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Gary Weissmann 

Champions of sad songs and ardent Chicago devotees, pop-punk upstart Real Friends is dripping with everything you’d expect from a band raised on equal parts American Nightmare and American Football: two-minute songs full of heart-on-your-sleeve sing-alongs. In true DIY fashion, the past two years have seen the band self-release a series of EPs and gain a coast-to-coast following through nonstop touring.

After initially going vegetarian on a dare, vocalist Dan Lambton turned a week-long vegetarian challenge into a way of life. Whether it’s embracing new meat-free meals such as vegan avocado quesadillas and faux-chicken sandwiches or learning about the ways in which cows and other animals suffer on factory farms, there are plenty of reasons to consider a meat-free diet.

I tried it for a week and I thought it was awesome.

Did you know that each vegetarian saves the lives of more than 100 animals every year? That means you have the chance to save 100 living, breathing animals who are no different from the dogs or cats you might have at home. And you can save them just by eating a bean burrito for lunch instead of beef.

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