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…

K-Pop Throwback on The Asian Invasion 07/29/2013

Tonight we’re exploring the roots of modern day Korean pop music, from folk to trot, from rock to rap, you’ll discover K-pop is about much more than just music.  We’re taking a look at the political and historical forces that influenced early K-pop!

Yang Hee Eun – “아침 이슬 / Morning Dew”

Yang Hee Eun performed this song in 1970; it was written by the highly educated folk singer Kim Minki, who often incorporated politics into his lyrics, writing about things such as North/South Korea relations, or the Americanization of South Korea.   Read More…

Don’t Miss the K-Pop Throwback Asian Invasion Tonight!

Sure, we’ve all heard Psy’s “Gangnam Style” by now, but have you ever wondered how today’s Korean pop music came to be?  Tonight from 8-10 PM, your host Elise takes you throw the modern history of Korean popular music, exploring the cultural and historical influences that shaped modern K-Pop.

Hear from artists like Seotaiji and Boys, H.O.T, S.E.S, Shinhwa, Fin.K.L, Drunken Tiger, Rain, and more!  (Also, learn what all those letters stand for!)  You’ll be surprised by how many players have already been in the K-Pop game for years, and the American influence that has had a lasting effect on Korean popular music.  Don’t miss the Asian Invasion, tonight, Monday July 29th, from 8-10 PM EST!

Afterglow 7/28

Wanna win free tickets? Better yet, wanna win free tickets to STS9 and Umphrey’s McGee playing TOGETHER at Meadowbrook Music Festival in Rochester on Sunday, August 18th? Well, you’re in luck because Devin is giving away two pairs each week leading up to the show! Doesn’t get much better than that! Call in at 517-884-8989!

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Common Ground Photo Recap

We sent some photographers to the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, MI to capture the tunes and bring the experience to your screen. Check out photos after the jump for pics from performances during the last three days of the festival, featuring  MGMT, The Avett Brothers, and Ludacris, plus local favorites such as BLATpack, Frontier Ruckus, and more!

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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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Sit Or Spin ~ 7/28/13

There’s a full house tonight on Sit Or Spin! Follow along with the playlist below and help pick the music that gets played at our station!

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