You’ve heard him on Rudimental’s track Feel the Love (and if you haven’t here’s a link), but John Newman is making it big. Call it soul, r&b, funk, whatever you want, but Newman’s music is unbelievably catchy and charismatic, and although he’s only released a handful of singles (his debut album is set to release October 14!), his climb to fame is attracting attention throughout the UK and seeping its way into America.
Thanks for your continued support of The VU Backstage! Jillian Stein was a phenomenal guest last night. Her music gives off a very retro, late 60s-early 70s folk vibe, and you can easily draw comparisons to Joni Mitchell (who, as it turns out, is her chief influence). Catch the full episode right here.
This next bit of news is extremely exciting and relevant both to the show and to WRVU. It has taken weeks of development on my part and involved a litany of other people, both students and fully grown adults. It required a fairly large investment by the Vanderbilt Student Communications board. It has the potential to change the music scene at Vanderbilt FOREVER.
Have I built you up sufficiently?
A solo artist since the 90s and a core member of the Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, Neko Case has worn many hats throughout her career. But while her output has always been strong, her last release—2009’s “Middle Cyclone”—didn’t do much to push the envelope of Case’s sound, and it seemed as though we might’ve seen all she had to offer. Fortunately, 20 years into her career, Case has crafted her most innovative and engaging album yet.