Dénouement // April Playlist

Dénouement // April Playlist

Apr 3, 2014

  It’s final curtain call! Finals are just around the corner and we’re in our final act: the Dénouement, so to speak. You’re only a few papers, exams, group projects and sleepless nights away from freedom.  You can do it!  And here are some songs that have been hogging airtime in my speakers over the past month. A few weeks ago, I went to the Real Estate...

Halfway Ephemeral—Student Review March Playlist

Halfway Ephemeral—Student Review March Playlist

Mar 8, 2014

Okay. We’re more than halfway through the semester and let us be frank: life is starting to look über bleak.  The realizations of time constraints to pick our grades back up, advance in work, spark a new love interest etc. are quickly manifesting themselves. I always find myself hoping that these stress-rooted feelings are quick to pass, but alas, they never...

Romance Reverb

Romance Reverb

Feb 4, 2014

It’s that time of the year again; the day that the lucky kids love and the unlucky kids loathe:  Valentines.  Whether you have that reason to celebrate or don’t and wish you did, here’s a playlist to get those heartstrings tugging. From Etta to Bowie to Rhye, here are some classics, neo-classics and future classic love songs. I promise you, this is worth a...

R.I.P. Lou Reed

R.I.P. Lou Reed

Oct 30, 2013

Saved by Rock ‘n Roll: In Loving Memory of Lou Reed When I returned home from a two-year LDS mission, there were two unique pieces of art that would set the tone for the path I have followed in the few years since. One was William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. The other was The Velvet Underground’s second and most vicious album White Light/White Heat. I’ll never...

Do the Harlem Shake: Body Turnings and Urban Yearnings on the Campus of BYU

Do the Harlem Shake:  Body Turnings and Urban Yearnings on the Campus of BYU

Feb 14, 2013

  Video of the BYU Harlem Shake. Dozens of Brigham Young University students gathered and organized in the lobby of the Wilkinson Center Thursday afternoon in a mass orchestrated dance called the Harlem Shake. This dance, which has taken both the YouTube world and the Provo world by storm, demands that the participants adhere to a formulaic 30-second...

Provo’s Polytype trippy, transcendental, mystical

Provo’s Polytype trippy, transcendental, mystical

Jan 18, 2013

The electronic, synthy sound of Polytype is refreshing in the Provo music scene otherwise supersaturated with folk bands. Their soon-to-be-released 10-track debut album, Basic//Complex, is trippy, transcendental and mystical. The band’s namesake comes from the band’s desire to use technology to create shapes that can be heard. The songs’ mathematical rhythm and...

Top albums of 2012

Top albums of 2012

Jan 3, 2013

2012 has left the nation divided musically just as it has socially and politically. On one side, we are left with the debris of the absurd excess of the plastic post-apocalyptic pop world. On the other, the inflated pretensions of the indie-folk-rock scene. In my consideration for the top 10 albums of 2012, I chose to search for the outliers—the cries of truth...

Provo’s next big thing: The Strike

Provo’s next big thing: The Strike

Dec 4, 2012

Fans gathered at Muse Music Cafe last Saturday to wave glow sticks and dance around to Provo’s only nine-member pop band that wears grey suits, dress shirts and suspenders to each of their shows: The Strike. This funk-pop band with its jazzy undertones and random moments of rock ‘n’ roll is a breath of fresh air when compared to the singer/songwriter bands of...