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My favorite is…

Posted: March 27, 2012 by Laura Richards in Asbury features

Everyone has different taste, style and like different genres of music. Some like hip hop, while others prefer a more contemporary style. For this article, I decided to focus on the ladies of Asbury and see who their favorites are!

Megan Snyder

– “My favorite band is Switchfoot. I’ve loved them since I was 13, and they’re so genuine with their lyrics.”

Linnea Luzzo

-“John Mayer, because he is a great songwriter and I can find a song to listen to no matter what mood I am in. I have seen him twice in concert and he is a great performer and guitarist. And he is also SEXY.”

Jenny Kate Baker

-“I love the Backstreet Boys! They’re classic boy band and their music always makes me so happy! They’re adorable too.”

Krysti Leonard

-“Taylor Swift, duh. She is an incredible songwriter.”

Melissa Landon

-I love Chris Rice music because the lyrics are creative. The sound is unique and I never get tired of listening to it.”

Rachel Taber

-“I would have to say Lady Antebellum. They remind me of where I grew up. My hometown. The people. Their songs hold meaning. Also, musically they are phenominal.”

Sara Morgan

-“Billy Currington. he is a country singer. he is hot, sings great songs, he is sweet and he is also my future husband. Did I mention he is goodlooking?”

Who’s on Hezekiah’s iPod?

Posted: February 27, 2012 by Laura Richards in Who's on whose iPod?

Hezekiah Crocker is not a name that goes unknown on this campus. As a proud member of the Nerd hall, Hezekiah is probably one of the most friendly, quirky people I have ever known. He is his own person and I admire that so much about him. He has killer taste in music and not many people know that. I listened to some of the songs on this list, and they blew me away. There is so much to learn from Hezekiah, so let’s take a look at what is on this cool kid’s iPod!

10. “Song for No One” – Miike Snow

“Euro-electronica with emotional filled vocals framed within a chill drum and bass core that brings you along for the smooth ride.”

9. “The Look” – Metronomy

“Smooth, clean and minimalistic. A very intriguing mix of electronic and acoustic instruments give an amazing but restrained sense of cool.”

8. “To Kingdom Come” – Passion Pit

“Unpredictable arrangements of saxophones, keyboards and drums form the pages of the heartbroken lyrics. The hooks shimmer with a celebratory electro-indie ballad.”

7. “Radar Detector” – Darwin Deez

“This song is infectious and minimalistic.  In the world of pop, this song takes a little charm and goes a long way with it. Its unique and tangy guitar melodies and super catchy chorus will have you humming all day.  This song aims directly at your heart.”

6. “Daylight” – Matt & Kim

“Daylight” is a 2009 song by indie pop duo Matt & Kim. Popularity of the song is partially due to its debut on a Bacardi commercial.  The piano melodies tie this whole song together as the bass drives almost a celebratory feeling into your mind.”

5. “Cigarettes in the Theatre” – Two Door Cinema Club

“I’m not a huge fan of pop but Two Door Cinema Club is more than just your average pop band. Their songs are peppy and upbeat without ever being cheesy, their lyrics are simple without being dumb, and the vocals are catchy. They’re the kind of band who could appeal to the masses without being annoying, and that’s a huge accomplishment in itself.”

4. “Maps” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

“If you’ve listened to their album, this is where the album peaks. In the song “Maps”, Chase’s rhythmic beats, Zinner’s quick guitar playing and Karen’s sensitive voice are assembled into an emotionally charged, rip-your-heart-out, cry-yourself-to-sleep, punk-pop masterpiece. Layer after layer of chiming and melodic guitar rifts come together in overlapping harmonies. Karen sings lyrics that are simple yet soulful portraying a picture of unadulterated love in her sensitive singing.”

3. “The Wolf” – Miniature Tigers

“Rhythmic acoustic guitar and simple but edgy drums co-exist with lyrical metaphors and gritty observations on love chased, gained, brooded on and abandoned.  The catchy chorus hits you directly in that part of your brain that never forgets a tune or rhythm.”

2. “Such Great Heights” – Postal Service

“What do you get when a fantastic writer crosses an electronic genius? Surprise! Fantastically written electronic music. Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello sandwich a superb song between a reverberative ambient keyboard line. Distorted bass snyths, keyboard blips with the simple drum beat are the stage for Ben’s poetic lyrics about the relationship he is currently in, and how everything looks perfect from far away but it really isn’t. When the chorus finally bursts in Gibbard’s voice jumps a few notes up and sings that melody that has been stuck in my head for quite some time now.”

1. “Gangsta” – tUnE-YaRdS

“Children playing, police sirens and alarms cut in and out. This is the anthem of a violent neighborhood. Loud, dysfunctional, and disjointed, “Gangsta” is a literal, audible representation of what it’s like to moving into a big city: It can make your head hurt, and it’s dissonant sounds may feel unfamiliar. But eventually, those sounds come together in a rhythm, of wild drums and explosive horns.  Turning into a strange and creative pop song, “Gangsta” becomes a full-blown dance song.”

Who’s on Becca’s iPod?

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Laura Richards in Who's on whose iPod?

Junior Becca Richards is someone who knows her music. She plays just about every instrument known to mankind and has a killer voice to go with it. She has a passion and love for Jesus that I have never seen in a person and she loves to show her love for Him through music. She is the SLA on Third Front in Glide-Crawford and you have probably seen her working at the Student Center. This girl has killer taste in music, so here is what’s on Becca’s iPod!

1. “Paradise” (Coldplay)

“One of the best music videos ever (I love elephants)!!! It is so catchy!!!!!”

2. “The Spirit and the Bride” (Matt Maher)

“Saw Matt Maher in concert and this song touched me so much, especially talking about Christ coming again! Matt Maher is one of my favorite people. Love it!!!”

3. “Savior” (Andrew Ripp)

“Oh my word. Andrew Ripp’s voice is husky angelic! He has got so much soul and I want it!!”

4. “You’re Not Listening” (The Rescues)

“A band of four (two girls, two guys) that literally play every instrument and can make beautiful harmonious music!! Not to mention the fact that the guy who sings last in the song, sings and doesn’t breathe for a looong time.”

5. “Only the Young” (Brandon Flowers)

“Another one of the best music videos ever. Brandon Flowers from the Killers blows me away with the synth man! It rocks!!”

6. “Sparrow” (Audrey Assad)

“One of my favorite old Gospel hymns called the Eye of the Sparrow was turned into this Sparrow by Audrey. The beat is so wonderful and she has got wicked awesome pipes.”

7. “Will You Be There” (Michael Jackson)

“CLASSIC. I remember watching this music video before ‘Free Willy’ started on my VHS player. This song has got that soul element in the choir, not to mention the King of Pop.”

8. “Thunder Road” (Bruce Springsteen)

“Springsteen is one of my favorites. His lyrics can’t be beat. I love listening to this when I workout, no lie.”

9. “God’s Not Dead” (Newsboys)

“A fairly new song that is my new obsession. I honestly used to hate that Michael Tate was in the Newsboys, but this song blew me away. I am singing it everywhere now!”

10. “Whipping Post” (Allman Brothers)

“Southern rock soul blows your mind. My dad definitely influenced my love of the Allman Brothers who totally school Lynyrd Skynyrd for sure.”

Who’s on Shelby’s iPod?

Posted: February 7, 2012 by Laura Richards in Who's on whose iPod?

When it comes to good music, Shelby Wright knows all. As a sophomore, she not only enjoys journalism and creative writing, but she also has a love for writing and playing her own music. As one of my closest friends, I have seen firsthand how much she loves music. Also,  I have heard her sing and play her guitar…girl’s got skills. So here in an inside look on what is playing on Shelby’s iPod!

  1. “Somewhere With You”–Kenny Chesney

“I’m not a huge country fan, but I cannot stop listening to this song!  I just love the lyrics and can completely relate to always wanting to be somewhere with a certain somebody.”

2.  “I Go Blind”–Hootie and the Blowfish

“Dustin’ off the oldies.  I love Hootie and the Blowfish (I think it’s directly correlated to my obsession with Friends) and this song is just such a classic.”

3. “Gonna Get Over You”–Sara Bareilles

“This song, for being about trying to get over someone, has just a catchy upbeat rhythm to it.  Sara is one of my go-to gals for great music, and she never disappoints.  Her lyrics are some of my favorites, and man can she sing.”

4. “Lay Me Down”–Dirty Heads

“Even though we’re still in this moody, hormonal weather pattern fluctuating between semi-warm and semi-frigid, this song make me think of happier days, sitting on the beach in the warm, glorious sun.”

5. “Everlasting Light”–The Black Keys

“The Black Keys are officially an obsession.  This song is just so addicting in so many ways; his voice, the music, the beat, the lyrics…I love everything about it!”

6. “Somebody That I Used To Know”–Gotye

“It actually had to YouTube how to pronounce this name, but I FINALLY can.  This song is just wonderful on so many levels and truly heart-wrenching.  If you want to see something that makes you feel completely incompetent, watch Walk Off The Earth’s cover of this song on YouTube…mind-blowing!”

7. “Calamity Song”–The Decemberists

“This is my ultimate driving with the windows down, rocking out song.  I love everything that the Decemberists do, and this song is just so catchy and you have to sing along while listening to it.”

8. “You Make My Dreams Come True”–Hall & Oates

“Another oldie-but-goody.  This song is the kind that one would listen to while dancing around in her (or his) underwear whilst getting ready in the morning, using a hairbrush as a microphone…hypothetically.”

9. “Pretty the World”–Matt Nathanson

“Matt, Matt, Matt.  Is there anything more charming in this world than Matt Nathanson?  I don’t think so.  I’ve been completely smitten with him for almost a decade now, and since meeting him in person, my obsession has only grown.  This is an older of his song, but really encapsulates his musical style and lyric ability.  I love singing along to this song.”

10.  “Did It On ‘Em”–Nicki Minaj

“This song is a classic in my book for SO many reasons.  A few girls and I have dubbed this our “theme song,” and when it comes to fierce, woman anthems, Nicki is and ALWAYS will be our girl.”

 

The show goes on

Posted: January 30, 2012 by Laura Richards in Lexington and beyond

By Laura Richards

Looking for something fun to do with a group of friends? Tired of doing the same movie, dinner and bowling outings? How about a good concert? Here is a list of upcoming shows, all less than two hours away!

 

Drake: Club Paradise Tour

Wednesday Feb. 22

Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

8:00p.m.

$39-$79

Drake, who is one of the most diverse and popular rappers right now, is going to be displaying his immense talent at Rupp Arena next month. He is known for being a part of the record label Young Money, which was started by Lil Wayne, one of the best rappers of our time. Drake is known for his sexy and charismatic rhymes, so this show will not be a disappointment.

 

Miranda Lambert: On Fire

Sunday Feb. 26

Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY

7:30p.m.

$27-$51

Lambert is headed to the bluegrass state to show Kentucky what her new album is made of. Known for putting on a fun, upbeat show, Lambert’s concert is sure to be very pleasing to country fans everywhere. With very affordable tickets available, this show is sure to be country strong. So grab a group of friends, get some cowboy boots and prepare to have a blast!

 

New Edition: 30th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday Feb. 14

U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

8:00p.m.

$47-$75

Throwback! New Edition is at it again with their 30th anniversary tour. Known for their smooth, sexy R&B hits, this is a concert that can be fun for both parents and children. Taking place at U.S. Bank Arena, located right on the Cincinnati river right next to the Bengals and Red’s stadiums, you can bring the whole family and make this a fun day trip to Cincy followed by a great concert.

 

The Black Keys

Friday March. 2

U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

8:00p.m.

$29-$59

If you are into punk rock, indie type of music, then this is the show for you! The Black Keys will be in Cincinnati and it will be a rockin’ show! Known for their extremely high energy head banging shows, this will be a show swamped with angsty teenagers and young adults looking to have a crazy time!

 

Trey Songz: Anticipation 2our

Friday Feb. 10

Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY

8:00 p.m.

$90-$633

While the tickets are on the more expensive side, this show will be worth every dollar. Trey Songz, who is known for his extremely good looks and amazing falsetto, will be on display in Louisville, KY next month. Women love him, and men love to hate him. This show is sure to be high energy from beginning to end, so prepare yourself for a good time.

2012 album releases

Posted: January 23, 2012 by Laura Richards in Lexington and beyond

By Laura Richards

It’s a new year, so who is ready for some new music? Artists have been slaving away in the studios and are finally ready to give us some new albums with what they hope will top the charts this year!

Foxy Shazam is releasing their album, “The Church of Rock and Roll”. A band that formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, they are getting ready to release their fourth studio album Jan. 24. If you have not listened to them, I would compare their sound to Bruce Springsteen or Van Morrison. They have a very fun and upbeat sound that you are sure to enjoy.

For all you country fans, Tim McGraw and Kellie Pickler are both coming out with new albums this month.  American Idol alumna Pickler has been topping the charts since Idol and is coming out with her new album called “100 Proof “on Jan. 24. Tim McGraw, whose album “Emotional Traffic” also comes out on Jan. 24, is sure to steal the hearts of many with his sweet country ballads.

For all you Beatles fans, Sir Paul McCartney is coming out with yet another album this February.  The pop icon’s new album is titled “Kisses on the Bottom.” I have no doubt that this album will be ballin’.

The Fray, who sings the very popular song “How to Save a Life”, is releasing their newest masterpiece on Feb. 7. They are known for their very sweet and lyrical songs and their album, titled “Scars and Stories,” will be sure to draw attention.

On the day of love, my favorite artist Nicki Minaj will debut her second album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”. Not a lot of people know this, but Nicki Minaj has many different alter egos that she likes to pretend to be in her songs, so this album is solely dedicated to one of her egos named Roman. I have heard that she will feature no other musical artists on this album. I am extremely excited to hear the new tracks and see what is up with Roman.