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Music That Rocks: Short Month, Long Playlist

Second semester is in full swing, winter is back in full force, and our playlist is better than ever–the Rock is back with our biggest selection yet! We’ve got new music. We’ve got new writers. And we’ve got a new month to kick off right. February may be short, but your music selection doesn’t have to be.


“That Sweater” – Scott Helman
“A relatively new discovery for me, Scott Helman has quickly become one of my most-played artists on Spotify. This upbeat song with frustrated undertones recounts an ever-so-relatable story of the fight between embracing one’s emotions for someone else and questioning why they have to exist. Despite the great whirlwind of emotions that Scott Helman knows just how to deliver through music, this song is simply so catchy on its own you’ll be sure to listen to it on repeat (that is, until you hear all of his other beauties).” – MaryKate DiNorcia ‘19

“Hey Ya” – Outkast
“I can’t say I’m the biggest Outkast fan in the world, but the idea that the meanings of songs change as you continue to listen to them really stuck out to me while listening to ‘Hey Ya.’ Underneath the upbeat instrumentals to the song are some pretty depressing lyrics: ‘Know what they say –its: Nothing lasts forever… Then what makes love the exception?’ After realizing this, I’ve definitely reconsidered which songs go into my ‘happy songs’ playlist.” – Kelvin Lin ‘19

“The Promise” – When In Rome

“I’ve been on a bit of an 80’s music kick recently – you know, back when the hair was bigger and the melodies were purer – and there’s just something about this song makes me want to throw on a pair of leg warmers and make a dramatic declaration of love. ‘The Promise’ (yes, the song that plays at the end of Napoleon Dynamite) is almost 30 years old now, but as these Brits croon about a nice guy trying to escape the friend zone, I can’t help but think it could have been written yesterday. ‘I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say…’ Aren’t we all, bud.” – Lucy Palmer ‘19

“Things Happen” – Dawes
“I love this song because it really puts things into perspective. As an introvert, I tend to get carried away and take things to heart that I really shouldn’t. This bittersweet song always makes me feel better when I’m down, and never fails to chill me out when I’m being ridiculous. It makes me take a step back and reflect on what’s really important and what isn’t in my life. In the words of Dawes, ‘Things happen, that’s all they ever do.’” – Trish Rodican ‘19

“When I’m With You” – Ben Rector
“I fell in love with Ben Rector after a month of listening to his cover of ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody,’ and have been discovering another single of his that I love every month since. The music is constantly building to an explosion of almost orchestral proportions, and the different layers come together in the end to make your walk through campus feel like the ‘happy epilogue’ scene of a movie. If it hasn’t become completely evident that I don’t know how to write about music, you’ll slowly start to realize that I measure all songs by how well and where they fit in the fictional movie of my life I’m directing in my head.” -Emma Allen ‘18

“One Call Away” – Charlie Puth

“While this song has quite a negative undertone, it is an anthem to all who have ever been in need of a shoulder to cry on. Hearing someone tell you that he or she is only ‘one call away’ is one of the most reassuring statements to hear when you are going through a tough time. Add a catchy beat to Charlie Puth’s orgasmic vocals, and this song is sure to soothe any audience.” – Kate Chaney ‘18

Moshin in the Front (feat. Cities Aviv)” – Mykki Blanco
“I’m not sure if moshing was ever ‘cool,’ but it seems like now, at least in certain circles, it’s frowned upon. Luckily, Mykki Blanco isn’t the sort of person who cares about what’s cool and what isn’t. Instead, he embodies an effortlessly independent spirit – he asserts himself with a vengeance. ‘Moshin in the Front’ is Mykki Blanco at his most brash and aggressive. Functioning simultaneously as an antidote to hypermasculine bro-rap posturing and watered-down neoliberal queer ‘activism,’ it’s a refreshing reminder of the power of getting angry and totally letting go.” – Ciaran Dillon-Davidson ‘18

“F.I.F.A.” – Pusha T
“’Drug money kicked around like it’s F.I.F.A.’ Don’t say he ever left or he’ll pistol-whip your face, but Pusha T is BACK with his most recent LP release Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, and ‘F.I.FA.’ is a prime example of Pusha’s energetic, cocaine-driven lyricism with the same clever wordplay we’ve come to expect. Place that behind a smooth, nostalgic beat courtesy of A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, and you have a straight jam. Proudly landing dead center between a 1:00 AM banger and an afternoon kickback, ‘F.I.F.A.’ details the double life of newfound wealth juxtaposed with the good ‘ol crack-slinging Pusha T from the hood. King Push won’t let us forget: he isn’t a rapper who used to sell drugs, he’s a drug dealer who sometimes raps, and you can’t help but love the authenticity”* – Stephen Gorson, ‘18 (*no, I don’t endorse drug use or drug dealing)

“Tell Me It’s Okay” – Paramore

“I’ve been in love with Paramore since middle school, from ‘Misery Business’ to Jeremy’s sad recent departure from the band. This song has been out for a few months, but it just came on my shuffle a few days ago and I was struck by how unbelievably awesome it is. The main lyric is ‘Tell me it’s okay, to be happy now!’ It’s all about acknowledging that things haven’t been so great in the past, but you’re on your way to something better. It’s a head-banger, run-till-you-drop type song that somehow makes you smile, too.” – Sophia Ihlefeld ‘18

“Honey & I” – HAIM
“On HAIM’s debut album Days Are Gone, ‘Honey & I’ combines the muted vocals of oft-compared Fleetwood Mac with a more contemporary rhythm. Soft rock often gets a bad rap, being the preferred catalog of radio for the middle-aged demographic; but this is where HAIM proves the haters wrong. ‘Honey and I’ and Days Are Gone bring the genre into the 21st century by appealing to indie listeners, without quite becoming indie itself.” – Connor Kerpius ‘18

“El Scorcho” – Weezer
“The angsty teenager in me will always have a soft spot for Weezer, and even though Pinkerton definitely isn’t my favorite album the band has put out, ‘El Scorcho’ is definitely a go-to jam. I love how this song switches between really a chill, ambient sound and a sound that kind of makes me want to start a riot. You go, Weezer. You’ve always got a special place in my heart, even if Hot Topic doesn’t anymore.” – Caroline Lewis ‘18

“Fashion”- The Royal Concept

“‘I love the way you wear on me’ is often indicative of the over-saturation we subject ourselves to when we find a new favorite song. You all know the feeling: you fall deeply in love with a tune, listen to it infatuatedly and obsessively for about a week, begin to get sick of it, then find yourself hating it when it comes on shuffle.  Well, somehow, some way, The Royal Concept’s ‘Fashion’ has managed to never hit that wall with me. I’m about two months deep into a romance full of optimistic modern rock beats, an uptempo chorus that falls innocently into a slow-styled and catchy combination of verse, and relatable lyrics.  Is party rock alive again? I’m not entirely sure, but my love for this song sure is. ‘Baby put your dope*ss crazy fashion on me.’” – Mike McGee ‘18

“PDA” – Interpol
I’ve been thinking about Rockband a lot recently – the game, not actually playing an instrument on it. The game was full of great rock music I had never heard of, and this song has been stuck in my head for the past week. It’s got a great chorus, and the guitar throughout is, well, rockin. Rockband music will 10/10 tide me over until WAVES comes out” – Matthew Nolan ‘18

“Solitude Is Bliss” – Tame Impala
“As someone who is an introvert, it is refreshing to hear a song that recounts all the joy of being able to be alone with yourself. I only heard these guys last year since I started getting deep into psychedelic rock music and I can’t help but smile every time I hear this. The guitars, the effects, the grooving bass, and the John Lennon-esque vocals of Kevin Parker; sublime does not do this song, or this group for that matter, Justice. Best line of the song: “Company’s okay, Solitude is bliss / There’s a party in my head, and no one else is invited”. – Stephen Porritt, ’18

“Evening Sun” – The Strokes

“The Strokes is my favorite band ever, so much so I was asked to prom with a picture of them senior year and have a hat that obnoxiously displays their name. Picking a favorite song is challenging since they are all magical, but ‘Evening Sun’ is definitely up there. If anyone, let alone Julian Casablancas, ever told me ‘you’re the pretty smartest captain of the team, I love you more than being seventeen,’ I would probably melt.  He must be the most romantic man alive and I would give anything to spend a moment with him in the evening sun, but for now, hearing him sing those words will have to suffice.” -Caroline Purtill ‘18

“Pierre” – Ryn Weaver
“While most people probably associate Ryn Weaver with her summer single ‘Octahate,’ I have to say that she has so much more to offer. The latest track of hers to make its way onto my playlist is ‘Pierre,’ and it has quickly become one of my favorites. With its airy, carefree sound and impossibly sweet lyrics, it’s just too good.” – Grace Rice ‘18

“Sour Patch Kids” – Bryce Vine
“Let me take you on a hip-hop induced nostalgia trip, with essentially an entire verse dedicated to how the 90’s were better. No more Jersey Shore and shows like that; bring back Road Rules so I can watch after I play Sonic. Bryce Vine said it best, because you’re really damn carefree when you’re just hanging around with some Sour Patch Kids and a Coke can. Damn, I miss childhood.” – Korey Ryan ‘18

“Our Own House” – Misterwives

“The main drawback of the explosion of the electronic music scene is that it has held groups like Misterwives back from drawing the mainstream kind of adoration that they probably deserve. In every sense of the word, this song is a jam. Packed with energy, originality, and an undeniably catchy chorus, it will make you eager to find out what other fantastic tracks these guys have produced. The song itself is really about novelty, individuality, and the true awesomeness of being yourself. With an uncommon and refreshing sound of trumpet, electric guitar, drums, keyboard, and saxophone, Misterwives simply kills it on this one.” – Bradley Soderberg ‘18

“Alive” – Sia
“There are very few songs I can listen to for a prolonged period of time and not get tired of. ‘Alive’ is one of them. Sia’s vocals soar in all their raw and raspy glory, and the lively beat makes this song pretty awesome to run to. The buildup to Sia belting out that she is, in fact, alive, is the quintessential showcase of her incredible talent. ‘Alive’ is pretty much the anthem of the college student finishing their final exams; it is the victory march of the survivor.”  -Emmett Walsh ‘18

“Runaround Sue” – Dion

“Though it may sound decidedly upbeat, Runaround Sue actually recounts the story of an unfaithful girl from the point of view of a despondent man once enamored with the song’s namesake.  The contrast between the forlorn lyrics and the catchy, doo-wop style melody mean that lonely hearts and cheerful partygoers alike can sing along to a song that is hard not to snap your fingers to.  If you run into someone, like me, that is hard to drag out to the dancefloor, this song will surely act as the perfect social lubricant.”  – Scott Carlson ‘17

“Worlds on Fire” – Zerbin
“I am a firm supporter of all things that come from the Spotify playlist suggestion.  And God bless the music gods for granting me the gift of Zerbin (still not sure how to pronounce the name). I like to think that they are a blend of very upbeat new age rock, and a mellow vibe full of guitar and spunk. They get you pumped up while still allowing you to remain a relative level of chill. I have yet to explore the rest of their album, but I highly suggest others to follow on the pathway to more success.” – Joey Dorion ‘17

“The Sound” – the 1975
“Sometimes people ask me what my favorite music group is, and I’ll say something like, ‘oh, I don’t know, there are so many good ones,’ etc. etc. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that my favorite band is totally the 1975. This track is the latest single preceding their upcoming album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (um, yes, most gorgeous album title ever?). Best line in the song: ‘It’s not about reciprocation, it’s just all about me / A syncophantic prophetic Socratic junkie wannabe.’ Wordplay to the max.” – Melissa Warten ‘16


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Feature photo: Emma Allen ’18

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