One college junior’s 6-month journey to see Phoenix, and what happened along the way

My story starts on a rainy April Sunday, sitting in a coffee shop, not studying for exams. My friend from the impact (and also live music aficionado) and I were having a deep chat that led to the subject of my future study abroad in Spain and anticipation of leaving for friends and family for the whole summer. Some extreme sappiness ensued but after shaking off our silly sentiments (exam stress induced, I’m sure) she suggested I attend Primavera Sound, a music festival in Barcelona that Phoenix was to be headlining

The problem: it was happening two days after I would arrive.  After some frantic Google mapping, I discovered the feat of traveling across a foreign country right after a 12-hour journey would be close to impossible. I felt sorry for myself for a good 10 minutes while I watched their line-up video and stalked their website, but eventually got over it and got back to trying to study—and for the most part, totally forgot about it.

Fast forward four months and I’m back in East Lansing sitting in the same coffee shop, coincidentally not doing my homework, when I get a message notifying me of the possibility of getting tickets to see Phoenix at Eastern Michigan University on Sunday, September 29.

This was golden, considering the ugly truth that just the week before I resorted to texting a local radio station to win tickets, only to receive a “better luck next time” response and the loss of my dignity. So when I finally did get tickets to go the show, my heart was bursting.

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MSU Today 10/11/13

MSU AgBio researcher Randy Beaudry on Michigan’s bountiful 2013 apple crop; Spartans deputy athletic director Greg Ianni on the new LED lights in Munn Arena; Schupan Recycling president Tom Emmerich on efforts to alter Michigan’s bottle deposit law; MSU alumnus Tim Whaley on his Glass Recycled Company; Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis with MSU vice president of research Steve Hsu. Read More…

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Afterglow 10/13

Welcome back to another edition of the Afterglow! Midterms have hit many of us already, but it they’re still getting you down tune into tonight’s playlist and relax and get into the study grind. If you have any requests, the number to call is 517-884-8989!

 

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Flashback 10/11/13

DJ Chelbucket sifted through the first six volumes of ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ to find the perfect tunes for tonight’s Flashback.  With hits from Hanson, Shaggy, ‘N Sync, and of course Aaron Carter, how could you not enjoy your Friday night with the Impact?!

1. Shape of My Heart – Backstreet Boys

2. Drive – Incubus

3. Beautiful Day – U2

4. Around the World (la la la la la) – A Touch of Class

5. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy

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Newscast 10/11/13

On Friday’s newscast: update on government shutdown and it’s relation to MSU, Kwame Kilpatrick sentencing, MSU Homecoming festivities, Spartan sports news, weekend weather report and rundown of the local music scene.

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Exposure 10/8/13

Tonight on Exposure, host Abbie Newton talks with Michigan State University Executive Director of Alumni Relations Scott Westerman about Homecoming at MSU. We touch base with a few MSU music composers and we feature their breaks on today’s show. Reporter Miguel Martinez gives us a review of Oktoberfest in Old Town. Later on the show, we will explore the economic and social growth of Africa. And lastly, we hear about the Michigan apple harvest and the Apple Butter Festival at the Fenner Nature Center. Read More…

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