Concert Review: St. Vincent’s Digital Witness Tour

The lights drop, the bass thumps, and on stage a black shadowy figure appears, all of a sudden the lights shoot up and there stands St. Vincent in all her glory ready to perform and say hello to her hundreds of fans. Although, the concert didn’t begin with a bang, but instead started off as a slow and treacherous escapade, I don’t regret any of the events that occurred.

One of the few events that made this concert different from other concerts is that the opening act did exactly the opposite of what their title entails, to not open for the main performer. Noveller, this show’s opening act, went on late, after all of us had situated ourselves in the proper positions best to catch a glimpse of Annie Clark. It would not have been that bad considering that we had all been listening to droning electronic music for the last hour and a half of this concert. The music was on constant repeat and at one point all the songs that were playing began to blur together; blood was beginning to get a little hot at this point. Not to bash Noveller or anything, but it when you keep an audience waiting for almost two hours for a random act that none of us really know, it makes tensions rise. What pained me the most was not only was Noveller a really great performer, but the attention span that most of had at the time was close to zero. When an artist that you have no idea who they are comes onto stage to play ambient music, you begin to question life. Questions like “You’ve got to be kidding me!?” or “When will this end?” began to fill the minds of not only myself but as well as the vocal people around me.
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Asian Invasion 04/14/2014

Tonight on the Asian Invasion hear the latest from K-pop stars Akdong Musician, Hyorin from Sistar, a special orchestral version of a song from Taiwanese indie group Sodagreen, as well as a segment of western style music from Korea and China!

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Akdong Musician – “200%”
Crayon Pop – “Uh-ee”
Jay Chou – “斗牛 / Basketball Match” (by request)
Sodagreen – “你被写在我的歌里 / You Are Written In My Song (Orchestral Version)”
Yali Huang 黄雅莉 – “蝴蝶泉边 Butterfly Fountain”
Fish Leong 梁静茹 – “小手拉大手 / Big Hand Little Hand”
Shinhwa – “Venus”
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Sit or Spin 4/13/14

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Sit or Spin was a hoot last night. We discussed how often each of the panelist spills and what their favorite kind of sword is. Needless to say we had a lot to talk about. Favorite track of the night was a tie between Copeland & From Indian Lakes. Worst track of the night was from The Frolics (sorry yo).

Happy With Me – HOLYCHILD : sit

Good Morning Fire Eater – Copeland : spin

Jekyl/Hyde – Your Friend : spin

International – Junior Prom : sit

Glass – Young & Sick : spin

It’s Real – Wild Ones : spin

I Might Survive – Architecture In Helsinki : spin

Body Hot – The Frolics : sit

Sleeping At Night – Caught A Ghost : spin

Chemical Dizzy – The Casket Girls : spin

I Wanna Love You – Jessica Lea Mayfield : spin

I Was Where Were You – DTCV : sit

We Are Sick – From Indian Lakes : spin

Magdalena 318 – Pixies : spin

Highway Blues – Seahaven : spin

Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

The newest single by Jamie xx, “Sleep Sound” is part of a project exploring the relationship between silence and music. The video for the track features members from the Manchester Deaf Centre dancing to the vibrations of music. Be on the look out for his new record when it drops May 5th on Young Turks.

Holy Shit – My Whole Life Story

Holy Shit is a musical project by Matt Fishbeck that sometimes features Ariel Pink. Our Jam of the Day, “My Whole Life Story” is sort of soothing and sounds a little bit like The Beatles.

The Pact – #26 – 4/14/14

Gary Harris has decided to leave MSU and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, but was it the right decision? The Pact opens with a discussion and debate on the departure of Spartan basketball’s superstar.

The NHL playoffs are set to begin, and the Detroit Red Wings are preparing to faceoff against the President Trophy Winners, Boston Bruins. Can Detroit put the pieces together just in time to beat the NHL’s best regular season team? Austin and Fino say yes, but Lou is not so sure.

In the final portion of the show, the group dissects the Tigers’ opening ten games. Is it too early to panic about Detroit’s bullpen? What does Joe Nathan’s “dead arm” really mean? Will Dombrowski make a trade? Are we all overthinking it with 152 games left?


Tune in to The Pact every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on 88.9FM or listen live online at impact89fm.org/sports.

Photo: David Defever/Impact Sports


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Tycho Concert Review

I can’t think of a better way to welcome in the spring than with a Tycho concert. For an artist whose brand of dreamy electronica combined with a west coast vibe elicits images of sandy beaches and surfing, there really are few acts that can bring in the elated joy the first days of spring evoke. It was an especially lukewarm spring day, a slight breeze coasting by the car as my friend and I headed out towards The Crofoot, sharing e-cigs and jamming out to some downtempo IDM. When we arrived at the parking structure, I caught a glance at a sunset, looking like an exact match of Dive’s album cover in a moment of coincidental beauty. It seemed as if the entirety of Spring was pointing towards a wonderful concert experience.
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