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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…

San Fermin – Sonsick

When Brooklyn composer and score writer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, now known as San Fermin, graduated from the Yale College of Music, it took him six weeks to write and record an album. The album is (as Ludwig-Leone puts it) “a pastiche of post rock, chamber pop, and contemporary classical composition.” What resulted is an energetic and thoughtful amalgamation of top indie rock bands. Though a very creative and well-arranged album, it ends up sounding a lot like Dirty Projectors with some Lana Del Rey vibes thrown in. Either way, it’s a great listen. Check out the first single off the self-titled album (out September 17th) below.

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The Basement – 7/25/13

Thanks all for tuning in! Here’s tonight’s playlist:

The Catholic School A/V Club – Three’s A Crowd

Way To Fall – Summer Symphony

Valentiger – Leaving Town

Charlevoix – Has Been

The Skies Revolt – For Your Health Read More…

The Basement – 7/18/13

Hey all. Thanks for tuning in to The Basement this week and thanks to Life Remaining for coming in and hanging out with us. Here’s tonight’s playlist:

Me & My Friends – Morning Sun

Tone & Niche – In Good Time

The Class Acts – Functions

Life Remaining – Memo

Life Remaining – Kansas Can Keep You Read More…

A Great Big Pile of Leaves – Pet Mouse

Brooklyn’s A Great Big Pile of Leaves are back with their second full-length album You’re Always On My Mind. Though not as catchy as their previous efforts, the new album continues to showcase the band’s creative guitar work, intricate drum lines, and nostalgic lyrics that we love so much. AGBPOL continue with the “one high, one low” style of vocals, but seem to have perfected the art of when and for how long. If you like upbeat, happy rock songs with a little bit of style and originality to them, then AGBPOL is just for you. Check out the single “Pet Mouse” off their new album You’re Always On My Mind below, and then go check out their back catalog. Read More…

Jamaican Queens – Kids Get Away

Michigan’s own Jamaican Queens could be one of the biggest things to come out of Detroit since Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr. With a unique mix of indie and electronic elements, JQ comes across as a blending of Hot Chip and dubstep. Their music is a pretty good representation of just how weird these fellas are, and if you’re really interested, check out the website (it’ll throw you for a loop). With their self-titled album being the first release in what will hopefully be a long career, the band has nowhere to go but up. Check out the video for the track “Kids Get Away” from their self-titled album below. Read More…

Exposure 7.16.13

We wrap up Common Ground Music Festival with an audio diary from Impact’s Miguel Martinez. Music artist ZZ Ward talks about her music and her inspiration. Common Ground Marketing Director Jenna Meyer also joins Exposure. Later on the show, Host Abbie Newton speaks with Michigan State University professor Troy Hale about a weather balloon he launched in space. Lastly, MSU Salsa Club member Zac Tomczyk teaches us the steps behind the passionate Salsa dance.

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Hidden In Plain View – Garden Statement

The now defunct pop-punk/screamo band Hidden In Plain View were one of New Jersey’s biggest pride and joys. The instability of the band caused them to release three EPs and one full-length, all on different labels, and eventually led to their split in 2007. It was the clean and consistent harder edge to their pop-punk style that set them apart from most. With dual vocals and a great rhythm section, they had what it takes to make it big. Check out the track “Garden Statement” off their 2005 album Life In Dreaming below (sorry for the lame video). Read More…

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