11 3 / 2014

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Top 10 Tuesdays is a feature that will run every Tuesday (wow what a concept), documenting everything from the 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time to the 10 Best Alex Turner Hairstyles. These lists will contain bias, so don’t be too upset when your favorite doesn’t make it. Suggestions for future lists, comments, and concerns should be sent to lorasklcr@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook.

by Stephanie LaGrant, Music Director

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18 2 / 2014

Top 10 Tuesdays is a feature that will run every Tuesday (wow what a concept), documenting everything from the 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time to the 10 Best Alex Turner Hairstyles. These lists will contain bias, so don’t be too upset when your favorite doesn’t make it. Suggestions for future lists, comments, and concerns should be sent to lorasklcr@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook

by Stephanie LaGrant

1994 was an incredible year for music. With amazing and important albums released from Oasis, Green Day, and Nirvana among others, it’s easy to argue that the best music of the 90’s came 20 years ago.

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11 2 / 2014

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Top 10 Tuesdays is a feature that will run every Tuesday (wow what a concept), documenting everything from the 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time to the 10 Best Alex Turner Hairstyles. These lists will contain bias, so don’t be too upset when your favorite doesn’t make it. Suggestions for future lists, comments, and concerns should be sent to lorasklcr@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook. 

by Stephanie LaGrant, Music Director

For some people (looking at you, non-singles!), Valentine’s Day is a happy holiday full of love songs. For others…not so much. Today’s Top 10 Tuesday is a little bit different from the typical format: I’ve made separate playlists to cater to those who have a Valentine and those who hate the holiday with a passion.

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07 1 / 2014

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Top 10 Tuesdays is a feature that will run every Tuesday (wow what a concept), documenting everything from the 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time to the 10 Best Alex Turner Hairstyles. These lists will contain bias, so don’t be too upset when your favorite doesn’t make it. Suggestions for future lists, comments, and concerns should be sent to lorasklcr@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook. 

by Stephanie LaGrant, Music Director

I personally felt that 2013 was an incredible year for music—shoutout to Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, and Palma Violets among many, many others for making it what it was—so 2014 will have a hard time usurping it. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to so many great albums in a single year, not to mention the debuts (HAIM, Bastille, etc.) and comebacks (David Bowie, though) we also witnessed. And, assuming most of these artists stay true to their word, 2014 has the looks of an awesome year in music as well. 

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02 1 / 2014

Top 10 Tuesdays is a feature that will run every Tuesday (wow what a concept), documenting everything from the 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time to the 10 Best Alex Turner Hairstyles. These lists will contain bias, so don’t be too upset when your favorite doesn’t make it. Suggestions for future lists, comments, and concerns should be sent to lorasklcr@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook. 

by Stephanie LaGrant, Music Director

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01 1 / 2014

By Nick Utter, Station General Manager

So as 2013 has come to a close I thought that I would share a bunch of the music I liked from 2013. Here are thirteen artists, songs, or albums that I believe deserve to be recognized. I also threw in some of my guilty pleasures for fun. They are in no particular order. Enjoy!

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1. The Civil Wars, The Civil Wars- Their second album, which is self titled, is more beautiful and haunting than their last. Pure folk beauty. This duo was made to make music. Check out the whole album

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2. CHVRCHES, The Mother We Share- CHVRCHES is new to the game and growing in popularity fast. Their whole album is great, but I would recommend first checking out their first single, The Mother We Share. It is a great intro to the band at their music is well produced, but repetitive in sound. This being said, their first single is strong and catchy.

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3. Twenty One Pilots, Vessels- THIS ALBUM! Every track on this album is great and it is only their first studio album. Their style is all their own as lead singer Tyler Joseph combines alternative, indie, and rap vocals all into one. No to mention they put on killer live shows. As talented musicians these guys even incorporate ukulele into a few of their songs. The best part of this band though has to be their lyrics: meaningful, honest, dark, uplifting, they have it all. 

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Guilty Pleasure- One Direction: I’m sorry world, but their music is just soooo catchy!

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4. The Royal Concept, On Our Way- I have been a fan of this group since the release of some of their singles in 2011, yet they still have not yet released a full album in the U.S. (their first album was just released in Sweden, their home country). Fortunately they have released the perfect ballad to youth and summer. On Our Way is a great song that will get stuck in your head instantly. 

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5. HAIM, Days Are Gone- Oh, HAIM… These three sisters have brought us a great debut album. With simple, but relateable lyrics and strong vocals these sisters are just some band thrown together to make money, they make real music and just happen to work amazingly together. 

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6. Lorde, Pure Heroine- I don’t know what else to say besides, WOW, she is only 16! Simple tunes, but crazy awesome lyrics, which contemplate society and relationships more maturely than most adults. This album is worth checking out. 

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7. Two Door Cinema Club, Changing of the Seasons and Handshake- Simply great songs with interesting, yeah let’s say interesting, music videos.

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Guilty Pleasure: Timber: but only the Ke$ha part!!

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8. Bastille- MY FAVORITE BAND. Hands down, no debating it. With one album released in March and second that is already came out in the UK, you can bet I changed over to the UK iTunes so I could get their second album. Not to mention their two full length LPs, Other People Heartaches Parts I and II. Their originals are powerful, intelligent, and well constructed and their covers show creativity by putting together two or more songs together seamlessly to make it all their own. I can’t get over the talent they show off in all their songs and performances. 

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9. Young the Giant, It’s About Time, Crystallized- THEY ARE BACK! I have been waiting for Young the Giant to release more music since their first album came out and it is finally coming in January. Get excited with me and listen to their new singles to prepare yourself. 

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10. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City- This being their third album people were expecting a lot out of Vampire Weekend and BOY DID THEY DELIVER! Like mind blown with maturity and finesse! This album is nothing short of rad! 

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Guilty Pleasure- Hunter Hayes: I don’t want to be a country music fan, but he is making it very difficult. The music is just too catchy!

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11. Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco- Had to clump these two bands together. The bands from my high school and middle school days are back with new music. Definitely not their best albums, but they have some good tracks and they will always have a special place in my heart.

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12. The Neighbourhood, I Love You- A new american rock band is 2013? It is possible. This album can only be described as dark and sexy and although critics didn’t love it, fans are raving. 

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13. Arctic Monkeys, AM- Just a really solid album. This being their fifth album it is amazing that they continue to crank out suck quality tunes. 

Peace be with you and a Happy New Year,

Nick Utter

19 12 / 2013

by Stephanie LaGrant, Music Director

I attended the second day of Big Snow Show 8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with my best friend, Chanelle (who took the lovely photo of Alex Turner down below). Having never seen the Arctic Monkeys before—one of my favorite bands on the planet—to say I was excited is an understatement. And let me tell you right now, it was amazing.

The Rave/Eagles Club is far from the best venue, but it was decent. While I found it hard to understand some of the between-song banter (and let’s face it, Alex Turner’s northern accent didn’t help), the songs and the music were thankfully clear. The ballroom didn’t make for very good recordings, however, as none of the sound on my videos turned out. Worse yet, my camera battery died right as the Arctic Monkeys came on. Which isn’t a bad thing. Johnny Marr complained earlier this year that far too many people are watching shows through a lens (I’ll admit I was semi-guilty of this at Lolla in August), so I was proud of myself for adhering to Johnny’s words.  Besides, the venue was so smoky that photos didn’t turn out very well anyway. Luckily we got a good crowd on Friday night that knew the words to all the songs and weren’t turned off by Alex Turner’s “awkward dad doing karaoke” mannerisms. Up on the balcony the people were more stiff and composed, and I apologize to those patrons if my dancing was too much for them (I’m not really sorry, though). 

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10 12 / 2013

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Top 10 Tuesdays is a feature that will run every Tuesday (wow what a concept), documenting everything from the 10 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time to the 10 Best Alex Turner Hairstyles. These lists will contain bias, so don’t be too upset when your favorite doesn’t make it. Suggestions for future lists, comments, and concerns should be sent to lorasklcr@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook. 

by Stephanie LaGrant, Music Director

2013 was a great year for indie and alternative rock, with incredible new albums from Vampire Weekend, the Arctic Monkeys, and The Strokes and debut records from Palma Violets and HAIM among others. These records were helped along by some truly incredible tunes that were among the ten best tracks of the year.

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06 12 / 2013

Flesh it Out Friday

Say Something - A Great Big World

So the song I decided to write about this week is fairly simple. It is a song called “Say Something” and it was originally by the indie-pop band A Great Big World. I know you are probably thinking, “I have heard this song.  Christina Aguilera performed it on The Voice and some dude wouldn’t stop singing along!” Well guess what?! It’s not her song! It was written by Ian Axel, ½ of A Great Big World! Not to be honest I like both versions, but first let’s give credit where it is due.

So as I said this song is fairly simple. It’s not very long and has minimalistic lyrics, but man, is it beautiful. When you look up the song you will probably find tons of comments of how the song has been so relatable to people.

The way I see it, the song has two main train of thought. One is the song is about a romantic relationship and the other is the song is about a relationship with God.  The whole point of the song is that the singer, or whoever ends up relating to this song, is feeling a separation from God/their partner. It has come to the point that they need to say something or the singer/listener is leaving because they feel no connection, even though they want to love God/their partner.

I feel that everyone could probably relate to this song at some point in their life. It is really beautiful so check out both versions of the song (with and without Christina)

Peace be with you,

Nick Utter

05 12 / 2013

Throwback Thursday!

This week we’re throwing it back to the year 2000 with Britney Spears’ Lucky.