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Pity Party Playlist – 7/23/14

Pity Party Playlist – 7/23/14

One Hundred Year Ocean – Magnetic Curses

Summer Vacation – Post-You

Johnny Foreigner – Candles

Dowsing – What Did You Ever Do?

Nai Harvest – Buttercups

The Get Up Kids – Stay Gone

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Ace Hood at Common Ground Music Festival

The sun peered from behind a gray sky as hundreds gathered in front of the enormous stage complete with jumbotrons on each side alerting those too far back to see the on stage antics. Any regular Friday, it’s place to relax by the Grand River while resting in the greenery underneath the shadows of a nearby Burger King, Rally’s and an urban loft complex which reminds you, even in the park, you aren’t too far from the city. That week, however, Adado Riverfront Park transformed itself into the setting of Lansing’s largest music festival.

To complete the picture of this perfect evening in the park with all of your closest strangers was “Bugatti” singer Ace Hood. Although Big Sean was billed as the top performer for Common Ground’s Friday line-up, Ace gave life to the crowd in his own way. Read More…

Interview: Alex Kerns from Lemuria

A decade in the making, Lemuria is a band from Buffalo, NY that pumps out album after 7″ after album of emotionally charged indie-rock/pop music. Just over a year ago, Lemuria released their newest album, The Distance Is So Bigand followed it with nearly nonstop touring of the US, Asia, the UK and Australia. Their most recent US tour started off with The Menzingers, Cayetana and PUP. By the time the band got to Ferndale, Michigan, they were finishing out their run playing with Kind Of Like Spitting – a band form Portland, Oregon that happened to have taken Lemuria out on tour back in 2006.

I got to sit down with Lemuria’s drummer/vocalist, Alex Kerns, before their show at the Loving Touch in Ferndale on July 12th. Read More…

Baths – Miasma Sky

Will Wiesenfeld, better known by his stage name Baths, is an artist from 2007 who has been taking the music scene by storm. If you haven’t heard of this experimental electronic artist, you are really missing out. Since 2007, Baths has released 3 studio albums as well as performed at many venues. I had my first experience with Baths live at the Magic Stick earlier this year. Not only does this guy focus on being the best performer he can be, but he lights up the crowd with his personality and light-hearted jokes. Recently he has just released the Ocean Death EP, which brings together his electronic beats along with his interesting high-pitched twisted voice. Even if he hasn’t impacted your airwaves yet, you should give him a try. One of his highly sought after tracks is called Miasma Sky.

Words by Sami Leonardo

Pity Party Playlist – 7/16/14

Pity Party Playlist – 7/16/14

Their / They’re / There – Concession Speech Writer

Sundials – Snowballs at Cops

The Front Bottoms – Flying Model Rockets

Kind of Like Spitting – Birds of a Feather

Joie De Vivre – Good Morning Mr. Franklin

Alex G – Sorry

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Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

For the first time since 2010 we’ve gotten a new track from New York post-punkish indie rock band, Interpol. I was really in love the sounds of their debut “Turn on the Bright Lights” (let’s be real, who wasn’t) but haven’t really given the rest of their discography much of a chance. This new single seems to be going back more to their TOTBL sound, with a little more focus on pop appeal. Either way, if you’ve missed Interpol, or haven’t heard of them, this new track is pretty good and is totally worth a shot.

Words by Jacob Richards

Wild Beasts – Mecca (Sohn Remix)

Wild Beasts released their latest album Present Tense back in February (available here). The band has coordinated remixes of their single “Mecca” from British producer SOHN and Detroit producer Juan Atkins. SOHN’s version of “Mecca” strategically places echoes of electronic elements between the perfectly-paired airy vocals of Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe.

Wild Beasts will be performing at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 19th. Tune in to our Top 5 at 5 Wednesday, July 16 for your chance to win a pair of tickets (did we mention it’s sold out?????)

Words by Shelby Doyle

Vitamin C – Graduation

Well my friends, times are a-changing. Wednesday was longtime Program Director Kyle Paczkontifzski’s (Or whatever that last name is) last day here at the station. And while we wish him the best in California, Nova Scotia, Atlantis or where ever else he claims to be going, we’re going to miss him dearly. To help with the pain and bring us back to elementary school graduation, we sang him out properly with Vitamin C’s infamous song, Gradation.

But, don’t worry. We’ve found a more than qualified person to fill his shoes and keep bringing you the Music That Matters here at Impact 89FM, our very own Marie Steinbock. We invite you to help us lovingly remember all the times we’ve had with dearest Kyle and take a few minutes to relive Graduation and all it’s ’00 glory.

Warning: Her hair is blindingly bright orange. Wear some sunglasses to protect your eyes.

 

Words by Steven Rich

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