is a real thing that helps people get through.’ People were watching the TV, but really trying to enjoy the time and ultimately they did. It was something I’ll probably never forget, because of how important this night was to people. They would put something so devastating aside and revisit it later. At that point, I was like, ‘Emo Nite is doing good.'”  

And now they’re taking good to an even bigger place. Besides Emo Nite as an event, the brand also has a clothing line, which started as a single shirt, and a podcast. And their latest collaboration is one for the books. Emo Nite and OWSLA Goods, Skrillex’s clothing line, have come together for a capsule collection.

“Our collection is inspired by the 14-year-old kid from 2004 who thought local bands were the shit, who would steal their mom's sewing kit to patch their jacket, collage everything on their bedroom walls, wear Converse, and draw fake tattoos on themselves,” says Marilyn Tang, art director of OWSLA Goods. “This collection is basically inspired by that time period and those kids.”

The capsule features nine pieces, which will be available to purchase at the next Emo Nite (tonight, September 5) and which combines OWSLA’s street styles sensibility and Emo Nite’s optimistic sadness. The collab, the biggest Emo Nite has ever done, features a hoodie, tees, a worker’s jacket, pins, hats, and stickers. “We’re really excited about it. We love OWSLA and feel like they draw a community that’s similar to ours even though it’s different music,” says Szabo. “It goes beyond an event that they threw, or the merch that they make. It’s a state of mind.”

This state of mind is something Emo Nite embodies as well; an attitude in which to see the old and the new. And since emo music isn’t going anywhere—“I think it’s being made more than we actually think,” says Freed—we know that Emo Nite will continue to live on. Whether through the night itself or the friends and memories made, emo never dies. Long live emo.  

You can keep up with the latest Emo Nite happenings on its site and via Instagram. 

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories












Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software


Baby bottles






Skin moisturizers



Bubble bath


Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations



Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers




Picture frames


Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags




Key chains



photo albums



Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.