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Picks of the Week: Dance Away the Winter Blues

(04/03/15 2:24pm)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite songs of the week according to a particular theme. This week we focus on songs to help dance away the winter blues. Even though spring is here, the winter seems to want to hang around, so put these songs on whenever the weather gets you down. Enjoy!

Sonic Space: Mitski

(03/10/15 3:27pm)

Finals are grim. In these dark times, I usually turn to sad, slow folk-rock à la Simon and Garfunkel — there is something weirdly soothing about wallowing in morose lyrics while pouring over four weeks of backlogged readings and weeping silently into my KAF cider. So when I heard the words “folk” and “rock” being thrown around in describing the latest album by Mitski Miyawaki, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who goes by the handle Mitski, my ears perked up. Of course, this classification underemphasizes the intensity of the drums and distortions that pop up in almost every track of her new album “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” (2014) — but it’s technically not inaccurate.

Sonic Space: The Blank Tapes

(03/02/15 1:15am)

California native Matt Adams smokes a lot of marijuana. This is something he wants you to know, or at least it’s something you wouldn’t be surprised to learn after a simple perusal of the track list for his newest album “Geodesic Dome Piece” (2015). With titles as subtle as “Way Too Stoned,” “Magic Leaves” and “4:20,” the album seems like it’s auditioning to be the soundtrack to “Pineapple Express" (2008).

Dartbeat Pick(s) of the Week: 15W.6

(03/01/15 5:43pm)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommendtheir favorite songs of the week.We then share a few of those tracks. Enjoy! Carnage - I Like Tuh feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN Ben Pundyk:Although Zedd’s new track with Selena Gomez is destined for dance floor greatness, it’s surprisingly not my pick for the best release this week. Instead, that coveted honor goes to "I Like Tuh,” the latest track from DJ/Producer Carnage, which features ILOVEMAKONNEN of "Tuesday" fame. I won't give any spoilers, so give the song a listen to find out what infinitive verbs and direct objects correspond to "I like tuh..." I won’t be surprised if it turns into your song of the week too. MisterWives - Hurricane Jill Dayneka:I know, another classic indie ballad —I’m clearly in a rut, but it’s a great rut to be in! Fresh off their debut album, “Our Own House” (2015), MisterWives’ new track “Hurricane” highlights the unique vocals of lead singer Mandy Lee and builds with an infectious hook. If you liked the group’s hit single “Reflections,” then “Hurricane” is the logical next step for you in your gradual obsession with their sound. Plus, if they ever make it back to Dartmouth, now you’ll have some lyrics to sing along to.

Sonic Space: Viet Cong

(02/24/15 4:56pm)

At this point, writing about Viet Cong’s new album “Viet Cong” (2015) is practically unavoidable for me. The Calgary-based band, who first came to attention with their EP “Cassette” (2014), is comprised of bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Michael Wallace —both from the now-defunct indie rock outfit Women, who broke up after an on-stage fight and the death of a band member —and guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen. Their new debut album, which has already seen strong reviews since its January release, continues to captivate and process the grief found in their initial offering.

Top Ten: Green Key Artists We Wish Programming Board Could Invite

(02/17/15 12:17pm)

We’re a practical bunch here @Dartbeat, and clearly we understand that our dream of having Beyoncé perform for Green Key was just a tad far-fetched. That said, we couldn’t help but be a bit disappointed with some of the options Programming Board blitzed to campus a couple of weeks ago. So, in order to make sure the Green Key voting process is as equitable as possible, we’ve compiled a list of additional suggestions that we’re confident Dartmouth could bring to campus this spring. Comment or tweet @dartbeatblog to cast your vote or to suggest an additional name!

Dartbeat Pick(s) of the Week: 15W.3

(01/31/15 12:57pm)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommendtheir favorite songs of the week.We then share a few of those tracks below. Enjoy! The Weeknd —“Often" (Kygo Remix) Margot Byrne, The Dartmouth Staff: The Weeknd is like, so hot right now. Did you hear he's on the new 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack? So hot. On "Often," however, The Weeknd's typical sultriness is tempered by the addition of Norwegian DJ Kygo, who lends a subdued beat to the backdrop. Wait, isn't Kygo one of the performing options for Green Key? OMG. Doubly hot. You clearly can’t go wrong with this duo. Grimes —Oblivion Lilly Bain: Every so often, I'll find a song that I'm completely obsessed with, and that song is currently “Oblivion,” the 2012 smash-hit by Vancouver-born Grimes. The song —and its completely amazing video, which features Grimes awkwardly dancing at a McGill University football game —is full of contradictions, with Grimes’ heavy lyrical subject matter clashing with her cheerful, CHVRCHES style beat. While this song might not be for everyone, like my friend who described it as “weird,” its light introduction to goth electronic might just help you find your new favorite sound.

Sonic Space: Beach Day

(09/29/14 2:05pm)

The number of adjective phrases I could use to describe Beach Day and their sophomore album “Native Echoes” is a little ridiculous. They’re sweetened punk-infused ’60s garage surf rock for a start, and their infectious sound is perfect for anyone who likes their beach days to end in huge, salty hair and late night burger runs. On the flipside, the album, while easy listening, can tend toward being a little too easy to forget.