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Voice at Landmark: Manchester Orchestra

Voice at Landmark: Manchester Orchestra

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09/29/2015

Hard Rock are two words that undoubtedly describe Manchester Orchestra. The Atlanta-based band brought tremendous energy to their early afternoon performance on day two of Landmark Music Festival. Filled with hanging power chords and an earth-shaking bass drum, the band’s powerful show was probably best exemplified by keyboardist/percussionist Chris Freeman, who consistently shook his head…

Voice at Landmark: The War on Drugs

Voice at Landmark: The War on Drugs

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09/27/2015

Riding high off of the popularity of their most recent album, The War on Drugs came into Day one of Landmark Music Festival as one of the most anticipated acts. The Philadelphia-based band played in front of a sizeable audience just before Drake’s concert, and the hundreds if not thousands who decided to walk across…

Get ready for Landmark!

Get ready for Landmark!

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09/25/2015

The first ever Landmark Music Festival will take place this weekend at West Potomac Park, on the National Mall just south of the Lincoln Memorial. The festival, occurring all day Saturday and Sunday, features Drake and The Strokes as headliners, with forty additional artists across five stages including Wale, Alt-J, and more. In addition to…

Halftime Reviews: <i>Too</i> by FIDLAR

Halftime Reviews: Too by FIDLAR

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09/10/2015

LA-based punk band FIDLAR takes their name from the skate mantra “f*ck it dog, life’s a risk,” and true to those words the band takes many risks on their sophomore album, Too. The band consists of frontman Zac Carper, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, and brothers Elvis and Max Kuehn on guitar and drums respectively (fun fact…

Critical Voices: The Mountain Goats, <i>Beat the Champ</i>

Critical Voices: The Mountain Goats, Beat the Champ

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04/15/2015

Metal and Satanism, blues and sadness, rap and da club—some music genres and subject matters just seem to go together. With their new album, Beat the Champ, the Mountain Goats attempt an unconventional combination of folk rock and professional wrestling. Led by guitarist and vocalist John Darnielle, the Mountain Goats successfully use the storytelling format…

Critical Voices: For All My Sisters,  The Cribs

Critical Voices: For All My Sisters,  The Cribs

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03/27/2015

After two top ten albums, The Cribs may no longer be a British cult band, but they still have a major challenge in upholding their long stretch of great music with For All My Sisters, their fifth studio album. Formed in 2001, the band consists of twins Ryan and Gary Jarman on guitar and bass,…

Critical Voices: The Ripples, <i>The Ripples</i>

Critical Voices: The Ripples, The Ripples

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03/05/2015

Skepticism is often the response when a college band promotes their music, but that shouldn’t be the case with The Ripples. The Georgetown band just released their eponymous second album, and the band members’ artistry combine to create plenty of catchy tunes and soothing melodies. Tyler Pierce (COL ‘15) and Zach Fore are technically astounding…

John Lennon to Left Shark: A History of Pop Music

John Lennon to Left Shark: A History of Pop Music

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02/13/2015

Millions of people across the country watch the Super Bowl halftime show every year, and Katy Perry’s recent one was no exception. However, once you got past the robot lion, elaborate costumes, and left shark, the performance was really just a woman singing over computerized beats. That description sounds more critical than I mean it…

The Weekly List: Alone On Valentine’s Day

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02/02/2015

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and couples everywhere are preparing. Guys are making dinner reservations and buying flowers, gals are getting fancy new dresses, and I’m receiving angry comments for conforming to gender stereotypes. Still, not everyone will be looking forward to the holiday. Plenty of people won’t be venturing out for romantic walks or…

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