Monthly Archives: October 2016

How Can You Tell a Good Drummer From A Bad One?

One night as I lay in bed asking myself random questions, I asked, how can you tell if somebody is a good drummer? Eager to find out, I reached out for my phone and opened up YouTube. Immediately, I noticed a video with over a million views titled "How can you tell a good drummer…
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Studying the Soundtracks

I can easily say that my biggest form of procrastination is deciding what I want to listen to while I study. When you realize you’ve been sitting at Library West for about an hour now just scrolling through Spotify. Should I listen to my “Discover Weekly”? What “Mood” am I in? Do I really have…
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Sunlit Youth and a fading sound

I love Local Natives. I first listened to them on a lazy, cool Pennsylvania night on the rooftop of a friend’s house I was visiting. I had just flown to Dulles before getting bumped off a flight to Newark, and had to take a bus to Philadelphia to get picked up. Wholly wiped out, I…
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Scared Stiff by the Synth: the Music of Stranger Things

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Stranger Things score composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein said they had one directive when putting together the show’s composition: be “scary as fuck.” Scary as fuck, they were. …and have been. The Austin, Texas duo makes up half of the synth-driven quartet, SURVIVE, whose music both before and…
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Thoughts and Musings: Gator Growl

There is a lot to be said about the UF institution that is Gator Growl. Given that Florida Blue Key is responsible for Homecoming and Gator Growl, and Student Government Productions decides what talent to host, it truly is an organization of the students, for the students, by the students. Growl has had a history…
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New Spotify feature provides perfect playlist every day

I, like many avid music fans, can rarely ever be found without headphones in my ears. Listening to music is always the first thing I do in the morning, and it is always the last thing I do before bed. Admittedly, I sometimes struggle to find the right tunes to listen to. Often times I…
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Gainesville as a musical breeding grounds

Home to just over 130,000 people, Gainesville isn’t normally described as a metropolitan city. Based around the University, the town extends a couple miles in every direction before becoming vast swamplands filled with sawgrass and alligators. When people think of places that had a large influence on producing musicians, Memphis, Chicago and pretty much the…
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What happened to funk?

The GAP band lets out a surging, pulsating synthesizer to begin their song “Burn Rubber On Me”. It’s a melodramatic song that deals with an abrupt heartbreak. The female lead drives away, and all that is left is the song’s protagonist expressing his sorrow through a catchy but gloomy dance beat. Rick James, another great…
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