This week is filled to the brim with serious world news. Syrian chemical weapon incidents invited a US airstrike. This resulted in diplomatic incidents raging in the UN. Then, saber-rattling coming from North Korea complete with incendiary Trump tweets ™. And finally, horrifying news of Chechnya constructing concentration camps meant for homosexual citizens.
This week we don’t have much time for tangents or jokes. The news is too dense. Furthermore, none of this is really appropriate for joking about.
It’s been a sad week for world events, but we’ll keep you informed as always.
Today we talk about all the construction on campus and run through each worksite in detail.
We also talk about what construction may be coming next, and the state of campus policing and crime. George and Sam also give some recommendations on good places outside campus to go so you don’t contribute to the state of campus policing and crime! (By which we mean good offcampus bars.)
When people ask me what albums I’ve been listening to recently, MUNA, an all-girl band from California, is definitely at the top of the list. Their style is extremely unique, and with songs that include lyrical depth as well as catchy pop beats, they’re a band you’ll say “I knew them before they were cool” when they climb up the pop and alt charts.
Surprisingly, I first discovered MUNA’s music through my mother. I was lying in bed when she sent me a text saying she bought two tickets to MUNA’s concert at Kilby Court on February 13th. However, being the ornery college student that I am, I brushed them off thinking they just wouldn’t be my style. But after their concert, I realized how wrong my judgements actually were.
MUNA entered the stage with members Katie Gavin (Lead vocals/Production), Josette Maskin (Lead Guitar), and Naomi McPherson (Rhythm Guitar/Synth/Production). Even though the stage was small, they definitely put on quite the show. Their microphone stands were adorned with white flowers and Gavin’s audience rapport made the show feel very intimate and organic; an experience that’s sometimes hard to find in a live performance.
As soon as the concert ended, I went to iTunes and downloaded their CD “About U.” Though their song “I Know A Place” is the main single from the album, my personal favorites are “Promise,” “Crying On The Bathroom Floor,” and “End of Desire.” But no matter the song, there’s always a catchy element to their music that leaves you tapping your foot and humming along. Plus, Katie Gavin’s vocals have a certain unique tinge, similar to Dolores O’Riordan from The Cranberries, that pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.
One of my favorite things about MUNA, however, is how they combine the sound of an indie-pop band with an aesthetic that’s dark, eerie, and unexpected. Their album cover is mostly black featuring images of roses and chains; a somewhat 90’s goth look for a band that’s so pop. But I think this is why I like MUNA. They juxtapose their pop sound with lyrics that are darker and deeper than what’s typical of the pop genre.
Along with their unique image, MUNA identifies as a “queer girl band.” None of the band members identify as straight, and they all made a conscious effort to exclude any gender specific pronouns in their songs. They also challenge current political issues, such as adding the lyrics “He’s not my leader, even if he is my President,” to their live versions of “I Know A Place.” While some of MUNA’s songs may cover touchy subjects, their overall message is that of acceptance and being confident with yourself even if that means not adhering to social norms.
MUNA is still a relatively new band, but I have a feeling that won’t last for long. Their sound, image, and message combine into something that’s a breath of fresh air for the current pop scene. And with appearances on both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Shows, I can only imagine we’ll be seeing more of them in the future.
In this first episode of the new semester, we discuss next week’s topic and then the recent events in The Gambia. We cover its elections, democratic crisis, and the invasion of the small country by a UN-backed force. In a week where the news is exclusively covering the inauguration, it’s important to remember the rest of the world.
Listen to the first episode of 2017 here, or below!
Today on The World Around You we talk about some more local news, the brand-new prison that’s been approved west of the airport here in SLC. We talk about why it was needed, why that location was chosen, and what the plan for the location is going forward.
Today, we talk about the very, VERY strange happenings coming out into the open in South Korea. Among the events is the discovery of what people are calling the “Korean Rasputin.” We give a timeline of the events, and the possible future ramifications it holds– not just for South Korea, but for you and the United States.
R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
D = Devin Richie (Guest for the week)
NM = Nathan Marabello (Guest for the week)
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)