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Marketing Director Shelby Doyle
I’ve been listening to a lot of Deap Vally lately. My friend saw them open for Band Of Skulls earlier this summer and said they were awesome, so I checked them out – They were right. They remind me of a time when there actually was such a thing as rockstars. And what more do you actually need than two babes completely rocking out? Read More…

SBTRKT – “New Dorp, New York”

London producer SBTRKT released “New Drop, New York” from his next album Wonder When We Land yesterday on BBC. The track borrows vocals from Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend. The single has a significantly different sound from his self-titled debut album and instrumental EP, Transitions. “New Drop, New York” has more of a pop aura about it that is likely to be better received by the general public. Don’t worry though – that deep dancey beat we expect from SBTRKT still lingers in the background of the song.


Words by Shelby Doyle

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Ghost Mice Split

I was introduced to the folk/punk duo Ghost Mice with their 2007 Andrew Jackson Jihad split album after spending months delving into AJJ’s extensive discography. Ghost Mice is made up of Chris Johnston and Hannah Jones both former members of pop/punk bands before switching to folk for more venue options when touring. Hannah switched from bass guitar to violin and thus the band was born. Johnston and Jones both have small, pretty, innocent voices which are strange to listen to as they talk about child molesting priests, but the juxtaposition of themes leads to a confusing calming yet infuriating mood after listening. Their split also includes a song about D&D called Critical Hit (which I had happened to listen to hours after playing my first bout of Dungeons and Dragons) and a happy song called Cementville about kid gangs and befriending enemies, not to mention their closing song named Please Quit Smoking, Mom.


Words by Eric Finkler

Grimes – Genesis

In 2010 Grimes hit the music scene by releasing her debut album Geidi Primes. Since then Claire Boucher or better known as Grimes has been hard at work producing her synthy pop/electronic music. Not only did Grimes kill it at Pitchfork this past weekend but she also showed off all of her hard work while winning over the crowd with her personality and voice. Grimes was the second to last performance of the night before Kendrick Lamar hit the stage. Her song Genesis was the last song of her set to win the crowd over. Not only does her music bring people of all varieties together but it also brought the people of Pitchfork together for one last time.


Words by Sami Leonardo
Photo by Eric White

Ben Frost – Nolan

Ben Frost is a lot of things and boring is not one of them. Recently he released a brand new album called Aurora that features a lot of experimental instrumental music. This song Nolan is perfect for so many reasons, one being the fact that this song is broken down into many different segments that makes it seem like you’re listening to multiple songs. This is perfect headphone music, once it encloses you in its grasp it grabs a hold of you and takes you to a whole different world of music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gig7e5lwOEp

Words by Sami Leonardo

Bleached – For The Feel

Bleached just released the A side to their new 7inch record that will be released September 16th on Dead Oceans. It’s called “For The Feel” and it’s going to be your new favorite song to cruise in your car with all the windows down. It’s upbeat, catchy and features a killer guitar solo which lands it in our spot as the Jam of the Day. If you missed it, last year we did an interview with Jennifer Clavin of Bleached that you can check out here!

Words by Stacey Karl

Photo by Natalie Neal

How To Dress Well – Face Again

How to Dress Well is taking over the airwaves with his sultry voice and intriguing beats. In “Face Again” Tom Krell’s voice perfectly syncs up with droning music as well as soulful melodies. Tom Krell isn’t afraid to press the envelope in studio as well as in music videos, this one especially since it depicts a ceremonial burial of some sort. Either way How to Dress is one of the artists to watch this year.

Words by Sami Leonardo

Swans – Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)

I was lucky enough to catch the experimental rock gods Swans at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit Saturday night and they totally floored me. It was a completely out-of-body, cathartic experience for me and 2nd only maybe to seeing the Knife earlier this year in Chicago. They played all new material, but the song that stood out the most for me was the To Be Kind highlight, “Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett).” Watching Michael Gira command his entire band with angry thrashing while screaming “I’M JUST A LITTLE BOYYYYYY I NEED LOOOOOOOVE” was insane and made my brain feel like spaghetti. It’s one I’ll remember for a looooong time.

Words by Jacob Richards

The Pact – #36 – 6/23/14

On this week’s show, Fino Faith and Austin welcomed MSU basketball redshirt senior Keenan Wetzel into studio. With the recent transfers and fast approaching season on the horizon, MSU basketball was not the discussion however. Wetzel’s off-the-court endeavor, The Cager, a short film written and directed by Wetzel starring ex-Spartan Delvon Roe, was where the discussion began. Accompanied by fellow MSU student and the film’s producer, Nick Stachurski, the two showcased their individual plans and goals for the 25-minute film about a former college basketball star adjusting to life without a back up plan.

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