MUNA – About U

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.

 

The World Around You Episode 8: The First Week

Hello everyone!

Today we cover the first eight days of President Trumps’ administration. What new policies and orders have been signed, and how is the conduct of his officials? We’ll tell you here.

We also discuss how these events affect you and the United States as a whole.

Listen to it below, or download it to listen on the go here!

Thanks to Synthis for the intro and outro music.

Have comments or events you feel should be covered? Comment here, and we’ll give them the attention they deserve.

The World Around You Episode 6: The Gambia

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!

April 23rd, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, April 23rd Playlist

C Foxes Mate For Life – Born Ruffians
C Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands
C Don’t Move – Phantogram
D Whole Love – Wilco
C Turn A Square – The Shins
C While You Wait – Grizzly Bear

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Z Uprising – Muse
Z Wish – Nine Inch Nails
Z Trolltind – Lumsk
N Listen To Capture – Mr. Graceless
C Kaze Wo Atsumete – Happy End
R Overcome By Happiness – Pernice Brothers

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C I’ve Seen Footage – Death Grips
S Prison – All
S The Vibes – Capleton & Sizzla
S City Lock – Capleton & Sizzla
C What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
C DNA – The Kills
NM Don’t Make Me A Target – Spoon

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C Everyone Is Someone in L.A. – Felix Da Housecat
NM Underground Up – Mr. Complex
NM Impetus – Clutch
D King of the Beach – Wavves
S Thrown Dem Gunz – Lil Ugly Mane
S Serious Shit – Lil Ugly Mane
S Let Her Go – Mac Demarco

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C She’s Really All I Need – Mac Demarco
MAC DEMARCO NEW ALBUM PROMO
C Super Rich Kids – Frank Ocean
C Between Friends – Flying Lotus (feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Captain Murphy)
S Volt – Yung Lean
C The Message – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
S Huddle Formation – The Go! Team
C Paper Bag – Fiona Apple

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C Our House – Phantom Planet
NM Juicebox – The Strokes
D Bizness – tUnE-yArDs
E Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
C Regret – St. Vincent
C Strawberry Lemonade – Saint Pepsi

Farewell!

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)

April 16th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, April 16th Playlist

C Pump Me Up – Trouble Funk
S Go Go Round The World – Fishmans
S Plum Skins – KMB
D Get Got – Death Grips
S Billy Not Really – Death Grips
C Velvet Itch – Bass Drum Of Death
E Wheels – Cake

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E Age of Consent – New Order
SK Pedestrian at Best – Courtney Barnett
Z Harijans Kanata – Asian Kungfu Generation
Z اخر زفير – اخرتو لحن حزين
Z Nersussuaq – Siissisoq

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Z Kvaoning – Skálmöld
A Night at the Knight School – Thee More Shallows
E Young Lust – Pink Floyd
S Grey Streets – Felt
S Get On My Hype – DJ B. Cause
S Executives – Mac Dre

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SK Work It – Missy Elliott
R Love Removal Machine – The Cult
E Eat Starch Mom – Jefferson Airplane
D Guiding Light – Television
C Have Faith / Better – Saint Pepsi
S I Wouldn’t Change A Thing – Johnny Bristol

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C Young Blood – Mac Demarco
C She’s Really All I Need – Mac Demarco
C Kinder Blumen – Real Estate
C Low Key – Tweedy
SK You And I – Wilco
C Nobody Dies Anymore – Tweedy

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S Gatorade – Yung Lean
SK The Waiting – Angel Olsen
R Basket Case – Green Day
C I Miss You – Blink-182
A Wolf Drawn – Emancipator
C Ottoman – Vampire Weekend
C Reptilia – The Strokes
C Ladies of Cambridge – Vampire Weekend

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
D = Devin Richie (Guest for the week)
SK = Sedona King (Guest for the week)
A = Alex Petrizze (Guest for the week)
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)

April 9th, 2015 Indie Rock/Alternative Playlist

Thursday, April 9th Playlist

C Outro – Vulfpeck
C Demiurge – Meshuggah
C svrlcstm – ΔKTR
C ..Special.. – STRAANGE
C Distress Signal – Lazerhawk
M You’re Not Good Enough – Blood Orange
M Always Let You Down – Blood Orange

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M Seen & Not Seen – Talking Heads
C Batallie – The Men
E Bad Vibrations – The Black Angels
R Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo
R U466899 – Eschew You

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R Cool Party – Groundislava
E People Are Strange – The 69 Cats
R Mirage – Sapien
R Pylon – Lakker
R Tell Me – Saint Pepsi
R On Airs, Waters, & Places – Delay In Orbit
R Fantasy Football Is Ruining My Life – Debris Slide

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R How Come He Don’t Want Me? – Nigel Uno
E Quiet Riot – Monophonics
R Na Oddech – Antibiotiko
R It’s Killing You – Beefalo
R I Used To Make Hip Hop But Then I Listened To Rock Music And Now My Music Sucks – DJ Nigga
R Ghetto Woman – Janelle Monáe

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R Excellence In Motion – Toasted Plastic
R Blue Blossoms – RedWater
R Smiley Specialist – S’Real
C I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States – Death Grips
R Lonesome Street – Blur

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R Atlantis Trance – Sandcastle
C Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
R – Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

R = Requests
S = Sam Beattie
N = Nigel Marabello
Z = Zach Rieck
C = Caine Wenner
M = Max Snowfield (Guest for the week)
E = Emma Roberts (Frequent requester / cool person)