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Throwback Thursday | “Vienna” – Billy Joel (1977)

Throwback Thursday |

Michael Thistlethwaite, Writer/Volunteer

February 20, 2020

In 1977, Billy Joel, one of the greatest pop-rock musicians of the twentieth century, released my favorite of his career: The Stranger. Not only does this album still hold up incredibly well for fans of his, but it also contains some of Joel’s most iconic and fantastic songs he’s ever written. ...

In-Studio & Interview | MikeyyAustin – “Spare Change” (Live @ WDBM)

In-Studio & Interview | MikeyyAustin -

February 19, 2020

On the horizon of a new album release, the Impact basement thumped to the funky bass of Tyler Tesla, a member of local Lansing group MikeyyAustin and the Soulcial Club. This Lansing-based jazz-soul band was formed in 2017 has played events across the city to raise money for local Lansing charities. ...

Passive-Aggressive Breakup Pop | “Let’s Be Friends”- Carly Rae Jepsen

Passive-Aggressive Breakup Pop | “Let’s Be Friends”- Carly Rae Jepsen

Kyle Davidson, Writer/Volunteer

February 19, 2020

So, maybe your Valentine’s didn’t go quite as planned. Maybe your date showed up an hour late, or didn’t show up at all. Maybe they did show up but they weren’t aware it was a date and now things are awkward. If any of these scenarios sound familiar then it’s time to take a page from one of...

Joining a Legacy | “No Time to Die” – Billie Eilish

Joining a Legacy |

Matt Stando, Senior Staff Editor

February 18, 2020

If you were to look at the catalogue of James Bond theme songs, they would provide a perfect time capsule of popular music that year. Beloved artists like Madonna, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Tina Turner have made their mark on the series. As such, it only seems appropriate that Billie Eilish joins the Bo...

Finding Answers in Ambiguities | “Cut Me” – Moses Sumney

Finding Answers in Ambiguities |

Mason Vore, Writer/Volunteer

February 17, 2020

Defiantly genre-bending, Moses Sumney has always worked in an area that’s difficult for most to categorize. His first album, 2017's Aromanticism, is about “lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape” that “seeks to interrogate the idea that romance is normative and necessary.” It’s a bold and explorative account of love in a way that’s never been done before.   T...

Third Time’s The Charm | “I’ll Take Care of You” – Gil Scott-Heron

Third Time's The Charm |

Matt Stando, Senior Staff Editor

February 14, 2020

In case you aren’t aware, today is the 14th of February, commonly known as Valentine’s Day. Given that, I’d be remiss to not talk about a song that deals with love and devotion.  Though Gil Scott-Heron passed almost a decade ago, his final album I’m New Here is still finding new life. British...

Post Malone @ The Van Andel

Post Malone @ The Van Andel

George Pham, Video Coordinator

February 13, 2020

Throwback Thursday | “Lovesong” – The Cure (1989)

Throwback Thursday |

Amber Kienutske, Programming Director

February 13, 2020

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, let’s take a moment to reflect on one of the greatest love songs ever written. It’s rare that a band is able to mirror the euphoric highs and heartbreaking pitfalls of love the way that the classic post-punk English band The Cure could. One prime examp...

Beats Without Borders | Astrud Gilberto & Bossa Nova

Beats Without Borders | Astrud Gilberto & Bossa Nova

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

When discussing the impact of music across cultures, we have to talk about bossa nova. Birthed from the young artists of Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s, it combines American jazz with Brazilian samba. What makes it most notable is the full-circle delivery of bossa nova to the U.S. via hit singles lik...

New & Vintage | “Off My Mind” – Hazel English

New & Vintage | “Off My Mind” - Hazel English

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

Hazel English has released another dreamy single from her upcoming first full-length album, Wake UP! The Aussie singer-songwriter released “Shaking” last year, her first single since her vibrant double EP “Just Give In/Never Going Home.” In addition to showcasing her improved production quality...

We Watch It For The Music | Sex Education

We Watch It For The Music | Sex Education

Kayla Effner, Writer/Employee

February 10, 2020

Season 2 of the hit Netflix show Sex Education is back with a soundtrack even more incredible than the first season, thanks to American singer-songrwriter Ezra Furman. With executive control over the show’s music, Furman has managed to translate the enigmatic feeling of the show into sound.   While it’s set in the present, the costume design...

Ballad of Synths | “Do U Wanna” – Porches

Ballad of Synths |

Sarah Beltran, Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

Aaron Maine, otherwise known as Porches, has released his second single since his 2018 album The House. For the past two years, he has been working on his fourth studio album Ricky Music. The new song, “Do U Wanna,” is an explosive yet introspective ballad that experiments with new moods and production methods.  “Do U Wanna” keeps Porches’ usu...

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