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When Cloud Nothings released Attack on Memory in 2012 listeners were treated to an album which, while inconsistent, showed promise of what the band was capable of. Now Cloud Nothings has released their fourth full-length, entitled Here and Nowhere Else, which came outon April 1st.

On their most recent single, Psychic Trauma, the band has grown into a sound that is exciting and uniquely theirs. The song begins mid-tempo before really taking off at the 40 second mark.  The highlights of the song are Dylan Baldi’s raspy yet catchy vocals and Jayson Gerycz’s furious drumming, particularly in the last 30 seconds.

Psychic Trauma is a track that will appeal to both fans of indie-pop and punk music, similar to the way that Japandroids did when they released Celebration Rock. If Psychic Trauma is any indication of the way the rest of Here and Nowhere Else will sound, Cloud Nothings should be poised for a breakout year.

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Spinning Indie: Radio Station Field Trip 52 - WXVU at Villanova University

Be sure to check out this great article on WXVU! Highlights the station and General Manager Steven Gulotta! 

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Modern Baseball may be a relatively unknown band, but it is one that you should definitely begin to familiarize yourself with. This four piece band, based out of Philadelphia, PA, released their sophomore album, You’re Gonna Miss It All, in early February.

Following the release of their first album, Sports, Modern Baseball became known for their catchy, infectious sound and sarcastic yet powerful lyrics. You’re Gonna Miss It All delivers plenty of the same material as Sports: carefully crafted acoustic introductions, strong guitar hooks and clever lyrics that cover topics ranging from Instagram and iPhones to the aftermath of dealing with a breakup and the struggles of growing up. While You’re Gonna Miss It All is quite reminiscent of Modern Baseball’s Sports album, it does provide proof that the band has grown both as musicians and people.

Modern Baseball has a sound that can’t quite be classified as indie, nor does it fit the pop or pop-punk mold. This unique sound has played a large part in the success of the band. You’re Gonna Miss It All tends to stick to the band’s strengths by utilizing a mix of acoustic guitar along with punk hooks with just a hint of the emo/indie sound. The overall sound of the band hasn’t changed much. Instead, Modern Baseball appears to have fine-tuned their sound. Songs like “Fine, Great” and “The Old Gospel Choir” really reflect just how much the sound of the band has improved.

More impressive than their musical growth, is the artistic development of the band’s lyrics. You’re Gonna Miss It All deals primarily with the themes of learning to grow up and dealing with problems almost everyone in their early twenties face. While many musicians try to keep songs dealing with these themes positive and hopeful, Modern Baseball doesn’t shy away from the issues at hand. Their songs have a very honest feel to them which makes them not only relatable but also wrought with raw emotion. The song “Two Good Things,” for example, contains the lyrics, “trying hard not to look like I’m trying that hard, failing miserably at everything including that. Making plans in my head right before I go to sleep, trying to think of who could make a better me than me,” something that every twenty-something has felt at least once.  The song “Going To Bed Now” also drives home a major theme of the album stating: “I’ll admit I’m in the same boat, caught between my adolescent safety net and where the world wants me to be.” It is this aspect of realism and complete honesty in the lyrics really helps give You’re Gonna Miss It All that little bit of edge which helps makes the album memorable.

As a whole, You’re Gonna Miss It All is a very strong album for a band that is quickly growing in popularity. There is no doubt that Modern Baseball has much in store as they continue on in their career.

You’re Gonna Miss It All: 9/10

Recommended Tracks: “Fine, Great”, “Apartment”, “Going To Bed Now”, “Your Graduation” and “Two Good Things”

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I work at “The Sparket,” also known as the Late-Night dining option on South Campus. I work three-hour shifts late at night, which can sometimes get boring. For this reason, my co-workers are always playing music to liven up the mood. Recently I heard about the band MisterWives. They just released an EP in 2014 called “Reflections”. The EP contains only 6 songs. They’re new to the music world, as shown by their limited following on their Spotify page, but the band shows great potential. Their style is laid-back and upbeat, with the exception of the song “Coffins”. My first impression was that the lead singer definitely shows similarities to one of my favorite artists, Ellie Goulding. MisterWives also has some great instrumentals surrounding their vocals. As a band-geek I appreciate the jazzy style from the trumpets and the details from the violins. It may be only their first EP, but I can’t wait to see what they’re going to come up with next, so definitely be sure to check them out. 

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1. The JezebelsThe Brink

By: Matteo Patrera

Riding off their debut studio album, Prisoner, the four-piece Australian indie rock group is back sounding better than ever. With Intense tracks and bursting vocals that highlight a pop tone, The Jezabels are destined to remain at the top of the boards once again

2. Death Vessel-Island Intervals

By: Matteo Petrera

Death Vessel’s first album Stay Close, released group in 2005, received critical acclaim. As much can be expected for Island Intervals. Signed to Sub-Pop records, the folk/dream-pop band’s smooth, haunting vocals and laid back style in Island Intervals are bound to capture the ears of many. 

3. Sam Roberts Band - Lo-Fantasy

By: Matteo Petrera

Coming off their 2011 album release of Collider, Sam Roberts, vocalist extraordinaire, and his group return with an awesome new album. Lo-Fantasy is filled with upbeat mixes of indie pop and rock, ranging from the upbeat, poppy “Shapeshifters” to the slower, dreamier vibes of “Never Enough.” A personal favorite.

4. Skaters - Manhattan

By: Matteo Petrera

Skaters has been hailed as “everything we wished The Strokesstill epitomized,” band. Grungy, garage-y, fast paced songs are the basis of the album, blended with the embodiment of the Los Angeles skate culture that the band originates from.

5. Thumpers - Galore

By: Matteo Petrera

London alt-pop duo Thumpers, riding off the massive hype stirred up by their single “Sound of Screams,” has put out a great new album. Galore  is filled with melodic, synth driven pop and is sure to bring in tons of popularity for the relatively new group. 

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