Filed under: Issue 21 | Tags: Invisible Mustache, Issue 21 Home recording, Modest Mouse, Syracuse, The Beatles, You Cool Girl
Jumbo shrimp, academic fraternity, midnight sun, boneless ribs — the definitive list of silly wordplay is always changing on us. And Syracuse-based band Invisible Mustache have contributed another.
But the contradictions don’t stop at their name: Invisible Mustache, a self-described “home studio band,” don’t make a habit of performing live, and their artistically simple songs are riddled with complicated layers. Notably, none of the four members actually Continue reading
Filed under: 20 Watts Radio | Tags: 20 Watts Radio, Concerts, Miike Snow, podcast, roundup, Sleigh Bells, Syracuse
LISTEN: “Concert Roundup”
A special guest, Adam Biswanger, a.k.a. the classic rock scholar, dishes his thoughts on upcoming indie performances at Syracuse, Miike Snow and Sleigh Bells. Biswanger also talks about the role of indie rock and the hardship of crossing over to the mainstream. He’s excited about one band, and not the another, but who’s got the leg up? Sleigh Bells and Miike Snow go head-to-head in this special 20 Watts podcast.
Filed under: News of Note | Tags: Away From Home, Concert Coverge, Concerts, Drake, News of Note, NY, Syracuse
PREVIEW: Drake’s MySpace
The Spring 2010 concert season keeps getting better—maybe. According to his MySpace, personal website and Billboard, Drake will be playing at “private location” in Syracuse, NY on April 30. He’s on a college tour, “Away from Home,” so it’s not completely crazy to think he’ll be coming to Syracuse University at that date. Nick Cicero, an SU grad student and producer signed to the same company as Drake’s producer, Neenyo, said Drake is “supposed to be coming,” but it isn’t “uber-official” yet.
Of course, this all could change as we get closer to the date. Don’t give your hopes up, but the hottest indie rapper could be coming soon.
Stay tuned for updates later.
–Jett Wells and Nathan Mattise
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: 3Oh!3, Bassnectar, Buffalo, Cobra Starship, Cold Cave, Cursive, Dan Deacon, deer tick, Free Energy, ithaca, Neon Indian, Passion Pit, Rochester, Sleigh Bells, Syracuse, The Flaming Lips, The Hold Steady
The Spring Central New York concert lineup is turning out to be pretty legendary. Don’t have a car? Carpool with some friends, because star-studded gigs like these don’t come every year when you’re stuck on the banks of the Erie Canal. The highlights are everywhere, whether it’s Neon Indian and Passion Pit in Buffalo, or Sleigh Bells in Syracuse or The Flaming Lips in Ithaca.
Filed under: 20 Watts Video, Interviews, XCLUS!VES | Tags: 20 Watts Video, college, Concerts, Erica Scarano, Music, Sarah Aument, Syracuse
What is 20 Watts, exactly? We’re the guys who bring mixtapes instead of flowers on the first date and the girls who’ll never shut up about their favorite new single. We love music — that’s all it comes down to for us. We’re gearing up to step it up this year. New developments are on the way, and we can’t wait to keep improving the brand. Keep reading and listening, because we feel the love.
Love and stereo,
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: andrew bird, Damien Rice, Editor's Picks, Elliot Smith, Iron & Wine, Nick Drake, Pandora, sufjan stevens, Syracuse
PREVIEW: CREATE a Sufjan Stevens Station on Pandora
Finals. Finals. Finals. That is basically all anyone here at Syracuse has been hearing for the past few days. Whether it’s Chemistry or Design History, some extreme studying is going on practically everywhere you look. One study sesh necessity: a solid playlist that will get you focused. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to what type of music is being blasted through their earbuds as they voraciously finish that last Calc problem or skim through yet another chapter in their Astronomy textbook. My best friend through these stressful times, however, has been my Sufjan Stevens Station on Pandora.
Although I have at least 15 different stations on my Pandora account, the best I have ever come across is by far Sufjan Stevens. Even if you’re not into folk, this station is seriously amazing for studying. With recurring artists such as Iron & Wine, Damien Rice, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Sigur Ros and Andrew Bird (to name a few…), I never want to stop listening. Strangely enough, I actually can’t wait to crack open the books because I know that I will soon be pressing play and letting the angelic voice of Sufjan calm my stressed head.
So if you’re about to rip out your hair while studying for final 4 out of 6, go to www.pandora.com, type in Sufjan Stevens, and prepare for some enjoyable studying. Didn’t think it was possible? Well, with Sufjan, anything is possible.
–Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, Editor's Picks, electronic dance music, Syracuse, trance, Trance Around the World
PREVIEW: STREAM Episode #250 of Trance Around the World with Above & Beyond
Here at Syracuse, mid-term time is pretty much insane. With the library filling up with five new kids per minute, it gets kind of tough when you’re trying to concentrate on the civilization and domestication of the Upper Paleolithic. Needless to say, with a subject as dull as that, I was desperately searching for something, anything that could help me focus.
Then I discovered trance. I always knew what trance was, of course: that crazy genre of electronic dance music that kids listen to at raves while poppin’ some psychedelics (not recommended, by the way). Considering there isn’t a huge following in my hometown, I never really got into that scene the way the rest of the EDM kids did. After listening to an Itunes podcast that my friend recommended to me during an intense study sesh, however, I was instantly hooked. The radio show is called Trance Around The World with Above & Beyond and is broadcasted every Friday from the Above & Beyond’s studios in London. Unlike your simple iTunes playlist, TATW plays a non-stop set for two solid hours with transitions so smooth you don’t even realize a new track is playing. One of the coolest things about TATW: the last 30 minutes or so of each episode is devoted to a guest mix by a great DJ such as Armin van Buuren or Cosmic Gate.
After questioning many of my friends about TATW, the general consensus is this: TATW is the equivalent of musical adderall. That being said, the next time you sit down with your two-page long Anthropology review, download a free episode of TATW and watch how quickly you finish that sucker.
— Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor