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If you were of a certain age during a certain recent era, then you remember the importance of going to the mall. It was everything. The stores you walked into cemented your class, the people you walked with cemented your status, and the things you purchased cemented your value. The mall was everything, or nothing; it was something. Memories of these teenage investments fl…

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One morning a couple of weeks ago, 17-year-old Sydney Sierota was buying food at the airport before catching a flight. The hour was early; Sierota’s ombre hair wasn’t done and wide eyes weren’t made up. But that didn’t stop the cashier from recognizing her. Sort of. “Has anyone ever told you that you look like that girl who sings that song?” the worker asked. Sierota s…

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Here's a quick interview with Sydney Sierota, the 17-year-old lead singer of Echosmith, one of the bands performing at Kissmas Bash. Question: How has life changed for you and your brothers since “Cool Kids” became such a smash hit? Answer: It’s 100-percent different. We’ve been a band for so long – seven years. You, of course, hope your song will be played on the radio,…

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The 20th annual Vans Warped Tour is back this year and the daylong, traveling festival will look the same in many ways. It will again be at Darien Lake – this year on Tuesday – and feature more than 100 bands both new and old. But Warped Tour has seen many changes through the years, mostly in the kind of music it offers audiences. While a lot of hardcore mus…