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5 New Bands to Check Out The Remaining Summer

Posted by Rachel Garman on 07/20 at 05:01 PM

Summer has a special relationship with music. Often times we find ourselves hearing a song and being immediately taken back to a summer moment from long ago. Music has a way of immortalizing those seemingly endless summer days that have a tendency to pass by in the blink of an eye. So, it only seems fitting that summer should be a time filled with plenty of great anthems. I’ve compiled a list of 5 relatively unknown bands and tracks that seem perfect as soundtracks to the remaining summer days, and upcoming transition to fall.

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Interview with a Rising Star: Bastille

Posted by Rachel Garman on 07/13 at 10:25 AM

The UK has brought forth many great pop artists over the past decade, such as Coldplay, Adele, and Ellie Goulding, to name a few. Amidst these established acts, a newcomer emerges from the underground pop scene: Bastille. Led by front man Dan Smith, Bastille is comprised of Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, Will Farquarson and Kyle Simmons. Smith first noticed the potential for the band when he uploaded a video online for his song “Flaws” in early 2011. As the song began to gain attention, Smith released more of his songs including the free mixtape Other People’s Heartaches and the Laura Palmer EP. On December 1st, 2011, Bastille was signed to Virgin Records and has since begun planning a full-length album due later this year. On June 29th, 2012, Bastille posted the video for the song “Bad Blood,” which will officially be released as a single on August 20th. Bastille mixes indie-pop with R&B soul, and Smith’s voice has a wide range that seems to effortlessly rise and fall with each catchy hook. I recently had the opportunity to interview Dan Smith about matters such as touring, signing to Virgin, and his obsession with Twin Peaks.

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Album Review: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Here

Posted by Rachel Garman on 07/02 at 10:09 AM

Grade: B+

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is an assortment of musicians with seemingly one purpose: to revive peace & love in the world. The band formed when frontman, Alex Ebert, left his post as singer for the pop band Ima Robot and become the character of Edward Sharpe. Ebert created this alter-ego as a coping mechanism during a stint in rehab, met singer Jade Castrinos, and then developed the neo-hippie troop known as the Magnetic Zeros. After releasing their first album Up From Below to much acclaim, the band has returned with a second album entitled Here, released this past May.

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K Ishibashi: Musician You Never Knew You Heard

Posted by Rachel Garman on 06/06 at 02:27 PM

You may have heard the music of Kishi Bashi—you just weren’t aware of it. Kishi Bashi is the self-produced solo project of musician K Ishibashi. If that name still doesn’t ring any bells, stay with me. Being a skilled violinist, Ishibashi has toured with popular artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal.  Ishibashi has also recently arranged the strings and helped with production for of Montreal’s latest album, Paralytic Stalks. Currently, Ishibashi is fully embracing his talents on the violin and gaining well-deserved notoriety for it.

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Noteworthy Summer Concerts

Posted by Rachel Garman on 05/30 at 11:50 AM

With the summer months rapidly gaining momentum, what better way to enjoy the warm nights than with live music? Although some of us may be busily earning money to pay off those college debts, hard work deserves a reward every now and then. With new releases from Beach House, Hot Chip, Best Coast, Kimbra, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Norah Jones (just to name a few), this summer is sure to be filled with plenty of new anthems and notable shows to catch. Here’s a sampling of a few tours that will be moving through the Pennsylvania area during the upcoming months.

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