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Michael Cottone: One of my picks for this week’s edition is “Alexander Hamilton” off of the Hamilton recordings. I chose this song because I’m having the privilege to see the play in Chicago tomorrow. Words cannot describe how excited I am for this.
One of my other favorite picks of mine this week was “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” by Kendrick Lamar. My anticipation for Lamar’s new music that is set to release a week from today is at an all time high. Kendrick’s beautiful storytelling ability is on full display during this 12 minute piece. The song is essentially two parts, giving off two completely different vibes. The second half of the song is a very chilling experience with the background vocals mixed with the cold beat and Kendrick’s flow really force you to feel what he was feeling when recording this.
Jacob Lee: My first Fresh Music Friday pick this week is “Keep Smoking” by Meat Wave. This track off their debut self titled album is vintage head banging punk rock at its finest.
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My other pick is “XO TOUR Llif3” by Lil Uzi Vert. Uzi’s new track has a hard beat that everyone can dance to at a party but has cynical lyrics that give this track a bit of a twist. (“All my friends are dead, push me to the edge”).
Maxwell Denari: The first song I picked for this week is “Breakfast Is Over” by SadGirl. SadGirl is a band that brilliantly blends surf rock, garage punk, and blues. “Breakfast Is Over” is a bluesy, distorted and emotional ballad…one that will leave you longing for that special someone to spend your nights with.
My other pick is “How To Fly” by Sticky Fingers. Sticky Fingers have been creating groovy, captivating tunes since 2009. The Aussie group are currently on hiatus, but their work can still very much be appreciated. “How To Fly” is a soaring, wavy anthem. One that will get you movin’ as soon as the guitar hits your ears.
Clay Easton: My first pick this week is “Someone to Stay” by Vancouver Sleep Clinic. They have a new album out today and I wanted to showcase one of their tunes on here. They’re a perfect band to listen to when studying or reflecting on life. Their mellow and melodic music embodies a perfectly calm atmosphere.
My other pick is “Backlash” by Noisestorm. He is known for his intense build ups that transition to his crazy bass drops. He uses imaginative layers and mixtures of music in this track.
Mason Pippenger: My first pick for this week is “Holcene” by Bon Iver. Iver is my go-to study music and this week has been particularly stressful for me, but I’ve found comfort in this song. Vernon’s voice has a style that’s rough but smooth around the edges and this is one of my favorite songs that the band has. The lyrics are perfection.
My other pick is “Niagra” by Chase Huglin. Huglin is an Indiana native whose early 2000 alternative sound is refreshing to hear. This song is really simple with just him, his guitar and a little drum which I really love. Also, he gives a shoutout to Ball State in the song, so that’s pretty dope.
Junior at Ball State University studying photojournalism. Lover of music, travel, and photography.