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Dartmouth Soundoff: New York Artists

(02/27/14 10:00am)

Those who know me personally know that I've called New York home for the past six months, and I can't believe that will come to an end in two short weeks, bringing me even closer to my return to Dartmouth. (From what I read online, I feel like now could be a weird time to come back, but I'll save those thoughts for a place that isn't my music column.) I realized that I was about to leave here without really using New York for column material, save for a few concert reviews this fall, so I guess here's my chance.

PB&Jams: Carried Away

(02/24/14 10:00am)

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but music videos pretty much suck these days. It’s not even worth the three clicks it takes to find the video for anything from Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” which features a pyramid of Twinkies in a bedazzled Egyptian wonderland to Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” with its nearly naked girls pretending to play the trumpet (okay. you’re right, no one expected that video to be worth watching at all anyway).

Advocacy, Obstacles and Big Dreams: A Q&A with Upcoming Band Great Caesar

(02/24/14 8:00am)

Great Caesar describes themselves as a “chamber rock band,” which may leave some people scratching their heads, but their talent as musicians makes categorizing feel unnecessary. The Brooklyn-based band has existed in a variety of forms since a few of the members met in high school 10 years or so ago. It took all of them graduating college and moving to New York to realize their dream as a group. Great Caesar is comprised of lead singer John-Michael Parker, bass guitarist Adam Glaser, saxophonist Stephen Chen, trumpet player Tom Sikes and guitarist Mike Farrell.

Dartmouth Soundoff: Winter Study Playlist

(02/20/14 2:00pm)

Week seven of term, and we’re all so deep into study mode that Winter Carnival seems like nothing more than a fleeting memory that is becoming increasingly buried under the carnage of midterms, readings, labs and papers. Everyone is over the cold weather and short days, and spring seems impossibly far away. While we may not have much time for anything outside of schoolwork or any desire for anything other than centrally heated buildings, we can always listen to music during this period when we see more of the library than our beds.

Dartmouth Soundoff: Sochi Olympics

(02/14/14 4:00pm)

The Sochi Olympics have created quite a stir, from the unfinished city infrastructure and hotel accommodations to reports of the government-sanctioned extermination of stray dogs to public scrutiny of Russia’s extreme hostility toward the LGBTQ community (GQ magazine recently published English professor Jeff Sharlet’s excellent coverage of the issue. Not to mention that Sochi is the warmest city to ever hold the Winter Games; the highs this week are in the 50s, making it difficult to maintain passable course conditions for some events.

PB&Jams: The Front Bottoms

(02/10/14 11:00am)

It’s rare that I end up going to a show and falling in love with the opening band. More often than not, I awkwardly nod my head to the bass line and sometimes even pretend to know the lyrics. Two exceptions to this rule stick out in my concert-going memory. The first being when fun. opened for Jack’s Mannequin at the Electric Factory in 2010, long before the album Some Nights had even been released – I know, it’s hard to believe. The second was this November when The Front Bottoms toured with Manchester Orchestra.

Highlights From the 2014 Grammy Awards

(01/28/14 8:00am)

Watching an awards show in its entirety is arguably the most grueling and drawn-out process I have ever gone through, and I am including the time I filled out the FAFSA. There’s a masochistic joy that comes from it, though, and this year’s Grammy Awards were no different. Because of my deep love for Internet blogging and my commitment to my readers, I’ll recap the most important moments of the show so that you can enjoy the spoils of my Sunday night.

PB&Jams: Bad Books

(01/27/14 2:00pm)

When one of the Dartbeat editors and I told our editor-in-chief about the title for this column, her response was something along the lines of “frankly, no.” The argument was that it’s not funny because my initials are not P.B. She clearly doesn’t understand my propensity for peanut butter or the disastrous combination of liking bad puns and having little skill for coming up with clever titles.

Dartmouth Soundoff: McMorrow Carves His Own Path With “Post Tropical”

(01/23/14 8:00am)

Fans of Bon Iver and Ray LaMontagne may already be familiar with Irish folk singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, who released his latest album, Post Tropical, on January 14th. McMorrow previously got the most traction — and crossed my radar -- with his soulful, stripped-down cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.

Dartbeat Asks: American Authors For Winter Carnival Concert?

(01/22/14 8:00am)

Programming Board announced on Monday that the bandAmerican Authorswill be performing at this year's Winter Carnival concert on Friday, Feb. 7th. Toast will open for the Brooklyn-based indie rock band, who will release their first album in March 2014. Though the band is not quite as famous as Ke$ha (who partied on campus after her 10F show) or Avicii (who graced the FoCo stage in 12W), American Author's single "Best Day of My Life"didappear in this Lowe's commercial and the trailer for "Delivery Man," and the music video for the song has over two million views.

What Spotify Thinks of Me After Last Week: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

(01/14/14 8:00am)

Admittedly, I only adopted Spotify in the past six months, so I'm definitely late to the party. (This is coming from the girl who used a flip phone until her 20th birthday.) Until then, I exclusively and loyally used Pandora for all my streaming needs. I still nostalgically click that light blue "P" square on my iPhone sometimes, like when I’m in a subway station and Pandora is the last music app to retain streaming capabilities in those pesky New York 4G black holes.

Dartmouth Soundoff: 13 Debut Albums You Should Know From 2013

(01/08/14 8:00am)

While most of us are looking forward to new classes, new roommates and New Year’s resolutions, I’m going to take the opportunity to look back. Like any year, 2013 saw a number of artists’ debut albums. Some, like Lorde and Sky Ferreira, are fairly well known, while others, like A$AP Ferg and Kacey Musgraves, may be known inside-out to subscribers of their respective genres, but have yet to pique the interest of the general public.

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