Album Spotlight: These New Puritans – Field of Reeds

Experimentation within popular music leads artists to seek influence from all manner of diverse musical forms with classical music in particular being one of pop’s primary flirtations. Embellishment of neoclassicism in particular has led to successful artistic endeavors such as Talk Talk’s beautifully realized 1998 classic ‘Spirit Of Eden’ yet during the 00’s it became cliché for the large wave of indie guitar bands to include string sections on there indulgent sophomore LPs.

However an interesting proposition comes in the form of a band who began as a 00s indie guitar band yet over the course of three albums transitioned into being essentially an entirely neo-classical ensemble; ‘Field of Reeds’ is the third album from Southend-On-Sea trio ‘These New Puritans’, who’s latest opus perfectly encapsulates the band’s staggering ambition and boundless experimentation.
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Exposure 4/8/14: Mental Health

In lieu of Mental Health Awareness Week on Michigan State’s campus, Host Abbie Newton delves into the topic of mental health. She speaks with Director of Student Health Education at Olin Health Center Dennis Martell about the prevalence of mental health illnesses on campus. She also has several students share personal stories about mental health. Among them, Jill Passanante, Zach DeRade, Marisa Martini and James Conwell.

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Oneohtrix Point Never Concert Review

It had been a long time since I was last at a concert in Detroit and longer still since I had seen an electronic act in the area. For the most part, rap and metal were the two mainstays I’d see live in Metropolitan Detroit. So when I heard that experimental electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never was not only performing in the city but doing so in a venue I had never been to, it was almost too quick the way I grabbed up tickets.

It wasn’t that I was worried that they’d sell out. As much as I’d like more people to appreciate the cut up and sampled rhythms that Oneohtrix has made famous on his 9 records so far, his presence only stands tall in the oft ignored subgenre of ambient electronica. For me, I wanted the tickets as a souvenir for a night of many firsts. It was the first concert I would be seeing in the actual city of Detroit, my first Oneohtrix show, the first time seeing the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) used as a venue, and the first time I took a shot of Serbian vodka from a guy covered in face tattoos who kept shouting “I LOVE THIS JAM” when the intermission music came on between acts.
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Shannon and the Clams – Rat House

After you watch this video, you’ll know why it’s our Jam of the Day. The lyrics will be stuck in your brain for days, “I don’t wanna/ I don’t wanna/ DIE DIE DIE DIE.” The video was made by the band themselves and is perfectly weird. A gorilla playing the drums with fried chicken? Check. Skateboarders wearing strange costumes? Check. And just to add some extra sparkle, LOTS of glitter. Shannon and the Clams’ album, Dreams in the Rat House is out now on Hardly Art.

Night Beats – Hidden Circle

You might think you need to get your eyes checked after watching the latest music video from Night Beats. Or maybe it was alllll just a dream? Regardless this video and track are pretty psychedelic. The aptly named, Reverberation Appreciation Society just put out their new album Sonic Bloom. Pick it up at your local record store today!

Pity Party Playlist – 4/9/14

Now, Now – Prehistoric

Polar Bear Club – Pawner

Basement – Whole

Daylight – Sponge

American Football – The Summer Ends

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Sunny Dayz Playlist

The Sun wearing sunglasses?! That’s wacky! Who thinks of this stuff?

Now here’s something us Michiganders haven’t seen in a while: the Sun. With less than a month left of classes before summer, here are some tunes to blast as you throw on your shorts, sprint outside, and bathe in the sun. As the cool kids say – “Sun’s out, guns out”

Playlist by Alex Byers

Torch and Twang 4/8/14

Torch and Twang is back for another four hours of the best Americana has to offer. Tonight, we feature new music from Sturgill Simpson, Bryan Sutton and a lost record from Johnny Cash! Plus concert previews and your requests!

Playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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Stephen Kellogg- Lost and Found- Blunderstone Rookery

Josh Ritter- A Certain Light- The Beast In Its Tracks

The Harmed Brothers- Carolina- Better Days

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