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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.
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.
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$ha (who partied on campus after her 10F show) or Avicii (who graced the FoCo stage in 12W), American Author's single "Best Day of My Life"didappear in this Lowe's commercial and the trailer for "Delivery Man," and the music video for the song has over two million views.
Admittedly, I only adopted Spotify in the past six months, so I'm definitely late to the party. (This is coming from the girl who used a flip phone until her 20th birthday.) Until then, I exclusively and loyally used Pandora for all my streaming needs. I still nostalgically click that light blue "P" square on my iPhone sometimes, like when I’m in a subway station and Pandora is the last music app to retain streaming capabilities in those pesky New York 4G black holes.
While most of us are looking forward to new classes, new roommates and New Year’s resolutions, I’m going to take the opportunity to look back. Like any year, 2013 saw a number of artists’ debut albums. Some, like Lorde and Sky Ferreira, are fairly well known, while others, like A$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.
You don't always choose the concerts at which you end up. Per the urging of a friend (and coincidently fellow Dartbeat writer), her and I attended Grouplove last Wednesday night at Bowery Ballroom in New York.
Courtesy of Filter Magazine
Usually, at the end of each term, I wrap up by picking the most relevant ten albums released over the term. While I wasn't writing Soundoff regularly Summer term and therefore missed my traditional last week column, you should have no fear, for I have returned to the Dartmouth interwebs with my musical commentary. These albums don't necessarily represent the most critically acclaimed records, or even my personal favorites, but instead a smorgasbord of genres and sounds that hopefully offer at least a little to everyone.
Former Dartmouth Airesmember Michael Odokara-Okigbo ’12 released his EP "In the Beginning" on iTunes Tuesday, where it is already climbing the charts and receiving rave reviews. The EP currently holds the number five spot in the R&B/Soul chart.
Far too often I hear students complain about the lack of social alternatives to the Greek scene — only to not bother taking advantage of the events that are offered. Programming Board’s Fieldstock concert in the Kemeny courtyard Saturday night was a prime example of a fun, sober summer evening that not nearly enough students attended.
If you walked past Beta Alpha Omega fraternity on the fourth of July, ate lunch on the Green during Jamboree for the Junction or stopped by Phi Delta Alpha fraternity last Saturday, you’ve probably noticed that campus has gotten a lot more musical. Lady and the Tramps and The Euphemisms, two bands that formed this summer,provide campus with a welcome alternative to the old playlists we’ve been hearing for two years straight.
When Meklit Hadero, a San Francisco-area musician, performed “Abbay Mado” during a tour in Ethiopia in 2011, several listeners approached her to speak about the song, which translates to “across the Nile.” The artist talked with the group about the Nile River and the 11 East African nations in the basin.
Dozens of community members gathered in front of Collis Wednesday evening, eager to listen to the colorfully dressed and enthusiastic Czech music ensemble Muzicka, which is on its debut trip to the United States.
Former member of the Dartmouth Aires Michael Odokara-Okigbo '12 has released a sample titled Champion Love offhis first EP.
If I'm going to be totally honest (as if this column hasn't been my internet confessional before), I've been listening to a lot of country music recently. (Spoiler: this column isn’t about country! Please keep reading!) Heck, one of my housemates told me that she can tell when I’ve been driving her car because the stereo is turned to the country station. My choice of country music doesn’t include anything that can't be summed up by this summer's iTunes top country chart (Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, etc.), so I wouldn’t be opening any new doors by talking about it.
Another term has come and gone, and the past ten weeks have seen dozens of album releases. Unfortunately Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste was not one of them, despite the fact that she’s been teasing us with talk of a new release since February. Then again, maybe the music universe made up for it by leaking Daft Punk’s new album a week early, but I digress. Summer break is a prime time for exploring new music, and you will need some starting points before you get off Dartmouth Secure wi-fi and onto your torrenting. Here are 10 of what I found to be the most relevant and/or interesting albums released in the last ten weeks.
Nothing says “Green Key is over” like a little drizzle and a stack of work looming ahead — and both have probably been the reality of most people's weeks so far — although maybe this week won't be so rainy after all! Rain or no rain, I'm putting away the house music and rap-indie mixtapes, and the only dubstep I'll be hearing is the kind forced onto me because I live directly behind frat row. Instead, this week is about detoxing, studying, and maybe a formal or two thrown in the mix.
Ah, it’s that time of year again. Spring has sprung, and Green Key is right around the corner. A highlight of many students’ spring term, the weekend is centered on good weather, good company and as is with any big spring weekend across the country, good music. This year, Dartmouth has outdone itself by bringing major performing artists to our tiny little town of Hanover.
Last Tuesday, Fuse released a live collaborative effort between Hoodie Allen and Kina Grannis. Up until seeing it, I was a passive fan of Hoodie, tolerating him on my Pandora at the gym, and I was little more than aware of Grannis' existence.
Friday night at 9 p.m., I awoke to the sounds of thick bass drifting into my window and hanging in the pitch black of my dorm room. A sound check at Bones Gate Fraternity, which is literally a stone's throw from my window, meant that nap time was over.