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Top 10 bands that you’re probably missing out on

I’m not a hipster nor do I like to put myself in a box especially where my music taste is concerned, however, I do tend to take a liking to more unknown artists. It severely pains me that these amazing bands hardly get any attention while people like Ke$ha (no offense to Ke$ha fans) are a household name. I’d just like to share a few of my favorite bands that I feel are extremely unappreciated.

1) Starsstars band

For those of you who don’t know, Stars is a Canadian band. They’ve been featured on a few TV shows that I know of- “Degrassi”, “Gossip Girl”, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”, and “Underemployed”. Still, when I tell people that they are one of my favorite bands, 9 times out of 10 I get “Yeah, I have no clue who that is.” They have an alternative- pop feel; their music is catchy, but the lyrics are about more than just partying.

I strongly recommend checking out some of their music:

Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Dead Hearts

Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It

2) Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s

I don’t remember how in the world I came across this band, but it was one of the luckiest things to ever happen to me. Some of their songs are a little out of the box which I thoroughly enjoy- I love bands that break away from the formula for popular music.

Broadripple Is Burning

A Children’s Crusade on Acid

Pages Written On a Wall

3) The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion has been featured in the movies “The Art of Getting By” and “Going the Distance”. Why this band doesn’t get more press is beyond me. They just have a great rock/ alt vibe and they sound amazing live which is always a plus.

Spitting Fire

If You Run

Semi-Automatic

4) City and Colour

I first heard of this band when I came across the song “Fragile Bird”. I was reading The Hunger Games at the time and the song reminded me of the book, causing me to take a great liking to it and eventually the band.

Fragile Bird

Little Hell

Day Old Hate

5) Say Hi

Say Hi is just a phenomenal band. They’re one of the few bands that I can just listen to for hours without needing to switch it up. They’ve been featured in a couple different things that I can think of off the top of my head- the TV shows, “Gossip Girl” and “Suburgatory” and the movie, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”.

Devils

Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

November Was White, December Was Grey

6) Bon Iver

Bon Iver is an interesting band. I mainly listen to them when I’m writing. The mumbled vocals make it so that I’m not concentrating on the lyrics or singing along so I can focus on my work, but the music is amazing and sets the tone nicely. Their work has been featured in “Twilight: New Moon” and “We Bought A Zoo”.

Holocene

Skinny Love

Roslyn

7) Foster the People

Foster the People has had a couple hits such as “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Helena Beat”, and most recently, “Coming of Age”. While these are great songs, people tend to stick with them rather than exploring the band’s many other fantastic songs.

Houdini

Waste

Ask Yourself

8) Atlas Genius

Atlas Genius recently got popular due to their songs “Trojans” and “If So”, but these seem to be their only songs being talked about. Atlas Genius’ whole debut album, “When It Was Now” was amazing as I knew it would be by how blown away I was by their EP. People who enjoy the band’s mainstream songs should check out the rest of their work.

Back Seat

Symptoms

Don’t Make a Scene

9) The Neighbourhood

Yes, “Sweater Weather” is one of my favorite songs in the world but I swear if one more person says that The Neighbourhood is their favorite band but they only know “Sweater Weather”, I’m going to scream. The Neighbourhood has songs other than “Sweater Weather”, believe it or not.

Baby Came Home

Wires

Female Robbery

10) Death Cab for Cutie

Last but not least is the band that you will refuse to accept is “unappreciated”. Most people know of them but I still have yet to meet anyone who knows a decent amount of their music.

Tiny Vessels

The Ice Is Getting Thinner

Grapevine Fires

Some Boys

Hopefully, I’ve introduced at least one person to a new favorite band. Please leave comments below with the names of your favorite bands that need more attention so I know who I should be listening to next!

Local music festival announces jam-packed lineup

Country and bluegrass music fans rejoiced Tuesday, April 22 when the 2014 lineup for the  in Bristol, Va. / Tenn. was announced. Brent Treash, the chair of the Music Committee for the festival, announced the lineup via a press conference, which was filmed and posted to YouTube shortly after the event. Continue reading Local music festival announces jam-packed lineup

Bands You Might Have Missed: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

With bands like Arctic Monkeys, HAIM and Mumford & Sons rocking the airwaves, it’s easy to miss some of the great bands that are floating around in the atmosphere of indie rock. One such band is Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s. Continue reading Bands You Might Have Missed: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

3Oh!3:Streets of Gold plus other bands

Alright kids, we are days away from the 3Oh!3, Hellogoodbye, Down With Webster and the Secret Handshake concert on Oct. 19, so here is a little taste of the newer songs they may be playing so you won’t feel lost at the show.

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3Oh!3: Streets of Gold

I’ll admit that before writing this review I had never listened to the entire third album from headliners 3Oh!3, but just like the skeptical kid I was when I heard them for the first time at Warped Tour 2008, I was hooked. The album, much like their others, will pull you in with their catchy beats and clever lyrics, but there is definitely more variety in their sound with the record than what we’ve seen in the past.

Of course, we are all quite familiar with their single “My First Kiss” featuring the one and only Ke$ha, and the video for “House Party” should probably come with a warning label, but one of the songs that everyone should check out is “R.I.P.” Again, we see a side of the guys (the softer side of 3Oh!3) that isn’t shown quite often, but I’ve got to admit it’s one of my favorites. Although this is obviously a breakup anthem, it’s impressive how they take the higher road lyrically instead of turning it into what could be a hateful, girlfriend-bashing song. Also, “Touchin’ On My” uses censorship in a creative way that had me scouring the Internet for an unedited version; however, there isn’t one because that’s just how the song goes.

Don’t be turned off by my choice of favorites because the album is still full of the great dance-worthy jams that you’ve come to know and love by 3Oh!3.

My Picks: “We Are Young,” “R.I.P.,” “Streets of Gold”

Rating: 7/10

I don’t want to leave out the rest of the great bands that R-SPaCE has booked for us, so here’s a little preview as to what you can expect from the rest of the lineup.

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The boys of Hellogoodbye aren’t strangers to the RU campus; they performed here in the Fall of 2008. They haven’t made any new music since their last album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006 other than an EP called Ukulele Recordings sold at their shows in late 2008. The band does have a new album coming out from Wasted Summer Records on Nov. 9 called Would It Kill You? Hopefully they’ll be nice enough to give us a taste of their new material as well as delight us with old favorites.

My Picks: “Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn,” “Jesse Buy Nothing…Go to Prom Anyways,” “Baby, It’s Fact”

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Down With Webster’s musical style seems quite similar to that of 3Oh!3, i.e. rap mixed with rock/pop. They also have some pretty witty lyrics like “The doors are open baby light my fire” on “Time to Win.” (Kudos to you if you understand that reference.) Hailing from Toronto, the guys got their start by winning a junior high talent show and now have a debut album, Time to Win, Vol. I, to show for it. Check out their new video for “Whoa is Me” below and start getting excited for their live show, because I’m sure it will be amazing.

My Picks: “Time to Win,” “Whoa Is Me,” “Miracle Mile”

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The Secret Handshake is the final band on Tuesday’s bill. You might find this surprising, but ‘it’ is really a ‘he.’ That’s right, it’s one of those bands where there’s actually only one person in the outfit, except of course when a live performance calls for multiple people to play all of the instruments. His name is Luis Dubuc, and ever since he’s been writing songs and recording albums he’s become a trademark in the electronic/pop scene. With his new album Night & Day he’s taking a risk and going in a new direction–Motown. Critics and fans agree, according to Alternative Press, that the new album is a hit and that he was right to trust his instincts. I think that RU students will agree when he takes the stage with his touring band at the Dedmon Center.

My Picks: “Midnight Movie,” “Coastal Cities,” “Summer of ’98”

You can catch all of these great bands at the Dedmon Center on Oct. 19. Tickets are still available at the Bonnie Information Desk and are $10 for students, $20 for general public and will be $20 for everyone on the day of the show.