About Hopeless Thunder

The goal of this website has always been to bring light to the truly talented. At Hopeless Thunder, we believe that hype worthy artists are always abundant in supply. They’re there if you’re willing to shine the light on them and we’re here with our stage lights ready. On this website, the music is the star but so is honesty. We aren’t copying and pasting from press releases. We write what we truly feel.

We want to showcase the best that music has to offer but we’re also interested in creating a narrative. From time to time, there will be blogs, personal videos, recipes, and crafting posts also up on the homepage and available in the archives. Graphic design tutorials and resources from the early beginnings of this blog can also be found! Look around as you please. This website is a mishmosh of whatever Nancy’s currently into.

Art thou a new reader? Here’s some of our favorite posts to get you started:
Crusier: “All Over”
Two Door Cinema Club @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Ariana Grande Interview
Local Natives @ Terminal 5
Buzzfeed’s The 50 Hottest Male Indie Musicians List – Revised
Ron Pope: “Lick My Wounds”
New Beat Fund @ Warped Tour, NJ

My venture into the world of web and graphic design started in middle school. I created web pages for fun, coded from scratch in Notepad, and designed my own layouts in Paint Shop Pro. My penchant for design matured along with me as I grew up, so I decided to move my blog away from graphic design and instead focus on what I currently enjoy: music, writing, and photography.
Growing up in the suburbs for me meant that the music interests of my friends included the Top 40. Friends and classmates were into the newest Lil Wayne track or Never Shout Never music video. As a child of immigrants, I wasn't exposed to this type of music until high school when I would be in a friend's car and they had control of the music. The scenario of such car rides was always the same: friend is singing while I'm silent and trying to keep up with the times. I wouldn't know any of their songs and when I did discover new music, no one else seemed to know the musicians or bands. As a result of that musical bubble, Hopeless Thunder became an outlet for me to express my musical interests and thoughts with an online community open to different genres of music.
What I do on this blog is relatively simple: I share music that I discover and like. In no way am I a music expert. Who’s to say that my opinions on music are right? Who am I to judge the value of someone else’s work? It would be as if I created a perfectly diluted solution of copper (II) nitrate and then someone were to tell me that it was the wrong concentration – effectively crushing my soul. Whether or not someone chooses to agree with my opinions on music is their freedom to do so. You don’t have to agree with me and I’m fine with that. But if you do, well you’re just excellent. In the meantime, I’ll just keep on writing about what I enjoy.

About Nancy Hoang

Hello! I’m Nancy. I like concert photography and giving my opinions. I also enjoy baking, writing, and chemistry. French fries are also a passion of mine, but we’ll dive into that another day. (Seriously though, where can I dive into a pool of fries?) I was lucky enough to have inspiring English teachers and professors, whose guidance and support were crucial to my interest in writing. And this blog serves that interest by allowing me to ramble about whatever may be piquing my interest on any given day that I’m sat at my computer (which is all the time). I'd like to say that I engage in a myriad of interesting hobbies when I'm not blogging but I tend to either be catching up on my YouTube subscription feed or looking at photos of food on Instagram. Yeah, I'm pretty #basic. I also have my Master's degree in English and am currently working on my second Master's degree in Public Health.

View more of my creative work here: hopelessthunder.org/portfolio