A Prayer for Rain and Shade: The Forum’s “Rain/Shade” EP Review

The Forum, an alternative/indie rock group based out of Gainesville, Florida, makes its debut with a prayer for rain and shade. “Rain/Shade” is the group’s first EP, and it delivers a melancholic but nonetheless tense, seductive set of songs. Michael Higgins, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist; Nick Wheeler, lead guitarist; Jacob Farrell, bassist; Alex Klausner,…
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No Tricks, Only Treats: Suwannee Hulaween

One of the things we pride ourselves on here at The Florida Basement, dear reader, is our focus on locality. Every single one of our staff members has been affiliated with the University of Florida here in Gainesville in some capacity or another. All of us have lived here in Gainesville at some point in…
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Review: Freetown Sound x Blood Orange

Freetown Sound is a diary, a scatter of thoughts from artist Dev Hynes about living life in the cultural margins of society: to be black, to be queer, to be unloved or feared without good reason. The album is, according to Hynes, one “for the under-appreciated” and somber synths and yearning saxophone runs confirm that…
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On The Come Up: Drenge

Grunge and punk have had incredible grip on music for decades. Each year there is a slew of new bands trying to break out just like bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden did in the '90s. One promising band to rise out of all these new rock bands is Drenge. This two-piece alternative band is…
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Stream Wars: A New Challenger Appears

Amazon has been rolling out some fresh features lately. I have been taking full advantage of Prime Reading, which unleashes a cornucopia of classic and more modern titles, plus self-help materials, for your unending pleasure. But books are hardly the focus here at *boom* *pow* *fourth wall* The Florida Basement. Recently we’ve seen a far…
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Review: Revolution Radio – Green Day

On October 7th, Green Day release their 12th studio album entitled Revolution Radio. The album comes 4 years after the three part project of Uno!, Dos!, and Tres!, which did not make the cut for me as standout albums from the group. It also comes 4 years after lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong…
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Review: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, ‘I Had A Dream That You Were Mine’

Vampire Weekend? No. Rostam? Yes. I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, released on September 23rd, features former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij collaborating with former lead singer of the Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser. I never thought anyone could compare to the Ezra Koenig and Rostam duo, but Leithauser + Rostam blew my mind and…
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Review: UF Homecoming and Gator Growl

It should be noted, dear reader, that Gator Growl is not a concert. It is an event. An event, mind you, that caters to a variety of audiences. It caters to adults, children, students, locals, vacationers, cool kids, the totally lame, and everyone in-between. While there are musical acts that perform, there are also skits…
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Interview: Fae Nae, Flat Land

A young girl plucks away at the rainbow-colored keys of her Fisher Price toy piano, oblivious to her surroundings, a toothy smile on her face. Soon that toy piano would be replaced with a full-fledged keyboard after some begging on her part to her parents. With natural talent and a passion for singing to boot,…
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On Gator Growl: An Artist Analysis

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the end for homecoming week here at UF. Ceremoniously, Gator Growl will be Friday night, before the football team takes on Mizzou. Since becoming an annual, student-run event in 1932, Gator Growl always brings great music, delicious food, and enough good vibes to go around. Gator Growl is famous for…
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