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Demos From ‘IGOR’ | “GROUP B” & “BEST INTEREST” – Tyler, the Creator

Demos From 'IGOR' |

Michael Thistlethwaite, Writer/Volunteer

January 20, 2020

Fresh off his critically acclaimed album IGOR, my personal favorite record of 2019, Tyler, The Creator has returned with a couple demo songs on his YouTube channel. Since dropping IGOR, Tyler has been laying low and enjoying the massive success that came from his last project. Tyler earned a “Best Rap Album” Grammy nomination as well, seein...

Throwback Thursday | “Cabinessence” – The Beach Boys (1966)

Throwback Thursday |

Matt Cruz, Writer/Volunteer

January 16, 2020

With the late 1960s being a time of blossoming musical experimentation, the SMiLE era is a period of infamy within the sphere of popular music. As the precursor of the 'downfall' of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson’s ambition – coupled with his increasingly esoteric production – proved to be the breaking point for...

The Stick Arounds | In-Studio

Alexa Stecewicz, Traffic Director

December 8, 2019

The Stick Arounds joined us at Impact 89 FM’s live studio ahead of their “10th Anniversary Blast” at the Avenue Café in Lansing to celebrate a decade together. The five-piece band opened the in-studio gig with their song “The Curse” from their first album Mystery Garage with Matt Carlson and Jeff Gower on guitar and vocal...

Danny Brown at the Metro

Danny Brown at the Metro

December 8, 2019

We Play It For The Music | Jazz in Video Games

We Play It For The Music | Jazz in Video Games

George McNeill and Neelan Bosnic

December 4, 2019

The swinging flam of a snare. The muted bellow of a trumpet. The musty coat of cigarette smoke inside of a bowling alley restroom in Vegas. The lick. All phrases associated with one of music’s greatest art forms: jazz.  Originating from 19th century African-American communities in New Orleans, ...

The World According to Archy | ‘Hey World!’ – King Krule

The World According to Archy | 'Hey World!' - King Krule

Matt Stando, Senior Staff Editor

December 4, 2019

Everyone’s favorite wunderkind is back.  For the first time since 2017’s The OOZ, Archy Marshall has returned with a new project. Clocking in at just under 16 minutes, Marshall’s new release is a short film titled Hey World! featuring four unheard tracks.

Modern Disco From Detroit | “Put Me To Sleep” – Mover Shaker

Modern Disco From Detroit | “Put Me To Sleep” - Mover Shaker

Kyle Davidson, Writer/Volunteer

December 3, 2019

Mover Shaker is back with their first new album since 2016. On their newest release Another Truck Stop, the Michigan-based band leaves behind the prog rock sound present on their last record in favor of creating an album with a little bit of everything.  With songs like “Service Provider” showing influences...

A Transatlantic Banger | “Lighthouse” – Take A Daytrip feat. Rico Nasty, slowthai & ICECOLDBISHOP

A Transatlantic Banger | “Lighthouse” - Take A Daytrip feat. Rico Nasty, slowthai & ICECOLDBISHOP

Josiah Leach, Managing Editor

December 2, 2019

New York-based rapper Rico Nasty and Northampton spitfire slowthai are two of 2019’s biggest breakout stars. With incredibly unique but similarly in-your-face styles, it’s a surprise these two have yet to collaborate. They’ve almost passed each other like ships in the night, in a sense, riding the sam...

A Post-Punk Update | “Flat Earth” – Omni

A Post-Punk Update |

Mason Vore, Writer/Volunteer

November 29, 2019

I mean, yeah, they do kinda sound like Television. This comparison is plastered in nearly every comment section of the Atlanta post punk trio Omni’s videos on Youtube. While Omni does certainly display a dizzying array of fluttering guitar riffs and punchy bass lines throughout their third and la...

Side By Side | Big Thief’s ‘U.F.O.F.’ & ‘Two Hands’

Side By Side | Big Thief's 'U.F.O.F.' & 'Two Hands'

Mason Vore, Writer/Volunteer

November 27, 2019

The silence that follows a Big Thief song is deafening; it’s a gravely serious yet warm swath of sentiment. It makes for a wholly distinctive sound. Big Thief has crafted a unique blend of indie rock and folk since lead singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker and guitarist Buck Meek met on her first day in ...

Lesbian Jesus Is Back | “L.O.V.E. Me” – Hayley Kiyoko

Lesbian Jesus Is Back |

Katelyn Connelly, Writer/Volunteer

November 26, 2019

Most of us 2000s kids will recognize Hayley Kiyoko from Lemonade Mouth which, at least for me, always seemed to be playing on Disney Channel during my middle school summers. Although this movie was good enough to hold my attention on boring mid-July days, I like her recent work much better. Her newest proj...