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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Flashback 4/11/14

Flashback was totally awesome tonight as Chelbucket took us back in time to the 80’s.  She played retro jams from Journey, Madonna, and Wham!, among others.  The complete set is right here, duh!  Check it out!

I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters

High On You – Survivor

One Thing Leads To Another – The Fixx

I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts have us wondering now with their new song, “Sunbathing Animal.” They first released the song in sheet music format and will be the title track for their new album due in June. In other news, they don’t seem to like being called slackers. Catch them in Detroit 6/7 at the Lager House when they play a show with Detroit punks Tyvek and Protomartyr.

The Basement 4/10/14

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Had an awesome night on The Basement this week as we brought it East Lansing natives The Hard Lessons to play a live semi-acoustic set before their homecoming show tonight at Macs Bar. Also joining us was Kalamazoo rockers King Median playing some live tunes, they even brought in an organ! Finally we had East Lansing staple Jerry Sprauge and The Spragues come in to talk about recent happenings. The playlist is below:

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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.

The Vibe ~ 4/12

Tonight on The Vibe DJ Riddle brings you new tracks from The Roots, Future, and SZA! We’ll also be giving away two pairs of tickets to see Atmosphere at The Crofoot in Pontiac during the show as well. Make your requests by phone at (517)-884-8989 or @WDBM. Follow along with the playlist below:

Big Spender – Thelophilus London ft. A$AP Rocky

Bowtie – Big Boi

Trophies – Drake

Sunshine – Mos Def

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5 Biggest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

If you’ve ever been to Cleveland, you’ve been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you’ve ever been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you can probably see why the Sex Pistols called it a “piss stain.” It’s just a big retirement home for a classic rock circlejerk so a bunch of old geezers who have nothing better to do but determine whether they’re Beatles or Stones people or whether Peart or Bonham is the better drummer. Nothing reflects the rebellious, stick-it-to-the-man attitude of rock music like an expensive museum that is exclusive to a select few artists per year, right? The people that run this anti-establishment establishment might overthinking the art of music a little bit, don’t you think? Yes, we see the irony in the list that we’re about to unveil, but who doesn’t love a good opportunity for a scathing listicle that ridicules The Man? Here are 5 artists that are apparently aren’t as good as Hall & Oates and ABBA…not that we care or anything.

5. T. Rex – 21 Years Eligible, 0 Years Nominated
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It seems that any discussion on rock music, T. Rex is always overlooked. Marc Bolan and company transcended folk, invented glam, and influenced generations of musicians, from David Bowie, The Ramones, The Smiths, REM, to The Black Keys.
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