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TEST SPIN: The Killers — Wonderful Wonderful

I’d be lying if I said The Killers didn’t have a massive influence on the music I listen to today. I still remember the first time I listened to The Killers, back in the third grade when Guitar Hero III was all the rage and “When You Were Young” by The Killers was in the game. Essentially, if it weren’t for The Killers and their 2006 album Sam’s Town, y music taste would not be what it is and I know that they have also influenced many other people, especially after “Mr. Brightside” became an anthem for sober and drunk karaoke, late night drives and most of all, middle school through high school days. However, they had not released an album since Battle Born in 2012, which was not up to par with 2008’s Day and Age. Contrastingly, Wonderful Wonderful seems to hold promise.

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A Special Evening with Dawes

When I was younger, I didn’t really like going to concerts. I wanted my favorite bands to come in, play all of my favorite songs and get out. I wanted their songs to sound just like on the record, and I hated when they jammed. Performances, like the one Dawes gave Tuesday night, were the reason I outgrew that opinion.

The lively atmosphere in the Fall Creek and Northside neighborhoods proved testament to the growing popularity of Porchfest.

Musicians Bring Songs to Stoops for Porchfest

There were several planned street closures in Ithaca on Sunday for Porchfest, but crowds gathering to watch people singing and playing instruments on Fall Creek and Northside porches blocked off many more. As 180 bands played throughout the afternoon, people were watching, dancing and singing in the streets. Porchfest made Ithaca feel like any small town in America, despite also having a uniquely Ithacan feel. Considering Porchfest has grown to include more than 60 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada, in a way, it really could have been anywhere in America. The quantity of artists at Porchfest was staggering; it would have been physically impossible to see and enjoy every act.

Black Thought onstage as The Roots close out the first Cayuga Sound Festival.

Cayuga Sound Festival Rocks Stewart Park

Local and national artists came together Saturday at the first Cayuga Sound Festival, delivering quality music to the unique Ithaca community and creating a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found here in Ithaca. There was something special about the laid-back attitude of the Ithaca community, the musicians, the familiar location at Stewart Park, and the local businesses selling food. The familiarity and friendliness added comfort to the experience, breaking the stereotype of chaotic music festivals. There were two stages set up next to each other and artists alternated between them. Businesses and radio stations had tents set up along the park, with food trucks serving most of the local food found at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.

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Paradise Reclaimed? “The Gate” by Björk

I was idly scrolling through Facebook when I saw Bjӧrk’s announcement that her new single, “The Gate,” would be released on September 18th. I was ecstatic. I was anxious. Inevitably, though, I got caught up with school; I washed helplessly away on tides of homework and caffeine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n0Ps1KWVU0

I was aimlessly adrift until September 14th, when Bjӧrk made another surprise announcement that she was too excited to wait and that she would be releasing “The Gate” at midnight that night (technically the 15th).

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SUN SONGS: 9/22/17

This week’s playlist features music by The Killers, BTS, Cristobal and the Sea, Sleeping with Sirens and more. One of America’s best rock bands, The Killers, released their last album, Battle Born, five years ago. Now they’re back with wonderful, mature new album Wonderful Wonderful. It’s almost as if The Killers grew old and are now everyone’s cool parents that continue to play music everyone enjoys. K-pop boy band BTS’s fresh new album Love Yourself: Her is a beautifully crafted love letter to fans and currently holds the title of top album on Apple Music.

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TEST SPIN | Daniel Caesar – Freudian

As I walked across the arts quad on a nippy Tuesday evening, I began to hear vibrations that resonated with the current zeitgeist of my soul. To love, to lose, to suffer, to love again. Toronto R&B singer Daniel Caesar’s debut studio album Freudian gives artistic form to that central pillar of being human. The album consists of 10 tracks, making it his first full length work. It was released on Aug.

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TEST SPIN | Foo Fighters — Concrete and Gold

In the world of modern rock and roll, one group has reigned supreme for the better part of this millennium: Foo Fighters. The group was founded by Dave Grohl in 1994 as a solo project following the separation of Nirvana on account of Kurt Cobain’s passing. And with the help of guitarist Pat Smear and drummer Taylor Hawkins, Grohl has brought Foo Fighters to critical acclaim and mass popularity. Throughout the years, Foo Fighters have had numerous top singles, including the David-Letterman-endorsed “Everlong,” along with several world tours and major festival headlining spots. They even were able to command an audience at this years BottleRock Festival despite festival organizers pulling the plug on the sound during the end of their set.

Why Would a Cinema Only Have Two Doors? Two Door Cinema Club at the State Theater

I’ve never done ecstasy, but based on the Urban Dictionary definition which states it produces “strong feelings of positivity, empathy and connection to others” I can only assume it’s similar to the  Two Door Cinema Club show at the State Theatre Thursday night. There probably wasn’t any surprise molly in my system, but nevertheless I found myself dripping with sweat screaming for more when the band “left” before playing everyone’s favorite song. Admittedly, I went to this concert because tickets were 40 bucks and it was ten minutes from my house. I had heard “What You Know,” a song from seven years ago, but that’s about it. I didn’t bother brushing up on their music before the concert, but that didn’t matter.

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TEST SPIN: BTS — Love Yourself: Her

Back in May, K-Pop boy band BTS (Beyond the Scene in English, 방탄소년단 in Korean) made a huge splash in America when they won the Billboard Social Artist award with a total of over 321 million votes, while runner-up Justin Bieber garnered only 23 million. K-Pop has never been a part of mainstream music, but shortly after the Billboard Music Awards, BTS became a nationwide sensation and artists like the Chainsmokers, Halsey, Steve Aoki and more wanted to meet them after finding out how successful their music is. Each BTS album follows a theme and their music videos never fail to accrue millions of views within hours. Every tweet by BTS receives hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets. I have come to understand that this is due to the amount of passion the group puts into their music and fans.