Twin Shadow Shifts Closer Towards Pop Immediacy

In retrospect, Twin Shadow/George Lewis Jr. always belonged on a major label, though this wasn’t obvious at the time of his 2010 new-wave-revival debut, Forget. On Forget, retro guitars and a lo-fi drum machine kept Twin Shadow grounded in New Order’s more restrained brand of new wave instead of something flashier. Also like a New Order single, nearly every song on Forget reached for lasting vocal melodies. Songs like “At My Heels” and “Slow” were slick ‘80s style exercises in part, but the striking vocalist and memorable choruses left the lasting impression. Twin Shadow’s next album Confess (2012) honed in on these features and jettisoned potential distractions. While some missed the relative subtlety of Forget, this kind of pop music can benefit from directness. The intoxicating “This isn’t loooooove” on “Run My Heart”, “Five Seconds” with its “can’t get to your heart…”, “Golden Light”: Confess blew relationship feelings into massive proportion. If Forget is the Breakfast Club kids developing meaningful ‘80s connections, Confess is John Cusack in your yard with a boombox.

Twin Shadow's third album is his first on a major label
Twin Shadow’s third album, Eclipse, is his first on a major label

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We are all Modular’s People

Upon finding out that Tame Impala had released a new single for their upcoming album (whose name remains unknown), I just had to jump at the chance to see them (again) on their new tour. A friend asked me, how did you know about Tame Impala so early on? I thought about it for a little bit until the light bulb went off on my head. My answer was: Modular People. [Read more…]

Springtime Study Jams

Ah. Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, and the ferocious Nashville ice storms have ended at long last. You look out the window, watching your fellow students frolic about the quad, carefree in the warm springtime sunshine. All you can think about is that beautiful weather, Rites of Spring, summer vacation… but wait… what’s that? What did the professor just say? Midterm next week? Final soon? Shit.

Once you return from your daydream to the sad reality of midterms, you may ask yourself, “What’s a student to do to get through this ridiculous amount of work?” Obviously, you need a playlist of cool springtime study vibes to get through all your nasty homework. Fortunately for you, you’ve stumbled upon the illest and chillest of study vibes. From KAASI to Karma Kid, this playlist is filled with all the relaxing fuel you need to get through the season of school work.

Hozier Takes Nashville to Church

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This past week, Hozier literally took thousands of fans to the Mother Church of Country Music, also known as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. I was lucky enough to attend one of his three sold out shows at the Ryman, and as I’m sure anyone else who was in attendance will agree, it was an incredible show. After a great set by opening act George Ezra, Hozier opened with a few of his more upbeat songs – “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene,” “From Eden,” and “Jackie and Wilson.” Each of these songs generated an even stronger and louder reaction from the audience. His next song, “Someone New,” received even more excitement than the songs preceding it, likely because of its recently released music video featuring Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones (the video, released in early March, already has over 4 million views).

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