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Flashback 7/19/13

Our new Flashback host Chelbucket is bringing you the best of the oldies!  Check out her July debut playlist right here.

1. Come on Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

2. In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

3. Tequila – The Champs

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The Mynabirds – Disarm

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn and company make The Mynabirds. This is what you want from female-front indie pop: instrumentals that aren’t cliche, a sweet voice that can be as sad as it can be quirky, and (most importantly) control over “cutesy” elements put into it. The result is some good, unapologetic indie pop that isn’t afraid to tell the listener that females can be sweet and badass at the same time. Check out the track “Disarm” off their 2012 album Generals below. Read More…

Natively Foreign – Contemplating Minds

Straight out of Spring Lake, Michigan, Natively Foreign are one of the most budding local bands around. With a perfect mix of alternative rock, indie, post rock, and a myriad of other genres, there’s no way these guys won’t blow up. Dark and gloomy vocals rest on a pendulum of upbeat and downtempo songs that span the ends of the human condition. Be sure to check out the track “The Forest.” Also, “Contemplating Minds” off their album Instincts Are Misleading below. Read More…

The Kabbs – Get On My Way

San Diego, California’s The Kabbs were just four dudes who liked to hang out and jam, until they got their act together and started working towards actually making music. What resulted was some fresh garage rock with blues-y undertones and a twang-y drawl. With a production style similar to that of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the EP has a real throwback feel, making you feel like you’re listening to a band that’s about to break out. Check out their newest release “Get On My Way” on their bandcamp below. Read More…

Little Comets – W-O-E

UK’s indie rock darlings Little Comets are back with their sophomore release Life Is Elsewhere. The boisterous vocals are alone enough to encourage a listen, not to mention the dance-filled instrumentation that moves the album along effortlessly. Chock full of blissful romps and moody jams a la Foals’ more recent work (see “Western Boy” or “Violence Out Tonight”), the album pulses along, establishing an emotional sequence not seen on most generic indie rock albums. Check out the track “W-O-E” off their sophomore album Life is Elsewhere below. Read More…

Fuck Buttons – The Red Wing

Bristol, England’s Fuck Buttons have finally released their first album in almost five years. The whacked out electronic duo create drone-y, experimental music along the lines of Tobacco. While the live show may not be something to gawk at (trust me, it’s not), it does make for some good, fun, and generally strange dance music. If they’re playing a festival you’re going to, check ‘em out. If not for the music then for the people watching. Check out their track “The Red Wing” off their new album Slow Focus below. Read More…

Forest Swords – The Weight of Gold

British music producer Matthew Barnes, better known as Forest Swords, makes the kind of downtempo electronic music that you can get lost in for hours. With ambient textures and creative rhythm sections, the music is a very cool mix of post rock and electronic. His choppy, computerized vocals soar and gently carry you from the beginning of the song to the end. Though typically slow to build, it is the peaks and troughs of his music that create such emotionality and expression. Check out the first single off of his debut full-length Engravings (out August 26th) below. Read More…

Exposure 7.30.13

Host Abbie Newton speaks with MSU professor Eric Scorsone, who is an advisor to Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s financial manager. Scorsone talks about what Detroit filing bankruptcy means for the city and the state of Michigan. Also, Michigan State history professor Peter Alegi speaks about Nelson Mandela and the history of South Africa. Also on Exposure, we catch up with former Spartan basketball player Mateen Cleaves about One Goal One Passion basketball camp. Lastly, we get a little slam poetry for the Spartan soul.

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The Skins – Killer

Have you heard of The Skins yet? They’re a prepubescent funk(ish) band taking the viral airwaves by storm and doing it quickly. The Brooklyn-based five-piece make fun, poppy, groove-based rock music that you may have to actively stop yourself from dancing to. The kicker? They’re in high school. Hell, the drummer isn’t even there yet. He’s still in middle school. While the shock value of young musicians may have declined over the past few years, there is still something to be said about a bunch of teens who clearly understand rock and funk and didn’t start a One Direction cover band. Check out a live take of their track “Killer” below. Read More…

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