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Album Review: John Frusciante – Enclosure

John Frusciante is one of the most respected guitarists making music today, and as an audience we have watched him rise and fall, both musically and personally. From his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to his solo albums, musically he has impressed audiences with his law defying guitar skills for years. On a personal level he has struggled with drug addiction and his band, but he has come out on top of it all. Enclosure embodies these ups and downs of his life. It isn’t just another solo album where he will create new gorgeous guitar solos and rhythms, this is Frusciante’s first attempt at a techno/electronica album. With a fresh start comes a fresh sound, something new and unexplored by such an artist.
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Cloud Nothings – Strummin

Cloud Nothing’s just came out with a new album, Here and Nowhere Else, but today’s jam is a gem from his 2010 album. After a change in pace two minutes in the song, Dylan Baldi sings, “My baby’s been gone for 14 years/ The last time I saw her/ She was wearing only tears.” You can catch them play a show with Detroit natives Protomartyr, May 4th at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids.
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Concert Review: St. Vincent’s Digital Witness Tour

The lights drop, the bass thumps, and on stage a black shadowy figure appears, all of a sudden the lights shoot up and there stands St. Vincent in all her glory ready to perform and say hello to her hundreds of fans. Although, the concert didn’t begin with a bang, but instead started off as a slow and treacherous escapade, I don’t regret any of the events that occurred.

One of the few events that made this concert different from other concerts is that the opening act did exactly the opposite of what their title entails, to not open for the main performer. Noveller, this show’s opening act, went on late, after all of us had situated ourselves in the proper positions best to catch a glimpse of Annie Clark. It would not have been that bad considering that we had all been listening to droning electronic music for the last hour and a half of this concert. The music was on constant repeat and at one point all the songs that were playing began to blur together; blood was beginning to get a little hot at this point. Not to bash Noveller or anything, but it when you keep an audience waiting for almost two hours for a random act that none of us really know, it makes tensions rise. What pained me the most was not only was Noveller a really great performer, but the attention span that most of had at the time was close to zero. When an artist that you have no idea who they are comes onto stage to play ambient music, you begin to question life. Questions like “You’ve got to be kidding me!?” or “When will this end?” began to fill the minds of not only myself but as well as the vocal people around me.
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Holy Shit – My Whole Life Story

Holy Shit is a musical project by Matt Fishbeck that sometimes features Ariel Pink. Our Jam of the Day, “My Whole Life Story” is sort of soothing and sounds a little bit like The Beatles.

New Music Monday

Only a few Mondays of the semester left! Oh noes!

Playlist by Stacey Karl

Tycho Concert Review

I can’t think of a better way to welcome in the spring than with a Tycho concert. For an artist whose brand of dreamy electronica combined with a west coast vibe elicits images of sandy beaches and surfing, there really are few acts that can bring in the elated joy the first days of spring evoke. It was an especially lukewarm spring day, a slight breeze coasting by the car as my friend and I headed out towards The Crofoot, sharing e-cigs and jamming out to some downtempo IDM. When we arrived at the parking structure, I caught a glance at a sunset, looking like an exact match of Dive’s album cover in a moment of coincidental beauty. It seemed as if the entirety of Spring was pointing towards a wonderful concert experience.
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Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

The newest single by Jamie xx, “Sleep Sound” is part of a project exploring the relationship between silence and music. The video for the track features members from the Manchester Deaf Centre dancing to the vibrations of music. Be on the look out for his new record when it drops May 5th on Young Turks.

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts have us wondering now with their new song, “Sunbathing Animal.” They first released the song in sheet music format and will be the title track for their new album due in June. In other news, they don’t seem to like being called slackers. Catch them in Detroit 6/7 at the Lager House when they play a show with Detroit punks Tyvek and Protomartyr.

5 Biggest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

If you’ve ever been to Cleveland, you’ve been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you’ve ever been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you can probably see why the Sex Pistols called it a “piss stain.” It’s just a big retirement home for a classic rock circlejerk so a bunch of old geezers who have nothing better to do but determine whether they’re Beatles or Stones people or whether Peart or Bonham is the better drummer. Nothing reflects the rebellious, stick-it-to-the-man attitude of rock music like an expensive museum that is exclusive to a select few artists per year, right? The people that run this anti-establishment establishment might overthinking the art of music a little bit, don’t you think? Yes, we see the irony in the list that we’re about to unveil, but who doesn’t love a good opportunity for a scathing listicle that ridicules The Man? Here are 5 artists that are apparently aren’t as good as Hall & Oates and ABBA…not that we care or anything.

5. T. Rex – 21 Years Eligible, 0 Years Nominated
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It seems that any discussion on rock music, T. Rex is always overlooked. Marc Bolan and company transcended folk, invented glam, and influenced generations of musicians, from David Bowie, The Ramones, The Smiths, REM, to The Black Keys.
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