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Playlist of the Week: Jan. 30, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Then Came the Morning”—The Lone Bellow The clouds open in the first few seconds of “Then Came the Morning,” revealing the sunny, blue-eyed soul vocals of Brian Elmquist and Kanene Doheney Pipkin that immediately lift this track off the ground. After the excitement that The Lone Below’s s...

Fall Out Boy continue triumphant return with “American Beauty/American Psycho”

Fall Out Boy continue triumphant return with “American Beauty/American Psycho”

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

As a kid growing up in the heyday of “emo” music, the return of Fall Out Boy as chart-topping saviors of rock and roll isn’t only a little unexpected; it’s also a little weird to think about. Gone are the angsty, uncool guys in girl jeans and eyeliner that sang “Dance, Dance,” and in their...

Playlist of the Week: Jan. 23

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Allie”—Belle & Sebastian “Allie” is perhaps the most quintessentially Belle & Sebastian-sounding song on the Scottish group’s latest release, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance,” melding twee harmonies with the upbeat rhythm of an acoustic guitar and breezy flute solos. On an album mark...

Playlist of the Week: Jan. 16, 2015

Playlist of the Week: Jan. 16, 2015

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 16, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Leaving Los Feliz”—Mark Ronson Feat. Kevin Parker Before “Uptown Funk” burst into the scene, most people knew Mark Ronson as the guy responsible for Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black.” Now, with a number one hit comfortably under his belt, the producer released his fourth solo release, th...

Playlist of the Week: December 5, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

December 5, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Archie, Marry Me”—Alvvays In a just world, “Archie, Marry Me” would have been the chart-topping hit of the summer. On this track, Alvvays have composed a pop melody so gorgeous and ethereal that its power will leave you spellbound and humming for weeks. This is songcraft at its finest. A...

Playlist of the Week:

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Heat Wave”—Diarrhea Planet With a name like Diarrhea Planet, it almost doesn’t matter what the band’s music sounds like; the name speaks for itself in more ways than one. Thankfully, these six Nashville guitar shredders also have great tunes to back them up, with “Heat Wave” employin...

Playlist of the Week: November 11, 2014

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

November 14, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“My Lips Still Taste Of You”—Sylvie Simmons Many artists have a way with words, but few can claim to be a successful music critic for decades before becoming a musician. However, this is the case with Sylvie Simmons on her lyrical debut album “Sylvie,” a release that blends jazz textures wi...

Playlist of the Week

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Paradise Girls”—Deerhoof For the last 20 years, Deerhoof have been one of the many artists pushing the indie-rock envelope, incorporating a dizzying array of avant-garde flourishes and various genres into their music. “Paradise Girls” is no exception, injecting a surprisingly funky groove int...

Playlist of the Week

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”—The Flaming Lips Feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever The Ghost & J. Mascis In a move of either sheer brilliance or pure blasphemy, The Flaming Lips have released a cover album of the most important record ever. With a little help from many of their musical...

Playlist of the Week

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week

“i” — Kendrick Lamar The letter “i” does double duty on Kendrick Lamar’s latest single, serving not only as the track’s title but also paying tribute to the Isley Brothers. The West Coast rapper brilliantly samples the guitar solo from “That Lady,” crafting a sunny hook to accompan...

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