Years & Years is Electrifying Britain. Next Stop, America.

 

Years & Years plays at London club Heaven, 3/6/15.
Years & Years plays at London club Heaven, 3/6/15.

Like my colleague Brandon Bout, I made sure to catch a live show over Spring Break.  For me, the destination was London and the band was electro-pop trio Years & Years.

I had heard of the group from a fellow Lightning 100 intern in December.  She had spent time working in Britain and assured me that they were on the verge of blowing up across the pond.  Her promise was confirmed when I learned that Years & Years had won the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2015 poll–an award won in previous years by such acts as Sam Smith, Adele, and Ellie Goulding.  So when I saw that the band would be playing in the British capital during my stay there, I convinced my traveling companions that we needed to go to the concert.

[Read more…]

Spring’s Sweet Bits

WRVU loves the springtime so much that Apple Q [Thurs 6-8pm] has collected an hour of slushmelting bumps and beats just for you. These are short, sweet bedroom tracks that you can serve at a picnic or even enjoy right at home! They fit right in your pocket, so you can keep up with your busy lifestyle without having to pick up the phone or order from a clumsy catalogue. Fit in with your friends, gain the confidence of your superiors, and lose weight quick — no questions asked and no strings attached. Including new tracks from Nikobeats, beatboxbandit, and Melo-Zed. Lean back and listen now.

Britpop is Barely Breathing

A recent article on Pitchfork was published with the bold title “Britpop is Dead: Why Blur’s Comeback Isn’t One.” Blur was once a popular Britpop band, from, you guessed it, Great Britain. As Britpop raged on in the early 1990s, it has steadily declined, but apparently is making a comeback. Using the article as a reference, I intend to examine what the state, or lack thereof, of Britpop really is. [Read more…]

Summer Songs to Beat the Winter Blues

1369106

The past few weeks in Nashville can pretty much be summed up in one word – cold. If you’re anything like me, you are beginning to have trouble remembering what it was like before the icepocolypse and finding it hard to believe that there was a time not so long ago that we were all wearing shorts. Between the cold weather and midterms, most of us are feeling pretty down. Here’s my playlist of songs to put you in the summer mood, and remind you that spring and warmth are just around the corner!